Fort Umpqua Days
02Sep2023Fort Umpqua Days is a two-day celebration of local history held on Labor Day weekend each year. Join the hometown parade through Elkton (Saturday morning), then try your hand at the famous pie auction (Saturday afternoon), visit the exhibits at Fort Umpqua, live music, wine garden, tours at the Butterfly Pavilion & Fort Umpqua. Take a stroll through the gardens, shop at a wide selection of Artisan booths, and take part in the fun interactive history-themed activities for visitors all weekend long. Relax Saturday and Sunday evening to be thoroughly entertained at Elkton’s Annual Echoes of The Umpqua Pageant Performance at the amphitheater!
Coming from out of town? Make a weekend of it and enjoy all that Elkton has to offer!
Join the fun and celebrate
historic Fort Umpqua
Labor Day Weekend 2023!
FAMILY ACTIVITIES AT THE FORT
Visit ECEC’s replica of historic Fort Umpqua 9 AM – 5 PM Saturday and Sunday and see historical re-enactors and blacksmiths portray life in the mid-1800s. Press your own cider and try your hand at grinding corn. Kids can participate in a voyageur expedition, obstacle course, live animal exhibits, and history-themed crafts. On Saturday, educators from the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians’ Education Program will be on site to teach people about Native American culture.
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT!
Start your morning with pancakes served by the local Lion’s Club from 7 – 11 AM (both days). Then head downtown Elkton at 10 AM on Saturday for the historical Fort Umpqua Days parade that follows along River Road to ECEC.
Eat and dance your way through the rest of the weekend! The Lion’s Club pancake booth is open from 7-11 AM Saturday and Sunday, followed by ECEC’s BBQ Fundraiser hosted by the Elkton Baptist Church from 11 AM – 3 PM. Stop by the student-run Outpost Café anytime between 9 AM and 5 PM–it’s the perfect place for a light lunch, smoothies, coffee drinks, butterfly cookies, and lavender or blackberry lemonade. Elkton’s wineries will be pouring their best in the wine garden on Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM. And you won’t want to miss the popular Pie Auction Saturday at 1 PM!
Live Music Saturday Sunny Sky Boys
Saturday & Sunday
5 PM -6 PM Echoes of The Umpqua Pageant
This year’s Echoes of The Umpqua Pageant is “The Elkton Rendezvous” featuring local actors and musicians, and lots of small-town charm.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & MORE!
Shop until you drop with local Artisans 10 AM – 4 PM. Enjoy our extensive gardens as you stroll along the paths to Fort Umpqua where you will step back in time with trappers and traders ~ oh my! Cool off in the Library to admire the current art exhibit, a Jane Wood retrospective, and be sure to grab a raffle ticket for this year’s quilt at the gift shop 9 AM – 5 PM before and during the big event. The winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday at the pageant.
Last but not least–don’t miss a chance to learn about our native butterflies in our butterfly pavilion and to Adopt-a-Butterfly before the Monarchs start their fall migration.
Fort Umpqua Days 2023
Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 2nd
7-11 Lion’s Club Breakfast
9-5 Butterfly Tours, Fort Umpqua Encampment, Gift shop & Café Open
10-11 Parade on River Road
10-4 Artisans, Butterfly Adoptions, Fort Activities & Native American cultural demonstrations
11-3 BBQ Fundraiser
11-1 Live Music: Sunny Sky Boys (please note: performance time is still being confirmed)
11-5 Wine Garden
1-2 Pie Auction
5-6 Echoes of The Umpqua Pageant Performance
Sunday, September 3rd
7-11 Lions Club Breakfast
9-5 Butterfly Tours, Fort Umpqua Encampment & Tours, Gift shop & Café Open
10-4 Artisans, Butterfly Adoptions & Fort Activities
11:30-1:30 Showcase of bands coming to the Bluegrass & Butterflies festival Sept 16
11-3 BBQ Fundraiser
5-6 Echoes of The Umpqua Pageant Performance & Quilt Drawing