PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
MAY 11-13, 2018
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH CRUISE
SUN – Give your Mom a much-needed reprieve from the chore of cooking at home to instead spend quality time with her family and friends aboard the Portland Spirit or Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH AT THE ZOO
SUN – Treat mom to a special brunch at the Oregon Zoo this year, and celebrate with a sweet and savory spread of brunch favorites.
RUN MAMA RUN!
SAT – A fun Mother’s Day weekend run/walk through Mt Tabor Park. 10k, 5k or kid’s run. Post race activities include grilled cheese bits from Franz Bakery, Oblique Coffee, beer & vendor garden, baby boot camp & more.
REIGNING ROSES WALK
SUN – Featuring a wonderful reception with mimosas, pastries and entertainment. Together, with Rose Haven guests, participants will stroll a 5k course through the streets of NW Portland, enjoying stops along the way at local NW shops. Participants are encouraged to walk with, or in honor of, a special woman in their life on Mother’s Day.
ST. JOHNS BIZARRE & PARADE
SAT – The entire six block area of the business district in the St. Johns is closed to traffic, and filled with over 90 juried craft vendors, several stages for music, great food, and tons of games and activities. It’s an amazing community event with something for everyone.
SAT – 1.5 or 2.5 mile walk/run with a pet festival, vendors and contests. Celebrating you, the animals you love and everything that makes Puptown a haven for pet lovers. Funds raised by Dashers are used to fight animal cruelty, heal injured pets, and find homes for pets.
RUN FOR BEER
SAT – All participants receive one local beer, seasonal merchandise or collector’s glassware, as well as the opportunity to partake in brewery tours, product demos, special giveaways, live music and more.
SABROSO CRAFT BEER, TACO & MUSIC FESTIVAL
SAT – A day filled with craft beer, tasty gourmet tacos, Lucha Libre style wrestling and live music!
GEEK CRAFT EXPO
SAT – If you’re looking for “that” special thing to complement your geeky lifestyle, there is simply no better place to shop! Everything for sale at GeekCraft Expo is incredibly unique, limited in quantity.
FRI-SAT – Over 300 quilts on display, vendors, silent auction, quilts for sale, build-a-block, quilts of valor, treasure hunt for kids & more.
THE SENSATIONAL SIXTIES
Through May 20 – Featuring songs from Broadway’s biggest hits of the 1960s… there’s a little something for everyone.
Through SUN – Tony award winning musical masterpiece Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to sainthood.
Through SUN – Powerhouse American baritone Stephen Powell returns to Portland Opera as Rigoletto—the court jester who amuses a philandering and immoral Duke.
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
MOTHER’S DAY DINNER & WINE TRAIN
SAT – Join Moulton falls Winery and the historic Chelatchie Prairie Railroad for an evening of fun and adventure. Start out with appetizers and tastings then load up on the Chelatchie Prairie Train from the Moulton Falls crossing and enjoy an hour train ride along the beautiful Lewis river.
MOTHER’S DAY TEA
SAT – The perfect way to treat the important women in your life! A delicious menu featuring three types of sandwiches, assorted desserts, scones, and of course, tea!
MOTHER’S DAY TRAIN RIDE
SAT-SUN – Celebrate Mom with a train ride for the whole family. All women receive a rose to celebrate the day. The excursion runs to the Heisson area, through the tunnel, across the East Fork of the Lewis River with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls.
CAMAS PLANT & GARDEN FAIR
SAT – Enjoy and explore the amazing selection of plants, trees, garden art and supplies, and much more provided by dedicated local growers and vendors. Kids’ activities, live music, fresh food, and the shops and restaurants of Downtown Camas all add to the community experience.
THE SEUSSIFICATION OF ROMEO & JULIET
FRI-SAT – Shakespeare meets Seuss! A whimsical reinvention of Shakespeare’s tragic love story (in this case not so tragic!) complete with Dr. Seuss’s iconic rhyming tetrameter, creative wordplay, and fantastical machines. This fast-paced retelling is fun for all ages.
KIDS FISHING FESTIVAL
SAT – Join Columbia Springs for a day of fishy fun! Kids 5-14 will be able to fish from a stocked pond and gets to take home anything they catch, along with a free fishing pole & tackle. BBQ lunch available, kids activities and more!
LILAC DAYS AT HULDA KLAGER GARDENS
Through May 13 – Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.
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
· Breaking In
· Life of the Party
· Higher Power
· The Assassin’s Code
· Troy: The Resurrection of Aeneas
· The Seagull
· Another Kind of Wedding
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