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Fun Festivals For 2017

Published: January 20, 2017

These fun, one-of-a-kind festivals in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region are splendid reasons to visit Oregon this year. Mark your calendar!

Oregon Truffle Festival

Oregon Truffle Festival
Eugene, January 27 - 29, 2017

Did you know that Oregon is home to some amazing culinary mushrooms? A ten day, state-wide celebration includes an extraordinary weekend in Eugene. Delve deep into the alluring world of truffles. Partake in truffle-hunting forays, chef’s truffle dinners, wine and truffle luncheons, truffle lectures and a truffle marketplace. Besides the foodie indulgences, a crowning highlight will be the Joriad Truffle Dog Championship. Outside of Europe, where else can you unearth such pleasures? January is the peak of Oregon's truffle season. Learn more.

McKenzie River Drift Boat Fishing

McKenzie Wooden Boat Festival
McKenzie River, April 22, 2017

A parade of boats pays tribute to the McKenzie River Drift Boat. The famous dory, known for its deft maneuverability, originated here along the shores of the McKenzie River. Water enthusiasts from anglers to white water rafters gather at Eagle Rock Lodge to enjoy food and festivities. Cheer on the boats as they float downstream, then plan your own water excursion - whether by raft, kayak or jet boat.

Coastal Rhodies by Jennifer Archer

Florence Rhododendron Festival
Florence, May 19 - 21, 2017

A bodacious bloom, the rhododendron, thrives along the Oregon Coast. From rhody-laden floats to formal rhododendron judging to the crowning of "Queen Rhondodendra," this riverfront festival on the Oregon Coast rivals rose festivals with admirers at the peak of rhododendron season. Learn more.

Oregon Bach Festival

Oregon Bach Festival
Eugene, June 29 - July 15, 2017

An in-depth cultural experience draws esteemed international musicians to Eugene to join our ranks of local mastery. For two weeks, musical performances showcasing Johann Sebastian Bach's immense works are staged throughout Eugene from performance halls to intimate concert venues. Attend lectures, meet the musicians and celebrate Bach's genius and the diversity of his legacy. Learn more.

Creswell July Fourth Parade

Creswell July 4th Celebration
Creswell, July 4, 2017

This Independence Day festival draws patriots from across the region for a taste of small town traditions. Join in classic Americana from the pancake breakfast to the parade and fireworks. Picnic in the park and explore Creswell's popular aviation scene. Lucky kids may even get to go up in a bi-plane for free. 

Oregon Country Fair

Oregon Country Fair
Veneta, July 7 - 9, 2017

A feast for the senses, the Oregon Country Fair embraces life and living in all its manifestations of beauty and originality. For three memorable days partake in the fanciful gathering of music, performance arts, wholesome food and artisan wares. Are you on or off the bus? Learn more.

Bohemia Mining Days Entertainment

Bohemia Mining Days
Cottage Grove, July 13 - 16, 2017

Go back in time to the gold rush era in the historic town of Cottage Grove, known for its many preserved covered bridges. From living history re-enactments to a full blown "bloomers" parade - the likes you've never seen before - enjoy both the honoring of heritage and the lighthearted frivolity of good times. Learn more.

Blackberry Jam Festival, Lowell

Blackberry Jam Festival
Lowell, July 28 - 30, 2017

Blackberries and musical jams are celebrated at this community festival. From pie-eating contests (blackberry, of course!) to plenty of live entertainment, you'll get a slice of small town summer. Learn more.

Scandinavian Festival in Junction City by Jamie Hooper

Scandinavian Festival
Junction City, August 10 - 13, 2017

Dancing, singing, music, food, folklore and cultural traditions from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark are passed down to another generation, as the local residents re-invigorate their Scandinavian heritage. This bustling event takes over the streets of downtown Junction City, drawing thousands from across the region. Immerse yourself in a land of vikings, trolls and windmills. Learn more.

Antiques in Coburg by Josh Alder

Coburg Antique & Vintage Fair
Coburg, September 10, 2017

It is not just the antiques - the whole town is a vintage treasure! Come for the historic experience and stay for the exciting shopping. Learn more. 

Halau Hula o Na Pua o Hawaii Nei at the Springfield Christmas Parade

Springfield Christmas Parade
Springfield, December 2, 2017

Claiming to be the "oldest and the coldest" parade in Oregon, this holiday spectacular will warm your heart. Join the thousands of spectators that turn-out for this festive procession from one end of town to the other. Learn more.

And there are many, many more outstanding festivals honoring everything from sheep wool to sand boarding. Browse our calendar of annual events to plan your visit.

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Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Web Content Manager for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.

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