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Join the hundreds of events, festivals, and rodeos that are held throughout the Beaver State all year long.
Are your travels taking you to Hood River? Every August sees the windsurfers blow into town for the annual Gorge WindFest. Concerts, lessons, demonstrations, beach barbecues and even swap meets are on the schedule for this family-friendly event. Hood River also plays host to the annual Gorge Fruit & Craft Fair every October. Products made in or grown around the Columbia Gorge are on offer. You’ll find a plethora of fresh fruit, arts and crafts, award-winning wine, jewelry, freshly baked goods, and so much more.
The Willamette Valley welcomes the Oregon County Fair to Veneta in the second week of July each year. It’s a three-day festival that features numerous stage performances of everything from music to comedy to juggling to puppetry. Don’t forget to come hungry – there are 75 food vendors waiting for you. And if you are looking for handcrafted goods, more than 700 artisans are on hand for you to discover.
County fairs are always something special, and there are a number of them throughout Oregon during the summer and early fall that may just tempt you. You could attend the 4-H horse show and FFA livestock show at the Wallowa County Fair that recalls the county fairs of days gone by in Enterprise, Eastern Oregon. Malheur County Fair in Ontario, also in Eastern Oregon, began in 1909 and to this day incorporates agricultural and homemaking elements, as well as a rodeo into their county fair.
Baker County Fair and Panhandle Rodeo also blends its fair elements with a good old-fashioned rodeo at the end of August into September every year. Located in Halfway, in Eastern Oregon, the fair has a horse show, PCA Rodeo and FFA Livestock show, as well as a parade, craft exhibits, and tons of tasty fair food.
The Gem Faire in Eugene brings the crowds back to Willamette Valley every November. This three-day event has more than 70 exhibitors showing fine jewelry, crystals, beads, gold and silver, precious and semi-precious gemstones and numerous other items. Also in Willamette Valley’s Eugene, the Native American Crafts Fair is a popular event every December. Native American artisans showcase their artistry from beading to basket making, from painting to graphic arts.
Winter weather brings with it a celebration of the season, beginning with countless holiday light extravaganzas. Among the most popular is the “Storybook Lane” display in Dilley, just south of Forest Grove. The “Miracle of Christmas” in Keizer is a driving or walking route full of decorated homes that runs for approximately three miles. It is held in connection with the Marion-Polk Food Share, and this community food and funds 26-day event has been a huge success. People traveling along the coast won’t want to miss the displays created by the Friends of Shore Acres Park, just south of Coos Bay.
Oregon WinterFest continues the celebrations in mid-February every year in Bend. The city is a veritable winter wonderland. The Old Mill District plays host to live music, art, ice sculptures, and more.
Among the largest of the rodeo events is the Pendleton Round-Up. It has been held in the second week of September since it began in 1910. More than 50,000 people attend each year to see bareback riding, barrel racing, calf roping, team roping, wild cow milking, and more. You’ll also love the Happy Canyon Night Show which highlights American West history. The Elgin Stampede thunders into town in Mid-July. This four-day event features PRCA rodeo shows, the Stampede Challenge, dances, parades, and more.
Every July, crowds descend on Joseph, in Eastern Oregon, to celebrate Chief Joseph Days. Typically, it is held at Harley Tucker Memorial Arena and features rodeo events, races, parades, and Western events.
The PRCA-sanctioned Xtreme Bulls event is a highlight of the Sisters Rodeo every June. This Central Oregon town welcomes fans to watch steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping events, and more. The Coos County Fair and Rodeo combine the best of both worlds at the end of July in Myrtle Point. Team roping, bull riding and the challenging barrels are all part of the fun.
And if travels take you to Willamette Valley, the annual Molalla Buckeroo PRCA Rodeo is in early July, and the St. Paul Rodeo begins at the end of every June and has done to the cheers of crowds for more than 82 years.
Every September, the Bandon Cranberry Festival brings crowds to this delightful town on the Oregon Coast, and it has been welcoming those crowds since the 1940s. Art exhibits, countless vendors, and, of course, loads of cranberries are on offer. Start practicing now for the annual cranberry eating contest.
The Portland Rose Festival (aka RoseFest) routinely brings in more than a million attendees to its annual event. Boat races, parades, air shows and tons of activities for kids are at the center of the event held in Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Lakeview welcomes hang-gliders and paragliders to the Umpteenth Annual Festival of Free Flight, and the Lincoln County Fairgrounds hosts the annual Newport Celtic Festival. Meanwhile, the Lincoln City Cultural Center welcomes the Lincoln City Earth Day Festival every April.
Arts festivals are always popular in Oregon. Oregon Shakespeare Festival turns the idea of a festival on its head with an eight-and-a-half-month production slate of plays in Ashland. Three venues stage 11 plays each year, plus a number of related activities are also hosted. Coos Bay welcomes classical musicians and fans to its annual Oregon Coast Music Festival. This July event brings professional performances and valuable educational opportunities to the coast.
The Britt Music Festival stages a wealth of musical events covering a range of styles, including blues, classical, folk, world, jazz and country music, among others. It all happens in Jacksonville, an 1850s gold rush town that features a stunning amphitheater under the pines.