Attractions
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In Southern Oregon, you and your family can enjoy alpine meadows, crystal-clear rivers, and lush valleys, along with world-class theater, wineries, shopping, festivals, birding, hiking, biking, gaming and more.
Spring & Summer
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A Taste of Ashland
April/May


The Ashland Gallery Association presents A Taste of Ashland. For over 20 years A Taste of Ashland has offered a weekend of pairing excellent local restaurants and great regional wineries and other beverages to sample as you stroll to unique galleries enjoying impressive displays of artwork all in the heart of Ashland. A Taste of Ashland: 17 galleries, 17 restaurants, 17 wineries, one delicious art experience!

> ATasteofAshland.com



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Applegate Lake
Spring/Summer

The forested slopes and often snow-covered peaks of the Siskiyou Mountains are reflected in the clear blue waters of Applegate Lake, just 23 miles southwest of Medford in the Rogue River National Forest. In this scenic setting, the U.S. Forest Service operates hike-in campgrounds and lakeshore areas for picnicking, swimming and boating. The lake extends to the California border and a hiking trail follows the 18 mile shoreline.

> ApplegateLake.com



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Artisans Market
April - November

Experience Ashland's finest outdoor arts and crafts market, The Lithia Artisans Market. Over 35 booths are located across from Lithia Park behind the Plaza on Calle Guanajuato. The market is open May through October, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5. Stroll along the creek, talk to local artists, relax and enjoy a massage, have your portrait painted. Discover fine art, handcrafted jewelry, photography of local landscapes and international delights, metal work, handmade, hand-painted clothing, artfully designed pottery, beautifully created wood art, handcrafted body care products and much more. From Bach to the Beatles, sit and relax to the sounds of Ashland's talented musicians, fun for all ages.

> LithiaArtisansMarket.com



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Ashland Independent Film Festival
April

The Ashland Independent Film Festival is five days of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called "a dream you'll never want to leave."  Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF.  Over 7000 film lovers gather at the historic art-deco Varsity Theatre in downtown to watch over 80 films in five days. Filmmakers of the documentaries, features and shorts come from around the world come to engage with the audience after each screening and at the festival’s Opening Night Bash and Award Celebration parties with local wine, beer and gourmet food. Special guests have included Helen Hunt, Albert Maysles, Bruce Campbell and more. The film festival is one of the reasons Ashland is included in the popular travel guide A Thousand Places to See Before You Die.

> AshlandFilm.org



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Britt Festival
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For 50 years, Britt Festivals is the Pacific Northwest's premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town of Jacksonville, Oregon, Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music. Britt's performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt. Viewing a map of the facility will give you a clearer picture of how we have combined stadium seating within this natural setting. Tens of thousands of music lovers travel from all over the West to enjoy Britt's world-class performances, spectacular scenery and casual, relaxing atmosphere.

> BrittFest.org



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Lithia Park

In the hub of downtown sits Lithia Park, Ashlands crown jewel. Lithia is a 93-acre vista of emerald lawns, tennis courts, a sand-pit volleyball court, picnic area, colorful landscaping and playground equipment. The park follows Ashland Creek through undeveloped woodlands, and also includes a Japanese garden, two duck ponds, a formal rose garden, groves of sycamore trees and a number of secluded spots.




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Wild & Scenic River Rafting
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Southern Oregon is home to some of America's most pristine wild and scenic rivers that wind through rugged mountains carpeted in lush ancient forests. Whether you prefer the total relaxation of the floatation lifestyle or the heart-pumping adrenaline rush of conquering Class V rapids, the region's local rivers offer an unrivaled array of options with nearly as many highly-reputable rafting companies to choose from. Ashland serves as base camp for some of the world's top river guides who offer everything from easy-going kayaking day trips to hardcore whitewater wilderness excursions.


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Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs
July

The 15k and 50k runs begin and end at the Mt. Ashland Ski Lodge at an altitude of 6,500 feet. From there, the courses meander along the Pacific Crest Trail with breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. McLaughlin and the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges. Great post race party!

> SiskiyouOutback.com


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Wine Tasting

The up-and-coming wine regions of Southern Oregon are home to more than 60 estate wineries, most of which welcome guests year round weather permitting. The rugged mountain valleys and diverse climates allow for a wide variety of intensely flavored wine grapes to be grown. The cooler areas of Southern Oregon produce wonderful Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer while the warmer, more arid regions ripen big reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot, Malbec, Dolcetto, Zinfandel, Grenache and Syrah. Many other unique varieties such as Albarino, Pinot Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Marsanne, Rousanne, Baco Noir, Marachel Foch, Mourvedre, Semillon, Petite Sirah and Viognier are also grown; making Southern Oregon one of the most diverse winegrowing regions in the world.


> ApplegateWineTrail.com
> SORWA.org
> UmpquaValleyWineries.org



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World of Wine
August

The World of Wine Festival's Grand Tasting & Silent Auction is Southern Oregon’s premier wine event showcasing outstanding wines made exclusively with Southern Oregon grapes. This event brings together the expertise of wine grape growers, the creativity of local and regional winemakers and gourmet foods and live music. Proceeds generated from this event support local community organizations such as, The Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association (RVWA) and the Southern Oregon Winery Association (SOWA). The finest wines from over 60 Southern Oregon wineries will be featured.

> WorldofWineFestival.com



Fall & Winter
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Festival of Light
Holiday Season

The Festival of Light, a community event put on by the Ashland Chamber, begins each year the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. There is entertainment on the Plaza, followed by Santa's Parade at 5:00 PM and a Grand Illumination with a countdown led by Santa and Mrs. Claus who officially turn on over one million lights all over downtown. Feast on delightful cuisine at one of Ashland’s amazing restaurants, catch a festive music or theater performance, and glide on the ice at Ashland’s outdoor ice-skating rink or ski down the runs at nearby Mt. Ashland.  

> AshlandChamber.com



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Food & Wine Classic
November

Celebrate Ashland’s amazing restaurants, talented chefs, and Southern Oregon’s bounty.  Chef's compete for top honors while you sample over 30 vendors and experience wine, farm and food workshops.

> AshlandChamber.com



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Halloween
October

Halloween in Ashland is a very big event when it feels like the entire town and then some fill the streets dressed to the nines in colorful costumes. A children's parade is followed by an evening of revelry rivaled only by similar celebrations in bigger cities. The young at heart get dolled up and come from far and wide to let their hair down, or put their wig on as the case may be.

> AshlandChamber.com



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Medford Jazz Festival
October

The Medford Jazz Festival is truly a musical event for all ages. Over the years they have stayed true to their Dixieland roots but have broadened community and audience appeal by including Zydeco, Swing, Jump-Jive, Big Band and other music that is period-contemporary with the Traditional Jazz era.

> MedfordJazz.org


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Mount Ashland Ski Area
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Community owned Mt. Ashland, the highest mountain in Southern Oregon's Siskiyou range, is one of the only slopes in the nation where skiers can carve graceful turns during the day and enjoy clever turns of phrase at night. It's located just 30 minutes from Ashland, where after ski options include a vibrant arts community, superb restaurants, and a world famous Shakespeare Festival.

From Mt. Ashland’s 7,533-foot summit, skiers and snowboarders ride a drop of 1,150 vertical feet. There is a remarkable terrain park, and the four chairlifts provide access to 23 trails as well as to open bowl skiing. The mountain's 200 acres of skiing offer a number of challenging runs, including Ado and Balcony, leading locals to brag: If you can ski Ashland, you can ski anywhere.

> MtAshland.com



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New Plays Festival
October

ANPF's flagship festival is our international playwright competition that culminates in the reading of four new plays culled from hundreds of submissions by a cadre of volunteer readers. This unique and much-loved event features professional actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community. These readings and the discussions that follow are a rich theatrical experience for audiences, and the guest playwrights look to our sophisticated playgoers for responses to their works as they evolve from the page to the stage. In those magical exchanges of feedback, audience comments may help turn a very good play into a masterpiece or encourage a playwright to continue his or her efforts in the challenging endeavor of bringing a new work to the public.

> AshlandNewPlays.org



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Oregon Cheese Festival
March

Hosted by Rogue Creamery and produced by the Oregon Cheese Guild, this festival is a cheese lovers dream come true. Founded in 2006, the Oregon Cheese Guild is dedicated to the art and craft of making cheese. Held under 3 tents at Rogue Creamery's Central Point facility, the festival invites guests to shake hands with cheesemakers and other artisans. Activities will be provided for children including games, activity sheets and giveaways.

> OregonCheeseGuild.com


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Wedding Expo
January

A one of a kind wedding planning experience that allows you to meet our region's finest wedding professionals face to face. One of the biggest bridal shows in southern Oregon! Over 85 vendors with everything from cakes to invitations, dresses to unique venues and photographers to entertainment ideas. There is something for anyone planning a wedding. Fashion shows scheduled daily.

> SOWeddingExpo.com



Weekly
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Outdoor Growers Market
March - November

Started in 1986 by a handful of farmers and artisans under the Water Street bridge in Ashland, the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market was an early participant in the renaissance of growers markets in America. With the enthusiastic support of the valley community the market has grown to over 100 vendors and now hosts three markets per week offering the finest in locally grown produce, plants and flowers, along with specialty foods, cheese, meat, baked goods, wine, ice cream, and hand-made arts and crafts. You can also find a delicious lunch, everything from Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, and Middle Eastern cuisine to bagels, sandwiches, and tamales! Vendors are juried to ensure quality and that all items are grown, prepared, or crafted locally by the vendor. Enjoy the Ashland market on Tuesday and Saturday and the Medford market on Thursday.

> RVGrowersMarket.com



Monthly
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First Friday Art Walk
Year Round

The Ashland Gallery Association hosts an art walk on the "First Friday" of each month where patrons have an opportunity to meet the artists, view demonstrations, and enjoy browsing in a gallery atmosphere which often includes music and refreshments. An Ashland FIrst Friday is an eclectic mix of visual delights, interesting conversations, intimate music and tasty treats. The collage of image and experience grows as you stroll the galleries in the Historical Downtown and Railroad Districts.

> AshlandGalleries.com



Year Round
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Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom. Crater Lake National Park is host to a diverse array of activities. While enjoying the natural scenic wonders, park visitors may hike in old growth forests, participate in a variety of interpretive activites, camp out, or even cross-country ski during the eight-month-long winters in the high Cascades. The park is always open, but many of the roads and facilities are closed during the winter.

> NPS.gov


Special
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival
February - October

Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. Operating on a budget exceeding $26 million, OSF presents more than 780 performances annually with attendance of approximately 400,000.

> OSFAshland.org


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