Local Activities (as soon as the rain stops)
The calendar says Spring, but the chilly temps and rain are keeping many of us inside. Trust us, though – the sun will soon be out, the flowers will bloom, and we’ll all want to get out and enjoy it.
Vancouver Farmers Market
In these parts, it’s an annual rite of passage: the Vancouver Farmers Market next to Esther Short Park.
The market is chock full of vendors, offering flowers, vegetables, and many other items for your home and garden. There are also many places to get a bite to eat as well as treats for the pets.
What makes this market so enjoyable is the location. Right next to Esther Short Park, there are plenty of places to sit and people watch, a playground for the kids, and many neighbors walking around.
The market is held every Saturday and Sunday through October 28th.
Click here for more information.
Lilac Days at Hulda Klager Gardens
Every year for three weeks, the Hulda Klager Gardens hold Lilac Days, allowing visitors to buy lilacs, visit the 1880’s Victorian Klager home, and peruse the gift shop for lilac-inspired items. This year, Lilac Days will run from April 21 through Mother’s Day, May 13.
From their website: “The Gardens and historic buildings have been lovingly maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization. The Society fully funds the care and upkeep of the historical site from the proceeds of Lilac Days, dues and donations. With the help of our volunteers and members, the Society continues to carry on the work of growing and showing the beautiful lilacs including those hybridized by Hulda Klager many decades ago.”
Click here for more information.
Mother’s Day Tea at Pomeroy Living History Farm
Looking for somewhere pastoral to spend Mother’s Day? Consider Mother’s Day Tea at the Pomeroy Living History Farm. Held May 5th
and 12th, a menu featuring sandwiches, desserts, scones, and tea will be available for visitors as well as a tour of the historic log home on the premises. The event is $24 and tea time is noon.
The farm has many other events during the year as well. Visit their website for upcoming events or for more information.
First Friday Downtown
For the art lover, every first Friday of the month in downtown Vancouver, galleries, stores, and more stay open late so people can wander in and out and see all the creativity Vancouver has to offer. Art on the Boulevard, Aurora Gallery, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Clark County Historical Museum, Divine Consign, and House of Vintage are just a few of the business that take part in the downtown Vancouver staple. For more information, visit the Vancouver Downtown Association website.
Summer Sneak Peek
Later in the year, the Summer Concert Series will return for free music three times a week. The Six to Sunset Concert Series occur Thursday evenings, starting July 12 in Esther Short Park. On Wednesdays, beginning July 11, the Noon Concert Series will take place in Esther Short Park, too. For Sunday entertainment, the Columbia Tech Center Sunday Sounds Concert Series begins July 8. For more information on these concerts, visit the City of Vancouver website.
Lights! Camera! Action!
For those of you who remember drive in theaters, Friday Night Movies at the Park is like that, just without the cars. Starting July 6, one movie a week will play at area parks. Don’t forget to being a chair!
Here is the schedule:
July 6: Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
July 13: The LEGO Ninjago Movie — Fisher Basin Park
July 20: Transformers: The Last Knight — Fruit Valley Park
July 27: Wonder Woman — Columbia Tech Center Park
August 3: Coco — Evergreen Park
August 10: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — Marshall Park
The City of Vancouver website has more information.