PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Here are ‘6 Things’ you can do this weekend, March 26-28, as Oregon celebrates Spring Break!
CELEBRATE SPRING BREAK IN OREGON
Last year spring break in Oregon seemed to be, well, on a break. But it’s back and with a tank of gas and some excitement there’s plenty of things to see and do safely right here. Hotels and Airbnb’s are open — visit the coast, southern or central Oregon to take in the sights. And with the nicer weather, dining on an outdoor patio sounds great. Campgrounds are also open. Explore new trails. Eat cheese at the Tillamook Creamery or sip wine at a local vineyard. Enjoy the colorful Wooden Shoe Tullip Festival and make a splash at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Map out your adventure and remember how awesome it is to live in Oregon and how great it feels to help the local economy.
EAT AT THE EMPANADA FESTIVAL
And don’t forget to meal plan. Saturday brings some great food at the Empanada Festival at the Portland Mercado. Who doesn’t love these little pockets of dough filled with protein and vegetables? Try a variety of empanadas from all over Latin America. Visit PortlandMercado.org for more information.
SHOP AT PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPORTSMEN’S SHOW
Open through the weekend, it’s time to shop at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show at the Portland Expo Center. And this year, the nation’s largest Sportsmen’s Show is joined by the Portland Boat Show. Shop from the top manufacturers and retailers in boating, fishing, hunting, and camping. Get the info. at TheSportShows.com.
SHOP MONTAVILLA FARMERS MARKET
Get to know your farmers. Open this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., shop for fresh produce and take-home meals from the Montavilla Farmers Market in SE Portland. The year-round market features food artisans, grass and pasture-fed meats, fruits, and vegetables. Visit montavillamarket.org for more info.
WATCH MUSIC IN PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE
Watch singer-songwriter Eugenia Riot perform during lunchtime at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday. And on Monday at lunchtime, you can catch “Portland’s first lady of the blues” LaRhonda Steele. Can’t make it downtown? Performances will also be shared virtually on the Pioneer Courthouse Square Facebook and Instagram pages and at PolkaDotDowntown.org.
WATCH SOME WHALES
Grab your binoculars. It’s whale-watching season at the Oregon coast. According to the Oregon State Parks website, now is the time that gray whales travel north on their way towards Alaska. Ecola State Park and Depot Bay are great places to try to spot a whale. Visit the Oregon State Parks website and VisitTheOregonCoast.com for all the info.
Take some photos and sneak in some memories. Make it a great weekend. Go find your fun!