Easter is Sunday, April 8, 2012, which means that it’s just around the corner. From fun and family-friendly Easter egg hunts to delicious brunches and even some fun of the adult variety, there are a variety of Easter events to keep you busy this year. So if you’re in the Portland area and haven’t made plans yet, hop to it and read on to find out about the best ways to spend the Easter season.
Alpenrose Dairy Easter Egg Hunt
Held at a historic and picturesque dairy farm, the Alpenrose Dairy Easter Egg Hunt is one of the oldest Easter celebrations in the Portland area, as this year marks its 50th anniversary. Children ages 3 to 8 are invited to participate in the hunt, with prizes ranging from candy to a six-foot stuffed bunny. This event draws crowds from all over the state, so arrive early, as parking quickly fills up.
When: April 7, 10:30 a.m.
Where: 6149 SW Shattuck Road, Portland, OR 97221
Rabbit Romp at the Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo celebrates this Easter season with the Rabbit Romp. Children 10 years or younger can participate in candy Easter egg hunts that occur every 20 minutes, while toddlers two and under will have their very own hunt. The hunt is free with regular zoo admission. Make sure to swing by the polar bear area, as they will be playing with egg-themed toys throughout the day.
When: April 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Easter Hat Parade Pioneer Courthouse Square
Whether you prefer your hats Kentucky Derby-style, artistically embellished with feathers and frills galore, or if your idea of a chapeau is more modest, put on your favorite hat and don your finest ensemble and head down to Pioneer Courthouse Square for the Easter Hat Parade. The route will follow Southwest Broadway up to West Burnside, finally ending at Elephants Delicatessen on Northwest 22nd, where parade goers can enjoy desserts and refreshments.
When: April 3, 1 p.m.
Where: 715 SW Morrison St. #702, Portland, OR 97205
Pix Patisserie Easter Tea
Celebrate Easter Sunday this year at Pix Patisserie, who is offering a formal but fun traditional tea service. The $30 all-inclusive menu will include your choice of a pot of tea from Townshend’s Alberta Tea House and a selection of 15 sweet and savory tea snacks, including delicate and colorful French macarons, soft-boiled quail eggs wrapped in prosciutto and a number of tasty mini sandwiches. Reservations are required, so make sure to call and book a table before this popular event fills up.
When: April 8, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: 3901 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Easter at the Benson Hotel
Join the Benson Hotel for a classy champagne Easter Brunch. This year, the hotel’s Mayfair Ballroom will come alive with fun decorations and smiling families. Enjoy delicious brunch offerings, musical entertainment and make sure to snap a photo with the Easter Bunny to remember this special occasion.
When: April 8, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: 309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Portland Spirit Easter Brunch
For a unique take on the traditional Easter Brunch, hop onboard the Portland Spirit for the fun and aquatic adventure known as the Easter Brunch Cruise. Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet featuring breakfast, lunch, salads and dessert items, live entertainment, champagne and sparkling cider. Once you have gained your sea legs, join the Captain on the Starlight Deck for a narrated tour of the attractions.
When: April 8, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 1020 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
BarFly Bus Adults-Only Easter Egg Hunt
Who said Easter egg hunts were only for the kiddos? Book a ride on the BarFly Bus and join the Adults-Only Easter Egg Hunt, where you’ll earn a $50 cash prize for collecting the most eggs. The hunt hits roughly 10 bars, clubs and lounges in the Portland area, and a $20 admission ticket allows participants to take advantage of no cover charges, drink specials and the occasional nosh.
When: April 7, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Where: Location will be revealed only to ticketholders
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