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Get Ready for Sunshine Season in The Dalles

05/13/2019 | Event, Food, Recreation, The Dalles

As the scent of blooming cherry blossoms fade, SUNsational The Dalles becomes a hub of spring and summer activities. Now is the ideal time for hiking in or around the East Gorge for a chance to view wildflowers in bloom and soak up the sun after a long winter. Head out to The Dalles for a short hike through the wildflowers at Rowena Crest, followed by riverside wine tasting at Tierra de Lobos Winery and Sunshine Mill. Make a trip of it and add some relaxation with a spa treatment at Gorge Academy of Cosmetology.

When the May flowers have gone, and Father’s Day is on the horizon it’s time to head back to The Dalles. Spend the weekend tasting the sweet hickory mouth-watering BBQ at the 2nd Annual Gorge Hops and Hogs Festival, feeling the boom of jets taking off at Columbia Gorge Regional Fly-In, and checking out cars and motorcycles at the Hail to the Jeep car show. All this and more can be found in The Dalles Father’s Day Weekend, June 15th-16th, 2019.

Columbia Gorge Regional Fly-in

Aeronautical enthusiasts can start Saturday June 15th off at the Columbia Gorge Regional Fly-In where Columbia Gorge Regional Airport will put on an air show. Visitors may even meet a P37 pilot from WWII! 

Gorge Hops and Hogs Festival

After the air show, head over to Lewis & Clark Festival Park for BBQ, beer and picnics at the 2nd Annual Gorge Hops and Hogs Festival. Beer and BBQ enthusiasts alike will enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of summer at this outdoor festival. This family-friendly event will feature a BBQ competition, People’s Choice BBQ tasting, regional craft beer and wine, beer yoga, live music, food trucks, vendors, sponsor exhibits, backyard games, a kids’ zone and more.

Hail to the Jeep Car Show

On Sunday enjoy brunch at Mama Jane’s Pancake House before cruising on down to the Hail to the Jeep car show, put on by The Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum. The show is meant to showcase all cars and motorcycles - especially military vehicles.

Celebrate family and bring your blankets and lawn chairs, because it’s time to hike, eat, drink and enjoy!

For more information on Exploring The Dalles visit And be sure to tag #hoodgorge and #explorethedalles while out on your adventures!

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