Your Guide to Summer Events Around Klamath County
Summer is fast approaching, and with it come some of Klamath County’s most popular annual events. This summer is no different, with a lineup that includes car shows, music festivals, community fairs, historical events, and more. So as you make plans to visit Klamath County this summer, here are a few fun ideas for making the most of your time.
June Events in Klamath County
Third Thursday: Experience the best of downtown Klamath Falls with the Third Thursday block party, taking place on (surprise!) the third Thursday of every month this summer. The event—taking place June 15, July 20, and August 17, 2023—takes over downtown with vendor booths, fresh food from local chefs, live music on three stages, and other fun activities. Many downtown businesses stay open late for the event, creating a festive atmosphere across the city’s bustling core.
Living History Day at Collier Memorial State Park: The free, family-friendly event brings the past to life at the Collier Logging Museum—where dozers, tractors, and other vintage logging equipment will fire up for demonstrations; the fun also includes food vendors and live music. Living History Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18.
Spence Mountain Mayhem XC MTB Race: Spence Mountain has earned acclaim in recent years as a premier mountain bike destination—and the first-ever Spence Mountain Mayhem XC MTB Race, happened on June 18, 2023, showcasing the region with epic rides for cyclists of all skill levels. Riders chose between a 10-mile beginner course, 18-mile intermediate course, and 28-mile race geared toward advanced riders. Entry fees ranged from $30-50 and included lunch and event swag. We can’t wait for this event to happen again next year!.
Kruise of Klamath: The region’s largest celebration of classic cars returns June 22-25, 2023, with events throughout Klamath Falls. The Kruise of Klamath includes a kick-off party, car shows for vehicles from 1979 and older, a cruise around downtown, and more. The highlight of this event is the Show and Shine downtown Klamath Falls on Saturday.
July Events in Klamath County
Lost River Bluegrass Festival: Enjoy three days of bluegrass and roots music at the Lost River Bluegrass Festival, taking place July 7-9, 2023, in the cozy community of Merrill. The fifth annual event will feature performances from seven bands, jam sessions, and workshops—as well as food and craft vendors, children’s activities, a beer garden with local craft brews, and more. Adding to the sense of tightknit community around the event, attendees are invited to camp in their tent or RV, on-site, for an additional fee.
Basin Brew & Q: Every summer, the Klamath Freedom Foundation puts on the family-friendly Basin Brew & Q at Steens Sports Park in Klamath Falls. Happening on July 15, 2023, the festival includes more than two dozen varieties of craft beer and cider on tap, family activities, live music, a barbecue contest, vendors, and more.
Third Thursday: As summer heats up, so do the Third Thursday festivities in downtown Klamath Falls. The fun includes live music on three stages, fresh food from area vendors, and more. Kids of all ages can even cool off in the water features at Klamath Commons Park—one of three nearby parks hosting events and vendors. Check out Third Thursday throughout downtown on June 15, July 20, and August 17, 2023.
August Events in Klamath County
Klamath County Fair: One of the region’s biggest parties every summer is the Klamath County Fair; this year, the fun unfolds August 3-6, 2023, at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. The fair brims with small-town charm through concerts (Warren Zeiders, 38 Special, and Clay Walker will headline in 2023), a demolition derby, a 4-H livestock auction, carnival rides, food and craft booths from local vendors, and more.
Brats, Brews, and Blues Festival: One of the longest-running, best-loved events around Klamath County is the annual Brats, Brews, and Blues Festival. Running strong for more than two decades, the festival takes place on August 12, 2023—and includes live music from regional acts, fresh cuisine from local food trucks, crisp craft beer from Klamath Falls breweries, and more. The one-day festival is a fundraiser for Camp Evergreen, a four-day summer camp that supports youth experiencing trauma after the death of a loved one.
Third Thursday: Bid farewell to summer with the final Third Thursday event of the season. The fun seeps into every corner of downtown Klamath Falls through concerts from local musicians, artwork at vendor booths, fresh fare from regional chefs, and more. Many downtown restaurants and bars stay open for the festivities, and three parks host a mix of activities while offering a place for attendees to enjoy a fun night out. Third Thursday takes place throughout downtown Klamath Falls on June 15, July 20, and August 17, 2023.
Klamath Tribes Restoration Celebration: Every August, the Klamath Tribes Restoration Celebration marks the anniversary of the restoration of the area’s Klamath tribes—including the Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin Bands of the Snake Indians. The event does so through a powwow, parade, color run-walk, and more—all taking place August 25-27, 2023. The event is open to the general public.
For more events, check out our calendar of events.