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Florence, Oregon

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Florence, Oregon
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Florence is, more than anything, a community, and with a cozy population of 6,500, it's certainly a close-knit one. This means the town hosts plenty of community events, from parades to fireworks, from religious gatherings to flower shows. And in churches, libraries, theaters, and community centers across town, Florence keeps its civic pride and spirit alive with festivals, plays, and concerts.

The town also is served by a municipal government and services, and is covered by local media and news outlets.

Community Events

Rhododendron Festival

The City of Rhododendrons throws its Rhododendron Festival each year during the third weekend of May, resulting in a colorful celebration where Florence proudly puts on a show for thousands of out-of-town visitors and residents alike. Included in this festival are floral displays, a Junior and accompanying Grand Floral Parade, 5 and 10 K runs, arts & crafts shows, and the Kiwanis Kids Games, among others. A carnival opens the week before, and the weekend kicks off with live music and dancing on Friday.

Fourth of July Celebration

Live outdoor music in Old Town Florence and a fireworks show over the Siuslaw River mark Independence Day each year.

Florence Fall Festival

Each year when late September rolls around, the town hosts the Fall Festival, including "Chowder Blues & Brews," a giant chowder cookoff and microbrew tasting celebration at the Florence Events Center, featuring food booths, live music, and arts & crafts. Plus, there is a Kite Flying Festival and HBA Florence Tour of Homes. Don't forget the carnival in Old Town during the weekend and live music Saturday evening.

Christmas Festivities

Christmas in Florence is never complete without the annual Old Town tree lighting ceremony, Christmas carols in Old Town with audience participation, kids' arts & crafts, and Santa pictures in the Gazebo Park on Bay Street.

Mapleton Salmon Festival

No, Mapleton isn't Florence, but it's close by. Besides, this festival celebrates something near and dear to Florence's heart: Salmon. Each year during the fourth weekend of September, this beautiful community along the Siuslaw River kicks off two days of festivities, with a weekend-long fishing derby, live entertainment, games, food, crafts, and information booths.

Florence Community Centers

Florence Events Center
(541) 997-1994, (888) 968-4086
715 Quince Street, Florence
Florence's premiere events center is, in fact, the Florence Events Center. This latest addition to town includes an 8,000-square-foot convention center, an art gallery, and a theater seating over 450 patrons. Many national and local cultural events are hosted here, and the center acts as home for The Last Resort Players. The town's famous Rhododendron Festival is also held here each year, as is the Fall Festival and Home & Garden Show.

See also Calendar of Events

Visitor's Center

270 Hwy 101
Florence, OR 97439
(541) 997-3128

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