Got Plans for Presidents’ Day?
Now you do: rail jams and snow sculpture contests in Bend, chocolate and wine in Yakima, beer festivals—well—everywhere, and more
WHAT: Zwickel…what? The statewide craft brewing celebration that has close to 70 breweries opening their doors for free tours and food and beer specials takes its name from the sample valve on beer conditioning casks (the zwickel). Breweries in every part of the state are participating in the annual event; for a full listing visit oregonbeer.org/zwickelmania.
WHEN: February 18
WHERE: Statewide (the Oregon Brewers Guild will run free shuttles in Portland, Eugene, and Bend)
WHAT: Bend’s celebration of winter includes live music (Larry and His Flask, March Fourth Marching Band, for example), rail jams and snow sculpture competitions, and, of course, the best of Bend’s food and arts scene.
WHEN: February 16–19
Winter Wings Weekend
WHAT: Birds lovers flock to the Klamath Basin each winter to take in the thousands of waterfowl and the largest gathering of Bald eagles in the lower 48. This weekend’s event includes guided trips, workshops, and keynote speeches from naturalist and author Kenn Kaufman and nature photographer Darrell Gulin.
WHEN: February 17–19
WHERE: Klamath Falls
Red Wine and Chocolate Weekend
WHAT: More than 50 Yakima Valley wineries open their doors for tastings and dark chocolate dessert pairings Presidents’ Day weekend.
WHEN: February 18 & 19
WHERE: Yakima Valley, Washington