Gas is expensive and I've seen festering turds that look better than the current state of the economy. But the demand for fun has not changed. Portlanders still need to have a good time on summer nights and weekends. And even though that trip to Disneyland
or the Portland Opera
might stretch the wallet too thin these days, there's tons-o-free shit to do in Stumptown this summer. “What could they be?” you make ask. Well idiot, there's a list of them below, duh! Now go frolic in the sun and be merry, because it's all free, and you should enjoy it while it lasts.
Free Outdoor Movies
Check out this WWire post
that details the long, long list of free outdoor screenings this summer.
Pickin' On Sundays
Starting July 13, the Doug Fir Lounge
will have free outdoor shows on the Doug Fir Patio every Sunday through the summer from 3 pm to 7 pm. They'll be cooking up BBQ specials and have beer by PBR (surprise, surprise.) The summer's lineup is jam-packed with troubadours and bands such as: Kele Goodwin, Nick Jaina, Portland Cello Project, Matt Sheehy and Chris Robley. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside, 231-9663.
Grass Hut Scout Camp
This camp is technically all-ages, but some of the activities are clearly just for grown-ups. On the docket for Grass Hut's Scout Camp
are: a biking Tour de Oregon City, skateboarding (preferably short board), “public art” (a.k.a. running around at night spraying graffiti and evading PoPo). Every participant gets a bandanna and an official patch for being a Scout, and buttons for participating in different adventures. “You also get a warm & fuzzy feeling knowing that you are totally living the heck out of life while you can. Trust us, being a Camp Scout is cool,” says Grass Hut's website
. To register, simply call, e-mail or just show up. Grasshut.firstname.lastname@example.org, 445-9924, 811 E. Burnside. www.grasshutcorp.com
Shakespeare in the Parks
This year the Portland Actors Ensemble
will be performing The Two Gentleman of Verona
for the 39
th annual Shakespeare in the Parks series. Held every Saturday and Sunday from the end of July through August, the outdoor play performances always draw huge crowds. Laurelhurst, Lynchwood, Washington, Gabriel, and Fernhill Parks as well as Reed College will take turns hosting the performances each weekend. Plays start at 3 pm and run Saturdays and Sundays from July 26-August 31. http://www.portlandactors.com/
Watching Portland Beavers and Timbers games from the fence on SW 18th Ave.
are both minor-league teams, but their general admission tickets have major-league prices. For a weekend baseball game, you're looking at a $9 “cheap” seat, and for soccer it's $12. To put it in perspective, you can sit in the center field bleachers at Safeco and watch the Mariners, a major-league team, for $7. So what's the solution? Watch the Beavers and Timbers games from outside the fence on Southwest 18th
Avenue. You might not be able to see action in left field, but you'll get the gist of the game. Southwest 18th Avenuie between Morrison and Taylor streets. For game schedules, check www.portlandbeavers.com and www.portlandtimbers.com
Music Millennium in-store performances
Concerts are great. Concerts are fun. Concerts will rape your wallet. If your addiction to live music is sliding you towards the red, Music Millennium's
in-store performances are an important public service. Acts like The Old Believers, The Department Team and Lisa Mann currently grace the summer schedule. Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside, 231-8926. www.musicmillennium.com.
Play in a fountain
Because pools cost money and the river is nasty. Here's a list of some public fountains
to go splash around in: Jamison Square (NW 11th
and Johnson), Salmon St. (SW Salmon in Waterfront Park), Holladay Park Fountain (NE 11th and Multnomah), McCoy Fountain (Corner of N Trenton Street and Newman Avenue).
Vintage Trolley Ride
All aboard! Tri-Met's Vintage Trolley
rides are free too! The trolley runs every 30 minutes on the MAX line between Lloyd Center and SW 11th
Ave., and a round trip loopedy-loop takes about 45 minutes. It's free but donations are accepted. And it stops at all regularly schedule MAX stops (but it has its own special one for Lloyd Center). Fareless Square just got a little more fun. Sundays, noon-6:30 pm, from March through December.
You can get pretty smashed off gallery wine and cheese. Check www.firstthursdayportland.com for gallery listings.