What to Do in Oregon in July

A country fair, a county fair, an Eastern Oregon rodeo, birds and boats and concerts at the coast, and more

By Michelle Harris, Margaret Seiler, and Sam Stites June 30, 2023

Chief Joseph Days rodeo

With a variety of Pedalpalooza rides (quite literally) every day of the week, Portlanders might find it tough to get out of their fair city this July. But there are lures pulling us to other corners of the state as well: from a chance to learn about (and maybe help protect) seabirds in Cannon Beach or dance to Flo Rida at the Jackson County Fair, or watch cowboys chase eight seconds of glory in Joseph.  

Great Cannon Beach Puffin Watch

July 1–4, Cannon Beach 

Puffins! Need we say more? The Friends of Haystack Rock sets up birding scopes on the beach near their favorite sea stack from 8 to 11 a.m. each day of the long holiday weekend to give beachgoers a closer look at the breeding colony of birds who make Haystack Rock their home for the spring and summer. The group hopes to raise awareness of threats to the species, who have been returning to Haystack Rock in smaller and smaller numbers in recent years—Margaret Seiler

Newberg Lavender Trail

July 1–31, Newberg 

Experience all that is lavender—from ice cream to cocktails to scented soap to spa candles—for the whole month of July when the Newberg Lavender Trail welcomes visitors to explore the area’s U-pick farms and local food and retail businesses. And if you're looking to take it up a notch, head over to Newberg’s Chehalem Cultural Center July 8 and 9 for the annual (and free) Willamette Valley Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Show, which features arts and craft booths, food trucks, and paintings by artists that were created “en plein air” during the Oregon Lavender Paint Out. Check the event website for a map and information on participating farms and businesses. —Michelle Harris

Oregon Country Fair

July 7–9, Veneta 

A little hippie, a little woodsy, a little witchy, and a lot Renaissance fair, this very only-in-Oregon weekend campout/concert/party/consciousness-raising circle is now in its sixth decade. —MS

Jackson County Fair

July 12–16, Central Point 

No need to don your apple bottom jeans or boots with the fur to scurry on down to Central Point to catch hip-hop phenom Flo Rida heading the Jackson County fair. You can also experience Americana in its purest forms with animal husbandry and pie baking competitions, carnival rides, and fried foods. —Sam Stites

Toledo Summer Festival

July 13–16, Toledo

Back in full swing for the first time in four years, the Toledo Summer Fest comprises four days of events like the sidewalk chalk art contest, parades, carnival, tug-of-war tournament, and more. Plus, the Toledo Logging Show returns with axe-throwing, sawing, dancing, and other competitions with cash prizes. —SS

Dory Days

July 15 & 16, Pacific City 

A celebration of dory boats, the flat-bottomed beach-launched fishing boats that have been a staple of the fishery around Pacific City, the two-day event features a parade, a fish fry, live music, and kids activities. —MS

Oregon Coast Music Festival

July 15–29, Coos Bay & Charleston 

Coos Bay's own Aaron Johnson, a New York–based woodwind jazz and blues triple threat, is among many artists making music in stunning locations including Mingus Park, the Oregon Institute for Marine Biology, and Shore Acres State Park. —MS

Corvallis Celtic Festival

July 20–23

Harps, bagpipes, flutes, and whistles—as well as plenty of singers, dancers, and other artists representing all the cultures that comprise Celtic heritage—descend on downtown Corvallis for a weekend of music, food, and family fun. —SS

Tamkaliks Celebration

July 21–23, Wallowa 

Descendants of the area's first inhabitants gather in the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland the third weekend in July, with camping, social dance, a horse procession, and a potluck. At one event people are encouraged to wear orange in memory of the missing children of historical boarding schools. —MS

Chief Joseph Days

July 25–30, Joseph 

The rodeo is the main event in this annual small-town fest near Wallowa Lake in Eastern Oregon, but there's also a parade, a junior parade, live music, a 5k, and a Nez Perce gathering with a Friendship Feast and traditional dance contest. —MS