Return to Home Page

Portland Blog: This Week in Portland April 6, 2013

Hello, Portlanders!   Welcome to our weekly Portland events blog where we share ideas of fun things to do in Portland each week.

This was an amazing first week of April to get outside and snap some spring photos.  Below are images that I took while walking in Portland this week: from Irvington, to Old Town, to the Pearl District.  While the weather forecast calls for rain and cooler temperatures than last weekend, there are supposed to be some sun breaks today so enjoy it while it lasts.  

Spring in Portland Oldtown

Spring in Portland Oldtown

Portland Spring Downtown Portland

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival 2013


March 29th — May 5th, 2013

Over 40 Acres of Tulips and Daffodils!
Buy cut flowers.
Order bulbs for fall planting.
Children's Acre.
Visit our Gift Shop.

Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! There is nothing like the colors of our tulip fields in the spring. Every year the varieties are arranged differently in a new pattern of color as we rotate our tulip fields to a new location.

This spring bring your family and enjoy over 40 Acres of Tulips and Daffodils.

Every day enjoy a variety of activities along with our beautiful fields. Each weekend we have planned a variety of events. Check the "Schedule of Events" for a detailed list of daily and weekend activities.

Only 45 minutes from Portland and 30 minutes from Salem. 

Well- behaved dogs welcome on leashes.  More information at:

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival photo by Faith Smith
Photo Credit:  Tulip Fields by Faith Smith

Hood River Blossom Festival

From Hood River Blossom Festival website:

Blossom Time in Hood River celebrates the arrival of spring with events and attractions throughout the County from April 12-28.

What to Do:
  • Visitors to the area will want to drive the world-famous 35-mile scenic Fruit Loop through the beautiful Upper Valley filled with blooming orchards of apple, pear, and cherry trees—as well as farm stands, alpacas, wineries, and unparalleled scenery.
  • Take a stroll through the Heights and Hood River downtown to shop, wine, and dine.
  • Visit the waterfront, the waterfalls, and the great outdoors during your stay—hike, bike, stand-up paddleboard, ski, tube, snowboard, sled.
  • Relax and enjoy the scenery.

The best of Hood River and the rural lifestyle are all here during Blossom Time in the Gorge: Food, wine, beer, arts and crafts shows, pancake breakfasts, baked goods, preserves, yarn, shopping—and, of course, blossoms.

Here are just a few of the events happening during Hood River Blossom Time:

4/12-14:  Gorge Artists Open Studio Tours

4/12 – 14: Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Passport to Wine 

4/13Second Saturday at Western Auto and Air Museum

4/12-30Abstract Fiber Art Trunk Show

4/15-19:  Downtown Hood River shopping and wine and beer tasting

4/20-21Blossom Fest and Craft Show

4/20Earth Day Celebration

4/22-26: Downtown Hood River Shopping and Wine and Beer Tasting

4/27-28Explore the Hood River Upper Valley

More events and details at:

April 6, 2013 - Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamos

At Jeld-Wen Field in Portland Oregon,  7:30pm

Portland Timbers Tickets, Schedule and More Info at

April 7, 2013 - Portland Bridge to Brews

Bridge to Brews, 8k and 10k Run / Walk and Kid's Half Miler


What can we say about the Bridge to Brews besides this is simply an event you cannot miss! What better way to get your running or walking season kicked off than to participate in an event that embodies all things Portland?

First off the race starts and finishes at one of Portland’s original breweries...Widmer Brothers Brewing Company! The event also features two great distances that take you over one of the most picturesque bridges...the Fremont Bridge! And last but certainly not least, everyone gathers after the event for great music, food and beer from Portland’s premiere running event co...Terrapin Events!

Forget the other boring Spring events and join us for a very fun, very unique, very Portland experience! Bring along your old friends or come meet some new ones at this fun, family friendly event!

Make sure you read the info below before going to the registration info.

LOCATION: Widmer Brothers Brewery 929 N. Russell St. in Portland, OR

View more details at

Hoyt Arboretum Portland

From Hoyt Arboretum Website:

April is Arbor Month and a time when we put extra effort into nurturing and celebrating our 6,000 trees and plants. Please help support the Arboretum with a donation that goes directly to supporting our collection.

Thanks to a generous gift from one of our supporters, your contribution will be matched by their gift up to $10,000.

Hoyt Arboretum is a living laboratory where scientists and students can study trees and plants that would not otherwise grow in our climate and habitat. Features at the arboretum include:

  • A unique collection of trees and plants from around the world
  • A living laboratory for preservation and research
  • A vital resource for conserving plant biodiversity
  • A peaceful urban oasis
  • A 187-acre refuge with 21 trails covering 12 miles
  • A promise to future generations

At Hoyt Arboretum every tree has a story to tell.  Tree collections are organized by taxonomy (plant families) and geography.  Identification labels help you to learn about trees that catch your interest.

The Hoyt Collection includes more than 1,000 true species, with specimens grown from seeds collected in the wild.  These plants produce seeds that can be used to replant native ecosystems that have been destroyed or are at risk.

An arboretum is a promise to future generations.  Just as we are enjoying mature, wonderful trees that were planted many years ago, the trees we plant today will grow to provide shade, beauty and value for decades and centuries to come.

Hoyt Arboretum Photo Gallery - Images by Michael Barton

Find more photos like this on


Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

There's a downside to having my desk facing a window. Today I just want to be outside.

I just craned my neck to bring the surface of the parking lot into view, because it may be raining but I can't tell for sure. Yup, pavement is wet, so we're having some of that patented invisible Willamette Valley rain, a rain you can't see unless you peer intently at a dark surface some distance away. If I were to step outside right now, to stand in the wet, I would just barely feel it. There are times when the only way I know it's raining is when I see the droplets appear on the lenses of my eyeglasses.

I want to be outside.

Portland Photo Springwater Collidor Trail

Yes, I wanted to be outside yesterday too, and the day before that. Those were blissfully sunny days when people could be expected to fly out their front doors, or the exits of their workplaces, deadlines and expectations and the kinked brows of superiors and coworkers notwithstanding. Some of those same people, though, some or even many, or even most of them would look out the window today and sigh a small curse and think, not today, it's raining! I would have to change clothes, take my umbrella, wear a hat! And so I won't bother. I won't live in defiance of precipitation. People might stare. People will talk.

Of course I'm being facetious, but I don't quite understand the desire to avoid getting wet at all costs, particularly considering where we live. To NOT go out to walk or ride a bicycle in the rain is to NOT do those things a great deal of the time. Where is the joy in that?

I want to be outside.

And it's spring! Here is Nature working hard to ensure we have a lush, fragrant, colorful springtime, so to NOT go out even on a damp day such as this is to be like the lord and lady of the manor electing NOT to allow the gardners to pass within their sight. That's not just lazy, it's ill-mannered! I would expect Nature to inspire better, I honestly would. Where are our manners?

Portland Photo

I have a crick in my neck. Swollen ankles. A headache, Oof, my back! I need to stretch my legs. Sit on an exercise ball while I work? You have greater faith in my balance than I do, friend. What I need is a stride forward, several of those one after another, in fact. Sidewalk will do, but I'd prefer a forest path. A breeze, either offered by a skyful of currents or just my momentum. I can work here in a fury while sitting still, a static and nervous organism, or I can allow myself kinesis on my two feet out in the world, on the Earth, awake in the air.

I need to be outside today.

Are your heels tapping beneath your chair? Are your lungs suddenly bored with easy breathing? Look behind you. Is it a stretch of carpeted hallway? Or is it the top step at Mt. Tabor and your hands are on your knees? Which would you rather?

Portland Photo

I'm going outside today.

Editor's Note - Me too!  I tried to get outside and snap at least a few new Portland photos this week.  Portland is amazing in the springtime!

Find more photos like this on

Portland Photo of the Week

Photo of Hoyt Arboretum Trees by Michael Barton

Hoyt Arboretum by Michael Barton

This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is Michael Barton who posted a great series of trees and nature photos from Hoyt Arboretum and several other Portland nature areas.  Go check the Portland photo album to see more of Michael's great Portland photo series.

Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week.  Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog! 

Featured Portland Events this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit

The Gin Game

March 26, 2013 at 7:30pm to April 28, 2013 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre MARCH 26-APRIL 28 | Morrison Stage The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn -- When life deals you a bad hand, do you give up the game? It's Visitor Day at the "home for the aged,” and Weller is playing a solitar Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

March 29, 2013 to May 5, 2013"Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm" 2013 Annual Tulip Fest Over 40 Acres of Tulips and Daffodils!Buy cut flowers.Order bulbs for fall planting.Children's Acre.Visit our Gift Shop. Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! The Organized by Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm | Type: wooden shoe tulip festival 

"Crime and Pun-ishment" A Murder Mystery Dinner

March 29, 2013 at 7pm to April 30, 2013 at 7pm – The Reserve The Murder Mystery Company, the nation's number one interactive theater troupe, kicks off their Winter season with their award winning show "Crime and Pun-ishment". A traditional Murder Mystery set i Organized by Lisa Hamacher | Type: dinner, theater 

Portland International Raceway Auto Swap Meet

April 4, 2013 at 7am to April 6, 2013 at 5pm – Portland International Raceway It's the event that gives a whole new meaning to wheeling and dealing. The 9th annual Portland International Raceway Automotive Swap Meet will feature more than 1,500 vendor stalls and more than two Organized by Portland International Raceway | Type: swap, meet

APEX: Harold Schlotzhauer

April 6, 2013 to July 14, 2013Portland Art Museum Existing in a world of energy movement and change, California native Harold Schlotzhauer’s art is vibrant, bold, and complex. Drawing inspiration from skateboarding, snowboarding, and surf culture, a Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, exhibition

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre

April 6, 2013 from 2pm to 3pm – Portland Metro Arts Once Upon a Time Family Theatre Presents Sleeping Beauty Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their parents. Although not elab Organized by Elizabeth Allen | Type: children's, theatre

Brewvana Shuttle to the Timbers Game

April 6, 2013 from 7pm to 9:30pm – Roundtrip - TheBeerMongers to JELD WEN Field Brewvana is taking its love of hometown MLS soccer team, the Timbers, to the next level. Starting with the Saturday, April 6th match up against the Houston Dynamo Brewvana will be running a roundtrip Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: event transportation

Oregon Symphony with Dave Frishberg & Patrick Lamb

April 6, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Two of Portland’s jazz greats return to the Symphony! Songwriter/pianist Dave Frishberg and saxophonist Patrick Lamb light it up with a night of great jazz. Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: concert, jazz 

"Clybourne Park" at Portland Center Stage

April 9, 2013 at 7:30pm to May 5, 2013 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory A white community in 1950s Chicago splinters over the black family about to move in. Fast forward to our present day and the same house represents very different demographics, and neighborhood values Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: theatre, performing, arts, drama, play 


April 10, 2013 from 8pm to 11pm – Yale Union (YU) Keiji Haino’s career as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist began 43 years ago when he dropped out of high school. Since then, he has aimed to become the total sum of his music, speaking of it as an Organized by YU | Type: music, performance 

Soul'd Out Music Festival

April 10, 2013 to April 21, 2013Portland We are very excited to announce the dates and initial lineup for the 2013 iteration of the West Coast’s favorite Soul-induced festival. Check out the lineup page for a breakdown of this year’s lineup Organized by Soul'd Out | Type: portland music festival 

Creating Travel Journals: An Art Education Program

April 11, 2013 from 11:30am to 1pm – Architectural Heritage Center Learn to create Travel Journals!  This workshop, led by Elysium Artist Susan Shenk, is part of our Art Education series in conjunction with our current exhibit, “This City’s Bounty.”  This event is f Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: workshop

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

Ross Seligman shares five great Portland real estate deals here on the blog each week.  If you're looking to buy a home in Portland, maybe one of these Portland homes for sale is the one for you!

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:

1.  2220 SW MAIN ST Portland, OR 97205

-Goose Hollow-


Click The Image To See The Full Listing

2. 1819 SE LADD AVE Portland, OR 97214

-Ladd's Addition-


Click The Image To See The Full Listing

3. 2704 NE 38th AVE Portland, OR 97212

-Grant Park-


Click The Image To See The Full Listing

4. 1221 SW 10TH AVE Portland, OR 97205



Click The Image To See The Full Listing

5. 3608 NE 75TH AVE Portland, OR 97213



Click The Image To See The Full Listing


That's it for now

We hope you enjoy reading our weekly Portland blog.  Want to see more or less of something?  Let us know!  Once again, thanks for being here and making this Portland website such an asset to the community!  If you love this site as much as we do, tell your friends!  Have a great weekend!

PS -- Want to read back issues of this blog?  Here ya go!

Connect with Portland

Check out our online community

View mobile site


Thanks for reading this Portland blog. Check out these other helpful pages about Portland:

Find us on Facebook

Moving to Portland

Visiting Portland

Portland Neighborhoods

Portland Hotels

Portland Blog

Portland Events

Portland Oregon Real Estate

Portland Homes

Portland Transportation

Portland Zip Codes

Clickable Neighborhood Map

Portland Neighborhood Boundary Map 

Individual Neighborhood Maps

Portland Jobs

Portland Coffee Shops

Portland sites we love:

Portland Food & Drink


Portland Food Carts

Local Portland companies we love:

Great Portland Massage Deals

Copyright © 2005-2014 | All Rights Reserved

Return to top of this Portland blog