Spring is in the air and that means everything is abloom, from vineyard rows and tasting rooms to art festivals and gatherings. We’ve officially bested another winter in the northwest and April is abuzz with Willamette Valley events.
McMinnville is home to the largest plowing competition on the west coast. It takes place at Farm Fest on April 6th, with more than 20 teams of mules and draft horses competing. The family-friendly affair is hosted by the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center and features a old-time-y entertainment in the form of farm demos, music and pioneer-themed activities.
The Camelia Festival takes place Saturday, April 13th at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. Celebrating the town’s official flower, the Camelia, this event begins with a 5K and 10K run, followed by live performances from an eclectic array of artists. This year’s bill includes the Dragon Dancers and The Oregon Koto Kai Ensemble, among others. There’s even a bloom show that spotlights the flower and awards the best of the bunch.
Head over to Brooks Wines in Amity on April 19th for outstanding wines and pizza. This is a great opportunity to embrace the longer days of the season and enjoy some of the best Riesling and Pinot Noir the Valley has to offer. Better still, it’s set on a bucolic vineyard with freshly-made pizza to accompany your glass pour or bottle purchase.
The McMinnville Recycled Arts Festival lands the 26th and 27th of April. It showcases the work of 30-40 artists crafting pieces our of recycled and upcycled materials. The event is the work of both Zero Waste McMinnville and the Linfield College Sustainability Office. Creatives will love the skill and invention on display here.
The McMinnville Food Truck Fest takes place April 27-28th on Alpine Avenue in the Granary District. Enjoy live tunes, beer and cuisine of all genres. Who says Portland ruled the food cart circuit?
Goodbye hibernation season, hello spring. April in the Willamette Valley is packed full of intriguing events. Hop on an Atticus Hotel Bike and set your course for adventure.
Check out our friends at Visit McMinnville for a list of happenings and individual event details.