We're not sure which southern Oregon season we love more, Spring or Fall, so it's a good thing we don't have to choose! Spring is when southern Oregon comes alive. Outdoor life kicks into full swing, flowers are blooming, outdoor music begins and of course it is the gateway to summer. As a family we love to partake in as many events as we can, either as a volunteer or enjoying the fun ourselves. So here are our picks for our favorite spring events, and some that we are going to try to attend that are new this year. Welcome spring!
GROWERS MARKETS OPEN
Local, fresh produce is one of our favorite things about spring, and what is the best place to get the most local produce? None other than our Farmers & Growers Markets. Meet our local farmers, shop for handmade artisan goods and eat from fantastic food trucks that often use the very produce that you can buy at the market. We have a list of all of the Farmers and Growers Markets in southern Oregon here so you know where to go no matter if you are visiting or want to try a new place. Go HERE for all of the details.
MEDFORD COMIC CON
An awesome bringing together of the community; come out to listen to speakers, shop amazing vendors and checkout everyone's costumes. Last year was a blast and it is two days this year with 2 costume contests, 10 food trucks, over 30 workshops, and more than 70 vendors. This is a fun event for kid and adults, where everyone feels comfortable being themselves and embracing their nerd side. Ilias had an awesome time volunteering and Olivia tagged along with me going to various workshops, and was even able to join in a superhero-villain fight (which her daddy just happened to be volunteering as Superman). You can join in the fun the last Saturday and Sunday of April. More info at MEDFORD COMIC CON
May is wine month in Oregon, meaning that wineries are starting to lengthen their hours and they are gearing up for the busy summer months. My girlfriends and I have visited most of the wineries in the Rogue Valley, either roping one of our husbands into being designated driver for the day or we've used the Allaboard Trolley when touring the Applegate. Throughout the month you can take various tours throughout southern Oregon including Uncorked, Roam the Rogue, and the Umpqua Valley Barrel Tour. Learn more about each of these events HERE.
THE KITE FESTIVAL AT LONGSWORD VINEYARD
Longsword puts on some of our favorite events throughout the year. They are one of those wineries that feels like you are visiting with family. We take a picnic, choose a cozy spot and sit back and listen to the live music and watch the kites. If you want to go, this year it will be on Mother's Day, Saturday, May 12th, 2-5pm.
ART IN BLOOM
Art in Bloom has become a Mother's Day tradition for our family. It is one of the premiere events for spring AND Mother's Day. There is so much to do including shopping crafters and artisans from near and far, kid’s activities, live music, food vendors and more. We usually get brunch and then stroll the festival on Sunday. You can read more details on our blog HERE.
Boatnik is pretty much the premiere event for Memorial Weekend in the Rogue Valley. Carnival Rides, Parade, Beer Tasting, Live Music and all of the yummy Carnival Food Vendors your heart desires (I mean come on, who doesn't love elephant ears?) Of course our kid’s favorite part is the carnival games. If you want to go, every year it is held the Thursday before Memorial Day through Memorial Day. Grants Pass fills the whole weekend with fun events for the whole family!
MAIFEST AT FRAU KEMMLING SCHOOLHAUS
So, we kind of love Maifest because we get to drink humongous beers, but that is not the only reason. Frau Kemmling always an area setup for the kids to play and their outdoor patio area is amazing with fantastic views of Jacksonville and our surrounding mountains. Beers, bratwurst, music and dancing. It's always such a great time, every year on the first Sunday of May.
SUMMER FARMFEST AT WHITES COUNTRY FARM
A fun event to ring in summer, Whites Country Farm hosts a festival of local businesses that feature what there is to do in southern Oregon for the summer time. There is a free bounce house, face painting, lots of arts and crafts, live music, food trucks, and a beer garden. It's a blast for the whole family and very affordable at $2 for adults | $1 for children 3 and up on Sunday, June 3rd.
SOUTHERN OREGON CRAFT BREW FESTIVAL
One of mine and Gary's favorite "date" events of the year. We love the options of tasting so many beers and ciders in one place. The event is lively and fun as we go from tent to tent tasting brews from all over the west coast. There are food trucks and music, and we always run into lots of friends from around the community! This year it will be on Saturday, June 9th. Watch their Facebook page HERE for more details when they come available.
ON OUR RADAR
There are a few events that we mean to make it to every year, but haven't and one that is brand new. Here are a few that we hope to make it to.
ROGUE VALLEY EARTH DAY
An annual event for ALL ages to learn about environmental stewardship and how to build community in a fun and inspirational setting.
URBAN FOREST CARNIVAL
See the best tree climbers on the west coast competing in three gravity-defying dimensions 100 feet in the air at Hawthorne Park in Medford.
ASHLAND WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
Live entertainment with an international, multicultural flair that combines music and dance.
ASHLAND AIRPORT DAY
Opportunities to sit inside planes, ride in planes, and fly in helicopters.
What are some of your favorite do not miss spring happenings? COMMENT BELOW so that we can add them to our list! We honestly wish we could make it to them all! Head over to our SPRING FESTIVALS AND EVENTS page for all of the details for the above events and more that aren't listed here. Happy SPRING southern Oregon friends!
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