Staying in McMinnville this summer?
Entertain yourself with turkeys, lavender, live music and more.
1. Brown Bag Concerts:
Thursdays, June 10-August 19, noon-1:30 p.m.
Head to Third Street with your lunch on Thursday afternoons to enjoy live music at the U. S. Bank Plaza at NE Third and Davis streets at the Farmers Market. The concert series includes a wide variety of musical genres. Last year’s performances
featured everything from didgeridoo to blues.
2. McMinnville Farmers Market:
Thursdays, May 27-October 14, 1:30-6 p.m.
The trip you’re already planning on taking on Thursdays to Third Street for the Brown Bag Concerts just got better. The
McMinnville Farmers Market on Cowls Street between Second and Third streets will supply you with fresh and locally grown fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as crafts, prepared foods, and other assorted items, such as worms.
3. Oregon Brews & BBQs:
June 18, 3-10 p.m., and June 19, noon-10 p.m.
The Granary District on Fifth and Lafayette streets will host the third annual McMinnville area Habitat for Humanity Oregon Brews and BBQs festival. Food, beer, wine and music are the
focus of the festival, all while raising money for Habitat for
Humanity. IDs will be checked, and minors will be allowed
admittance only from noon-6 p.m. June 19. Admission is $5, and those who are 21 or older will receive a souvenir mug.
4. Garden Tour & Faire:
June 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The McMinnville Garden Club will hold its 10th annual tour and fair, which includes more than 45 vendors on NW Cowls Street and a tour of five Garden Club members’ yards. Admission to the fair is free, but tour admission is $10.
5. Turkey Rama:
July 9-11, event times vary
Turkey Rama is an annual summer festival held in McMinnville, and this year marks its 49th run. Why turkey? There was once a
thriving turkey business in Yamhill county. A highlight of the
festival is the barbecue, held July 11. More than five tons of
turkey will be grilled for the event. The barbecue will take place at East Wortman Park from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Turkey dinners are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Other events include carnival rides and games at the corner of Booth Bend Road and U.S. Highway 99W in front of Rice Furniture, opening at noon each day of the festival, and the Turkey Trot 8K run and two-mile
fitness walk July 11, which begins at 8 a.m. (Registration is at 7 a.m.) For more information and a complete events schedule, visit www.mcminnville.org/turkeyrama/index.html.
6. Yamhill Lavender Festival:
July 10, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and July 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Turkey not your thing? Head to Yamhill for the lavender festival at Beulah Park on the corner of Hemlock and 3rd streets. The
Yamhill Lavender Festival is one of many destinations on the Oregon Lavender Festival Tour and includes live music, art, crafts and, of course, lavender — in many forms. Lavender locales will open their doors to the public for the festival. For a complete list of event, visit www.oregonlavenderfestival.com.
By Amanda Summers/Copy editor
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