Alexandra Martin | Entertainment Editor
Being on the “Path of Totality” undoubtedly put Oregon on the map this summer, casting a bit of a shadow on the events—no pun intended—that came before and after the once in a lifetime occurrence around the state and the nation. Across the United States, this past season was not only filled with long hot days, but, at the risk of sounding cliché, hotter and longer nights.
Burning Man, the Superbowl of self-proclaimed “radical” festivals held in Black Rock City, Nevada is one of the grandest festivals of modern day. This festival is one that will surely cost a pretty penny; around 425-1200 of them to be exact according to burningman.org. Aside from the cost, Burning Man is one of the few festivals that promote community, self-reflection and the free exchange of goods and services. This freedom is something that draws people from all walks of life to attend each year.
Another lighthearted event that took place this past summer was based out of Veneta, Oregon. The Oregon Country Fair shares a similar outlook as Burning Man, being one of the state’s most artisanal and free-spirited events. Riddled with music, puppeteers, dancing and an assortment of other liberated happenings throughout the three-day festival; it is something every Oregonian ought to experience in their lifetime.
From quirky alternative to funky blues comes the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon. An annual 3 to 5 day engagement, this festival is unlike others in that it is held in the heart of the city. But once inside the gates, a person tends to forget the hustle and bustle of the city life surrounding them and is immersed in those rhythmic, soulful, funky beats that almost no one can withstand enjoying.
Of course, these are just a couple examples of where this past summer has taken us. Naturally, one thing is always certain: next summer will undoubtedly be just as, if not more, spectacular.
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