With the changing of seasons not too far ahead, Portland and the surrounding areas are gearing up for a spring full of fun events. Read on for an overview of local favorites from February to April.
Chinese New Year | February 16 – March 4 | Lan Su Chinese Garden
Ring in the start of the Year of the Dog with this two-week cultural celebration at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Enjoy lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and more! For more information, visit the Lan Su Garden event page here.
Pro tip: The Year of the Dog Fair on Saturday, February 17th and February 24th is free and open to the public, although entry inside Lan Su Chinese Garden requires membership or admission.
Polar Plunge | February 24 | 9721 NE Airport Way
Each year individuals, organizations, and businesses come together for the “thrill of the chill,” raising funds and taking to the icy waters of the Columbia River for the benefit of Special Olympics Oregon. Come out as a spectator or participant and enjoy live music, food, and activities – such as a 5k Fun Run/Walk – for a great cause!
Pro tip: Want to join in, but not a fan of the cold? Register for “Too Chicken to Plunge!” and you’ll receive the same incentives as the plungers, without the icy waters.
Shamrock Run & Fitness Fair | March 16 – 18 | Oregon Convention Center
Join in one of the largest running events in Oregon and kickoff the running season with the 40th Adidas Shamrock Run. With a range of distances for all skill and fitness levels – 5k, 8k, 15k, half marathon, 1k Kids Leprechaun Lap, and 4-mile Shamrock Stride – there is something for everyone to enjoy at this annual tradition.
Pro tip: While the main event may be Sunday, make sure to stop by the Fitness Fair Friday and Saturday for face painting, balloon twisting, visits by the Timbers and Thorns Street Team and more!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | March 17 | Sellwood/Moreland
With a Fun Run, parade, carnival, live entertainment, food, and a beer garden, this annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration has something for the entire family. Beginning at 11 AM with a 5k run, enjoy a full day of food, fun, and community in the Sellwood/Moreland area.
Pro tip: Tickets for the fun run are $10 for individuals or $20 for families, and carnival tickets are $1 each. For more information, visit St. Agatha’s School website here.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest | March 23 – April 29 | Woodburn, OR
Bring the entire family (including the dog!) for a picturesque stroll through 40 acres of vibrant beauty, with brightly colored tulips, gorgeous vineyard views, and more! After exploring the beautiful tulip fields, enjoy a wine tasting, grab a bite to eat, or catch a ride on the cow train.
Pro tip: Visited the festival before? Take another look ! Each year the tulips are arranged differently, making for ever-changing patterns of colors and flowers.
2018 Old House Revival Tour | April 14 | Multiple Locations
In an effort to preserve and promote the history of our city, the Architectural Heritage Center is hosting this self-guided tour on April 14th, allowing you to visit and view local homes that are representative of many of the most common eras and architectural styles found in the Portland area. Whether you’re looking for design inspiration or just really love historical homes, this could be an event for you!
Pro tip: The homes on tour are private and may not include mobility accommodations, sometimes requiring guests to climb one or more sets of stairs to see all of the open space. Additionally, children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the tours.
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