Often touted as Oregon’s Banana Belt, Brookings has weather patterns that deliver some of the warmer temperatures along the Oregon Coast; it’s not uncommon to encounter a 70-degree day in January or February.
This pleasant climate has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Brookings as a center for the nursery industry. Nearly all of the lilies marketed in the U.S. are cultivated in the Brookings area. A prime spot to take in the floral bounty is Azalea Park, which has 33 acres of native azaleas, some growing here when Lewis and Clark wintered on the Oregon Coast in 1805 and 1806. The revitalization of the park, with the addition of walkways and a charming “Kidtown” play area, was a robust community-led volunteer effort. In springtime the park is replete with blooms, but you’ll likely find flowers year-round. The park is also the site of the annual Azalea Festival and Parade, held each Memorial Day weekend.
During the third weekend of July, the Southern Oregon Kite Festival takes place. It’s known as one of the premier kite-flying events in the country. Art lovers can browse the galleries— including Burtonique Art & Photography, Manley Art Center and Signatures Gallery — or enjoy the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk.
The Chetco Valley Historical Society Museum is housed in the 1857 Blake House — the oldest standing building in the Chetco Valley — and features artifacts of 19th-century Oregon pioneer life. The largest Monterey cypress in the state, towering at 130 feet (40 meters), lives on the museum grounds.
The Brookings area boasts numerous outdoor diversions, including Harris Beach State Park. Named for George Harris, a Scottish pioneer who raised sheep and cattle here, it features sizable offshore sea stacks, including the largest island on the Oregon Coast. Bird Island is a breeding ground for a variety of species, including the tufted puffin.
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor — a long, narrow park with 12 miles (19 kilometers) of rugged coastline — is named for Oregon’s first parks superintendent. Featuring one must-stop scenic viewpoint after another, the park is also home to pocket beaches and offshore sea stacks, including the dramatic Arch Rock and Whaleshead. The beach at Thunder Rock Cove is considered one of the best of the sheltered beaches on the Coast. Walk the Indian Sands Trail through the unusual sculpted sandstone for views of the coastline and rocky islands. Don’t miss the stunning view at Cape Ferrelo, named for a Spanish explorer who skirted this area in 1542.
For a historical detour, travel 18 miles (29 kilometers) east of Brookings along Forest Service Road 1205, which winds through an old-growth redwood forest, to the site that was hit by two Japanese incendiary bombs during WWII. Inland hiking and river access are available at Alfred A. Loeb State Park on the Chetco River. Just up the road is the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) Redwood Nature Trail, which connects with Loeb’s own Riverview Trail.
Semi Aquatic is a fresh, local artist owned retail gallery in Brookings, Oregon, featuring the unique art of Spencer Reynolds. The space also serves as Spencer's painting studio, teaching space and retail gallery. Visitors will find carefully curated gifts, clothing, jewelry and souvenirs representing Spencer's artistic style as well as the lush, scenic southern Oregon coast.
Brookings City Hall Visitor Center
Whether your interest lies in fishing, hiking, golfing, kayaking, biking, swimming, beachcombing, whale watching or just enjoying a good book or a picnic lunch with a beautiful view, Brookings has something for everyone!
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Beat the Brewers Relay Run & Block Party
Chetco Brewing Company kicks off the 2019 season of fun with the 4th Annual Beat the Brewers Relay Run & Block Party.
This family fun Friday and Saturday event features a three leg Relay Run, live music, an artisan market and food trucks. Throughout the weekend visitors will enjoy a variety of live music including Tarapin & Tiger, Second Bridge, the Italian Guys, and surf rock from the Reverberays.
New this year is Carb Load Night happening Friday night before the race (April 26th). Chetco Brewing Company invited local restaurants to create their best Mac & Cheese for Brookings first ever Mac & Cheese War. Go to any of the participating locations to nosh on their Mac & Cheese, and vote for your favorite on social media by using the hashtag #ChetcoMacandCheeseWar and hashtag the location of your favorite Mac & Cheese.
Three-person relay teams can sign up to run and see the three different leg maps at Chetco Brewing Company’s website or in person at Chetco Brewing Company.
Team fee is $93, and teams are encouraged to dress in “team theme” costuming to represent their jobs, hobby, etc. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, last, and best outfit. If a runner needs a team, contact Chetco Running Company.
Chetco Running Club is a local running organization whose purpose is to promote health and well being. Beat the Brewers Relay Run is coordinated by Chetco Running Club and Chetco Brewing Company. Visit website for complete schedule.
Chetco Brewing Company began brewing in Brookings in 2013. From a brewing set up in the garage on the Chetco River to their now 10,000 square foot brew space and Tap Room, Chetco Brewing Company offers at least 15 craft beers on tap, food trucks, live music, games, an event space, and a variety of special events.Visit Website
Southern Oregon Kite Festival
The 27th Annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival kicks off Friday evening with an indoor kite flying demonstration in the Brookings-Harbor High School gym. On Saturday and Sunday, see nationally and internationally renowned kite flyers perform amazing routines choreographed to music on the kite field at the Port of Brookings-Harbor. Weekend activities also include free children’s kite building workshops and vendors selling eats, treats, and merchandise for the enjoyment of festival attendees. Free parking and free shuttles to the kite festival field are provided. Visit website for more information.Visit Website