A trip to Hood River is the opportunity to really take in all that this area is and has to share with both locals and visitors. No matter what time of the year you choose to visit Hood River, there is always a festival or event happening that you can add to your list of things to experience while visiting Hood River. The following are several Hood River events and festivals you should consider.
Hood River Foodie February
Everyone enjoys a good meal or two, and in February Hood River celebrates with Hood River Foodie February. This is a relatively new event as it is currently in its second year but it is one of the top Hood River events to check out. For the entire month of February, you get the opportunity to experience the various dishes of restaurants throughout Hood River. Many of these restaurants offer a discounted rate for lunch and dinner during Foodie February. Also, this year, there is the Foodie February Sandwich Smackdown where eateries will compete to see who can make the best sandwich. If you love food, make sure to align your trip to Hood River with this event.
Hood River Valley Blossom Time
Spring is always an amazing time of year. Nature is coming alive again after months of hibernation, and the promise of warmer weather is near. If there is any time that you would like to visit Hood River, it definitely during what is referred to as “blossom time.” The Hood River Valley Blossom Time is a month-long celebration in April of the blossoming fruit trees throughout the region. You’ll be enchanted with the appearance of the flowering pear, apple and cherry trees. Make sure you take pictures because the backdrop of the blossoming trees in relation to the mountains is absolutely stunning. Make sure to take a drive through the 35-mile Hood River County Fruit Loop so you can really experience the blossoming trees in the orchards.
Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest
The Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest is a celebration of the orchard season and the incoming autumn season. At this festival, you’ll get to truly enjoy the bounty of the surrounding orchards. The apples, pears and other fruits are used by more than 25 cideries to create unique, delicious ciders that your palette will enjoy. In addition to the cider tasting, this is one of the best Hood River festivals for including a play area for the kids as well as live music to enjoy while you are tasting cider. Entry to this festival is free for everyone under 21.