Outdoor Celebrations in Portland –
September is here and Portlanders will certainly be scrambling around to find a good way to say goodbye to summer before the much needed rain begins. There are many outdoor events in Portland this September that can help can educate and entertain attendees. Whether you are an aspiring historian, a foodie, a public transportation enthusiast or, just an outlaw at heart there is a little something for everyone this September.
Tortuga Pirate Festival.
September 4 through the 7
Who doesn’t entertain fantasies about being a pirate? The seafaring swashbucklers have a job that pays well, involves travel and comes with perks that can include an actual treasure chest. In addition to the many benefits of the job they get to wear some pretty cool outfits to the office.
On Labor Day weekend the city of Lebanon will host this four day event at Cheadle Lake Park. The festival is unique in that it is an emersion event. This means that all participants are encouraged to dress as pirates and cell phone and tablet use must be kept at a minimum. Participants will even have their own currency and government.
Everyone is encouraged to use pirate lingo and participate in events such as wrestling matches and theme parties. Many people camp out at the event and there is even a section for RVs.
Orange Line Opening
September 9 to 12
After all the planning and publicity the big day is finally here. The commuter train that runs from PSU to Clackamas County will stop making test runs and let passengers aboard. Although the actual opening is on September 12 the festivities will begin on Wednesday, September 9 Trimet night at the Timber. There will be a special Orange line booth with prizes. The Timbers will also unveil their new scarf featuring the Tilikum Crossing.
On Thursday September 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. the city will launch the aesthetic night time light program on the new Tilikum Crossing . There will be a public viewing of the bridge at at Zidell Yards that will include a beer garden, food carts and a special Orange Line ice cream from Salt and Straw’s which is comprised of Olive Oil and Burnt Orange Marmalade.
On Saturday, September 12 from 11:00 am to 6: 00 p.m. the train will start running and all public transportation will be free, including the aerial tram. There will be activities and festivities at every orange line stop.
September 19 – 20, 2015
If you have the urge to polka and you need a socially acceptable outlet, you may want to dance on down to Northwest Portland to celebrate the Polish Festival. The event will include a performance by The Oregon Polka Beat as well as plenty of dancing.
There will be no shortage of food at the festival, including a wide variety of pierogies from the familiar potato variety to desert pierogies. If dumplings aren’t you thing potato pancakes will also be offered. There will be plenty of Polish beer to wash everything down with and a children’s Village for the kiddies.
September 26, 2015
If you are vegan and you’re sick of food festivals where you can’t eat anything you will definitely want to check out this event which is hosted by Doug Fir Lounge, Herbivore Clothing Company, and Bye & Bye. The festival takes place at Zidell Yards and will feature a plethora of vegetarian restaurants and vendors.
The event runs from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Tickets are $45 or $25 for a non-drinkers pass. No one under twenty one will be admitted.
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.