With temperatures hitting triple digits across the state, it seems the lazy days of summer may never end. Heat has permeated the land in full force since late May, but July and August hold ahead the truly golden days of the season. Good weather in the Pacific Northwest is cause for celebration, and cities throughout Oregon are having festivals outdoors.
In the Willamette Valley, goers are flocking by the hundreds to the 46th Annual Oregon Country Fair, an eclectic three-day camp-out in the outskirts of Veneta.
On the coast, the town of Winchester Bay is gearing up for Dune Fest, a festival for ATV enthusiasts in the setting of Oregon’s tallest dunes. Attendees can compete in drag and freestyle races, participate in a show and shine for quads and cycles, enjoy great food from vendors and experience live music wafting to ears on the breeze of the ocean’s waves.
The metropolis of Portland will transform into something a bit more rustic once the Robin Hood Festival gets underway, and residents of the Mt. Hood and Gorge area are preparing for the Fort Dalles Days Pro Rodeo .
The Southern Oregon town of Bonanza opens its doors to Chili Masters far and wide with their Oregon State Chili Cook-Off. Indulge in unique takes on this classic dish. Enter your best chili recipe to win cash, prizes or even a shot at the World Championship title. Live music, a classic car show and carnival await you at this yearly event.
Central Oregon is no stranger to sunshine, as it tends to be drenched in its happy yellow rays nearly 300 days of the year. During the summer, La Pine rejoices in this truth with the annual Newberry Event Music and Arts Festival. This fundraiser to defeat MS features myriad musicians from all over the country strumming tunes in a gorgeous mountain setting. Bring a blanket, your family, and feel the warmth inside and out.
Skip a stone on any Eastern Oregon river and you’re bound to hit a rodeo. Summertime means calves and cowboys for towns in this area. Experience Baker City Bronc and Bull Riding or visit Ontario for the Malheur County Fair and Rodeo. John Day will host the Grant County Fair and Rodeo, and more can be looked forward to once the fall arrives.
For now, trees are lush, vibrant and green, swaying in summer winds and scenting the air with their pollens. Leaf hunters delight, autumn and its colors are just around the corner, and we’re here to help you capture them all.