The COVID-19 pandemic has robbed us all of many experiences. As folks get vaccinated and the weather changes, we’re starting to see the return of one of our favorite spring and summer pastimes: Festivals! Sure, these events have changed a bit since the last time we went, but we’re excited that they are coming back. You’ll probably see more portable toilets, handwashing stations, sanitizers, and of course, masked faces. As COVID-19 protocols evolve, some of the details of these events may also change. Be sure to check the event’s website and Facebook pages for the most recent updates.
In 2020, The Bloody Mary Festival was nominated as a Top 10 Specialty Food Festival by USA Today. Now in its 8th year, the Bloody Mary Festival pays homage to American’s favorite brunch drink. The Portland festival will be held on August 7, 2021, at Redd on Salmon Street. Entrance includes unlimited Bloody Marys and food & drink samples. Tickets go on sale mid-May and include VIP as well as General Admission options. More information can be found at www.thebloodymaryfest.com.
2021 Oregon International Air Show
The 2021 Oregon International Air Show is scheduled for July 30-Aug 1, 2021, at McMinnville Airport. The Air Show helps to support nonprofit organizations through southwest Washington and Oregon. Since 1988, over three million dollars have been donated back to the community supporting five hundred different projects. The 2021 air show is slated to feature USAF Thunderbirds, performing in Oregon for the first time in nine years! Also on the docket are F-22 raptors and the United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team, “The Para-Commandos.” Tickets and information can be found at oregonairshow.com or on their Facebook page: facebook.com/oregonairshow.
McMenamins Hotel Oregon 21st Annual UFOFest
The festival originally scheduled for May 13-15, 2021, has been rescheduled to September 23-25, 2021. Continue to check the website for details for vendors and attendees as festival planners work through COVID protocols. ufofest.com
The Craft Beer & Wine Fest showcases Washington & Oregon breweries, wineries & distilleries. 2020 would have been the event’s 8th year; however, they are looking to bring it back for 2021 (tentative dates are June 11-June 13, 201) with limited attendance. The event is held in Esther Short Park in Downtown Vancouver. Check out thecraftwinefest.com or the Craft Wine Fest’s Facebook page for updates.
This one is a little bit of a hike for some of you, but totally worth it! For three weekends in August, Bonney Lake, WA, goes back in time! In its 11th season, the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire will be held at Kelley Farm August 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22. Each weekend is themed, and there are events and activities for the whole family. Raid and pillage during the first weekend for the “Barbarians at the Gate” theme or celebrate all things mystical and magical during the event’s second themed weekend, “Myths and Magic.” The final weekend is a celebration of time travel and science fiction. Go dressed as your favorite character inspired by any sci-fi book, comic, movie, or tv show. Tickets are available now by visiting the event website: washingtonfaire.com.
If you’re planning an outdoor event or festival this summer, we can help make it safer by providing high-quality portable restrooms and handwashing equipment. We rent portable restrooms across southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, so whether you’re in Vancouver, WA, Portland, OR, or other nearby cities and need to rent a portable restroom, wash station, trailered restroom, or holding tank, contact us today so that we can give you a porta-potty quote for your project or event.