The end of summer is always a busy time, as communities try to get as much fun and celebration in as possible, before the weather changes and days get much shorter. It’s also a very scenic time to explore the byway and enjoy the beautiful colors of fall and the milder weather. In 2020, many annual events have been cancelled in order to reduce the risk brought by the coronavirus pandemic. However, lots of events and entertainment are still happening, with COVID-19 restrictions in place to help keep people safe. Here are some events and activities taking place along the byway. There’s much more! Check out the chamber of commerce website for each byway county to get the comprehensive list: Baker County, Union County, Wallowa County
Powder River Music Review
Baker City, Oregon__ Enjoy live performances in Geiser Pullman Park, every Sunday, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Powder River Pavilion. The concerts are organized by Baker City Events and sponsored by local businesses and foundations. Please follow social distancing, and bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. For information on entertainers and updates, check the Baker City Events page on Facebook.
National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Activities
Baker City, Oregon__Have you ever dreamed of crossing the Oregon Trail? Spending every evening under the stars for dinner? This is your chance to sample the experience! Visit the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City and scope out the setting. The Trail Center has indoor and outdoor events and entertainment throughout summer. Learn what is happening during your visit at www.oregontrail.blm.gov or on Facebook. Please be ready to follow all COVID-19 precaution measures when visiting.
Sumpter Valley Railroad Celebrates Engine #19’s 100th Birthday
Sumpter, Oregon__The Sumpter Valley Railroad is running, with a full schedule through the 2020 season. Check out the schedule and purchase tickets in advance at www.sumptervalleyrailroad.org. For more information, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.facebook.com/SumpterValleyRR.
Take A Guided Walk With Wallowology
Joseph, Oregon__Wallowology Discovery Center in Joseph is leading family-friendly two-hour Discovery Walks on Saturdays. Registration is required, with each walk limited to no more than 10 people. Call 509.923.1965 to register. For more information go to www.wallowology.org
Exhibit Explores Eastern Oregon’s Wild Side
Joseph, Oregon__The Josephy Center for Arts & Culture is presenting its sixth annual Wild Landscapes exhibit, July 31 through september 9, 2020. The juried exhibit focuses on the views from the canyon to the mountain tops and wide prairies and continues Josephy’s look at landscapes relatively unaltered by human development. The goal is to further appreciation of the diverse landscapes and unique places of Eastern Oregon. Nineteen artists are participating this year, displaying mre than 40 paintings, photographs and mixed media images. View the exhibit in person at 403 N. Main Street, Joseph, or online at www.josephy.org/exhibits.
Explore MERA by Foot, Hoof or Wheels
La Grande, Oregon __The 3,670 acre Mount Emily Recreation Area, located just two miles north of downtown La Grande, offers trails for non-motorized and trail for ATV use on the sides of La Grande’s most prominent landmark. Walk or ride through a mix of forest and grassy open areas with amazing views of the Grande Ronde Valley. MERA was established by Union County in 2008 with a combination of grants from the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department ATV Grant Program and the Blue Mountain Habitat Restoration Grant Program for it’s natural resource and recreational opportunities. The property had previously been private timberland that allowed recreational uses which was in danger of being sub-divided and closed to the public. Today MERA provides multi-use recreation, education, and natural resources for Union County and it’s visitors. Get a trail map and more information at www.meetmera.org.