Summer is (almost) upon us - yay! Portland comes alive in the warmer months with so many opportunities to play in our beautiful city. Peruse my event guide below for ideas. Hope to see you out and about at one of these fun events!
Bring the whole family to Dash to Doughnuts - a 3K fun run through the beautiful Alameda Neighborhood that includes low-impact obstacle challenges hosted by Beaumont businesses along Fremont Street. Collect delicious Pip's Original doughnuts at the finish line. Staggered start for strollers and smaller children. Tickets must be purchased in advance - $15 for adults and $10 for kids under 14.
Love riding your bike? If so, you are in luck - Pedalpalooza is an entire month of bikey fun! This is an annual festival in Portland, during which there are hundreds of volunteer-organized events open to the general public. Each year there are well over 10,000 participants in these events, which are almost entirely on bikes and free. Hop on your bike and check it out!
Bring the whole family to the Water Lantern Festival! Write down your hopes and dreams, a letter to a loved one, or a message you want to send into the world - then light the lantern and send it out into the water along with hundreds of other participants.This is a unique experience where family, friends, and strangers celebrate life together for one memorable night! Tickets start at $25 per person.
A fabulous celebration of beer in arguably the greatest beer city on earth. Featuring over 100 events at locations city-wide that range from beer dinners to pairing parties, seminars, screenings, and challenges, there is something for every beer lover out there. Portland Beer Week is an exploration of craft beer culture and all of its tangents - food pairings, beer ice cream, artwork, design, film, and science. Cheers!
Pride Northwest hosts a week-long series of events, capped off by the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade. It is one of the largest Pride celebrations on the west coast - each year, tens of thousands of LGBTQ+ and allied people come together to celebrate, be visible, and to demonstrate the strength of the community. Over 150 local, regional, and national organizations, agencies, and businesses fill Waterfront Park, while LGBTQ+ talent provide amazing entertainment throughout the weekend. Yes!
The Festival of Balloons is fun for the whole family. Grab your coffee and head over in the pre-dawn hours as approximately 20 hot air balloons launch into the morning sky, then spend the afternoon shopping at the craft and vendor booths, eating great food from local food vendors, and enjoying carnival rides and games. The Festival also includes a beer garden, live music, and a Festival of Cars. This is a fun one!
This is a major regional arts event that presents the creative endeavors of both recognized and emerging artists and includes art exhibits, food booths, music, dance, and fine art and craft. The Festival also features hands-on art activities and educational displays. Enjoy downtown Lake Oswego as you move between the Special Exhibit at the Lakewood Center (this year's theme is Origin Stories: Comics & Identity) and Art in the Park which features exhibits from more than 110 artists. Sounds like fun to me!
Check out the Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival. This event features live music, beer and wine gardens, a movie in the park, a parade, an information village, and a kids' space - a little something for everyone! GITH is celebrating their 27th anniversary - their mission is to promote the cultural aspects of the North and Northeast communities.
Ah, Portland. Keeping it weird as always - this will be the 15th annual World Naked Bike Ride held in our city. Attracting around 10,000 riders, this event highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport. It is officially a protest - against dependency on oil, for cyclist safety and in support of body positivity. Attendees are also encouraged to adopt their own causes, often using their bare backs as protest signs. It's a Portland classic!
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