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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

February 2016

February 19-21, 2016
2016 Wizard World Comic Con

Sci-fi fans head over to the Oregon Convention Center this winter, where an abundance of cosplay, panels, meet-and-greets, and collectibles vendors await. This year, actors from "Dr. Who" will make an appearance. The convention begins at 3 p.m. and 10 a.m. on the weekend.

February 18-28, 2016
2016 PDX Jazz Festival

Over 80 local and regional jazz musicians and legends play many free concerts over the course of the week throughout Portland. Check the schedule during your visit and don't miss out. 

March 2016

March 17-20, 2017
2016 St. Patrick's Festival

A family-friendly festival held at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub featuring dancing, food and drink, and arts and crafts. This is considered one of biggest St. Patrick's Day events in the entire northwest. Start times vary day.

Eastern Oregon Events

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.

Southern Oregon Events

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.

March 2016

March 19 – 20, 2016
Oil Painting Techniques with Jenay Elder

Tap into your inner Bob Ross, Rembrandt, or which ever artist you like, at the Ashland Art Center. Jenay Elder will be teaching oil painting techniques from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

April 2016

April 21, 2016
Menopause the Musical

Medford's Craterian Theater at the Collier Center hosts a night of full of laughs – it's Menopause the Musical. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and two dollars of each ticket sold will benefit the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

April 2016

April 9, 2016
Chadwick's Comedy Night

Enjoy some gut busters, knee slappers, and rib ticklers in Medford – it's Chadwick's Comedy Night. Chadwick's Pub & Sports Bar hosts a wide range of comedic talent, from local up-and-comers, to nation wide headliners.

May 2016

May 14, 2016
Family Art Day

Hosted at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Family Art Day is an excellent way to spend an afternoon with the kids in Medford. Hands on projects, displays, games, and much more await. No pre-registration required. 

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.

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.

March 2016

March 12, 2016
Wines for Easter

Visit the Cellar on 10th from 1 - 4 p.m. on March 12th for the annual Wines for Easter event. $5 gets you in the door where you can taste a variety of locally produced wines and gourmet food – it's all in Astoria. 

March 20 – 25, 2016
Festival of Illusions

Don't miss the Festival of Illusions, held over Spring Break in Lincoln City. Beginning March 20th, the Lincoln City Cultural Center hosts a week of performances, workshops, and much more, all from top magicians. 

April 2016

April 22 – 24, 2016
Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival 2016

Don't miss this excellent annual event – the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival is in it's 34th year, and has never been better. Held at the Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center, this three-day seafood event is $10 to enter and lasts from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

April 30, 2016
Fish Taco Cook-Off

Check out the 7th annual Lincoln City Fish Taco Cook-Off on April 30th. Head for the Culinary Center and enjoy a wide range of fish tacos – doors open at 11 a.m., and each taco is only $1.50. 

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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.

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  • Universities in Oregon

    Universities in Oregon

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

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  • Oregon Airport Hotels

    Oregon Airport Hotels

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

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  • 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.

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  • Outdoor Oregon

    Outdoor Oregon

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

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