Oregon Festivals are only one of the Pacific Northwest states that put on Great Festivals. You’ll be amazed and the parades, cats, fireworks, music, food, arts and crafts, and children’s activities, etc. Join us in the celebration by calling TravelKatz to help you plan your next vacation to the spectacular Pacific Northwest!
POP Cats Festival in Portland: Join “Kitten Lady” for this two-day, fun-packed festival fueled by the spirit of Cats, Pop, and Art! You’ll love the cat playgrounds, artists, music, photo ops, artisans, brands, workshops, influencers, cat adoptions, tattoos, and more! A portion of profits benefits participating cat organizations. Oregon Convention Center in Portland; Sat – Sun, Sept 28 & 29.
30th Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival: This Festival returns November 1-3 at the Oregon Convention Center (Hall C) in downtown Portland. It’s one of the largest holiday celebrations in the Pacific Northwest, drawing thousands of attendees who happily complete their holiday shopping early. With hundreds & hundreds of exhibitors the Festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gift ideas that cannot be found anywhere else. Featuring art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, woodcraft, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more makes this a gift buyer’s delight! There is a large gourmet food area where you can sample and purchase a wide range of food items including tea, chocolates, pasta, soups, dips, meats, coffee, jams, shortbread, salsas, oils & vinegars, honey, sauces and many more delights!
Oregon Convention Center, Portland; Fri, Nov 1 – Sun, Nov 3.
Polk County Craft Festival: This Craft Festival is housed in 2 buildings full of Homemade Crafts from more than 150 Vendors. Food available onsite, Free admission, Free parking. Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall;
Friday & Saturday, Nov 29-30.
Starlight Parade & Community Tree Lighting: Enjoy floats decked with lights, Christmas music and holiday cheer in the air. Witness the delight in the children’s eyes as they watch Santa’s sleigh rolling down the streets of The Dalles. The holiday spirit then comes to life at the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, complete with Santa photos, hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn. The parade begins at 6pm at West Sixth and Webber Streets, then rolls through downtown before ending in front of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce office. The Tree Lighting Celebration will take place following the parade. Join us in The Dalles on Fri, Nov 29, 5 – 9 PM.
Christmas Bazaar: Browse local crafts and baked goods amongst the exhibits in Sumpter Municipal Museum. While there, ride the historic steam railroad’s Christmas Trains. A special Saturday night train arrives in Sumpter just in time for the 5 pm Christmas Parade. Follow the parade to the community Christmas Tree Lighting. Trains and bazaar continue Sunday. Sumpter Municipal Museum; Sat, Dec 14, 10am – 3pm
15th Annual Oregon Truffle Festival: This annual Truffle Festival invites truffle lovers from around the world to appreciate, learn about and explore truffles from, in, and around the Willamette Valley. Growing conditions in the valley are perfectly suited to truffles and the word is getting out. Four unique and elegant weekend-long experiences are offered: The Epicurious, The Gourmand, The Truffle Growers All-In Adventure and The Urban Forager. The Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship also takes place during the festival on Thursday, January 23. Enjoy Sunday’s Fresh Truffle Marketplace. As always, there will be new events and new venues to help celebrate Oregon truffles and regional culinary traditions. In Eugene; Jan 23 – 26.
TravelKatz will be happy to help you travel to Oregon and be part of your festival of choice. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300.
Portland, Oregon’s largest city, sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It’s known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway. The city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes.
Portland Children’s Museum: Excellent place for kids to enjoy so many and varied activities! The constantly interactive environment allows children of all ages to be involved while parents, grandparents, etc. relax and enjoy some active involvement or just allow the ever present well trained docents to “guide” the kids into exploring creative and imaginative activities. The museum is very reasonably priced, clean restrooms, good snack and meal selection. You might want to plan on staying for the afternoon as it is worth it.
Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River: All-inclusive transportation and an efficient itinerary make it possible to see Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood highlights from Portland in just one day. Avoid the hassle of crowded parking lots and winding roads as you head out to Multnomah Falls, Timberline Lodge, and more, all while learning about the sights from your guide as you go. Plus, hotel pickup makes for a seamless experience. Your tour begins with pickup from your Portland hotel. After collecting the rest of your small-group (maximum of 12), head to Multnomah Falls, a popular Portland-area attraction and one of the tallest waterfalls in the US. Bypass the crowded parking lot and head straight to the short walking trail where you can search for the perfect photo spot. …Continue to the quaint town of Hood River, where you have free time to grab lunch, shop, or visit a wine-tasting room (own expense). Your guide will fill you in on the town’s history and important location at the intersection of the Columbia and Hood Rivers. Then, reconvene with your guide and head to either the Rowena Crest farm stand or Trilium Lake, (depending on the season), followed by an easy drive to the summit of Mt. Hood. Enjoy the fabulous views and mountain scenery before returning to Portland for hotel drop-off.
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland: If time is a consideration this half day might work better for you. You begin your tour with pickup from your downtown Portland hotel or other pre-arranged central meeting location. Head out along the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway in a comfortable van, listening to live commentary from your guide along the way. Though stops may vary, possible destinations include the Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, and Multnomah Falls—the most-visited natural attraction in the Pacific Northwest. Every route guarantees picture-worthy views and just enough time to take short hikes to scenic overlooks or admire stunning vistas of Oregon’s lush landscape before heading back to the van. The Tour concludes with drop-off at your Portland hotel or other original departure point.
Washington Park: This popular park offers miles of trails, an extensive rose garden, a large Japanese garden and a zoo. There’s so much going on in this park that you can spend all day. Find what you like and have at it. Spent time at the Experimental Rose Garden, and the Arboretum. The Redwood area is breathtaking and almost cathedral-like. explored different parts of Washington Park, including the Zoo, the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden. All were beautiful the Japanese Garden should not be missed! It’s amazing!
Downtown Portland Food Tour: Learn about Portland’s history and culture through its food on this small-group walking tour of downtown. Taste a variety of locally crafted dishes and beverages and scope out restaurants to return to later. The tour is designed to take you off the beaten path and introduce you to a wide variety of dining experiences from hip and humble food carts to high-end dining. Your itinerary varies depending on the day but expect your guide to take you to six locations during the tour. Sample a range of dishes from some of the more upscale, established restaurants and from casual newcomers that make up Portland’s thriving food scene.
You might stop at a downtown food truck, try local craft beer, and sip Oregon wines. On the tour, you also learn some of the city’s geography and history as you stop to check out everything from handmade dumplings to fresh pasta, pork sandwiches and single-origin chocolate. You will get to taste some of Portland’s best food places including Q’s where we tasted salmon and some of Williamette’s finest Pinot Noir; or the Crowne and enjoy a pizza made with pickles and learned that some of Portland’s finest chefs would get together after closing their restaurants. All in all, it makes for a great time.
From Tampa to Portland is an easy flight. Give TravelKatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will see to it that you have a wonderful vacation in PORTLAND.