Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival

Oregon Country Fair
This forty-year-old festival is more than just your typical orgy of corn dogs and cotton candy. Set in the woods west of Eugene, rides are replaced with live music, vaudeville actors, jugglers, puppets, and lots and lots of tie-dye. Outrageous costumes are encouraged, as is being green: 40 percent of the fuel required to run this year’s fair will be biodiesel. Think of it as Burning Man with foliage. July 10-12; oregoncountryfair.org

Fourth of July at Blue Lake Regional Park
Public fireworks displays tend to be more hassle than they’re worth: crowds, limp explosions, traffic. But just a few miles east of downtown, this one-hundred-acre oasis bucks the trend. Besides the eye-popping thirty-minute display of big bangs, there are ample grassy knolls for picnicking, a “spray ground” of fountains to cool off in, and a beach for self-roasting. And when the smoke has cleared and the last of the fried chicken is gone, your Independence Day backdrop will be a sky glittering with stars instead of a sea of taillights illuminating I-5. oregonmetro.gov

St. Paul Rodeo
Saddle up, city slicker, and witness some of the country’s best bronco busters and bull riders as they descend on St. Paul, a tiny town thirty miles from Portland with a serious love for cowboys. Inside the ten-thousand-seat Rodeo Grandstands, some of the toughest riders around—including world champion Trevor Brazile—will compete for a purse worth more than $300,000. And at the Great Western BBQ Tri-Tip Cook-Off, fifteen “cowboy poet(s) of the grill” will battle for your taste buds. June 30-July 4; stpaulrodeo.com

Hood River Cherry Picking
There are U-pick fruit orchards, and then there’s Draper Girls’ Country Farm. With a mouthwatering glut of fruits like apples, pears, blueberries, peaches, and cherries, Draper Girls’ is open every day of the year, but July marks the beginning of cherry season. Bring a lunch, pick some juicy treats, and then settle into the garden for some unpasteurized apple cider.

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