da Vinci Days Is Here: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Grand Kinetic Challenge and More, Starting July 19

davincidaysThis year’s edition of the festival, its 25th Anniversary, is set to kick off on Friday, July 19 on OSU’s lower campus. The main gate entry is at the corner of 11th Street and Madison Avenue and tickets are available in advance online.

While da Vinci Days hasn’t changed the offerings too much over the years, it is adding a 3rd day of main stage concerts this time around, with Crazy 8s, formed at OSU in 1982, playing on Sunday afternoon.

The headline musical performer this year is everyone’s favorite swing band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, playing on Saturday night. The schedule for the weekend is packed with films, music, performances, events, speakers, and tents filled with art and music.

Some of our favorites from this year’s lineup:

Rhys Thomas, the juggling and science entertainment favorite will be performing on the main stage four times on Saturday and Sunday.

Head for the Hills, the eclectic “newgrass” band plays the main stage on Friday night at 7 p.m.

The Grand Kinetic Challenge Race on Saturday at 2 p.m. starting from 14th Street and Campus Way. The GKC is a kinetic sculpture race, where competitors build human-powered vehicles judged in a variety of categories including speed, ingenuity, and artistic merit.

The Temporary Artists’ Guild will be present all weekend, hosting an interactive exhibit based on recycled and upcycled artwork.

The event is perfect for all ages and is one of Corvallis’ best representations of our artistic and scientific excellence.

For more information, please visit www.davincidays.org.

By Ygal Kaufman