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A white Easter Bunny wearing denim overalls holds a plush carrot and smothers a giggle surrounded by spring flowers.
Lee Farms hosts Breakfast with the Bunny where guests can enjoy food, an espresso and mimosa bar, and a private meet-and-greet with everyone’s favorite rabbit. | Photo by @leefarms/@leefarmsmarket
When the weather is as moody as a cat, pastel colors are everywhere, and Peeps fill grocery store shelves, you know hunting season has arrived: it’s open season on eggs. We crack ourselves up.

Soak up the sweetness of springtime with these Easter- and spring-themed events for every bunny in the family.

Egg hunts

Four adults wearing bunny ears and holding baskets bend down to pick up colorful Easter eggs in the grass.

Bella Organic Farm’s adult egg hunt tickets come with one pint of beer, cider, or glass of wine (or a non-alcoholic option).


Photo by @bellaorganicfarm

Easter Egg Hunt | Friday, March 29 + Saturday, March 30 | Times vary | Lee Farms, 21975 SW 65th Ave., Tualatin | $10-$25 | Youngsters can hunt for a dozen empty eggs which are later filled with parent-approved prizes, play on the slides and in the hay maze, meet farm animals, and take home a DIY sugar cookie kit.

Bella’s Bunny Hop! Annual Easter Egg Hunt 2024 | Saturday, March 30 + Sunday, March 31 | Times vary | Bella Organic Farm, 16205 NW Gillihan Rd. | $10-$20 | To the adults who mourn the glorious egg-hunting days of their youth, hope is not lost — this farm has egg hunts for young kids, teens, and seasoned pros 21+ who can snatch eggs in one hand while holding a beer in the other.

Meet the Easter Bunny

A white Easter Bunny wearing a blue velvet coat and spectacles sits on a bench surrounded by springtime decorations.

This hoppy face is waiting to greet little ones at Washington Square.


Photo by @washingtonsq

The Easter Bunny Express | Saturday, March 30 | Times vary | Oregon Rail Heritage Center, 2250 SE Water Ave. | $15-$20 | Hop aboard a historic passenger car pulled by a diesel locomotive for a 45-minute ride complete with a visit from the Easter Bunny and a scavenger hunt.

Photos With the Bunny | Wednesday, March 27-Saturday, March 30 | Times vary | Washington Square, 9585 SW Washington Square Rd. | $39.99-$49.99 | Get keepsake photos of your littles that you’ll treasure for ears to come.


Easter Candy & Wine Pairing | Friday, March 29 + Saturday, March 30 | Times vary | Hip Chicks Do Wine, 4510 SE 23rd Ave. | $25 | Do you go for the ears when you bite into a chocolate bunny? Show off that vicious streak while savoring the sweetness of five classic Easter candies paired with five wines, plus a seasonal sangria.
Thursday, March 28
  • Spring Break Exploration Stations | Thursday, March 28-Friday, March 29 | 10 a.m. | Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland | Free | Kids of all ages are invited to connect with the trees, flowers, and animals that call the arboretum home through hands-on activities, sensory displays, and conversations with nature educators.
  • Yozakura Festival | Thursday, March 28-Tuesday, April 2 | 7-11 p.m. | Gresham Japanese Garden, 124 S. Main Ave., Gresham | Free | See the park’s 13 mature Akebono cherry trees illuminated each night while they’re in bloom; special cultural programming is planned for Saturday, March 30.
Friday, March 29
  • NW Dance Project - Secret Stories | Friday, March 29-Saturday, March 30 | 7:30-9:15 p.m. | Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland | $29-$68 | See the world premieres of three contemporary dance works by choreographers Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Nicole von Arx, and NW Dance Project veteran Joseph Hernandez.
  • “Sonic Symphony” | Friday, March 29 | 8 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland | $42.40-$116.60 | Dash down memory lane as a symphony orchestra and rock band pay tribute to 30+ years of music from SEGA’s spiky mascot.
Saturday, March 30
  • Bethany Village’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt | Saturday, March 30 | 2-4 p.m. | Bethany Village Centre, 15160 NW Laidlaw Rd., Portland | Free | Visit participating businesses to collect goodies with your family, like candy, photo ops with the Easter bunny, and fun activities at Bethany Athletic Club.
Sunday, March 31
  • Portland Spirit Easter Champagne Brunch | Sunday, March 31 | Times vary | Salmon Springs Dock, 1010 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland | $52-$109 | Hop aboard the Portland Spirit for a two-hour cruise along the Willamette River with a Northwest-inspired brunch buffet, mimosas, live piano music, and an appearance from Cinnabunny.
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News Notes
  • The National Women’s Soccer League’s youngest-ever MVP Sophia Smith has signed a new contract with the Portland Thorns that will make her the highest-paid player annually in the NWSL. Smith will stay in Portland through the 2025 season with a player option to extend through 2026.
Coming Soon
  • The former Stickmen Brewing space in Lake Oswego has a new tenant. Details are scarce about the new restaurant called Mann’s on the Lake, but it’s expected to open by this summer — perfect timing for guests to take advantage of the lakeside patio seating. (Portland Business Journal)
  • Father-son duo Lane and Andrew Weatherly thought Portland was the perfect place for their beer coaster business — but then the pandemic happened. So they took a page out of Ross’s book and pivoted. They launched the Portland Puzzle Company, working with local artists and photographers to create custom jigsaw puzzles. (KGW)
  • The only polystyrene recycler in the Portland metro area has stopped accepting the material, also known as Styrofoam. Since 2019, Agilyx processed 6 million pounds of used polystyrene products, like packing peanuts, as part of a five-year project intended to demonstrate the feasibility of “a circular pathway.” (KGW)
  • Join the Washington County Master Gardener Association for a webinar on Tuesday, April 2, 7-8 p.m., to learn about the benefits of growing root vegetables and how to maximize your yields. “The Vegetable Underground” session is free and you can register online in advance.
  • Oregon has many bridges, true — but what happened in Baltimore this week is unlikely to happen here, state transportation officials say. According to ODOT, Oregon rarely sees such large ships and the only structurally similar span is Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge, but it’s much smaller and not designed for large vessels. (Associated Press + The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • A new mailbag episode has dropped on Locked On Blazers. Host Mike Richman answers listener questions and discusses how the team should approach the 2024 NBA Draft.
Fact or Fiction
🎭 Raise the curtain
The interior of a theater with rows of empty seats and a lit stage with a theatrical set representing an urban setting and home.
Many of PCS’s biggest performances are held on the U.S. Bank Main Stage inside The Armory building. | Photo by Portland Center Stage
In Stephen Sondheim’s words, “Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” Nine stories will attempt to do just that during Portland Center Stage’s upcoming 2024-25 season.

The lineup, revealed this week, is a blend of new and familiar works with performances taking place across two stages within The Armory in downtown Portland. Season tickets are available now; single-show tickets will be released at a later date.
  • “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” | Sept. 29-Nov. 3, 2024
  • “Liberace & Liza: Holiday at the Mansion (A Tribute)” | Nov. 10-Dec. 22, 2024
  • “Twelfth Night, Or What You Will” | Nov. 24-Dec. 22, 2024
  • “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding” | Jan. 19-Feb. 16, 2025
  • Title TBA | March 2-30, 2025
  • “The Light” | Marc 9-April 20, 2025
  • “The Brothers Size” | April 20-May 18, 2025
  • “Chris Grace: As Scarlett Johansson” | May 11-June 22, 2025
  • “The Importance of Being Earnest” | June 1-29, 2025
The Buy
Jenni Earle Bandanas. Try a new trend this spring with these bandanas – perfect to tie around your neck, hair, or handbag.
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Choco Tacos are back on the menu, Portland. Kate’s Ice Cream is offering its own gluten-free, plant-based take on the chilly taco-shaped treat now through Sunday, March 31.
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