Toledo, situated on a bend of the Yaquina River and surrounded by wooded hills, is just seven miles inland from the Central Oregon Coast, the only inland coastal community with a deep-water channel. The historic town cascades over the hillsides to the river. Once a bustling lumber mill town, Toledo’s industries today include lively boat repair businesses and Port of Toledo facilities, which support the fishing industry; a vibrant arts community, and a modern paper products mill.
When the wind starts to blow on the beach, Toledo is often warm and sunny. Its strollable 4-block long Main Street is filled with specialty shops, art galleries, gift shops selling the work of local crafters, and a clay works studio. Toledo’s restaurants are one of a kind, including Pig Feathers, designated by Fodors as the best barbeque in the Northwest. And their business has recently expanded to include a a microbrewery in the proud Oregon tradition. Several world-class artists make their homes here, taking inspiration from the small town atmosphere and beautiful river, estuary, and rural vistas.
Toledo is the only city on the Oregon coast which has a downtown on a city street, not on a throughway or highway. Toledo’s Main Street retains its historical flavor through the waterfront and fishing vessels moored at the end of Main. Every summer over 100 bright, colorful flower baskets grace the business 20 Loop and Main Street.
First Weekend in Toledo – Art
Studios and Galleries showcase various local artists open every first Saturday and Sunday of the month
Toledo Summer Festival
All the fun events and activities everyone looks forward to each year can be found at the Toledo Summer Festival in July!
Toledo Summer Festival is July 27-30, 2017, with entry buttons available for sale around town for $8 for three days or $7 for one day. Organizers say to get buttons early, as the festival has been known to sell out before the events.
This year there will be a local logging contest, carnival, food and crafts booths, beer garden, fire dancers, and incredible fireworks display, and much more. The parade will be Saturday, July 29th.
For more information, go to www.toledosummerfestival.com.