May Portland 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 freebies so please take a visit!

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

Multiple Days:
– Free: 33rd Annual Ceramic Show­case, Friday May 1st – Sunday May 3rd at the Exhibit Hall at the Vet­er­ans Memo­r­ial Coliseum.
– 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 May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd. 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: The Ultimate New Home Showcase, Saturday May 2nd & Sunday May 3rd, tour new houses all over the Portland metro area.
– Free: Friends of the Hillsboro Library bi-annual book sale, final weekend Friday May 1st – Sunday, May 3rd.
– Standard Festival Pass $105.44: Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Thursday May 7th – Sunday May 10th. Yes, the price is over a hundred bucks, but you are getting 4 days of excellent comedy!
– Free – ticketed events : McMenamins 16th Annual UFO Festival, Thursday May 14th – Sunday May 17th at Hotel Oregon in McMinnville. Many free events like the “Landing Party,” UFO Abduction Dash, music and more.
– Free: Pioneer Family Festival, Friday May 15th – Sunday May 17th at Oregon City’s Clackamette Park.
– Free: Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country, Friday May 23rd – Sunday May 25th.

Friday, May 1st:
– Free: Target First Fridays offers free admission to the Portland Children’s Museum from 4:00pm – 8:00pm.

Saturday, May 2nd:
Free Comic Book Day, participating shops include Things From Another World, Excalibur Books, Future Dreams, Floating World and Cosmic Monkey.
– Free: Portland Meadows Kentucky Derby Party, gates open at 7:00pm but the big race isn’t scheduled until 3:24pm.
– Free: Faire in the Grove, 10:00am – 6:00pm at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove.

Sunday, May 3rd:
– Free: Faire in the Grove, 10:00am – 4:00pm at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove.
– $2: OMSI first Sunday event offers general admission to all for only $2.
– Pay What You Will performance of “The Lion,” 7:30pm at Portland Center Stage. Tickets are limited so we recommend purchasing them when purchasing begins at noon the day of.

Monday, May 4th:
– Free: Designing a Garden to Table Landscape, 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Living Room Realty.
– Free: “May the Fourth Be With You” free Screening of Star Wars Fan Films, doors open at 6:30pm, McMenamins Mission Theater.

Tuesday, May 5th:
– 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.

Thursday, May 7th:
– Free: First Thursday Urban Adventure Run, 6:00pm – 7:00pm in downtown’s Pearl district area.
– Free: Performance “Caminos del Ande- Andean Trails,” 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the Hillsdale Library.

Saturday, May 9th:
– Free: Camas Plant & Garden Fair, 9:00am – 4:00pm.
– Free: 9th Annual St. Johns Bizarre & Parade, 10:00am – 7:00pm with music, crafts, food drink and more.
– Free: Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale, 11:00am – 6:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center.
– Free: Gypsy jazz & vintage swing stringband, 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the Multnomah County Central Library.

Sunday, May 10th:
– Free: East Portland Sunday Parkways, 11:00am – 4:00pm.

Tuesday, May 12th:
– $4: Oregon Zoo second Tuesday offers $4 admission for all. Ride public transit, show proof of fare and receive an additional $1.50 off.

Friday, May 15th:
– Free: Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Health & Fitness Expo, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center.
– Free: Oregon Wilderness Block Party, 5:00pm – 10:00pm at Keen’s Footwear in the Pearl.

Saturday, May 16th:
– Free: Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Health & Fitness Expo, 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center.
– Free: 10th Annual Mt Tabor Art Walk, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Sunday, May 17th:
– $5: Portland Parks $5 for 5k series, 9:00am – 11:00am at Fernhill Park.
– Free: 10th Annual Mt Tabor Art Walk, 10:00am – 5:00pm.
– Free: 5th Annual Regional Trails Fair, 12:00pm – 5:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center.

Wednesday, May 20th:
– Free: Beaverton Wind Ensemble concert, 7:00pm at Beaverton City Library Auditorium.

Friday, May 22nd:
– Free: Portland Art Museum Free Fourth Friday, admission is free for everyone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
– Free: Rose Festival opening night fireworks, 9:45pm. Cityfair admission is $10 if you want to see the show from within the park and if you want to see the 8:30pm concert from Hit Machine.

Saturday, May 23rd:
Memorial Day weekend events and things to do, suggestions from PDX Pipeline.

Thursday, May 28th:
– Free: Last Thursday on Alberta, streets will be closed from 6:00pm – 9:30pm.

Saturday, May 30th:
– Free: Rose Festival Starlight Parade, 8:30pm – 11:00pm.

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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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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