Food and Farms this April in Albany

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Planting classes, farmer’s market, and a whole week of restaurant deals? It’s clear April is the foodiest month of the year in Albany. And if you’re not into food, don’t worry, we’ve got parades and acrobats too! Read on to find activities and events in and around Albany, Oregon this April.

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Albany Farmers Market Opens for the Season 

The 32-week farmers’ market season starts with fewer than 20 vendors with spring greens, radishes, rhubarb, honey, eggs meat cheese, baked goods, cut flowers, vegetable starts and other nursery plants

Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 4th & Ellsworth, City Hall parking lot, Albany, OR

 

 

Albany Restaurant Week

Come down to the 1st Annual Downtown Albany Restaurant Week. Don’t miss your chance to try out a new restaurant or get reacquainted with one you haven’t been to in a while. Ten outstanding locally owned restaurants are participating. Each one will have 3 $10.00 specials for you to try.

April 18th-24th, 2016, locations vary


 

Fun for kids and adults alike

Little Sprouts Create a Fresh Herb Planter at Garland Nursery

A great way to encourage a child to explore new foods is to have them take part in their growth. At this month’s Little Sprouts, we are creating yummy herb planters for each young gardener to take home, care for, and to spice-up family meals. Registration required call 541-753-6601. Cost is $7.00 per child.

Saturday April 9th, 2016

Procession of the Species Parade

Come and watch or participate in this annual parade, held in Historic Downtown Albany, at 4th and Broadalbin Streets, starting at the Courthouse steps. Calling all parade entrants! Celebrate Earth Day by signing up for the Procession of the Species Parade! Create a costume and come join the celebration.
Saturday April 23rd, 2016. Assemble 9:30 a.m. on the Court House Steps

Chinese Acrobats at Heritage Mall

Join us for a spectacular display of acrobatics from a group of traveling Chinese Acrobats! 541-967-8238 Ext. 202

Saturday April 23rd, 11:00 a.m. at Albany’s Heritage Mall 

History Bites Brown Bag Lunch Series

Learn the fly-fishing history of western Oregon and find out about local fishing opportunities and how they fish them. You’ll also receive information about the necessary equipment and local resources for fly-fishing instruction.

Light Refreshments. Free Admission.
12:00 on Wednesday April 13th, 2016 at the Albany Regional Museum

Don’t see what you’re looking for this April? See all Albany events.


 

Albany is packed with interesting things to do and see. Check out these gems to enjoy anytime. 

Albany Regional Museum
Open Tuesday through Friday: 11am to 4 pm. Saturday: 10am-2pm. A fun collection of Albany memorabilia, photos and artifacts make the museum a must see. 136 Lyon S, Albany. (541) 967-7122, armuseum.com.
Donations encouraged, free for members.

Albany’s Historic Carousel and Museum
Open Monday through Saturday: 10am to 4pm, Wednesdays till 9pm. 503 First West, Albany. (541) 791-3340, albanycarousel.com. Free

Antique & Collectable Shopping
Enjoy shopping antique & collectible shops in Historic Downtown Albany, albanydowntown.com

Covered Bridge Tour
Step back in time as you travel through the covered bridges of Linn County. Pick up a self-guided driving tour at the Albany Visitors Association.

Downtown Movie Night

Enjoy a movie in the atmosphere of the restored Pix Theater, one of the finest examples of commercial Queen Anne Architecture in the city of Albany. Open 7 days a week.
Pix Theater, albanypix.com, 321 2nd SW, (541) 967-SHOW. $.

Albany Civic Theater
Located in the Historic Regina Frager Auditorium. 111 West 1st Ave. PO Box 82, Albany, (541) 928-4603, albanycivic.org. $

Linn County Genealogical Society
An extensive assortment of historical and genealogical holdings are available for members and the general public in the Albany Public Library. 2450 14th Ave, Albany. (541) 791-1618, lgsoregon.org. Free.

The Linn County Historical Museum
Open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
It is well worth several visits.  It is housed in the relocated railroad depot and railroad cars at
101 Park Avenue in Brownsville. $


 

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Did you know that two of world’s most famous magicians lived in Albany? Have you ever wanted to learn the stories behind the fancy tombstones in Albany’s historic graveyards? Do you simply love everything vintage, antique or retro? You’re in luck this May–it’s National Historic Preservation Month, and Albany is celebrating in a big way.

Don’t miss our May newsletter and check out our website for fun history-focused events coming in May.

For information contact the Albany Visitors Association
www.albanyvisitors.com

 

 

 

March 2016 springtime events in Albany, Oregon

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Springtime in Oregon can be tricky. Sunshine tempts you one minute, showers soak you the next. No matter what the weather is, true Oregonians celebrate the imminent return of the sun pretty much non-stop in March, April and May. Read on to find our top picks for spring and Easter events in and around Albany, Oregon:

  • Meet the Easter Bunny

If you have a kiddo in your life who would love to get a picture taken with a friendly, fuzzy bunny, visit the Easter Bunny at Heritage Mall between March 12th-13th and 17th-26th 2016, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • March Kids Club at Heritage Mall, March 19th at 11 a.m.

Nothing says spring like the combination of kids + baskets + their favorite furry friend. Join in on the fun at the Easter Bunny for Breakfast.

  • 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 26th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Team INSPIRE, Albany Parks & Recreation and the Albany Downtown Association are partnering to bring the 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Monteith Park. On-site registration for children ages 0-12 will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the egg hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m. The fee is $5 per participant for the egg hunt.

For $10, you will also get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and have lunch (hot dog, a side, and a drink). For more information about the event contact Ashley Custis or call 541-990-2194.

There will also be an old-fashioned egg roll for kids 3-12 beginning at 10:45 a.m. It’s amazing what fun you can have with a wooden egg, a paint stick, and duct tape! The top winner in each age group (3-5, 6-9, 10-12) will receive a ribbon and a prize. All participants will get a filled plastic egg. All money raised from the event goes to the American Cancer Society through Albany Relay For Life Team INSPIRE who is pairing up with the Albany Gems Dance Team to raise the funds.


 Don’t wait until Easter to enjoy spring activities in and around Albany. Check out these offerings fit for the whole family.

  • Family Night at the Albany Regional Museum, Wednesday, March 23rd, 4 – 7 p.m.

Fun for the entire family!  See an illusionist, join in on the Easter egg hunt, play dress up and have your picture taken. There will also be crafts, a virtual train ride and you can play I SPY.  Plus don’t miss the movie. “Night at the Museum” will be shown.  For members and non-members alike.

Admission and refreshments are FREE!! For more information call 541.967.7122.

  • I Run for Kids 5K/10 Mile

I Run for Kids is an annual fundraiser for the Albany Public Schools Foundation classroom grants program. Each year, teachers apply for grants for innovative projects in their classrooms. Funded projects have ranged from electronics, robotics, music instruments, as well as materials for art, school gardens, theatrical performances, and more.
$35-$45 Race Entry. For more information or to register for the race visit www.albanypsf.org or call 541-979-2773.

  • Silver Falls State Park “Owl Prowl”

Practice your “Hoo-hooting” and enjoy an evening of feathered fun at Silver Falls Old Ranch. There will be fun hands-on owl activities and a dusk hike where you can try your luck at calling owls in the forest surrounding the Old Ranch. The event is free, but the usual $5 day-use parking fee applies. Visit their blog for more information or call (503) 874-0201

  • Linn County Flea Market, Saturday, March 5 at the Linn County Fairgrounds

Don’t miss Linn County largest Flea Market. Early admission from 7:30-9am, $6.00 or regular admission from 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., $2.00. 3700 Knox Butte Rd EAlbany, Oregon (541) 619-5708.

  • Northwest Race Car Show, March 19-20 at the Heritage Mall

View race cars displayed throughout the mall all weekend long.

  • Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo, March 11-12, 2016 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Learn from 200 Fly Tyers, see 50 exhibitors and observe casting demos. Plus, attend free daily fly fishing classes. Linn County Expo Center. $10.00 general admission.


 

If you’re planning a trip to Albany this spring or have family coming in to town for Easter, check out our listings of hotels, motels, and B&Bs! Some are offering special rates for Easter. Call the Albany Visitors Association staff at 541-928-0911, or e-mail info@albanyvisitors.com, and we’ll help you plan a spring trip to Albany, Oregon.

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