Looking for something to do in Portland after the ZooLights have dimmed but before the roses have blossomed? There’s no shortage of events happening this spring in this amazing city located in the shadow of the majestic Mt. Hood. Portland’s laid-back, friendly vibe makes it the perfect host for thriving culinary and music scenes, not to mention it’s natural beauty.
For the Flower Lovers
Portland may be known as the City of Roses, but the tulips here are just as spectacular. During Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest—which runs from March 23 – April 30—stroll through the beautiful blooms from bulbs on the 40+ acres at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Located in Woodburn, the 45-minute drive is well worth it. Snap some stunning shots and enter your faves in the annual photo contest. When you’re done strolling, enjoy a sip of wine.
For the Music Aficionados
What do Wyclef Jean, Zapp and De La Soul have in common? They are all part of this year’s Soul’d Out Music Festival scheduled April 18-22 at multiple venues across the city. In its eight-year run, this festival has become a Portland tradition that you don’t want to miss. Last year a variety of performers—from Solange to Travis Scott—took the stages by storm and put on unforgettable shows. This year promises to be even better.
For the Foodies
Head to Tom McCall Waterfront Part to taste the authentic flavors of Mexico during the 34th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 4, 5 and 6. More than 20 vendors gather to serve delicious regional specialties, and three bars offer beer, tequila and other spirits. You can also purchase handcrafted wares from Guadalajaran artisans, and enjoy live entertainment throughout the day and night.
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