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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 almost 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 things I love about spring in Portland, Oregon…

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

What’s your favorite thing about spring?

Portland Spring Events

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 (for the latest full list, check out Travel Portland’s list).

Portland in March

  • Cherry Blossoms at Waterfront Park – mid-March to early April
  • Portland Dining Month: TBD for 2021 – 3 course meals for cheap from fancy restaurants!
  • Shamrock Run: (postponed to 2022!) – Waterfront Park (St Patrick’s Day run)
  • Portland Public Schools Spring Break – March 20-28, 2021
  • Tulip Fest at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, OR (late March to early May)

>>More about Portland in March – events, weather, and things to do.

Portland in April

  • Holland America flower gardens, Woodland, Wa (mid-April to mid-May)
  • Easter – April 4
  • Earth Day – April 22

>>More about Portland in April – events, weather, and things to do.

Portland in May

Portland in June


Portland in Spring was originally published in 2013, and has been updated for 2021.


  • 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.