Annual Events

Fort Dalles Fourth

Fort Dalles Fourth Fireworks

The premiere small town big 4th experience. Since 2014, the Fort Dalles Fourth has become a favorite local tradition, offering a full day of fun for everyone. Start your day with the lively Rocket Run and a delicious Community Breakfast, enjoy the colorful Hometown USA Parade, and cap it all off with a stunning fireworks display over the Columbia River Gorge. This community display is free for all to enjoy, the team from The Dalles Fourth give many thanks to their supporters. 

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Cruise The Gorge Classic Car Show

The Mid-Columbia Car Club event kicks off with the “Neon Cruise” on Friday evening in downtown The Dalles. This open cruise invites participants to simply show up and show off their cars, beginning around 7pm and continuing late into the night. The cruise is a highlight for many locals, drawing crowds along 2nd and 3rd streets who eagerly watch the cars roll by. Several downtown businesses will host special events during the cruise, and pre-registration for Saturday’s show will be available at Burgerville on 3rd Street from 4 to 7 pm.

Saturday features the “Show in the Shade” at Sorosis Park, 300E Scenic Dr. Registration opens at 10am, with judging until 2pm and the Parade of Champions awards ceremony at 3pm. The first 250 vehicles receive goodie bags and dash plaques. The event includes 40+ awards, food and specialty vendors, oldies music, and plenty of raffle prizes. Entry is $20.

Saturday evening continues with the Eagles/Elks Cruise Nite from 5 to 7pm at the lodge, 2006 W 7th, The Dalles.

On Sunday, the Dufur Classic Car Show takes place at the Dufur Community Park, 13 miles south of The Dalles, starting at 9am, offering another chance to win a trophy. for details.

Starlight Parade

Starlight Parade

The Holiday Season is fast approaching, with that comes one of the most anticipated parades of the year! We invite you to celebrate the Christmas season at the 35th Annual Starlight Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration, on November 22nd, 2024.

Enjoy floats decked with lights, Christmas music and holiday cheer in the air. Witness the delight in the children’s eyes as they watch Santa’s sleigh rolling down the streets of The Dalles. The holiday spirit then comes to life at the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, located at The Dalles Chamber complete with hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn.

The parade begins at 6pm at West Sixth and Webber Streets, then rolls through downtown before ending in front of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce office. The Tree Lighting Celebration will take place following the parade.

Want to showcase your business’ Holiday spirit? Enter a float in this year’s parade. Applications are available online at or in the Chamber office at 404 West Second Street.

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Northwest Cherry Festival 2025

Due to the 3rd week next April falling on Easter weekend, the decision has been made to move The Northwest Cherry Festival to the fourth weekend of April 2025 Next years Cherry Festival Theme will be “Cherry Land”. The Northwest Cherry Festival is a longtime favorite among locals and visitors alike, the festival is set in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and showcases The Dalles’ deep agricultural heritage and Western roots. In 2015, the Cherry Festival expanded to three days of family-friendly activities and events, and 2024 is going to be even better! The Northwest Cherry Festival takes place in downtown The Dalles from Friday, April 25th through Sunday, April 27th, 2024. The festival includes the Gorge’s largest parade, a classic car show, and lots of great local music and bands, craft vendors, and a carnival. You don’t want to miss the crowning of Cherry Festival Royalty at Mid-Columbia Senior Center’s Breakfast Saturday Morning before the parade! The Dalles has much more to offer though the festival alone could keep you busy.

If you are a Vendor and would like to participate in the 44th Annual Cherry Festival or you would like an entry in the Parade, please contact The Dalles Chamber, [email protected] or call 541-296-2231.

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