April on the Cheap Highlights

Here are just a few highlights for things to do this month, on the cheap. For a complete list of things to do, please visit our Google calendar. Over on our sister home page, we’ve included new birthday perks and a link to Willamette Week’s “Cheap Life,” so please take a visit!

Article of the Month:
The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April,” by Dealnews.com.

Multiple Days:
– Free: Tax preparation assistance, listings by county courtesy of CASH Oregon.
– Free – donation request: Hoyt Arboretum Friends (HAF) celebrates its fourth annual Arbor Month with a variety of tours, classes and presentations to introduce people to the beauty of this urban green space and the important conservation work they do at Hoyt Arboretum.
– Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, the Portland Children’s Museum and the Japanese Garden on Saturday April 4th and Sunday April 5th. To qualify for Museums on Us, customers must present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission.
– $7 admission: PIR Auto Swap Meet, Thursday April 9th – Saturday April 11th.
– Free: Icelandair scavenger hunt prize giveaways, Friday April 10th – Sunday April 12th.
– Free: Art of the Story: 11th Annual Storytelling Festival, Saturday April 11th – Saturday April 18th.
– Free: Just Between Friends consignment sale, Thursday April 23rd – Saturday April 25th at the Portland Expo Center.
– Free: Friends of the Hillsboro Library bi-annual book sale, Friday April 24th – Sunday, May 3rd.

Wednesday, April 1st:
– Free: Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice new store grand opening celebration with giveaways, samples, demos and more. New store located near the Pearl district.

Thursday, April 2nd:
– Free: First Thursday Urban Adventure Run, 6:00pm – 7:00pm in downtown’s Pearl district area.

Friday, April 3rd:
– Free (first 500 only): 21st annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest at the Oregon Convention Center, 12:00pm – 10:00pm.

Saturday, April 4th:
– $5 adult admission: NW’s Largest Garage Sale and Vintage Sale, 8:00am – 5:00pm at the Portland Expo Center.
– Free: Portland Wind Symphony concert, 7:00pm at PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall.

Sunday, April 5th:
– $2: OMSI first Sunday event offers general admission to all for only $2.
– Free: Easter Egg Hunt & Mimosas at the Armory beginning at 12:00pm. Come for the prizes, stay for the show! The People’s Republic of Portland is at 2:00pm followed by the Pay What You Will night for Cyrano at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, April 7th:
– Free: Hillsboro First Tuesday opening exhibits, 5:00pm – 6:30pm in downtown Hillsboro. Check it out at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Sequoia Gallery + Studios.

Saturday, April 11th:
– Free: International TableTop Day, celebrating tabletop games all over Portland at local libraries, Powell’s book stores and more. Please see web site for locations.
– Free: Washington County Museum Free Family Day, 10:00am – 1:00pm.
– Free: 35th Annual Trillium Lily Festival & Native and Hardy Plant Sale, 10:00am – 4:00pm at Tryon Creek State Park.
– Free: Beaverton “Fun Over 50″ Fair, 1:30pm – 4:00pm at Beaverton’s Elsie Stuhr Center.

Sunday, April 12th:
– Free: 35th Annual Trillium Lily Festival & Native and Hardy Plant Sale, 10:00am – 4:00pm at Tryon Creek State Park.

Monday, April 13th:
– Free: PCPA Noontime Showcase presents the Jefferson Dancers, 12:00pm at Antoinette Hatfield Hall.

Tuesday, April 14th:
– $4: Oregon Zoo second Tuesday offers $4 admission for all. Ride public transit, show proof of fare and receive an additional $1.50 off.
– Free: Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day, 12:00pm – 8:00pm.

Saturday, April 18th:
– Free: Friends of the Multnomah County Library Spring Used Book Sale 2015, 9:00am – 6:00pm at Gresham Station Shopping Center.

Sunday, April 19th:
– Free: Friends of the Multnomah County Library Spring Used Book Sale 2015 50% off discount day, 10:00am – 4:00pm at Gresham Station Shopping Center.

Wednesday, April 22nd:
Free: Beaverton Wind Ensemble concert, 7:00pm at Beaverton City Library Auditorium.

Friday, April 24th:
– Free: Portland Art Museum Free Fourth Friday, admission is free for everyone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Saturday, April 25th:
– Free: Alder Creek 23rd annual Spring Paddle Festival at Vancouver lake, 9:00am – 4:00pm.
– Free: Portland Earth Day celebration, 10:00am – 5:00pm at Normandale Park.
– Free: 3rd Annual Jantzen Beach Jamboree, 4:00pm – 7:00pm with free food, free music and free beer.

Sunday, April 26th:
– Free: Alder Creek 23rd annual Spring Paddle Festival at Vancouver lake, 9:00am – 4:00pm.
– Free: 8th annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, 9:30am – 12:00pm at Eastport Plaza.

For more ideas on what to do, please check out Willamette Week’s ‘Head Out‘ section, Portland Mercury’s ‘My, What A Busy Week!‘ and PDX Pipeline.



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March 2015 on the Cheap Highlights

Here are just a few highlights for things to do this month, on the cheap. For a complete list of things to do, please visit our Google calendar.

Article of the Month:
The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March,” by Dealnews.com.

Multiple Days:
– Free: Tax preparation assistance, listings by county courtesy of CASH Oregon.
– Free: 2015 Cascade Festival of African Films, most films play at PCC Cascade, please see web site for complete schedule, continues through March 8th.
– Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, the Portland Children’s Museum and the Japanese Garden. To qualify for Museums on Us, customers must present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission.
– Free: Pass It On Children’s Consignment Spring sale, March 5th – 8th at the old Haggen grocery store in Tanasbourne.
– $9 adult admission: Portland Metro Dealers RV Show, March 11th – 15th at the Portland Expo Center. 2 for 1 admission tickets are available here.
– Various costs: Portland Parks and Recreation Spring Break classes and activities, March 23rd – 27th.

Sunday, March 1st:
– $2: OMSI first Sunday event offers general admission to all for only $2.
– Free: SE Portland Area Art Walk, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Monday, March 2nd:
– Free: Oregon History 101 “Economic Change: Ships to Silicon Chips“, 7:00pm at McMenamins Kennedy School.
– $5 suggested donation: OMSI Science Pub at the Hollywood Theatre, 7:00pm.

Tuesday, March 3rd:
– Free: IHOP National Pancake Day, get a free short stack of pancakes.
– Free: Hillsboro First Tuesday opening exhibits, 5:00pm – 6:30pm in downtown Hillsboro. Check it out at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Sequoia Gallery + Studios.

Saturday, March 7th:
– $2 – $5 suggested donation: 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell, 10:00am – 6:00pm at Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School.
– Free: 12th annual Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee, 10:00am at the Hollywood Theatre.
– Free: 2015 Annual Owl Fest, 10:00am – 7:00pm at Tryon Creek State Park.
– Free: Lebowski Bash 2015 at Grand Central Bowl, 9:00pm and movie screening at 9:30pm.

Sunday, March 8th:
– $2 – $5 suggested donation: 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell, 10:00am – 6:00pm at Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School.

Monday, March 9th:
– Free: PCPA Noontime Showcase presents Micah and Me, 12:00pm at Antoinette Hatfield Hall.

Tuesday, March 10th:
– $4: Oregon Zoo second Tuesday offers $4 admission for all. Ride public transit, show proof of fare and receive an additional $1.50 off.

Saturday, March 14th:
– Free: Washington County Museum Free Family Day, 10:00am – 1:00pm.

Monday, March 16th:
– Free: Estate Planning Workshop, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the St. Johns Library.

Tuesday, March 17th:
– Free: NW Youth Careers Expo, 9:00am – 2:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center.
– Free: Beaverton Wind Ensemble concert, 7:00pm at Beaverton City Library Auditorium.

Friday, March 20th:
– Free: Mazamas Used Equipment Sale, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Friday, March 27th:
– Free: Portland Art Museum Free Fourth Friday, admission is free for everyone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Saturday, March 28th:
– Free: Better Living Show, 10:00am – 6:00pm at the Portland Expo Center.

Sunday, March 29th:
– Free: Better Living Show, 11:00am – 6:00pm at the Portland Expo Center.

For more ideas on what to do, please check out Willamette Week’s ‘Head Out‘ section, Portland Mercury’s ‘My, What A Busy Week!‘ and PDX Pipeline.



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February 2015 on the Cheap Highlights

We are one month into the 2015 new year, here are some highlights for this month’s savings. For a complete list of things to do, please visit our Google calendar.

Article of the Month:
The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February,” by Dealnews.com.

Multiple Days:
– Free: 2015 Cascade Festival of African Films, most films played at PCC Cascade, please see web site for complete schedule.
– Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, the Portland Children’s Museum and the Japanese Garden. To qualify for Museums on Us, customers must present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission.
– $12 adult admission: 2015 Portland Auto Show, Thursday February 5th – Sunday February 8th at the Oregon Convention Center. $3 off discount coupons are valid for all day Thursday and until 3:00pm on Friday. Get the coupons in the Oregonian newspaper or check Oregonlive.com.
– Free: The One Motorcycle Show 2015, Friday February 13th – Sunday February 15th
– $10 family admission: Northwest Family & Kids Festival, Saturday February 14th & Sunday February 15th
– $10 general admission: 68th Annual Portland Home and Garden Show, Thursday February 19th – Sunday February 22nd. On Thursday and Friday, get 2-for-1 admission with the IKEA family rewards card.
– $9.50 adult admission: Lan Su Chinese Garden Chinese New Year festivities and programming, Thursday February 19th – Thursday March 6th.

Sunday, February 1st:
– Superbowl! If you are not watching at home or at someone else’s party, then take in the big game for free at OMSI’s huge IMAX theater, McMenamins Kennedy School, Hillaboro’s Venetian Theater, Big Al’s, area Buffalo Wild Wings (cover charge) or your favorite local watering hole. For even more listings, the Oregonian has compiled even more places to watch the big game.
– $2: OMSI first Sunday event offers general admission to all for only $2.
– Free: Portland Opera Preview of Carmen, 2pm at the Multnomah County Central Library.

Monday, February 2nd:
Oregon History 101, free, 7:00pm at McMenamins Kennedy School.

Tuesday, February 3rd:
– Free: Hillsboro First Tuesday opening exhibits, 5:00pm – 6:30pm in downtown Hillsboro. Check it out at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Sequoia Gallery + Studios.

Saturday, February 7th:
– Free: Kaiser Permanente Community Dental Care Clinic, 8:00am – 1:00pm, first come first served, please see web site for locations.
– Free: Beaverton Wind Ensemble presents their Winter Concert, featuring the music of Classic Masters II, 1:00pm at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium.

Monday, February 9th:
– Free: PCPA Noontime Showcase presents Portland Opera To Go, 12:00pm at Antoinette Hatfield Hall.

Tuesday, February 10th:
– $4: Oregon Zoo second Tuesday offers $4 admission for all. Ride public transit, show proof of fare and receive an additional $1.50 off.

Saturday, February 14th:
– Free: Admission to the Oregon Historical Society is free all day as part of Oregon Statehood Day, 10:00am – 5:00pm. Birthday Cake served at noon.
– Free: Zwickelmania, the free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample your favorite beers! 11:00am – 4:00pm.

Monday, February 16th:
– Free: Admission to the Japanese Garden is free for all, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Tuesday, February 17th:
– Free workshop, Estate Planning for your Family, 6:30pm at the Garden Home Public Library.
– Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Events, listings from PDX Pipeline.

Saturday, February 21st:
Free: 28th annual Fix-It-Fair, 9:30am – 3:00pm at David Douglas High School.

Friday, February 27th:
– Free: Portland Art Museum Free Fourth Friday, admission is free for everyone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

For more ideas on what to do, please check out Willamette Week’s ‘Head Out‘ section, Portland Mercury’s ‘My, What A Busy Week!‘ and PDX Pipeline.



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