Spotlight: Where to Find Cheap Stuff to Do in Portland

Weekend on the Cheap:

Portland Fix-It Fair this Saturday from 8:30am – 2:00pm at David Douglas High School. Learn how to spend less and stay healthy with these how-to classes, money-saving tips, free giveaways and free lunch.

City of Vancouver Health Fair at Firstenburg Community Center, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Features vendor booths, free aerobic classes, prize drawings and more. Free.

– No Pants on MAX! If you are so inclined to join in this planned event on Sunday by ImprovEverywhere, then click the link to read more (scroll down to ‘Global No Pants Subway Ride 2010′ and click on Portland).

– Willamette Week’s new Cheap Skate Deal box includes a Pink Floyd tribute, free yoga, free HIV testing, free ballet course for boys and much more.

– Freebies: A free Fresco Taco at Taco Bell (only one million available, so print it out soon!); Spark Energy Drink; and a free Disney ticket in exchange for some volunteer time through Hands on Portland.

– For more freebie events this weekend, please check out Aroundthesunblog

Spotlight: Where to Find Cheap Stuff to do in Portland

This blog is all about saving money and finding bargains and freebies for our hard-earned dollar. It takes a little bit of reading and research to come up with our listings, and not every screaming bargain or event makes the cut. That’s why this week we would like to share the primary resources we use to determine our weekly and weekend picks:


Willamette Week: free every Wednesday at area news boxes, libraries, stores and more; check the “Heading Out” section or scan the ads

Portland Mercury: free every Thursday around the Portland area; see the column “My, What a Busy Week!”

Portland Tribune: free every Thursday around the Portland area, look for the green-colored news boxes

The Oregonian: our own daily paper, look for the Thursday “Neighborhood” section and the Friday “Arts & Entertainment” section.

Event Listings

PDX Pipeline for “music, art, events, entertainment, sustainability”

KATU Upcoming events: daily listings of submitted events

KBOO Community Radio event listings

Upcoming on Yahoo: just plug in your location and search event listings by day or week and by category

Craigslist Portland: click on the ‘Community’ heading and then use the search box feature to find events by date, location or key words

Portland Travel Calendar: this is the official tourist/visitor information organization and you’ll find most of the major events listed on the calendar

Other Community Resources

Multnomah County Library: use the ‘Event Finder’ feature or scroll through the categories

Washington County Cooperative Library Services: click on ‘News & Events’

Libraries in Clackamas County: while there is not a central database for all events, each library is individually listed under “Library Hours & Locations”

Portland Online: the official web site for the city, click on the ‘Living’ tab for a whole slew of information

Oregon Metro: the official web site for Metro Regional Government, comprised of our three counties and 25 cities; click on “Places & Activities” for places to go and things to do

And there you have it! Plenty of information out there, but our time is limited so if you ever come to our blog and find slim pickings, feel free to check with the other resources! Read through em’ and bookmark your favorites. Thanks again for stopping by to read our blog, have a great weekend and we’ll see you back on Monday.

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