What's New Downtown?

january 2019

Seeking annual award nominations


Cupcake Couture was recognized in 2017 for Outstanding Marketing. Photo by C. Hillestad.

Nominate your favorite members of McMinnville Downtown Association for their achievements in 2018!  Deadline is Jan 22

Choose your favorites

  • Volunteer of the Year

  • Outstanding Marketing and Promotion of Business

  • Outstanding Customer Service

  • Outstanding Interior Improvement

  • Outstanding Exterior Improvement

  • Outstanding Curb Appeal

  • Outstanding Downtown Champion

  • Business of the Year


big game day sale


Based on past year's feedback, we are not  coordinating a Super Bowl Sunday sale & marketing campaign this year. Several downtown businesses will still be holding sales and unique events. We will, as always, happily promote any specials you may have. Just send us the details.

december 2018

santa’s parade & tree lighting success

Thanks to First Federal and McMenamins Hotel Oregon for sponsoring Santa’s Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony!

We’d also like to thank parade participants, community partners and volunteers for helping to make Santa's Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony a great event!



McMinnville Fire Department
Dana Libonati
and the MHS Twilighters
McMinnville Calvary Chapel
McMinnville Community Media

The City of McMinnville
McMinnville Water & Light
Gale’s Towing & Recovery
McMinnville Police Department

Billie Bloebaum
Mark Bolden
Matthea Brown
Bob Clark
Renee Crank
Joe D’Aboy

Denny Elmer
Emily Kelly
Brett Miller
Heather Miller
Katie Sours
Carol Williams

win big with Holiday shopping promotion



Thank you for participating in the Downtown Holiday Blitz!

annual awards dinner & Piccadilly auction

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McMinnville Downtown Association's Annual Awards Dinner & Piccadilly Auction will be held Thursday, February 28th.


  • Keep an eye out for our call for award nominations in the next couple of weeks.

  • You will have an opportunity to vote for award winners in January.

november 2018

scarecrows on a lamp post winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Scarecrows on a Lamp Post contest! We had 10 amazing entries, and 288 people voted for the winners in an online survey. It was really close race between several of the entries.

Keep an eye out for our Aliens on a Lamp Post contest in May!

thanks for helping 3,000+ People have a safe & fun halloween!


Thanks to Chehalem Valley Dance Academy, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and Ticor Title for sponsoring Trick-or-Treat on Third Street!

Thanks to all the businesses who stayed open to hand out candy to the families that came downtown.

We’d also like to thank our amazing volunteers:

Mark Bolden
Tiffany Brabb
Matthea Brown

Bob Clark
Casee Clark
Lindsey Hudson

Heather Miller
Tommy Paterson
Katie Sours

Market yourself during mcMinnville’s largest holiday events


Our delightful, family friendly holiday events wouldn’t happen without the generous support of our sponsors. We have ready-to-go, and customizable sponsorship packages.

CONTACT US to take advantage of this marketing opportunity.

it’s time to apply to be in Santa’s parade!

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Santa's Parade and Tree Lighting is a little more than a month away. It's time to start planning your float!

  • Parade applications are available online!

  • The deadline to apply is November 16th.

  • Entry fee is $20

  • Submitted applications are subject to approval. Once your application is approved, you will get a confirmation with information about how to pay your entry fee.

veterans day parade on third street


Keep an eye out for the second annual Veterans Day and First Responders Parade. Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10am. According to the News-Register, staging will start at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Praise Assembly church at Third and Irvine. The parade will move west on Third at 10 a.m. It will turn north on Cowls Street, east on Fourth, then north on Davis to the Oregon Mutual Insurance parking lot for a short program.

The organizer of this parade is Angel Mendoza.

For more information, call Mendoza, at 503-435-8227, or email ammendoza80@gmail.com.

october 2018

volunteer with mda!


MDA has a couple of big events coming up, and boy do we have volunteer opportunities for you! Volunteering for our events is fun and fulfilling and is a great way to serve your community. No experience needed!

Volunteer for Trick-or-Treat on Third Street
Volunteer for Santa’s Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

only a few spots left!


Trick-or-Treat on Third Street: Wednesday, October 31st, 4-6pm

Halloween is just around the corner, and the MDA is looking forward to another great afternoon of trick-or-treating on Third Street! Not all businesses are lucky enough to have a ground level store front in Downtown McMinnville, but that doesn’t have to stop you from participating in the festivities. If your business would like to host a trick-or-treat booth at the event, there is no charge!

time is running out to vote for your favorite scarecrow!

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Voting for the downtown scarecrow contest closes on October 28th at 11:59pm. Please only vote once! Any duplicate entries will not be counted.

2018 holidays in downtown mcminnville

Photo courtesy of The News Register

Photo courtesy of The News Register

It may seem early, but there are a few things about the holiday season that you might want to know:

Santa’s Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony: Friday, November 23rd at 4:30 PM. Applications to participate in the parade are online this year! Apply here.

Small Business Saturday: Saturday, November 24th. This is a great opportunity for you to kick off the holiday shopping season by supporting local business.

The Downtown Holiday Stroll: Saturday, December 15th.

  • Businesses: we want to know what special holiday events you are hosting in your business during the stroll so we can add it to our marketing. Email Jamie@downtownmcminnville to let us know.

This Thursday is the final Downtown Farmers Market for the season

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It has been a great farmers market season. We had beautiful weather each week, record attendance over the course of the season, and made enough happy memories to carry us through until next May, when we will start it all over again!

Be sure to stop by our information booth this Thursday from noon-6 to:

  • Thank our AMAZING farmers market manager Renee Crank, for working tirelessly all season to keep the market at its best

  • Take advantage of amazing merchandise sales

  • Buy tickets for our fundraising raffle

scarecrows on a lamp post

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Time is running out to sign up!

Get creative and make your mark downtown during the Halloween season!  Anyone who wants to participate can sign up!  Participation is FREE! 

Entries must be installed by Monday, Oct. 15th and remain installed through Thursday, November 1st.  They must be removed by Sunday, November 4th. 

The public will pick the winners in an online survey.  Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded on Monday, October 29th.

  • First Place: $125 in Mac Bucks

  • Second Place: $100 in Mac Bucks

  • Third Place: $75 in Mac Bucks

September 2018

sale!!! while supplies last!

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Don’t miss out on your chance to score some great deals on all 2017 Farmers Market merchandise. These items won’t last long, so stop by our information booth at the Downtown Farmers Market on 1st and Cowls. We’ll be there on Thursdays from noon-6 pm through October 11th.

how to report a crime

Are you curious about the best way to report a crime in McMinnville? Click the graphic for the complete downloadable guide. Post it by your phone for easy reference. For questions, contact Brad@downtownmcminnville.com

August 2018

mcminnville city park cleanup


Join us August 26th at 10am:

It's important that public spaces are accessible and safe for all.  Help us tidy up our largest outdoor asset in downtown.   Meet us by the fountain between the public library and the aquatic center for some coffee, snacks, and instructions.  We'll begin at 10am and go until the park is all cleaned up.

Gloves, equipment, and trash disposal will all be provided - just bring yourself!

To RSVP to this event on Facebook, click here.

Smoke Free Third Street


Breathe easy - at the recommendation of the Downtown Safety Task Force, City Council has established a few “smoke free” zones: - Third St. and 50 feet on either side (north/south). - City parks - 10 feet from commercial entrances/air intake MDA has committed to help inform businesses about how these new regulations will affect them. City Police and Park Rangers will be educating the public during the first months of implementation.  For more information on Ordinance 5054, click here.

gift certificate upgrade


August 2018:

Every year, the MDA Gift Certificate program helps facilitate $30,000 of spending at local McMinnville businesses. In the coming month we’ll be upgrading our system to a new, card based platform. What does this mean for participating businesses?  It's cheaper; no 5% admin fee. You pay the same rates you pay to run a Visa credit card.  It's faster; no waiting for reimbursement - you get paid as soon as you swipe the card. 

6 goals,12 months


July 2018:

The MDA has had the same committee structure since 1986. This year, we are aligning our existing committees with the action-oriented goals they’ve always been working toward. Over the coming year, we’ll be engaging volunteers and our downtown stakeholders to make concrete, measurable progress toward six goals. For details, click here.