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.
Take the doldrums out of the winter with a visit to this fabulous Portland Festival during February. Live music plays as visitors take wine tours at the Oregon Convention Center. Crab Cracking and Shuck and Swallow contests are part of the fun. Local seafood restaurateurs invite you to taste their offerings.
Head to the coast of Oregon in February to savor some excellent wines and culinary treats. Since 1978, Newport has hosted this terrific event which now includes not only wine competitions and tastings among established and emerging winemakers, but also outstanding food offerings and impressive craft displays.
- Burns High School Burns, OR 97720 in Burns, OR
Bird lovers will be in awe at this annual April event in Harney County. Thousands of migrating birds, such as songbirds, cranes and waterfowl, take time to rest in the desert of Oregon. Other activities include workshops in bird house construction and bird sketching, guided tours, and viewing of wild horses. A children's art contest and art show and sale round out the fun.
- Ashland, Oregon in Ashland, OR
April in Ashland brings five terrific days for true film lovers. The best independent features, shorts and documentaries are screened at the historic Varsity Theater. Having a much more intimate setting than most film festivals, this event includes interaction between the filmmakers and movie-goers.
- 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.