The festival opens Friday night with music (original songs about birds and birding) by the Odd Strings followed by a presentation by Wallowa County biologist and photographer, Kendrick Moholt – “In Search of the Crowbar: Discovering Mythical Creatures Across Planet Earth.” The wildlife area is open to birding and exploration. Local birders will assist visitors with finding and identifying birds. Also at the birding stations, artists sponsored by Art Center East will be painting or sketching plein air. Kid’s activities including building a birdhouse, coloring a canvas tote and the Junior Birder program will be available. You can also take in an afternoon bird walk, a live raptor presentation by Blue Mountain Wildlife and information on native plants for birds. It will be held from May 18 - 20 at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area in La Grande. Go to www.dfw.state.or.us.
Schreiner's Iris Gardens:
Iris Bloom Season Open House
May 10 - 31
During bloom season display garden is open daily. Our 10-acre display garden contains over 500 named iris varieties and countless companion plants. Fresh Iris bouquets available. Enjoy our gift shop and wine tasting. This event is dog friendly on leash.? $5 per car. The Open House is from May 10 - 31 at 3625 Quinaby Rd. NE in Salem. For more, go online to www.schreinersgardens.com.
World's Longest Garage Sale
May 24 - 27
From Ilwaco to Oysterville, Memorial Day weekend is garage sale weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula! The World’s Longest Garage Sales is a dream come true for bargain and antique hunters. These garage sales are a local tradition! There isn’t an event organizer or a map. You just have to come explore! The World's Longest Garage Sale is from May 24 - 27 at many venues throughout Long Beach. For details, visit www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com.
CityFair & Fireworks
May 24 - 27 & June 7 - 9
Enjoy entertainment, food, live music on several stages, A Kids Zone, exhibits, Fleet Week, carnival rides and more on the Waterfront. The Rose Festival's activities kick off on May 24 for Memorial Day weekend and three consecutive weekends until June 9 at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, located along NW. Naito Parkway in downtown Portland. Fireworks will begin on Friday, May 24 at 9:45 p.m. Visit www.rosefestival.org.
Crafts on the Coast:
22nd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
May 25 - 26
Start your vacationing with a visit to Yachats, the Gem of the Oregon Coast, on May 25 - May 26, for the Crafts on the Coast 22nd 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 giving 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 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 26, 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: Saturday the Yachats Ladies Club Pie & Ice Cream Social features fabulous home made pies: Sunday, the Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast is a morning treat and the Yachats Farmers Market is on 4th St. at 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.
113th Annual Multnomah County Fair
May 25 - 27
All are invited to the annual Multnomah County Fair at Oaks Amusement Park. During the fair, the unique elements of both the park and the fair combine for a memorable weekend of celebration, food, and fun! Make sure not to miss any of the activities, attractions, exhibits, contests, along with great food and drink! It will be held from May 25 - 27 at 7805 SE. Oaks Park Way in Portland. Parking and Admission is FREE. For more, visit multcofair.org.
Function 4 Junction Cruise & Show 'n Shine
May 31 - June 1
Friday Night Cruise: On Friday night, 1975 and newer cars and trucks cruise downtown Junction City from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This year we are including 1974 and older classics. The Show 'N Shine begins at 8 a.m. and is open to all makes and models of vehicles. Saturday Night Classic Cruise:. Saturday night, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., we will have a 1974 and earlier classic car and truck cruise! The Function 4 Junction is a non-profit organization that raises money for the children and schools of the Junction City community. For more, go online to www.function4junction.com.
Canby Wine, Food & Brew
May 31 - June 2
Come enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and scents of wonderful Oregon wineries, artisans, nurseries & specialty foods at the 26th Annual Canby Wine, Food and Brew Fest! This three-day event is from May 31 - June 2 and held in the Main Pavilion, 4-H Exhibit Hall and on the Main Lawn of the Clackamas County Fair Grounds that is located at 694 NE. 4th Ave. in Canby. Go online to www.clackamas.us.
Oregon Trail Rally
May 31 - June 2
Rally racers ae some of the most daring and absolutely craziest people in racing. The Oregon Trail Rally is the only 3-day rally event in the Championship that takes place in Portland and through the Mt. Hood farmlands outside the city. It will be held from May 31 - June 2 at various locations. To learn more, visit oregontrailrally.com.
Buddhist Festival in the Park
Saturday, June 2
Held annually, it is a celebration of everyday mindfulness. They'll have speakers, dance performances, information tables, and a kids' area. The event is on Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Colonel Summer Park that is located between SE. 17th Ave. and Taylor St. in Portland. Go to portlandbuddhistfestival.com.
Taste of Woodburn
June 1 - 2
Experience local cuisine from a variety of restaurants, listen, view and dance to a full schedule of performances, entertainment and contests. For more information, see the website. The Taste of Woodburn is from June 1 - 2 at Downtown Plaza along N. First St. in Woodburn. Go to www.travelwoodburn.com.