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Experience Oregon’s Annual Festivals
As you travel through Oregon, build some time into your schedule to enjoy the sights and sounds of the local festivals. If you are on the coast in mid-September, the Bandon Cranberry Festival is sure to delight. Events spill through Old Town and the Marina. The festival has been a community staple since the 1940s.
Arts festivals are also big crowd pleasers. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland sees the production of 11 plays in three different venues during the season, as well as numerous related events. Performances run from mid-February until November. The Coos Bay Oregon Coast Music Festival is a beloved classical music event that is held every July for two weeks. The Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville brings musicians to this historic 1850s gold rush town in early summer. Dozens of concerts featuring a wide range of musical styles are on the schedule.
Bandon Cranberry Festival
Held in mid-September, the annual Bandon Cranberry Festival is set on the Oregon coast in the city of Bandon. Originating in the late 1940s, the festival is held throughout Old Town and at the marina – plus several more designated areas throughout town.
Festival goers may enjoy the parade, live entertainment, and the Cranberry Court coronation, while those looking to shop may browse the vendor booths at Cranberry City and the Festival Market. Then don’t miss Queen of the Kitchen food fair, Washed Ashore art exhibit, or maybe sign up for a cranberry eating contest.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Established in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival takes place in southern Oregon in the city of Ashland. Held annually from February to November, OSF is a repertory theatre with a focus on Shakespeare.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is hosted on a four-acre campus – or Festival Courtyard – which includes the Angus Bowmer Theatre, Thomas Theatre, and the iconic Elizabethan Theatre.
Portland Rose Festival
Held every June, the Portland Rose Festival is an anticipated event hosted throughout the Portland metropolitan area – also known as Rose City.
Established in 1907, “Portland’s Official Festival” features three parades, boat races, air shows, and many other events.
Operated by the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, RoseFest draws more than one million attendees.
Most of the festivities are held at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland along Willamette River
Umpteenth Annual Festival of Free Flight
Held at Lakeview High School, the Umpteenth Annual Festival of Free Flight is a Lakeview staple, located in southern Oregon. Given Lakeview's moniker as "the Tallest Town in Oregon," this hang-gliding and paragliding festival serves as an ideal annual festival.
Held each July, the Festival of Free Flight features the Spot Landings and X-Country Competitions, and competitions for the Annual Golden Hammer Award.