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.


Join a Weekly Trivia Night in Portland

“Geeks Who Drink” has been around for awhile and is one of the top rated trivia organizations you’ll find. Featuring creative question, knowledgeable editors, and out-of-the-box categories, they don’t mess around. So whether you want to get a team together or you think it’d be something fun to try, “Geeks Who Drink” hosts trivia night all over the city nearly every night of the week so you can find the one that’s right for you. Don’t have a team but still want to join the awesomeness? Just show up alone and the Quizmaster can help put a team together of individuals! Check out the schedule below.



Yen Ha Restaurant and Lounge | 6820 NE Sandy Blvd. | 7 PM



Rose & Thistle Pub | 2314 NE Broadway Street | 8 PM



O’Neill Public House | 6000 NE Glisan | 7 PM



Belmont Inn | 3357 SE Belmont Street | 7 PM



Bullseye Pub | 4835 SW Pomona Street | 7:30 PM



Portland Brewing | 2730 NW 31st Avenue | 7 PM


Family-Fun Activities Near Your Portland Apartment

Flicks on the Bricks - Free Movies in Pioneer Square, Portland

There’s a ton of fun things to do in Portland and we are here to help you fill in your calendar. Here are some awesome upcoming events this weekend that even the little ones will enjoy!


See a movie on Friday, July 22, 2016:


  • “Flick on the Bricks” | Big (PG) | Pioneer Courthouse Square | 7:00 pm



Catch a performance on Saturday, July 23, 2016:


  • “Shakespeare in the Park” | As You Like It | Laurelhurst Park | 2:00 pm



Sharpen Your Grilling Skills With These BBQ Hacks

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Grilling doesn’t have to be difficult. Impress your friends and family at the next BBQ cookout by utilizing some of these unique BBQ hacks. It’s time to grab those oven mitts.


Bring out the Muffin Tray. You may not be baking muffins, but muffin trays work great for serving those condiments. From ketchup to tomatoes, place the condiments in a muffin tray and help make cleaning up a breeze.


Use Some Apple Juice. Besides being a delicious drink, apple juice has been known to be a great meat tenderizer. Not only will marinating your meat in apple juice keep your meat tender, but it will also help add a little bit of flavor.


Grab an Onion. Once you’ve preheated your grill, slice an onion in half, place it on a fork and use as a scrubber for the grilling rack. It’ll remove any built-up dirt and add some extra flavor to your food.


Be Smart about the Meat. When it comes to grilling, meat can easily dry out, so it’s best to flip as little as possible. Try not to press down on any meat while it’s on the grill in order to keep the juices in.