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First Friday Art Night

On the first Friday night of each month (with rare exceptions*) downtown Grants Pass and Ashland both come alive, or I suppose I should say they stay alive, remaining open after their usual hours and playing host to our local arts community.  It's the Roving Gallery Art Party, aka The Art Walk, and from 6 through 9 pm, artists and artisans exhibit their works and wares while mingling with the art-appreciating public. Typically there is more music in the air than is usual downtown on a Friday night (which is saying a great deal!) and refreshments are often served. 

More information, including a map, can be found at
Rogue Planet's First Friday Art Walk Directory!

*First Friday is rarely observed in January, and 
sometimes cancelled or postponed to SECOND Friday in July.

Boatnik 2024

Boatnik* is just around the corner, Memorial Day weekend, and if 2024 is anything like 2023 it's going to be a blast! The Carnival will open at Riverside Park on Thursday Night, running a long weekend through Monday, the holiday itself!.  On Friday most of the fun will be at the park, but on Saturday morning, visitors and locals alike will flock into downtown for the annual Boatnik Parade, which is getting bigger every year and will probably last for a couple of hours.  Then it's back to the park, and pretty much all along the river as far down as Galice. Although the world famous hydroplane jetboat race (which happens on Monday) will only go so far as Robertson Bridge and back, this is the Rogue River and summer is almost here.

Let the rafting begin!

Oops! Better watch out for this guy...


Scenes from Boatniks past can be viewed online at                 
VotR's Grants Pass Memorial Day Boatnik Celebration pages             

*Boatnik is organized, underwritten, and presented by the Grants Pass Active Club

Back to the Sixties!

kay, okay, I get it; we're going to do Back to the FIFTIES again, right? 

I don't know... it's been over 20 years that we've been doing it this way, but other than for the Vietnam War and the slump in the timber industry, the 60's weren't that bad, were they? I say let's get this show on the road and give the psychedelic era its due!

We'll post a more comprehensive review & photoblog as soon as we resolve this weighty dilemma, but meanwhile check out some of the action from Grants Pass' Back to the Fifties Past!

* Back to the Fifties is a production of the
Grants Pass Town Center Association


Sure, everybody in Grants Pass has heard of the
Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  It's in Ashland,  right...?

But have you checked out Barnstormers?

Or how about the One-Eleven Theatre Company?

Grants Pass

Restaurant Guide

Merchant Directory
...or cut to the chase and check out this website's featured sponsors:

As You Like It
Vintage Clothing

Recycled Goods

Lamps & Lighting

Old Town
Antique Mall

You can also take
a sneak preview
at our upcoming
Merchant Map!

(still in beta)



While in Grants Pass,
be sure to visit the
Josephine County
Historical Society

Josephine County Historical

and the
Schmidt House Museum!




 The Bears are Back
only this time they're riding Harleys!
 << here's what they looked like when they were cubs!  


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Looking for Antiques in the Grants Pass area?

Okay, I suppose it's obvious, but head for the
Old Town Antique Mall, at the head of Angel Alley
on Sixth Street between H & I Streets!

More local shops and antiques shopping information
can be found online at

Now let's get back to the RIVER!!!

Jetboats in the Grants Pass Memorial Day Race, a short bit downstream from Findley Bend, between Shan Creek and Griffin Park

...or perhaps some terrific Grants Pass Real Estate not far from it?