Events Near Portland
Throughout the year, several signature events are held around Tualatin Valley, many showcasing the bounty of our agricultural region, whether it’s wine, beer or even pumpkins. Check out the list of things that are happening this year. Mark your calendars and start planning a Tualatin Valley adventure.
Update: Many annual events have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Taste Local in the North Willamette – NEW EVENT (Canceled for 2020)
This new event will feature a day of grand tastings from 20 wineries in Tualatin Valley (Saturday, March 21). The grand tasting is book-ended with special events and activities at select wineries. More details will be announced soon.
Memorial Day Wine Weekend (Canceled for 2020)
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.
Signature Summer Events
Sherwood Wine Festival and Artisans Fair (June — Canceled for 2020)
Sherwood’s 4th Annual Wine Festival & Artisans Fair will return in 2021. Wine lovers will experience the finest flavors of the region at this festival. This fun event features local artists, live music, tasty eats from local food vendors, and tastes from local wineries, breweries and cider makers.
Festival of Balloons (July — Canceled for 2020)
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.
Drink Pink Rose Festival (July)
Some of the finest wineries in the Willamette Valley gather at Patton Valley Vineyards at the annual Drink Pink festival to celebrate the quintessential summer wine: Rosé. Enjoy tastings, live music, food and more.
Ten Tiny Dances (July — Canceled for 2020)
Ten Tiny Dances presents the work of exemplary contemporary and traditional choreographers on a 4 x 4-foot 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 — Canceled for 2020)
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 — Canceled for 2020)
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 — canceled for 2020)
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 celebrated 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.
Washington County Fair (July/August — Canceled for 2020)
The annual Washington County Fair returns to Tualatin Valley in 2020 with new dates and a new venue. The fair will celebrate the completion of and inaugurate the new event and conference center with this expanded 10-day fair. The fair will feature carnival rides, live music and entertainment, food and more. Admission is free; individual events may have admission fees.
Canines Uncorked (August 1, 2020)
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.
Forest Grove Uncorked! (August — Canceled for 2020)
Local wine (craft beer and food, too) are given the red carpet treatment every August in the city of Forest Grove. Sample the tastes of the northern Willamette Valley, while enjoying live music, great food and fine local hospitality in a street-fair atmosphere. (Dates to be announced)
Signature Fall Events
Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival (Cancelled for 2020)
The annual 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.
Verboort Sausage Festival (November 7, 2020)
For more than 85 years, the Verboort Sausage Festival has offered up a smorgasbord of food, crafts and sudsy beer. The community of Verboort serves up 15 tons of handmade sausage—as well as sauerkraut and applesauce—at this popular dinner that attracts people from all over the region.
Thanksgiving Wine Weekend (November 27-29, 2020)
The annual Wine Country Thanksgiving is a long-standing tradition in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine region. Thanksgiving Wine Weekend features open houses at more than 30 wineries throughout the Tualatin Valley, where guests will enjoy special tastings, entertainment and light bites. The weekend provides a rare opportunity to visit many of the small wineries that are not regularly open to the public.
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 2019 was a stellar year with new openings, we're excited for 2020, when several new spots will be opening soon, bringing even more cool new places to eat, drink and sleep to the valley.
Order a complimentary copy of the 2019-2020 Tualatin Valley Visitor Guide and start planning your trip today.