Attractions of the Oakland Area
The natural beauty of the Oakland area draws lovers of nature and outdoor recreationalists to the lush Umpqua National Forest with camping, waterfalls, excellent fishing, hiking, and pristine lakes. Located in Douglas County, known as the " Land of the Umpqua" with the Umpqua River with its many valleys. A great place for fishing, hiking, biking, & camping year round.
And for those who want to see an Oregon town as it was a hundred or so years, Oakland is one of the best preserved collections of classic 19th Century brick buildings in the state of Oregon, and well deserves its status on the National & State Registers of Historical Places.
Every day is a good day to visit Oakland, but be sure to check out our Events Calendar below for special events / happenings in Oakland. Our Oakland Area page will give you some history of the area and more landmarks of interest, including our Tour of Homes which is a walking tour map of fine homes of antiquity. Be sure to visit our Business Directory for businesses, lodging, parks, and various points of interest in our area. Also visit the Douglas County Historical Museum page for history & information for all of Douglas County.
The Umpqua Valley is becoming well-known for its fine wines. A tour of the Umpqua Valley Wineries takes you through some of the prettiest countryside - river and forests interspersed with meadows of horses and cows, & sheep leading you to the various vineyards and their tasting rooms.
Oakland is proud to be home to several wineries that are part of the Umpqua Valley Winery Association. Enjoy a friendly and relaxed day to taste the various vintages and take tours or stop by the Sutherlin Area Information Center
See for yourself why our area is enjoying a growing following of wine connoisseurs. Check out Vineyards and Wineries in our Business Directory!
Oakland offers several eateries / restaurants for our populace and guests.
The famous Historic Oakland Tavern offers great sandwiches, beer, wine, spirits, pool, State Lotto and the place to experience the true ambience of Historic Oakland, Oregon.
The Lamplighter Inn & Restaurant offers a variety of great food along with liquor, beer, wine & State Lotto machines.
The Hollow Coffeehouse offers a charming atmosphere to enjoy coffee, tea, smoothies, or fresh-baked pastries. Free WiFi is available or enjoy an espresso with friends.
Tolly's has an original old-fashioned marble-topped counter and soda fountain and ice cream parlor - the good old days relived faithfully within its antique filled walls. It has a gift shop, candy counter, full service bar and an elegant restaurant.
Or enjoy a picnic in one of Oakland's parks where you will find picnic facilities for an afternoon or evening.
After being amazed at the 1890's buildings in Oakland's downtown district, visit the Oakland Museum for more surprises about the unique little town and its history. Rooms full of furniture typcal of many early Oakland homes, a bank exhibit, post office, general store and more. There is a clothing display, toys, photographs, tools and stories of Oakland's history. This was established in 1969.
Open 7 days a week 12:30-3:30 (closed holidays)
The Oakland Museum is operated by volunteers and publicly supported with donations.
There is no admission charge. Don't miss this delightful step back in time.
The North Fork of the Umpqua River is a popular hiking area with one of Oregon's most dense concentration of waterfalls. Tokatee Falls is one of them, with a 120 ft drop - well worth the stop. There are hotsprings nearby which requires a semi-rugged hike overlooking the river.
Known as one of Oregon's premier fly fishing streams, the North Fork of the Umpqua provides a scenic and rewarding experience for fishermen, with its unique summer run of native steelhead.
Stop by Stearns Hardware to obtain a hunting or fishing license on your way.
Oakland sits west of both the Umpqua and Willamette National Forests and many come to the area to enjoy water sports at Diamond Lake and marvel at the spectacular deep-blue waters of Crater Lake. There are numerous streams and lakes in the area and camping available throughout our majestic forests.
Bicyclists will enjoy the scenic touring along our quiet roads, winding through green meadows with cows, horses and sheep munching lazily, over covered bridges and gurgling streams, and gentle, shaded countryside. You will even see an occasional wild turkey.
There are antiques surrounding you at every step through our quaint downtown area, immersing you in the old-time boom days of yesteryear. Some shops have been in continuous operation since the late 1800s, and our variety of antique stores give you the opportunity to take some wonderful treasures home with you.
The best place to see a high concentration of nostalgia and life in the good old days, is the Oakland Museum, where you can ponder and enjoy various exhibits that capture the every day Oakland of the 1800s.
Or take the walking Tour of Homes for a pleasant afternoon stroll, enjoying the workmanship of well-kept antiquity amidst landscaped yards. Stop by the Oakland Museum and pick up the free walking tour map.
Choose a Month
March 17, 2014 @ 6 pm
ST Patricks Day POTATO BINGO
Washington School Community Center .. ada accessable
637 Locust St, Oakland
Come enjoy a large baked potato with all the toppings
Oakland Singers will perform FUN IRISH SONGS
FFA with be helping again this year
GREAT PRIZES for winners! LOTS OF FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY !
sponsored by OCRT (Oakland Community Resource Team volunteers)
for more info call 541-459-4531
2014 date to be announced
Spring Tea "Tickled PInk"
@ Washington School Community Center
637 Locust St, Oakland
Reservations, call 541-459-4531
to benefit Historic Washington School maintenance fund
sponsored by City of Oakland & OCRT
Please make checks payable to:
City of Oakland
637 Locust St
Oakland OR 97462
2nd Saturday May 10, 2014
Annual Oakland Car Show & Shine Downtown
View vintage cars at their very best. If you are a car enthusiast and would like to take part, contact us.
Sponsored by the Oakland Community Theatre Group, a non-profit organization.
3rd Saturday May 18, 2013
Annual Oakland City Wide Garage Sale
9am until sold out or dusk
sponsored by Oakland Historic Preservation Commission
June 21-22-23 / 28-29-30, 2013
Annual Oakland Community Theater Melodrama
@ Washington School Gym (behind Historic Washington School / City Hall)
Call 541-459-9504 or 541-459-4228
July 4th, 2013
Annual Community Parade & Picnic Barbecue @ City Park
Parade begins at 11:00 am @ Washington School .. everyone is welcome to participate
for more information, contact 541-459-4531
Sponsored by the City of Oakland and Oakland Community Response Team, a non profit organization & many wonderful volunteers
July 27-28, 2013
Gospel Music Festival
for more info, or visit us on facebook here
1st Sunday of August .. every year
Annual Oakland School Alumni Reunion ALL YEARS
MORE information, contact: Barbara Early Johnson, 541-459-4609 or Kay Tegan Paxton, 541-459-2506
or more info, please call 541-459-6077 or 7661
October 5, 2013 (annually 1st Saturday)
Annual Oakland Museum Historical Society .. Flea Market
Multi purpose room of the Oakland Elementary School behind the Oakland High School at the north end of Fifth Street.
Sponsored by the Oakland Museum Historical Society, a non profit organization.
Call 541-459-3087 if you would like to rent a booth and more info
October 31st, 2013
Haunted City Hall and Trick or Treat downtown
November 17, 2013
Celebrate the Season Annual Wine and Antique Walk (12-3 pm)
Shop Antiques & Wine at the same time. Participating Local wineries will offer wine tasting & wines for sale at individual businesses. Come support your local businesses. Purchase & complete a passport and win great prizes .. " Think Local "
Sponsored by Oakland Economic Development (OED), a non profit organization. Call 541-580-6731 for more information
December ALL MONTH
Enjoy Old Fashioned Christmas Holidays in Historic Downtown Oakland
Enjoy the festive lights and decorations thoughout Historic Oakland .. drive or walk, shop & eat
Free Walking / Driving tour maps available at City Hall and Oakland Museum
sponsored by Oakland Economic Development, a non-profit organization