The June solstice may be well over a month away, but Memorial Day weekend is the soft-launch of summer. Ease into the season with a laid-back weekend of wine tasting, berry picking and all-American fun. Read below for Memorial Day weekend events near Portland.
HONORING THOSE WHO GAVE ALL
Several Memorial Day ceremonies will be held in the Tualatin Valley honoring those who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military.
Memorial Day Ceremonies, Monday, May 29:
- Beaverton (11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, located between Watson and Washington Avenues, south of 7th Street)
- Hillsboro Memorial Day Ceremonies (11 a.m., Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro | 1 p.m., Hare Field, 1151 NE Grant St., Hillsboro)
- Forest Grove (11 a.m., Forest View Cemetery, 1161 SW Pacific Ave., Forest Grove)
- Tigard (11 a.m., Crescent Grove Cemetery, 9925 SW Greenburg Road, Tigard)
- Tualatin (10:45 a.m., Winona Cemetery, 9900 SW Tualatin Road, Tualatin)
Northern Willamette Valley Wine Tasting
Oregon Wine Month ends on a sweet note as the wineries of the Willamette Valley joyously open their doors for Memorial Day Wine Weekend. Participating wineries are generally open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is one of the best Oregon wine events of the state!
For a guided tour through the northern Willamette Valley, sign up for the Tour and Taste Daytrip with the McMenamins Grand Lodge.
Visit an Alpaca Farm
Make new friends—and not necessarily human ones—at the Alpaca Day at EasyGo Farm (May 27-28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free). Alpaca mothers and babies will be outside to welcome visitors, as will artists working on handspun yarn.
Eat the first Oregon Berries
Blueberry season doesn’t fully burst onto the scene until July, but the first of summer produce will be sprinkled among our fresh farmers markets. Choose from the Beaverton Saturday Market and Hillsboro Saturday Farmers Market.
Cycle a Great Oregon Bikeway
The unofficial start of summer calls for a breezy bike ride along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail and its shade from the canopy of trees above it. More seasoned cyclists can journey the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway—a true feat and treat!
Learn about Oregon’s History
In honor of Memorial Day, take a visit to the Washington County Museum (Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $4-$6 admission). In addition to the “Washington County Goes to War” exhibit, take a few minutes to peruse the adjacent exhibit, “Americans All: The Bracero Program in Washington County.” View artifacts that help tell the story of how Washington County came to have the largest Latino population north of Sacramento during World War II and Mexico joining the Allies in 1942 to help fight the Axis.
We hope our five things to do near Portland during Memorial Day Weekend give you some inspiration for the upcoming holiday.