the 10th annual
Newberg Camellia Festival and Run/Walk

Saturday, April 7th, 2018 / 10am-5pm



The 10th annual Camellia Festival and Run/Walk is located at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon.

This full day festival starts with a 5k and 10k run coordinated by Chehalem Parks and Rec., and features performances throughout the day by groups such as Unit Souzou TaikoLee’s Lion and Dragon Dancers, and The Oregon Koto Ensemble. Vendors from around the region sell food, crafts and jewelry connected to Pan-Asian culture. The Forecourt Tent features demonstrations and hands-on art-activities for kids. Trolley tours will give visitors a look at Newberg’s favorite historic sites. The festival is also host to the Oregon Camellia Society’s bloom show, highlighting the official Newberg city flower and its Asian origins. Plant sales will run throughout the festival, offering gardeners an opportunity to purchase unique plants and garden art. There’s something for all ages and interests!


Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E Sheridan, Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 487-6883 / website / email



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CPRD Camellia Run & Walk 5k/10k

Our run/walk starts & finishes at the Newberg Camellia Festival at the Chehalem Cultural Center. Finishers receive a one-gallon potted camellia, t-shirt, fitness festival entry, door prizes and refreshments.

Proceeds from the CPRD Camellia Run & Walk 5k/10k benefit the Chehalem Park & Recreation Department Youth Sports Program.

Newberg’s City Flower

The camellia has been part of Newberg’s history decades, and it was adopted in 1949 as the official flower of the city. The plant’s elegant flowers and dark green foliage bring beauty to residents’ yards, city building landscapes and even Newberg’s flag. Since 2009, the annual Camellia Festival has put the spotlight on the early bloomer with a variety of events that introduce visitors to the stately flower.


Oregon Camellia Society’s Annual Bloom Competition

The Oregon Camellia Society’s will host its statewide contest in which flowers are judged by size, color, form and condition. Single camellia blooms in the many possible iterations and colors will be on display throughout the day after judging. Festival attendees can enjoy the beauty of single, semi-double and double blooms as well as the spectrum within those categories. An informative and interactive camellia question-and-answer session will be at 3 p.m.

To enter your bloom into the competition click here

To sign up for the Fun with Flowers: How to Show–and Win with Camellias workshop on Mark 18, from 1:00–3:00, click here

Location: Chehalem Glenn Golf Course Clubhouse, 4501 E. Fernwood Road, Newberg, Oregon.

To view the 76th Annual Camellia Show schedule, rules, and general information click here


Plant Sale

Start on your own tradition by purchasing a camellia from the plant sale. Arborvitaeconifers and bamboo as well as garden art and other treasures will also available for purchase. For attendees looking to add gorgeous spring color to their landscapes, the plant sale will have lots of options, and the proceeds will benefit the future of the Newberg Camellia Festival. Great wholesale prices!

Some of the plants and varieties available include:

  • Camellias
  • Japanese Maples
  • Blueberries
  • Peonies
  • Hydrangea
  • Beech “Purple Fountain”
  • Spruce
  • Fir
  • Pine
  • Thuja
  • Other Conifers and Specimens

Trolley Tours

Join a local Newberg historian as he/she travels on the trolley to visit a dozen locations that help explain why Newberg is one of the most historic cities in all of Oregon.

  • Learn about the role Newberg played as the “birthplace” of pioneer settlement of the Willamette Valley
  • Visit the house where once lived a young boy who would become the 31st president of the United States
  • See the home of an artist who helped create the comic book hero known as Captain America
  • Learn the location of the five-acre site where Newberg was supposed to be but never developed
  • Tour Newberg’s historic Friends Cemetery, the final resting place of numerous Civil War veterans and the man whose heart valve invention has saved millions of lives
  • Hear about Newbergian Lynn Hinton of the Bellfountain Bells, arguably the most legendary high school basketball team in Oregon sports history
    …and much, much more.

Tour begins and ends at the Chehalem Cultural Center and takes approximately one hour to complete.

Advanced registration is strongly encouraged and available inside the main entrance of the Center.

Tour Times

10AM – Registration begins
11AM – Tour #1 departs
1PM – Tour #2 departs
3PM – Tour #3 departs

Press Contact:

Carissa Smith-Burkett, Arts & Public Programming Coordinator
Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan Street, Newberg OR 97132
503-487-6883 x. 104

press release (will be a link)