In 1948, a take-out pie shop called Pixie Pot Pies opened its doors in Oceanlake, Oregon. It was purchased in 1953 by Jerry and Lu Parks and transformed into the Pixie Kitchen, a magical restaurant for children that preceded McDonald’s Play Land and Chuck E. Cheese by decades. Pixie Kitchen operated for over 30 years, and was a must-stop attraction for generations. Pixie Kitchen created its last childhood memories in 1988.
The ongoing success of Pixie Kitchen, with its legions of pixie cooks, fishermen, railroad engineers, sea creatures, balloonists, mermaids and sea captains inspired the creation of Pixieland, a theme park just north of Lincoln City. Pixieland opened its gates in 1969 and enjoyed its last season just five years later. In the meantime, guests rode Little Toot the steam engine, took thrilling rides on the log flume and enjoyed hundreds of performances of melodramas, including one called Dirty Work at the Crossroads.
Preservation & Recreation
Pixiefest is all about preserving and sharing memories of what it was like to go to Pixie Kitchen and Pixieland. If you were fortunate enough to experience either or both, you can help us by sharing your recollections at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum’s Pixie Memories oral history project. Please consider scheduling a time to tell us about the magic you experienced by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 541.996.6698.
Heavenly Food on the Oregon Coast
Pixie Kitchen was famous for both its Pixies and its food. The Lincoln City Culinary Center is working ‘round the clock to research and recreate popular items from the Pixie Kitchen menu .
To date, we have worked with former Pixie Kitchen cast members to replicate the recipes for their cod balls, clam dip, fried razor clams and fried chicken.
We Need Your Help!
If you remember a favorite dish or ever worked in the kitchen, please let us know at email@example.com.
Rides & Games
The Pixieland theme park, located just north of Lincoln City, opened in 1969. The park featured rides and shows. Pixiefest has both.
Lincoln City’s Theatre West troupe has stepped forward to recreate the Pixieland Melodrama Show, where you’ll be encouraged to boo the bad guy, cheer for the hero and enjoy an updated role for a not-so-helpless damsel in distress.
The Lincoln City Outlets Stage is also home to music and fun courtesy of our roving band of live, mischievous Pixies.