Arts, Heritage & Culture

Whether you are interested in Native American history and traditions, enthralled with Lewis and Clark’s epic journey along the Columbia River, or fascinated by the diverse landscape that has inspired artists and writers alike, Hood River County offers a rich arts and culture community that’s continually evolving.

Go see a play. Experience music.

Attend a theatre production, lecture or film, or gallery show at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Enjoy the sounds of the Gorge at one of the many events produced by the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association.

Go on the BIG ART Walking Tour.

Big Art is a rotating collection of impressive sculptures on loan from (and for sale by) regional artists. The art walk takes you through town to popular parks and businesses.

Go to a museum.

Visit one of the area’s numerous museums and exhibits highlighting the region’s natural and cultural history as well as talented artists. To get a taste of Hood River’s past, stop by the History Museum of Hood River County along the Hood River waterfront or the historic Hutson Museum in Parkdale. For world-class interpretive exhibits about the Columbia Gorge, don’t miss the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. For fine art and amazing views of the Gorge, travel to Maryhill Museum of Art.

Go back in time.

Attend a fly-in at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) – one of the largest collections of still-flying antique airplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country.

Check out the library.

Visit the Hood River County Library and Georgiana Smith Park. This Carnegie library completed in 1914 hosts author readings, kids’ story time, live music and other special events.