Oregon is full of events and things to do over the summer, and the town of Creswell, Oregon and its surrounding region play host to many of those events and activities. Finding something to do during the summer months is not a difficult task. While everyone knows about The Scandinavian Festival out in Junction City, we wanted to specifically highlight what our little town in Creswell had to offer plus a few other lesser known Lane County events.
Every second and fourth Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, June through November, the Creswell Historical Museum invites visitors to take in the history of Creswell and the region surrounding it during its Creswell Historical Museum Days. Visitors can learn about the Kalapuya Native Americans and their culture, as well as the early Europeans who settled in the area. The museum plays host to several exhibits and displays, as well as areas where visitors can explore their genealogical files. The museum is located in the former Methodist-Episcopal Church.
The Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association will present their 110th Sangerfest Grand Concert. This event showcases traditional songs from Norway, Scandinavia, and America. The Grand Concert will be hosted by the Eugene Norsemen chorus and will continue the tradition of their ancestors who began the Sangerfest in the late 1800s. This year’s featured guest artist is accomplished Brazilian pianist Ednaldo Borbo. Jeffery Highland is the concert accompanist. Tickets are $20, and the event will take place at the First Baptist Church in Eugene.
July 4th brings in one of Creswell’s biggest events of the year – the Creswell July 4th Celebration and Parade. Every year, the Independence Day festivities begin with a community pancake breakfast before the parade and at 11:00 am, planes fly down to signal the start of the parade. The Creswell parade is full of fun entertainment, such as local marching bands, fire trucks, horses, and so much more.
The celebration continues immediately after the parade with a picnic, which includes hotdogs, hamburgers, various treats, a beer garden and several activities tailored to the kids. Kids ages 8 to 17 can head out to Hobby Field for the chance to fly in a small aircraft with their pilots. The afternoon also brings a vintage car show and performances by local bands. The day’s festivities end at dusk with a fireworks show.
July 18th – 20th
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Cottage Grove’s Bohemia Mining Days, which celebrates the discovery of gold, and the history of Cottage Grove. The festival is full of various food and entertainment options such as a carnival, multiple parades, a costume contest, historical tours, live music performances, and a Gold Rush Run. There are options for the kids too, such as a treasure hunt, games, and rides. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Every Trail Tells a Tale,” and the festival will take place in Downtown Cottage Grove.
August 23rd – 25th
Market Fest at The Fifth Street Public Market in Eugene returns this year to showcase local art, food, drinks, music, competitions and more. The inaugural 2018 Market Fest brought together over 25,000 area residents and visitors to enjoy craft beverages, local food, a classic car show, local vendors, an Iron Chef-style competition, as well as multiple activities for the kids to enjoy. While this isn’t in Creswell, it’s sure to feature some locals so go and show your support.
July 12th – 14th
Enjoy the calming scent of lavender while the bee’s work hard at the McKenzie River Lavender Festival. There will be booths of crafts, blankets, and food and drinks. Pack a picnic blanket and enjoy the afternoon snapping beautiful pictures with your phone.
Enjoy Your Summer
These are just a few of the area’s summer events, but with so many events nearby, it will be easy to keep your families busy all summer long. Remember to use plenty of sunscreen to protect you and your families skin, and stay hydrated!