Brookings, Oregon Azalea Festival

Oregon loves her flowers and has many festivals celebrating them. This event is held every year over the Memorial Day weekend. This is the 78th year for the festival and events will span from Friday, May 26, through Monday, May 29. Some of the many happenings are live music, local artisan crafts, Family fun on the Boardwalk, brewing demo, triathlon, cardboard boat races, games and coastal beers and food. Whew! That’s a lot of fun to partake in.

The festivities start on Friday evening at 5:00 pm with “Rock The Chetco” activities which include music, food, beverage, fun and games for the entire community. Along with the Azalea Festival, the City of Brookings is sponsoring the evening.

From 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm the same evening is the Azalea Festival Chamber Mixer at the Port of Brookings-Harbor Visitor Center where the Pioneer Citizen, Grand Marshall of the Parade and the Azalea Court will be announced.

There are more events on Friday including a book sale and the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Service. So many fun, interesting and meaningful things to take in!

On Saturday, May 27th, the 78th Annual Azalea Festival Parade will take place starting at 10:00 am. Local businesses and organizations combine to make this event happen.

Other activities continue throughout the day. If you are curious about the parade winners, you can attend the Azalea Park Program starting at 1:00. Rock The Chetco” continues throughout the day at the Port. The US Coast Guard will be present in the sky. There is a quilt show, art show and our favorite, the car show sponsored by the Curry County Cruisers. And much more.

Sunday, May 28th, is Airport Day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the airport. You can learn about aviation, the airport and how you can become a pilot. The Brookings Flying Club sponsors plane rides for $20.00 per person through a reservation system. Cal-Or Life Flight provides helicopter rides for $50.00 per person.

The Brookings Flying Club sponsors this annual event to promote interest and involvement in aviation and to promote aviation safety. The club also offers scholarships for students seeking an education in the aviation field.
Again, “Rock The Chetco” continues along with a Pancake Breakfast, the Plant Sale and Flower Show and, our fav, the car show judging.

Monday, May 29th, there is another Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 am to 11:00 am sponsored by the Masonic Lodge and a Memorial Service at the Port Boardwalk.

Come visit us at www.umpquahaven.com and take in this fun weekend. It’s about a 3-hour drive from us to Brookings and what a beautiful drive it is! If you leave early, it’s an enjoyable day trip. Or just rest with us for a day or two before heading down the coast. What a great way to celebrate this holiday weekend and honor those who gave all.

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