14 Events to Mark on Your Calendar
2019 Tualatin Valley Events Guide
Those that live here, and those who have visited before, know what a special place Tualatin Valley is. Our Oregon is a place where the clover blooms in the spring, our cities bustle with music in the summer, and our wineries roll out the red carpet for wine lovers all year long. Each year Tualatin Valley hosts hundreds of events. Here are 14 annual events that showcase the very best the valley has to offer.
Valentine’s Wine Tasting Loop (February 8-10)
Cupid is visiting Tualatin Valley’s Oregon wine country for the 8th Annual Valentine’s Wine Tasting Loop. This event, featuring 12 of Oregon’s most esteemed wineries, promises a weekend of wine tastings, pairings, special activities and more.
Zwickelmania in the ‘Burbs (February 16, 2019)
The annual Zwickelmania returns to Tualatin Valley as it kicks off in the Portland region Presidents Day Weekend. This free event offers fun events, such as meet-the-brewer, beer tastings, brewery tours, and food and beer pairings. Tasting from a brewer’s tank (a.k.a. “zwickel”) is about as up-close-and-personal one can get when learning about the brewing process. For your own intimate experience with hopped-up brews, partake in the annual Zwickelmania in the ‘Burbs.
North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend (April 13-14, 2019)
Spring marks the return of many things that make Tualatin Valley a special destination, including the annual wine tasting event that heralds the start of wine event season. The the annual North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend (April 13-14, 2019), hosted by the North Willamette Vintners, jump starts spring wine season. More than a dozen participating wineries open their doors for a weekend of fun hands-on activities, complimentary tastings, appetizers and friendly camaraderie. Designated drivers and non-drinkers can also participate and nosh on appetizers during the weekend.
Memorial Day Wine Weekend (May 25-27, 2019)
Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country is an Oregon tradition. Wineries throughout the Willamette Valley–and Tualatin Valley–invite guests to celebrate the dawn of summer. Most of the Tualatin Valley’s wineries are open for the three-day weekend, including several that are not regularly open to the public. This annual event features tastings of new releases, barrel samples, food pairings, live music and other activities. Tasting fees vary from $5-20; hours vary.
Festival of Balloons (June 21-23, 2019)
The annual Festival of Balloons in Tigard soars into Tualatin Valley for a weekend of lively entertainment, carnival and food. Each day, the event kicks off with hot air balloon launches at 5:45 a.m. (weather permitting) and ends with the “Night Glow.” There are no balloon rides during the festival; however, following the balloon launches, FREE tethered rides on the main event field are available on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting as long as fuel lasts). Admission is $5-7 for a three-day pass, and is good for unlimited access to the festival.
Ten Tiny Dances (July 13, 2019)
Ten Tiny Dances presents the work of exemplary contemporary and traditional choreographers on a 4’ x 4’ stage in non-conventional public sites. This annual event highlights the artistic and cultural diversity of the region while engaging onlookers. This event is free to attend.
Northwest String Summit (July 18-21)
The Pacific Northwest’s premier acoustic music festival, Northwest String Summit, returns to Horning’s Hideout in North Plains. Groove to some of the best bluegrass and Americana bands, while enjoying the rural and rustic beauty of the region.
Sherwood Robin Hood Festival (July 19-21, 2019)
Old Town Sherwood transforms itself into a picturesque Renaissance village for the annual Robin Hood Festival. Meet Maid Marian and her Court, as well as the dashing Robin Hood. The merriment includes live music from popular modern-day bands from the Portland area, a Vendor Village with great shopping, a knighting ceremony and so much more. Festival admission is free.
Concours d’Elegance (July 21, 2019)
Car lovers rejoice! The annual Concours d’Elegance is the region’s premier car show, featuring rare and unique cars from around the globe. In 2019, the Concours celebrates 120 years of Packard Motorcars. Packard was an American luxury automobile brand from 1899 to 1958. These beautiful autos exemplify class and style in the early to mid-20th Century. Tickets are $7-20.
Canines Uncorked (August 3, 2019)
Canines Uncorked–the only wine event in the Willamette Valley where guests are encouraged to bring their furry friends–is Tualatin Valley’s premier wine tasting event. Wine lovers and dog lovers will enjoy a day of wine tastings and hands-on dog-related activities at 15 participating wineries. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the day of the event. Cheers to a wonderful cause, too, as proceeds benefit the Oregon Humane Society.
Faerieworlds-A Gathering of Tribes (August 23-25)
Now in its 16h year of providing music and art-based entertainment,
Faerieworlds is the world’s largest faerie festival. This one-of-a-kind fest returns to Horning’s Hideout, the region’s most beautiful and celebrated outdoor venue, for three days of extraordinary live music and performance, amazing art and crafts, and fantasy fun for the whole family.
Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival (September 21, 2019)
The Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival is a Forest Grove tradition that is not to be missed! All are welcome to create imaginative masterpieces right on the sidewalk. There is no judging, only admiration. Preregistration is required to participate. Cost includes a tray of vibrant pastel chalk. Free to spectators.
Oregon International Air Show (September 20-22, 2019)
The Oregon International Air Show returns to the skies of Hillsboro, September 20-22. View the spectacular high-flying acrobatics and aeronautic stunts from local and national civilian and military acts. See military planes up close and enjoy a weekend of music, fireworks and more.
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta (October 19)
Tualatin’s West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta is one of the most anticipated fall festivals in the Northwest. Each year people come from all over the globe to see costumed characters paddle 1,000 pound pumpkins across the lake in Tualatin in a series of wacky races. The Regatta also includes pumpkin bowling, pumpkin golf, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, pie eating contests, and more.
For a complete list of annual and special events throughout the year, visit the Events & Festivals calendar.
Just minutes from downtown Portland, the Tualatin Valley offers a host of events near Portland throughout the year. Enjoy unique Oregon festivals guaranteed to offer seasonality, community and entertainment.
While 2018 was a stellar year with new openings, we're excited for 2019. It's only January and there are several new spots that will be opening soon, bringing even more cool new places to eat, drink and sleep.
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