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Upcoming Events

  • Britt Summer Concerts

    Check out the amazing list of performers! Click here

  • Music in the Woodlands

    Who: Teddy Abrams, Caroline Shaw, and the Britt Festival Orchestra

     When: Friday, July 30 through Monday, August 2, 2021

     Where: Jacksonville Woodlands Trails (above the Britt venue, located at 350 S First St., Jacksonville, Oregon)

     Tickets: FREE (Registration required. Registrations will open on June 25, 2021)

    Donations Accepted


    The Britt Festival Orchestra (BFO) will present the world premiere of an experiential new work by the multi-faceted, Pulitzer Prize-winning musician and composer, Caroline Shaw. Under the leadership of the festival’s Music Director, Teddy Abrams, the BFO will perform this special project on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail system in six free performances from July 30 through August 2, 2021. Audience members will walk along the trails above the Britt Pavilion through groups of musicians spread along the trail, experiencing Brush: Music in the Woodlands as they go. “It points toward the idea of experiencing a brief encounter with something new and unexpected (“a brush with…”), and thinking about musical textures and ideas as brushstrokes, and of course the image of the brush in the woodlands,” says Shaw.

     After the disastrous Almeda fire in addition to the pandemic last year, the BFO is giving back to the community with these free performances.

     While COVID-19 has made planning our summer season difficult, the nature of the work will allow our performances to happen with all the necessary safety measures in place.


    Brush: Music in the Woodlands continues Britt’s efforts to take the BFO into distinct outdoor settings to highlight the relationship between music and nature. These efforts are foundational to Britt’s mission and have become a point of emphasis for the BFO since our 2016 Crater Lake Project. “We’ve always been dreaming about a successor to the Crater Lake Project, another piece that brings music together with nature,” Music Director and Conductor Teddy Abrams said. “Given that Britt’s venue is immediately next to these beautiful Woodlands Trails in Jacksonville, it seems only natural that we would connect these two elements together. Caroline is the perfect person to imagine this music. She has such a creative mind and spirit of wonder that lend themselves well to developing this kind of experience.”


    Following her time as the 2019 Composer/Conductor Fellow, Caroline Shaw is excited to share this musical experience with the world. Brush: Music in the Woodlands will explore interesting points along the Jacksonville Woodlands Trails by spreading small groups of BFO musicians along a 2.5-mile loop. On her vision of the musical experience, Shaw says, “Ultimately, I want the piece to be about how we listen and how we pay attention to the world around us, and if you give the world just a little bit more of a moment, you’ll notice something you wouldn’t have noticed before.” A recognized composer of pieces that range from voice and solo instruments to orchestras, this is Shaw’s first work created for a site-specific outdoor performance.


    “We are excited to offer this special musical experience to our patrons and the southern Oregon community,” says Britt President and CEO, Donna Briggs. “After the devastating fires of last year and the ongoing pandemic, this is our chance to give back and share the joy of live music with our community.”


    This special event is free to attend, but given our desire to minimize environmental impacts and to help traffic flow, registration will be required. Registration will open when we announce the rest of the offerings for the 2021 BFO season on June 25th. To stay up to date on the project and how to participate, please sign up for the Britt Buzz newsletter at Brittfest.org.


    Performance dates and times:


    Friday, July 30, 6:30-8:30 PM

    Saturday, July 31, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

    Saturday, July 31, 6:30-8:30 PM

    Sunday, August 1, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

    Sunday, August 1, 6:30-8:30 PM

    Monday, August 2, 6:30-8:30 PM















  • Second Saturday Art Walk

    Join us in historic downtown Jacksonville for our return to the Art Walk!

    Every second Saturday July-October 2021. (August 14, September 11, October 9)

    Come check out our local artists that will be displaying their art at retailers throughout town (see list below). Look for the flag on the street.

    Stroll Jacksonville and visit…

    • Art & More
    • Art Presence
    • Artist & Gardener
    • Awen Winecraft
    • Belita Space
    • Carefree Buffalo
    • Country Quilts (handmade American quilts)
    • Good Bean
    • Farmhouse Treasures
    • Jacksonville Company
    • Jacksonville Community Center (kid’s crafts @ Doc Griffin Park, register here)
    • La Boheme
    • Quady North
    • South Stage Cellars
    • Terra Firma
    • The Miners Bazaar

    Additonal events:

    Trolley rides (10:30am-2:30pm) at Information Center

    Horse Drawn Wagon rides (3-6pm) at City Hall; $10 ages 3+

  • Third Thursdays on 3rd Street

    third thursday on third street

    every third thursday may through october

    135 S. 3rd St. (4:30 – 7:30pm)

    live music + art benefit events to support local causes

    open to the public

    follow @belitaspace on instagram + facebook for details + information about musicians, art + local non-profit organizations

Ongoing Activities

  • Trolley Rides

    Jacksonville trolley tours are back! Take a seat and enjoy a pleasant ride through Jacksonville while learning fun facts and interesting highlights about our local history. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are meant to be enjoyed by all ages. Private tours are also available by reservation.

    For more information, visit jacksonvilleoregon.org or call (541) 899-8118.

    Tour pick-up and drop-off from the Visitor Information Center at the corner of C Street & N. Oregon St. Tickets available at time of booking; adults $6 and $3 for kids (10 & under).

    Tours are offered daily thru September, departing at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

    Travel back in time and experience an old western-town!  Learn some interesting history of Jacksonville OR. while riding in a horse-drawn wagon pulled by Tonka & Mato – Amish work horses.  A unique experience not to be forgotten anytime soon!

    Here’s a sample of our offerings:

    Sweet Rose Farm Horse Drawn Wagon Ride:  Take a ride on the wagon of your choice at beautiful Sweet Rose Farm – just 2 miles from Jacksonville, OR.  Adults and children will enjoy a meet and greet with Tonka and Mato – Amish work horses.  A great way to kick back and enjoy the peaceful, serene farm setting and some of the best views of the Rogue Valley while riding in a horse-drawn wagon.

    Winery Tour:  Meet in Historical Jacksonville, OR.  Tour takes you to two different wineries with a ride around the vineyards and a tour of the town.  Enjoy some great local wines and experience historical Jacksonville Oregon with a different perspective via horse drawn wagon.

    Historic Jacksonville: scenic and history tour

    Other Events:  Weddings – Anniversaries – Date Nights – Kids – Special Events – Birthday Parties – Corporate Events – Create Your Own Event

    Please call 541-660-4835  for more information or to book a tour.
    Refer to our Facebook link below for current schedule and event information.

  • Historic Walking Tours

    Our Historic Walking Tours are Back!

    Learn more about the history of Jacksonville with a guided walking outdoor tour led by Historic Jacksonville.


    Non-profit Historic Jacksonville, Inc. are happy to announce that they are once again offering their free Saturday walking tours beginning through Sept. 4. These 1-hour tours will leave from City Hall/Courthouse Square (North 5th between C and D streets) at 10 am.   (Donations are appreciated to help with the ongoing maintainenace of the historic properties.)

    Space is limited!
    For reservations or information, contact
    info@historicjacksonville.org or call 541-245-3650

    Participants who are not fully vaccinated are requested to wear masks.


    Evening haunted tours resume June 11 and continue monthly through October.

    Haunted tours are offered the second Friday of each month starting in June. In October tours will be offered on both Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9. A Britt Hill Tour features tales of arson, saloons and Oregon’s first Chinatown. The Courthouse Tour highlights stories of brothels, epidemics and hangings.

    Summer tours begin at 7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45 p.m.
    October tours begin at 6, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, and 7 p.m.

    Haunted tours are $10 per person and reservations must be made by 4 p.m. of tour days. No walk-up sales will be available. Private tours can be arranged for 10 to 12 guests at a cost of $15 per person. All tours begin at the Jacksonville Visitors Center at the corner of North Oregon and West C streets. Bookings can be made online here.

  • Jacksonville Community Center

    Visit Jacksonville Community Center for details and event updates prior to attendance.

    Tuesdays: Zumba (6:30-7:30pm) Online

    Participants will be able to access the Zoom class without payment.  However, to support our ongoing class offerings, we greatly appreciate donations at this time.

    Thursdays: Tai Chi (9-10am) @ Jacksonville Community Center $5

    Practice Tai Chi and relax while you tone and gently exercise your body. Tai Chi incorporates balance, breathing, and slow movements of the entire body while relaxing your mind. Tai Chi will gradually improve your posture, balance, flexibility and sense of well being by the continued practice of this Chinese art form. Tai Chi is taught Thursdays by Carolyn.   New students can begin the class anytime.

    Fridays: Outdoor Yoga (10:30-11:30am) @ Nunan Square $5 donation

    Lori Grable will be teaching her popular Beginning Yoga class outdoors with social distancing! This class is open to anyone that is interested in trying out yoga for the first time or wants a refresher yoga class after a layoff. Come with comfortable clothes and a yoga mat. The class is taught by Jacksonville resident Lori Grable who has been teaching yoga since 2006. Weather permitting.

  • Art Presence Art Center

    Open Friday-Sunday 12-5pm

*Reservations Required

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