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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

May 2013

May 17 - December 20, 2013
Friday Night Fights

Improv comedy teams battle it out for more stage time at the Curious Comedy Theater in Portland. Shows start at 10 P.M.

April 2014

April 19, 2014
Cheers to Belgian Beers Enjoy the end products that comes from breweries experimenting with Belgian yeast strains. Venues and times vary.
April 26, 2014
Crawfish Boil Diner and New Release Day

Visit the Montinore Estate for this all-you-can-eat crawfish and wine paring. The good food is first served at noon.

May 4, 2014
Spring Pilharmonic anf Chamber Ensembles

Be filled with beautiful music and harmony as you listen to the Pacific University Philharmonic and Chamber Ensembles. The show begins in McCready Hall on the Pacific University campus at 6 p.m.

May 2014

May 24-26, 2014
Memorial Weekend in Wine Country at Plum Hill

Visit Plum Hill Vineyards to enjoy live music and the tasting of 6 different wines expertly paired with cheeses and breads. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 23 - June 15, 2014
Rose Festival Join in on the festivities of one of the biggest events in Portland which includes opening night fireworks, parades, carnival rides, entertainment, and lots of food. Event times vary.
May 3, 2014
Annual Sake and Oyster Fest

Head on down to SakeOne in Forest Grove at 11 a.m. to enjoy freshly shucked Northwest Oysters, three varieties of mollusks, and different sakes that are a perfect complement for each of the sauces.

May 3-4, 2014
Medieval Faire in the Grove

Travel back in time as you step on to the front lawn of the McMenamins Grand Lodge and see heavy armored combat taking place along with story telling and textile demos. The fun is free and open to the public. The Medieval times begin at 10 a.m.

May 3, 2014
10k ORCC Hagg Lake Run/Walk

Come on down to Hagg Lake, just south of Forest Grove, for this 10.5-mile course run/walk put on by the Oregon Road Runners Club. The walk begins at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m.

May 21, 2014
58th Anua Rotary Steak Feed Dinner

Join the Rotary Club at the University Center at Pacific University for their annual steak dinner. Dinner is served at 5 p.m.

May 24-26, 2014
Memorial Weekend at Montinore Estate

Celebrate Memorial day weekend by enjoying a new release wine and perfect pairings. It starts at 11 a.m. at the Montinore Estate.

June 2014

June 1, 2014
Annual Spring Garden Tour

The Friends of Historic Forest Grove host their 18th annual Spring Garden Tour through some of the most beautiful gardens of the area. The tour begins at the Old Train Station at noon.

June 15, 2014
Pig Roast and Pinot

Come on out to enjoy a delicious pig roast paired with great wine at Plum Hill Vineyards. The wine starts flowing at 1 p.m.

June 5- 15, 2014
Beer Week Breweries all around the city of Portland host tastings and pairings of signature beers. Times vary per location.
June 7-8, 2014
Dragon Boat Races Over 75 teams compete in this race along the Tom McCall waterfront during this Rose Festival event. The race begins at 8 a.m.
June 28, 2014
Wine & Jazz Festival Wander through the gardens of the Deepwood Estate as you are immersed in jazz music and sample wonder wines. It begins at 4 p.m.

July 2014

July 4-6, 2014
Independence Day Wine and Watermelon

Celebrate your independence with Plum Hill Vineyards and enjoy free watermelon and wine tastings. The vineyard opens at 11 a.m.

July 20, 2014
42nd Annual Concours d'Elegance Antique and Collector Auto Show

Come on down to the campus of Pacific University walk among 300 beautiful antique, classic, and even some modified cars from many different eras of history. Along with the beautiful cars there will be music, wine, and fine food. Cars roll in, open their doors, and pop their hoods at 8:30 a.m.

July 2014

July 1-5, 2014
St. Paul Rodeo Cowboys and girls take on classic rodeo challenges like barrel racing, bull riding, and roping at the St. Paul Rodeo Grounds. Event times vary.
July 3-6, 2014
Blues Festival Visit the Tom McCall waterfront for this event full of music, fireworks, and great times. Event times vary.
July 12, 2014
32nd Annual Olympic and Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon

Join the Northwest's original Olympic distance triathlon with 1.5k swim, 40k bike, and 10k run. Afterwards enjoy live music, the Sports and Fitness Expo, and food. It begins at Henry Hagg Lake Park at 8 a.m.

August 2014

August 9, 2014
Canines Uncorked

Get your "License to Taste" passport and visit a variety of different wineries, such as the Plum Hill Vineyard, to enjoy wine tastings and the special dog friendly activities at each location. The fun begins at 11 a.m.

August 23, 2014
5th Annual Pacific Rim Festival

Experience the culture of the Pacific Rim in this festival at SakeOne with music, food, performances, and sake. There are also events for the kiddos to enjoy. It all starts at 11 a.m.

August 2, 2014
Paws in the Grove Doggie Dash

Come on down to Lincoln Park in Forest Grove for this 1 or 2 mile doggie dash that is fun for the entire family. It all starts at 9:30 a.m.

August 16, 2014
Forest Grove Uncorked: A Wine, Microbrew, and Food Experience

It's okay to dance in the street during this event. Wander down Main Street Forest Grove and experience the end products of the many wineries, microbreweries, and restaurants in the area. The festivities begin at 4 p.m.

September 2014

September 13, 2014
Brats and Brewfest This 21 and over event is a chance for home brewers to gather and show off their work, and for you to enjoy it. Head on down to the Forest Grove Community Center at 11 a.m.
September 20, 2014
Lions Club Run/Walk for Sight 5k/2.5k

An event for everyone starting outside the Pacific University's College of Optometry. Join in on the 10k or 5k race or let your toddler participate in the Tot Trot. Walkers start at 9 a.m. and runners start at 9:15 a.m.

September 20, 2014
Annual Corn Roast- Celebrating Forest Grove Celebrate Forest Grove with live music, fun activities, and corn! It all happens on the Pacific University campus starting at 1 p.m.
September 27, 2014
Oktoberfest

Another amazing event put on by McMenamins Grand Lodge with great music, food, and drinks. Live music starts at 1 p.m.

September 20, 2014
Sidewalk Chalk Art Fest.

Show off your sidewalk chalk art skills in Downtown Forest Grove. The art begins at 8 a.m.

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.

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.

Columbia River Gorge Events

April 2014

April 2014
Columbia Gorge Wine Passport Month Purchase your passport full of discounts and offers for many of the wineries throughout the Columbia Gorge wine area. It also gives you access to special events just for passport holders. Special event dates and times vary.
April 12-27, 2014
Blossom Time Hood River comes alive as their pear trees blossom and events fill the town with music, art, and outdoor activities. Event times vary.

May 2014

May 17-18, 2014
Wine & Pear Festival Visit the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum for this event full of entertainment, wine, food, and art. Saturday starting at 11 a.m. and noon on Sunday.

July 2014

July 23-26, 2014
Hood River County Fair The Hood River County Fairgrounds fill with midway games and rides, entertainment, animal shows and competitions, and, of course, great food! Gates open at noon.

September 2014

September 1, 2014
Cross Channel Swim Join this challenge of swimming a 1.1 mile section of the great Columbia River. Swimmers gather at the Visitor Center at 5:30 a.m.
September 27, 2014
Hood River Hops Fest Downtown Hood River fills with people from all over the country in town just to taste the fresh brews from 42 regional breweries. It begins at noon.

October 2014

October 17-19, 2014
Hood River Harvestfest Experience a classic harvest festival on the Hood River Waterfront filled with pumpkins, art, local produce, and wine and beer tastings. Event times vary per day.

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.

Interstate 5 Corridor Events

June 2014

June 1, 2014
Oregon Gran Fondo Downtown Cottage Grove fills with hundreds of cyclists as they ride for 117, 71, or 31 miles in this kick off event for the Oregon Triple Crown Series. Start times vary based on length.

July 2014

July 26, 2014
Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove This USATriathlon sanctioned race takes place at the Cottage Grove Lake. Start times vary for Olympic and Sprint distances.

September 2014

September 20, 2014
Cycle the Lakes Join in on this fun and active event starting in Bohemia Park with three different lengths to choose, 32, 67, or 102 miles. Starts times and routes vary based upon length.

Eastern Oregon Events

May 2014

May 16-19, 2014
Grande Ronde Spring Fest '14 and Birdathon Enjoy a festival perfect for nature lovers and birders. Events take place throughout La Grande at various times.
May 23-25, 2014
Sumpter Flea Market Attend one of the largest flea markets in Oregon in Downtown Sumpter. Times vary.
May 30 - June 1, 2014
Hog Wild Days Visit Island City for this fun annual event that has something for everyone. Event times vary.

June 2014

June 27-29, 2014
Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo Visit the Halfway Fairgrounds for this fun community event for little tikes. Event times vary.

June 2014

June 14-15, 2014
Elgin Riverfest Celebrate spring with the community of Elgin. Event times vary.

August 2014

August 5-9, 2014
Umatilla County Fair The Umatilla County Fairgrounds fill with live entertainment, 4-H Displays, rides, and great fair food for this annual tradition. Event times vary.
August 5-9, 2014
Farm City Pro Rodeo Four days packed with all the great rodeo activities you could think of, mutton bustin', saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and bull riding. Event times vary.

September 2014

September 10-13
Pendleton Round-Up This rodeo at the Pendleton Round-Up Stadium is full of events for everyone to enjoy and experience. Times vary per event.

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.

March 2014

February 15 - May 11, 2014
Prehistoric Predators

Travel back in time and walk among the dinosaurs at the ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum in Ashland. These impressive robots can track you as you pass through their environment. Times vary per day.

March 29 - April 27, 2014
Far Out! Southern Oregon in the 1960s

Stop by and see the array of photographs and other artifacts that tell stories and illustrate what life would have been like back in the 1960s. Times vary per day.

April 2014

April 26, 2014
Ahh Shucks! Oyster Feed Head on down to the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology for live music and fresh Oysters, or hotdogs if you prefer. It all starts at noon.

May 2014

May 3, 2014
Celtic Cultural Festival

A day long event full of Celtic music, dance, songs, and stories at the Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Oregon Coast Events

January 2014

January 24 - May 30, 2014
International Folk Dancing

Dancers of all ages are intvited by the South Coast Folk Society to Greenacres Grange Hall in Coos Bay for multi-cultural dance lessons and fun on the fourth Saturday of every month through May.

February 2014

Third Sunday of Each Month
March - May 2014

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

Taking place in the Netul River Room of the Fort Clatsop's visitor center at the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, it is a wonderful opportunity to listen to and meet artists and scholars.

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.

April 2014

April 4-6, 2014
April 11-12, 2014
April 18-19, 2014

Real Lewis and Clark Story ( Or How the Finns Discovered Astoria)

Come on over to the Astor Street Opry Company in Astoria for their 4th Annual Musical Melodrama about Lewis and Clark's journey to the Pacific and Mamma Svenson's crew that saves the explorers. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m.

April 12-20, 2014
National Park Week

Come visit the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park during National Park week. Visit with the rangers and wander around the Fort Clatsop replica or though the different trails available.

April 25-27, 2014
Crab Seafood and Wine Festival

Good food, good wine, good times! Taking place at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds this spectacular event is filled with art, wine, brews, and fine foods. Festival hours vary per day.

May 2014

May 9, 2014
Portland Chamber Orchestra One of the oldest chamber orchestras in America comes to the Liberty Theater in Astoria. Show time is at 7:30 p.m.
May 9-11, 2014
May 16-17, 2014

May Show and Fundraiser Support the local theater and visit the Astor Street Opry Company. The curtain rises at 7 p.m.
May 10, 2014
Mother's Day Tea and Scones Enjoy sweet treats and hot tea at the Flavel House Museum in Astoria from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sundays
May 11 - October 12, 2014

Astoria Sunday Market Season Opens Get ready for the Sunday Market in Downtown Astoria which features local artists performing. Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 17, 2014
Karla Bonoff and Jimmy Webb Karla Bonoff and Jimmy Webb grace the stage at the Liberty Theater. The music starts at 7:30 p.m.
May 24-25, 2014
Celebrating Veterans, Celebrating Freedom Enjoy a scavenger hunt through Fort Stevens State Park. The hunt begins at 11 a.m.

June 2014

June 5-8, 2014
Tenor Guitar Gathering Tenor Musicians descend upon Astoria. Times vary per day.
June 7-8, 2014
Goonies Day

Celebrate the childhood classic film within the town it was filmed, Astoria.

June 20-22, 2014
Scandinavian Midsummer Fest Celebrate the Summer Solstice with an age old tradition in Astoria.
June 20-22, 2014
June 27-29, 2014

Teen Shanghaied The Teen June Production at the Astoria Street Opry Company. Curtain raises at 7 p.m.
June 13-29, 2014
Astoria Music Festival A high energy event with a little bit of something for everyone. Event times vary.
June 28 - August 31, 2014
Canoe Program Begins Canoe along the Lewis and Clark River with the Forest Ranger starting off in the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Times vary.
June 28-29, 2014
Summer Kite Festival This fun family event takes over the central beach in Lincoln City along the D-River Wayside with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes. The kites begin to fly at 10 a.m.
June 28-29, 2014
Hoop It Up Join in on this fun basketball tour as it comes through Lincoln City to the Tanger Outlets. Game times vary.

July 2014

July 4, 2014
Independence Day Celebrate Independence Day with the locals in Astoria by participating in local festivities.
July 9, 2014
Seaman's Day- Commemorating Meriwether Lewis' Newfoundland Dog Celebrate and learn about the dog that accompanied the famous exploratory group at Fort Clatsop.
July 10 - September 13, 2014
Shanghaied in Astoria The annual theater sensation that grips Astoria. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m.
July 19-20, 2014
WWII Living History Program Watch demonstrations of camp life by various U.S., German, and British history groups at Fort Stevens State Park.

July 2014

July 30 - August 3, 2014
Clatsop County Fair Everything you love about a county fair at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, cotton candy, rides, and games.

August 2014

August 6-10, 2014
Astoria Regatta Fest Join the locals as they celebrate the oldest American city west of the Rockies, Astoria.
August 15-17, 2014
The Saltmakers Return to Seaside Living History Head on down to the beach at Seaside and watch the Historical Interpreters make salt from the seawater.
August 22-23, 2014
Hood to Coast This 199-mile relay starts at the Timberline Lodge and goes all the way to Seaside. The relay starts at 6:30 p.m.
August 30 -September 2, 2014
Civil War Reenactment The largest Civil War reenactment in the Northwest containing full scale cavalry, infantry, and artillery. It all starts at 10 a.m.
August 23-24, 2014
Surf City Classic Car Show Lincoln city fills with beautiful classic cars from many different time periods along with food, music, and fun for everyone. Event times vary.

September 2014

September 13-14, 2014
Victorian Games At Flavel House Get away from the electronics for the afternoon and enjoy old-fashioned games outside. It starts at 11 a.m.
September 13-14, 2014
Commercial Fishermen's Fest The event where fishermen from everywhere come to Hammond Marina to mingle. Times vary.
September 20, 2014
Shanghaied Costume Ball Listen to live music and watch the crowning of Miss Vivian and Virginia. It starts at 8 p.m.
September 26-28, 2014
PAC NW Brew Cup Live music and fresh beer on tap during this festival. Times vary.
September 27, 2014
5th Annual South Slough Scramble, Hometown Tourism Day and National Public Lands Day A fun day for everyone out-of-doors just south of Fort Clatsop.

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 11, 2014
Home Tour- Assistance League Tour select homes through Astoria and enjoy fine food from select vendors.
October 12, 2014
Great Columbia Crossing Experience the thrill of crossing the Astoria Megler Bridge on foot. Register for times.
October 17-19, 2014
Astoria International Film Fest View, discuss, and learn more about independent films at the Liberty Theater. Times vary.
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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