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January


Annual Winter Music Festival

Winter-Music-Festival-2019Location: Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St.
When: Third weekend in January
Description: Warm your heart and soul with the best in folk, bluegrass, Americana, and more. Three days and a dozen acts at the Florence Events Center. The event showcases a variety of international touring talent and Pacific Northwest favorites, an artisan fair with 2-D and 3-D pieces by top-flight artisans, a wealth of locally-sourced cuisine and fine libations, lively jam sessions, pie sale, and a Thursday Kids Concert for local school districts.
For more information: WinterMusicFestival.org, EventCenter.org, 541-997-1994

Siuslaw Awards

Location: Florence Events Center or Three River Casino Resort (varies)
When: Late January/Early February (varies— will be January 23, 2019)
Description: Celebrate success in commerce and community leadership! This prestigious banquet recognizes excellence in the local business community by naming recipients for awards in Excellence in Customer Service, Curb Appeal, Non-Profit Achievement, Community Caring, Innovation in Business, and the Stu Johnston Business of the Year Award. The event includes the State of the Chamber address. Two outstanding individuals in the community will be honored with the Future First Citizen Award and the First Citizen Award recognizing leadership and impactful selfless service to the community. The Chamber will also recognize with the Distinguished Service Award an individual or business that has selflessly given of their time and efforts in supporting the Chamber.
For more information: FlorenceChamber.com, 541-997-3128

February


Valentine’s Day? Yes! Check with our local lodgings to learn about romance packages.

March


Spring Whale Watching

Whale-watching-OCVALocation: Highway 101 turnouts between Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse, at Cooks Chasm Turnout, and at Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center
When: Height of migration is usually around the third weekend in March
Description: Volunteer “Whale Watching Spoken Here” experts are strategically located along the Oregon Coast to help you spot some of these 20,000 majestic, migrating mammals.
For more information: www.WhaleSpoken.org

Plan now to enjoy Spring Break in Florence!

April


FlorenceFest Wine*Art*Jazz

Florence-FestLocation: Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St.
When: Variable, but usually last weekend of April (The 2019 edition will be April 26, 27)
Description: Two days of international-caliber jazz concerts, Oregon wines, and a juried art exhibit and sale of nearly 100 2-D and 3-D art from across the country competing for up to $1000 in cash awards. (21 and over only)
For more information: www.FlorenceFestOregon.com, 541-997-9136 (Coast Radio KCST 106.9 FM)

May


Oregon Dunes Triathlon/Duathlon

Location: Dunes City, Oregon (just south of Florence)
When: Second Saturday in May
Description: Entrants have their families join them here on the Oregon Coast for a great Mother’s Day weekend event. The race begins with the swim course in beautiful Woahink Lake. The bicycle course traverses the winding backroads with challenging inclines found in the rural Oregon coastal forests. The running course culminates at the top of one of Oregon’s unique sand dunes in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
For more information: www.OregonDunesTriathlon.com

Annual Rhododendron Festival

Rhody-Fest-CarnivalLocation: All around town
When: Third weekend of May (Wednesday to Sunday)
Description: Come enjoy the pageantry of the second-longest running floral festival in Oregon! Festivities include Saturday’s kids’ parade, Sunday’s grand floral parade, a flower show at the Florence Events Center with hundreds of our famous rhododendrons, the Davis Shows carnival, classic car shows and cruise, motorcycle shows, 5K run, food and drink, street vendor fair, and the coronation of Queen Rhododendra, King of the Coast, and their Court.
For more information: FlorenceChamber.com, 541-997-3128

June


Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Location: Varies
When: Traditionally the second Thursday evening in June
Description: Join the Chamber as we review the previous fiscal year and look forward to the next. We will have a special celebration for retiring outgoing board members and the installation of new board members and officers. Enjoy music, networking, prize drawings, and delicious bites and beverages. The Chamber welcomes the Florence community to this adult-only event.
For more information: FlorenceChamber.com, 541-997-3128

July


Annual Wings & Wheels Classic Car and Airplane Show

wings-wheels-car-airplane-showLocation: Florence Municipal Airport, 2000 Kingwood St.
When: Traditionally the first full weekend in July
Description: This is one of the most entertaining classic car and airplane shows in Oregon. In addition to 100 really cool cars, there are many antique and hot rod airplanes… plus military, police and fire displays. It is a full day of exhibition action, food, live music, and more than 20 local and regional groups with displays and activities for the whole family.
For more information: www.OregonCoastHotrods.com

 

Old Fashioned 4th of July

Old_Town_Florence_FireworksLocation: Historic Old Town Florence and other sites around town
When: July 4
Description: Old-fashioned family fun and games, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, food, music, and one of the best fireworks shows on the coast launched from a barge in the Siuslaw River to add a dramatic reflection off the water. Add synchronized patriotic music and you’ve got yourself a show to remember!
For more information: FlorenceChamber.com, 541-997-3128

August


August is the peak of the summer season in Florence. Every day is a special event here in Oregon’s Coastal Playground. With so much going on during the normal course of coastal life in August, there are no specific high-profile events to list. Come. Make it a day at the beach…or two…or three…

September


Annual Rods ‘n Rhodies Classic Car Invitational

Rods-N-Rhodies-car-showLocation: Historic Old Town Florence and various locations around town
When: First full weekend after Labor Day—coincides with Community wide Garage Sale
Description: Florence will be in top gear and revved-up for you during the Annual Rods ‘N Rhodies Invitational Car Show. Because Rods ‘N Rhodies is an invitational, you know you’ll see more than 100 of the West Coast’s most gorgeous, amazing, awe-inspiring high-end hot rods and custom cruisers from 1976 and earlier at different venues all weekend. Themed music, cruise, food, and surprise performances on a closed-off Bay St.
For more information: FlorenceChamber.com, 541-997-3128

Communitywide Garage Sale

Location: Various locations around town
When: First full weekend after Labor Day—coincides with Rods ‘n Rhodies Classic Car Invitational
Description: Let the bargain hunting begin! With scores of residential and commercial sales all around town, you’ll enjoy a shopping adventure like none other. Snag a copy of the garage sale guide at the Siuslaw News office (148 Maple St.), online at TheSiuslawNews.com, or the Chamber of Commerce office (290 Highway 101) and enjoy your treasure hunt!
For more information: FlorenceChamber.com, 541-997-3128

Florence Half Marathon

Location: Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St.
When: Traditionally the third weekend in September
Description: Racers and their fans enjoy views of the Siuslaw River, four aid stations with water, gu energy gels, electrolyte beverages, snacks, and toilets. All finishers receive a medallion and an additional medallion is awarded to the top three in each age group of five-year increments. Participants enjoy post-race refreshments and chip timing by Eclectic Edge Racing. Racers fly in from around the country for this event, as it is a destination event in Lane County and sees participants from eight states, as far east as Massachusetts.
For more information: www.pinkbuffaloracing.com

October


Annual Wine & Chowder Trails and Great Glass Float Giveaway

Wine-and-ChowderLocation: Historic Old Town Florence and other sites around town
When: First full weekend in October
Description: Join us for this fun filled three day weekend in Florence! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday search for and enter to win hidden glass floats around town. On Saturday stroll through Old Town and sample wines from a dozen of Oregon’s finest wineries. On Sunday be your own judge and let us know which is your favorite chowder from the dozen different samples available all along Bay Street. Glass Float Hunt & Chowder Trail passports ($5 each) are available Friday at the Visitors Center (290 Hwy 101) and in Old Town at Gazebo Park Saturday and Sunday. Commemorative Wine Trail glasses and tasting tickets will be on sale at Gazebo Park in Old Town Saturday. Glasses are $5 and tickets are $1 each. Live music, surprise performances, and more. Register for wine pairing dinners, clam digging clinics, and other events!
For more information: FlorenceChamber.com, 541-997-3128

Oregon Coast Championship Weiner Dog Races

Wiener-Dog-Races-Siuslaw-NewsLocation: Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St.
When: Second Saturday of October
Description: Exciting, hilarious family fun along with Oktoberfest-themed music, food, and drink.
For more information: EventCenter.org, 541-997-1994

November


Annual Veterans’ Day Parade

Location: Parade route begins at Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., and wends its way through Historic Old Town, to Veterans’ Memorial Park (Bay St. at Kingwood St).
When: November 11
Description: This annual event brings honor to those who served our country through their military service.
For more information: www.facebook.com/FlorenceVeteransDayParade/

Annual Florence Holiday Festival

Location: Historic Old Town Florence
When: Saturday afternoon/evening after Thanksgiving.
Description: Enjoy live music, warm beverages, Santa’s arrival, great holiday season sales, hayrides, caroling, and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Celebration. Coincides with national Small Business Saturday to encourage shopping at local small businesses all around town.
For more information: FlorenceChamber.com, 541-997-3128

Annual “Light Up Your Boat” Float

Location: Port of Siuslaw Marina, Old Town Florence
When: Saturday afternoon/evening after Thanksgiving in conjunction with Florence Holiday Festival
Description: Bring and decorate your boat for a festive time at the. All floatables from kayaks to superyachts are welcome!
For more information: FlorenceChamber.com, 541-997-3128

December


Winter Whale Watching

Location: Highway 101 turnouts between Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse, at Cooks Chasm Turnout, and at Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center
When: Height of migration is usually between Christmas and New Year’s Day
Description: Volunteer “Whale Watching Spoken Here” experts are strategically located along the Oregon Coast to help you spot some of these 20,000 majestic, migrating mammals.
For more information: www.WhaleSpoken.org