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Planning a visit to Oregon? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.

 

Metro Portland Events

September 2014

September 27 - November 2, 2014
Woodburn Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest

Held at the Wooden Shoe Farms, this family-thrown festival features tulip planting, activity tents, duck races, tube slides, hay tunnels, corn mazes, and much, much more.

October 2014

October 25, 2014
Adult Halloween Dance and Costume Contest

Ghouls and goblins welcome at this 21 and over event hosted at McMenamins Grand Lodge. Ghoulish delights begin at 7 p.m.

October 31, 2014
Trick or Treating at the Grand Lodge

Mummies, Werewolves, Vampires, and Witches are all welcome for trick-or-treating at the McMenamins Grand Lodge on Halloween. It all starts at 4:30 p.m.

November 2014

November 28, 2014
Holiday Tree Lighting, Caroling and Santa

Head to the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce for the Tree lighting ceremony, caroling, and holiday festivities. It all starts at 6 p.m.

November 7 - 9, 2014
Portland Holiday Food & Gift Festival

Held at the Oregon Convention Center, this holiday shopping celebration features over 300 exhibitors supplying arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood, music, photos, and more. 

November 8, 2014
Oregon Cyclocross State Championship 2014

Bikers speed up and down hills, over gravel, grass, and asphalt as they race around the Pedalers at the Poor Farm Course, at Edgefield Hotel in Troutdale. The race starts at 8 a.m.

December 2014

December 6, 2014
Holiday Light Parade

Downtown Forest Grove will be filled with twinkling lights this night as floats lit up with Christmas lights travel through town. The fun starts at 5 p.m.

December 31, 2014
New Year's Eve Bash

Dance yourself into the New Year at McMenamins Grand Lodge. Enjoy good music, good food, and good spirits. The music starts at 8 p.m.

December 3 - 7, 2014
Portland Holiday Ale Festival

More than 50 winter ales will be featured at the Portland Holiday Ale Festival, held in downtown at the Pioneer Courthouse Square.

December 11, 2014
Limited- Edition Beer Tasting Stop by the Edgefield Distillery Bar in Troutdale to taste a new, limited-batch, brew at a happy hour price. The suds start being served at 5 p.m.

February 2015

February 6 - March 6, 2015
Barefoot in the Park Come out to the Sandy Actors Theatre and join the newly wed couple Corie and Paul Bratter during the production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. Show times vary.

Columbia River Gorge Events

November 2014

November 22 and 27, 2014
Rocket Building Class and Launch Bring the kids out to Hood River Hobbies to learn about the science behind rockets and to make a model rocket on the 22nd. Then gather at the store again on Thanksgiving for a group launch. The build starts at 1 p.m.
November 8, 2014
Oregon Cyclocross State Championship 2014

Bikers speed up and down hills, over gravel, grass, and asphalt as they race around the Pedalers at the Poor Farm Course, at Edgefield Hotel in Troutdale. The race starts at 8 a.m.

December 2014

December 5, 2014
Hood River Holidays Kick-Off Start off your holidays in Downtown Hood River with easy shopping, a parade, and a tree lighting celebration. The festivities begin at 5 p.m.

December 2014

December 27, 2014
Indoor Radio- Controlled Flying Class

Hood River Hobbies hosts this fun class where you can bring your flying toys to the May Street Gym and learn how to fly them with precision, learn how to do new tricks, or just play around.  The R/C fun starts at 6 p.m.

December 11, 2014
Limited- Edition Beer Tasting Stop by the Edgefield Distillery Bar in Troutdale to taste a new, limited-batch, brew at a happy hour price. The suds start being served at 5 p.m.

February 2015

February 6 - March 6, 2015
Barefoot in the Park Come out to the Sandy Actors Theatre and join the newly wed couple Corie and Paul Bratter during the production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. Show times vary.

Interstate 5 Corridor Events

September 2014

September 27 - November 2, 2014
Woodburn Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest

Held at the Wooden Shoe Farms, this family-thrown festival features tulip planting, activity tents, duck races, tube slides, hay tunnels, corn mazes, and much, much more.

October 2014

October 23 - November 1, 2014
Springfield Lane County Halloween Festival

This Lane County event features a zombie hunt, trick or treat, pumpkin palace, Halloween Raffle, and more.

November 2014

November 7 - 9, 2014
Portland Holiday Food & Gift Festival

Held at the Oregon Convention Center, this holiday shopping celebration features over 300 exhibitors supplying arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood, music, photos, and more. 

November 2014

November 7 - 9, 2014
8th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival

We are proud of our chefs and vendors who represented the culinary scene and extraordinary tastes of Southern Oregon. In Ashland.

November 24, 201 - January 1, 2015
Roseburg Festival of Lights

Held at River Forks Park near Roseburg, this yearly holiday festival features over 500,000 light displays synched to music, over 90 animated displays, Santa Claus, food, and more.

December 2014

December 3 - 7, 2014
Portland Holiday Ale Festival

More than 50 winter ales will be featured at the Portland Holiday Ale Festival, held in downtown at the Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Eastern Oregon Events

November 2014

November 27, 2014
2014 Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run

Run or simply cheer on the runners for a good cause in Baker City on Thanksgiving morning, all before getting a Thanksgiving feast of your own. Race start time TBA.

November 9, 2014
2014 Fall Bazaar

Visit the Community Connection Center in Baker City for over 35 vendors, serving up great crafts, gifts, collectibles, and even unique food items. The fun begins at 9 a.m.

December 2014

December
2014 The Bistro at Bellingers First Thursday Wine Tasting

Just like as it sounds – The first Thursday of every month, visit the Bistro at Bellingers for a night of fine wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres. The event begins at 4:30 p.m.

December 2014

December 13, 2014
2014 Baker City Historic Homes Tour

Explore Baker City's historic holiday homes, viewing some of the most impressive and important architecture in the region. The tour begins at the Baker Heritage Museum, and homes are opening for viewing after 1 p.m.

December 6, 2014
2014 Elhorn Grange Christmas Bazaar

Holiday themed vendors put on great displays at the Elkhorn Grange Hall in Haines. The Bazaar start time varies.

January 2015

December 31, 2014
2014 Art Night New Year's Eve Celebration

Bring in the New Year by celebrating the art of flim at the Eltrym in the downtown historic district of Baker City. The celebration begins at 7 p.m.

Oregon Cascades Events

October 2014

October 25, 2014
Haunted Pool Party Middle school students converge on the Cascade Swim Center in Redmond for a spooky evening of carnival themed fun. The event is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

November 2014

November 28-29, 2014
Sisters Holiday Celebration & Parade

Kick off the Holidays in Sisters with parades, a tree lighting ceremony, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Events begin at 5:30 p.m. with the tree lighting.

December 2014

December 5-6, 2014
Christmas Bazaar Come down to the La Pine Community Center to wander among the various vendors of Christmas goodies. Doors open at 11 a.m.

December 2014

December 17, 2014
DIY: Gingerbread Houses

Bring the kids out to the Redmond Library for a day of fun as you build and decorate gingerbread houses. The holiday fun begins at 6:45 p.m.

January 2015

January 17, 2015
Turn & Burn Barrel Race This energetic barrel-racing event for classes ranging from 2500 to pee wee kids takes place at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville. First event rides at 11 a.m.

February 2015

February 13-15, 2015
Winterfest

The Old Mill District in Bend fills with wintertime food and activities such as a rail jam, live sculpture carving, and a fire pit competition. The festivities begin at 5 p.m.

Southern Oregon Events

January 2014

Second Saturday of Each Month
Free Kids Day

Hit up the Crater Rock Museum and let the kids play in the dirt, but this time it's for education purposes! They will learn about fossils, geodes, and even dinosaurs. The museum opens at 10 a.m.

November 2014

November 7 - 9, 2014
8th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival

We are proud of our chefs and vendors who represented the culinary scene and extraordinary tastes of Southern Oregon. In Ashland.

Oregon Coast Events

March 2014

Second Saturday of Each Month
Second Saturday Art Walk

On the 2nd Saturday of each month Downtown businesses stay open late providing refreshments and entertainment while displaying unique works of art. You can tell the special venues open for the event with the colorful pinwheels. It starts at 5 p.m.

October 2014

October 10-11, 2014
October 17-19, 2014
October 24-25, 2014

Fall Production Visit the Astor Street Opry Company to view their Fall production. It is a 7 p.m. curtain.
October 26, 2014
Talking Tombstones Have a graveside chat with citizens that have passed into the beyond in the Astoria graveyard. The gathering begins at 1 p.m.
October 31, 2014
Trick or Treat and Monster Bash Explore Downtown Astoria and then enjoy music and food in the Recreation Center.
October 18, 2014 - May 25, 2015
Finders Keepers Glass Floats Each year from October to Memorial Day artists hide glass floats along a stretch of public beach in Lincoln City for people to find and keep.

November 2014

November 29, 2014
Downtown Astoria Sparkles Holiday Kickoff Kickoff the holiday season with flair in Downtown Astoria. Event times vary.

December 2014

December 5-7, 2014
Starving Artist Fair Support local artists as they display their work in the Astoria Recreation Center. Times vary.
December 7-8, 2014
Nutcracker The classic Christmas ballet is performed at the Astoria High School. Times vary per performance.
December 13-30, 2014
Plum Pudding and Tea Enjoy a nice cup of tea and the traditional dessert at the Flavel House. Daily at 1 p.m.
December 15, 2014
Old Fashioned Christmas Enjoy festive music, games, and stories by Old St. Nick at the Flavel House. The festivities start at 6 p.m.
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