From mid-February to early November, more than 100,000 Bard-loving fans descend on Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, presented in three theaters. Its accomplished repertory company mounts some of the finest Shakespearean productions you're likely to see outside of Stratford-upon-Avon—plus works by Ibsen, Williams, and contemporary playwrights. Between June and October plays are staged in the 1,200-seat Elizabethan Theatre, an atmospheric re-creation of the
Fortune Theatre in London; the 600-seat Angus Bowmer Theatre, a state-of-the-art facility typically used for five different productions in a single season; and the 350-seat New Theater, which mostly hosts productions of new or experimental work. The festival generally operates close to capacity, so it's important to book ahead.