The annual festival offers food, music, a parade and even a half-marathon this year.

(PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL) - Bulbs of elephant garlic handed out during the Elephant Garlic Festival parade in North Plains, Ore., on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.The North Plains Elephant Garlic Festival is this weekend, running for three days of music, food and fun.

The annual festival turns Jessie Mays Community Park into an open-air market where people can chow down on garlic dishes of all kinds and purchase locally made goods. There is also live music every day and a parade on Saturday morning, Aug. 13.

New this year, there will be a half-marathon as well as shorter 5K and 10K walk/run events. The full loop takes participants all through North Plains on Saturday morning, though pre-registration is required.

The hours vary by day, with Friday, Aug. 12, festivities starting at noon and running to 11 p.m.

On Saturday, the festival begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 11 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, the start time is the same, though closing time is at 6 p.m.

Admission is free and there are free and paid parking options surrounding the festival site.

For a full schedule of events and to find more information, visit

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