Portland June 23, 2017
The 6 Best Small-Town Festivals Near Portland You’ve Never Heard Of
We all know about the Waterfront Blues Festival, the Rose Festival, and any number of beer and wine festivals in the city. However, if you want to get out of town and experience a bit of small town charm, consider heading to one of these local festivals off the beaten path for an experience the remember.
1. Robin Hood Festival of Sherwood
Drawing upwards of 20,000 visitors, this small town festival has big appeal. Featuring medieval reenactments, a knighting ceremony, an archery contest, and a castle building contest, this festival allows you to get in on the fun. Taking place the third weekend of July, the Robin Hood Festival has been a mainstay since 1954.
2. Donald Hazelnut Festival
Located in Donald, OR, this annual hazelnut festival features a parade, music, and a classic car cruise-in. The festival takes place July 8, 2017.
3. Wildwood MusicFest & Campout
Located in Sheridan, this music festival promotes emerging artists and local agriculture and products. Spread from July 21 to 23, this camping festival has activities for kids, is committed to sustainability, and supports the local community.
4. Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo
Billed as the oldest fair in Oregon, the Yamhill County Fair got its start in 1854. This year the fair will take place from August 2nd through 5th and will feature a rodeo, fair, and countless demonstrations and exhibits.
5. Bounty of Yamhill County
Head down to Dayton for this three-day food and wine event that highlights the offerings of the valley. This year's event takes place from August 25th through 27th and features the amazing wineries, chefs and farms of the area.
6. Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival
Celebrating both the fiber and the animals from where it came, this annual festival has been going strong since 1997. Taking place on September 23rd and 24th, the festival has workshops, livestock shows, demonstrations, and competitions and is a must-visit for anyone interested in fiber crafts.
What is your favorite small town festival? Let us know in the comments below.