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Looking for something to do in the Portland area this weekend?

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area October 22-25, 2015:
  • Wed-Fri, Oct 21-23: Caffeine Crawl Portland, the caffeinated adventure of the year and a tour of 28 of Portland’s best coffee, tea and chocolate shops!  11 tours with multiple time and transportation options mean there’s a route for everyone.
  • October 23-25, 30-31, 5-9 p.m.-The Doll Asylum, Free, All Ages 6315 N. Michigan, Portland.  Welcome to the Doll Asylum. We are a place for the old, the decrepit, the forgotten…the insane. We try to ‘fix’ those we can, and provide a place of refuge for those we can’t.  Info:
  • Thursday, October 22: The Zombies perform ODESSEY & ORACLE – The Odyssey Continued…. @ Revolution Hall
  • Thurs-Sun, October 22-25: Stumptown Stages Presents Carrie the Musical @ Brunish Theatre | Based on the Acclaimed Horror Novel by Stephen King
  • Sat, October 24: Oregon State Beavers vs. Colorado
  • Sat–Oct 24th- The 9th Annual Thrill the World Portland 2015 Dance, Downtown Portland at 3pm.
  • Fri, October 23: Strange Days: A Tribute to The Doors @ Aladdin Theater
  • Sat, Oct 24, "In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles”  Elsinore Theatre in Salem.  This is the award-winning, nationally touring retelling of the Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein.
  • October 24: Portland’s Great American Spirits Festival @ Tiffany Center | Whiskeys, Vodkas, Rums, Liqueurs, Locally Crafted Spirits
  • October 24: Oregon Garden Barn Dance and Pig Roast!  Beer, Wine, Spirits, best dressed contest.  Oregon Garden in Silverton.  6-11pm.
  • Sunday, October 25: The 13th Run Like Hell Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kid’s Half Miler.  Downtown Portland.  Thousands of participants dress in costume and take to the streets for a Halloween themed half marathon.  This year’s theme is Under the Big Top.
  • Sunday, October 25: Portland Farmers Market-Great Pumpkin Event @ King Market with Carving, face painting, etc.
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Things to do this weekend-October 9-11

  • Wed-Sun, Oct 7-11-Fashion NXT.  Portland Fashion week….part 2. 
  • Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11-Portland Tattoo Expo: Check out the latest designs along with contests, live music, custom cars and motorcycles…and tattoos!
  • Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11-Comedian Harland Williams at Helium Comedy Club.
  • Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11-The Pacific Northwest Junk Bonanza at the Clark County Event Center.  For serious vintage hunters!
  • Sat, Oct 10-Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert at the Aladdin Theater featuring Storm Large, and a tribute to the Kingsmen! 
  • Sat, Oct 10-Urban Beer Hunt-Teams compete in one of the craziest urban races ever. Following text message clues, players will be covering some 3-5 miles on foot. Each team will solve clues, complete fun beer challenges, and race to hunt down the mystery location of the Urban Beer Hunt Trophy. Sat, Oct 10: Portland Celtic Festival  @ Magness Tree Farm in Sherwood  Costumes, Music, Dancing, Food, Family Fun, Kilt & Corset Competition & More! 
  • Sat, Oct 10, 9am-4pm: Onion Festival in Sherwood: The Great Onion Festival features food vendors, sautéing onions for all kinds of delicious dishes.  The onion eating contest challenges the brave to eat as many raw onions as they can stand.
  • Sat, Oct 10-OSU Beavers vs. Arizona at Tucson, 1pm.
  • Sat, Oct 10-U of O Ducks vs. Washington State at Autzen Stadium in Eugene at 3pm.
  • Sat & Sun, Oct 10-11-NW Ciderfest at Pioneer Courthouse Square: More than 30 cideries will gather for the Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser.  All-ages event, with ID needed to actually taste the hard cider.
  • Sat & Sun Oct 10-11-Here and There Travel Fest, Oregon Convention Center.
  • Sat & Sun Oct 10-11-Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival. Rain is in the forecast,  but so is strong wind – up to 19 mph. Throw on a parka and head to the beach to watch kite battles and acrobatic kite performances.
  • Sun Oct 11-David Nelson Band and Moonalice at the Aladdin Theater.
  • Mon, Oct 12-Columbus Day.
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Pumpkin Patches and Haunts for 2015!

'Tis the season to be haunted and carve a gourd!  So here's a handy list of places to go to enjoy the October fun in our area!  
The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island Established in 1967, they grow over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables throughout the year on 800 acres of farmland, they believe in sustainable farming, and they put on a an amazing harvest festival each pumpkin season, complete with their famous big red animal barn.
Festival features: A cottage gift shop and a Cafe with daily hot buttered corn, hot drinks, and pulled pork sandwiches on the weekends. Free activities include a visit to the animal barn, hay maze, hay pyramid and hay rides to the pumpkin fields.  Other activities include cow train rides and a six-acre corn maze.
Patch hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Bella Organic:  A 100-acre, certified-organic farm that is 100% run on solar energy. They are also known for their corn maze – Rip city themed this year, with about three miles of pathways that will take you at least an hour to get through. For this one, you are welcome to take your leashed dog with you. 
Festival features: Bella’s hay maze, along with duck races, animal viewing and hay rides to the patch are available daily. Weekends bring out the cow train, grain train and opens the gates to the petting zoo. Hay rides to the patch are free, everything else has an additional cost. Activity bracelets are available.
Patch hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. The farm is open until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. every weekend in October, 16205 N.W. Gillihan Rd.
Bushue’s Family Farm:  A small family farm specializing in u-cut flowers, a produce market and plenty of plump pumpkins in the fall. One of the unique features on their farm is the chance to make dirt babies, (think homemade chia pets), which are adorable critters that help kids learn how plants grow.
Festival features: Tractor driven hay rides, pig train rides, farm animals to visit, a playground and Bushue’s own adventure park- tunnels and slides and hay bales to climb make your fall day complete. Separate cost per activity.
Patch Hours: Tues. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  9880 SE Revenue Rd, Boring
Bauman’s Farm Gervais A family farm built on fostering as much family fun as they can. There’s lots of activities and fun, a farm market, country store, coffee shop and display gardens….you might just forget you came out to pick a pumpkin.
Festival features: Pick up an activity wristband upon arrival, as it includes so many of their activities that the cost is well worth it– animal barn where you can feed the animals, apple tasting, barnyard bridge, bug train, corn tunnels, corn maze, dark maze, frontier front, giant slide, gopher hole, hay ride, jumping pillow, kids maze, kids zone, little tyke zone, nut house, obstacle course, playground, mystical maze, pedal carts, pumpkin hill, swingline, hoppy horses, slide tower, sock hop and tire pyramid.  On top of all that, they have an apple cannon!  Some activities not available on weekdays.
Patch hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm. 12989 Howell Prairie Rd.
Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest, Woodburn:  They have all the awesome attractions available at their Tulip festival, but pumpkin-ized for fall. With beautiful views of Mt. Hood on clear fall days, the full-scale farm experience and a harvest party bubbling over with fun, it’s worth making the scenic drive to this patch.
Festival features: One thing to set Wooden Shoe apart is a series of educational tents to help children explore crops and farming– featuring information and activities on tulips, a roping station, canning green beans, growing grass seed, a corn kernel box to play in, trying your hand at grinding wheat, and joining the hunt for the golden hazelnuts.  And if these weren’t enough, they have duck races, tube slides, pedal trikes, hay pile with tunnel and slide, spider web for climbing, a cow train ride that goes through a corn maze, horse swings, a scavenger hunt with chickens, a 9-acre walking corn maze, pumpkin cannon, hay tractor ride, paintball gallery, archery practice range.  Admission is $7 for 3 & up, discounted to $4 Mon. – Thurs. with limited activities.  Patch Hours: 10;a.m. – 6p.m. daily, 33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn
Baggenstos Farm, Sherwood: They grow over 150 acres of speciality potatoes, as well as many other fresh fruits and vegetables often featured in their farm store.
Festival features: Hay rides to the pumpkin patch, hay maze, farm animals, play structure, tractor, hay “house”, tractor tires, fall sign photo ops and the long black tube are all free attractions. On the weekends they feature hand cut french fries, German sausages, kettle corn, pumpkin bowling and duck races. But even the classic pumpkin patch trip wouldn’t be complete without a corn maze! Their 5 acre maze takes about 45 minutes to complete, and costs $5-$7/person. Kids under 5 are free with an adult.
Patch hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
15801 S.W. Roy Rogers Rd. Sherwood
Lee Farms, Tualatin:  Established in 1869, they have fresh produce and family fun all year long, featuring 4 different festivals.  Looking for an extra treat to go with your pumpkin hunting?  They have fresh homemade apple cider and pumpkin donuts for sale right in their country store that won’t disappoint. 
Festival features: Activities include hay rides, barrel wagon rides, a slide, hay mazes, farm animals to visit, and a giant bouncy pillow.  On weekends they also have a 5 acre corn maze, pony rides, and pedal carts. There is a ticket price for each activity, and wristbands are available.
Patch hours: Weekdays noon to 6pm,  weekends 10am-6pm, 21975 SW 65th Ave.  Tualatin
 Heiser Farms, Dayton:  The Heiser family grew their first pumpkins in 1994, and expanded their farm with a grand re-opening in 2010.  Now they have a fully restored barn, the perfect centerpiece for social gatherings and watching families find their ideal pumpkins during harvest time.
Festival features: Free activities include hayrides, a petting zoo, pedal tractors, a hay pyramid, slide, and pumpkin cannon viewing. Corn maze and hay maze are available all week, and the weekend-only activities at an extra cost include a giant inflated pumpkin (for 6 & under),  a ride on Ferdinand the Fire Engine, pony rides, and a ride on a miniature train.  Packages available.
Patch hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  21425 SE Grand Island Loop, Dayton
Lakeview Farms, North Plains:  Lakeview farms is known for its train rides and boat rides to the pumpkin fields, adding a fun and exciting twist for any pumpkin hunter, big or small. Whether hopping aboard the Halloween train or the stern wheelers, your trip to the patch will be festive and filled with Halloween fun.
Festival features: If you still have the time and energy, you can attempt their seven mile corn maze, visit the animals, peruse the gift shop, grab a cup of hot cider or coffee. And on the weekends, you can also get your face painted, take a caterpillar ride, a pony ride or visit the snack shack.
Patch Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
32055 N.W. North Ave., North Plains
Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Old Cornelius Pass Road: Located on 65 acres with beautiful views, they have been popping up 24 varieties of the plumpest pumpkins since 1998.  All fields are close enough for walking at this patch, so the hay ride is dedicated to taking you up the rolling hills for a farm view not to be missed.
Festival features: Hay slides, tube slides, a grain jump bin, a wide variety of farm animals to view, play structure area with tires to climb on, large picnic area, and a farm store.  Weekends bring the extra fun of pumpkin bowling, pumpkin croquet, pony rides, cow train, face painting, food and drink from the farm kitchen, and the notorious pumpkin flinging machines.  All activities require an activity pass or tokens to access, and extra tokens are required for canon use and pony rides.
Patch hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily, 114345 N.W. Old Cornelius Pass Rd.
Roloff Farms, Hillsboro:   After purchasing their 34 acre farm in 1990, the Roloff family set out on quite an adventure, finding themselves on TLC’s Little People Big World, with a popular pumpkin patch, and raising a family all the while. You can try their Roloff Pumpkin Salsa, and maybe have a Roloff family member autograph the jar.
Festival features: A wide variety of pumpkins in the field– even blue and pink ones, a gift barn, wagon tours, pony rides, face painting, adventure area, hay pyramid, kiddie train, spooky forest trail loop, tarantula track, corn-stalk maze, giant sling shots, obstacle course, exotic animals, petting zoo, tepee play area, putt-putt golf and a pumpkin fun area.
Patch hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri.-Sun., 23985 N.W. Grossen Dr., Hillsboro
Pomeroy Farm, Yacholt WA:  A farm purchased by the Pomeroy family in 1910 has evolved over the years into the sweet pumpkin patch experience they offer up today, filled with stunning photo opportunities. An experience unique to this farm is Pumpkin Lane, featuring a one-mile hayride with more than 100 handmade pumpkin people stationed all along the route.
Festival features: In addition to Pumpkin Lane, you can choose a pumpkin, visit the animals, complete the hay maze, try the pumpkin flume and take a tour of the log house.  The farm cafe has pumpkin pie, hot chocolate and other goodies. If you pop up the weekend of October 17th-18th, you can view the encampments of their Civil War reenactment, which is included with your paid Pumpkin Lane admission.
Patch hours: Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Rd.  Yacolt, WA

The Nightmare Factory in Salem open 10/2/15. Inside the Nightmare Factory you'll find two terrifying new haunted attractions this year!
The House of Shadows in GRESHAM, open 10/2/15, Located -Enter Oregon's only "FULL CONTACT HAUNTED HOUSE". The fear sets in as soon as you drive in and has you screaming for your life by the time you leave. From crazy hillbillies to chainsaw killers, The House Of Shadows is the scariest haunted house for your bloody buck!
Fright Town
Saturday, October 3 at 7pm through October 31st.  Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Oregon’s largest haunted attraction has been making spines shiver for the last 11 years. Set inside the, visitors can punch their tickets for any or all of three cavernous haunted houses: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Madness, Baron von Goolo’s Museum of Horrors, and the Witch House, which invites guests to investigate the evildoings of a deranged cult.
Northwest's Largest Indoor Halloween Event, with something for everyone. Introducing FOUR ALL NEW Attractions, including our NEW Interactive LaserTag Walkthrough Adventure! Parking is FREE!  There are no cheap tricks and dirty scare tactics here. This is live cinema, complete with Hollywood-grade set and costume design.
Fear Asylum-Milwaukie Elks Club: Fridays & Saturdays 7p-11p Oct 2nd-Oct 31st
Voted as one of the best and longest haunts in Portland. This year promises to be a bigger and better night... of fun... filled... terror.... Not recommended for children under 12 years old.  Plus: Children’s Haunt & Fun House, Face Painting, Fortune Reading
Picture Keepsake Area, Midway style games, Elk's Corner story telling, Carnival Food
Killer Pumpkin Festival Saturday, October 17, 11am to Midnight-
Green Dragon Bistro and Brew Pub, 928 S.E. Ninth Ave., Portland.
Howloween at the Oregon Zoo- Saturday, October 31, 9am to 3pm 
Oregon Zoo Lions, tigers and bears — and ghosts — oh my! Costumed kiddos scamper for treats and prizes at this educational and highly entertaining Oregon Zoo tradition. Scavenger hunts and other activities engage trick-or-treating tots with lessons about wildlife, natural habitats and creature adaptations in a safe (if sugared-up) environment.

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Things to do August 28-30

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area (and beyond):
  • Thurs, Aug 27-Sun Aug 30- WinCo Foods Portland Open, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course.
  • Thursday, August 27th-First day of school for the Portland Public School District. Other districts start at different times.  Vancouver Schools go back on September 2nd.
  • Fri August 28-Mon Sept 7-The 150th Oregon State Fair!
  • Fri-Sat, Aug 28-29-Hood to Coast Run, from Timberline Lodge to the Broadway Turnaround in Seaside.  1050 teams of 12, 197 miles long.
  • Sat Aug 29, Naked Goddess Swim, 9pm: The Willamette River in Downtown Portland….really! 
  • Sat Aug 29, Viva Tequila PDX-Jupiter Hotel.
  • Sunday, August 30th- Preserve the Lehrer, A Benefit Event!  5PM - 8PM.  Featuring The Strange Tones, The Knuckleheads, Lloyd Jones, Ken DeRouchie Band, LaRhonda Steele, Arietta Ward, Lisa Mann, Karen Lovely and some possible surprises.
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Things to do in Portland August 15-16

Here's some more fun Summer things to do this weekend.  I know that the weather will be a bit cooler, but for some people that's a good thing, right?  Hey, I'm thankful for the free water after seeing last month's bill!  Have a great weekend!
  • Now through Sunday Aug 16th- The 146th Annual Clark County Fair in Ridgefield, WA
  • Tues, August 11-Sat August 16- Portland Burger Week! $5 burgers from some of Portland's finest restaurants. 
  • Thur-Sun, Aug 13-16-North American Organic Brewers Festival, Overlook Park(rescheduled from the original June Date).
  • Sat Aug 15- Sun Aug 16-Multnomah Days-The Southwest neighborhood’s annual summer festival includes a parade, music and family fun!
  • Sat, August 15: Corgi Walk in the Pearl, 400 Corgis, Costumes, Benefit for Oregon Humane Society & Corgi Rescue.
  • Sat, August 15-Squirrel Fest in Longview-Featuring the music of WAR, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, and Unchained (Van Halen tribute). Event starts at 11am and music starts at 5.  Longview Civic Circle
  • Sat August 15- The First Annual Scrub Run benefiting Doernbecher Children's Hospital, St. Josef's Winery in Canby.
  • Sat, August 15- 10 to 4pm  PDX Adult Soapbox Derby,  Mt Tabor Park, SE 60th Ave & SE Salmon St, Portland, OR
  • Sat, August 15: Float-A-Palooza @ Barton County Park | Park N Float Shuttle, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Sat, Aug 15, 8pm to 2am- The Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Hawthorne Theater.   Portland’s Largest Underground Art Show featuring over 75 emerging artists, Free pancake bar, live body painting, live audio performances.  21  AND OVER.
  • Sun, August 16: Hawthorne Street Fair in SE Portland | Beer Garden, Longest Running Street Fair in PDX, Live Music & More!
  • Sun August 16, Portland India Festival, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Free | All Ages Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Dance, music, food.
  • Now through September 7th-The Science of Ripley’s Believe it or Not at OMSI.
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Things to do in Portland July 10-12, 2015

  • Friday-Sunday July 10-12-Oregon Country Fair-Veneta (outside of Eugene).
  • Fri-Sun, July 10-12-Lavender Farm Tour-Free.  All local Lavender farms in the area.
  • Fri-Sun, July 10-12-Tiki Con-Red Lion at the Quay.  Wear your Hawaiian shirt and enjoy drinks with umbrellas as well as tiki art and fashion.
  • Sat, July 11-World Record Skinny Dip-Oregon Nude Resorts (see locations on our Facebook page).
  • Sat, July 11-Mississippi Avenue Street Fair.
  • Sat-Sun, July 11-12- Sandy Mountain Festival, Meinig Park, Carnival, Booths, Food
  • Sat-Sun, July 11-12: America’s Largest Antiques and Collectibles Summer 2015 Show @ Portland Expo | 1,400 Booths, Vintage Treasures & More!
  • Sat, July 11, Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge at Lee Farms, Tualatin
  • Sat, July 11: Relay for Life Lake Oswego | Millennium Park Plaza
  • Sun, July 12: Bridge Swim-Willamette River, 8:30am-11am.  The contestants will go for a 10.7-mile swim underneath all 12 of Portland's bridges.  It’s too late to sign up yourself, but you can cheer on the participants!
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Fireworks, festivals and more for the 4th of July celebration!

  • Wed-Sat, July 1-4-St. Paul Rodeo.
  • Thur-Sun, July 2-5-Waterfront Blues Festival, Waterfront Park.
  • Friday, July 3, from 2 to 9p.m.-WEED THE PEOPLE, Metal Craft Fabrication
  • Fri & Sat, July 3-4- Estacada Timber Festival-Competitions, beer, Fireworks
  • Fri-Sun, July 3-5-Portland Craft Beer Festival, Pearl District Fields Neighborhood Park.  Featuring 45 breweries, food, cider, wine, cheese, etc.
  • 4th of July-Portland / Oregon / Vancouver July 4th Fireworks Celebrations:
    • Camas: Independence Day Celebration | BBQ, Fireworks, Potluck
    • Corbett: Corbett Fun Fest – A Hometown 4th | Music, Fireworks
    • Corvallis: Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival in Downtown Corvallis
    • Florence: Fireworks Over Siuslaw River, Food & Drink Specials
    • Estacada: Estacada Timber Festival | Concert w/ Grammy Nominated Calico, Brass Tacks, Fireworks @ 10pm, Competitions, Beer Garden & More
    • Lake Oswego: Millennium Concert Band @ Millennium Plaza Park
    • Ridgefield, Washington: Independence Day 2015 | Fireworks, 5,000 People, Parades, Fun Runs, Salmon BBQ & More
    • Fort Vancouver: Fireworks, Canons, Parade, Games, Music
    • Waterfront Fireworks: Portland Fireworks Show @ Waterfront Blues Festival | Largest Display in Oregon, 22 Minutes, 11,800 Shots
    • Oaks Park Fireworks-display begins around 9:55.
    • PGE Park - Portland Beavers play the Colorado Springs with fireworks after the game
    • Old Fashioned Fourth in Stevenson, Wash. - Fireworks begin about 10 p.m.
    • General Canby Days-Fireworks start at 10.
    • Old Fashioned Fourth in Tigard. - Fireworks begin at dusk.
    • Molalla Buckeroo-Fireworks follow the rodeo.
    • Happy Valley Family Festival-Fireworks begin at dusk.
    • Longview Go Fourth Festival-Fireworks at 10.
    • Washougal Centennial Celebration-Fireworks at 10.
    • Blue Lake Park in Fairview
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Things to do on this HOT weekend in P-Town!

  • Now-June 27-Pedalpalooza!  3 weeks of bicycling activities in Portland.
  • Fri-Sun, June 26-28, The 52nd Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Music Stage- George Rogers Park, Pavilion Tent stage- Lakewood Center for the Arts.  10 AM - 9 PM Friday & Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM Sunday.  Suggested donation, $5. Musicians include: John Bunzow, Jon Koonce, Ty Curtis, Andy Stokes, Eddie Martinez, Nu Shooz, Mel Brown, Michael Allen Harrison.
  • Fri-Sun, June 26-28, Portland International Beer Fest, Holladay Park, N.E. 11th Ave. & Holladay St., noon-10pm. PIB is a high-end three-day beer festival specializing in rare, hard-to-find and exotic beers. Enjoy samples from over 200 world-class beers from 16 countries, music, food, etc.
  • Fri-Sun, June 26-28-Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Cook Park
  • Fri-Sun, June 26-Oregon Motorcycle Expo-Oaks Park-Free!! Friday starts at 6pm, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-7pm, motorcycles, a stunt show, a tattoo fair, live music, food, a beer garden and vendors to enjoy
  • Sat, June 27-World Naked Bike Ride- this year's nude ride will begin at Colonel Summers Park off S.E. Belmont Ave. and S.E. 20th.
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Things to do in Portland June 12-14, 2005

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area (and beyond):
  • Now-June 27-Pedalpalooza!  3 weeks of bicycling activities in Portland.
  • Thurs-Sat, June 11-13-Fifth Annual Molalla Brew Fest, Corner of Ross and Molalla.
  • Fri, June 12-Portland Thunder vs. Arizona Rattlers at the Moda Center.
  • Fri-Sun, June 12-14- The 5th Fruit Beer Fest. There will be interesting beer poured all three days, but look out for the rare kegs that will be tapped sporadically over the weekend. Burnside Brewing; $20 for 12 tickets and tasting glass
  • Sat-Sun, June 13 & 14-Portland Pride Festival & Parade, Parade is on the 14th at 11am, kickoff on W. Burnside @ NW Park.
  • Sat, June 13-Bourbon & Bacon Fest-OMSI (Sold Out!)
  • Sat, June 13- Scandinavian Midsummer Festival: The Nordic people of Portland are gathering this weekend for the traditional Midsummer Festival, a Scandinavian solstice event with singing, dancing, live music and plenty of obscure Scandinavian fair food. If you miss it, catch Midsummer in Astoria next week. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. @ Oaks Park; $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $15 for family of four
  • Sat, June 13- Berries, Brews & BBQ’s-French Prairie Gardens in St. Paul.
  • Sat, June 13-The Dalles 5th Annual Beer Fest
  • Sat, June 13-Helvetia Half Marathon
  • Sun, June 14-Tell Mama: A Tribute to Etta James-with Duffy Bishop, Lisa Mann, LaRhonda Steele, Lady Kat, Rae Gordon, DK Stewart, Chris Carlson-Alberta Rose Theater.
  • Sun, June 14- Mt Hood “Tour de Hood” multiple course bike trek.
  • Sun, June 14- ZooBomb Century, an "annual death ride" that will dedicate an entire day to speeding downhill on a tiny bike. 10 a.m. @ Washington City Park; free
  • Sun June 14- Portland Buddhist Festival, opens with 108 bells and meditation, running through speakers, ceremonies and a big panel discussion, all under the banner of "peace in oneself, peace in the world." 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. @ Colonel Summers Park; free
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It's Good to be back HOME!

I love vacations.  No doubt about it.  I love going to places I've never seen before, and places that I return to again and again, because I just like them a lot.  This time it was the California desert which I find hauntingly beautiful.  Not in a Grimm sort of Portland way, but in the "coyote calls, and the howling winds wail" kind of thing (thank you to Thin Lizzy for The Cowboy Song).  But I'm home now and will be for the duration of the summer and fall.  So, maybe you're sticking around the Portland area too, and need a handy list of things to do.  Well, here you go.  Happy planning.  I'll update the list from time to time so check here, and I'll post it when Dave Scott reminds me to.  ~Iris
Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area (and beyond):
  • Wed June 3, Fleet Week begins.
  • Wed June 3, 1pm-Junior Rose Parade, NE Sandy & 52nd
  • Thurs June 4-Pedalpalooza Kick off!  3 weeks of bicycling activities in Portland.
  • Thurs-Sun June 4-7-The Truffle Shuffle Turns 30: Anniversary celebration for The Goonies-Astoria.  Tours, Costumed Screenings, Scavenger Hunt
  • Sat June 6-Dragon Boat Races-8am
  • Saturday June 6-Grand Floral Parade
  • Sat, June 6-Seaside Oregon’s Treasure the Beach Cleanup, 9-11:30am
  • Sunday June 7- Milk Carton Boat Races
  • Sat-Sun, June 13 & 14-Portland Pride Festival & Parade, Parade is on the 14th at 11am, kickoff on W. Burnside @ NW Park.
  • Sat, June 13-Bourbon & Bacon Fest-OMSI
  • Sat, June 13- Berries, Brews & BBQ’s-French Prairie Gardens in St. Paul.
  • Sat, June 13-The Dalles 5th Annual Beer Fest
  • Sun, June 14-Tell Mama: A Tribute to Etta James-with Duffy Bishop, Lisa Mann, LaRhonda Steele, Lady Kat, Rae Gordon, DK Stewart, Chris Carlson-Alberta Rose Theater.
  • Sun, June 14- Mt Hood “Tour de Hood” multiple course bike trek.
  • Fri & Sat, June 19-20-Cider Summit- Cider tastings in the Pearl Dist.
  • Fri-Sun, June 19-21- Oregon Garden Brewfest-Silverton
  • Thur-Sun, June 25-28-North American Organic Brewers Festival, Overlook Park
  • Fri-Sun, June 26-28-Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Cook Park
  • Sat, June 27-World Naked Bike Ride- Time and place TBD
  • Wed-Sat, July 1-4-St. Paul Rodeo.
  • Thur-Sun, July 2-5-Waterfront Blues Festival, Waterfront Park.
  • Sat, July 11-Mississippi Avenue Street Fair.
  • Sat, July 11, Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge at Lee Farms, Tualatin
  • Fri-Sun, July 17-19-Intel Oregon International Air Show, Hillsboro Airport
  • Fri & Sat, July 17-18-Sherwood Robin Hood Festival, Downtown Sherwood.
  • Sun July 19-Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance, antique and specialty cars.
  • Sun July 26-The Big Float on the Willamette.
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