Sometimes you find yourself in a rut. You want to do something fun over the weekend, but you have already seen all the movies you want to see and eaten at all the restaurants you want to try. You went camping last week and you are now struggling with a bad case of poison ivy. You could go to a concert or a music fest, but when you are really honest with yourself you admit that you would just as soon listen to your IPod. You would really like to take a vacation, but you just can’t spend the time away from work. Sometimes you have to let the new experiences come to you and visiting The Oregon Convention Center is a great way to experience something different while staying in town.
This year’s convention center calendar offers a wide variety of conferences to choose from. Many of them are open to the public. Whether you are looking to be amused, enlightened or educated, you are certain to find something to peak your interest at the Convention Center.
Saturday August 8 to Tuesday August 11
QI translates from Chinese as breath, air or gas and has come to mean life force in new age circles. The QI Revolution, centers on accessing this life force though yoga, core strengthening, breath work and food healing. Once a person finds their life force, the conference promises that they will exhibit the values of the QI revolution including: kindness, collaboration and humility.
A ticket to finding your life force is only $149.00 for all four days.
Saturday, August 22
Whether you are wanting a flashy new gas guzzler to ease the pain of being middle aged or looking to hop off the Max and see how the other half lives, this car show is certain to be an entertaining way to spend a night out. The show comes complete with scantily clad models, gaming and live entertainment.
The show runs from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and tickets range from $15.00 to $25.00.
Sunday, September 6
Who wants to go to a barbeque on Labor Day when you could be at one of the most unique and fabulous beauty pageants in the country? This year’s pageant moves from Darcelle XV Showroom to the Convention Center and will include performances from drag queens from all over the world.
The show starts at 6:00 p.m. ticket sales have not yet been announced.
If you feel that you are the world’s most fabulous drag queen, it is not too late to contact Darcelle and enter the competition.
Rose City Comic Con 2015
Saturday, September 19 to Sunday, September 20
Yes, it is time once again to break out your Superman costume, dust off your wizard wand and head on down to the Convention Center for an annual weekend of corporately sponsored make believe.
This year’s festivities will include appearances by colorist Matt Wilson, whose work has appeared in Wonder Woman comics. Voice over actress Olivia Olson will also make an appearance. Ms. Olson is the voice of Marceline on the hit series Adventure Time as well as Vanessa Doofenshmirtz on the Disney show Phineas and Ferb.
Comic book artist from the famous to obscure will sell their wares at the festival. There will be no shortage of food and souvenirs for sale.
Ticket prices are $20 for one day and $40 for two days. You can also get a weekend fast pass for $100. A fast pass include early entrance to the Exhibit Floor, front of line access to celebrity meet and greets and photo opportunities during the scheduled photo times.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive 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.