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Second Saturday at WAAAM: When: Saturday, February 9th. Where: Western Antique Aeorplane and Automobile Museum. (Hood River) - 2/9

Crab Feed: Benefits the Sherman Athletic Foundation. When: Saturday, February 2nd from 3PM-8PM. Where: Morrow County Grain Growers (71025 Old Highway 97 Loop, Wasco, OR) - 2/2

Heart Truth 3k/5k Walk/Run: When: Saturday, February 2nd from 10AM-Noon. Where: Kiwanis Pocket Park (3651 Klindt Dr., Riverfront Trailhead, The Dalles). - 2/2

JWD Endowment Fund Spaghetti Dinner: Funds to go for scholarships for Dufur High School graduates. When: Friday, January 25th from 4:30PM-8PM. Where: Dufur High School. - 1/25

St. Mary's Academy Family Auction and Carnival: Enjoy a silent auction, carnival, food, games, the balloon man and more family fun! When: Friday, January 25th from 5:30PM-8:30PM. Where: 10th and Cherry Heights, The Dalles. - 1/25

Eagle Watch: When: Saturday and Sunday Jan. 19/20 from 9AM-10AM. Where: The Dalles Dam Visitor Center. - 1/19 and 1/20

Comedy Show: The Ron Stubbs "Outrageous Rock "N" Roll" Hypnosis Show is back for an unprecedented 3rd time! Whene: Friday, August 24th, 8PM. Where: Cascade Ballroom, Shilo Inn, The Dalles. Tickets: $15. Call 541-298-3287 for more info! - 8/24

Dufur Threshing Bee: Enjoy breakfast, a parade, harvesting, tractor pull, quilt show and more. Enjoy this two day event on 8/11 and 8/12!

Allison Krauss and Union Station LIVE! The 2012 Maryhill Concert Series kicks into action with the beautiful voice of Allison Krauss, singer of hit song "When You Say Nothing At All". When: Sunday, August 5th at 6PM. Where: Maryhill Winery. Tickets are only available online at - 8/5

Trout Lake Fair: When: Friday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 5th. Where: Trout Lake, Washington. Enjoy a parade, pet show, contests, zip line and more! - 8/3 through 8/5

1st Annual Tree Huck Ultimate Frisbee Tournament: Get all the details of this exciting event in our Sports section. - 8/4

Magic the Gathering (Game): When: Saturday, August 4th from 2-7PM. Where: Brama Caffe (303 East 2nd St, The Dalles) - 8/4

Shaniko Days Festival: - 8/3 through 8/5

The Dalles "Wednesday" Farmer's Market: At City Park (5th and Union) from 4-7PM on 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22 and 8/29

Sound RIDER! Motorcycle Week: Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sound RIDER! Rally in the Gorge! This event features rides, movies, seminars, tasty food and more! When: Tuesday, July 31st, 5PM-7PM in the exhibit hall at Skamania Co. Fairgrounds. Event catered by Busy Bee Catering. Rally starts August 1st and runs through Aug. 5th. Visit for more info! - 7/30 through 8/5

Weird World of Science Camp: When: Tuesday July 31st through Friday, August 3rd from 9AM-Noon. Where: Discovery Center (The Dalles). Call 541-296-8600 ext. 204 for more information. - 7/31 through 8/3

Gorge Farm Day: Spend an unforgettable day visiting 15+ WORKING farms vineyards, wineries and farm stands in the Columbia River Gorge and witness what goes on behind the scenes! Where: When: Sunday, July 29th, 10AM-5PM. Cost: 10 bucks per car load. Bicycle passes are only $5! Maps go one sale starting July 10. Vendor locations include Hood River Visitor Center, Waucoma Bookstore, or online (online sales available July 10th-July 20th.) More map vendor locations to be announced soon. Event hosted by Gorge Grown Farm Network. See for more info. - 7/29

Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival: Tons of live music, workshops, contests and evening dances. Enjoy the sounds of Mark Phillips & IIIrd Generation Bluegrass Band, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Della Mae, The Josh Williams Band, Tony Furtado, The Foghorn String Band and many more! When: Thursday, July 26th through Sunday July 29th. Where: Skamania Co. Fairgrounds (720 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA.) Tickets: Day Passes for Thursday/Sunday are $15. Friday/Saturday passes are $35. Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult. Got questions? Check out or call 509.427.3980 for more info! - 7/26 through 7/29

Maryhill Concert Series: Chris Isaak performs! When: Friday, July 28th at 7PM. Where: Maryhill Winery. Tickets available for purchase at - 7/28

The Wizard of OZ Performance: Plays in the Park! When: Saturday, July 28th at 11AM. Where: The Dalles City Park (5th and Union) Call 541-370-2513 for more information. - 7/28

Geocashing Workshop: When: Friday, July 27th from 9:30-11AM. Where: Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District. Cost: $5 per registered family. Call 541-296-9533 to register. - 7/27

Hood River County Fair: When: July 25th-28th. Where: 3020 Wy'east Road (Odell). Call 541-354-2865 for more info! - 7/25 through 7/28

Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest: See for full details! - 7/28, 7/29 and 8/4

Americans With Disabilities Act Celebration Gathering: Booths, music and refreshments. When: Thursday, July 26th from 10AM-2PM. Where: The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Call Julie Reynolds at 541-370-2810 for more information. - 7/26

U.S. Windsurfing Nationals: Check out our Windsurfing section for more info! - 7/23 through 7/26

Hood River Fruit Loop Cherry Celebration: Head out HWY 35 for fresh picked cherries, wines, lavender, jams and other yummy cherry treats. Enjoy goodies from Cherry Karma's Purple Pit Stop, Pearl's Place, Smiley's Red Barn, Rasmussen Farms, Packer Orchards and Cookie Stop Bakery, Apple Valley Country Store & Bakery, A & J Orchards, LLC, The Gorge White House and Grandma Mary's Fruit and Produce. - 7/21 and 7/22

Arts and Fusion: Come to downtown White Salmon from 3-10PM on 7/21 for local arts, live music, wine tasting and a yummy salmon cook-off! - 7/21

Live Music!: Susan Sinclair and the Wild Cards fill the air with their great tunes! When: Saturday, July 21st from 5-9PM. Where: Anana's (414 East 2nd St, The Dalles) This is a 21 and over event. Cover Charge: $5. - 7/21

5th Annual Call to Action: Honoring all Veterans. Featuring the Patriot Guard Riders. When: Saturday, July 21st from 11AM-4PM. Where: Oregon Veterans Home. Call 541-993-6413 for more info. - 7/21

Fort Dalles Rodeo: Tickets are now available for the 2012 Ft. Dalles Rodeo at The Dalles Chamber of Commerce (404 W 2nd St.) The rodeo runs July 19, 20 and 21 this year. Call 541-296-2231 for more info! - 7/19 through 7/21

Fort Dalles Days Pro Rodeo Parade: Bring the kids down! There'll be tons of candy thrown! When: Saturday, July 21st at 10AM. Where: East 2nd and 3rd Streets, downtown The Dalles. Call Denise at 541-298-1077 for more information. - 7/21

Lavender Festival in the Gorge: Enjoy four beautiful acres of lavender in full bloom! There will be a 2 for 1 Lavender Oil sale. They'll have children's classical music at 1PM each day, wand classes at 3PM as well as artists displays. U-cut lavender, fresh cut flowers and plants fill the air with wonderful smells! Over 100 lavender products will be on sale. Where: 3925 Portland Drive, Hood River, OR 97031. When: 10AM-5PM on July 14th/15th. Call 541-386-1906 for more details. - 7/14 and 7/15

Jammin' July Street Fest: When: Saturday, July 14th: Where: 5pm, 2nd St. The Dalles. - 7/14

17th Annual Trout Lake Festival of the Arts: Where: 490 Sunnyside Road, Trout Lake, WA (Map: When: Sat/Sun July 14th/15th from 10AM-4PM. Admission: FREE. Over 50 artists will be on hand. Enjoy live music, activities for kids, tasty food, microbrews, wine tasting and more! - 7/14 and 7/15

Journal Your LIfe Story Workshop: When: Saturday, July 14th from 10AM-3PM. Where: Discovery Center Board Room, The Dalles. Pre registration is required! Fee: $1. Call 541-298-1240 for more info. - 7/14

Picker's Haven Parking Lot Sale: When: Saturday, July 14th from 9AM-4PM. Where: Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum (990 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA). Eats will be on hand including hot dogs, beverages, popcorn and nachos! Call 509-427-8211 for more info! - 7/14

Windfest Weekend: Enjoy free clinics, gear demos, live music, tasty food and drink + more! Where: Hood River Event Site: When: July 7th and 8th. Check out our Windsurfing section for more details. - 7/7 and 7/8

Sixth Annual Gorge Ride Get all the details for this event in our Cycling section. - 6/16

Comedy at the Portage Grill: Dad will enjoy a Father's Day weekend comedy show as Michael Jenkins will perform at the Portage Grill Friday, June 15th at 8PM! Tickets are only ten bucks! Call 541-298-3287 for more information! - 6/15

Ask the Authors! Ever wondered where authors get their inspiration for books? What it's like to write books? Novelists Kendare Blake, Katie Kacvinsky and Lissa Price will be on hand to answer your questions Friday, June 2nd at Klindt's Booksellers from 11AM-3PM. - 6/2

Wasco Memorial Day Celebration: Tons of activities for all ages! Come out to Wasco and enjoy the fun! - 5/27 and 5/28

RiverFest on the Deschutes: Where: Maupin! Check out or call 541-395-2222 for more info. - 5/26

58th Annual Blossom Fest: Celebrate the arrival of Spring in style at over 20 different Hood River County venues! - 4/14 through 4/29

Cherry Bomb Dodgeball Tournament: Get your team together and get ready to dip, duck, dodge and dive! Compete for prizes and best team uniform award! Where: The old Whatonka H.S. gym. When: Saturday, April 21st at 1PM. Cost: $40/Team. Teams must Pre-Register through the Parks and Rec Office ( Youth Division will consist of 11-15 year olds. Adult Division: 16+. Deadline to enter is April 18th. - 4/21

Wee Care 3rd Annual Spring Craft Show: The proceeds from bake sales and booth spaces will go to Wee Care of Stevenson. Vendors please call 509-427-7711 for info. When: Saturday, April 14th from 9AM-4PM. Where: Stevenson Elementary School (100 NW School St.) - 4/14

Vision of Hope: An Evening for Haven. Please help support Haven Women's Shelter's 12th Annual Fundraiser. Enjoy an evening of elegance with tasty eats from local chefs, beverages from local wineries and live music from some of the areas best musicians. Call Haven at 541-296-2065 for more information. Where: The Dalles Civic Auditorium. When: Thursday, April 12th. Time: 6PM. - 4/12

Iron Man Strong Ale Festival: Come enjoy the First Annual Iron Man Strong Ale Festival from Noon to 6PM at the Skamania Co. Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 7th! Sample beers that contain 8% ABV or more featuring "Iron Man IPA" from local brewery, Walking Man. This event commemorates the life of local blacksmith Jim Caldwell. Enjoy live music and tasty grub from food vendors as well. Price: $10/person (Includes souv. glass and four sampling tickets. All proceeds will be donated to the charity of choice by the Caldwell Family. - 4/7

Imperial River Company's Spring Poker Tournament: Where: 304 Bakeovern Road, Maupin, OR. When: Saturday, March 31st at 5PM and Noon on Sunday, April 1st. Call 1-800-395-3903 for more info. - 3/31 to 4/1

Wheatfield Half Marathon 8K Run/3K Walk: When: Saturday, March 31st at 9AM. Where: Petersburg School. Pre-registration: $20 with a t-shirt; $7 without a t-shirt. Call 541-296-6398 for info. - 3/31

Concrete Cowboys Live! @ The Vault (209 East 2nd, The Dalles) When: Saturday, March 24th at 9:30PM. - 3/24

Telescopes and Computer Resources for Astronomy Program: Where: Wasco Co. Library (The Dalles). When: Saturday, March 24th at 1PM. Call 541-296-2815 for more info. - 3/24

Gorge Wine Celebration for Heart of Hospice See full details in our Wine section. - 3/24

Groove in the Gorge Dance Party: w/DJ Mojo! Where: Paris Fair Event Space (315 Oak St. 3rd Floor, Hood River). When: Friday, March 23rd from 8-10PM. Cost: $8 (pay at door). Check out for more info. - 3/23

Star Gazing @ Sorosis Park: If western skies are clear, you'll be able to view Jupiter and Venus over Seven Mile Hill at approx. 7:30PM. Two high powered telescopes will be on hand for viewing! Gazers will also be able to view two star clusters (Pleiades and the Beehive) using binoculars. Hosted by Phil Brady and amateur astronomer Joe Cruz. When: Saturday, March 10th. Where: Sorosis Park, The Dalles. Time: 7PM-10PM. Meet at the picnic shelter. Please bring binoculars, warm clothing and a flashlight. Cost: FREE! No pre-registration is required for this event. - 3/10

Bowl for Kid's Sake 2012: Please help support this GREAT cause which benefits The Next Door Inc. This organization does so many great things for kids that face adversity. When: Saturday, March 10th. Where: Orchard Lanes in Hood River. - 3/10

"A Taste for Literacy" Benefit: Proceeds go to The Dalles SMART program. Enjoy appetizers, win tasting and live music! When: Sunday, February 26th from 2PM-5PM. Where: Sunshine Mill, The Dalles. Cost: $20. Get ticket's at Klindt's Booksellers. - 2/26

"Hallowwine" Costume Ball: Featuring "Sweety". Enjoy a costume contest, scary films and authentic Mexican food. Where: The Sunshine Mill. When: Sat, Oct. 29th from 7PM-11PM. Cost: $5. - 10/29

Lorrie Morgan Live! She'll be playing at the Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort. Time: 7PM. This is a 21 and over event. Call 1-800-554-4786 for info. - 10/20

Maryhill Winery Harvest Fest Weekends: Enjoy free live music, new wine releases, our annual grape stomp and Lilo's Hawaiian BBQ! Musicians include Ben Macy and Friends (10/8), Tracy Klas (10/9), Brian Granse (10/15) and Kit Garoutte (10/16). - October 8th/9th and Oct. 15th/16th

Gorge Community Celebration: Come to the Discovery Center in The Dalles to enjoy live music, outdoor yoga class, Native American storytelling, kid's bike safety course, beer garden, face painting, craft workshops, birds of prey shows, educational workshops, artisans, local foods, authors, photographers and special gues Mark Thunderwolf. Admission is FREE! - 10/8 and 10/9

8th Annual Hood River Hops Fest: - Enjoy fresh hopped beer from over 25 NW craft brewers, local culinery food, live music, arts and crafts vendors as well as a large selection of Gorge wines! This is a family event. (There will be a play area for the kids) Location: Downtown Hood River between 5th and 7th streets and Cascade and Columbia Streets. - 10/1

Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree: Call 541-489-3434 for general info. Call 541-483-2288 for camping information. - 9/23 through 9/25

69th Annual Roy Webster Columbia River Cross-Channel Swim: Jump off the Sternwheeler (Washington side) and swim your way to the shore of Hood River in this 1.1 mile long experience (not a race). Participants must be over 10 to participate and must register at Registration for the first boat starts at 5:15AM (There will be 2 boats this year). Join 1000+ other swimmers in this hugely popular event! - 9/5

First Friday in Hood River: Enjoy street performers, live music and family fun downtown Hood River! - 9/2

Bridge of the Gods Kiteboarding Festival: Enjoy Men's and Women's Kiteboarding competitions at East Point in Stevenson, WA. For more info, check out - 8/19 through 8/21

Skamania County Fair: - 8/10 through 8/14

Petroglyph and Pictograph Rubbings on Display: Presented by Jeanne Hillis and offered by the Wasco Co. Historical Society. Time: 2PM. Location: Rorick House (300 W. 13th, The Dalles). FREE! - 8/13

The Dalles Farmers Market: Takes place every Wednesday night from 4-7pm at City Park (5th and Union). Ends 8/8.

First Friday in Hood River: Enjoy street performers, live music and family fun downtown Hood River! - 8/5

Jackson's Ride the Gorge: Cycle through the majestic CRG! A big gourmet dinner and FREE beer garden will be waiting for you at the finish line. Jackson's Ride the Gorge was founded in honor of Jackson Hill, a young boy with an admirable spirit who passed away from Sarcoma. Register for this event by going to - 7/23

Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival: (Stevenson, WA) Enjoy live musci from John Reischman and the Jaybirds, The Seldom Scene, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Prairie Flyers and more. Participate in contests and treat your taste buds to some of the best food in the Gorge. For more info, check out - 7/21 through 7/24

American Heroes Day: Veterans, active duty and families. Time: 11AM-3PM at Riverfront Park. Admission: FREE. - 7/23

The Story of Ortley: Put on by the Wasco Co. Historical Society. Hear the story of Ortley and it's history (Ghost town on 7mile hill). Presented by researcher Addie Schwartz. Time: 2pm. Location: The Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St, The Dalles. This event is FREE! - 7/23

Trout Lake Festivals of the Arts: Enjoy fine arts, music and GOOD food! - 7/16 through 7/18

Fort Dalles Days Parade: Downtown T.D. at 10AM. - 7/16

Fort Dalles Run and Walk: 3K, 5K or 10K! Time: 7:30AM. Contact Bob Thouvenel at 541-298-1119. - 7/16

Fort Dalles Rough & Wild Pro Rodeo: Starts at 7:30PM at Milt Tumilson Arena (The Dalles). Call 1-800-255-3385 for more info. - 7/14 through 7/16

The Story of Explorer David Thompson: Put on by the Wasco County Historical Society. Historian Susan Buce gives this presentation at 2PM at the Rorick House in The Dalles (300 W. 13th St.) Admission: FREE! - 7/10

Skamania Performing Arts Foundation Presents: "Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts". North Bonneville City Park (North Bonneville Washington) Time: 4PM. - 7/9

Comedy Show: Police Academy Star Michael Winslow highlights and Seattle Comic Xum Lam perform at Shilo Inn in The Dalles. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance at The Portage Grill, Klindt's Booksellers or Healthy Habit. - 7/8

Family Fun Day: Make Your Own Flag Come to Maryhill Museum on July 4th from 1PM-4PM to make your own flag that symbolizes your personal style! Youth 18 and under are admitted for FREE with one paid adult admission! 50 member concert band "Gorge Winds" plays live music at 3PM! Purchase a hot dog at Cafe Maryhill or sack lunch it and have a picnic on the beautiful grounds of the Maryhill Museum! - 7/4

4th of July Fireworks: Location: Port of Hood River. Time: Dusk. Get there early, parking is tough! - 7/4

4th of July Fireworks in Stevenson: - Celebrate your Fourth of July at Rock Creek Park! Local band "Jive Turkey" will be on stage at 8PM-10PM followed by a spectacular fireworks display. - 7/4

July 4th Weekend Celebration at Maryhill Winery: Dates: 7/2 through 7/4. Come enjoy wine tasting and LIVE music at Maryhill Winery! Enjoy the sounds of Heather Keizur and Steve Christofferson on Sat. July 2nd, Rachichi on Sun. July 3rd and Savant Garde on Mon. July 4th! Call 1-877-627-9445 for more information. - 7/2 through 7/4

First Friday in Hood River: Enjoy street performers, live music and family fun downtown Hood River! - 7/1

Gorge Blues and Brews Festival: (Stevenson) Enjoy music, microbrews and grub galore in a scenic setting at Skamania County Fairgrounds! The festivities kick off Friday, June 24th at 6PM with a FREE Waterfront Jam (until 10PM)! Saturday's action kicks off with “The Knuckleheads” at noon, followed by “The Lloyd Jones Struggle” at 3:00 pm, and finally “Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King” at 7:00 pm. Food includes but is not limited to: BBQ, gyros, tacos, burritos, tasty salmon and wraps. Admission to Saturday's event: $15 per person (includes beer mug or wine glass). Kids 12 and under are FREE. Grab your tickets at Skamania Chamber of Commerce or online at today! - 6/24 and 6/25

10th Annual Vineyard Walk: (Maryhill Winery) - Benefits the American Heart Association. Cost: $12 fee for walk & T-shirt - 6/18 and 6/19

Alice in Wonderland Play: Follow Alice through her adventures in Wonderland as she meets The Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar and others! Admission is FREE! This event takes place at The Dalles City Park at 11:00AM on 6/18

Bluegrass and BBQ: Head down to the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles to enjoy some great music by Blacksstrap Bluegrass, The Shedshakers, Back Porch Revival and Greenish Grey! Event runs from Noon-10PM. Admission: $10. 12 and under FREE! - 6/18

The Gorge Jazz: 6-9pm at Rhinegarten Park in White Salmon, WA. - 6/18

Live Comedy in the Gorge! Stand-up comedian David Crowe brings his act to the Portage Grill (The Dalles). Starts at 8pm. Cost: $15/person. - 6/17

Treasures of Tomorrow Auction: North Wasco County School District #21 Education Foundation is holding an auction of "Oldies and Goodies" on May 7th, 2011. Fundraiser seeks donations/bidders. The auction will be held at TDWHS. Doors open at 8:30AM. Auction starts at 10AM. Food will be provided byThe Dalles Lion's Club. Auction proceeds will go toward the creation and sustainment of an agriculturally focused science course at TDWHS, as part of the Foundation's mission to bring hands-on learning experiences tied  to agriculture to our students. To donate/for more info, please contact: Brian Goodwin, 541.288.6861 or Joan Silver, 541.298.1881 - 5/7

10th Annual Easter Egg Scramble: This community event is FREE to kids age 10 and under with separate Easter egg hunts for each of 5 age groups. Toddlers 2 and under will have their own area where they can be accompanied by Mommy/Daddy. You will need to bring your own basket/bag. Where: Sorosis Park (East end of park), The Dalles. When: Saturday, April 23rd at 11AM. For more information, contact Rick Cavagnaro, Bicostal Media: 541.296.2211. - 4/23

Habitat for Humanity Pizza and Salad Fundraiser: Where: Spooky's Pizza. Get tickets at Restore, Spooky's, Klindt's Booksellers or at the door. Call 541-296-4486 for more inof. 4/20