Get ready for spring festivals in Portland.
My favorite season in Portland is spring. By mid-March, the sun starts to shine once again and our neighborhoods come to life with the sights and smells of springtime blooms. It feels like our city is rising anew with a bounty of opportunities to get out and explore the place we call home.
With the changing of the seasons comes a whole host of spring activities in and around Portland. Celebrate the season by attending some of these Portland spring festivals.
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2023 Spring Festivals in and around Portland
Tamales Festival at Portland Mercado
The Portland Mercado is the hub of Latin culture in our city. The public market space features eight food carts and five indoor businesses representing the diverse flavors of Latin America. During the Tamales Festival, choose from tamales at multiple businesses all featuring traditional Latin American recipes.
The Portland Mercado is located at 7238 SE Foster Road.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
March 24-April 30
Want to stroll through 40 acres of tulips this spring? The 2023 Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival will dazzle visitors this spring with its bounty of blooms. This is a great day trip for a date, a family outing or a photoshoot. And don’t forget your four-legged family member! This farm is dog friendly.
Tickets range from $15-$20 per person. The farm is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tryon Creek Natural Area is celebrating one of the first native blooms of the season: trillium. During the Trillium Festival, partake in many fun activities centering around native plants and habitats. This event is free to attend.
If you can’t make the festival, visit Tryon Creek any time this spring and search for trillium along with other spring blooms. It is one of the best urban parks in Portland.
Cherry Blossom Bloom
March 20-April 20
While there is not a festival planned around these blooms, the celebration of the return of Portland’s cherry blossoms always draws a crowd. You can see mesmerizing cherry blossom trees all over Portland. I’ve put together a list of free locations where you can see cherry blossoms.
NW’s Largest Garage Sale and Vintage Sale
Want to visit more than 600 garage sales all under one roof? Attend one of the 2023 NW’s Largest Garage Sale and Vintage Sale events. There are three sales taking place this year.
The spring sale is happening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clark County Event Center, 17402 NE Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield. Tickets are sold at the door for $7 per person. Children 12 and under attend for free. Parking is $5.
Portland Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
Head to the Portland Expo Center for all things crafty at the 10th Annual Portland Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival. The festival boasts great deals from vendors, including trade secrets, ideas and products. There will also be make and takes booths, live demos and door prizes daily.
The festival is taking place Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 online. Use this coupon to get $2 off at the door. Tickets are valid all three days of the event. Do keep in mind parking at the Portland Expo Center is $12 per vehicle. Plan to ride together if you’re attending with friends or take the MAX.
Hood River Cider Fest
Sample the cider creations from more than 20 Oregon and Washington cideries at the Hood River Cider Fest. Head to the Hood River Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and sip on cider as you enjoy local music, crafts, food and a kids’ area with giant yard games. In case of spring showers, the cider tasting area is under a tent.
General admission is $10. Tasting packages start at $25. Kids attend for free.
Crafty Wonderland Spring Art and Craft Market
Crafty Wonderland is bringing together our city’s best artists and crafters for a special spring market at the Oregon Convention Center. More details about this year’s vendors and tickets will be announced soon. The market is taking place 5-9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday.
Spring Garden Fair
The Clackamas County Event Center is hosting the annual Spring Garden Fair. The spring event has been held the weekend before Mother’s Day since 1984. What started as a small fuchsia sale has grown into a two-day fair with more than 140 vendors. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just starting out, this is a great event to learn something new and gather supplies and plants.
Admission is $5. Parking is free. Hours are 9-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9-4 p.m. on Sunday. The Clackamas County Event Center is located at 694 NE 4th Ave. in Canby.
Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
The 36th annual Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is open daily between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. with special attractions and featured performances. Enjoy authentic Mexican flavors and other regional specialties. Peruse authentic, unique crafts in the Guadalajara Artisan Village and enjoy live entertainment.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids. The event takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland.
Every year, McMenamins hosted an out-of-this-world festival in McMinnville. Most of the festivities, including live music, vendor booths, costume contests, costume ball and the parade, are free to attend. Speaker presentation tickets range from $25-$40. Hours vary per activity.
The whole festival centers around the McMenamins Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans Street in McMinnville.
Portland Rose Festival
May 26-June 25
The Portland Rose Festival is back in-person this year with all its beloved events and some new ones as well. There’s free opening night fireworks, the illuminating Starlight Parade, CityFair, Fleet Week, Grand Floral and so much more. Best of all, these activities are free and cheap making this a great opportunity for the whole city to come together. Most events take place in or around Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Whale Watching Season
Each spring, nearly 25,000 gray whales will be traveling from Baja Mexico up to Alaska. You can spot whales on their journey north from late March to June. Find a spot along the coast that is a designated whale watching location.
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