Pear Blossom Festivities Begin Today in Downtown Medford

The 70th Annual Pear Blossom Festival returns to Medford Friday, April 7 through Saturday, April 8. This longstanding Rogue Valley tradition features a multitude of events such as the Street Fair, Smudge Pot Stroll, and Pear Blossom Parade.

The Pear Blossom Parade has grown from 20 wagons and youngsters in the first event to today’s 150 entries with 4000 participants and approximately 30,000 enthusiasts lining the parade route.

Organizers remark that “the Pear Blossom is a pillar in our community emphasizing family values, commitment and pride in the Rogue Valley. Scholarships for area high school senior girls have been a hallmark of the Festival Association since 1991.”

This years Grand Marshal is Karate legend, Chip Wright.

2023 Street Fair

April 7th and 8th

Friday: Noon to 10 pm
Saturday: 7 am to 6 pm
Location: The Commons of Downtown Medford
Food, fun and games, art and crafts galore. “Something for everyone”

Pear Blossom Run

Saturday, April 8th

See all the details for the Pear Run, Mayors Cup Fun Run, YMCA Open House, and more HERE or call 541-324-8348.

For more info visit the Pear Blossom Run website at:

Pedals ‘n Pears

Saturday, April 15th

The Board of Directors of the Rogue Valley Pear Blossom Festival invite you to participate in the 8th Annual Pedal for a Cause Bike Ride – Pedals ‘n Pears (PnP).

For more info and to register visit the Pedals ‘n Pears Website at

Pear A Fare

Friday, April 7th, 2023 – 3pm to 10pm
Saturday, April 8th, 2023 – 10am to 6pm

The fertile Rogue Valley produces a palette of exceptional flavors for the table. The Pear A Fare events celebrate the unique flavors of the Rogue Valley, recognize our outstanding chefs and artisan food, and support education and training to continue the tradition of excellence in the vineyards, orchards, and kitchens of the Rogue Valley.

Vineyards, breweries, distillers, local artisan food makers are all under the festival canopy serving tastes, and selling products. Tasting glasses and tickets to sample the flavors will be for sale at the Pear A Fare entrance. Admission is $5, includes 5 taste tickets. A glass and 10 taste tickets is $20, more taste tickets can be purchased. Kids 5 and under free. Vendors will also be selling wine, beer, coffee, and other local drinks by the glass. Local artisan food makers will have a wide variety of products for sale as well as samples available.

Pear A Fare Tent is located in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Central and 5th downtown.

Smudge Pot Stroll

April 7th

Opening night of the Pear Blossom Festival is a special evening in downtown Medford. 350 tickets will be sold for a walking and tasting tour around downtown Medford. With each ticket, you will receive a wine glass and a pass to sample a taste of specially prepared pear and local food themed items. With 13-15 downtown restaurants participating, the ticket holders will stroll with glass in hand, to sample the specialty creation of each chef. The stroll begins at 5pm and concludes at 9pm. With all that great food, stretching the legs, walking the downtown, listening to music at the Pear Blossom stage, organizers say it will be “the evening event of the year” for downtown.

Call 541-840-PEAR for more information. The Stroll will begin at Commons Amphitheater on 4th Street.

2023 Parade

April 8th, at 11 am in Downtown Medford

Contact or 541-840-8007 for more information.

Parade starts at Beatty & Central, proceeds down Central Avenue, turns right onto West Main Street and begins dispersing at Mistletoe.

Parking to view parade will be the side streets surrounding the parade route, or any downtown public parking garage.

There are multiple street closures as well. Here is the complete list of streets impacted by the festival.

Source: City of Medford

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