There's a lot happening throughout Portland over the summer, and between naked bike rides, historic rodeos and beer fests, it can be hard to know where to begin. So we've created a calendar with one awesome thing to do every single day between now and the arrival of the autumn chill. Get out there and have some fun before President Trump bombs Portland.
Friday, June 17
Enjoy a crisp Friday evening with crisp, plentiful ciders.
More than 150 artisan ciders from the Northwest and around the world will be gathered for your tasting pleasure at the sixth annual Cider Summit. Cider Summit PDX, The Fields Neighborhood Park, 1099 NW Overton St. 3-8 pm. $30-$45.
Saturday, June 18
Be like Batman, but on a bike!
A Pedalpalooza event, the Rooftop Ride starts at 11 pm and promises cyclists a tour above the city, across rooftops and parking garages. Lillis-Albina Park, North Flint Avenue and Russell Street, 503-380-2573. 11 pm. Free.
Sunday, June 19
Show your Pride, Portland!
The Portland Pride Parade will be frolicking through the city streets today, and you can catch LGBTQ-themed events all along the waterfront and around town for the rest of the month. Portland Pride Parade, West Burnside Street from Northwest Park Avenue to Waterfront Park. 11 am-1 pm. Free.
Monday, June 20
Sex, drugs and magic…on a bike?
As a part of Pedalpalooza, ride under the full moon with guide Sarah Gilbert to taste wine, smell cannabis and watch women dance ecstatically. Mt. Tabor Park, Southeast 60th Avenue and Salmon Way, 503-889-6410. 7 pm. Free, but $15 recommended for goodies.
Tuesday, June 21
Recenter yourself for free on International Yoga Day.
International Yoga Day is here! YogaDayPortland will host its first family-friendly, free Yoga Day in Pioneer Courthouse Square, or you can look into your favorite local yoga studio for events and deals. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., internationalyogadayportland.com. 9 am-11 pm. Free.
Wednesday, June 22
Embrace the East and get drunk on rice wine.
The traditional Japanese beverage, sake can be served hot or cold. Either way, it's being served in excess to downtown Portlanders. Sake Fest PDX, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 SW 6th Ave., sakefestpdx.com. 6:30-9 pm. $65 early admission. $55 regular admission.
Thursday, June 23
Welcome summer with a sea of hemp and beads.
Other Worlds of Wonder will host a night of dancing, drumming and laughing around the sacred fire of Dionysus Grove. If the spirit of Dionysus manifests itself too strongly within you, it's cool to stay and camp out, too. SunFest: Summer Solstice Festival, Vernonia, Ore., owow.org. June 23-26. $75 adults, $35 ages 13-17, $25 ages 7-12, $5 ages 3-6, free for 2 and under.
Friday, June 24
Fuck aliens—ride bikes.
Break out your tin-foil hats to protect your brain waves from nosy aliens and government agencies as you ride around Portland. Tin Foil Hat Bike Ride, Col. Summers Park, Southeast 20th Avenue and Belmont Street. 7 pm. Free.
Saturday, June 25
Feel the breeze through your pubic hair!
Bikes and naked people: two of Portland's defining features. Ride around with your clothes off and enjoy striking views throughout the city. World Naked Bike Ride, Mt. Scott City Park, 5530 SE Harold St. 8 pm. Free.
Sunday, June 26
See real cats purrform tricks and play rock music.
Cats walking tightropes, cats riding skateboards, cats playing in the only all-cat band in existence, Tuna and the Rock Cats. Yeah. Amazing Acro-Cats at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694. 3 and 7 pm. $21-$36.
Monday, June 27
Beat the heat, swim for free!
Creston Pool on Powell is free to swim every Monday this summer. Prep your floaties and Speedo and get in the water. Creston Pool, 4454 SE Powell Blvd. 1-4 pm. Free.
Tuesday, June 28
Celebrate 10 years of Portland style.
Mabel & Zora, the women's boutique inspired by Doris Day and James Bond movies, will celebrate a decade of business with a live fashion premiere of owner Tiffany Bean's summer collection, refreshments and deals on clothing. Mabel & Zora's 10th Anniversary, 748 NW 11th Ave. 6-9 pm. Free.
Wednesday, June 29
Enjoy homey vibes amid a bunch of tiny homes.
Local bands, s'mores and tales around the bonfire can all be found each Wednesday night throughout the summer at the Tiny House Hotel. Caravan Campfires: Songs and S'mores, Tiny House Hotel, 5009 NE 11th Ave., 503-288-5225. 7-10 pm Wednesdays through Aug. 31. $10.
Thursday, June 30
Buckle up yer chaps and git down to the state's most historic rodeo!
The St. Paul Rodeo is back for five days of buckin', wranglin', hootin' and hollerin'. St. Paul Rodeo, 20025 4th St. NE, St. Paul, Ore., stpaulrodeo.com. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday, June 30-July 3. 1:30 pm Monday, July 4. $16-$26.
Friday, July 1
Find out why Portland is the Best Beer City in the World.
Strictly beers, wines and ciders crafted within city limits will be featured in this three-day festival. Eat, drink and be merry while appreciating Portland's own craft brews. Portland Craft Beer Fest, 1099 NW Overton St. 4-10 pm Saturday-Monday, July 1-3. $25.
Saturday, July 2
Pledge allegiance to your favorite '80s pop diva.
Bowie vs. Prince is over forever. But do you have strong opinions about Janet Jackson and Madonna? Come ride your bike in support of your preferred '80s diva. Nipple rings optional but encouraged. Madonna vs. Janet Bike Ride, Peninsula Park, 700 N Rosa Parks Way. 7 pm. Free.
Sunday, July 3
Indulge your inner nerd at WesterCon.
WesterCon, the summertime West Coast sci-fi convention, is being held in Portland this year, a first for Oregon. Plenty of guests like Bobak Ferdowsi–who served on the Mars Curiosity missions–will attend. West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, Portland Doubletree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St., 503-281-6111. 8 am-midnight. $60 adults, $30 children.
Monday, July 4
Go to Vancouver, buy fireworks, return to Oregon, set them off! But before 2 am, please.
Tuesday, July 5
Groove to upbeat ska and jam bands at Mt. Tabor Park.
Ska, Americana and jam-band music will be flowing from Mount Tabor as part of Portland's free summer concert series. Concerts in the Park: Americana, Ska and Jam Band Music at Mt. Tabor Park, Southeast 60th Avenue and Salmon Way. 6:30 pm. Free.
Wednesday, July 6
Venture to an outdoor screening of Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
Pix Pâtisserie holds an outdoor movie night in its courtyard every Wednesday during the summer, showing quirky classics like The Blues Brothers, Rushmore and Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Movies at Dusk in the Pix courtyard, 2225 E Burnside St., 971-271-7166, dusk (8 or 9 pm) every Wednesday through Sept. 28. $5 minimum for food and drinks.
Thursday, July 7
Rock out with the park fairies to Celtic folk music.
Part of Portland's free concerts in the park series, Castletown—a local Celtic rock band—will be playing in Wallace Park, blending Irish staples with modern folk, blues and jazz influences. Castletown (energetic Celtic folk rock), Wallace Park, 1600 NW 25th Ave. 6:30 pm. Free.
Friday, July 8
Get romantic or reconnect with your inner gentleman.
Local loungeman Tony Starlight will cover Frank Sinatra at Fernhill Park for an evening of music, laughter and romance. Too bad you can't have wine and extra-long cigarette holders in the park. Tony Starlight at Fernhill Park, 6010 NE 37th Ave. 6:30 pm. Free.
Saturday, July 9
Bask in the shadow of Mount Hood while downing alcoholic cherry drinks.
Kriekfest, the all-cherry beer and cider festival, will take place in the blooming cherry orchards of Parkdale, Ore. Spend the night camping in the valley after you've finished drinking. Kriekfest, the Fruit Loop, 3020 Thomsen Road, Hood River. $25.
Sunday, July 10
Clog up the Willamette with 2,500 other river lovers.
The Human Access Project hosts a parade down the Willamette each year to "give our river a hug" and celebrate the fact that–despite public perception–the river is approved for safe summer swimming. The Big Float launches from "Poet's Beach" (west bank under Marquam Bridge). 11 am-6 pm. $5 through July 3, $10 day of event.
Monday, July 11
See $1 movies at Joy Cinema and Pub!
Joy Cinema and Pub celebrates Dollar Mondays during the summer, when you can come watch a movie for close to nothing and drink some beers. Joy Cinema and Pub, 11959 SW Pacific Highway. 4 pm. $1.
Tuesday, July 12
Visit the ghosts of Portland's past.
Learn about local haunts in Old Town, as well as Portland's history with gangsters, prostitution, gambling and opium dens all while tasting beers from historic pubs. BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour, 112 SW 2nd Ave. 7-9:30 pm. $40.
Wednesday, July 13
Eat, drink and enjoy the best things in Portland at the Best of Portland party.
WW hosts a party to celebrate the release of our annual Best of Portland issue. Barbecue, tunes, and the best of everything as judged by readers and staffers. Best of Portland Party, WW headquarters, 2220 NW Quimby St. Free or $22, depending on much you want to eat and drink.
Thursday, July 14
Go listen to some dude talk about camping…then go camping.
Author Dan White camped nude near cougars, then invaded a teenage girls' slumber party, then read really deep books by Thoreau and Emerson, to explore our great American love of camping. Powell's on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-228-4651, powells.com. 7:30 pm. Free.
Friday, July 15
Celebrate the freshest of the fresh berries.
This festival features the ripest, juiciest berries the Northwest has to offer with pies, jams and other treats. Oregon Berry Festival, Ecotrust event space, Northwest 10th Avenue and Johnson Street. 11 am-5 pm. Free.
Saturday, July 16
Catch a classic in 70 mm.
Hollywood Theatre will screen classic films shot in 70 mm throughout the summer. The two options today are West Side Story and Aliens. Full schedule at hollywoodtheatre.org. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Aliens at 2 and 10 pm, Westside Story at 6 pm. $9.
Sunday, July 17
One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Come pick through people's old belongings at the largest garage and antique sale in the Northwest. With over 1,000 total booths set up, you are bound to find something you like. NW's Largest Garage/Antique Sale, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Drive. 9 am-5 pm. Free or $30 early admission.
Monday, July 18
Check out the puffin hatchlings at Cannon Beach!
Take a trip to Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach to see nesting puffins. The wise seabirds will return to the ocean after the summer, so catch a glimpse of them while you can. Cannon Beach. Free.
Related: Our Guide to the Oregon Coast
Tuesday, July 19
Scrunch your face and sip sour beers.
The 10th annual Puckerfest starts today. Enjoy a mixture of locally sourced and international sour beers in this celebration of tartness. Puckerfest, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St. Noon.
Wednesday, July 20
Hop in a public pool for free.
Wednesdays are the day for swimming in Portland. Grant, Columbia, Sellwood and Buckman pools are all free and open to the public Wednesdays. There's no excuse not to jump in and refresh yourself. Grant Pool, 2300 NE 33rd Ave., 1:15-3:15 pm. Columbia Pool, 7701 N Chautauqua Blvd., 2-3:50 pm. Sellwood Pool, 7951 SE 7th Ave., 7:20-8:20 pm. Buckman Pool, 320 SE 16th Ave., 1-3 pm. Free.
Thursday, July 21
Drop into the weird world of Night Vale.
Listen to creepy tales from the fictional desert town of Night Vale, where podcast narrator Cecil Baldwin will recount the strange, amusing and disturbing news from the town. Welcome to Night Vale at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 8 pm. $27.50-$32.50.
Friday, July 22
Stare enviously at other people's pets.
The Portland Kennel Club will host a dog show at the Portland Expo Center. Friday is specifically for special breeds, but Saturday's portion of the event is open to all breeds. Stumptown Cluster—Portland Kennel Club Dog Show, Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Drive. 8 am. Free.
Saturday, July 23
Watch more than 40 local bands play under the Hawthorne Bridge.
Have you outgrown the basement-party scene? PDX Pop Now—Portland's most locally sourced music festival, now in its 16th year—is the best way to figure out what all the kids are wildin' out to these days. PDX Pop Now, AudioCinema, 226 SE Madison St., pdxpopnow.com Free. All ages. Starts July 22.
Sunday, July 24
Smoke some weed in public! Unless you can't!
The Oregon Cannabis Association will host a summertime bash for all the cannabis lovers in Portland. Which might be illegal, the way the OLCC has been making obnoxious noises. Or it might be awesome. Roll a joint, and roll the dice. The Summer Fair, 723 N Tillamook St. 11 am-9 pm. Free.
Monday, July 25
Race other bikers on a car-free closed circuit.
River City Bicycles and Laurelwood Brewing Co. are hosting bike races every Monday, with different categories for beginners and experienced riders. Monday Night Bike Races, Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd. 5 pm registration. $15.
Tuesday, July 26
Fuck with Wu-Tang Clan.
Making up for no-showing his Project Pabst gig at the Crystal last summer, Ghostface Killah is coming back, and he's bringing fellow killa bee Raekwon with him. Let's just hope he doesn't have any "trouble with his flight" this time around. Ghostface Killah at Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 7 pm. $37.
Wednesday, July 27
Drink some beers at the granddaddy of Oregon beer festivals.
The biggest is one of the best. The 29th annual Oregon Brewers Festival will serve more than 88 craft brews from around the country, as well as beer from international breweries as far away as Japan. Oregon Brewers Festival, Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Noon. Free entry, but $7 for a mug to drink with. Continues through Sunday, July 31.
Thursday, July 28
Trek up to Vancouver for a taste of Hawaii.
Three Days of Aloha offers traditional instruction in Hawaiian dance, language, history and culture. Enjoy hula, music and a feast at the Thursday Night Pa'ina. Three Days of Aloha, multiple locations in Vancouver, hawaiianfestivalpnw.com. July 28-30.
Friday, July 29
Portland stages will be full of free theater!
Contemporary plays will be dissected and put back together by writers, directors, actors and stage managers to see if they could do it better than the original. A slew of other theater events will be free throughout the city in celebration of JAW Playwrights Festival. First Regiment Armory Annex, 128 NW 11th Ave. July 29-31. Free.
Saturday, July 30
Check out a march of mermaids along the waterfront.
Una the Mermaid will lead a parade down Tom McCall Waterfront Park to Poet's Beach for a mermaid swim and beach party. Portlandia Mermaid Parade, 2 NW Naito Parkway. Noon. Free.
Sunday, July 31
"Float on" over to see Modest Mouse at Moda Center.
Drive a Black Cadillac (if you have one) to Moda Center to see a band who The World at Large seems to love. Buy some merch, and when someone Digs Your Grave, maybe they'll Bury You With It… Modest Mouse and Brand New, Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St. 7 pm. $40-$100.
Monday, Aug. 1
Start the month off with fresh, locally grown food.
The Portland Farmers Market will be in Pioneer Courthouse Square for the afternoon, with tons of vendors and a potential 32,000 bystanders. Settle into your Monday morning sipping on coffee and taking in the many smells of the market. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, 10 am-2 pm. FREE.
Tuesday, August 2
Get acquainted with Portland's many urban wineries.
Take a half-day tour that will get you in the loop about all the best wine to be had in Portland. You'll also feast on locally sourced charcuterie. Portland Urban Wineries Half Day Tour, 815 SW Park Ave, 503-396-3929, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. $69.
Wednesday, August 3
Discover if valuable cinematography can be created in 48 hours
Find out with the winners of Portland's 48 Hour Film Project, in which teams have two days to produce short films. The 48 Hour Film Project, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. $9
Thursday, August 4
Celebrate your bodies, you sexy Portlanders.
The Oregon Burlesque Festival is three days of body-positive performances, including classic burlesque, comedy, manlesque and circus tricks. Oregon Burlesque Festival, Dante's, 350 W Burnside St. Aug. 4-5. $20 one-day pass, $60 three-day pass.
Friday, August 5
Hire a babysitter and go watch Jeff Tweedy play in the forest.
Between the Wilco frontman's solo performances, the reunited Wolf Parade's first appearance in the Pacific Northwest in years, and sets from Beach House, Yo La Tengo and Mac DeMarco, it's not a stretch to call this Pickathon's biggest year ever. Pickathon, Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen Road, pickathon.com. Weekend tickets are $290.
Saturday, Aug. 6
Test your digestive tract.
Watch in awe as Portland takes on Spicy Tacos of Doom and Ghost Pepper Pizzas, and pass judgment on the world's most yappy and annoying dog at the Chihuahua Beauty Pageant. Hot Sauce Fest at OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave. 10 am-6 pm. $10 in advance, $15 day of show.
Sunday, Aug. 7
Make it to Oregon before you die of dysentery!
Run in this 5k based on the Oregon Trail video game. Decide whether to ford a river, go hunting and more. Hopefully, nobody dies along the way. The Oregon Trail Game 5k, Main Street between 8th and 9th streets, Oregon City. 9 am. $35.
Monday, Aug. 8
Blow your vuvuzela at a gay and lesbian soccer fest.
Witness the kickoff of the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association Championships, which are being held in Portland this year. 2016 IGLFA Championships, Delta Park, North Denver Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Through Aug. 13. Free.
Tuesday, Aug. 9
Visit fancy-shmancy coffee roasters.
Visit five of Portland's best micro-roasters and get hyped as hell on all the caffeine you are about to consume. Smell the beans (oh, the beans…), meet the roasters, then crash hard on your couch later in the evening. Pearl District's Specialty Coffee Tour, 721 NW 9th Ave., thirdwavecoffeetours.com. 10 am-1 pm. $40.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
Learn what LGBTQ lingo you can use.
Throwing Shade is a podcast that respectfully makes light of issues faced by the LGBTQ community. Catch hosts Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi at Mississippi Studios. Throwing Shade at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 8 pm. $20.
Thursday, Aug. 11
Support your local Pickles.
Come out to a Portland Pickles home game for fan-appreciation night, and appreciate them crushing the hell out of the Lodi Crushers. Lents Park, SE 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard. 7 pm. $6-$12.
Friday, Aug. 12
Support your local elephant garlic
Bluegrass, Brit pop, rock and all-you-can-eat garlic contests. Who could ask for more? Elephant Garlic Festival, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains, Ore. Aug. 12-14. Free.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Lose your illusions at a Southern Oregon hippie fest.
The Beloved Festival is a four-day camping, art and music festival that engages with an array of spiritual practices. Beloved promises to eradicate the illusion that we are all separate from one another, the earth and the Divine. Beloved Festival, Tidewater, Ore., belovedfestival.com. Aug. 12-15. $245 weekend pass. $90 pass for ages 12-17.
Sunday, Aug. 14
Ride your bike across every bridge in Portland.
The 21st Providence Bridge Pedal will have rides for all levels of cyclists, taking you across all the majestic bridges of the city. For walkers, there is also the Providence Stride, which is a citywide walk that crosses the Fremont Bridge. Providence Bridge Pedal, 1631 NE Klickitat St., providence.org/bridge-pedal. $25-$60 depending on the ride.
Monday, Aug. 15
Quit brooding about Mondays and go see Broods!
The New Zealand trip-hop duo is making an appearance at the Roseland Theater. Expand your Consciousness inside "Four Walls" tonight. Roseland Theater, 10 NW 6th Ave., 503-224-2038, roselandpdx.com. $21.50.
Tuesday, Aug. 16
Watch the Olympics from the bleachers at a giant new sports bar.
Go down to rooftop-equipped sports bar Century and witness world-record holder Jenny Simpson try to end a 44-year drought for the U.S. team by winning gold in the 1,500-meter race. See a pair of defending-champ hurdlers, and the comical, incessant failure inherent in the high jump. Ah, the absurdity! The Olympics! Century Bar, 930 SE Sandy Blvd., centurybarpdx.com.
Wednesday, Aug. 17
Dance to Afrobeat in the park.
Wamba is Portland's own world, African jazz and Afrobeat band. Willamette Park will be hosting them free to audiences. Wamba in the Park, Willamette Park, Southwest Macadam Avenue and Nebraska Street. 6:30 pm. Free.
Thursday, Aug. 18
Shower under a waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge.
Wahclella Falls, named after a nearby Native American village, is one of the more accessible and well-maintained waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. 40 minutes from Portland: From I-84 east, take Exit 40 toward the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Turn right at the first stop sign and drive roughly 100 feet to the trailhead parking lot. $5 recreation fee.
Friday, Aug. 19
Help clean up your local trails…at a weekend party on the Hood River.
Pacific Crest Trail Days celebrates everything outdoors, from outdoor gear, to hiking and biking, to trail cleanups. Pacific Crest Trail Days, Cascade Locks. Through Sunday, Aug. 21. Free to attend, $10 a night to camp.
Saturday, Aug. 20
Wiggle your butt with a bunch of butt-wiggling Corgis!
The ninth annual Corgi Walk in the Pearl raises money for the Oregon Humane Society. This year's walk will be led by David "Voice of the Westminster Kennel Club" Frei. 9th Annual Corgi Walk in the Pearl, 235 NW Park Ave. 10 am. $25 to register one Corgi, $15 for additional Corgis.
Sunday, Aug. 21
Play in the street at Sunday Parkways.
Affordable art from all over the Pacific Northwest will be gathered in Peninsula Park. Come to view, buy or register to sell your own art. Art in the Rose Garden, Peninsula Park, 700 N Rosa Parks Way. 11 am-4 pm. Free.
Monday, Aug. 22
Hike to Pittock Mansion from Macleay Park for a beautiful view.
At the golden hour, after work, follow the Wildwood Trail for an easy hike from the Lower Macleay Park Trailhead to Pittock Mansion for a beautiful view of Portland. Take the Upper Macleay Trail on the way back down for a way more peaceful and less-crowded route back. Lower Macleay Park Trailhead, at the end of Northwest Upshur Street, trail directions at oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Pittock_Mansion_Hike. Free.
Tuesday, August 23
Feel the love tonight at the Lion King.
The circle of the hit musical The Lion King's life has come around to Portland's Keller Auditorium. Don't miss this practically-guaranteed success. The Lion King, Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St, 7:30 pm. $36-$130.
Tuesday, Aug. 23
Feel the love tonight at The Lion King.
The circle of life that is the hit musical The Lion King comes around to Portland's Keller Auditorium. Don't miss this practically guaranteed success. The Lion King at Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. 7:30 pm. $36-$130.
Wednesday, Aug. 24
Get down with some Latin jazz!
Son de Cuba a Portland Latin jazz band, will play some dance-worthy tunes in Ventura Park. Ventura Park, Southeast 113th Avenue and Stark Street. Free.
Thursday, Aug. 25
Drink 50 healthy, organic beers
Try more than 50 different organic beers while listening to music and marveling at the stupendous views in Overlook Park. North American Organic Brewers Festival, Overlook Park, 1599 N Fremont St. Noon-9 pm Thursday-Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday, Aug. 25-28. $7 for a drinking mug.
Friday, Aug. 26
Keep the party going
Chill out to with some cool jazz and fresh (or aged, I guess) de vin in Vancouver, baby. Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Wash. 4-10 pm Friday ($20), 11 am-10 pm Saturday ($30), 11 am-9 pm Sunday ($25).
Saturday, Aug. 27
Keep drinking! Why not?
Recover from your hangover by downing even more beer. Saraveza's seventh annual IIPA Fest returns in all of its hoppy, sugary, deeply alcoholic goodness. IIPA Fest, 1004 N Killingsworth St. Through Aug. 28.
Sunday, Aug. 28
"Just Let It Happen" at MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst Presents.
Catch headlining act Tame Impala at the best music fest in the Northwest! Abandon your Lonerisms and follow the Currents of your Innerspeaker to start living in "The Moment." MusicfestNW, multiple venues mostly along the waterfront, Noon-10 pm Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 27-28. $90 for weekend pass, $55 for day pass.
Monday, Aug. 29
Skip work and lose yourself in a giant corn maze.
Sauvie Island's biggest corn maze, at Bella Organic Farm, has approximately 3 miles of start-to-finish pathways. You're even welcome to bring your dog for this outdoors adventure. Bella Organic Farm, 16205 NW Gillihan Road. 10 am-5:30 pm. Free.
Tuesday, Aug. 30
See Malala be Malala.
Malala Yousafzai–who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her willingness to die rather than give up on her education–will be visiting Portland to talk about her life and answer questions from the audience. Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St. 7:30 pm. $29.
Wednesday, Aug. 31
See Portland's next big thing on screen.
This is the year to get into PFF before it gets big. Previously the sad little sibling to PIFF, the local festival is growing and improving, with indie films for eight days straight, plus Q&As with artists like The Benefits of Gusbandry creator and workshops throughout the city. Portland Film Festival, portlandfilmfestival.com. Aug. 29-Sept. 5. Free.
Thursday, Sept. 1
Watch a symphony on the waterfront.
The fall arts season begins with the annual Waterfront Concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Join up to 20,000 other Portlanders to watch performances by the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theater. Tom McCall Waterfront Park. 7 pm. Sept. 2 if it rains. Free.
Friday, Sept. 2
Go camping with Sansa Stark and Gandalf.
Maxim called Faerieworlds "A Bonnaroo for Middle Earth." So, if you like the Renaissance Fair and dayslong music festivals, this is for you! Faerieworlds, Horning's Hideout, 21277 NW Brunswick Canyon Road. Through Sunday, Sept. 4. $150 three-day camping pass. $90 three-day non-camping pass, $40 one-day pass.
Saturday, Sept. 3
Find some hidden gems in the Pearl.
The biggest, most fine art-centric of Portland's summer craft fairs, Art in the Pearl is a curated festival of 100 artists, a singer-songwriter stage and hands-on activities. It is a First Thursday Art Walk with less berets, more dogs and affordable art displayed under E-Z Ups. Art in the Pearl Arts & Crafts Festival, Northwest 8th Avenue between Davis and Flanders streets. 10 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm Monday. Free.
Sunday, Sept. 4
Ride a bike, transmutate into a dog.
The Tour de Lab is a bike tour with many stops where you are dressed in more and more dog attire as you pedal on. Ends with a big-ass hot-dog feast. Tour de Lab, starts at Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. $29 adults, $10 children.
Monday, Sept. 5
Stop and smell the dahlias.
It is Labor Day. It is Cheese Day. And it is the day of the largest single-grower dahlia festival in the world, with over 15,000 flowers and 400 arrangements. But don't go looking for any black ones. They don't exist. Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby, dahlias.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Jet freakin' boats!!!
Wednesday, Sept. 7
Run away to the Shanghai circus.
Come watch Chinese acrobats do tricks you only wish you could do. The Shanghai Acrobats are one of the most influential acrobatics companies in ever-so-acrobatic China. The Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China in Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $25-$55.
Thursday, Sept. 8
See pop-up art and pop into PICA's new space.
The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's annual Time Based Art Festival takes over the city with concerts, art installations, dance and pop-up galleries at unexpected public places. The hub will be PICA's new headquarters off Northeast Broadway, with events extending across the city for the next 10 days. Time Based Art Festival, pica.org. Through Sept. 18.
Friday, Sept. 9
Refresh your Greek.
Sophocles' classic Antigone gets updated by five top, contemporary American playwrights, including Tanya Barfield, to whom Profile Theater just dedicated an entire season. If you've forgotten, Antigone is the daughter/sister of Oedipus, who accidentally copulated with his mother. Juicy drama for a summer play. Fall Festival: Antigone Project in Portland, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 Southwest Alder St. 7:30 pm. $36.
Saturday, Sept. 10
Eat yourself rotten at the world's biggest fermentation festival.
The largest fermentation festival in the world, they tell us, will be on 150 acres of Sauvie Island. Expect cider, mead, beer, wine, kimchi, the pre-eminent vinegars in Oregon, a DIY pickling station and so, so, so many pickles. Kruger's Farm, 17100 NW Sauvie Island Road, oregonfermentationfestival.com.
Sunday, Sept. 11
Flip pollution the bird—hopefully a bird without a plastic six-pack ring around its neck.
Help clean up the Clackamas River before it flows downstream into our pristine Portland Harbor. Free barbecue for volunteers, too. Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas, multiple cleanup locations, welovecleanrivers.org/complete-guide. 7 am.
Monday, Sept. 12
Anybody else hungry and poor? Pick up some free fruit!
Harvest Share shows up at PSU the second Monday of each month to bring free fresh fruits and veggies to the ramen-and-beer crowd. Harvest Share at PSU, 1825 SW Broadway. Noon. Free.
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Get your "Summer Blood" pumping with Work Drugs.
You're "Free to Roam" the city alone, but we recommend getting to the Doug Fir for a "Perfect Storm" of psychedelic dream pop from the duo Work Drugs. Work Drugs at Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $9-$13.
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Take a holiday from your average Wednesday night.
Chill out at Pix Pâtisserie for a relaxing evening of macarons and Champagne while you watch a screening of Audrey Hepburn's classic Roman Holiday. Pix Pâtisserie, 2225 E Burnside St. 7 pm. $5 minimum on food.
Thursday, Sept. 15
Toss your partner around BridgeTown!
BridgeTown Swing is three days of competition, workshops and dance parties so you can swing the night away. BridgeTown Swing, 301 W 6th St., Vancouver, Wash., 360-993-4500. $125-$150 weekend pass, $25-$55 day pass.
Friday, Sept. 16
Spite Trump, celebrate Mexican independence!
Mexican Independence Day is here, and Portland is thankfully over-prepared with tons of Mexican food, tortas and taquerias! WW ranked the best cervezas so you can get drunk Latin-style, too. El Grito y Fiestas Patrias, Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St. 11:30 am-10:30 pm. Free.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Sneak into a Feast after-party.
Feast is the most moneyed of local food festivals, and the biggest, and the most intestine-stuffingly decadent. But the best parts are always the sodden after-parties. Scope it out, choose your moment, and eat the cheek off a pig while eavesdropping on drunken chefs. Feast Portland, www.feastportland.com. Prices and locations vary for each event.
Sunday, Sept. 18
Put on your lederhosen and drink Oktoberfest bier.
Celebrate the pagan harvest and bathe in the metaphorical blood of our Vaterland's enemies, with Bavarian beers and chicken dancing at the 51st annual Mount Angel Oktoberfest! Mount Angel Oktoberfest, Mount Angel, Ore. $30 weekend pass, $10 day pass.
Monday, Sept. 19
Expand your mind and conquer the universe!
People magazine's pick for Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive, Neil deGrasse Tyson, will be coming to Portland to inspire the masses and raise our space-ial awareness. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. 7:30 pm. $100-$125.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Raise the spirits of Katrina.
Hometown Cajun and bluegrass band the Pagan Jug Band has secured a spot playing at Ford Food and Drink every Tuesday this summer. If you've never danced to Cajun music, you have never truly enjoyed yourself. The Pagan Jug Band at Ford Food and Drink, 2505 SE 11th Ave. 6:30 pm. Free, all-ages happy hour.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Pretend you're Steve Zissou finding a jaguar shark.
Sigur Rós, in all its Icelandic glory, will be mesmerizing audiences at the Keller with its Hopelandic tunes. It's your choice whether you want to laugh or cry. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. 8:30 pm. $59.50-$79.50.
Thursday, Sept. 22
Summer is over. You may now hibernate.