From sand sculpting exhibitions to headlining entertainment at Three Rivers Casino Resort, Florence stays lively with fairs, festivals and performing arts. Catch current block busters or cult classics at an atmospheric movie theater or drop into a local art gallery during an artist reception.
Seasonally, Historic Old Town Florence hosts outdoor markets and events along the boardwalk. Year-round the Florence Events Center is a hub for art shows, craft fairs and celebrations. And for over a century, Florence has been crowning their “Queen Rhododendra” at their annual Rhododendron Festival honoring this prolific and beautiful bloom.
Click the link below to see the many events that occur in Florence throughout the year, and to view the official ‘Events’ calendar.
The Florence Winter Festival Event is happening January 12 – 14th. This year’s headline performance features Al Stewart of ‘Year of the Cat’ fame. Consider booking the Cottage (less than a 10 minute drive from this popular event) and enjoy all the Oregon Coast has to offer in Winter! More info’ on the Festival here: https://florencechamber.com/event/winter-music-festival/
The off-season months (December through February) are simply a wonderful time of year to visit the Oregon coast – and during the off-season, you’re sure to find the lowest prices we offer all year! So whether you are a solo traveler and adventurer or in a relationship or would love to spend time with some special friends, we suggest you head to the coast to enjoy all of the beauty of Heceta Beach during this special time of year! It’ll give you a chance to be together and create special memories that will last a lifetime. From long, leisurely conversations around the fireplace to taking advantage of a sunny day and hiking the beautiful Oregon coast to watching gray whales migrate south, Fall and Winter activities that make for special memories are endless. In the event that there is a powerful storm system passing through, you’ll feel snug and safe within the Cottage, which was built to withstand hurricane-force winds, and has a charming 3rd floor loft with expansive ocean views that is ideal for storm and whale watching. We even provide high powered binoculars to help you get the most out of the view!
Upcoming Events on the Coast:
Christmas at Haceta Head Lightstation: December 9th-10th & 16th-17th
The Queen Ann style Keeper’s House will be decorated with Victorian flourishes inside and out. Enjoy warm drinks and treats, while listening to performances by local musicians. Santa Claus will be there, and there will be a holiday raffle with great prizes from local businesses. Shuttle service will be offered from Heceta Head Lightstation State Scenic Area parking lot to the front door. Or bring warm, rainproof clothing and a flashlight and enjoy a beautiful walk up from the parking lot/beach. The parking fee is $5 or present your Oregon Coast Passport.
The Yachats Academy of Arts & Sciences hosts this annual community bonfire that offers music, sweet treats, and a warm welcome. Guests are invited to bring a percussion instrument as well as a piece of firewood to add to the bonfire.
There is no better time to come and see the whales as they migrate south for the winter. Trained volunteers at 24 “Whale Spoken Here” sites will help visitors spot gray whales during the winter migration.
Some of you know that I keep my horses at C&M Stables. Yesterday I learned that some of our wranglers will be riding the stables’ beautiful horses in Florence, Oregon’s annual Rhododendron Parade on May 21st. The schedule to this beloved “Rhody” Festival is here: https://florencechamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2017-Schedule-of-Events-7.0.pdf. The Sapphire Sands Vacation Suite is available the night of May 20th. Book now and attend the parade May 21st! – Rebecca, Owner / Host of Sapphire Sands
From Florence’s Chamber of Commerce: “Come join us for a weekend of fun! Our Rhododendrons, that thrive along the Oregon Coast, are of course the stars of the Festival and we celebrate their beauty! The spectacular display of hundreds of Rhododendrons takes place at the Florence Events Center. You will also enjoy the family-focused parade, Street Vendor Fair, Car Show, 5K run and the Carnival with rides, games and a few surprises. The festival officially begins with the Rhody Showcase to crown “Queen Rhododendra”. And while you are in the area, be sure to visit our fabulous shops, restaurants and the many adventures found only in Florence. CLICK HERE for a full list of events so you can plan your weekend in Florence Oregon! The Florence Rhododendron Festival is the second-oldest flower festival in Oregon and third – oldest on the West Coast and is just one year younger than the Portland Rose Festival. The Oldest flower festival on the west coast is the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California.”
Florence, Oregon hosts many annual events in the beautiful historical ‘Old Town’ district on the Siuslaw River. Here’s the list of events for 2017 from the Florence Chamber of Commerce. The Sapphire Sands Vacation Suite in Heceta Beach (Florence) opens for business May 16th – Just in time for the annual Rhododendron Fesival! Learn more about the suite and nightly rates by going to https://sapphiresandsvacationsuite.com and feel free to share with others via the social media buttons at the end of this post.