Are you ready for a Close Encounter of some kind? Join us as we go in search of the infamous question, "Are we alone in the universe?" I have a feeling we will get our answers.
This will be the 20th Annual UFO Festival. McMenamins says that they will be making it bigger than the usual ones since it is their 20th anniversary.
We will start off by meeting at the Rooftop restaurant for lunch and will then venture to the street where we will be watching the parade and then find the pet parade if they have it still. We will then see what else the festival has to offer.From the 17th Annual UFO Festival website - I will update this once they have info online:Welcome to McMenamins’ 17th Annual UFO Festival, called the 2nd-largest alien festival in the United States. All ticketed events will be held at the McMinnville Community Center (600 NE Evans St., McMinnville), two blocks from McMenamins Hotel Oregon.
All other events are FREE and guests of all ages are welcome (unless noted in the schedule).
UFO skeptics, experts and wine-country daytrippers alike are invited to enjoy events throughout the weekend – such as an outdoor festival tent and UFO gift shop, live music, an outlandish alien costume parade, a pet costume contest, a performance by Willamette Radio Workshop and much more! Have a pint or two of handcrafted McMenamins Alienator Ale. Attend our Alien Costume Ball for a chance to win prizes for the most comical or well-done space outfit (tin foil and duct tape are encouraged!). Do some shopping on Main or Third Streets. Meet other believers or disbelievers and exchange notes and stories. All are welcome.
LODGING: Call the hotel to see if they have any rooms (2 night minimum).
McMenamins Grand Lodge
3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, Ore.
Call: (503) 992-9533
UFO Fest Lodging at Hotel Oregon overnight packages include the following:
* Overnight stays on Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 (two-night minimum)
* VIP Passes for two for all UFO Festival speakers’ events at the Community Center
* Surprise in-room amenities
+ I was told that entry to the dance on Saturday night, although, I don't recall paying for it last year.
If rooms are not available, here is a list of nearby accommodations:
Comfort Inn & Suites
2520 SE Stratus Ave., McMinnville, Ore.
Call: (503) 472-1700
Motel 6 McMinnville
2065 SW Hwy 99W, McMinnville, Ore.
Call: (503) 472-9493
America’s Best Value Inn & Suites
381 NE Hwy 99W, McMinnville, Ore.
Call: (503) 472-5187
Red Lion Inns & Suites
2535 NE Cumulus Ave., McMinnville, Ore.
Call: (503) 472-1500
Look forward to seeing you for this out of this world event.Passport Holders: You can get all the Hotel Oregon locations stamped.