In autumn, Rogue Valley Pride (organized by the nonprofit Lotus Rising Project) draws crowds to the cultural and culinary hubs of Ashland and Medford during the first week of October. The fun includes a kickoff party, pride dinners at local restaurants, drag shows, dance parties, a pride parade through downtown Ashland and a pride picnic at Ashland’s lovely Lithia Park. The region has a sizable LGBTQ community, drawn here in part by the world-class Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which takes place from late February through late October and is a must-see if you’re in the area during Rogue Valley Pride.

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