The Camellia Festival is an annual all-day festival in April celebrating the City of Newberg’s official flower, the Camellia, and it’s Asian origins. The day kicks off at 9 am with a 5k and 10k run/walk coordinated by Chehalem Parks and Recreation District (CPRD) followed by performances, a bloom show, kids activities, vendors and more from 10 am – 5 pm at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon. Performances take place throughout the day, this year, featuring groups such as Unit Souzou Taiko, Lee’s Lion and Dragon Dancers, and The Oregon Koto Kai Ensemble. Vendors from around the region sell food, crafts and jewelry connected to Pan-Asian culture. There are fascinating demonstrations, hands-on art activities for kids and historic city tours offered to give visitors a look at Newberg’s favorite historic sites. The festival is also host to the Oregon Camellia Society’s annual statewide bloom show; a camellia bloom competition judged by size, color, form and condition. The bloom show is open to everyone, Oregon Camellia Society even offers assistance prejudging to anyone needing bloom-prep guidance! Plant sales run throughout the festival, offering gardeners an opportunity to purchase garden art and unique plants at special wholesale prices. There’s something for all ages and interests!
About the Run/Walk:
The CPRD Camellia Run/Walk has been teaming up with the Newberg Camellia Festival for over 7 years and continues to become more successful!
Proceeds from the run benefit Chehalem Park and Recreation District youth sports programs, providing scholarships that allow children to participate in community programs. The event brings 500+ participants from numerous states, including California, Minnesota, Idaho and Texas, together to promote wellness and support the Newberg/Dundee communities!
Each participant receives a CPRD Camellia Run and Walk t-shirt, a 1-gallon potted Camellia, raffle prizes, and a goody bag with discounts/offers from varying local businesses. Registration for this year’s event is open and only $30! Register Now!
New this year:
This year, the Camellia Festival is partnering with the Friends of Japan, a non-profit that supports fundraising efforts for Japanese-American communities and organizations, to bring out an all-new marketplace with a variety of authentic Japanese food and drink vendors, a booth where you can try on kimonos, and Japanese kids activities!