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Portland in Spring: 31 Reasons To Make It Through Another Winter

Portland cherry blossoms

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Ah Portland in spring – the worst is over! Every year it’s the same feeling, like by the end of February you begin to believe that the grey and rain is just not going to end this time. But it does and it’s always worth it. Seeing blossoms all across the city makes me a little giddy. Summer is coming friends! But first, let’s savor some fine spring weather and adventures.

Here are some things I love about spring in Portland, Oregon…

  1. cherry blossoms at Waterfront Park
  2. blossoms – in general, all around the city – plum, apple, cherry – say yes to blossoms
  3. escaping the rain
  4. Japanese gardens
  5. last basketball games of the season
  6. rum horchata at Por Que No
  7. rollerskating at Oaks Park
  8. Tulip Festival! (technically in Woodburn)
  9. fair weather biking – can we all agree it’s just more fun in nice weather?
  10. colorful macarons – make ’em, buy ’em, eat ’em!
  11. laughing yourself silly at Bridgetown Comedy Fest
  12. new bike accessory shopping or bike spring tuneup
  13. Mt Hood loop – day trip!
  14. PSU farmer’s market weekend (chard!)
  15. mud hiking at council crest
  16. Rose Festival at Waterfront park
  17. spiced chai at Extracto Coffee
  18. first spring flowers on walks in the neighborhood
  19. cheese plates at The Observatory in Montavilla
  20. OMSI After Dark – adult hour!
  21. spring trips to the coast
  22. Cheers to Belgium beers festival
  23. antiquing in Sellwood
  24. spring sunsets (& gaining an hour of daylight) – praise be!
  25. outdoor brunch again!
  26. meandering the Eastbank Esplanade
  27. shows at Doug Fir or Mississippi Studios
  28. beers by the fire at Base Camp Brewing
  29. waterfall hikes in the Gorge
  30. the start of Pedalpalooza (most of June is still spring – not summer!)
  31. waving farewell to spring with summer solstice from the Hawthorne Bridge
  32. Planning out all those summer adventures – 13 weeks full!

What’s your favorite thing about spring?

Spring is officially March 20, 2021 through June 20, 2021, although we often think of the spring season as the months March through May. Here are our favorite Portland spring events.

Portland in March

  • Cherry Blossoms at Waterfront Park – mid-March to early April
  • Portland Dining Month: 3 course meals for cheap from fancy restaurants!
  • Shamrock Run: March 14, 2021 – Waterfront Park (St Patrick’s Day run)
  • Tulip Fest at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, OR (late March to early May)

Portland in April

  • Holland America flower gardens, Woodland, Wa (mid-April to mid-May)
  • Earth Day – April 22

Portland in May

Portland in June


Portland in Spring was originally published in 2013, and has been updated for 2015.


  • Hey Olivia!

    I just found your blog through bootsnall and love it! I just moved to Vancouver, WA a few months ago (lovin’ it, by the way) and have also been dreaming/planning a rtw trip for almost two years now, so just about everything I find on your blog is helpful times two! I’m trying to explore the magnificent pacific northwest so between this fanTASTIC weather and this newfound discovery of your blog, i’ll be busy until fall…and maybe even after that (while still planning my journey of a life time on the side, mind you :-))

    I just thought I’d post some love from across the river.


  • My favorite thing is the cool weather. We don’t get many days where the weather is breezy, low in temp, and low in humidity. May hits quick and it can be miserable. I also love the flowers, especially the bluebonnets.