Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Annual Hood River Events

Hood River, OR, is a charming community full of unique attractions and fun activities to enjoy throughout the year. During your stay with us at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins just a half hour across the Washington state border, be sure to check the Chamber of Commerce calendar for upcoming Hood River events. There are some particularly great annual events that occur around the same time every year. Be sure to mark these on your calendar and plan your visits accordingly. We hope to see you soon for one of these spectacular Hood River events!

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5 of the Best Annual Hood River Events

Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest


April is a popular month to visit the Hood River and Carson area of the Columbia River Gorge. During this time of year, the spring is blossoming and the warm weather and cool breezes are arriving gently. To celebrate the turn of weather and upcoming orchard seasons, the Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest takes place. This premier selection of annual Hood River events features a variety of local cideries who source their apples, pears, and other fruits from the 440+ local orchards! This fun, seasonal event gives you a true taste of Hood River and features a vibrant food scene from local vendors and live music for entertainment.

Hood River Valley Blossom Time


Another great option of April Hood River events is Valley Blossom Time! Appreciating the arrival of spring, this month-long celebration welcomes a favorite season of the Gorge. The cherry, apple, and pear trees blossom in fabulous pink and white flowers. This April event includes farm events, craft shows, culinary treats, and wine and cider tasting. Enjoy the warm weather and beautiful blossoms along with these festivities! One of the best ways to enjoy this time of year is to drive along the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a scenic route that passes orchards, wineries, and farms within the valley. Make stops along the way for baked goods, fresh produce, preserves, and more!

Hood River Hops Fest


Summer is always a fun time in the Columbia River Gorge, and in the golden days of September, the Hood River Hops Fest arrives as a shining jewel. Awarded silver medal for best beer festival from the Oregon Beer Awards, the Hood River Hops Fest embraces the IPA. This late September option of Hood River events features a variety of food vendors, as well as over 50 breweries and 75 fresh hop beers. There is also some live music and a great collectible mug. You can treat yourself to a Beer Garden Ticket that includes five taste tokens for an extra treat!

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest


Seasonal celebrations are quite popular here in the Gorge, and one of our favorites is the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest in October. This 35+ year annual event is an old-fashioned fall festival that brings together over 125 vendors. At the festival, you will find local produce and fall foods, arts and crafts, wine, cider, beer, and more. Celebrate the bounty of fall while enjoying bluegrass and classic rock tunes and browsing vendor tents for great souvenirs from local artisans. The highlight of this popular selection of Hood River events is the giant pumpkin carving by world-renowned carver Scott Cully!

Hood River Holidays


Don’t discount the winter! Christmastime is a wonderful time to visit the Columbia River Gorge for many reasons. Just one is Hood River Holidays, one of our favorite festive Hood River events! During this magical time of year, Hood River is transformed into a sea of twinkling lights. Enjoy Santa sightings, a parade, a tree lighting, late night shopping, and of course the dazzling light displays!

Settle In Across the River at the Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

After enjoying these fun and festive Hood River events, retreat back to our romantic luxury cabins just across the Columbia River. The Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins are the perfect getaway no matter what time of year. From springtime hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, and windsurfing to winter snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling, there are always plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in the Gorge! So, what are you waiting for? Plan your visit now!