Turkey Rama is a three-day festival held in downtown McMinnville celebrating the ongoing tradition of the turkey barbecue. The barbecue was started in 1938 by turkey farmers in Yamhill County, when the main source of wealth in the county was based on the booming turkey-farming industry. Now, commercial exhibitions have replaced the "turkey exhibitions", and so the turkey-judging competitions and turkey races have been eliminated in favor of more "turkey-friendly" rides, booths, and outdoor entertainment.
The Dragging the Gut Festival is an event held each year in downtown McMinnville. The festival gives participants the chance to relive the classic 1950s car cruising on the main street that took place for decades in small towns.
The International Pinot Noir Celebration has been held every July since 1987 on the Linfield College campus.
THINGS TO DO
Want a little adventure for the kids? Head over to the Evergreen Aviation Museum, which features the Spruce Goose, Space Museum, iMAX Theater, and a year round Water Park. For adults and kids, take a 20 minute drive to Spirit Mountain Casino. There is gambling and concerts for adults, a fully staffed daycare for the young ones, and an Arcade for the older kids or kids at heart. Looking for some wild adventures, try Zip Lining through trees with High Life Adventures.
McMinnville and 3rd Street is home to many great restaurants. Among them is Bistro Maison, fine French Bistro fare, with a wonderful ambiance. For Italian, try Nick's Italian Cafe. In a Spanish mood? Try La Rambla for fresh tapas. If a pub is your scene, head to Golden Valley Brewery for pub fare and hand crafted beers brewed on site. We even have a Thai restaurant in town, try Thai Country Kitchen for lunch or dinner. Breakfast options include, Morning Thunder, Crescent Cafe, Wildwood Cafe, and Community Plate.
You can shop at Harvest Fresh, our town's local farm grocery which carries organic foods and more. You can stroll the Farmers Market on Thursday afternoon (May thru Oct). You can spend Saturdays at the McMinnville Saturday Market and meet vendors from all over Yamhill County. Don't forget to head next door to try out some amazing local wines at Matello.
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Whatever you're looking for McMinnville has it.....
and The Bob or the Ferris Houses are your place to kick off your shoes at the end of the day.