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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

December 2015

December 2-6, 2015
2015 Holiday Ale Festival

A sudsy, holiday festival held at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. Take your pick from over 50 specially brewed holiday ales alongside holiday decorations and cozy heat lamps. Event start time is TBA. 

December 2-31, 2015
2015 Christmas Fantasy Trail

For nearly the entire month of December, Oregon City visitors are encouraged to take a holiday walk along the Fantasy Trail at the Wetzel Family Farm. Don't miss the 40-foot castle, maze, tunnel, suspension bridge, and nightly bonfire. Begins at 6 p.m.

December 2015

December 5, 2015
2015 Holiday in the Grove

An all-day event in Forest Grove featuring hay rides, visits with Santa, an arts and crafts fair, and many more family-friendly events and activities. The event is held throughout downtown, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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.

December 2015

December 10, 2015
2015 Rural Craft Revival Holiday Market

A fun-filled holiday marketplace held at the Springhouse Cellar in Hood River, featuring unique, handcrafted items and goods made by regional artisans. The event begins at 5 p.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.

December 2015

2015 Thursday Art Night New Year's Eve

Baker City hosts its monthly Thursday Art Night on Friday, when residents will be ready to ring in the New Year at the historic Eltrym Theater. Take in the culture during this fun-filled evening.

January 2016

First Fridays Every Month
2016 First Friday Art Walk

Downtown Baker City becomes a hub for the arts and culture on the first Friday of each month. Peruse galleries, check out special performances, enjoy refreshments, and explore downtown, all beginning at 5 p.m.

January 2016

First Thursdays Every Month
2016 1st Fridays

Head over to the Harney County Chamber of Commerce on the first Thursday of each month, where activities, shopping, music, and fellowship await. The chamber is found in Burns, near Hines in eastern Oregon. The fun begins at 6 p.m.

February 2016

February 6, 2016
22nd Annual Center Ball

A fun-filled evening held at the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, featuring live music, dancing, refreshments, and more, all kicking off at 9 p.m.

Southern Oregon Events

December 2015

December 4-6, 2015
2015 Crescent City Annual Holiday Bazaar

A great place to get some holiday shopping done while visiting Brookings. The market will be held at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds – technically in Crescent City – opening at 5 p.m., 10 a.m., and noon, respectively.

January 2016

January 2, 2016
2015 Free Tours of the Historic Holly Theatre

On select Saturdays, Medford visitors are invited to take a free tour of the historic Holly Theatre, the largest remaining grand movie palace in the city. The tours begin at 11 a.m.

January 2016

First Friday's Each Month
2015 Ashland's First Friday Art Walk

Visit the Historical Downtown and Railroad Districts in Ashland and take in the culture on the first Friday of each month this year. Music, food, art, and more are sprinkled throughout the city. The even begins at 5 p.m.

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.

November 2015

November 27-29, 2015
2015 Seaside's Holiday Gift Fair

A fun-filled holiday market featuring excellent handcrafted gifts and art pieces for sale. The market is held at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center starting at noon Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

December 2015

December 4- & 11-13, 2015
2015 Astoria Winter Market

A fun-filled marketplace held at Pier 11 in Astoria, featuring vendors, food, and even cocktails served in the Inferno Lounge. The market opens at noon each day.

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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Must See in Oregon

  • Oregon State Parks

    Oregon State Parks

    Discover Oregon's numerous states parks like Harris Beach State Park or the Lave River Cave at Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

    Cascades to the Coast ►
  • Southern Oregon Rides

    Southern Oregon Rides

    Join Jason on a southern Oregon motorcycle ride – home to Crater Lake National Park and cities like Bend, Ashland, and Medford.

    Ride Through Southern OR! ►
  • Universities in Oregon

    Universities in Oregon

    Discover the public institutes of the Oregon University System, including Portland State University and University of Oregon.

    OR Universities ►
  • Outdoor Oregon

    Outdoor Oregon

    Discover the many opportunities for outdoor recreation in Oregon – from hiking and biking to lake fishing and winter sports.

    Recreation Options in Oregon ►
  • Oregon Airport Hotels

    Oregon Airport Hotels

    Find hotels near Oregon airports like Portland International Airport (PDX), Eugene Airport (EUG), and Roberts Field (RDM).

    Hotels Near OR Airports ►
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