There is perhaps no better way to welcome spring in the Pacific Northwest than at Hood River Blossom Time, a month-long celebration of spring and all its floral wonder.
Read on for all the details of this anticipated annual event in Hood River, and mark your calendars for the many events on the calendar. Whether you live in the Columbia River Gorge or elsewhere in the state of Washington or Oregon, you won’t want to miss Hood River Blossom Time this year!
COVID NOTE: Due to the pandemic, some vendors may have adjusted services and offerings available this year. Check the website or social media accounts of each Hood River Fruit Loop stand before visiting and/or pay attention to signage upon arrival. As always, wear a mask and practice social distancing while in public places.
Hood River Blossom Time
Extending from April 1–30, Hood River Blossom Time welcomes the return of spring as cherry, apple and pear trees explode with vibrant pink and white flowers all over the region. Blooming begins at lower elevations and moves upwards in a cascading ripple throughout the month, creating a breathtaking display of vibrant color contrasting with blue skies and evergreen trees.
All month long, celebrate spring at a variety of events, including family-friendly farm events, craft shows, food festivals, wine and cider tastings, and of course — the Hood River Cider Fest. And in between events, take a scenic 35-mile drive along the Hood River County Fruit Loop, lined with orchards, wineries, farms and more.
Hood River County Fruit Loop
The Hood River Valley is home to an overwhelming number of wineries, fruit orchards, flower fields and more, making it the perfect environment for spending a spring day. There are 29 member stands that create the Hood River County Fruit Loop, offering wine, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders and food. Some are open all year, others open for harvest time, and some open as early as March and April, which changes each year. Take a look at our guide to the Hood River Fruit Loop, complete with a map and descriptions about each member stand.
Hood River Blossom Time Events
April 3 + 17, 2021
April is the last month for the winter version of the Hood River Farmers’ Market. Tucked inside the Ferment Brewing Company tasting room, the market features a wide variety of vendors selling local produce, meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, honey and other artisanal foods and unique handmade gifts. Celebrate the arrival of spring by stocking your fridge and pantry with locally grown, seasonal items! The market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.
April 20, 2021
Packer Farm Place is hosting their 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your basket and search high and low across the farm for eggs alongside the Easter Bunny! Your ticket price includes the egg hunt and prize, cookie and egg decorating, craft tables, outside games, a visit with the Easter Bunny, and more. Plus, the Packer Farm Place store will be open and stocked with delicious Easter treats, drinks, snacks and hot apple cider donuts. Tickets must be purchased online in advance! Tickets are $10 each and hunt times start on the hour every hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
April 17 + 18, 2021
The Blossom Craft Show is 24 years old this year and still going strong! It is always held at Hood River Fairgrounds on the third weekend in April as the first craft show of the year. Vendors come from all over the Northwest to sell a variety of foods, jewelry, sewn goods, patio pieces, plants, baked goods, unique handcrafted items, and more. They will also host the annual Quilt Show and Sale, the Odell Garden Plant Sale, and more. Rain or shine, more than 150 vendors and hundreds of shoppers will gather for a weekend of creativity and shopping!
Hood River is gaining momentum as a hotspot for hard cider, as the area is teeming with apple and pear orchards. Celebrate the region’s thriving hard cider culture at the annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, where you can sample creations from local cider makers in addition to a variety of Northwest cideries. This day-long event also features live music and a kids’ activity area — which means the whole family can join in the fun!
Other Things to Do in Hood River
Enhance your time in Hood River with some must-do activities and quintessential Gorge pastimes. Some of our favorite things to do in Hood River during the spring include…
Visit a Brewery
Craft beer is certainly on the rise in this kiteboard-obsessed town, as a number of independent craft breweries have popped up in Hood River (and nearby towns!) over the last several years. Fueled by a love for the outdoors, community, and of course, craft beer, these innovative brewers are making waves in this industry the state of Oregon has mastered so well. Take a look at some of the best breweries in the Hood River area — and see how many you can check off your bucket list!
Take in Amazing Views at a Restaurant
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There are plenty of great places to eat in Hood River, from riverside cafes to beer-centric pubs. Take a look at some of our favorite restaurants in Hood River — and a few especially noteworthy restaurants and breweries that offer exceptional mountain and river views. Because nothing pairs better with beer and burgers than jaw-dropping views.
There are plenty of boutiques and shops in Hood River worth exploring, whether you’re searching for a gift, a new outfit, home decor, children’s books and toys, spices, jewelry or outdoor gear. And on a rainy spring day, all you need is a rain jacket or umbrella to protect you during your shopping adventure! Take a look at some of the best shops and boutiques in Hood River.
While true “kiteboarding season” doesn’t kick off until June, you may see some brave kiteboarders decked out in wetsuit in Hood River. While we don’t recommend attempting the sport for your first time during the colder months, it is fun to watch others cruise along the Columbia River! Check out our guide to kiteboarding in Hood River for more information about this popular sport.
Hood River is perfectly positioned for outdoor exploration, from skiing on Mount Hood to camping in the woods. Check out our list of The Top 7 Things To Do in Hood River for the Outdoor Enthusiast and Our Complete Guide to Visiting Mount Hood for all things outdoor exploration in Hood River.
Enjoy Hood River Blossom Time! And let us know what you’re most looking forward to this April in Hood River.