mark your calendars for our Two-day event in 2017!
SATURDAY APRIL 29TH 9 am-5pm
SUNDAY april 30th 9 am-5pm
welcome friends, old & new!
2017 entertainers are...
The John Dough Boys
The Blarney Stone Kissers
Around the Hearth
S.O. Scottish Bagpipe Band
Def Cougar Mellencamp
THE CURTAIN CLIMBERs
COYOTE RISING PUPPET TROUPE
Primitive skills demos
HEAVY ATHLETICS & EDGED WEAPONS CONTESTS for adults & youth
Tug O’ War & Stones
Spring May Pole Dance
Youth & Kids Activities
Food & More!
general admission 2017
two day pass: adults $15 YOUTH $8
SATURDAY: adults $10 YOUTH $5
SUNDAY: ADULTS $5 YOUTH $5
(KIDS 10 & UNDER FREE)
8205 E. Evans Creek Rd. Rogue River Oregon 97537
There’s not many festivals where you can go and watch a cob earth oven-building demo alongside a female roller derby scrimmage. Walk twenty yards and see medieval combat skills in action, an edged weapons competition, and horseback gymnastics known as vaulting. Wander through the artisan Vendor Village and around the colorful twenty-foot May Pole, an ancient spring tradition from cultures around the world, to the front field where strong men and women are competing in Scottish Heavy Athletics, throwing stones and hurling stripped trees. A bluegrass band takes the stage and aerial silk performers are on deck, beside you are giant dancing puppets of trees, birds, and dragons. Welcome to the Elk Mountain Highland Games & May Day Festival, an eclectic event that pulls the past into the present. Did we mention the kids can learn how to flint knap and make rope out of cordage?
Our festival aims to bring together the eclectic elements that make southern Oregon unique and fuse them with historic and modern skills while welcoming the return of spring. Join us for a family friendly event you’ll remember; there’s more than just things to see, there are things to do!
If you'd like to help sponsor this event, please see our "donate" button at the top of the page or e-mail us!This event is a benefit for the Evans Valley Education & Community Center, a rural community center focused on enrichment for all ages. The funds from this event will go towards maintaining our property and making repairs on our buildings so that we can realize our community’s plans for an amphitheater, commercial kitchen, community garden, museum, library, event halls and more.
Built in 1923, our 28 acre facility was used as a public school from 1923-2010, when it was closed by the local school district. Dedicated community members petitioned the school board under an Oregon statute to return the property to the community of Wimer (a small town 8 miles north of Rogue River). Evans Valley Community Association, a 501c3 under the Oregon PTA Congress, obtained ownership of the facility in December 2012 and community efforts are bringing the old school back to life.
We hope you will join us in our community center efforts and spring celebration!
Directions from Interstate 5
1. Take Exit 48 (City of Rogue River) and head north towards the town.
2. After crossing the railroad tracks turn left on to Pine Street. You will come to a 4-way stop sign, continue straight on Pine Street
(note: Pine St. turns into E. Evans Creek Rd.). You are 8 miles from the Festival!
3. Travel north into the beautiful Evans Valley and we will see you shortly! Destination: 8205 East Evans Creek Rd
FESTIVAL PARKING IS 1/4 MILE BEFORE THE EVENT. DON'T WORRY, WE HAVE A SHUTTLE!
Where to Stay
Hotel: Best Western, Rogue River (541) 582-2200
Camping: Valley of the Rogue State Park (800) 452-5867