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. The Society fully funds the care and upkeep of the historical site from the proceeds of Lilac Days, dues and donations. 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. It will be held from April 22 - May 14 at 115 S. Pekin Rd. in Woodland, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit www.lilacgardens.com.
The annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival returns to Portland, from May 4 - 7, featuring over 100 of the top comedians in the business, with over 50 of those making their Bridgetown debut. They will be held at various venues throughout the Portland metro area. Go to www.bridgetowncomedy.com.
Hosted by Lane Community College, Food Scene Eugene is a fun foodie festival celebrating the vibrant food scene offering guests a culinary adventure focusing on how food and drink intersect with art, innovation and technology. They'll also have an Iron Chef Eugene Competition, LCC Culinary Arts Student Bite Competitions; foodie fashion show, music, food demonstrations and more. It will be held from May 5 - 6 at . For details, visit foodsceneeugene.wordpress.com.
The Big O Tournament is an international roller derby tournament hosted Emerald City Roller Derby. The tournament includes women’s, men’s, and junior roller derby teams from both the U.S. and around the world, and has grown continually since its inception in 2011. It will be held from May 5 - 7 at the Lane Events Center: 796 W. 13th Ave. in Eugene. Go to ecrg.com.
Portland's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is the largest multicultural festival in the state of Oregon and is held at beautiful Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, from May 5 - 7. You can enjoy top entertainment from Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara, direct from the city of Guadalajara, as well as Oregon's very own Ballet Folklórico Mexico en La Piel; Funtastic carnival rides are back again this year as well as our Artisan Village, featuring artisans flying in from Jalisco, Mexico to share their beautiful artwork. All live entertainment is included with your gate admission, including Amateur Boxing and the Children's Area! For a schedule of activities, visit www.cincodemayo.org.
The members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group invite you to play along the shores of Cannon Beach and in the varied and beautiful galleries of our town. Nestled between the wild ocean and the coastal mountains Cannon Beach offers art and craft ranging from the playful to the sublime. On May 5 - 7, each gallery will spotlight new work by their chosen artists. Unveilings, demos and receptions take place all weekend long, making this event an unparalleled experience for the art lover. For more about the event, go to cbgallerygroup.com.
Taste Dundee will feature 25 Wineries pouring their artisan-crafted wines from the Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon's Willamette Valley. During the celebration guests can sip award-winning wines paired with delicious small bites and live music for an unforgettable afternoon in the beautiful Oregon wine country. Last year Taste Dundee tickets sold out. This year is predicted to be even more popular! It will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 12 - 4 p.m. at Billick/Dundee School Park: 320 Southwest 5th St. in Dundee. Visit tastedundee.com.
This FREE event will have activities for the whole family and will feature 40 vendors offering a wide variety of items for sale, including annuals, perennials, specialty plants, flower baskets, garden art, gifts, ceramics, seeds and herbs. They'll also have plant clinic and demonstrations, Kids' Garden activities, entertainment and more. The festivities are on Sunday, May 7, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at visitcorvallis.com.
Independent animators produce hundreds of short films each year that are in turn hilarious, heart-warming, and profound. Sadly, without million-dollar advertising budgets, you probably won’t ever hear about these gems. The NW Animation Festival seeks to change this. They offer a mix of new work both from masters of the art and from remarkable amateurs. An event that inspires and brings together a community of artists. It will be held from May 10 - 14 at three venues in Portland. For details, go to www.nwanimationfest.com.
Hosted by Northwest Quilters, Inc., their annual event features beautiful quilts, raffle quilt, vendors, Bid and Buy Booth, Mini-Quilt Raffle, Build a Block for Habitat for Humanity, and Quilts of Valor. Robin Hill is this year's featured quilter with workshops taught by Melinda Bula. Food and beverages available for purchase. It will be held from May 12 - 13 at the Portland Expo Center's Hall D: 2070 N. Marine Dr. in Portland. Sponsored by Montavilla Sewing Center. Admittance is $8 for adults, children under 12 FREE. Call (503) 222-1991 and visit www.northwestquilters.org.
You can walk, run or stroll with your dog through downtown Portland. As a participant, there will be a complimentary pancake breakfast, complimentary beverage tasting, the opportunity to participate in Doggie contests, and more. It will be held on Saturday, May 13 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park along NW Naito Parkway in Portland. More information and registration is online at www.oregonhumane.org.
This festival draws together two of our brightest hopes for the future – local youth and the incredible watershed in which we live. This festival is an activity based event with local students leading the way and sharing their own watershed expertise with the public through interactive displays, games, and art. The mayfly was chosen as the central symbol of this festival due to its underappreciated but highly valuable place in the food chain and its role in linking aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Once it reaches maturity, the mayfly is short-lived, and it is difficult to comprehend the impact that a single-fly can have on its environment. However, like a festival, mayflies’ contributions extend far beyond their lifespan, enriching ecosystems and sustaining life. The festival is on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Mingus Park in Coos Bay. For more, visit coosmayflyfestival.weebly.com.
For the past 32 years, Sheep to Shawl has provided a fun, FREE, and educational experience to the Salem community. Guests of all ages come and enjoy a variety of activities, including sheep shearing demonstrations, textile arts demonstrations, live music, children's activities, live animals, and so much more. Sheep to Shawl guides visitors through the wool-making process, celebrating the long and important history of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill. It will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Willamette Heritage Center: 1313 Mill St. SE in Salem. Visit www.willametteheritage.org.
The St. Johns Bizarre is a uniquely-crafted celebration that kicks off the summer street fair season in Portland. The annual event brings music, crafts, and food to the crowds attending the St. Johns Parade. After the parade, the entire six block area of the business district of St. Johns is closed to traffic and filled with over 70 juried craft vendors, several stages for music, great food, and tons of games and activities. This event is FREE. It will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. in Portland. Go to www.stjohnsbizarre.com.
Bring Mom to enjoy the rhododendrons that are in peak bloom. View the garden and see a judged flower show in the Exhibit Hall. There will be a sale, along with workshops offered hourly. The event is from May 13 - 14 at 5801 SE. 28th Ave. in Portland. Go to crystalspringsgarden.org.
Held annually, the family-friendly event features a Kick Off Dinner, KeizerFest Brews & Wine, carnival, musical entertainment, golf tournament, Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, Iris Runs, parade, vendors and car show. The festivities are from May 18 - 21 at various locations in Keizer. For details, go to irisfestival.com.
This year's focus is on mass abductions, government cover-ups and modern sightings. The compelling lineup includes: Yvonne Smith - Hypnotherapist & alien abduction expert; David Shindele - Retired Air Force captain & UFO experiencer; Robert Hastings - UFO/nukes phenomenon expert; Robert Jacobs - Retired Air Force officer & UFO experiencer; Melanie Young - Starchild Project co-founder & former neonatal nurse. They’ll also have Breakfast with James Clarkson, Lunch with the Speakers and a (new!) Social Hour with the Speakers. And as always, you can enjoy the alien costume parade, free live music indoors and out, a 5K run, a pet costume contest, live radio/podcasts and more out-of-this-world events – such as alien lasertag. The fun is from May 18 - 21 at Hotel Oregon: 310 NE. Evans St. in McMinnville. Details at ufofest.com.
The QDoc Film Festival is one of only two festivals in the world devoted exclusively to the LGBTQ documenataries. The films offer a unique vehicle to creately engage core issues of queer identity - politics, history, culuture, diversity, sexuality, family, aging, and coming-out issues. The festival is from May 18 - 21 at The Hollywood Theatre: 4122 NE. Sandy Blvd. in Portland. To see the lineup and visiting artists, visit www.queerdocfest.org.
The Oregon Badminton Academy, with support from the Oregon Sports Authority and Washington County Visitors Association, will host the 2017 U.S. Masters International Championships. The Oregon Badminton Academy is a dedicated badminton facility with 20,000 square feet and a 30-foot ceiling height, creating a perfect environment for serious and dedicated badminton players. The competition is from May 18 - 21 at 5805 SW. 107th Ave. in Beaverton. Their website is usabmasters2017.com.
The much-anticipated Detroit Lake Fishing Derby is a great annual family event hosted in Detroit. The lake is stocked with thousands of rainbow trout. Ten of the fish are tagged for cash prizes. Please join us and get your FISH ON! It wil be held from May 19 - 21. To participate, their website is www.detroitlakeoregon.org.
Join along for a weekend of fun! It's a celebration of the beauty of Rhododendrons that thrive along the Oregon Coast. a spectacular display of hundreds of Rhododendrons takes place at the Florence Events Center. You will also enjoy the family-focused parade, Street Vendor Fair, Car Show, 5K run and the Carnival with rides, games and a few surprises. The festival officially begins with the Rhody Showcase to crown “Queen Rhododendra”. The Florence Rhododendron Festival is the second-oldest flower festival in Oregon and third – oldest on the West Coast and is just one year younger than the Portland Rose Festival. It will be held from May 19 - 21 in Florence at various locations. For details, go to florencechamber.com.
"Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers" is back for its 6th Annual appearance in beautiful Cannon Beach, OR and is pleased to announce that five acclaimed authors will participate this year from Friday evening, May 19 until Sunday noon, May 21. Authors include Terry Brooks, Molly Gloss, Lev Grossman, James Owen and Karl Marlantes who will all have sessions on Saturday, May 19. Karl Marlantes, author and decorated Marine veteran will be the keynote speaker on Saturday evening. For details, their website address is www.GetLitAtTheBeach.com.
This is a FREE charity event. Bring the family to enjoy carnival rides, main stage attractions, Teddy Bear Parade, K-9 Demonstration by the Oregon City Police department, vendors, and a food court. The festivities are from May 19 - 21 at Clackamette Park: 1955 Clackamette Dr. in Gladstone. Visit www.pioneerfamilyfesitval.itgo.com.
A 21 and over event, this year's theme is "Red Queen." You will be joining 1,500 simply brilliant attendees at this year's event that features 8 DJs spinning throughout the night and food and drink provided all evening. You must wear a red dress to attend. The party is on Saturday, May 20 at The Old Freeman Factory: 2638 NW. Wilson St. in Portland. Visit reddresspdx.com.
The Mt. Tabor Art Walk showcases the many artists who live in this neighborhood. It is designed to promote high-quality visual art in a variety of media within the unique setting of the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. The event is from May 20 - 21 at various locations in Southeast Portland. For a walking guide, go to www.mttaborartwalk.com.
All are invited to attend their annual open house, open nursery, gardens and winery. FREE admission. Rare and exotic plants and unusual pots for sale. Their annual event is from May 20 – 21 at 11900 S. Criteser Rd. in Oregon City. More information at www.rareplantresearch.com.
Enjoy fun, exciting and safe whitewater activities: Raft, kayak, drift boat and river board competitions, river safety clinics, dutch oven cook-off, vendors, beer garden and BBQ. The festivities are from May 20 – 21 on the Upper Clackamas River. To learn more, go to upperclackamasfestival.org.
There's fun for everyone at the festival. Around 300 - 400 wildflower species will be on display. You can also enjoy live music, a Kids Booth, nature walks with expert guides, plant sale, Art in Nature trail, food booths and art and crat vendors. It will be held on Sunday, May 21, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Arboretum: 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. in Eugene. Go to www.mountpisgaharboretum.com.
The annual Pug Crawl is one of Portland’s most popular dog-friendly events. People of all ages are welcome. This year's costumed theme is "Pugs on Broadway" as all the world's a stage...for pugs! The Parade of Pugs is open only to pugs and pug-mixes, but any dog-friendly dogs are welcome at the event. It will be held on Sunday, May 21, from 12 - 4 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom: 2730 NW. 31st Ave. in Portland. Visit www.oregonhumane.org.
The International Youth Silent Film Festival was founded in 2009 by Jon “JP” Palanuk after he attended a live theatre organ concert. So inspired by what he heard, he decided to “ create a competition where young filmmakers can create their own silent movies.” Silent films are the most classic form of movie entertainment and the easiest to create using modern technology - no sound editing, no problem. The Pacific Regionals will present their screenings on May 22 and 24 at the Hollywood Theatre: 4122 NE. Sandy Blvd. in Portland. Visit www.makesilentfilm.com.
The festival hosts professional and amateur kite fliers. As the largest organized group of kiters in the world, the American Kitefliers Association travels all over to spread the joy of kiting to people of all ages and skills. The event offers contests in a friendly, unofficial environment. Participants can compete to win awards for nicest kite, the kite that drags on the ground the longest before becoming airborne, and many other cool events. Children can join in the fun as they build and learn to fly small kites during special classes. The festival is from May 26 - 29 at Rockaway Beach Wayside. For more, go to www.rockawaybeach.net.
Everything is brillian as the Rose Festival's Waterfront activities kick off on May 26 and continues until June 11 along SW. Naito Parkway in downtown Portland. They'll have Opening Night Fireworks synchronized to great music, entertainment, Fleet Week, the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade and much more. For details, visit www.rosefestival.org.
The Inviting Vines Garden Tour and Party is a showcase of gardens featuring clematis, the Queen of Vines. In addition to gorgeous gardens, there are lectures, demonstrations, refreshments and wine. The Rogerson Clematis Garden is North America's most comprehensive collection of clematis from throughout the world with over 1600 plants spread on nearly two acres surrounding the farmhouse at Luscher Farm. It will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 125 Rosemont Rd. in West Linn. Visit www.rogersonclematiscollection.org.
Start your vacationing with a visit to Yachats, the Gem of the Oregon Coast, on May 27 - May 28, for the Crafts on the Coast 20th 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 gifts for yourself and 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 27 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., inside the Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101 at W. 4th St. in Yachats. The beautiful town of Yachats is located midway between Newport and Florence. There's lots more fun things to do in Yachats this weekend: the Yachats Ladies Club Pie Social is Saturday, the Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast is on Sunday and the Yachats Sunday Farmers Market is on 4th St. on the South side of the Commons. Make sure to visit our local shops, restaurants and galleries and remember to walk on the beautiful beaches. For more information, call (541) 547-4738.
Living History interpreters bring frontier characters to life. They demonstrate pioneer skills and crafts throughout the day inside the Interpretive Center, and outdoors at the Wagon Encampment from 10 - 2 p.m. each day (weather permitting), May 27 - 28 at 22267 Oregon Highway 86 in Baker City. Go to www.trailtenders.org.
Grab a (free) passport and go! Visit participating wineries over Memorial Day Weekend and be entered to win prizes. Pick up a passport at your first winery, ask for a stamp/punch at each winery you visit, and leave it at the last. This is the weekend to taste new releases for the summer. Held at various locations, from May 27 - 29. Time are 12 - 6 p.m. For more, visit www.swwawine.com.
The friends of the Multnomah County Fair present the 111th annual Multnomah County Fair! Adults and children, both returners and newcomers are sure to have an enjoyable weekend experiencing the many offerings at the Fair: animal showings and contests from 4-H, stage entertainment, talent competition, camel rides, Walk on the Wild Side, Walk on Water, Art in the Park Festival, indoor creative exhibits, great food, and attractions! It will be held from May 27 - 29 at Oaks Park: 7805 SE. Oaks Park Way in Portland, from 12 - 7 p.m. daily. Parking and admission is FREE. For more, visit multcofair.org.
The Portland Rose Festival is bringing runners together from the Portland-metro region and beyond for a one-of-a-kind half marathon experience on a brand-new route through Beaverton on Sunday, May 28, from 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Runners and walkers alike should add the Rose Festival Half Marathon to their “bucket list.” It is being held at Southridge High School: 9625 SW. 125th Ave. For more, go to www.rosefestival.org.
All are invited to this event that features Tarot Reading, Oracle Reading, Runes Reading, Harp Healing, Angel Healing, Bio-Lift Facials, Native American Art & Jewelry, Native American Flute Music, Hypnotherapy services, Healing services. It will be held on Sunday, May 28, from 1 - 5 p.m., at the NW Hypnosis & Integrated Medicine: 16904 SE 1st Street Suite 104 in Vancouver. For more, call Sherrie Davis with any questions at (360) 991-2619 and visit www.womenofintuitivewisdom.com.
Reedsport and Winchester Bay Oregon, in the “Heart of the Oregon Dunes,” invites you to come to the Southern Oregon Coast and celebrate Memorial Weekend with a series of old fashioned patriotic activities. Enjoy all the FREE patriotic activities and the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast. To find out about all the patriotic activities, go to their website. Or, why not participate in the parade with a float or other vehicle that shows your patriotism? It will be held from May 28 - 29. Online applications are available at ReedsportMemorialParade.org.