The weather is warming and spring is in the air. Families around Portland are eager to celebrate their city as it bursts into bloom. Head out to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival for its opening weekend of events, visit the night market, get crafty or head to a show. As usual, there’s a bit of something for everyone in your crew. Read on to find out more.

photo: Justin Miller via flickr

Vancouver

Head to the Night Market at Terminal 1
Don’t miss this family-friendly, monthly marketplace that celebrates local businesses, highlights the regional talent, and brings the people of our community together. It features 80+ vendors, live music, entertainment, drinks, food and more! Fri. Event Details.

Watch Peter Pan and Annabelle
Metropolitan Performing Arts (MPA) in collaboration with The Vancouver Community Library invites the SW Washington community to watch a free 30-minute play, Peter Pan and Annabelle. You may have heard of Peter Pan and Wendy, but what about Peter Pan and Annabelle? This is the story of a little girl who would rather grow up than stay a kid. All performances are free and open to the public. Recommended for ages three and over. Fri. Event Details.

Join the Couve Clover Run 2019
Join the 5th Annual Couve Clover 3,7 or10 mile Run/Walk. You will have a chance to earn your post-event festivities but the party will be off the charts hosted by Main Event. This is one of the prettiest courses in the Northwest! The hosts have designed the 3 miles, Lucky 7 miles and 10 mile courses to take you through some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver and it really highlights our wonderful community including historic Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, the Columbia Riverfront, the Waterfront Trail and more. The course is mostly flat with a couple short hills. Go for green and get ready to celebrate the St. Paddy’s Day festivities. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Don’t Miss the World Frog Day Prince and Princess Party
Celebrate frogs on World Frog Day at a Prince and Princess Party! Kids can dress up as their favorite amphibian or royalty, explore the lives of frogs and learn what we all can do to help save frogs every day of the year. Sat. Event Details.

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Make a Fuzzy Bunny Card – Free Make & Take Event
This Bunny is so soft, you’ll want to pet her! Did you know? When you use steel-rule dies you can cut all kinds of materials not just paper including chipboard, thin tin, fabric, several sheets of cardstock at once, and so much more! You’ll cut felt to create this sweet fuzzy bunny. Sat. Event Details.

Attend Art Buzz Kids – Tree Fairy
Art Buzz Kids is not your typical art class. Bring friends or send your kid alone, we promise you will have a good time. Our local artists will guide step by step to create a masterpiece. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend a Free Workshop: Learn to Grow Potatoes
Curious about growing potatoes at home? There are a few requirements for growing potatoes successfully but once you know the basics, it is easy and the harvest is so rewarding.

attendees will discuss logistics for growing potatoes in containers for small spaces or in the ground. The end of March is the perfect time to get your potato seeds planted, so be ready to take what you learn and put it to use. Sat. Event Details.

Woodburn

Join the Tulip Trail Run
This is an off road run starting and ending at the farm including through tulip fields and around the farm benefiting the Oregon City High School Track and Field and Cross Country Teams. It is put on with volunteers from their track team. It should be a fun run, rain or shine! Finisher Medals to the first 500 finishers! Sat. Event Details.

Head to the 2019 Tulip Fest Opening Weekend
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an invitation to yours to enjoy all things that make spring in the Northwest. Running from March 23 to April 29, stroll through 40 acres of stunning beauty, experience expansive views of vineyards, distant mountains, and a few mud puddles. Fresh flowers, food, and fun for the entire family, including well-behaved dogs on leashes! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti