Spring has almost sprung in Portland, which means longer days, blooming flowers and plenty of exciting community events. And after the year we’ve had, we’re ready to celebrate as much as possible — in safe, distanced ways, of course! There are plenty of ways to celebrate the season, whether you are looking to escape the spring showers at an indoor festival or spend a sunny day out in a field of tulips.
From farmers’ markets to home shows, and 5Ks to beer festivals (and even a UFO festival and a vampire masquerade ball!), these outdoor and distanced spring events in the Portland area are sure to help you maximize the season.
COVID NOTE: We’ve included information about COVID protocols when available, but be sure to check the website of each event before attending to ensure the event is still happening and to understand their specific COVID policies, as details are subject to change. As always, remember to maintain a 6-foot distance from others and wear a face mask when attending these events.
March 19–May 2, 2021
Considered one of the most iconic spring events in the region, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn attracts thousands of guests from the last week of March through the month of April. The festival features a total of 40 acres (that’s like 25 Portland city blocks!) of gorgeous tulips in bloom. Thankfully, this annual tradition is still happening in 2021 — with a few COVID guidelines in place. This year, the event extends from March 19 all the way through May 2 and tickets must be purchased online in advance to control the number of people on-site!
March 20–October 31, 2021
This exciting market at Esther Short Park in Downtown Vancouver hosts over 250 vendors selling a variety of produce, baked goods, flowers and plants, homemade clothing and accessories, and more. The Vancouver Farmers’ Market has grown over the years and is now considered the second largest in the state of Washington! The 2021 season kicks off on Saturday, March 20 and takes place each Saturday (9 a.m.–3 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.–3 p.m.) through October 31!
This year, they have set up a list of guidelines to protect the health of their vendors, staff and shoppers. In addition to keeping a 6-foot distance from others and practicing good hygiene, they ask shoppers to come with a shopping list for a faster shopping experience, send one shopper from your household, avoid touching products, use cards instead of cash when possible, and keep dogs at home. Click here for more details about their COVID policies.
March 24–28, 2021
It’s two shows in one! Don’t miss the nation’s largest sportsmen’s show and the region’s largest boat show — all under one roof over the course of five days at the Portland Expo Center. Here, you can visit hundreds of fishing, hunting, boating and outdoor-related booths containing the latest gear and experts in the field. Plus, with the cancellation of the January Portland Boat Show, this year’s show will feature a larger focus on boat dealers and marine accessories. General admission is just $15 for adults and $5 for kids 16 and under (or $24 for a two-day pass!), with other discounts and deals available. For more details and tickets, click here.
April 11–17, 2021
The Main Pavilion at the Clackamas County Event Center is transformed into a giant boutique-style bazaar for Spring in the Country, one of the two annual shows in this space. More than 100 vendors will be selling handcrafted items, including birdhouses, garden art, collectables, home décor, plants, gourmet treats and much more. Admission is free and plenty of parking is available!
April 18, 2021
Triathletes, duathletes and athletes of all kinds are invited to the Spring Classic Duathlon, a long-running event that takes place along Vancouver Lake and the Columbia River. Participants have the option of completing the duathlon or any of the three different running distances — the 5K, the 10K or the half marathon. The race is back at its original home at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, where there will be high-energy music, fun vendors, food and beautiful scenery. Register for the race, which supports the Special Olympics, high school sports programs and various local non-profits.
April 19, 2021
Step into a virtual reality space that harkens back to video games from the ‘90s with the Earth Day Initiative Virtual Fair. Attendees can explore the virtual fair via their own avatar and talk with exhibitors and other attendees via live Zoom windows that automatically pop up when avatars approach each other. This event provides an opportunity for environmental organizations and attendees to come together to celebrate Earth Day (which is on April 22) and discuss the climate conversation and identify ways to make a positive impact on the environment.
May 1 + 2, 2021
Sponsored by the City of Lake Oswego, this annual run takes place each May in the heart of Lake Oswego. However, due to COVID, this year’s event is going virtual! There is no set course, so you can conduct the run wherever you are — simply turn on your GPS device to track your distance and time. The race will take place on both May 1 and 2. Visit the Lake Run website for more information and to register!
May 8, 2021
This female-focused fitness event is designed to celebrate how amazing women are. The all-women race includes a newly added 5K, a quarter marathon and a half marathon during Mother’s Day weekend. Grab your mom, sister, friend or co-worker and register for the Hippie Chick Half Marathon, which starts and ends at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro.
May 24, 2021
James Taylor and His All-Star Band, with special guest Jackson Browne, are making their way to the Moda Center for a rescheduled performance that was cancelled last year. Sing along to classic James Taylor songs — and learn a few new ones, too! Click here for tickets and here for the Rose Quarter’s COVID guidelines and information.
May 28–June 13, 2021
Each year, towards the end of May through early June, the city hosts the Portland Rose Festival, a civic celebration dating all the way back to 1907. On the weekends between May 28 through June 13, attend a number of exciting events as part of CityFair, from the opening night fireworks display to the second-largest floral parade in the country and every festivity in between. Tickets may be purchased in advance for the many events taking place throughout the festival!
May 29, 2021
Hosted by Lady Raven Productions, the Vampire’s Masquerade Ball is a formal event of gothic elegance and decadence held at the Portland Art Museum. More than 850 guests gather to socialize and dance the night away in their darkest and finest attire, enjoying the best in visual performances, exciting dance music, regional vendors and catered food. Get your mask ready and purchase tickets for this one-of-a-kind event at the art museum.
June 12–21, 2021
Portland Beer Week is technically longer than a week, but we aren’t complaining! This 10-day celebration of beer features more than 100 events at locations across the city, from beer festivals to beer dinners and pairing parties to seminars. Portland Beer Week is not just fun; it’s educational and palate-opening for thousands of people nationwide. Follow along on Facebook for updates as the festival draws closer.
Participate in the annual Bridge to Brews 8K and 10K run/walk, traveling over new terrain for the very first time! The new route will take participants over the Broadway, Steel, Morrison and Hawthorne Bridges. The date for Bridge to Brews has yet to be solidified. Registrations for the cancelled 2020 event will automatically be transferred to the 2021 event. Click here for Terrapin Event’s COVID guidelines.
What events are you looking forward to this spring? Let us know in the comments below!