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.

27 THINGS TO DO IN OREGON (OCTOBER 25 - NOVEMBER 03)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

late August–mid-April • nature

Top spots in Oregon to see the amazing aurora borealis

Thor's Well

Thor's Well

all year round • nature

A seemingly bottomless sinkhole on the coast of Oregon

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

Abiqua Falls

Abiqua Falls

January–February | April–October • nature

A hidden gem of Oregon is especially beautiful in winter

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

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

Enjoy the biannual gray whale migration off the Oregon coast

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

Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls

all year round | best March–May  • nature

A gorgeous plunge waterfall, flowing from basalt cliffs

Opal Creek

Opal Creek

April–October • activity

A beautiful destination with dozens of waterfalls along the hiking trails

Portland Fall Colors

Portland Fall Colors

mid-October–early November  • nature

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

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

March–October • nature

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

Tumalo Falls Hike

Tumalo Falls Hike

June–October • activity

Picturesque falls in West Oregon are especially impressive during the summer

Cape Falcon

Cape Falcon

May–October • activity

Spectacular coastal views just two hours away from Portland

Siskiyou Pass

Siskiyou Pass

March–November • activity

Follow the 19th century drive from California to Oregon

Toketee Falls

Toketee Falls

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

One of Oregon's most popular and beautiful waterfalls

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

late July–October • activity

The famous three volcanoes of the Cascades

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

all year round (digital and live production | Fall 2021 live season and OSF’s first winter special extending into January 2022) • 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

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

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

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

April–October • activity

One of the best wind sports desination in the USA

Halloween in Portland

Halloween in Portland

mid-September–October • event

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

36 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

out of rangeJuly 10, 2021 • event

The largest quilts expo in the world

Dahlia Festival

Dahlia Festival

out of rangeAugust–September 2021 • event

The largest dahlia festival in the United States

Portland Winter Light Festival

Portland Winter Light Festival

out of rangeFebruary 4–12, 2022 • event

A major winter festival in Portland showcases cutting-edge technology

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride

out of rangeJune 24, 2021 | July 23, 2021 | August 22, 2021 • event

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

Oregon State Fair

Oregon State Fair

out of rangeAugust 27–September 6, 2021 • event

Don't miss the signature attraction in Oregon

Lincoln City Kite Festival

Lincoln City Kite Festival

unconfirmedJune 26–27, 2021 • event

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

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire

out of rangeSeptember 11–12, 2021 • event

The only fair of its kind in the state of Oregon

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo

out of rangeJuly 28–August 1, 2021 • event

The largest and one of the oldest fairs in Oregon

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

Patriotic weekend is packed with fun events for all ages

Tigard Festival of Balloons

Tigard Festival of Balloons

canceledJune 25–27, 2021 • event

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

Portland Rose Festival

Portland Rose Festival

out of rangeMay 6–June 18, 2021 (small events on selected dates | Festival canceled in 2021) • event

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

Oregon Brewers Festival

Oregon Brewers Festival

canceledJuly 28–31, 2021 • event

One of the most popular beer festivals on the West Coast

Oregon International Air Show

Oregon International Air Show

out of rangeMay 21–23, 2021 • event

The largest air show of the West Coast

Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Gorge

out of rangeJune–mid-October • activity

A picturesque hike where the river is the trail

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

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

out of rangeMay–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

Britt Music & Arts Festival

Britt Music & Arts Festival

unconfirmedearly June–mid-September 2021 • event

The premier outdoor performing arts festival of the Pacific Northwest

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

out of rangeOctober 16, 2021 • event

One of the most funny Halloween festivals in Oregon

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

out of rangeMarch 19–May 2, 2021 • event

One of the most photographed spring destinations in Oregon

Corvallis Fall Festival

Corvallis Fall Festival

out of rangeSeptember 25–26, 2021 • event

The largest art event in the area

Oregon Jamboree

Oregon Jamboree

out of rangeJuly 30–August 1, 2021 • event

Country music and camping festival in Oregon

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 26–December 30, 2021 • event

A must-see Portland Christmas season attraction

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 12–28, 2021 • event

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

Columbia Gorge Marathon

Columbia Gorge Marathon

out of rangeOctober 24, 2021 • event

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

Oregon Truffle Festival

Oregon Truffle Festival

out of rangeFebruary 6–mid-March 2021 (virtual events) • event

One of the best food festivals in the United States

Oregon WinterFest

Oregon WinterFest

canceledFebruary, 2021  • event

The Old Mill District of Bend transforms into a winter wonderland

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

canceledearly June 2021 • event

An annual community celebration of the favourite local crop

Three Pools

Three Pools

out of rangeJune–August (closed for 2021 season due to Beachie Creek fire of 2020) • activity

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

Oregon Ag Fest

Oregon Ag Fest

out of rangeApril 23–25, 2021 • event

A family-friendly agricultural festival in Canby, Oregon

Portland International Auto Show

Portland International Auto Show

out of rangeFebruary 25–28, 2021 • event

The largest auto show of the Pacific Northwest

Mt Hood

Mt Hood

out of rangemid-May–early October • activity

A snowy peak with eleven glaciers is seen from miles away

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

Oregon Cheese Festival

Oregon Cheese Festival

out of rangeMarch 13, 2021 (online event) • event

The best products of Oregon's artisan creameries

Portland Marathon

Portland Marathon

out of rangeOctober 3, 2021 • event

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

Wild Hare Country Fest

Wild Hare Country Fest

on holdmid-July 2021 • event

Country music and camping a short drive from Portland

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