This is the w-end to bring your family into the family that is Portlandia. Music fests, beer fests, sandy fests. It's a feast o fests!
1. Yoshida's Sand in the City. Start right here in the heart of the city, in Portland’s living room where it’s sand castle time. Teams go to work building their sand sculpture. We can ooh and aahh over the masterpieces thru Saturday, and then Sunday, the entire thing gets demolished in a spectacular way! Easy! More HERE.
2. Portland International Beerfestival. Next up, turn north to the NW Park Blocks. Brewers from around the world will be on hand and try to impress us beer-knowers with their interesting and unique pours. Check out the detes HERE.
3. Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. Set a course for North Portland for 3 days of great music under the St. Johns Bridge in Cathedral Park, located in historic St. Johns. Expect a broader range of jazz styles than in any previous year. Attendees can look forward to not only more music throughout the weekend, but a broader scope of jazz styles than ever before, from New Orleans to bebop to straight-ahead to experimental. It's a true 'sampler platter' of the entire PDX jazz scene." Lineup and details are HERE. Photo courtesy of Anthony Pidgeon.
4. PDX Pop Now! The free and annual fest is like a Fashion Week for music. If you ever wanted to know what is NOW, this is your chance to immerse. More than 40 bands like Radiation City and The Parson Red Heads will be on hand. All ages, of course! Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill. More HERE.
5. The Big Float. It's not until July 29th (NEXT Sunday), but put this on your to-do list: Register to be part of it. You can float on an inner tube, a kayak, as long as it’s not motorized. Meant to raise awareness about our beloved and very swimmable Willamette. The Big Float benefits Willamette Riverkeeper. Register HERE.
BONUS THING TO DO, BECAUSE WHO DOESN'T LOVE A PICKLE.
Kenny and Zuke's is throwing a street party for their first annual Pickle Throwdown on Saturday, July 23rd from noon until 6 p.m. at SandwichWorks on NW Thurman St.
Admission is $5 and includes tastes of all pickles. The all day tasting event includes voting for “People’s Choice Awards” and “Judge’s Panel Awards” in each category and will feature a celebrity panel of judges, including Portland icon Storm Large. Portland's top restaurant’s will submit their finest pickles in four categories- Classic Cucumber, Sweet Pickles, Not Involving a Cucumber and Portland Weird.
Admission costs will be donated to the Oregon Food Bank to help them meet the skyrocketing need for emergency food during this difficult economic time. Guests can pair their pickle samples with barbecue and microbrews, which will also be sold at the event. More information HERE.