By Amanda Coscette | 03/30/2023 | Dining, Featured Articles, Fishing, Guides & Tours, Jetboats, Lakes & Rivers, National Park, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Adventure, Sports, Things to Do, Trails, Wine, Winery

THE ROGUE VALLEY SPRING BUCKET LIST

Rogue Valley Winter Bucket List




Spring is a beautiful season to explore this charming city nestled in the heart of the Rogue Valley. With its mild climate, stunning natural surroundings, and vibrant community, Medford offers something for everyone. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure, cultural experiences, or just a relaxing getaway, the Rogue Valley has it all.

From blooming wildflowers to delicious local cuisine, you'll find plenty to discover and enjoy during your springtime visit. So why wait? Come explore Medford this season and discover all the wonders this city has to offer!

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The Pear Blossom Festival is an annual event held in Medford, Oregon, typically in the month of April, to celebrate the beauty of the pear orchards in the Rogue Valley region. The festival has been a tradition in Medford for 70 years and features a wide range of activities and events for people of all ages. The festival includes a parade, which is one of the largest parades in Southern Oregon, featuring colorful floats, marching bands, and community groups. There is also a street fair with food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and live entertainment. Sample local foods and participate in fun activities for the whole family! Whether you're a local or a visitor to the area, the Pear Blossom Festival is definitely worth checking out.

Hiking The Table Rocks in Medford is a popular activity for many reasons, but one of the main draws for visitors is the opportunity to see the wildflowers that bloom in the area during the spring and early summer months. The hike to the top offers stunning views of the Rogue Valley and surrounding mountains. Add in the vibrant colors of the wildflowers, and you have a truly breathtaking sight! The wildflowers on Table Rock come in a wide range of colors and varieties, including lupine, Indian paintbrush, balsamroot, and many more. The hike to Table Rock (Upper and Lower) is relatively easy and accessible, making it a great option for hikers of all skill levels. The trail is well-maintained and offers plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the scenery along the way.

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Spring is the perfect time to visit over 18 tasting rooms in Applegate Wine Country and celebrating harvest season at the Uncorked Barrel Tour is the perfect way to see it all! The wine grapes have been picked, pressed, and barreled, and the winemakers have time to chat. Pick your starting location, and let yourself be lured from one winery to the next. Each will offer an appetizer and wine for tasting. You’ll even get to meet some of the latest releases! Uncorked is a great opportunity to stock up on wine for the Summer. Uncorked has an incentive for designated drivers where they don’t need to purchase a ticket but may still sample the food.

The Ashland Independent Film Festival is generally two weeks in April of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called it "a dream you'll never want to leave." Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF. Over 7,000 film lovers attend the event held at different locations including the Varsity, the Historic Ashland Armory, ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum and Walkabout Brewing Company in Medford and gather to watch over 100 documentary, feature, and short films in five days. Filmmakers from around the world engage with audiences after each screening and at festival events. Grab a blanket or chair, and join other movie-lovers for an event to remember! 

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Biking the Mountain of the Rogue is an experience that any outdoor enthusiast should not miss! The trails on the Mountain of the Rogue are well-maintained and marked, making it easy for bikers to navigate the area. Additionally, there are many different trails to choose from, allowing visitors to tailor their biking experience to their skill level and preferences. Whether you want to bike to boost your endorphins or simply to view the exceptional views of the valley, Mountain of the Rogue is your perfect jumping point to fun! 

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a Tony Award-winning company that was founded in 1935 and has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a nationally renowned theatre arts organization that presents a rotating repertory season of up to eight plays and musicals, including both classics and new work. OSF productions have been presented on Broadway, internationally, and at regional, community, and high school theatres across the country. The OSF theaters are located in a beautiful setting in Ashland, surrounded by lush gardens and outdoor spaces. The main theater, the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre, is modeled after Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and offers a unique and immersive theater experience. 

Rogue Picnics offers an elevated outdoor eating experience in Medford and the Rogue Valley. No setup, no hassle — just relax and enjoy! They will get you set up and ready, and will meet you just about anywhere in southern Oregon. Whether it's your home, a local park, or a participating winery, Rogue Picnics strives to make sure everything is perfect. Just show up, relax and enjoy! Perfect for date nights, birthdays, proposals, anniversaries, showers, celebrations, or just because.

The hike up Roxy Ann Peak is a challenging but rewarding outdoor activity that offers stunning views and the opportunity to connect with nature. It's the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of the Rogue Valley. The trailhead for the hike is located at Prescott Park in East Medford, and from there, hikers can choose to take either the Lower or Upper Roxy Ann Trail. The trek up this majestic mountain offers sights of blossoming flowers and wildlife that make this a must-do hike this spring.   

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre specializes in musicals, comedies and whodunits and has provided first-class entertainment and dining in the Rogue Valley for more than thirty-five years. The Cabaret’s venue oozes with the old school charm of the jazz era with a restaurant that  produces exceptional dishes that pairs well with the Cabaret’s powerful productions. If you're looking for a unique and entertaining night out, a visit to The Cabaret is a must! 

Grab your friends and head on down to Roxyann Winery for the Brews Bluegrass and BBQ festival for a day filled with finger-licking good BBQ and toe-tapping Bluegrass music! It's the perfect way to soak up the sun and enjoy the outdoors with some great company. You don't want to miss out on this ultimate spring celebration! This event features local musicians, craft beer, cider & wine, delicious food trucks (with options for all dietary preferences!), kids activities and craft vendors. Don't forget to dance the night away and participate in their "Dance Your Grass Off" competition. 

Looking for fresh, artisan food and local handmade crafts? The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market serves as the embodiment of community and creation every Thursday in Medford at Hawthorne Park. With local food trucks, pottery, woven creations and plenty of farm-fresh picks, you will discover the very best of the valley all in one place.

Discovery Park

Discovery Park, located directly off of the Rogue River, is home to the seasonal series "Concert on the Rocks". Guests can arrive to one of these exclusive shows by jet boat, or guided raft, or even their own boat, to witness their favorite bands perform on a floating stage on the water. It is truly a one of a kind music experience featuring local musicians, food and drinks! Rogue Jet Boat Adventures boats this bucket list item that you must experience while visiting Southern Oregon. Their loading park is just minutes from the Medford Airport and runs between mid-April through mid-September, 7 days a week!

Wine, food, and fun await you on the Upper Rogue Wine Trail, where you will experience extraordinary tastes and treasures at every stop. Raise your glass, make a toast and kick off Oregon Wine Month in true Southern Oregon fashion and get your ticket for Roam The Rogue! This event is the perfect way experience some of our region's most delectable wines. Roam through the beautiful and scenic Upper Rogue in this self-guided tour and savor 2 wines and 2 deliciously paired appetizers at all participating wineries.

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Barnstormer's Vintage Fair is a super fun vintage and handmade market held 3 times a year in beautiful Southern Oregon. This event is held at the Jackson County Expo with over 80 vendors including food trucks and adult beverages. Support our local makers by making a day out of it and thrift through handmade goods and home décor. 

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For the past 6 years, LongSword Vineyard has hosted this fun kite-flying event on their family owned, farmed, and operated vineyard & winery located in the heart of the Applegate Valley. Make sure to get out there for a weekend of wine, libations and big kites! Professional fliers will keep you in awe and they also recommend you BYOK (bring your own kite) to participate in the festivities.

Held on Memorial Day Weekend, the Ashland World Music Festival brings this major culture-bearing festival to Lithia Park for a weekend full of music and dance! All festival events are FREE, family friendly, & ADA accessible. Join the festivities and immerse yourself in one of their engaging events including HeartBeat Stories, a percussion workshop, a community samba dance on Ashland’s downtown Plaza, and a weekend of SoundWalking through beautiful downtown Ashland.

Toketee Falls is a stunning waterfall, located in the Umpqua National Forest and is a true natural wonder that should not be missed! The hike to Toketee Falls is a short and an incredibly scenic one, taking you through a beautiful forest and along the North Umpqua River. Along the way, you will see towering trees, lush foliage, and stunning river views. As you get closer to the falls, you will hear the roar of the water and feel the cool mist on your face, adding to the excitement and anticipation of seeing the waterfall up close. The 120-foot waterfall drops into a crystal-clear pool, surrounded by sheer rock cliffs and beautiful wildflowers. It's a truly awe-inspiring sight that will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired. 

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Southern Oregon Speedway is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves racing or is looking for a fun evening out. Grab some friends or family, and head to the track for a night of high-speed excitement! Surrounded by rolling hills and trees, this venue is great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the area while watching some exciting races.

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Want to see why Pickleball has been named the fastest growing sport in America? With its fast-paced rallies and strategic gameplay, it's easy to get hooked on the game and keep coming back for more. This fun and exciting sport is easy to learn and fun to play! Sign up for a Smash this spring and get playing. 

Support your local beekeepers, meaderies and farmers and get buzzing at the Oregon Honey and Mead Festival! Sample some delicious honey and learn about the origins of mead and how it has evolved over time. With live music, family-friendly exhibits and crafts this event is un-bee-lieveable!

The heart of Made in Southern Oregon was created to highlight all the wonderful makers in the Rogue Valley. From art, leather goods, woodworking, welding, farming, jewelry and much more, there is something for everyone! Spend your day wandering through the streets of Central Point and support your local artisans while enjoying food, music and so much more!

Take a trip on an unforgettable chocolate adventure! Oregon's Chocolate Festival will have, all of us with a sweet tooth, drooling for days. From a Chocolate Maker’s Wine Dinner on Friday night, educational presentations and demos, to Chocolate Brunch and weekend filled with chocolate creations offered by artisan makers from all across the West Coast, this weekend is jam packed with fun.

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