End of Summer Doesn’t Mean End of Fun – Labor Day Weekend in the Rogue Valley
Labor Day weekend is like the last hurrah for summer. Fall is closer to our doorsteps than just around the corner, and the school year is ready to begin whether children are ready for it or not. Dozens of events are taking place during the holiday weekend in the Rogue Valley, and here are a few special ones.
Taste of Harry & David: Harry & David’s 15th annual food and wine festival will take place Sept. second and third. Locals and tourists can sample local beer, wines, and cider as well as gourmet food and chocolate. For $15 dollars, patrons will get a wine glass for sampling and can peruse around 60 booths offering these delicious samples. $10 lets patrons sample food only. Live music will also be present at the event, entertaining guests as they enjoy decadent food and drinks by local businesses.
1314 Center Dr, Medford, 11 am – 6 pm, Sept. 2 and 3, $15 for food and alcohol, $10 for food only
Britt Festival: While it may seem like an obvious choice, Britt Festivals is always a great option for a weekend event for the family or a date. Daughtry is performing his original alternative rock music Saturday, September 2. To make it a more complete day, take the opportunity to enjoy the quaint downtown of Jacksonville. Enjoy a meal at C St. Bistro or an artisan cup of coffee at Forty-Five Coffee.
350 S 1st St, Jacksonville, 7:30 pm, Saturday, September 2, $67 reserved, $69 standing room, $44 lawn, $34 children
Emigrant Lake: If a food and wine festival or a concert isn’t as relaxing as some might prefer for the long weekend, enjoy the day swimming and lounging at Emigrant Lake. The beautiful lake five miles outside of Ashland has campgrounds and and an RV Park. Float or lay out by the water, barbecue with friends and family, and end embrace the end of summer.
Grants Pass Growers Market: Every Saturday in Grants Pass the Growers Market sets up from 9 am to 1 pm, selling home and fresh grown spices and flowers, produce, and artwork. Attendees can enjoy and sample homemade essential oils, take home a fresh cake or pie, and even meet a silversmith. Artists and farmers from Butte Falls to the Oregon Coast set up shop here for those seeking more natural and artisan products for their stomachs and homes.
4th and F St, Grants Pass, 9 am – 1 pm, Saturday, September 2, free