Offering such an outstanding climate almost year-round, the Rogue Valley lends itself to festivals and celebrations of all types. The spring and summer months, especially draw both locals and tourists out of their homes and into the theaters, streets, parks, vineyards, farms, etc. that sponsor and host these varied events.
Several festivals that have already happened here in Southern Oregon this year include the Oregon Cheese Festival (March), Pear Blossom Festival and the Rogue Valley Fermentation Celebration (April), Roam the Rogue (May) and Medford Cruise, Battle of the Bones and Lavender Festival (June).
July kicked off with two events in the first four days with Beat of the Rogue, a celebration of drum and bugle corps from around the region on Wednesday the 1st and Red, White & Boom, the Rogue Valley’s premier Fourth of July Celebration held at the Jackson County Expo, featuring music, food, libations and of course, fireworks! Still coming up this month on July 18th, the Upper Rogue Wine Trail, the same organization that sponsors Roam the Rogue, is putting on a BBQ & Wine Event at Folin Cellars in Gold Hill featuring music by TC and the Reactions, six wine tastings from various vineyards and of course BBQ!
July is also famous for the Jackson County Fair which brings national music acts to the valley as well as drawing all the local and regional favorites. This year’s line-up includes Theory of a DeadMan, 38 Special and Brett Eldredge packing the major star power along with acts that will bring loyal local fans in droves such as The Rogue Suspects, Living on Dreams and Frankie Hernandez.
In August, attention will turn to the World of Wine Festival that runs from the 17th to the 23rd in Jacksonville For seven days, participants can take part in activities such as “Wine University” Sensory Classes, the Ultimate Vintner Dinners and the Miracle Auction and Salmon Bake. Come to one or partake in all, the World of Wine Festival has been called, “the essential wine event of the year!”
Of course, you can’t talk festivals in the Rogue Valley without mentioning the season-long goliaths of the region, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and Britt Festivals, both of which take place over several months and include a plethora of both performances and, in the case of Britt, workshops, open to the public.
And for every one we’ve mentioned here, we’re pretty sure we’ve missed three or four or 10 others, both large and small. It doesn’t end after August either. Festival season continues straight through October with the weather usually holding out pretty well through it all. If you’re not lucky enough to live here, we certainly recommend coming to visit just about any time in the next four months!