Experience it all. . .
Historic Downtown McMinnville and the Yamhill Valley play host to a variety of events and festivals throughout the year. From the International Pinot Noir Celebration, which brings wine lovers from around the world to Linfield’s campus, to Alien Daze, which annually attracts 10,000 UFO enthusiasts, festivals abound. Ongoing summer events, like the McMinnville Farmer’s Market, which takes place on the street just below 3rd Street Flats Historic McMinnville Bank location, are great to incorporate into your stay. So use our Festivals & Events Calendar to help make your visit coincide with a specific event—or to find a quiet weekend.
For up to date information on events check out the McMinnville Downtown Association or Wines Northwest – Calendar of Oregon Wine Country Events. Also, be sure not to miss these quintessential McMinnville experiences:
Thursdays, Memorial Day through Mid-October. . .
The McMinnville Farmer’s Market brings farm fresh produce, wine, live music and artisan vendors together on the street below 3rd Street Flats to thoroughly celebrate the agricultural abundance of the Yamhill Valley. The Market gets started at 1:00 pm, but the fun starts an hour earlier with a Brown Bag Concert down the Street at the US Bank Plaza.
SIP! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic brings wine, food and art together under the wings of the Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Aviation Museum to create a treat for your sense that you don’t want to miss. With over 60 wineries and the best food Oregon’s Wine Country has to offer, this is an event not to miss.
The Third Saturday Art & Wine Walk features artful pleasures of the best kind. Businesses throughout downtown McMinnville play host to local artists and wine makers, inviting guests to experience the flavors and artistic beauty of the valley. Live music abounds making it an event for all the senses. (Third Saturday monthly, all year)
The UFO Festival and Alien Costume Parade are out of this world experiences! McMinnville is home to the world’s second largest UFO celebration, thanks in fact to a famous UFO sighting on the Trent farm in the 1950’s. ‘Alien Daze’ is as whimsical and fun as any festival can get-and since it’s in McMinnville, it features plenty of alien themed wine and food!
The Annual Garden Tour & Faire highlights the lush horticultural abundance of McMinnville by offering participants a chance to tour the best private local gardens AND to celebrate gardening with a fair that fills the street below 3rd Street Flats. Vendors from local artisan nurseries bring their wares, as do garden artists of all types.
McMinnville’s annual Turkey Rama festival is a nod to the area’s past fame as the turkey raising capital of the world. A blight wiped out the birds decades ago, but the fun-filled festival remains with street vendors, a classic car show, carnival, the World’s Largest Turket BBQ, and the ‘Turkey Trot’ run.
The Oregon Lavender Festival is a summer event not to miss. Dozens of local lavender farms open their doors to guests with tours and lavender themed activities. Lavender enthusiasts can also enjoy the Lavender Fair at Buelah Park, just down the road in Yamhill. The Plien Air Art show features lavender themed art and vendors provide an amazing array of booths.
The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) is a world famous three day celebration of Pinot Noir, drawing pinot enthusiasts from around the globe. Seminars, tours and of course lots and lots of wine and food make this a one of a kind international celebration.
Carlton’s Walk in the Park is a magical summer weekend in the neighboring town of Carlton. Artisans, chefs and winemakers fill Carlton’s city park with one of a kind creations.
The Draggin’ the Gut Festival is a local celebration of the time honored tradition of generations of McMinnville youth–loading up in a car with your friends and driving as slow as possible through downtown McMinnville. One weekend a year folks of all ages flood downtown to watch cars inch a along, filled to the brim with people of all ages celebrating this particular bit of Americana.
Named one of the Top 10 food and wine festivals by readers of USA Today and 10Best, Bounty of Yamhill County lines up three days of culinary adventures that offer unique opportunities to savor the farm-to-table flavors of the Willamette Valley.
The Carlton Crush Harvest Festival features a grape stomp competition, a wine barrel race and many other events that celebrate the viticultural abundance of the Yamhill Valley.
Carlton’s Haunted Grainary is a PG-13 haunted house in the old Madson Grainery, the legendary site of a gruesome 1950’s murder. Don’t miss this hair raising experience!