Wow, Portland, last weekend was a little…intense.
While the latest temperatures may be looking more like the Pacific Northwest June we know and love, this Fourth of July is going to remain a bit different: no fireworks. Not in big city-run shows, and not in our own neighborhoods – let’s keep fires out of our plans, okay? That said, there is no shortage of ways to get out and enjoy this holiday weekend. We’re highlighting some of our picks below.
*Does your family love biking? Maybe also a little disco? Sparkly accessories? Who doesn’t?! The bike-loving folks over at Pedalpalooza are leading a family-friendly Discotheque Ride, Saturday afternoon, starting in Peninsula Park. Click for details.
*Love music? Have the blues? The Waterfront Blues Festival has returned this year at Zidell Yards. While most live events are sold out, all is not lost. Concerts are being livestreamed for everyone to enjoy, so grab some snacks and a cool beverage, and have your own Blues Fest at home. Click for details.
*What’s your favorite Portland Bridge? Ours might be the St. Johns, which just happens to span Cathedral Park, which also just happens to be this Saturday’s location for the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival‘s production of Richard III. Free and family-friendly, go early to snag a prime sunset picnic spot and watch rehearsals. Click for details.
*Looking for old-fashioned cowboy excitement? Throw on your boots and head over to St. Paul for the annual St. Paul Rodeo. Carnival rides, livestock, and plenty of wrangling, riding, and roping will be happening all weekend long. Click for details.
*Secretly dreaming of moonlighting as a member of the Rose City Rollers? You can indulge all your retro skating fantasies under the trees of the North Park Blocks with their SkateMobile Pop-Up this Sunday! They’ll even rent you some sweet wheels. Click for details.
Don’t forget to support your favorite farmers’ market, local shop, cart, or restaurant. And whatever you get up to this weekend, even if it’s a whole lot of nothing, enjoy! It’s finally summer, and thankfully not too hot, in Portland.