Oakridge Tree Planting Festival

The Oakridge Tree Planting Festival began in 1953. It was a time when logging provided many family-wage jobs, and the festival was a way of celebrating the good times and the community’s dedication to sustainable forests. Today, though the economy has changed dramatically, the community continues to observe this traditional, small-town celebration. It includes a parade, talent and quilt shows, coronation of a queen, kids’ mini-olympics, a crafts fair, a dinner theater and yes… a tree planting event.

The area surrounding Oakridge provides as many outdoor pleasures as anyone could ask for: fishing, hiking, bicycling, skiing, canoeing, bird-watching and more. All this is available in a setting of unparalleled natural beauty. The history of Oakridge is as rich as its natural resources. For example, the famous short-cut from the Oregon Trail, the Free Emigrant Road, passed  through here. History is alive in this place, and the Tree Planting Festival is an example of continuing traditions.  Today, it provides a local-flavor celebration with equal appeal for locals and visitors alike.

  • Annual event held in late April/early May
  • ADA accessible
  • Fee required for some events
  • Trained guides available
  • Visitor center
  • Located on both public and private land

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