Spring is coming. And on March 22, rain or shine, we are celebrating the first Saturday after the vernal equinox. Set the tone for a joyous spring with a kaleidoscope weekend in Oregon’s Washington County.
The first days of spring feel awfully like the last days of winter. Jump start spring fever with Dapper & Wise caffeine from Insomnia Coffee Company (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.). The Aztec Mocha Yum or Tahitian Vanilla latte will put an extra pep in your step.
Appropriately caffeinated, officially usher in spring at the Rang Barse Holi Festival of Colors (Washington County Fair Complex, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $10-$25). Enter a rainbow world of food, music and dancing. Entrance includes bags of organic, colored cornstarch. How will you use it? Imagine a water fight, but with polychromatic flours instead. With vibrant hues literally being thrown all over, you’ll have a “spring is here” smile.
Caked in neon pink and electric blue, you’ll feel downright celestial entering the neighboring event, Sister Spirit’s 2014 Pagan Faire (Washington County Fair Complex, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., $7 admission). With belly dancers and nature-inspired outfits, your happy attire will fit right in. Explore goddess-inspired art and entertainment, channeling the gatekeepers of spring.
After a shower, head to the Rocks and Minerals of the Pacific NW to ogle at the amazing spectrum of nature’s colors (Walters Cultural Arts Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free admission). The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals shares its collection of gems, meteorites, and crystals—ranging from earthy tones to radiant shades.
A colorful day calls for a colorful dinner at Syun Izakaya (noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Savor Japanese favorites, from tender pink sushi to miso-marinated cucumbers.
Celebrate spring into the night with the OMSI Star Party: Vernal Equinox Celebration (L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, 7:30 p.m., free admission, $5 parking). Telescopes unveil the green, blue-violet, and red tinges of the Orion Nebula.
With such a fun start to spring, we’re ready to say buh-bye to a truly wonderful winter.