The Other Oregon: Calendar

From Rodeos to Brewfests, the Best Events in Central and Eastern Oregon

The rest of the state is buzzing. Get out there.

By Margaret Seiler April 17, 2017 Published in the May 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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The Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally takes place during the second weekend of July in historic Baker City, Oregon.


Once it’s plowed, McKenzie Pass is open to bicycles but closed to cars, probably till June 19 (check out our tips for the ride)

May 6

Lee Scott Memorial Plowing Bee in Joseph

May 14–Oct 21

Eagle Cap Excursion Train in Elgin

May 18–29

Central Oregon Beer Week

May 20

Family Fishing Day at McNary Channel Ponds in Hermiston

Race Through Hells Canyon in Oxbow

Pole Pedal Paddle in Bend

May 25

National Oregon Trail Interpretive Center 25th Anniversary Celebration

May 28

Sisters Stampede mountain bike race

June 1–July 27

Architecture of Japanese Internment exhibit at Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario

June 3

Run to the Ruts near Baker City

June 9–10

’62 Days in Canyon City                            

June 9–11

Sisters Rodeo

June 10

Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger starting in Ontario

June 13–18

Oregon Senior Games in Bend

June 15–17

Country Music Jamboree in Burns

The World of Syrah in Walla Walla, Washington


Chris Robinson Brotherhood headlining the 2016 fest under the gorgeous 4 peaks sunset! Can't wait for 2017 at our new location!

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June 15–18

4 Peaks Music Festival in Bend

June 17

Crest the Cascades Bjarne Holm Memorial Ride on McKenzie Pass’s last car-free weekend

June 20

Family Fishing Day at Cutsforth Pond in Heppner

June 22

Fermentation Celebration in Bend

June 24–26

Pacific Crest Triathlon and Weekend Sports Festival in Bend

June 26–27

Wallowa County Spring Fair

June 30

Maxville Gathering in Enterprise

June 30–July 2

Annual Pow Wow in Pendleton

July 1–2

Central Oregon Wildflower Show in Sunriver

July 1–3

Joseph Mountain Jubilee

July 1–4

Fireworks and festivals in pretty much every town

July 2–8

Dulcimer Week at Wallowa Lake

July 6–10

Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally 

July 7–8

Prineville Truck and Tractor Pull

July 7–21

Clear Creek Music Festival public concerts in Halfway

July 8

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Tour des Chutes bike/run/walk in Bend

Summerfest in Enterprise

July 8–9

Brews by the Blues in Milton-Freewater

July 14–15

Paint Your Wagon Film Fest in Baker City

July 14–16

Miners’ Jubilee in Baker City

July 15

High Cascades 100 mountain bike race in Bend

July 21–23

Tamkaliks Celebration in Wallowa

July 25–30

Chief Joseph Days

July 26–29

Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo in Madras

July 28–30

Balloons Over Bend


#balloonsoverbend #nightglow #sunriver #oregon

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Aug 1–5

Malheur County Fair in Ontario

Aug 2–5

Union County Fair in La Grande

Aug 2–6

Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo

Aug 5–12

Wallowa County Fair

Aug 8–12

Umatilla County Fair

Aug 9–12

Crook County Fair in Prineville

Grant County Fair in John Day

Aug 9–13

Wheeler County Fair in Fossil

Aug 10–12

Bend Brewfest

Aug 11–12

Bronze Blues & Brews in Joseph

Aug 12

Haulin’ Aspen quarter, half, and full marathon in Bend

Aug 16–19

Morrow County Fair and Oregon Trail Pro Rodeo in Heppner

Aug 17–20

We Like ’Em Short Film Fest in Baker City

Aug 19

Wheatstock Music Festival in Helix

Aug 21


Aug 22–27

Sherman County Fair in Moro

Aug 24–27

Wasco County Fair in Tygh Valley

Aug 25–27

Art in the High Desert juried show in Bend

Aug 30–Sept 3

Gilliam County Fair in Condon

Sept 1–3

Lake County Round-Up in Lakeview

Sept 1–4

Baker County Fair and Panhandle Rodeo in Halfway

Sept 3–4

Wagon Encampment pioneer reenactment near Baker City


Bull Whakin' Cass and her oxen a the #oregontrail interpretive center wagon encampment in #Bakercity

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Sept 7–10

Harney County Fair in Burns

Sept 8–10

Sisters Folk Festival

Sept 13–16

Pendleton Round-Up

Sept 13–17

Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts

Sept 16

Great Salt Lick Auction in Baker City (read our Q&A with the event's founder)

Sept 28–Oct 1

Oregon’s AlpenFest in Joseph

Sept 30

National Public Lands Day


Huntington’s Haunted Forest

Nov 3–5

Fall Release Weekend in Walla Walla


Check for opening dates at Anthony Lakes near Baker City, Ferguson Ridge near Joseph (a.k.a. Fergi), Hoodoo and Mt Bachelor near Bend, Spout Springs near Milton-Freewater, and Warner Canyon near Lakeview ski areas

Dec 1–3

Holiday Barrel Tasting in Walla Walla, Washington

Dec 8

Winterfest in Enterprise

Jan 17–21, 2018 

Eagle Cap Extreme sled dog race near Joseph (check out our slideshow of last year's race)

March 15–17, 2018

NCAA Men’s March Madness early rounds, Boise, Idaho

March 15–18, 2018

Wee Bit O’ Ireland in Heppner

March 17, 2018

Irish Days in Lakeview

Early April, 2018

Harney County Migratory Bird Festival around Burns 

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