Secure in the knowledge that we here in Portland are on the GQ worst dressed list, let it all hang out with whatever is in the wardrobe, for this w-end. 1. Since July is Craft Beer Month, there's some sort of frothy, frosty event every week. Here are a few FAQ's about the PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL BEERFEST.
July 15 – 17, in the Pearl District North Park Blocks. Entrance at NW Davis & NW Park Ave
- EARLY ENTRY starting at 3:30pm Fri, 11:30am Sat & Sun. The main beer lines don’t open until 4pm Fri (12pm Sat & Sun) but the GRANDE BEER GARDEN with $3 PINTS will be flowing for you.
What’s the deal with the GRANDE BEER GARDEN?
For people who appreciate a great value and just want to come hang out in the park while having a delicious frosty cold pint as their beer geek friends try 130 different beers, PIB created the GBG with that in mind.
4. The Big Busk. Now in its third year. Lots of exceptional musicians playing real good for free. But as with all busking, it's about the audience (YOU) tossing some coin toward the aforementioned musician.
The plan on Saturday is to be up and down Broadway, in the Park Blocks and scattered around the corners of the city.
Here's how the organizers describe it:
The Big Busk is a new music festival for downtown Portland.
These are the ingredients:
•a deep and diverse pool of creative and talented musicians •a beautiful, human-friendly downtown that consistently ranks among the most walkable in the nation •a really crappy economy The idea is, for an entire afternoon, to saturate downtown with music. All kinds of music. Up and down Broadway, the transit mall, the park blocks to the esplanade.
There is no stage, but every corner is a stage. There is no audience, but everyone is the audience. There is no admission fee, but we trust attendees tip generously.
So it's kind of an experiment. It's also kind of an art project and a tongue-in-cheek celebration of creative defiance. Good music for tough times.
5. BEAVERTON FARMERS MARKET. I grabbed a chance to set foot outside the Portland City limits and drop by the utterly beautiful and suburban farmers market. A wonderful destination. Plus, Saturday, you can help a family in need by donating food. Look for market vendors to offer a two-for-one purchase: buying an item for yourself and donating another for the food drive.
Market master Ginger Rapport and Paul von Bergen, the Board President revel in the crowds and fun atmosphere at the market, in the below video.