The state of Oregon is full of natural wonders, from sparkling waterfalls to the towering Mount Hood. The perseverance of the state's early pioneer settlers helped shape Oregon into a prosperous state with many opportunities for both residents and visitors. From art festivals to music events, Oregon offers plenty of appeal to all who visit.
- Portland, Ore. in Portland, OR
For approximately one month between May and June, Portland is in full bloom with its annual Rose Festival. Highlights include three separate parades, fireworks displays, races and, of course, a rose show. Around since the early 1900s, the festival puts a spotlight on volunteerism and environmentalism.
- Clatsop County Fairgrounds 92927 Walluski Rd Astoria, OR 97103 in Astoria, OR
Scandinavian music, dance and culture descend upon the city of Astoria every June. Festival attendees engage with performers as traditional customs are shared. Food tents, beer gardens and cultural craft displays are set up for everyone's enjoyment.
So many activities are packed into this two-day festival. A carnival, craft exhibits, a 5K run at sunset, and a youth soccer tournament are just a few of the many things to do here. The main event, of course, is the launching of magnificently colored hot-air balloons.
- McCall Waterfront Park Portland, OR 97201 in Portland, OR
Giving back to the community is the motivation behind this event which has been going strong since 1988. This five-day event brings the best of blues musicians together for crowd pleasing performances with the Willamette River as a backdrop. Blues cruises and after-hour parties round out the events. Monetary proceeds and food donations collected at the event benefit local charitable organizations.
- Veneta, OR, U.S.A. in Veneta, OR
Every July in Veneto, this three-day event provides all types of entertainment and fun for all ages. Concerts, puppet shows, vaudeville acts and parades are all part of the planned activities. Craft and food vendors set up tents to sell their wares. Going strong for more than 40 years, the fair is a showcase for appropriate land usage.