And although we love our wet winters and all the incredible things to do in and around Portland, Oregon, we also get pretty excited about the coming of spring. Why?!? Well, why not! In our experience, here are some great things you can do in Portland this spring.
Portland is known for its incredible breweries; the spring comes with tons of beer festivals and beer events. Although there are many beer festivals are happening (and some new ones are also popping up), one of our favorites is the Bakers Dozen Beerfest. Their tagline says it best: “In a city that boasts over 70 breweries, an equal number of coffee roasters, plus an outsized love of artisan doughnuts, this beer fest just makes sense.” We agree! For more information about the Bakers Dozen Beerfest, visit their facebook page. For a list of other upcoming beer festivals, visit here and here.
Portland Rose Festival
The Portland Rose Festival is one of the city’s biggest events. With so much going on, it has its own site and calendar of events! Most of the activities are in May and June, but you can start celebrating the Rose Festival today. Check out the calendar for what’s happening now, and be sure to catch one of the many parades held as part of the festivities.
2023 Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
Another popular spring attraction in Oregon is the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. The festival includes food, carnival rides, hot air balloon rides, and of course, millions of tulip bulbs. It’s incredible, and if you’ve never been, this is worth adding to your POrtland bucket list. The festival occurs at the Wooden Shoe Flower Farm and runs every day from March 24 – April 30, 2023.
Whales can be seen off the Oregon coast all year, but in the spring, you can catch the northbound grey whales on their way toward Alaska. You can visit the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay or check out one of the many other locations along the Oregon coast that are great for watching whales.
Skiing and Snow Tubing
Mt. Hood’s Skibowl is still open! Enjoy snow in spring! Although tubing is done for the season at the time of this writing, there’s still fun in the snow to be had. For more information on what is open and powder conditions, visit SkiBowl.com.
Visit A Farm
The Willamette Valley is home to many farms, and you can visit a lot of them in just one day. The Farmlandia Farm Loop allows you to visit over 18 farms and businesses in a self-guided tour. You’ll see farms, vineyards, and nurseries, with plenty of stops for shopping and tours. Flowers more your speed? Visit one of Oregon’s many flower farms!
Probably, one of our favorite parts of spring is the return of Farmers Markets, and not just because we supply porta-potties to them! We love supporting local farming communities and small businesses, and the farmers’ market is a great place to do so. You’ll find food and flower varieties that you won’t find in your local grocery store. There are a ton of incredible markets to choose from, and they are all great!
Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley
Oregon Wine Country is a force to be reckoned with; there are over 700 wineries in the Willamette Valley! The Willamette Valley is known for its Pinot Noir, but you can find several whites (such as chardonnay and pinot gris) along with other reds. Willamette Valley wineries harvest grapes from over 900 vineyards. These family-friendly wineries provide activities for children and your furry family members! Visit the WillametteVallery.Org to learn more about these amazing wineries.
Whitewater Rafting Adventure
Oregon’s rivers offer scenic adventures for beginners and rafting enthusiasts alike. The spring is a great time to get out on the water, with many rivers having larger rapids to conquer. But if you’re looking for a more relaxed adventure, some of Oregon’s other rivers don’t pick up speed (see what we did there!) until later in the spring or summer. Travel Portland has a great list of rivers and the best times to visit each.
Of course, this list isn’t inclusive. Be sure to check out our previous posts here and here, as well as The Oregonian and Travel Portland for more comprehensive and up-to-date information on all the amazing things around Portland this spring.
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