Annual Events

2023 Northwest Cherry Festival

Northwest Cherry Festival

Head to The Dalles for the 42nd Annual Northwest Cherry Festival. 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 2023 is going to be even better! The Northwest Cherry Festival takes place in downtown The Dalles from Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd, 2023. The festival includes the Gorge’s largest parade, a classic car show, a 10k race, 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 42nd Annual Cherry Festival or you would like an entry in the Parade, please contact The Dalles Chamber, [email protected] or call 541-296-2231.


Cruise The Gorge Classic Car Show

Car cruise and show, plus music and other bonus activities. “Neon Cruise” Friday evening downtown The Dalles, an “American Graffiti” type celebration of America’s love affair with the automobile. Food, music and other activities downtown during the cruise. “Riverfront Car Show” Saturday, an open car show at Riverfront Park, including music, food, raffles and other fun activities. Sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Car Club and The Dalles Rotary club. Check the webpage, for details.

Fort Dalles Fourth

Fort Dalles Fourth Fireworks

The premiere small town big 4th experience.

Contact: [email protected]

Starlight Parade

Starlight Parade

The Holiday Season is fast approaching, with that comes one of the most anticipated parades of the year! This year’s Parade theme is “Country Christmas”. We invite you to celebrate the Christmas season at the 33rd Annual Starlight Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration, on November 25, 2022.

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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