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.
Beginning in 1946, festival organizers have made it their mission to promote the performing arts especially with local youth. Over 1,200 young musicians, dancers and singers perform within various divisions and compete for scholarships and awards.
- Oregon State Fairgrounds 2330 17th Street NE Salem, OR 97301-0601 in Salem, OR.
The first official Oregon State Fair was held in 1861, and by the next year, the event was moved to its permanent home in Salem. Numerous activities and competitions are scheduled during the 11-day event in August. These include exhibits and competitions for such things as fine arts, crafts, photography and gardening. Carnival rides and games line the midway. Livestock competitions are held. Headline performers grace the main stage throughout the fair's run.
- Portland in Portland, OR.
Be at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland during August for one of the area's premier events. Get ready to have a mouth-watering experience at this culinary extravaganza. Area restaurateurs, wineries and craft brewers come together to offer visitors an unbelievable assortment of food and beverage options. This cash only event is entering its 31st year.
- Pendleton, Oregon in Pendleton, OR.
With its first show in 1910, this 100 year-old event is truly a community effort. A Hall of Fame includes displays of saddles, Native American clothing and firearms. A parade and a night pageant depicting Native American life from years past, and concerts with headline country performers make for a full schedule.
- Joseph Community Center 102 E 1st St Joseph, OR 97846 in Joseph, OR.
The town of Joseph is the site for this great event. Juried artists mingle with festival goers as they display their treasures in this breathtaking location in late May. One unique feature of this event is The Night of Quick Draw. Artists must complete a work beginning with a blank canvas in a set period of time. When the allotted time has expired, the artist may put the work up for sale.
The small town of Mount Angel was first settled by German immigrants and appropriately now hosts one of the oldest Oktoberfest celebrations. These four days in September are filled with live music, street dancing, ethnic foods, a crafts and car show. A children's area is also set up. Even a glockenspiel plays at scheduled times throughout the day.