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Major musical events and ballet are held here and in nearby communities. The University Theater, the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus, the restored Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis and the theatre at Corvallis High School offer plays, symphony concerts, lectures, conferences and seminars throughout the year. The OSU/Corvallis Symphony, the Corvallis Youth Symphony, the Corvallis Repertory Singers and the internationally known Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir provide performances year-round. Corvallis film lovers can choose from two national multiplexes and a locally owned, four-screen art cinema located in the heart of downtown, as well as two annual film festivals.

The Oregon State Beavers are a favorite draw for sports enthusiasts. Home games of OSU football attract as many as 46,300 spectators. Basketball games, gymnastics meets and baseball games are major events as well. In 2006 and 2007, the Oregon State Beavers baseball team won the Pac-10 Championship and the NCAA National Championship. In 2008, the Oregon State football team won the Brut Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

Corvallis Knights baseball, American Legion Baseball, soccer and more unconventional sporting events, such as ultimate frisbee and a women’s football league have a significant following, too. And then, of course, there’s golf. In 2005, Corvallis ranked in the top 10 percent of all U.S. communities over 50,000 for the quality of its golf courses.

Corvallis Parks and Recreation provide year-long programs for children and adults. The Corvallis Senior Center has wonderful programming for our seniors, and the Linn-Benton Community College Benton Center provides workout, recreation and martial arts classes, in addition to an array of other life enriching classes in everything from cooking to ceramics.e

LocalFestivals

The da Vinci Film Festival in March.

Three-day wine tastings at Benton County wineries over the Memorial Day weekend.

Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in June featuring professional classical performers who grew up in the Corvallis area.

Red, White and Blue Festival, which features blues music and many family activities before the annual fireworks display on the waterfront on the Fourth of July.

Philomath Frolic & Rodeo in July.

da Vinci Days, a three-day celebration of art, science and technology the third weekend in July.

Benton County Fair, a celebration of local agriculture and crafts every summer in early August.

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire at the end of summer.

Corvallis Fall Festival, an arts celebration the fourth full weekend in September.

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