Linn County offers events for all tastes

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Two major country music festivals,  a wide variety of festivals celebrating area history, the Northwest Championship Sheep Dog Trials, fireworks shows in the skies over local rivers and lakes, tractor pulls, mud festivals, car shows, Christmas extravaganzas – and much, much more… You won’t have any trouble finding exciting entertainment in Linn County, here in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

For the day-to-day list, just visit out Events page and check out the calendar to see what’s happening during the time you plan to visit us. Alternatively, see the “Things To Do” schedule in the Linn County Parks and Recreation Guide, accessible by hitting the button at the very top of this page.

If you’re planning long-term, here are some of the bigger local events that you should consider, in order of occurrence. We’re just scratching the surface here, so check out the schedules for a lot more!

The Mud Fest – An all-day event held between Brownsville and Sweet Home, this is the real deal for any true off-road enthusiast. You don’t have to drive to enjoy it. Sponsored by the Santiam Four Wheel Drive Association. Usually in early March.

Harrisburg Museum Quilt Show, Craft Fair, and Tractor Show – Last weekend of April at Harrisburg Museum.

Carriage Me Back Days in Brownsville – First weekend of May. The town returns to its 19th-century past with period costumes, horse-drawn carriage rides, etc. The first of a wide variety of events hosted by Brownsville during the warm months. Visit www.historicbrownsville.com for more information.

Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair and Northwest Sheep Dog Trials – Parade, livestock shows, and other great down-home events, including watching top sheep dogs bewitch those wooly critters. Mid-May in Scio.

Lebanon Strawberry Festival – A three-day extravaganza, held the first weekend of June, that includes a huge parade, the world’s largest strawberry shortcake and lots of other great activities.

Car shows – Linn County offers a variety of great car events, including three in Albany alone, starting with Grampa Tom’s Car Show in Sweet Home on the second weekend of June, and ending with the Rollin’ Oldies Fifties in the Fall Car Show in Lebanon in mid-September. Check out the schedules above for more chances to enjoy classic vehicles on display.

Fourth of July – The biggest event is the Star Spangled Celebration at Cheadle Park in Lebanon, but Harrisburg and Brownsville also offer fireworks shows and other entertainment. Detroit Lake holds a show as well, usually on the Fourth, and Sweet Home’s Sportsman’s Holiday celebration held during the first full weekend following Independence Day, features a great display over Foster Lake on Saturday night – best viewed from a boat on the water!

Linn County Fair – Wanna see a down-home, agriculturally based fair? This is it. All sorts of great activities and entertainment, but the livestock pavilions and the contest venues are a must-see. Mid-July.

Oregon Jamboree – Having recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, this three-day camping and country music festival is unique in that it is put on entirely by the Sweet Home community (with a little professional help) and its sole purpose for existing is to raise funds to help the city regain its footing, economically, following the downturn of the local timber products industry. First weekend of August. Big stars every night.

Willamette Country Music Festival – This Brownsville area-based three-day camping and country music festival is put on by Bi-Mart and also features top country talent. Held in Mid-August on a farm between Crawfordsville and Brownsville.

Wah Chang Northwest Art and Air Festival – Beautiful hot air balloons are the feature attraction at this event, held the final weekend of August in Albany’s Timber Linn Park. But there’s a lot more, including a juried art show, lots of nighttime activities and fireworks.

Veterans Day Parade – The largest of its kind west of the Mississippi, Albany’s Veterans Day Parade is a taste of true patriotism as local folks support their armed forces amid the historic setting of downtown Albany.

Christmas – Every community has something to offer, most of them on the first weekend of December. One of the more unique is Sweet Home’s Singing Christmas Tree. Albany’s celebrations last right up to the Whitespires Christmas Eve Singalong, held in one of the city’s classic old church buildings.