Summer is just around the corner, and Klamath County is gearing up for an exciting lineup of annual events. From car shows to music festivals, community fairs to historical celebrations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re planning a visit to Klamath County this summer, here are some fantastic ideas to make the most of your time.
June Events in Klamath County
Third Thursday: The Best of Downtown Klamath Falls
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Klamath Falls with the Third Thursday block party. Happening on the third Thursday of every month throughout the summer, this event will take place on June 15, July 20, and August 17, 2023. Get ready to explore vendor booths, savor delicious food prepared by local chefs, and groove to live music on three stages. The festivities extend late into the evening, with many downtown businesses joining in the fun. It’s the perfect way to experience the heart and soul of Klamath Falls.
Living History Day at Collier Memorial State Park
Step back in time at the Collier Logging Museum during the free and family-friendly Living History Day. On June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can witness the roaring engines of vintage logging equipment, including dozers and tractors, as they come to life for captivating demonstrations. Enjoy delectable food from various vendors and groove to live music as you soak in the historical ambience. It’s an event that blends education, entertainment, and good old-fashioned fun.
Spence Mountain Mayhem XC MTB Race
Calling all cycling enthusiasts! Experience the thrill of the first-ever Spence Mountain Mayhem XC MTB Race, which took place on June 18, 2023. Located in the renowned mountain biking destination of Spence Mountain, this event offered epic rides for riders of all skill levels. Choose between a 10-mile beginner course, an 18-mile intermediate course, or a challenging 28-mile race for advanced riders. Entry fees covered lunch and event swag, making it an unforgettable adventure. Stay tuned for the next iteration of this exhilarating race!
Kruise of Klamath: Celebrating Classic Cars
Rev up your engines for the Kruise of Klamath, the largest celebration of classic cars in the region. From June 22 to 25, 2023, Klamath Falls will transform into a haven for car enthusiasts. The event kicks off with a thrilling party, followed by car shows featuring vehicles dating back to 1979 and earlier. The highlight of the event is the Show and Shine in downtown Klamath Falls on Saturday. Prepare to be awestruck by the beautifully restored classics and soak in the nostalgic atmosphere.
July Events in Klamath County
Lost River Bluegrass Festival
Escape to the cozy community of Merrill for three days of toe-tapping bluegrass and roots music at the Lost River Bluegrass Festival. Taking place from July 7 to 9, 2023, this fifth annual event showcases performances by seven incredible bands. Jam sessions, workshops, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, and a local craft brew-filled beer garden provide a delightful experience for the whole family. For an added touch of camaraderie, you can camp on-site in your tent or RV for a small fee.
Basin Brew & Q: A Family-Friendly Delight
Indulge in a day of family-friendly fun at the Basin Brew & Q, organized by the Klamath Freedom Foundation. On July 15, 2023, head to Steens Sports Park in Klamath Falls for more than two dozen varieties of craft beer and cider, live music, a barbecue contest, and an array of vendors. This exciting festival is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy great food, drinks, and entertainment while supporting a fantastic cause.
Third Thursday: Keeping Summer Hot in Downtown Klamath Falls
As the temperature rises, so do the Third Thursday festivities in downtown Klamath Falls. Prepare to be serenaded by live music on three stages, tantalize your taste buds with delicious food from local vendors, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere. If the heat becomes too much, cool off in the refreshing water features at Klamath Commons Park. Don’t miss the excitement on June 15, July 20, and August 17, 2023.
August Events in Klamath County
Klamath County Fair: A Summer Extravaganza
Mark your calendars for the Klamath County Fair, one of the region’s biggest summer parties. From August 3 to 6, 2023, the Klamath County Fairgrounds will be the place to be. Enjoy concerts by renowned artists such as Warren Zeiders, 38 Special, and Clay Walker. Be thrilled by the demolition derby, bid in the 4-H livestock auction, experience carnival rides, and indulge in delicious food and crafts from local vendors. It’s a true celebration of small-town charm that you won’t want to miss.
Brats, Brews, and Blues Festival: A Timeless Tradition
Join in the fun at the annual Brats, Brews, and Blues Festival, one of Klamath County’s most beloved events. In its more than two-decade history, this festival has become a staple of the community. Taking place on August 12, 2023, it features live music from regional acts, mouthwatering cuisine from local food trucks, and refreshing craft beer from Klamath Falls breweries. Best of all, it’s a fundraiser for Camp Evergreen, a summer camp that provides support to youth dealing with the loss of a loved one. Get ready to groove to the music, savor delicious food and drinks, and make a difference in the lives of others.
Third Thursday: A Farewell to Summer
Bid farewell to the summer season with the final Third Thursday event of the year. Join in the festivities as downtown Klamath Falls comes alive with live music, stunning artwork at vendor booths, delectable regional cuisine, and more. Many restaurants and bars remain open to cater to the crowd, and three parks offer a variety of activities. It’s the perfect way to end the summer on a high note. Don’t miss out on the fun on June 15, July 20, and August 17, 2023.
Klamath Tribes Restoration Celebration: Embracing Cultural Heritage
In August, the Klamath Tribes Restoration Celebration commemorates the restoration of the Klamath tribes, including the Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin Bands of the Snake Indians. From August 25 to 27, 2023, this event offers a unique cultural experience through a powwow, parade, color run-walk, and more. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration of the area’s indigenous heritage.
For more information on these and other exciting events, be sure to check out the calendar of events at Ratingperson. Summer in Klamath County is full of joy, music, history, and community spirit. Make the most of this season by immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of events that await you.