Methow Arts Fest returns on the 4th of July!

Mon, July 4, 11:30-4:30pm, 2022


Calling all superheroes! Methow Arts Fest returns to the Methow Valley after a two-year break. Methow Arts invites you to their superhero-inspired Methow Arts Festival – MONDAY THE 4TH OF JULY – in the Twisp River Park.

(Brittany Walsh, Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley Believe it or Not! Contortionist-Acrobat!)

Day-long music & performance, food vendors galore, hands-on Arts Booths, the ever-popular Pie-Eating Contest, Beer Garden and much more.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, kids get to make unlimited art projects all day for free. In fact kids 11 and under pay no admission whatsoever – a big thanks to our generous sponsors! Youth 12-17 are just $5 and all kids get unlimited art making.


DUSTY 45s You won’t want to miss the Dusty 45s and other dynamic stage performers including Never Come Down, Austrian Amazon Manuela Horn, our emcee Danbert Nobacon and a few soon to be announced bands!

The Dusty 45s have inspired and fired up crowds for over two decades to the delight of fans and critics alike. With their signature style and unique sound, the band is a consistently powerful and energetic player in the Americana field. Led by charismatic singer/songwriter, guitarist and trumpeter, Billy Joe Huels, the raucous band tears through Huels’ original songs that draw inspiration from the roots of Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Honky tonk and Jazz.

Current members of The Dusty 45s also include Jerry Battista (lead guitar), Rod Cook (Lead Guitar) Robin Cady (upright bass), and Kohen Burrill (drums). Huels and his outfit have steadily built their fan base since 1997. The Dusty 45s have toured extensively and they backed Rock and Roll hall of famer, Wanda Jackson multiple times. A highlight with Jackson was when they joined her opening for Adele’s “21” tour in 2011. The Dusty 45s have also shared the stage with many other musical greats including, Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlisle, John Prine, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lucinda Williams, Leann Rhymes, Michael Franti & Spearhead to name a few. In 2007 Huels starred as Buddy Holly at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and just recently interviewed Ken Burns for Seattle’s PBS affiliate (KCTS) regarding his 2019 documentary, “Country Music”. The Dusty 45s have released 7 recordings. The 2014 album, “Live and On Fire”, showcases the best of their bold and brassy sound recorded live in Seattle WA. Huels and the band are currently working on a new recording, due out in 2020. Find more @


NEVER COME DOWN Weaving together modern and traditional styles of bluegrass and americana, Never Come Down is a Portland, Oregon based 5-piece composed of Joe Suskind (guitar), Crystal Lariza (vocals), Brian Alley (banjo), Kaden Hurst (mandolin), and Ben Ticknor (bass). Their dedication to thoughtful songwriting and dynamic arrangements highlight polished technical skills and a commitment to listening to each other. Formed in 2018, the band’s self-titled debut arrived shortly thereafter, and their second album “Better Late Than Never” was released in 2021. They’ve toured internationally and have found acclaim from festivals and venues such as Iceland Airwaves, John Hartford Memorial Fest, Americanafest, FreshGrass and RockyGrass. Never Come Down website.


MANUELA HORN, also known as the Austrian Amazon, is a yodeling, dancing, acting comedic force of nature. After small roles in independent movies and her own German children’s TV show, she turned her 6′ 2″ height into an asset as a host for corporate events and galas across the globe. Not to mention, Manuela stands 6′ 7″ while in her heels! Expect the unexpected!


Hands-on ART-making booths include Costume Station with Superhero capes and POW! Headbands, Dress up & Photo Station, Ancestral Skills, watercolor ribbon sticks, painted superhero rocks, superhero action figures and favorites such as Tie Dye T-shirts. These give Arts Fest participants a chance to engage with ART through projects ranging in difficulty suiting all age groups and levels of manual dexterity. This year kids 11 and under are admitted for FREE! Kids 12-17 are just $5 and all kids get access to unlimited artmaking for free. Adults pay at the booths.


Local food vendors include FORK Food Truck, Taco Bahia (gourmet tacos of wild caught Alaska Sockeye Salmon, Shrimp, Pacific Rockfish and other tasty bites), Teriyaki Corral and hotdogs and brats from Mountain Meals & Catering. Our beer garden serves up chilled Old Schoolhouse Brewery beer on tap, wine, Gin & Tonic, cold brew from Blue Star Coffee Roasters (add a shot of Pendleton Whiskey if you please), and more. Bring ID + cash or check!

(Photography by E.A. Weymuller.)

Since 1987, Methow Arts Alliance has worked with the community to produce a unique arts festival at Twisp River Park. Held on the 4th of July annually, this community event features day-long entertainment, over 12 hands-on-art booths (hosted by a professional artists from the Artist in Residence roster for the Okanogan region) for children and adults, a local food zone, a pie eating contest, artist demonstrations, field games and much more!

HISTORY: In 1987, a group of Methow Valley artists and community members envisioned a festival that was dedicated to reveling in the joys of art in its myriad forms: performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, and traditional arts. The festivals they created in those early years included music, painting, sculpture, as well as vibrant colors and lively sounds. Designed and produced by Methow Arts and held annually on the 4th of July, the festival has become a Methow Valley mainstay event for residents and visitors alike, anchoring the Methow Valley’s commitment to the arts, to community spirit, and to the beauty that surrounds us and the beauty that we can create.

Since the early days of Arts Fest, the festival has grown in size and scope to include 1,800 or more guests, more than 100 volunteers, a stage line-up of entertainment ranging from local talent to regional and nationally-recognized musicians, dancers, and other performers, informational booths, aerialists, a food court and beer garden, face painting, and the element that makes Arts Fest unique: a dozen hands-on art booths dedicated to allowing guests to create art. Led by community artists and lovers of art, the art booths have given kids and adults alike the opportunity to create colorful art pieces, from vivid costumes to paintings to sculpture to ancestral crafts to wearable art.

DATE: Mon, July 4th, 11:30-4:30pm, 2022; LOCATION: Twisp River Park, Twisp, WA; TICKETS:$15/Adults (18 years+), $5/youth (12-17 years of age). Kids 11 and under are FREE, but still require a FREE Ticket.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, kids get to make unlimited art projects all day for free.  Advance tickets – ticket holders do not need to wait in line. Look for the Yellow Entry Sign: TICKETS HERE and Methow Arts office in Twisp. CONTACT: Methow Arts, 509.997.4004,

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Blue Star Coffee Roasters, Sun Mountain Lodge, eqpd, Icicle Fund, ArtsWA, NEA, Community Foundation of North Central WA, Hank’s Harvest Foods, KTRT, Freestone Inn, Willowbrook Farm, Okanogan County Lodging Tax funds and many more!