written by Lindsay McWilliams | featured photo by Graham Lewis
The Ashland Culinary Festival celebrates its tenth year with an Ultimate Top Chef Dinner, a six-course meal prepared by previous Top Chef winners of festivals past. In addition, the weekend event includes workshops, tastings and a mixology competition, held at various locations in Ashland.
Cannon Beach’s 29th annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival is a weekend of gallery events, musical performances, live art-making and more. Several events take place at various locations around town, and many of them are free. Highlights this year are Grammy-nominated blues singer Ellen Whyte and the Dancing in the Rain Fashion Show.
Bring out your inner word-nerd at this celebration of literary arts. Wordstock, held at the Portland Art Museum, brings in authors to speak and discuss, concerts, pop-up readings and an extensive book fair.
The scenic Silver Falls State Park hosts a series of challenging trail runs, including a 7-miler, a half-marathon, a marathon and a 50k ultra-marathon. Though races are sold out, spectators are welcome. Proceeds from the event go to Silver Falls State Park.
Eugene’s taste for the local in represented in its farmers markets, and the winter weather doesn’t stop inhabitants from buying locally. This seasonal market features holiday-themed gifts and decor, along with the traditional produce offered year-round.
Each year, The Oregon Garden strings over 400,000 lights in its Rediscovery Forest to celebrate the holiday season with Christmas in the Garden. Attractions include a traditional German Christmas market, ice skating and gluhwein to sip while the children take photos with Santa.
More than 150 Willamette Valley wineries will host special events during Thanksgiving weekend, including special tastings, food pairings, live music and holiday discounts on wine. Celebrate the end of a successful fall harvest by drinking its fruits.