Best time to visit Oregon

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Best time of year to visit Oregon

June to August—the warmest and driest period of the year—is the best time to visit Oregon. The Beaver State welcomes tourists to numerous events like the Oregon Jamboree, the World Naked Bike Ride, and more. The pleasant summer weather also makes this the perfect time to explore the cascading waters of Ramona, Toketee, or Proxy Falls. The fall months are comfortable, too. Outdoor events such as the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, or the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire, should definitely be on your bucket list. November can bring the first snow and cooler temps to Oregon, so you'd better pack a warm jacket, gloves, and a hat. December through February is the low season, but it is also a nice time for skiers and Christmas-light display fans. It can still be possible to hit the slopes from March to May, but the ski season will eventually give way to hiking and blooming wildflowers in areas like Mount Hood.

29 THINGS TO DO IN OREGON (AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 09)

Oregon State Fair

Oregon State Fair

August 27–September 06, 2021 • event

Don't miss the signature attraction in Oregon

Dahlia Festival

Dahlia Festival

August 28–30, 2021 | September 04–06, 2021 • event

The largest dahlia festival in the United States

Thor's Well

Thor's Well

all year round • nature

A seemingly bottomless sinkhole on the coast of Oregon

Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Gorge

June–mid-October • activity

A picturesque hike where the river is the trail

McKenzie Pass

McKenzie Pass

July–October • activity

Wildly contrasting landscapes make this pass unique

Mount McLoughlin

Mount McLoughlin

late May–October • activity

Climb a volcano for panoramic views of Southern Oregon and Northern California

Ramona Falls

Ramona Falls

May–October • nature

A beautiful waterfall on the west side of Mount Hood

Proxy Falls

Proxy Falls

late April–late November • activity

One of the highest plunge waterfalls in Oregon

Abiqua Falls

Abiqua Falls

January–February | April–October • nature

A hidden gem of Oregon is especially beautiful in winter

Opal Creek

Opal Creek

April–October • activity

A beautiful destination with dozens of waterfalls along the hiking trails

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

March–October • nature

Two of the seven best waterfalls in the Cascades and Eugene area

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

May–September • activity

From Mexico to Canada or reverse, a crest of mountains follows along the western states of the USA, washed by the Pacific waters—it's one of the world's most scenic natural corridors

Tumalo Falls Hike

Tumalo Falls Hike

June–October • activity

Picturesque falls in West Oregon are especially impressive during the summer

Siskiyou Pass

Siskiyou Pass

March–November • activity

Follow the 19th century drive from California to Oregon

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

March–May | mid-December–mid-January (all year) • nature

Enjoy an annual gray whale migration off the Oregon Coast

Cape Falcon

Cape Falcon

May–October • activity

Spectacular coastal views just two hours away from Portland

Toketee Falls

Toketee Falls

all year round • activity

One of Oregon's most popular and beautiful waterfalls

Mt Hood

Mt Hood

mid-May–early October • activity

A snowy peak with eleven glaciers is seen from miles away

Three Pools

Three Pools

June–August • activity

One of the best summer swimming and cliff-jumping spots in Oregon

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

late August–mid-April • nature

Top spots in Oregon to see the amazing aurora borealis

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

late July–October • activity

The famous three volcanoes of the Cascades

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

early March–late October • event

A kaleidoscope of a rotating repertory of new and classic plays

Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

June–October • activity

A peak with an unusual name provides a perfect view of Mount Hood

Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake

June–November • nature

A beautiful natural lake in the central Cascade Range

Wildhorse Lake

Wildhorse Lake

July–October • nature

A stunning mountain lake in southeast part of Oregon

Watson Falls

Watson Falls

April–November • nature

The second highest waterfall in Oregon

Three Fingered Jack

Three Fingered Jack

June–October • activity

A beautiful shield volcano of the Cascade Range

Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain

April–November • activity

A panoramic view and plenty of wildflowers to enjoy

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

April–October • activity

One of the best wind sports desination in the USA

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Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

July 11, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The largest quilts expo in the world

Portland Winter Light Festival

Portland Winter Light Festival

February 06–08, 2020 • event

A major winter festival in Portland showcases cutting-edge technology

Lincoln City Kite Festival

Lincoln City Kite Festival

October 03–04, 2020 • event

See some of the most colourful and creative kites in the world

Portland Rose Festival

Portland Rose Festival

May 22–June 07, 2020 • event

The second largest floral parade in the USA and the largest single-day event in Oregon

Oregon International Air Show

Oregon International Air Show

May 21–23, 2021 • event

The largest air show of the West Coast

Oregon Fall Colors

Oregon Fall Colors

late September–early November • nature

From the Pacific Coast to the Cascade Range, there's a lot to see in Oregon every autumn

Tigard Festival of Balloons

Tigard Festival of Balloons

June 26–28, 2020 • event

A colourful festival of hot air balloons in Tigard, close to Portland

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

March 20–May 03, 2020 • event

One of the most photographed spring destinations in Oregon

4th of July

4th of July

July 03–06, 2020 • event

Patriotic weekend is packed with fun events for all ages

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

October 16, 2021 • event

One of the most funny Halloween festivals in Oregon

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride

June 27, 2020 • event

How to attract attention to dependence on pollution-based transport? The naked bike ride is an answer from Portland

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire

September 11–12, 2021 • event

The only fair of its kind in the state of Oregon

Britt Music & Arts Festival

Britt Music & Arts Festival

June 09–September 18, 2020 • event

The premier outdoor performing arts festival of the Pacific Northwest

Columbia Gorge Marathon

Columbia Gorge Marathon

October 18, 2020 • event

One of the most scenic marathons in U.S.A.

Oregon's Christmas Light Displays 2020-2021

Oregon's Christmas Light Displays 2020-2021

late November–early January • event

Ship parades and iconic light displays that shouldn't be missed

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

November 27–December 30, 2020 • event

A must-see Portland Christmas season attraction

Corvallis Fall Festival

Corvallis Fall Festival

September 25–26, 2021 • event

The largest art event in the area

Oregon Brewers Festival

Oregon Brewers Festival

July 28–31, 2021 • event

One of the most popular beer festivals on the West Coast

Oregon WinterFest

Oregon WinterFest

February, 2021  • event

The Old Mill District of Bend transforms into a winter wonderland

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo

July 28–August 01, 2021 • event

The largest and one of the oldest fairs in Oregon

White River West Sno-Park

White River West Sno-Park

December–March • activity

Spectacular views of Mount Hood and lots of snow activities

Oregon Truffle Festival

Oregon Truffle Festival

February 14–16, 2020 • event

One of the best food festivals in the United States

Oregon Jamboree

Oregon Jamboree

July 30–August 01, 2021 • event

Country music and camping festival in Oregon

Oregon Cheese Festival

Oregon Cheese Festival

March 14–15, 2020 • event

The best products of Oregon's artisan creameries

Portland Marathon

Portland Marathon

October 03, 2021 • event

A historical race offers a grand tour of Portland's landmarks

Teddy Bear Toss

Teddy Bear Toss

early December • event

Bring stuffed toys to hockey matches to support a heart-melting charity activity

Oregon Ag Fest

Oregon Ag Fest

April 25–26, 2020 • event

A family-friendly agricultural festival in Salem, Oregon

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

June 04–07, 2020 • event

An annual community celebration of the favourite local crop

Portland International Auto Show

Portland International Auto Show

February 20–23, 2020 • event

The largest auto show of the Pacific Northwest

Wild Hare Country Fest

Wild Hare Country Fest

on hiatus • event

Country music and camping a short drive from Portland

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