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.

31 THINGS TO DO IN OREGON (AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 04)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

late August–mid-April • nature

Top spots in Oregon to see the amazing aurora borealis

Dahlia Festival

Dahlia Festival

August 1–September 30, 2024 • event

The largest dahlia festival in the United States

Oregon State Fair

Oregon State Fair

August 23-September 2, 2024 • event

Don't miss the signature attraction in Oregon

Oregon International Air Show at McMinnville Airport

Oregon International Air Show at McMinnville Airport

August 31–September 2, 2024 • event

The historical air show adds a new location

Thor's Well

Thor's Well

all year round • nature

A seemingly bottomless sinkhole on the coast of Oregon

Ramona Falls

Ramona Falls

May–October • nature

A beautiful waterfall on the west side of Mount Hood

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

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

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

Enjoy the biannual gray whale migration off the Oregon coast

Abiqua Falls

Abiqua Falls

January–February | April–October • nature

A hidden gem of Oregon is especially beautiful in winter

Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Gorge

June–mid-October • activity

A picturesque hike where the river is the trail

Proxy Falls

Proxy Falls

late April–late November • activity

One of the highest plunge waterfalls in Oregon

Hummingbirds in Oregon

Hummingbirds in Oregon

March–August • nature

Prepare your backyard properly and stand a chance to observe eight types of hummers in Oregon

Mount McLoughlin

Mount McLoughlin

late May–October • activity

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

Three Pools

Three Pools

June–August  • activity

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

McKenzie Pass

McKenzie Pass

July–October • activity

Wildly contrasting landscapes make this pass unique

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

March–October • nature

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

Opal Creek

Opal Creek

April–October • activity

A beautiful destination with dozens of waterfalls along the hiking trails

Toketee Falls

Toketee Falls

year round (best time: March–June)  • activity

One of Oregon's most popular and beautiful waterfalls

Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls

all year round (best in May–October) • nature

A gorgeous plunge waterfall, flowing from basalt cliffs

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

Siskiyou Pass

Siskiyou Pass

March–November • activity

Follow the 19th century drive from California to Oregon

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

late July–October • activity

The famous three volcanoes of the Cascades

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

all year round • event

A kaleidoscope of a rotating repertory of new and classic plays

Mt Hood

Mt Hood

mid-May–early October • activity

A snowy peak with eleven glaciers is seen from miles away

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

Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain

April–November • activity

A panoramic view and plenty of wildflowers to enjoy

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

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

April–October • activity

One of the best wind sports desination in the USA

Coast Starlight Train Trip

Coast Starlight Train Trip

all year round • activity

The 35-hour Coast Starlight journey passes through astonishing views of the Cascade Range, Mount Shasta, and the Pacific Ocean shoreline

50 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

out of rangeJuly 13, 2024 • event

The largest quilts expo in the world

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire

out of rangeSeptember 14-15, 2024 • event

One of the few fairs of its kind in the state of Oregon

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride

out of rangeSummer 2025 • event

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

Portland Winter Light Festival

Portland Winter Light Festival

out of rangeFebruary 2-10, 2025 • event

A major winter festival in Portland showcases cutting-edge technology

Tigard Festival of Balloons

Tigard Festival of Balloons

out of rangeJune 21-23, 2024 • event

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

Lincoln City Kite Festival

Lincoln City Kite Festival

out of rangeJune 22-23, 2024 • event

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

Oregon International Air Show

Oregon International Air Show

out of rangeMay 18-19, 2024 • event

The largest air show of the West Coast

Oregon Renaissance Faire

Oregon Renaissance Faire

out of rangeJune 1-16, 2024 (weekends only) • event

Enjoy three weekends in the company of knights, wizards, faeries, dragons, witches, goblins, elves, and all kinds of fairytale characters

Witch Paddle on the Willamette River

Witch Paddle on the Willamette River

out of rangeOctober 26, 2024 • event

Wizards and witches storm the Willamette River during Halloween

Portland Rose Festival

Portland Rose Festival

out of rangeMay 24–June 9, 2024 • event

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

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo

out of rangeJuly 31-August 4, 2024 • event

The largest and one of the oldest fairs in Oregon

Portland 4th of July Fireworks, Parades & Shows

Portland 4th of July Fireworks, Parades & Shows

out of rangeJuly 1–7, 2024 • event

Patriotic weekend is packed with fun events for all ages

Clackamas County Fair & Canby Rodeo

Clackamas County Fair & Canby Rodeo

out of rangeAugust 13-17, 2024 • event

Enjoy the animals, shows, foods, and multiple attractions at Clackamas County Fairgrounds

Cherry Blossoms in Portland

Cherry Blossoms in Portland

out of rangemid-March–mid-April • nature

Portland has a bunch of beautiful places with cherry blossoms. Read on to make your bucket list richer!

Independence Oregon Fireworks 4th of July

Independence Oregon Fireworks 4th of July

out of rangeJuly 3–5, 2024 • event

This extravaganza will make you fall in love with the 4th of July celebration in the city of Independence

Oregon Fall Colors

Oregon Fall Colors

out of rangelate September–early November • nature

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

Oregon Cheese Festival

Oregon Cheese Festival

out of rangeApril 27-28, 2024 • event

The best products of Oregon's artisan creameries

Oregon's Christmas Light Displays

Oregon's Christmas Light Displays

out of rangelate November–early January • event

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

Oregon Brewers Festival

Oregon Brewers Festival

out of rangeMay 24–June 9, 2024 • event

One of the most popular beer festivals on the West Coast

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeJanuary 21–February 18, 2024 • event

Take part in the festivities in Portland's Lan Su Garden during the day or enjoy its glowing lanterns at night

Oregon Jamboree

Oregon Jamboree

out of rangeAugust 2–4, 2024 • event

Country music and camping festival in Oregon

Portland International Auto Show

Portland International Auto Show

out of rangeFebruary 22-25, 2024 • event

The largest auto show of the Pacific Northwest

Corvallis Fall Festival

Corvallis Fall Festival

out of rangeSeptember 28-29, 2024 • event

The largest art event in the area

Canterbury Renaissance Faire

Canterbury Renaissance Faire

out of rangeJuly 20-28, 2024 (weekends only) • event

Elizabethan village full of fun activities and entertainment

Oregon WinterFest

Oregon WinterFest

out of rangeFebruary 16–18, 2024 • event

The Old Mill District of Bend transforms into a winter wonderland

Oregon Truffle Festival

Oregon Truffle Festival

out of rangeFebruary 10 • event

One of the best food festivals in the United States

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

out of rangeMarch 22-May 5, 2024 • event

One of the most photographed spring destinations in Oregon

Oregon Ag Fest

Oregon Ag Fest

out of rangeApril 27-28, 2024 • event

A family-friendly agricultural festival in Salem, Oregon

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

out of rangeMay 30-June 2, 2024 • event

An annual community celebration of the favourite local crop

Britt Music & Arts Festival

Britt Music & Arts Festival

out of rangeJune 8-August 24, 2024 • event

The premier outdoor performing arts festival of the Pacific Northwest

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 24–December 30, 2023 • event

A must-see Portland Christmas season attraction

Wild Hare Music Fest

Wild Hare Music Fest

out of rangeJuly 18-20, 2024 • event

Country music and camping a short drive from Portland

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

out of rangeOctober 22, 2023 • event

One of the most funny Halloween festivals in Oregon

Bend Brewfest

Bend Brewfest

out of rangeOctober 3-5, 2024 • event

Three days of tastings at the largest beer fest in Central Oregon

Portland Fall Colors

Portland Fall Colors

out of rangemid-October–early November  • nature

Explore one of the largest municipal parks in the United States and more

Rose City Comic Con

Rose City Comic Con

out of rangeSeptember 6-8, 2024 • event

Portland's premier pop culture convention

Salem Saturday Market

Salem Saturday Market

out of rangeMarch 4–October 28, 2023 • event

Get the best products from local farmers and artisans every Saturday between March and October

Elephant Garlic Festival

Elephant Garlic Festival

out of rangeAugust 9-11, 2024 • event

Celebrate the harvest with food, music, and fun activities for the whole family

Oregon Airshow of the Cascades

Oregon Airshow of the Cascades

out of range August 22–24, 2024 • event

Two days of aircraft displays, aerobatics, a car show, and live entertainment!

Balloons over Bend

Balloons over Bend

out of rangeJuly 26–28, 2024 • event

Three days of balloon launches, night glows, and fun activities in Central Oregon

Portland Celtic Fantasy Faire

Portland Celtic Fantasy Faire

out of rangeAugust 24, 2024 • event

Feel like a real Celt at this amazing Middle-Ages festival

Portland Memorial Day Weekend Events and Fireworks

Portland Memorial Day Weekend Events and Fireworks

out of rangeMay 24–June 9, 2024 • event

A long weekend with a delightful festival and a fair

Silverton Christmas Market

Silverton Christmas Market

out of rangeNovember 22-December 31, 2024 • event

Over 1 million Christmas lights plus snowless tubing, vendors, and music

Teddy Bear Toss

Teddy Bear Toss

out of rangeearly December • event

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

White River West Sno-Park

White River West Sno-Park

out of rangeDecember–March • activity

Spectacular views of Mount Hood and lots of snow activities

Portland Marathon

Portland Marathon

out of rangeOctober 1, 2023 • event

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

Halloween in Portland

Halloween in Portland

out of rangemid-September–October  • event

Celebrate Funtober in Portland with festivals, competitions, and haunted events

Sublimity Harvest Festival

Sublimity Harvest Festival

out of rangeSeptember 6-8, 2024 • event

Monster trucks as well as ruck, tractor, and ATV pulls

Southern Oregon Lavender Trail Festivals

Southern Oregon Lavender Trail Festivals

out of rangeJune 21–23, 2024 | July 12–14, 2024 • event

Six lavender fields, nested among picturesque vineyards of Southern Oregon, offer a treat to your eyes and nose

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

out of rangeFebruary 20–23, 2025 • event

Gourmet seafood cuisine and regional wines in the coastal city of Newport, Oregon

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