May Events in Oregon and SW Washington


Here’s a look at some of the events happening in Oregon and SW Washington this May. Head to our calendar for more information including locations, times, and any updated event information.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – May 5-8

The 32nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is back at the waterfront beginning May 5th. Presented by the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association, the four day festival includes a carnival, Artisan Village with a free art workshop, amateur boxing, and more. See the entertainment schedule and check out the list of special Free, Fun Stuff offered during the festival.

Camas Mother’s Day Plant & Garden Fair – May 7

Plan a special outing with the motherly figure in your life at the Camas Mother’s Day Plant & Garden Fair! Held the day before Mother’s Day in historic downtown Camas, the plant fair offers a large selection of plants, trees, garden art, and supplies from local vendors. A portion of the proceeds from the plant fair goes toward sponsoring educational scholarships for local women.

McMenamins UFO Festival – May 12-15

The mysteries of the Phoenix Lights are the highlight of the 17th Annual UFO Festival, sponsored by McMenamins. Ticketed events are held at the McMinnville Community Center and Hotel Oregon and include speakers, a film festival, and live music. Don’t miss the Alien Costume Ball and parade for a chance to win prizes for the best otherworldly outfit.

Doggie Dash – May 14

The Oregon Humane Society’s Doggie Dash takes place at Waterfront Park on May 14th. This is the 29th year of the dog walk/run and features a pet-friendly festival with live music, food, and more. The Doggie Dash is a great fundraising cause and has a goal of raising $600,000 to help shelter animals and fight animal cruelty. Start fundraising for the Doggie Dash by forming a team or simply donate to the cause by visiting their website.

Reach the Beach – May 21

Over 3,000 cyclists take on the challenge of the Reach the Beach ride on May 21st to raise money for the American Lung Association. There are four different start locations, the closest being 25 miles from the beach, with snack stops and mechanical support along the way. The event ends with a party on the beach sponsored by the Pelican Pub in Pacific City. Learn more about the bike routes, start a team, or register for the ride on the Reach the Beach website.

Rose Festival Begins – May 27

Celebrated for over 100 years, the Portland Rose Festival is how the Rose City kicks off summer and includes tons of events happening around town. The official opening night of the Rose Festival, on May 27th, includes fireworks and the start of the CityFair at Waterfront Park. The CityFair includes plenty of entertainment, food, and rides for the whole family to enjoy. Learn more about the Rose Festival and all events happening through June by visiting their event calendar.

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