Take the short trip from Portland or Salem to visit the North Willamette Valley because it’s going to be FLOWER TIME! And Aurora is at the northern gateway to these famous fields of flowers. From April until July you’ll find that Aurora is the perfect stop when taking in this visual cavalcade of blooms including tulips, iris, roses and peonies plus nursery stock for your own yard.
Now through May 6. Tulip Fest! at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn. Just a few miles south of Aurora you’ll delight in 40 acres of constantly blooming color. Plenty of things to do besides gawking at the tulips, they include childrens activities every day, gift shop, order bulbs and buy cut flowers plus food and extra entertainment on the weekends. Weekdays $5 per carload, weekends $10. Look online for daily field report. www.woodenshoe.com
Open every day in April is St. Josef’s Winery. Drop into Aurora on the way to the tulip fields and make the loop to catch St. Josef’s on the return. This European style winery is worth stopping for! Beautiful tasting room, gift shop and friendly hosts will make your “Tulip Trip” memorable. 28836 S. Barlow Road, Canby. 97013. www.stjosefswinery.com
May: Shreiner’s Iris Gardens, about 15 minutes south of Aurora off I-5. Stroll through fabulous gardens of iris as you pick your favorites for planting later. Open daily.
May 5 First Saturday in Aurora! Flea Market, American Legion Hall, 9-4 This is the last flea market until September.
May 5 Celebrate Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee at Time After Time, 21611 Main Street. 11-3. View special collections of 60 years of Queen Elizabeth souvenir ware from collectors Karen Stopper, Oregon City and Heidi Alasio, Salem and enjoy a “spot of tea” including Harney & Sons Royal Wedding blend commissioned for last summer’s royal wedding. www.timeaftertimeoregon.com
May 12 Antique Radio Show & Sale, American Legion Hall, 9-3. Sponsored by the NW Vintage Radio Society.
May 12 3rd Annual Remembering Emma Wagner Geisy Day with author Jane Kirkpatrick. Old Aurora Colony Museum. Advance tickets $35 includes talk with Jane, “walk where Emma walked” tour including cemetery and reception with refreshments at the historic Keil house. (503)678-5754. www.auroracolony.org Booksigning 10:30 am in Emma’s house at the museum complex, regular museum admission applies for those without event tickets.
May 13 Mothers Day in Aurora! 11-5. Bring mom and grandma out for an afternoon stroll through the shops after you take them to brunch! All shops open with special Mothers Day displays, sales and treats.