Your Guide to Summer Festivals in Portland

Here are 3 ways Portland is ready to make all of your summer dreams come true.

 

Soar Over the City in June

If you’ve ever wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, then you’ll have your chance at the Festival of Balloons happening June 23-25 at Cook Park in Tigard. There will be plenty of fun though if heights aren’t really your thing. A craft show, carnival, vendors, food trucks, and even a beer garden will help keep you busy.

 

All the Beer You Ever Wanted in July

The Portland Craft Beer Festival is July 1-2 at Fields Neighborhood Park. There will be beer from over 50 Portland breweries along with wine, cider, and more! Oh, and there will be cheese. Get tickets.

 

Get a Little Saucy in August

If you like it hot (your food, that is), then you’ll love the Portland Hot Sauce Expo that’s taking place from August 5-6 at the OMSI parking lot. There will be hot and spicy food vendors, craft beers, eating contests, and more. But trust us. You’ll really want to come for the Chihuahua beauty contest that will take place at 1 pm on Saturday. Get tickets.

 

Exciting Father’s Day Activities in Portland

Wondering how to spend Father’s Day this year? Here are a few ideas!

 

Wine Weekend

Some fathers just really love their wine. If your dad is one of these people, it’s probably a good idea to take part in Wine Weekend. Wine Weekend is an exciting two-day event where over 20 different wineries participate in a celebration of all things wine. From tastings to tours, this is a really great way to spend Father’s Day weekend. There will also be live music, delicious food, and a chance to spend some quality time with Dad.

 

Father’s Day Cruise

Portland’s Spirit cruise ship might just be where you want to have your Father’s Day brunch or dinner. Not only will your dad be able to experience a five-star course, but he’ll have breathtaking views of Columbia River Gorge. Bring your camera. Bring the family. Then, see how many memories you make. Seats are filling up fast, though, so reserve your spot here.

A Festival for Your Memorial Day Weekend Plans

Do you know what your Memorial Day Weekend Plans are? If not, you can spend the weekend at the Multnomah County Fair and Art in the Park Festival which takes place from May 27-29 from Noon to 7:00 pm. It’s a great way to spend the day with your family and have some outdoor fun.

 

There will be plenty to do and see when you get there including activities like camel rides as well as a showcase of wild and rare mammals and reptiles that will delight audiences of all ages. The kids will love Professor Bamboozle and his many magic tricks, so don’t miss one of his many shows.

 

One of the best aspects of the Festival will be the Art in the Park extravaganza, complete with hundreds of vendors, artists, and more! The Multnomah County Fair and Art in the Park will take place at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way right here in Portland.

Portland’s Mother’s Day Events and Deals

Ready to celebrate Mother’s Day in Portland? We are too! Good thing Portland has a bunch of events, performances, markets, and more that are all taking place this weekend and providing three entire days of fun and festivities with your loved ones!

 

 

May 10 – 12
Head over to Pioneer Courthouse Square for the Portland Artisan Festival! You’ll find unique items, arts and crafts, ceramics, jewelry, and more from over 30 different artists. It’s a great way to find a gift for Mom or simply spend the day outside.

 

May 13
The Camas Plant & Garden Fair is a botanical extravaganza! It’s also the perfect place to let Mom pick out her favorite bouquet or plant for her own garden.

 

May 14
If you really want to go big this year, take that special woman in your life out on a Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise! Featuring a three-course dinner or brunch on the Portland’s Spirit, looks like you can have a side of breathtaking views to go along with your meal.

Where to Watch the Super Bowl This Year in Portland

It’s okay if you’re in it just for the halftime show. It’s okay if you’re in it just for the commercials. When it comes to the Super Bowl, everyone has their reasons for showing up on game day. Make your Sunday Super Bowl festivities that much better by heading to one of these Portland hotspots.

 

Aladdin Theater is hosting one of the biggest watch parties in all of Portland. Located at 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue, this watch party event is absolutely free. Enjoy $4 drafts and pizza offering throughout the evening. Doors open at 2:30 pm.

 

The Goodfoot Lounge is projecting the big game on a 14-foot HD Projection Screen, so really, what more can you ask for? There’s even exceptional food and drink options to make sure your tummy stays satisfied all evening long. The Goodfoot Lounge is located at SE 29th & Shark. Doors open at 3:00 pm.

Go Here for Your Next Night Out in Portland

From hipster bars to swanky dance clubs, Portland seriously has it all. Looking to have a fun karaoke night? You’ll find it here. How about a delicious cocktail at a fancy hotspot? You’ll find that and so much more. Looks like it’s time to grab your pals for a night on the town.

 

Holocene | 1001 SE Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97214

When you’re ready to hit the dance floor, then take your pals out to Holocene, a premier dance club unlike any other. With two levels, live bands, DJs, techno music, and more, you won’t find a better dance party in Portland.

 

Dirty Night Club | 35 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Ready for a night out like you’ve never experienced before? Dirty Night Club is ready to give you a night you won’t soon forget. Dance under floor-to-ceiling colored lights and sip on delicious drinks from a full bar.

Best New Year’s Eve Dinner Hotspots in Portland

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Start off your New Year’s Eve celebrations with a delicious dinner at one of Portland’s many fine restaurants. Maybe you want a cozy romantic dinner for two? Or perhaps you’re looking for a night out with friends? Whatever your vibe, Portland has you covered. Make your reservations at one of these Portland restaurants while there are still tables available

 

Paley’s Place

1204 NW 21st Avenue

Some of the most sought after seats in all of Portland will be at Paley’s Place, a lovely little Victorian home that’s been converted into a restaurant. On New Year’s Eve, they’ll be serving an a la carte menu with yummy seasonal dishes. Make reservations.

 

Andina

1314 NW Glisan Street

Every year, Portland’s South American restaurant throws one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in town. Serving up a four-course meal of Andean dishes, the total cost per person is only $75. Make reservations.

 

Grab Your Ugly Holiday Sweater this Weekend

There are plenty of amazing events in Portland, but if you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend, you’re going to love what EastBurn has in store for you. Get into the holiday spirit by heading over to the annual Ugly Sweater Party at this local Portland hotspot! When it comes to ugly sweaters, trust us, the uglier, the better!

 

The EastBurn Ugly Sweater Party will take place December 17, 2016, at 10:00 pm and you can purchase your tickets, which are only $5, at the door. Make sure to leave the little ones at home with the babysitter as this is a 21 and up event.

 

You’ll have the entire night to spend dancing around in an ugly sweater, hanging out with some really cool Portland folks, and enjoying delicious drinks and food at EastBurn. Featuring a lineup of musicians, you’ll even have the chance to dance the night away.

Top Holiday Attractions in Portland

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When you live in Portland, you can be sure that there is always a lineup of fun things to do. Looking for the best holiday attractions this holiday season? Grab your pals and mark your calendars because here are a few places you definitely need to add to your list.

 

Oregon Ballet Theatre

One of the top-rated ballet companies in the region and the nation, the Oregon Ballet Theatre is the perfect location for getting into the spirit of the holidays. Head out to see holiday classics like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. For ticket and venue information, go here.

 

Holiday Ale Festival

This is a Portland holiday tradition and it’s one you need to see to believe. This annual outdoor event will take place from December 2 through December 6 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Dress warm as temperatures will most likely be on the chilly side.

Election Watch Parties Near Your Apartment

No matter which side you’re on, this election season has been a political circus, and it will all culminate in one final night. If you’re gearing up for election night, head over to a watch party! Whether it’s Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, we can all raise a glass to the fact that it will finally be over. Here are the best Election Night Watch Parties happening near your Portland apartment.

The EastBurn

1800 E Burnside Street

With drink and food specials all day long, The EastBurn is the place to be. Tap Room opens at 6:00 pm, but be sure to arrive early so that you have a good seat!

Night Light Lounge

2100 SE Clinton Street

The Night Light Lounge is turning November 8th into a party night and you’re invited. This free event starts at  7:00 pm. Their lineup of DJs afterward will have you dancing the night away no matter what the results will be.