Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley is known for its breathtaking vistas and outdoor adventures. But, did you know it also has a thriving arts and cultural scene? Read on to discover the most popular events in the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon that celebrate this area’s cultural richness and creative heritage. 

5 Exciting Events You Can’t Miss

Discover a world of art and culture in our beautiful region! From the captivating performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the melodious tunes of the Britt Music and Arts Festival, immerse yourself in amazing theater, music, and film. 

1. Oregon Shakespeare Festival 

Referred to as the “Broadway of the West Coast,” the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, OR, is a premier attraction in the region, earning numerous accolades and distinctions. The festival has garnered multiple Tony Awards and received recognition from TIME, earning a spot among the nation’s top five regional theater companies. 

From February to November each year, the OSF delivers a dazzling array of 11 exceptional productions, seamlessly blending classical masterpieces and contemporary works, all meticulously crafted by some of the most brilliant talents in the world of theater.

Since its start in 1935, the festival has captivated audiences for over 80 years. But it’s not just about the astounding shows. The OSF is also about passing the torch and helping new actors, artists, directors, and producers find their path. They’re open year-round, offering classes and camps where anyone hungry for theater and performing arts knowledge can learn from the best.

2. Heart of the Rogue Festival

The Heart of the Rogue Festival was named “Best Small Festival” by the Oregon Festival & Events Association and a top destination by Sunset Magazine, and it’s easy to see why! This event is a treasure trove uncovering the essence of the town and its surroundings. The festival takes place every October and invites all to indulge in artisanal creations, locally sourced delicacies, and the region’s award-winning wines.

Partnering with Rogue Valley Vintners and Rogue Valley Wine Country, the festival transforms a street into Wine Country Lane – a haven where local wineries, craft breweries, and distilleries converge. The event also has activities for families, captivating live performances, and delicious local food. 

3. Britt Music and Arts Festival

Don’t miss the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor music event – the Britt Music and Arts Festival. This event occurs annually from June through September and features dozens of fantastic concerts. 

The venue for this festival is a fascinating, naturally-formed amphitheater on the hillside estate of 19th-century photographer Peter Britt in Jacksonville, OR. The featured concerts showcase world-class musicians from various genres, including jass, classical, bluegrass, pop, country, and more! Some of the most notable past performers include Diana Ross, Joan Jett, Chicago, and Steve Martin. 

4. Art Galleries Galore

Oregon’s Rogue Valley bursts with local talent spanning various artistic mediums, from photographers to painters, sculptors, and woodworkers. In Jacksonville, some of the standout galleries to visit include Jacksonville Art Presence Art Center and Carefree Buffalo. Plus, Dan McGeorge, a famous nature and scenic photographer, calls Jacksonville home and has his own gallery in town. 

Ashland is home to over 30 galleries featuring dozens of acclaimed artists. We recommend attending the First Friday Artwalk that takes place each month so you can stroll from gallery to gallery and potentially meet some of the artists. The Schneider Museum of Art is also located at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. 

5. Theaters & Shows Year-Round

The Craterian Theater at the Collier Center in Medford, initially constructed in 1924, boasts a rich history that saw vaudeville and the performances of a young Ginger Rogers. Today, it hosts a dynamic lineup ranging from Broadway musicals like Rent to performances by esteemed musicians such as Jackson Browne and comedians like Jason Alexander and Drew Carey. 

Nearby, the Camelot Theater in Talent showcases local theatrical productions, and the Oregon Cabaret Theater in Ashland and the Bi-Mart Amphitheater at the Expo draw crowds for top-notch performances, including concerts by artists like Carrie Underwood, Steve Miller, and Willie Nelson.

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