APRIL 2018 EVENTS
Calendar Listing for Oregon and Southwest Washington
(Updated Regularly)

Hood River Valley Blossom Time
April 1 - 30

Starting in early April, the cherry, apple and pear trees in the Hood River valley welcome spring’s return by releasing vibrant pink and white flowers.  The area celebrates spring with the annual Hood River Valley Blossom Time, which takes place throughout April.  Visit Hood River in April and enjoy family-friendly farm events, craft shows, culinary treats, wine and cider tasting, and the Hood River County Hard- Pressed Cider Fest.  One of the best ways to enjoy Blossom Time is to drive the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a gorgeous 35-mile drive that follows the county’s Scenic Tour Route and passes the valley’s plethora of orchards, wineries and farms...More

TechFestNW
April 5 - 6

TechfestNW is an annual gathering of innovators, startups, entrepreneurs, tech companies and investors from around the globe that takes place in Portland.  During the day, TechfestNW offers compelling speakers, a pitch competition with startups, workshops and a demo floor featuring the latest in tech gadgets.  At night, TechfestNW offers parties, networking and an opportunity to explore one of the greatest cities in the country...More 

Clark County Quilters: 43rd Annual Quilt Show
April 5 - 7
(Southwest Washington)

Hosted by the Clark County Quilters, all are invited to their annual Quilt Show.  This year's theme is "Once in a Blue Moon."  This year's featured quilter is Lynn Czaban.  They'll have quilt exhibits from around the world, a variety of exhibits, classes, and vendors...More 

Southwest WashingtonWatercolor Society Spring Exhibition
Friday, April 6
(Southwest Washington)

Angst Gallery will host members and guests of Southwest Washington Watercolor Society (SWWS) for their annual Spring Exhibition.  The exhibition will display over 100 watercolor and mixed-media artworks from SWWS Juried Members...More 

Klineline Kids Fishing Derby
April 6 - 7
(Southwest Washington)

Presented by Klineline Kids Fishing Nonprofit, with lots of help and support from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Clark Public Utilities, US Fish & Wildlife, Fire District 6, local businesses, and sport fishing groups; Klineline Kids Fishing introduces kids to the benefits of fishing as an individual and family activity, and is aimed at getting more kids outdoors, involved in fishing, and aware of our natural environment...More  

Portland Swap Meet & Automotive Swap Meet
April 6 - 8

The Portland Swap Meet is billed as the largest on the West Coast with 3,500 vendors inside and outside of the Portland Expo Center, located at 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  Nearby is the Portland International Automotive Swap Meet that will have 1,500 vendors of automotive gear around two miles of racetrack...More 

Japanese Currents
April 6 - 28

This year’s 11th annual Japanese Currents series highlights recent noteworthy Nipponese films, ranging from anime to jidaigeki, documentary to comedy, all while exploring issues important to contemporary Japanese society. Collectively, these selections offer a fresh take on Japanese culture and showcase the wealth of creative invention at work in Japan today...More   

Farm Fest 2018
Saturday, April 7

It is the Largest plowing competition with draft animals on the West Coast with 20+ teams of draft horses and mules.  The Oregon Draft Horse Breeders Association co-sponsors the event and will manage the competition in both our North and South fields.  The entire Yamhill Valley Heritage Center campus will come alive with many activities. Vendors will be on hand with their wares.  Historical displays and demonstrations will be available for viewing including the Sawmill, Blacksmith Shop and Steam Engine.  The Plowman’s Café will be open with a wonderful assortment of food to give you energy to see all that the event has to offer.  Live music is scheduled throughout the day and plan on visiting the hand’s on Pioneer Kids’ activities that are sure to please.  Don’t miss it!...More 

GardenPalooza
Saturday, April 7

Just in time for Spring, GardenPalooza will have over 40 vendors to get you excited about gardening.  See hundreds of plants, tools and garden art.  You can also enjoy shopping at the country store, fresh doughnuts, delicious food and much, much more!...More 

The 10th Annual Newberg Camellia Festival & Run/Walk
Saturday, April 7

This FREE, full day festival starts with a 5k and 10k run/walk coordinated by Chehalem Parks and Rec., and features performances throughout the day by groups such as UNIT SOUZOU, Lee's Golden Dragon Lion and Dragon Dance Association, and Oregon Koto-Kai. Vendors from around the region sell food, crafts and jewelry connected to Pan-Asian culture.  The Forecourt Tent features demonstrations and hands-on art-activities for kids.  Historic city tours will give visitors a look at Newberg's favorite historic sites.  The festival is also host to the Oregon Camellia Society's bloom show, highlighting the official Newberg city flower and its Asian origins.  Plant sales will run throughout the festival, offering gardeners an opportunity to purchase unique plants and garden art. There's something for all ages and interests!...More 

Spring in the Country Bazaar
April 9 - 14

This is a FREE event.  Experience the charm of a country bazaar that showcases over 100 vendors selling handcrafted items like birdhouses, garden art, collectibles, home decor, plants, gourmet treats and more...More

Portland Grand Tasting
Thursday, April 12

Hosted by Columbia Gorge Winegrowers, sample award-winning wines from 20+ wineries, all pouring under the same roof for one night only.  General Admission includes complimentary tastings from all attending wineries, light hors-d'ouevres, and a commemorative wine glass to keep.  Must be 21+ to attend...More 

Portland Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
April 12 - 14

Attend the 6th annual show that is bigger, better and more creative than ever.  Sew creative and colorful.  Lots of exciting new booths to see and buy the latest supplies, fabrics, notions, patters and tools...all under one roof!  Attend FREE classes, workshops and demos from quilting and sewing superstars...More   

Ashland Independent Film Festival
April 12 - 16

The year’s lineup includes over 120 films chosen from nearly a thousand films submitted to the festival, or specially selected by AIFF Artistic and Executive Director Richard Herskowitz. The entire program, including information about show times, live performances, art exhibits, filmmaker TalkBack panels, children’s programs, Community Conversations, and more...More

Oregon Relays
April 13 - 14

Co-ed high school track and field championship meet with over 70 teams from the US and Canada.  Join thousands of athletes and fans in this annual track and field meet. Running events include Steeplechase, 100 meter, distance medley relay open, 4x200m relay, 3000 meters invitational, distance medley relay invitational, high jump, discus throw, long jump, pole vault, 1500 meters, 400 meters, 110 and 100 meter hurdles and much more!...More   

Spring Brewfest
April 13 - 14
(Southwest Washington)

Kick off spring and celebrate craft brews at this lively festival in Esther Short Park. Dozens of local brewers gather to offer their best suds to sip...More 

Wizard World Portland Comic Con
April 13 - 15

Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, music, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, collectibles, original art and world-class programming in a one-of-a-kind comic con environment. Come meet & greet your favorite celebrities!...More  

Art Extravaganza:
Tools & Techniques Trade Show
Saturday, April 14

Art Extravaganza is a FREE vendor trade show for two and three-dimensional artists. The event provides artists, educators, students and all art enthusiasts the opportunity to test, try and buy new and favorite art supplies and tools. Expect product demonstrations, artist demonstrations, lectures, workshops, entertainment, and artist networking opportunities...More   

12th Annual Tokeland-North Cover Art Studio Tour 
Saturday, April 14
(Southwest Washington)

Spend an afternoon exploring some of the more remote and scenic Washington Coast that has inspired world renowned artists during the 12th annual Tokeland-North Cove Art Studio Tour beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. This exclusive peak into artists' private studios provides a rare opportunity to not just meet the creators in person but to see where and how artists like Jeffro Uitto, Judith Altruda, Wally Mann, Melody Gerber and others create their works. There will be demonstrations of traditional carving tools and techniques by Earl Davis in Tokeland as well as live glassblowing in North Cove by Jeremy Bartheld. Along with the open studios there will be several local artists with works on display and available for sale at both the historic Tokeland Hotel and the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Center. This day of celebrating art and community continues with an art auction at 5 p.m. at the Tradewinds on the Bay event center to support the Ocosta School District art program and the Wash Away No More initiative.  Tickets for this fundraising event are $20, available at the door, and include wine, beer and heavy appetizers...More 

ALDancers 15 years – Oregon Bird Sketches
April 14 - 15

MUSIC LIVE & DANCE MODERN – new choreography to choral music performed by Resonance Ensemble, cond. Brandon Brack: Górecki’s ‘Broad Waters’, Gabel’s ‘Farewell to Wang Wei’ & ‘Remember Me’ – all ALD premieres, including ‘Oregon Bird Sketches’ (piano & video), ‘Bokuliki’ to Lutoslawski’s 5 “Bucolics” (piano), featuring new choreography by ALDancers: Allie Fahsholz and Lauren Sprague.  For our 15th Anniversary Agnieszka chose (form our inaugural season, ‘03) ‘Songs of Eva’, to cabaret songs premiered by legendary Polish singer, Ewa Demarczyk (mid’60s). Nancy Wood & Paul Safar perform...More

Design Week Portland
April 16 - 21

You can enjoy hundreds of FREE or low cost events, like open houses, exhibitions, lessons, walking tours, workshops, MakerLabs and more, conceived and hosted by the creative community. There’s something for everyone...More

Bee Weekend at GloryBee
April 20 - 21

GloryBee will host its Annual Bee Weekend!  This two-day community event is packed with beekeeping education, distribution of pre-ordered packages of live bees, live demonstrations, honey sampling, onsite food vendors and more!  You don't have to be a beekeeper to participate! Bee Weekend has become a popular community event, featuring honey tasting, food carts, and activities for children.  Come see the bees up-close and learn more about these tiny and amazing pollinators!...More

Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour
April 20 - 22

Forty-one juried studios are participating, and the artist roster features a variety of work including painting, drawing, jewelry, glass, sculpture, photography, textiles, fiber, and more.  Artists’ studios are located throughout the Mid-Columbia from Cascade Locks to The Dalles and from Parkdale, Oregon to Trout Lake, Washington.  This is a juried event, with artists representing the highest quality work available from the region.  It is timed with Blossom Festival to welcome many out-of-town visitors seeking a taste of spring and inspiration.  The tour is FREE and self-guided...More  

Pacific City Birding & Blues Festival
April 20 - 22

This an annual celebration with feathered friends and music in Pacific City.  They'll have a live blues concert, FREE community events, guided bird walks, paddle trips, nature presentations and more...More

The Great Oregon Coast Garage Sale
April 20 - 22

Nearly 100 "vendors" will home sales during this community-wide event in Lincoln City.  See what treasures you can unearth.  Get the garage sale map (coming soon!) with all of the locations and descriptions.  Visitors from all over and local residents alike participate in this annual event. The sales are listed in a guide indicating dates, times, and locations of each sale. Listings will also have brief descriptions of what items will be available at each sale...More

Cottage Grove Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21

The annual event will have local tours, vendors, live music, food, a Native American Blessing and Kids Zone...More  

Goat Mountain Gallop Half Marathon
Saturday, April 21

The Goat Mountain Gallop Half  Marathon is one of the oldest half marathons in Oregon. This year it turns 35!  This point to point half marathon course starts at the Colton high school taking you past beautiful rural country fields, rolling hills and crossing the Molalla River. Your finish line is at Molalla High School where you will be rewarded by a pancake breakfast...More 

Long Beach Razor Clam Festival
Saturday, April 21
(Southwest Washington) 

The event that helped put the Long Beach Peninsula on the map in the 1940s features free razor clam digging lessons, contests, vendors, live music, an annual chowder cook-off, clam fritter samples, and a giant clam fry. This is one of the Peninsula’s signature events, and it’s a blast for every member of the family!...More

NW's Largest Garage Sale & Vintage Sale
Saturday, April 21
(Southwest Washington)

Over 500 booths - all indoors.  Something for everyone.  Vintage to new and everything in between: furniture, jewelry, tools, toys, electronics, clothing, household items, baby and kids items, books, fishing, hunting, sporting goods, collectibles, and much more.  ATM onsite.  Food and beverages for sale.  Clean public restrooms.  Sells and shoppers wanted.  First 300 shoppers at general admission will get FREE shopping bag...More  

Oregon Garden: Earth Day
Saturday, April 21

All are invited to celebrate Earth Day at The Oregon Garden.  They'll have lots of FREE education, exhibitors, entertainment and great food...More 

Soiree April in Paris
Saturday, April 21

The Alliance Française of Portland presents its annual fundraiser gala on April 21 at the Multnomah Athletic Club, located at 1849 SW. Salmon St. in Portland, from 6 - 10 p.m.  The event includes a seated dinner with a French menu created by James Beard Award-winning chef Philippe Boulot and entertainment by local theatre luminaries Susannah Mars and Rebecca Kilgore.  The highlight of the evening is a live auction which offers a French immersion in Villefranche on the French Riviera and properties in France, among others.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with wine and hors d'oeuvres during the silent auction with everything from to wine tastings to restaurant certificates to custom-built wine racks...More

SOLVE IT for Earth Day
Saturday, April 21

Thousands of volunteers will come together to care for Oregon during the state’s largest Earth Day event, SOLVE IT for Earth Day.  Across the state, Oregon’s coast and natural areas continue to face threats from diminishing wildlife habitat, invasive plants and litter, which flows downstream to rivers and out to the ocean. By volunteering you’re helping to preserve and improve the state for today and for tomorrow. Volunteering at a local project, or make the event into an adventure by exploring the state while making a difference.  SOLVE projects are community driven and focus on cleaning up and restoring natural areas and neighborhoods with hands-on work.  Supplies and instructions are provided and all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in...More

Blossom Craft Show
April 21 - 22

This is a FREE event for all ages.  The Blossom Craft Show features over 120 vendors from around the Northwest offering arts and crafts, garden art, handcrafted home furnishings and decorations, gourmet foods, jewelry, pottery, beads, clothing and much more.  Local organizations will be there offering expertise and products for sale.  The Blossom Quilt Show and Sale will have over 100 beautiful handmade quilts on display...More 

Depoe Bay Crab Feed, Wooden Boat Show & Ducky Derby
April 21 - 22

Fun for the whole family!  Succulent Dungeness  Crab is offered up along with coleslaw, french bread and a drink (non-alcoholic)!  A no host, bar and wine garden is also available.  Either before enjoying your crab or following a delicious meal, visit the harbor and boat basin and walk through the display of wooden boats!  Take the opportunity to build your own wooden boat with the Chambers master model wooden boat builders.  Don’t forget to purchase your ducky derby  tickets for the exciting duck race on Sunday!  Watch the plastic ducks rush to the finish line and win valuable prizes!...More 

RaSani Fair
April 21 - 22

This is a delightful experience to open your heart & feed your soul...Oregon's Largest Body Mind Spirit Expo... Raise your consciousness with 100+ independent alternative holistic practitioners and exhibitors to enhance your personal journey.  With massage, energy work, life coaching, aromatherapy, natural remedies, alternative health, medical intuitives, animal communicators, psychic readings, astrology, sound healing, chakra balancing, crystals, aura photos, art, jewelry & unique gifts.  Featuring 30 FREE presentations and an amazing Heal the Earth Raffle benefiting Family Tree Relief Nursery...More

Lilac Days at Hulda Klager Gardens
April 21 - May 13
(Southwest Washington)

Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880's Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.  To showcase the site, the Gardens and historic buildings have been lovingly maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization.  With the help of our volunteers and members, the Society continues to carry on the work of growing and showing the beautiful lilacs including those hybridized by Hulda Klager many decades ago...More  

FlorenceFest '18
April 27 - 28

Seven national-caliber jazz acts will complement 12 Oregon wineries and an invitational juried art show and sale, to lure aficionados of discerning tastes to Florence, Oregon, for FlorenceFest ’18.  The two-day event takes place at the Florence Events Center from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Florence Events Center, located at 715 Quince St...More   

Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair
April 27 - 29
(Southwest Washington)

Kick-off the spring gardening and home improvement season April 27-29 at the 27th annual Home & Garden Idea Fair, presented by Clark Public Utilities.  More than 50 plant vendors will offer trees, shrubs, vegetable starts, succulents, hanging baskets and colorful annuals at this year's plant sale - come on Friday for the best selection!...More  

Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
April 27 - 29

Bring the whole family to enjoy great coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, wine tasting and more!  This award-winning event features the authentic flavors of Oregon’s North Coast, as well as trend-setting artisan producers and Oregon-based wineries.  About 14,000 to 16,000 people and 175 vendors attend the event each year...More 

Knot Another Fiber Festival
April 27 - 29

Formerly called the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival, it is the Gorge's premier fiber event.  Join fellow fiber lovers in the fun that features vendors and instructors.  It will be held at the Oregon Garden Resort, located at 895 W. Main St. in Silverton...More

Northwest Cherry Festival
April 27 - 29

Head to The Dalles for the 39th Annual Northwest Cherry Festival.  A longtime favorite among locals and visitors alike, the festival is set in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and showcases The Dalles’ deep agricultural heritage and Western roots.  This family-friendly event includes the Gorge’s largest parade, classic car show, a 10k race, and lots of great local music and bands.  There’s also cherry sampling with the Oregon Cherry Growers, craft vendors, agriculture job fair, Cherry Idol, and Carnival. You don’t want to miss the crowning of Cherry Festival Royalty at Mid-Columbia Senior Center’s Breakfast Saturday Morning before the parade!...More   

Ahhh Shucks!  Charleston Oyster Feed
Saturday, April 28

In conjunction with Oregon Oyster Week, this annual event will feature succulent oysters provided by local growers. The cooks this year will prepare large and small oyster meals.  Oysters will be prepared fried, sautéed, or steamed. Meals will be served with dipping sauces, baked beans, coleslaw, garlic bread and a choice of beverages...More 

Black Lake Fishing Derby
Saturday, April 28
(Southwest Washington) 

The last Saturday in April marks the annual Black Lake Fishing Derby.  Now entering its 26th year, this event for children ages 2 - 14 features a FREE pancake breakfast and a hot dog tent.  Registration is FREE for this event hosted by Ilwaco Parks and Recreation.  The derby runs from 7 - 11 a.m. in Ilwaco, and awards are given for the largest fish caught in each age division and overall aggregate weight...More 

Taste.  Learn.  Celebrate!
Saturday, April 28

Taste the wines of the Cascade Foothills!  You'll see demonstrations of cool wine making tools and techniques while kicking off Oregon Wine Month!  Learn why growing grapes and winemaking is so special in the Cascade Foothills while enjoying wines with the winemaker!  They'll also have live music and a raffle...More 

Oregon Ag Fest
April 28 - 29

Last year nearly 22,000 people attended Ag Fest to touch, taste and experience the incredible world of Oregon agriculture, in a fun-filled, festive environment. This two-day event, aimed to help families better understand where their food, fiber and flora come from, is a unique learning experience, where hands-on exhibits make learning about Oregon’s vast agricultural industry educational and entertaining.  They'll have 25 hands-on activities and an agricultural scavenger hut in Ag Country, a petting zoo, llama show, pony rides, tractor races, craft and garden show, family entertainment, farm equipment exhibit, and ranch breakfast...More  



ONGOING EVENTS:

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.

"Investing Simplified" (Radio Show)
Every Saturday

Chuck Price, CRFA, CSA can be reached via his website at pfgwm.com or by calling
(877) 50-PRICE.  For more information about the show, visit www.investingsimplifiedradio.com and to learn about his book, "Your Retirement Made Simple," go to www.Amazon.com.