Visit Hood River Announces September First Friday

August 20, 2022
Katie Kadlub, Visit Hood River, 208-867-0498, katie@visithoodriver.com


(HOOD RIVER, Ore.) – Visit Hood River (VHR) announces September’s First Friday event. The third and final of the summer First Friday Series will return on September 2nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m., to downtown Hood River. Oak Street from 6th to 1st Streets will be closed for vehicle traffic beginning at 4:30 p.m. The September First Friday theme is “ Back To School” and includes the opportunity to meet many different aspects of the Hood River County School District, including Teachers, Students, Transportation DEPT., and the HRVHS Robotics Team. There will over 30 vendors, with “Back to School” in mind, including Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River County Prevention Coalition, Hood River Library, plus many more. Smokey Bear and the US Forest Service are scheduled to be on hand for fire prevention education. There will also be live music performed by a local favorite, Alonzo Garbanzo, and the Marimba Band, Jamba Marimba. Some downtown businesses are extending their hours to stay open later than usual, offering an enhanced shopping and dining experience.

Local businesses located off Oak Street and downtown are encouraged to stay open and share their products with the public with a “Back To School” theme. It is free to be a vendor and participants are asked to pre-register by filling out the First Friday Vendor Sign Up Form.

“Our first two Events in this series were a huge success, truly bringing our community together,” says Katie Kadlub, CEO of Visit Hood River. “We appreciate all the vendors, musicians and businesses that have brought back this celebration of Hood River. In September, we hope to encourage the community to gather again to help send our children back to school with enthusiasm, safety, and great expectations of new school year. We invite and encourage the residents and visitors alike to enjoy a delightful evening browsing our downtown area and meeting the merchants, and supporting our schools.”

For more information on Visit Hood River and Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, visit www.visithoodriver.com.

About the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce dba Visit Hood River:

The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce dba Visit Hood River is a nonprofit business association serving our tourism and business Stakeholders. Located at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the magnificent Cascade Range and just an hour from Portland, Hood River is truly “Mother Nature’s Favorite,” offering outdoor recreation, dramatic vistas, historic landmarks, bountiful fruit, and fantastic food, wine, beer, and cider. With accommodations ranging from luxury hotels to historic B&Bs, Hood River is a four-season destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts, weddings, corporate events, and more. It was named the West’s best “Nature Lover’s Destination” in the 2021 Sunset Travel Awards, a “Top 10 Best Small Town Beer Scene” in the 2021 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, a Top 10 Wine Destination for 2017 by Wine Enthusiast, and 2015 “Best Adventure Town” in the West by Sunset magazine. Visit Hood River supports economic development, community development, and destination marketing for Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Odell, Parkdale, Pine Grove, and Mt. Hood. For more information, call 800-366-3530 or visit www.visithoodriver.com.



Contact katie@visithoodriver.com

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