PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
JUNE 8-10, 2018
FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS
Through June 12 – One of Portland’s most renowned festivals in Portland’s Living Room. Comprised of nearly 20,000 flowers, ornamental grass and Douglas fir seedlings, will bring elements of the Columbia River Gorge into the city and encourage visitors to become immersed in the landscape.
GRAND FLORAL PARADE
SAT – A 4-mile route emphasizing visual and auditory entertainment on a grand scale, this parade features 15 full-size all-floral floats,12 all-floral mini-floats,16 marching bands,18 equestrian units and many other special entries.
DRAGON BOAT RACE
SAT-SUN – Featuring exciting four-team heats held every nine minutes. More than 80 different teams – local, national and international – compete in boats graciously provided through the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association.
FRI-SUN – Fun for the whole family with carnival rides, live music, scavenger hunts, kid activities and so much more!
SPRING ROSE SHOW
THURS-FRI – The largest and longest-running rose show in the nation. The exquisite beauty and fragrances of this yearly show emanate from more than 4,000 blooms.
PORTLAND BEER WEEK
Through June 17 – An 11-day celebration of beer in the world’s greatest beer city. Check out the schedule to see the list of events and locations.
PORTLAND FRUIT BEER FESTIVAL
FRI-SUN – An all-ages friendly event with a wide representation of more than fifty fruit beers and ciders, plus non alcoholic drinks and incredible food vendors, killer DJ’s and other activities.
SCANDINAVIAN MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL
SAT – A fun, family friendly, and important day with centuries-old traditions. Two stages of entertainment with live music and dancing, crafts, vendors, beer garden and much more.
TAPAS & TEQUILA
THURS-FRI – Nosh your way through some of the best tequila and small plates the Pacific Northwest has to offer. You’ll get sips of tequila from distilleries and delicious appetizers both spicy and sweet!
OREGON RENAISSANCE FAIRE
SAT-SUN & June 16-17 – An imaginative and interactive adventure modeled after elements from the Renaissance era. Patrons can experience village folk celebrating a visit from their Queen and her royal court with the sights, sounds, smells, era-appropriate music, demonstrations, a variety of entertainers, and the arts, crafts, wares, and lifestyles of the Renaissance era in Scotland.
SAT – Something for everyone! 500+ classic and custom cars, live music, dancing, kids zone and much more.
INGMAR BERGMAN: A CENTENARY CELEBRATION
Through July 22 – See 17 dramatic films by Sweden’s most famous director, including new digital restorations.
FORCES OF NATURE: HISTORIC PORTLAND FLOODS, FIRES, ICE & SNOW
Through July 8 – Portland is known for its mild climate and beautiful natural surroundings, but the city has felt nature’s fury during its 170 year history. From a downtown submerged in water, to a waterfront in flames, to a city immobilized by ice and snow, explore how Portland residents have survived and recovered from natural disasters.
80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK
Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!
PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY
EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.
FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!
DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.
URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH – Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.
ALL MONTH – Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.
GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.
HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.
GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.
PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.
VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS
CRAFT BEER & WINE FEST
FRI-SUN – Come relax in a fun atmosphere while sipping on your new favorite beverage! Signature craft cocktails, wine, beer, whiskey, and live music too.
NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY
SAT – Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities to help get you and your family outdoors at the Water Resource Education Center.
SPIRIT TALES OF THE VANCOUVER BARRACKS
Through October 27 – Service members, their families, and many others walked its grounds, leaving behind many memories. Memories of loneliness, fear and tragedy, all part of the darker aspects of military life. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will be interested in these stories of the Vancouver Barracks’ past residents.
VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
Through October 28 – Home to over 250 vendors with fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden.
OPEN SATURDAY AT PEARSON AIRBASE
SAT – Free educational experience, Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages.
NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
· Oceans 8
· Hotel Artemis
· 2036 Origin Unknown
· Won’t You Be My Neighbor
· The Valley
· Bernard and Huey
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