Ashland, Oregon is the heart and center of the Rogue Valley’s education and entertainment industry with the Southern Oregon University, Cabaret Theater, as well as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. There is a lot of activity in Ashland all year round, but especially during the summer. There is plenty to do and see, eat and drink, listen and be entertained! Don’t miss the chance to visit Ashland for its culture and heritage. Truly a joyous celebration going on all year long.
The homes in Ashland are often considered high-end homes but there are still a lot of rental apartments or homes to accommodate the university students. The median price of homes in all of Jackson County is $236,000, whereas Ashland median sales price is $358,000 (as of May 2015). The demand for Ashland homes create a steady or brisk real estate sale climate.
Special Events During the Year:
ASHLAND ARTISANS MARKET
Lithia Artisans Market Christmas Faire! The market’s local artisans showcase quality, handmade gifts. Entry is free. Held at the Historic Ashland Armory, Thanksgiving Weekend. See Website.
ASHLAND BOOK AND AUTHOR FESTIVAL
Free annual event where around 100 local authors and publishers gather to interact with the public. See Website.
BRAVA! OPERA THEATER
Young Artist Program present a Vocal Competition Concert, Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall The National James M. Collier Vocal Competition brings in singers from across the country to compete. Admission is Free. For more info, see website.
4TH OF JULY PARADE
Now over 100 years old, this parade & celebration is what makes Ashland Oregon a “great small town to live in”. The festivities begin early with a run, followed by a grand old parade, activities, food and entertainment in gorgeous Lithia Park, and concludes late that evening with spectacular fireworks.
CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
The Ashland Chamber Annual Children’s Halloween Celebration is an intensely colorful tradition celebrated each year by kids of all ages. In an effort to maintain a safe environment, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce Halloween Committee asks the community to abide by the newly established rules and policies.
FOOD & WINE CLASSIC
Sip, Sample and Celebrate Southern Oregon’s bounty Ashland style. Annual Event in November. Come experience hands-on workshops, a 3-course dinner prepared by local chefs , paired with local wines as well as the Chef and Dessert Competitions showcasing local farms and food artisans. Lodging packages are available for travelers near and far.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHT
The Festival of Light, a community event put on by the Ashland Chamber, begins each year the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. There is entertainment on the Plaza, followed by Santa’s Parade and a Grand Illumination with a countdown led by Santa and Mrs. Claus who officially turn on over one million lights all over downtown.
The Green Show (Free music and dance entertainment before every Shakespeare Play during the summer, located in front of the Elizabethan Theater).
Southern Oregon Cabaret Theater
Saturday Growers and Crafters Market
Ashland Culinary Festival (November)
There is always something going on in Ashland so don’t hesitate to visit the Ashland Chamber website for a complete calendar of events.