The purpose of the Kalama Chamber of Commerce is to develop, encourage, and promote business endeavors, and to promote civic interests within the Kalama area.
The Kalama Chamber of Commerce proudly organizes, sponsors, or otherwise participates in these great events throughout the year.
SUMMER - Kalama Fair Parade, Car Show, and City-Wide Garage Sale
On the third weekend of July, Kalama Chamber of Commerce kicks off the Kalama Fair by sponsoring the downtown Parade. On Saturday July 16th local businesses, Fair court princesses, elections candidates and more work their way up 1st Street in a festive and cheerful parade! The Chamber will be putting together a float to promote local businesses.
Following the Parade, the fun continues at the Fairgrounds (exit 32) where you’ll find the River to River Run/Walk/Bike, 4H Clubs, Kids Activities, Beer Gardens, vendor booths, fair exhibits, live music and much more!
The Untouchables Car Show will take place on the third Sunday in August, with more entries every year. In recent years, more than 300 cars were shown in downtown Kalama and the event has grown to be widely attended by people from all over the region! With 1st Street closed to display cars and foot traffic only, guests are invited to wander the streets, grab a bite to eat, participate in raffles and games, enjoy local music and of course look at the beautiful cars!
Also during the third weekend of August (Thurs-Sun) Kalama Chamber of Commerce holds the All City Garage Sale. Community members all over town will collectively host sales at their homes, as well as some with booths downtown. A map with participating sales is provided on our sandwich-board signs downtown the week of the event. Please contact us at least one week prior if you are holding a sale and would like to be listed!
FALL - Halloween and Shop Local Saturday
Halloween in Kalama is all about the kids! The Chamber invites families to our downtown businesses for safe trick or treating where streets are closed to all traffic except the dress-up kind. Storefronts and booths are decorated and candy is generously given by each participating business for the occasion. Be sure to thank the business members for their huge contribution this year!
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving we like to promote the local businesses with our Shop Local campaign. Avoid the Holiday traffic and shop right here in our downtown district.
WINTER - Christmas in Kalama Events
Kicking off on the second weekend of December, the holidays in Kalama are a special time filled with caroling, a tree lighting ceremony, train show, visits with Santa, and the Festival of Lighted Boats.
The Festival of Lighted Boats is hosted together with Dolphin Yacht Club on the second Saturday of December each year on the beautiful Columbia River waterfront. The Festival includes a tent with live music, activities, Santa photos, warm food & drink. Decorated boats parade in the river for a fantastic holiday show! This has grown to be one of Kalama's largest events and is one you don't want to miss!
The Chamber of Commerce, together with the Kalama Fair Board and Lions Club host an annual Swedish Pancake breakfast, a day of photos and visits with Santa, and the Annual Community Turkey Dinner where Santa will make his appearance again for more gifts and pictures.
SPRING - Annual Kalama Chamber Community Dinner
Our annual banquet is held in March or April each year and is a time to celebrate our achievements, discuss our goals, and recognize some of our outstanding community members.
.A live auction, silent auction, raffles, awards and delicious foods are all included in this wonderful evening. Anyone can nominate a candidate for the Citizen of the Year or a business or organization for the Totem Award, winners are chosen by an awards committee and presented at the banquet. Tickets are sold in advance and at the door. If you are interested in attending, or providing marketing materials to be raffled please contact us!
Please check out our Kalama Chamber of Commerce facebook page for the latest information on our upcoming events, or visit the City’s community calendar for other great activities to check out in Kalama! Email us anytime to receive sign up forms for any of our events!