It is summer and the sun is making her short, but much anticipated annual appearance in Portland. When the sun finally arrives the people of Portland poke their heads out of their windows, put down their video games and venture outside for Portland Oregon Festivals and also once they feel the warm embrace of the sun they do what any sensible person would do and head right to the water.
Late July and early August bring several opportunities to celebrate the many rivers in town as well as the ocean and all of the places to which it can takes us. You can do anything from floating downstream while listening to tunes to celebrating our beach laden 50th state to hopping down the street in a mermaid costumes. All of the events are family friendly, can be experienced for a reasonable price and are souvenir positive.
Don’t Miss These Portland Oregon Festivals!
3 Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest
Thursday July 28th to Saturday July 30th
So you want to experience the tropical wonderland that is Hawaii, but you can’t afford a plane ticket or the time away from work. Fortunately, you can get a taste of the Paradise of the Pacific when you attend the 3 Days of Aloha festival.
Unlike other Portland Oregon Festivals, this festival takes place at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and offers everything from classes in Hulu dancing and arts and crafts, to a talent competition to a fun run. The crafts that will be taught include Fresh lei making techniques, a class in Hawaiian values and massage. Talent show participants will compete for such titles as Miss Hapa Haole and Mr. Debonair Hula.
The weekend will end with a morning fun run on Saturday and as with all Portland area events, costumes are encouraged. Participation in the fun run is $40.00.
Saturday, July 30
So you just caught Splash at the revival theater and you are wondering where your Daryl Hannah or Tom Hanks might be hiding themselves, or perhaps you just took a scuba lesson and realize that you have a strange affinity for the bottom of the ocean. In any case Saturday, July 30th brings the opportunity to let your inner mermaid come out and celebrate with the first annual Portlandia Mermaid Parade.
The theme of this year’s parade is, “The Sea of Love “ and in accordance with true Portlandia tradition its website says that it is a, “family friendly, gender neutral, and body positive event celebrating water mythology. As it sounds somewhat politically correct, you may want to leave the Delores DeLago costume at home.
The parade will start at noon. Its one mile parade route will go along the Portland Waterfront sidewalk promenade. Participation is free.
One Of The Best Portland Oregon Festivals
Sunday, July 31
Perhaps you do not feel like parading or running. Perhaps you just want to stroll around the waterfront with some tasty eats while listening to some great music. The Willamette River Festival gives Portlanders the opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves while being educated about the environment and the river itself.
Birds from the Audubon Society will grace visitors with their presence along with a variety of fish. This festival is different than other Portland Oregon Festivals because there will be plenty of tabling by environmental groups and there will be activist there to discuss and explain their upcoming river clean up proposal. Walking tours of the waterfront will also be available.
In addition to some great food, folk music and dance troupes there will be a christening and launching of a boat that was hand built by middle school students.
The event goes from noon to 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Park Waterfront.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.