Here in Oregon’s Washington County, there are some unique, funky and fun events this spring and summer–and you’re invited to experience each one firsthand.
Faire in the Grove
Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5
McMenamins Grand Lodge – Forest Grove
Step back in time for a day of revels at Faire in the Grove! Experience the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at this annual free event. The Grand Lodge front lawn is transformed into “Fairegrove,” a medieval village containing medieval actors, armored fighters, musicians, singers and dancers, and performances and demonstrations including: combat, dance, blacksmithing, archery, weaving, storytelling, juggling and strolling music. Participatory activities include: lawn games, Norse hat making, wax seal making, beer drinking and more. Storytellers will be featured on a Children’s Stage. Items for sale include: hooded cloaks, jewelry and costumes; and food will be available as well. Event details.
Hippie Chick Half & Quarter Marathon
Saturday, May 11
The Hippie Chick Half & Quarter Marathon is a run through Washington County on flat, tree-lined streets beginning and ending at the Gordon Faber Recreational Complex. It’s specifically held on Mother’s Day weekend to encourage all its female participants, all of whom are encouraged to wear peace signs! Event details.
Altered Art Festival
Saturday, June 1
Altered Art means transforming an object from its intended purpose to a new, creative one. In addition to participating artists’ booths, there will be: hands-on make-and-take art booths, an altered art competition, an art sale, live music, BBQ, wine and strawberry shortcake. Event details.
Oregon Renaissance Festival
On weekends: from Saturday, Aug. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 29
Washington County Fair Complex – Hillsboro
This new event transforms the fair complex into a 16th century European village for 13 days of merriment. Enjoy talented artists, non-stop stage entertainers, food, crafts, pageantry and more. You’ll encounter beautiful maidens, wandering minstrels, joking jesters and jugglers. Magicians, acrobats, comedians, swordfighters, pirates and fairies will entertain and delight. Be sure to meet the “washing well wenches” and daily performance of an armored jousting. Feast on renaissance-inspired food and drink, including: savory turkey legs, steak on a stake, bangers & mash and chocolate-covered cheesecake. Event details.
Enjoy your whimsical adventure!