Calendar of Events for Oregon & SW Washington
(Updated Regularly to Feature Event Listings)

Schreiner's Iris Gardens: Iris Bloom Season
May 11 - 31

Visit their 10-acre display gardens that contain over 500 named varieties and countless companion plants.  Bring home fresh cut Iris blooms or order rhizomes for your friends and yourself.  Treat yourself to a day at Schreiner's Iris Gardens.  Photographers and artists are welcome too.  A variety of activities will be held from May 11 - 31 Schreiner's Iris Gardens: 3625 Quinaby Road NE in Salem.  Visit www.schreinersgardens.com.

Uncork Polk County
May 19 - May 28

Uncork Polk County is a week-long series of events across Polk County.  It's a chance for visitors and locals to experience their authentic agriculture, kick off the summer season, and relax with a glass of world-class wine.  Throughout the week, explore wine walks, a craft show, farmers markets, family-friendly classes, farm tours, farm-to-table dinners, and the well-known wine tasting experiences of Memorial Day Weekend.  It will be held at various venues, from May 19 - 28.  For details about the activities, go to www.explorepolkcounty.org.

Portland Rose Festival: CityFair and Fireworks
May 25 - June 10

Rose Festival's waterfront activities will have entertainment, food, fireworks, scavenger hunt, Fleet Week, and carnival rides.  Military and kids 6 and under are always FREE...More 

Rogerson Clematis Garden:
Inviting Vines Garden Tour, Breakfast and Tea
Saturday, May 26

The 2018 Inviting Vines Garden Tour includes four private gardens in addition to an optional breakfast and afternoon tea with docent led tours of the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm. Special lectures "Breakfast with Lucy Hardiman" and "Tea with Linda Beutler" provide insight into garden design and plant selection.  Rogerson Clematis Garden is the only ornamental garden in the state dedicated to sustainable and chemical-free gardening.  It will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 125 Rosemont Rd. in West Linn.  Visit www.rogersonclematiscollection.org

Crafts on the Coast 21st Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
May 26 - 27

Start your vacationing with a visit to Yachats, the Gem of the Oregon Coast, on May 26 - May 27, for the Crafts on the Coast 21st Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. This premiere juried arts & crafts event is held inside the Yachats Commons, a charming, refurbished vintage elementary school.  You will find room after room and hallway filled to bursting with nearly 70 of the best artisans from the Pacific Northwest offering a variety of interesting, unique, functional, fun must-haves for yourself and gifts for others on your list.  Fun attractions at this family-friendly event include craft demonstrations, free tastings of the gourmet food, massage and community booths. Admission and Parking are FREE.  Join us Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 27, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., inside the Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101 at W. 4th St. in Yachats...More

Heading West - Meet the Pioneers
May 26 - 27

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail!  You can see interpreters re-create the excitement of preparing for the 5 month journey to Oregon in 1843.  Heading West will be held from May 26 - 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center: 22267 OR Highway 86 in Baker City.  For more, visit www.trailtenders.org.

Multnomah County Fair
May 26 - 28

The friends of the Multnomah County Fair present the 112th annual Multnomah county fair! Adults and children, both returners and newcomers are sure to have an enjoyable weekend experiencing the many offerings of the Fair, including great food, entertainment, activities, and attractions!  Parking and gate admission are FREE!..More

Oregon Zoo: Memorial Day 
Monday, May 28

The Oregon Zoo will welcome military veterans and their families, active military personnel and their families, and families of deployed military personnel into the zoo FREE of charge, thanks to the Walmart Foundation, which is using the holiday as a way to show its support for those who have served.  The zoo store will also be offering a 10 percent discount and all zoo restaurants will be offering a 25 percent discount to veterans, active military personnel and their families, with proper ID.  To receive free admission Memorial Day, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification; families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID.  It will be held on Monday, May 28, from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at 4001 SW. Canyon Rd. in Portland.  Go to www.oregonzoo.org.

Race to Remember Memorial Day 
Monday, May 28
(Southwest Washington)

The Race to Remember Memorial Day run honors those men and women that have so bravely made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  Choose between a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or participate in the Honor A Hero Mile.  It will be held on Monday, May 28 at Remembrance Wall: 498 Phil Arnold Way in Vancouver.  Times are from 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Register online at www.racetoremember.com

Portland Story Theater Presents Urban Tellers Real,
True Stories of the People of Portland
Friday, June 1

As we close out our 2017 - 2018 Season, Portland Story Theater considers the power of the stories.  The stories told at Urban Tellers give us a chance to step out of our comfort zones so we might open ourselves up to be  vulnerable and present in ways that are crucial to the full expression of our humanity.  Experience our Portland in a whole new way.  Our Season Finale Urban Tellers feature Warren McPherson, Joanna Agee, Frank Engel, Stefanie Brown, Dana Brenner-Kelley, and Duncan Wyndham.  Hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy.  Funny. Touching.   Often surprising.  Wheelchair accessible.  Street parking is FREE after 7 p.m.  It will be held on Friday, June 1 at the Old Church Concert Hall: 1422 SW. 11th in Portland.  Jazz with Tonight's Special at 7 p.m. when doors open for social hour, stories at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $5 Arts for All PDX.  More information is at pdxstorytheater.org

Canby Wine, Food & Brew
June 1 - 3

Come enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and scents of wonderful Oregon wineries, artisans, vendors, nurseries and specialty foods at the annual Canby Wine, Food & Brew! Tastings have a minimum cost of $1...More

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 2

Events held throughout the United States help promote awareness of the wide variety of benefits that trails provide, encourage people to discover their local trials, raise awareness of trail issues and instill excitement for the outdoors.  Join this historic event and leave the trail better than you found it!  In honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System, pledge to pack out trash, join a trail work project, or clean up a park.  In a single day, Americans can collectively improve 2,802 miles of trail—the distance across the US...More 

Portland Buddhist Festival
Saturday, June 2

The Portland Buddhist Festival in the Park celebrates the teachings of Buddhism and teaches the basics to newcomers during a free 5-hour event. It features live performances, meditation, presentations by leaders in Oregon’s Buddhist community, and delightful meet and greets with fellow Buddhists. It’s basically Buddhism 101 for beginners and a bonding experience for experts...More

Taste of Woodburn
June 2 - 3

All are invited to attend for an exciting weekend in downtown Woodburn!  With the largest selection of Mexican restaurants per capita in Oregon.  Taste of Woodburn will be an opportunity to taste the foods and flavors of the many regions and cultures of Mexico.  They'll also have live entertainment...More   

Pistol River Wave Bash
June 7 - 10

Riders are venturing from around the world to participate from countries including Morocco, Italy, France, Guadeloupe and the USA. Divisions include Professional, Amateur, Women, Youth, Master and Grand Masters competing in the wave riding and jumping.  The competition is held from June 7 - 10 at Pistol River along the southern Oregon Coast.  Visit goldbeachchamber.com.

33rd Annual Obsidian Days
June 8 - 10

The Hines Volunteer Firefighters Association is proud to present the 33rd Annual Obsidian Days, June 8 - 10 at the Hines Oregon City Parks in Hines.  Come see hand crafted obsidian items and other artisan treasures.  Vendors from all around come to show off their wares.  Come look for unique items and gifts, participate in a celebration of Oregon Archeology and History with Portland State University and enjoy live music, while also supporting your local community...More

Oregon Renaissance Faire
June 9 - 10 & 16 - 17

Join the Oregon Renaissance Faire and take a step back in time to the Vale of Dunrose as we celebrate a visit from Mary, Queen of Scots!  Enjoy music, entertainment, jousting, arts, crafts, demos and more!  June 9th - 10 and 16th and 17th at the Clackamas County Event Center: 694 NE. 4th Ave. in Canby...More

Solstice Soul Renewal: Soul Collage Retreat
June 10 - 13

What is your soul longing for? Let the magic of SoulCollage® deepen the relationship with your longing and knowing. Unleash your creative spirit as you play in the pure joy of creating personal collages using imagery. Expand your awareness through journaling, meditation, community, and time in nature.  Solstice is a perfect time for rekindling the fullness of YOU. SoulCollage® experience is not necessary.  We will guide you in this soul-nurturing process.  Taught by Glenda Goodrich and Ann Christensen at Breitenbush Hot Springs, from June 10 - 13.  The retreat is located at Breitenbush Hot Spring Resort: 53000 Breitenbush Rd. SE in Detroit.  To learn more, visit www.glendagoodrich.com

Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 15 - 17

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival has been a tradition on the North Coast of Oregon for over forty years.  The festival embodies the rich cultural that was transplanted to Astoria,Oregon region by Scandinavians.  In the Northwest they found the bounteous seas and forests as their native lands and the demand their skills at managing them.  During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain . Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods...More 

Waldport Beachcomber Days
June 15 - 17

Bring the whole family to the annual Waldport Beachcomber Days.  They'll have great entertainment, parade, vendor market, Kids Zone, sports games and more.  It will be held at various venues in Waldport...More 

Taste of Tigard Food Festival
Saturday, June 16

Stroll, share, and savor at the Taste of Tigard Food Festival!  Join us for live music and an opportunity to sample some culinary innovations, tasty treats and cold brews.  This event recognizes food and beverage entrepreneurs who are cooking up something interesting, exciting and innovating in Tigard.  This festival is FREE and open to the public.  Vendors will have samples, festival food items and specialty dishes for sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Tigard (on Burnham at Main).  Cash is encouraged.  ATM will be available on site...More  

37th Annual Northwest Garlic Festival
June 16 - 17

It's chic to reek!  In the land of clams, crab and oysters what are folks looking forward to in June?  Garlic, and plenty of it!  Celebrate the passion for this exalted bulb with the faithful throngs who make their annual pilgrimage to the NW Garlic Festival which is held each June in the seaside community of Ocean Park, Washington, located on the Long Beach Peninsula.  This GARLIC Olympics of Gastronomy is not held for the region's GARLIC growing ability.  This Festival was born out of love of great, GARLIC laden cuisine!...More 

111th Annual Rhododendron Festival
May 18 - 20

The 2018 Rhododendron Festival will be held May 18, 19, and 20, with preliminary events beginning as early as Wednesday, May 16. This year’s theme, “Rhody Rendezvous,” evokes a feeling of coming to Florence for an exciting gathering to make memories with friends and family during a great time in Oregon’s Coastal Playground. This 111th annual event features parades, flower shows, classic car and motorcycle exhibits, a classic car cruise, live music, vendor’s fair, grand pageantry, and lots more...More 

Tigard Festival of Balloons
June 22 - 24

The Festival is a place for families and friends to gather, play and relax. Join us in the pre-dawn hours as approximately 20 hot air balloons launch into the morning sky (weather permitting). Spend the afternoon shopping at the craft and vendor booths, eating great food from local food vendors, and enjoying thrilling Funtastic carnival rides and games. Don’t miss the Festival of Cars presented by Landmark Ford Lincoln on Sunday. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Festival of Balloons without the ever impressive Night Glow presented by Walmart on Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting); the Rogue Beer Garden, live music on the Main Stage presented by Grocery Outlet- King City; 6v6 soccer tournament, Twilight 5K Run/Walk on Saturday night, and a whole lot more!...More 

Summer Kite Festival
June 23 - 24

Held on the beach at the D River State Recreation Site, the annual Summer Kite Festival is a Lincoln City family vacation tradition.  It's two days of kite flying activities that will have you soaring.  They'll have a performance by featured fliers, running of the Bols, Kids Kite Making Workshop, Kids and Kites Parade on the Beach, and more...More 

The Full Body Elixir 2018 Summer Retreat with Calley O'Neill & Noa Eads
June 28 - July 1

The Full Body Elixir by day, Lucid Dreaming by night.  No experience necessary.  Learn to take back your nights and transform your days!  THE FULL BODY ELIXIR is a fun slow flow guided moving meditation combining yoga, qigong, deep breathing, isometrics, mind clearing, and a flow of wisdom for everyday life.  This practice effectively clears negativity and stress, boosts immunity, reinvigorates your body and your joie de vie!  It's fun, fluid, strengthening, relaxing, energizing, and wonderful!  Lucid dreamers realize are aware they are dreaming while dreaming.  The creative and healing potential of LUCID DREAMING is extraordinary.  Noa will describe the practice and benefits of lucid in waking and dreaming life.  The retreat will be held from June 28 - July 1 at Breitenbush Hot Springs: 53000 Breitenbush Rd. SE in Detroit.  For more, visit www.calleyoneillyoga.com

Big Foot Fun Run 5K 10K Race
Saturday, June 30

Come and see what everyone is talking about!  The best June race in Clark County features Big Foot himself, great prizes and loads of fun.  You won't want to miss this race.  All participants receive a T-shirt and medal.  Pre-Registration is $30 if you register by June 20 and $35 for later registration. Register by June 20 for a guaranteed T-shirt size...More 

Michael Harner's Shamanic Divination Training
August 25 - 26
(Non-Annual in California)

This is an advanced workshop taught by Beth Beurkens, M.A.  One of the classic tasks of the shaman is to journey in order to obtain answers to questions, both at the request of others, and for oneself. In the shamanic search to become persons of knowledge, you will learn, as shamans have from time immemorial, how to converse with plant as well as animal species, how to learn about the use of quartz crystals, and how to seek and receive revelatory knowledge from visionary sources.  13 CEU credits offered upon completion of this workshop.  It will be held from Aug. 25 - 26 in Santa Rosa, California.  To register for this workshop, go to www.shamanicuniverse.com.


Recovery International (RI):
Help for Depression and Nervous Conditions
Every Tuesday

Portland depression and anxiety support weekly meetings.  Recovery International is a non-profit Cognitive Behavioral Training system that has helped thousands.  Rob Winike, trainer, author and RI board member, discusses mental health recovery and how to cope with symptoms of a nervous imbalance, stress, anger, sleeplessness and other mental health issues.  Meetings are Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 1704 NW 43rd (and Broadway).  Call (503) 810-2789 for info or other meeting locations.  Visit www.recoveryinternational.org and local blogsite at www.selfhelptools.org.