written by Bronte Dod
The Oregon State Fair has been a state tradition for more than 100 years. This year, select from forty-four carnival rides, and attend concerts every night of the festival.
Founded in 1995, the Sisters Folk Festival brings regional and national blues and bluegrass musicians to Central Oregon for a three-day festival. More than thirty acts will perform on eleven stages across the town.
Tour gardens and homes, attend lectures and listen to concerts in Cannon Beach during its Cottage & Garden Tour event, a fundraiser for the historical museum and area schools’ field trip program.
Founded in 1910, the Pendleton Round-Up is Oregon’s oldest rodeo and one of the state’s most popular. Enjoy the carnival, parade and concerts featuring Lee Brice and the Zac Brown Band.
Join the largest Oktoberfest in the Pacific Northwest at Mount Angel. Eat bratwurst and spätzle while you sip on beer from Germany and the Pacific Northwest. Wiener dog races, street dances and music will keep everyone entertained.
Professional and amateur birders flock to Charleston for the annual Shorebird Festival, now in its thirtieth year. Birders participate in activities and events throughout the weekend to hone their skills and for the chance to spot hard-to-find birds migrating south for winter.
Feast Portland brings in chefs, brewers, winemakers and mixologists from all over the world for this annual event in downtown Portland. Attend tastings, hands-on classes and special dinners at Portland’s top-notch restaurants, all while donating to fight childhood hunger.
Ride-Row-Run takes a new spin on a traditional triathlon. In a relay or as a team, cycle 26 miles in the high desert before paddling on the Deschutes River for 3 miles, and then running 4 miles to the finish line. Party to follow at the Imperial Hotel in Maupin.
Film screenings for the Oregon Independent Film Festival will take place in Portland, Eugene, Bend and other select cities. More than one hundred films will play, highlighting established and emerging filmmakers.