Grants Pass abounds with
modern campgrounds and RV facilities, many with boat ramps and
riverside campsites. Josephine County has an extensive system of
parks, and many of these are on the Rogue River. As far as
lodging, you will find quality Hotels, Motels, B & B's and Inns.
Historical Sites - Enjoy a walk through time
as visitors and residents share the legends of Historic Grants
Pass. Visitors will enjoy a tour of our Pioneer Cemetery
Memorial Drive, visit historic homes of The Croxton House, The
Alf House, The Judson House and our famous Schmidt House. Visit
the Schmidt House located on SW 5th Street, downtown, for a tour
of Josephine County's Historical Society. Contact 541-479-7827
for tours. For a complete list of historical residences, ask for
maps on our Walking Tour of Historic Grants Pass.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Amazing May is the season opener.
Festivities are scheduled throughout the entire month of May.
Events include the Native American Arts Festival; Spring Wine
Stroll, Antique & Collectible Street Fair, Boatnik, the Wild
Rogue Balloon Festival, and many more. For a list of May events
call 1-800-547-5927 for further information.
the Rogue A premiere fall event. This unique event introduces an
art and music festival at its best, introducing nationally-known
and local pastel street artists along with local and regional
musical entertainers and art displays, in an event that promises
to be as inspiring as it is fun. This three-day event is a must
see! Call 1-800-547-5927 for more exciting details.
Fabulous 50's Car Show is a summer event not to be missed.
Celebration includes a downtown 50's car cruise, a dance, live
music and much more for the entire family to enjoy.
Fest in Grants Pass, Oregon, is a celebration honoring the
area's most prized inhabitants - the black bear. Our bedecked,
larger-than-life bears start out as plain fiberglass figures.
They are then magically transformed by local artists into
colorful, embellished creatures that are publicly displayed on
the downtown streets for all to see, touch, and enjoy throughout
the summer months. Besides its obvious entertainment value, Bear
Fest was organized to raise funds and support for nonprofit
organizations in Grants Pass. There are sixty-two of the wildest
bears you are likely to encounter. Larger than life-size bears,
artfully interpreted by local artists as fun and friendly public
art, are displayed on the streets and sidewalks of beautiful
downtown Grants Pass. Each of the designed bruins include an
adorable "bear cub" as a companion.
Boatnik is an event
for the entire family to enjoy memorial weekend. The event is
kicked off by a parade terminating in Riverside Park, the
starting point for whitewater hydro boats racing 35 miles down
the Rogue River and back. Activities in the park include magic
and art shows, crafts, art, clothing and food vendors. Visit
www.boatnik.com or call 1-800-547-5927 for further information.
Concerts in the Park is a great setting for a family picnic!
Annually this event provides a unique variety of local music
performances free to the public. Limited food vendors, beverages
and other snack treats for the kids are available throughout the
concert. Every summer from July to August performances will take
place every Tuesday evening starting at 6:30pm at Riverside
Park. Contact 1-800-547-5927 for more information and concert
First Friday Art Night Enjoy an evening
stroll through downtown Historic "G" and 6th Street viewing a
variety of local talents in our art Galleries and Museum.
Occurring on the first Friday night of the month (excluding
January), Grants Pass comes alive with music and art. There are
various shops, galleries and restaurants open late displaying
local art and musical talent. Event begins at 6pm and ends at
Performing Arts - Grants Pass offers a uniquely
diverse selection of performing art theatres varying from
treasured Musicals to favored Comedies along with remembered
Documentaries & the exploration of Modern performances.
Reminiscing favorite Broadway style shows, enjoying invigorating
community youth productions, to reliving audience involvement
SATURDAY ARTISAN & CRAFTERS MARKET
festive open-air market featuring some of the finest artisans
from around the Rogue Valley. View a wide variety of exquisite,
handmade items including: glass art, pottery, jewelry, metal
art, photography, garden art, furniture, textiles, watercolor,
mixed media and much, much more. We are co-located next to
Growe's Market on 5th St between E & F Streets every Saturday
from May through October between the hours of 9AM to 1PM.. For
further information contact: (541) 660-9000
"We grow it, cook it, and make it, just for you" -
Rising above Oregon's only permanent open-air agricultural
market, one hears many languages; Spanish, German, Japanese,
Russian; all boasting of the bounty of Southern Oregon.
Providing our families with a wide variety of specialties, the
atmosphere is relaxed, festive and fun. Discover Grants Pass
Growers Market. Open Mid March to Thanksgiving, Saturdays from
9am - 1pm & June to September on Wednesdays at Riverside Park
from 9am - 1pm. Contact 541-476-5375 for further information.
Horse Racing at Grants Pass Downs at Josephine County
Fairgrounds features high caliber Pari-mutuel horse racing each
Saturday, Sunday through the 4th of July weekend (approx). For
hours call: 541-476-1639
Hellgate JetBoat Excursions -
has what you are looking for...excitement, scenery and history.
You an experience the thrill and adventure of an exciting jetboat trip down the famous Rogue River. There are five
excursions to choose from; a 2-hour scenic canyon tour; a 4-hour
Champagne Brunch trip, a 3-hour Lunch Trip, a 4-hour Dinner
Trip, served down river at an old homestead overlooking the
river, or a 5-hour Whitewater Adventure. See Our Recreation
Section to contact them...
Josephine County Fair is held
in mid- August and is a great summer event. This old-fashioned
county fair includes baking, crafts, and hobby contests along
with livestock auctions, entertainment, carnival rides and even
Magical Musical Holiday Murals These holiday
murals light up Grants Pass along both 6th and 7th Street
annually, mid November to December 31st. Donated by the fine
works of Fiber optic Lighting, 20 murals decorate downtown, each
5ft x 10ft uniquely designed giant holiday card, weighing 400
pounds, specializes in its own sound system along with playing
its own holiday tune. Who says you can't stroll through downtown
Grants Pass during the holidays listening to Jingle Bells?
Pass, elevation 935 feet, is located on the banks of the scenic
Rogue River in Southwestern Oregon. It is surrounded by the
foothills of the Cascade, Siskiyou and coast mountain ranges,
and is only 85 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Grants Pass is the
county seat of Josephine County, the headquarters for the
Siskiyou National Forest and the northern gateway to the Redwood
Empire of California. Crater Lake, a U.S. National Park, is 100
miles northeast, and the Oregon Caves, a U.S. National Monument,
are 50 miles to the southwest. Numerous outdoor recreational
City of Grants Pass
35,000 (est) Josephine County 83,000 (est.)
Josephine County offers five public golf courses, one with a
driving range. Indoor miniature golf, bowling, one outdoor and
two indoor swimming pools, one at the YMCA and one at Club NW.
Five tennis sites with nine courts, six racquetball courts, 12
playgrounds, 14 gymnasiums, a gymnastics center (Gymnastics By
Design), a sportsman club with rifle range open to the public,
and many other activities are available. The city is within two
hours of ocean beaches and mountain skiing; one hour to many
high lakes and streams for fishing & boating. Just minutes to
river fishing, rafting/boating, camping, hunting, biking,
fairgrounds and parks. See Our Recreation Section...
Musical and cultural programs are presented
locally by the Rogue Theatre, Barnstormers Theater, Stardust
Repertory Theatre, Connect the Dots Theatre, and the Rogue Music
Theatre. The Grants Pass Museum of Art presents changing art
displays. There are also art displays featured in the Wiseman
Gallery at the Rogue Community College and the Fire House
Gallery downtown. The city of Grants Pass is also represented by
all major civic groups. Grants Pass is 50 miles from the
renowned Oregon Shakespearean Theatre in Ashland which offers
year-around Shakespearean and contemporary performances on two
indoor stages and one outdoor Elizabethan stage along with the
Oregon Cabaret and Art Attack Theatre Productions. The Peter
Britt Summer Music Festival in Jacksonville is 45 miles away as
well. See our Recreation Section.....
The Three Rivers Hospitals are full-service,
community owned health care facilities. Three Rivers offers an
array of services not usually found outside of metropolitan
areas. Included in the hospital's services are a homelike
birthing center, the area's only maternity service and American
Medical Response, the hospital' critical care ambulance. Medical
specialties currently represented on the medical staff of the
hospital include: allergy, dentistry, dermatology, emergency
medicine, family and general practice, Hospice Care, home
health, infectious diseases, internal medicine, neurology,
obstetrics/gynecology, occupational health, ophthalmology,
oral/maxillofacial surgery, orthopedic surgery, osteopathy,
otolaryngology, (ear, nose and throat), pathology, pediatrics,
psychiatry, radiology, surgery (colon-rectal, general, thoracic,
and vascular) and urology.
If you are new to our area, or
would like to be referred to a doctor, please call the Physician
There are 10 elementary
schools, a number of private, parochial, independent, vocational
and pre-schools. Three middle schools, three high schools, and
Rogue River Community College are also available in Grants Pass.
Southern Oregon State College, a four year institution, is
located in Ashland.
LODGING - See Our Lodging Section
More than 77 churches
in Josephine County represent a majority of denominations.
Josephine Community Transit 541-474-5452
offers a city bus route and taxi service. Greyhound has a
terminal on Agnes Ave as well as one at the Grants Pass Airport,
which has a small airstrip near Merlin . The City of Grants Pass
is within 30 minutes of a major air terminal in Jackson County
which serves both counties. An industrial-business-recreational
airport in Merlin is five minutes from Grants Pass.
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