There's always something fun to do when you live, work or visit the McKenzie River community. Please check calendar regularly for updates as to locations, times, speakers and other specifics, as well as cancellations and changes of venue. In addition to the events below, the following are available for your enjoyment:

McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce General Meeting: Quarterly, Location and speaker changes

GeoTour: ECC McKenzie River Edition

Emerald Art Center Art Walk: 2nd Friday

Vida-McKenzie Community Center

  • Sew & Sew's 1st Monday, 1pm
  • Family Bingo Night 2nd Saturday, 7pm
  • Vida-McKenzie Neighborhood Watch 2nd Thursday, 2pm (May-Oct 7pm)
  • Late Bloomers Garden Club 3rd Thursday, 10am

AMJ Track Building

  • Yoga  Tuesdays 10-11:15am, Wednesdays and Sundays 5-6:15pm

Upcoming events

    • 16 Apr 2016
    • 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • McKenzie River Trail & Belknap Hot Springs Lodge & Gardens

    Hot Springs Trail Runs, hosted by Pink Buffalo Productions LLC, operates under a special use permit with USDA Willamette National Forest, and is an equal opportunity outdoor recreation service provider.
    For more information, visit

    Register: Online registration is available using this link and will be open to the first 200 registrants. Here is a PRINTABLE ENTRY FORM you can mail in with payment in the form of a check to Pink Buffalo Racing.

    18 Mile Entry Fee: Includes shuttle to the start line from Belknap Hot Springs, chip timing by Eclectic Edge Racing, finisher medal, age group awards, one hour in the Belknap Hot Springs Resort pool, post race refreshments, a fantastic course with 4 aid stations including Gatorade, water, energy gels and snacks. Water stations and toilets are at the start, Trail Bridge trail head, and Deer Creek trail head. There will be a drop bag service at the start as well. 
     $69 Through March 31, 2016
     $79 April 1 - 17
     $84 Race Day

    Packet Pick Up: Packets will be available at Belknap Hot Springs Lodge & Gardens in the lobby on Friday, April 15th from 6 pm - 8 pm and on Saturday starting at 7:30 am. The 18 mile packets will be taken to the 18 mile start line at 8:25 am. It is not necessary to have the race bib on to get on the shuttle bus, which will pick up under the awning in front of the lodge at Belknap, but it is necessary to register to participate in the event. Any turkeys, people who run the race without paying will be required to pay immediately. "Pacing" or running part of the race and pulling off of the course for which we have secured permits, insurance, etc. is not permitted under any circumstance.

    Course Time Limit and Trail Etiquette: The course limit for the 18 mile run is 5 hours, which is 16:40 per mile. Please respect the trail and do not throw any trash, especially energy gel wrappers, on the trail. Wait until you reach an aid station to toss your trash. If you are passing someone, please call out, "On your left!" before you pass. The trail is open to regular day users, so please make sure you are respectful of their experience. Thank you in advance.

    Finish Location: The race finishes at gorgeous Belknap Hot Springs Lodge & Gardens at 59296 Belknap Hot Springs Rd, McKenzie Bridge, OR. Park at Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge & Gardens. Here is a link for DIRECTIONS.

    Overnight Accommodations: Book your room, RV site, campsite or cabin today by calling 541.822.3512. There is normally a 2 night stay minimum requirement, but they are waiving the minimum for racers and you can stay one evening if you prefer. CLICK HERE to see what is available. Then reserve online for 2 nights or call to reserve one night and tell them you are with the race. We also have a spaghetti dinner on Friday, April 15 from 6 pm - 8 pm for $15/person, including spaghetti or zucchini spaghetti, a salad bar, a roll, a piece of delicious homemade pie and tea. The deadline to reserve your seat at dinner is Sunday, April 10th at midnight by registering online and indicating how many dinners you're purchasing. The dinner is not included in the entry fee. Lodge check in is at 3 pm daily and check out is at 11 am. You receive pool access included in your stay through 11 am Saturday. After you finish, you'll receive a pool ticket from Pink Buffalo Racing for an hour in the pool. All pool users must shower in the provided facilities before entering the pool. You do not have to stay overnight at Belknap - you can drive up race morning. If you know others who are coming, please carpool, as parking is limited.

    Course Maps:
    Click here for the course map. The 18 mile race starts at Carmen Reservoir and has about a quarter mile on hard packed dirt. Then, the course merges onto Waterfall Trail. About a mile later, past Koosah Falls and Sahalie Falls, the course goes over a footbridge and proceeds south on McKenzie Trail to Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge & Garden. The first three miles are highly technical.

    • 23 Apr 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Eagle Rock Lodge, 49198 McKenzie Highway, Nimrod

    Each year fishing guides and wooden boat fans gather on the opening day of fishing season to celebrate and learn about McKenzie River history, wildlife and wooden boats! The event is held at the Eagle Rock Lodge located at 49198 McKenzie Hwy, Vida, Oregon. Come, relax and learn about the river and her natural wonders! April 23, 2016 – from 10 – 5 PM

    • 08 Jul 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 10 Jul 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • McKenzie River Lavender, 40882 McKenzie Highway

    While exploring the beautiful McKenzie River include a visit to McKenzie River Lavender. Only a 20 minute drive from hectic interstate traffic, experience vibrant lavender fields on the banks of our peaceful river setting. Breathe in the intoxicating aroma of lavender, hear the hum of the bees in the field, absorb the vibrancy of the intense purple colors against a fir backdrop, and feel the fragrant flowers stroke your legs as you take a meditative stroll through our lavender labyrinth. Say hello to ‘Let It Bee’, our new chainsaw art sculpture. Our specialty lavender products include fresh bouquets of ‘Grosso’ lavender in season, pure essential oil and linen spray, unique lavender crafts, soaps, lotions and more. During the Oregon Lavender Festival, our country bazaar showcases all things lavender, as well as the creations of local artisans. Open Friday through Sunday. Enjoy an experience for the whole family including music, food and drink with a petting zoo to delight the children. 

    • 04 Aug 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 07 Aug 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • McKenzie Community Track & Field, Blue River

    • Daily carving auctions (Thurs-Sun)
    • Great Food!
    • Beer & Wine Garden
    Proceeds support maintenance and sustainability of this venue.
    McKenzie Track was built by donations.
    Contributors: Seneca, Aaron & Marie Jones, NIKE, The Ford Family Foundation, and local residents. 
    For more information
    541-822-1068 Email
    • 21 Aug 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Tokatee Golf Course

    The McKenzie River Clinic presents:
    The 6th Annual Tokatee Scramble
    Location: Tokatee Golf Club
    Email Dan King at to sign up!
    Contact Mike Van Wyck for further information:
    This is a fund raiser for the McKenzie River Medical Clinic

Past events

05 Dec 2015 Holiday Bazaar
04 Dec 2015 Holiday Open House Potluck Dinner
30 Nov 2015 McKenzie River Christmas Tree Permit Sale
30 Nov 2015 Belknap Bridge Annual Holiday Lighting Celebration
12 Nov 2015 McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce All Members Meeting
08 Nov 2015 Emerald Art Center Holiday Show and Sale
31 Oct 2015 Bob Welch Writing Workshop
06 Oct 2015 Harvest Breakfast
12 Sep 2015 McKenzie River Trail Run
06 Aug 2015 Chainsaw and Arts Festival
03 Aug 2015 Ice Cream Social
16 May 2015 Mountain West District Meet - High School
09 May 2015 Middle School District Meet
10 Apr 2015 Aaron and Marie Jones Track and Field Invitational
04 Apr 2015 Easter Egg Hunt
28 Mar 2015 Rodeo Days at Hoodoo
07 Mar 2015 5th Annual 16K - 2 Person Relay
06 Sep 2014 Walterville Community Fair & 5K Waddle
31 Aug 2014 Tokatee Scramble
14 Aug 2014 McKenzie River - Chainsaw Art Festival
15 Jul 2014 Bend Memorial CASCADE CYCLING CLASSIC
11 Jul 2014 Lavender Festival on McKenzie River!
09 Jul 2014 AARP Safe Driving Class
27 May 2014 Visitor Guide Collating Party
15 May 2014 McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce General Meeting
26 Apr 2014 McKenzie River - 9th Annual - Wooden Boat Festival
17 Apr 2014 MRCC General Meeting
20 Mar 2014 Chamber Member Meetings
20 Feb 2014 Chamber Member Meetings
31 Dec 2013 New Years Eve Party at Hoodoo
07 Dec 2013 Holiday Bazaar - Benefit
30 Nov 2013 Belknap Bridge Annual Holiday Lighting Celebration
30 Nov 2013 Annual Christmas Tree Permit Sale
08 Nov 2013 Emerald Art Center Holiday Show
12 Oct 2013 Harvest Run
28 Sep 2013 Organic Apple Cider & Fruit Fest
21 Sep 2013 Writers Workshop with Bob Welch
19 Sep 2013 MRCC General Meeting
19 Sep 2013 Fall Colors Along The McKenzie River
15 Sep 2013 McKenzie Melon Festival
12 Sep 2013 River Celebration: McKenzie Watershed Council
07 Sep 2013 Walterville Waddle 5K
25 Aug 2013 McKenzie River Clinic - 2nd Annual - Tokatee Scramble
03 Aug 2013 Ice-Cream Social
13 Jul 2013 River Cleanup
08 Jul 2013 Track - All Comers Meet
08 Jul 2013 Take Your Daughter to the Course Week
02 Jul 2013 Christmas in July Toy Drive
01 Jul 2013 Track - All Comers Meet
01 Jul 2013 Ladies Invitational
29 Jun 2013 Annual BBQ and Wine Tasting
23 Jun 2013 2013 Tokatee Amateur
20 Jun 2013 MRCC General Meeting
18 May 2013 Annual Plant Sale, Late Bloomers' Down River Garden Club
03 May 2013 McKenzie Artists Guild Show & Sale
01 May 2013 McKenzie Pass for Cyclists and Pedestrians Only
20 Apr 2013 Boat Safety Rodeo and Guide Cook-Off
20 Apr 2013 2 Man Best Ball
18 Apr 2013 MRCC General Meeting
12 Apr 2013 Art Walk and Reception
05 Apr 2013 Ground Breaking Ceremony for Track AMJ Building
05 Apr 2013 Aaron & Marie Jones Invitational
02 Apr 2013 Tourism Promotions & Event Planning
02 Apr 2013 Tourism Committee Meeting
21 Mar 2013 MRCC General Meeting
09 Mar 2013 16K - Two Person Relay
08 Mar 2013 Art Walk and Reception
05 Mar 2013 Tourism Committee Meeting
21 Feb 2013 Chamber Membership Meeting
14 Feb 2013 Valentines at Eagle Rock Lodge
10 Feb 2013 Pine Needle Basket Workshop
09 Feb 2013 Hoodoo Winter Carnival
08 Feb 2013 Art Walk and Reception
05 Feb 2013 Tagline Contest
29 Jan 2013 Art Exhibit: Emerald Art Center
20 Oct 2012 GeoTour - McKenzie Edition
05 Oct 2012 “Over the Top” Bike Event - Cancelled
26 Aug 2012 Dedication Ceremony for All New Community Signs
29 Jul 2012 Scottish Pioneer Breakfast
01 Jul 2012 Concert Under the Stars, BBQ & Brew
19 Jun 2012 Branding McKenzie River
14 Jun 2012 Hwy 126 State Scenic Byway - Public Meeting
12 Jun 2012 ClearWater Coalition Meeting
31 May 2012 Travel Oregon 101
20 May 2012 MR Bicentennial Spring Day Events
19 Mar 2012 ClearWater Coalition Meeting
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