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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.

30 THINGS TO DO IN OREGON (AUGUST 27 - SEPTEMBER 05)

Dahlia Festival

Dahlia Festival

unconfirmedAugust–September 2022 • event

The largest dahlia festival in the United States

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

late August–mid-April • nature

Top spots in Oregon to see the amazing aurora borealis

Oregon State Fair

Oregon State Fair

August 26–September 5, 2022 • event

Don't miss the signature attraction in Oregon

Thor's Well

Thor's Well

all year round • nature

A seemingly bottomless sinkhole on the coast of Oregon

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

Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Gorge

June–mid-October • activity

A picturesque hike where the river is the trail

Abiqua Falls

Abiqua Falls

January–February | April–October • nature

A hidden gem of Oregon is especially beautiful in winter

Ramona Falls

Ramona Falls

May–October • nature

A beautiful waterfall on the west side of Mount Hood

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

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

Enjoy the biannual gray whale migration off the Oregon coast

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

Proxy Falls

Proxy Falls

late April–late November • activity

One of the highest plunge waterfalls in Oregon

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

Three Pools

Three Pools

June–August  • activity

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

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

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

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

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

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

late July–October • activity

The famous three volcanoes of the Cascades

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

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

38 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

out of rangeJuly 9, 2022 • event

The largest quilts expo in the world

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 rangeJuly 30, 2022 • 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

out of rangeSeptember 10–11, 2022 • event

The only fair of its kind in the state of Oregon

Tigard Festival of Balloons

Tigard Festival of Balloons

out of rangeJune 24–26, 2022 • event

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

Lincoln City Kite Festival

Lincoln City Kite Festival

out of rangeJune 25–26, 2022 • event

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

Oregon International Air Show

Oregon International Air Show

out of rangeMay 20–22, 2022 • event

The largest air show of the West Coast

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo

out of rangeAugust 3–7, 2022 • event

The largest and one of the oldest fairs in Oregon

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 1–July 4 • event

Patriotic weekend is packed with fun events for all ages

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!

Portland Rose Festival

Portland Rose Festival

out of rangeMay 27–June 26, 2022 (on selected dates) • event

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

Oregon Brewers Festival

Oregon Brewers Festival

out of rangeJuly 28–30, 2022 • event

One of the most popular beer festivals on the West Coast

Oregon Cheese Festival

Oregon Cheese Festival

out of rangeApril 2–3, 2022 • event

The best products of Oregon's artisan creameries

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 Truffle Festival

Oregon Truffle Festival

on holdFebruary 6–March 15, 2021 • event

One of the best food festivals in the United States

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

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

out of rangeMarch 18–May 8, 2022 • event

One of the most photographed spring destinations in Oregon

Oregon Ag Fest

Oregon Ag Fest

out of rangeApril 23–24, 2022 • event

A family-friendly agricultural festival in Salem, Oregon

Britt Music & Arts Festival

Britt Music & Arts Festival

out of rangeJuly 12, 2022 • event

The premier outdoor performing arts festival of the Pacific Northwest

Oregon Jamboree

Oregon Jamboree

out of rangeJuly 29–31, 2022 • event

Country music and camping festival in Oregon

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

out of rangeJune 2–5, 2022 • event

An annual community celebration of the favourite local crop

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

out of rangeOctober 15, 2022 • event

One of the most funny Halloween festivals in Oregon

Corvallis Fall Festival

Corvallis Fall Festival

out of rangeSeptember 24–25, 2022 • event

The largest art event in the area

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

unconfirmedlate November–late December 2022 • event

A must-see Portland Christmas season attraction

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 1–15, 2022 • event

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

Portland International Auto Show

Portland International Auto Show

out of rangeFebruary 2–5, 2023 • event

The largest auto show of the Pacific Northwest

Wild Hare Country Fest

Wild Hare Country Fest

out of rangeJuly 15–16, 2022 • event

Country music and camping a short drive from Portland

Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls

out of rangeall year round | best March–May  • nature

A gorgeous plunge waterfall, flowing from basalt cliffs

Oregon WinterFest

Oregon WinterFest

out of rangeFebruary 18–20, 2022 • event

The Old Mill District of Bend transforms into a winter wonderland

Columbia Gorge Marathon

Columbia Gorge Marathon

out of rangeOctober 16, 2022 • event

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

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

Oregon International Air Show at McMinnville Airport

Oregon International Air Show at McMinnville Airport

out of rangeAugust 19–21, 2022 • event

The historical air show adds a new location

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 2, 2022 • event

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

Rose City Comic Con

Rose City Comic Con

out of rangeSeptember 9–11, 2022 • event

Portland's premier pop culture convention

Halloween in Portland

Halloween in Portland

out of rangemid-September–October • event

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

Bend Brewfest

Bend Brewfest

out of rangeMay 13–14, 2022 • event

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

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