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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 2015

September (exact dates TBA)
2015 Brats'n Homebrew Festival

Enjoy great food, craft brews, and live music at Forest Grove Senior Community Center. Event begins at 12 p.m.

September 26, 2015
2015 Oktoberfest at the Grand Lodge

Celebrate all things delicious and decadent in Forest Grove during this year's Oktober Fest celebration, featuring food, drink specials, and tons of live music. The festival begins at 1 p.m.

November 2015

November 7, 2015
80th Annual Verboort Sausage Dinner

Enjoy a true Forest Grove tradition with a delicious sausage and sauerkraut meal at the Visitation Church. The event start time is TBA.

Columbia River Gorge Events

February 2015

February 6 - December 4, 2015
Troutdale Open Air Market

Enjoy this monthly first Friday event held throughout Historic Troutdale.

April 2015

April 3 - October 2, 2015
First Friday 2015

Downtown Sandy hosts a fun way to explore the city with special offers on shopping and dining each first Friday of the month.

September 2015

September 4 - 6, 2015
Sandy Oktoberfest

Join this family-friendly Sandy event, which includes an indoor/outdoor biergarten, German and American bands, and food booths.

September 2015

September 20, 2015
2015 Gorgeous Relay

Enjoy views of the Columbia Gorge, Crown Point, Willamette River, and other outstanding scenery during this marathon event, running from Cascade Locks into Portland, finishing at the Base Camp Brewing Company. Spectators are welcome.

September 26, 2015
2015 Cascade to Crown Bicycle Ride

Join Cascade Locks residents during this unique bicycling adventure, traversing the Old Highway through the Gorge Scenic Highway, with routes ranging from 10 miles to 62. Courses open at 8 a.m., registration is available now.

Central Oregon & the Cascades Events

April 2015

April 4 - November 14, 2015
2015 Lane County Farmer's Market

Check out locally grown items, handcrafted goods and gifts, and don't forget to stop by the beer garden – all available ever Saturday this summer in downtown Eugene. The Saturday market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

September 2015

September 18-20, 2015
2015 Covered Bridge Festival

Visit Cottage Grove's many historic covered bridges during this three-day festival, featuring bridge tours, wine tasting, art, music, and plenty more. The event will be hosted at various locations – start time is TBA.

September 26 & 27, 2015
43rd Annual Corvallis Fall Festival

Held in Corvallis, this fall festival is jam-packed with arts, live music, food and beverages, children's activities, a 5K/10K, and so much more. The festival begins at 10 a.m. at Central Park.

October 2015

October 25, 2015
Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival

A family-friendly festival held in Eugene featuring a plant sale, children's activities, arts and crafts booths, live music, and so much more. The event is held at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum, beginning at 10 a.m.

October 2015

October 2-4, 2015
2015 Quiltopia: A Weekend of Quilted Events

This event will showcase some of the best quilting action this side of Mt. Gorge. This year's featured artist is from Greenbaum's Quilted Forest. The event will also feature plenty of fun activities – all hosted at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem.

November 2015

November 13-15, 2015
2015 Eugene International Film Festival

Join Eugene residents and celebrate cinema with three days of original film screenings at Regal Cinemas, Opal Center for the Arts, and Bijou Metro. Other activities include a buffet mixer, lectures, and award ceremonies.

November 11, 2015
2015 Veteran's Day Parade

A festive parade held in Historic Downtown Albany in honor of our nation's veterans. This parade is considered one of the largest Veteran's Day parades "this side of the Mississippi," and it all begins at 11 a.m.

Eastern Oregon Events

December 2014

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.

September 2015

September 5 & 6, 2015
2015 Wagon Encampment on the Oregon Trail

A living historical event hosted at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, featuring period dress, activities, artifacts, and more presented by dedicated interpreters. The event start time is TBA.

September 16-19, 2015
2015 Pendleton Round-Up

Four days of western rodeo events and activities at the "World Famous" Pendleton Round-Up Stadium. Event start times vary by day and activity.

October 2015

October 3, 2015
2015 Columbia River Power Half Marathon

An annual 8K treking the shores of the Columbia River near Hermiston.

October 3, 2015
2015 Taste of Baker City

Downtown Baker City opens up and offers some of the best cuisine and local creations found in the city. Join residents as they walk the streets and truly get a Taste of Baker City. The event start time is TBA.

October 23-31, 2015
2015 Zombie Paintball at Night Friend Haunted House

This year's theme, "The Hunted," sees visitors defend La Grande from a zombie outbreak at the Night Fright Haunted House attraction. The outbreak begins at 7 p.m. each other Halloween activities scheduled as well.

Southern Oregon Events

February 2015

February 20 - November 1, 2015
Ashland Shakespeare Festival

Ashland's famous festival gets underway for the 2015 seasons. Notable productions include Much Ado about Nothing, Guys and Dolls, and Pericles.

September 2015

September 4 - 6, 2015
Slam'n Salmon Ocean Derby

This exciting 3-day event gathers fishermen and friends in salmon-catching contests at Brookings.

September 2015

September 4 - 6, 2015
Lake County Fair and Round-up

Lakeview's classic rodeo event gets under way, with bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, and more.

Oregon Coast Events

January 2015

2nd Saturday of Each Month
2nd Saturday Art Walk

Explore the artisitc side of historic downtown Astoria when the city becomes a hub for local artists, live entertainment, culture, and more. The fun begins around sundown.

May 2015

May 10 - October 11, 2015
2015 Sunday Market

A festive market place open every Sunday throughout historic downtown Astoria. Gifts, food, entertainment, and more, open for business at 10 a.m.

September 2015

September 24-26, 2015
2015 Pacfic Northwest Brew Cup

One of Astoria's most beloved beer festivals, this annual brew-lovers paradise features a weekend of live music, food vendors, children's activities, and, of course, terrific craft beers. Event start times vary by day.

September 11-13, 2015
Oregon Coast Pride

One of the premier Oregon Pride events, this year's festivities are TBA, but are sure to be a hit. The event will be hosted at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City.

October 2015

October 11, 2015
2015 Great Columbia Crossings

Join Astoria residents during this annual 10K run across the Columbia River on Megler Bridge. Race time is TBA.

October 2015

October 10 & 11, 2015
2015 Fall Kite Festival

An coastal fall celebration, Kite Fest features flying demonstration, kite building workshops, and plenty more festival activities. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the D-River Wayside in Lincoln City.

November 2015

November 14 & 15, 2015
2015 Chowder Cook-off

Apart from the great chowder, the festival's activities include live entertainment, beer and wine garden, children's activities, and, of course, a unique cooking contest at the Lincoln City Outlets. The event begins at 11 a.m.

February 2016

February 13, 2015
2015 Festival of the Dark Arts

Celebrate darker than dark craft stouts with the Fort George Brewery in Astoria with an afternoon of art, food, vendors, and plenty of craft brews. The event is TBA.

February 25-28, 2015
2016 Newport Wine & Seafood Festival

Featuring everything from arts and crafts to handmade goods to photography – the festival has a little something for everyone – including plenty of delicious food and drink. The event is held at South Beach Marina in Newport. Start time is TBA.

March 2016

TBA in March
2016 UnWined

The community of Astoria comes together to sip and savor handcrafted wine selections with food pairings, meet and greets, and other fun festivities at the Liberty Theater. Event start is TBA.

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