Weekend on the Cheap:
- Portland Art Museum free admission this Friday night from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
- 6th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day this Saturday only, see web site for participating museums AND you must print out the ticket to get free admission.
- Festival Japan, this weekend from 11:00am – 5:00pm at Beaverton’s Uwajimaya with music, arts, dance, crafts, foods and more.
- “Fun on Foster” Street Fair and Art Walk, this Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm from SE 49th and Foster to SE 82nd and Foster. Check out arts, crafts, classic car cruise-in, music, dance and more. Plus it will be 80 degrees out, so go enjoy!
- “Flash Kitchen” free cooking demos this Saturday from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at downtown’s Director Park, plus Whole Foods will donate $1 to Young Musicians and Artists for every person who shows up!
- McMenamins Oktoberfests this Saturday at Grand Lodge and Sunday at Edgefield, free!
- Polish Festival 2010 this Saturday and Sunday, free admission. Located at 3900 North Interstate Avenue.
- Next Adventure’s 7th Annual Fall Warehouse Clearance Sale, this Saturday and Sunday; save up to 80%. Better yet, get a half-price gift certificate at Portland’s MercPerks for even more savings (disclaimer: you won’t get your gift certificate in time to use it for this weekend because they send it via snail mail, but it’s still a great deal for later!)
- Mahrajan First Arab Festival this Sunday at Fulton Community Center, 11:00am – 7:00pm for bazaar, kids’ activities, music, dance and more. $5 admission includes three raffle tickets.
- Sunday Parkways this Sunday from 10:00am – 3:00pm in NW Portland. “A 2-way route of city streets open to walk, bike, roll, run, jump, and skip – without having to watch out for cars! The 4.5-mile Northwest Portland Sunday Parkways route will have two loops, connecting SW Stark Street, Old Town Chinatown, Pearl and Northwest neighborhoods. Activities, food, and entertainment will be in Couch and Wallace Parks and along the route.”
- Northwest Tracking – the 36th Young People’s Film Festival: Growing New Talent. 1:00pm this Sunday at the NW Film Center; free admission showcasing the work of youth 12 and under.
SPOTLIGHT: Movies on the Cheap, Saving at Regal Cinemas
Here’s your guide to saving some money when going to the movies:
1. Sign up for the Regal Crown Club card. Earn one credit for every dollar you spend on movie tickets at the box office and snacks at the concessions stand. Bonus: earn double credits on certain days and on special promotions.
Earn 50 credits and get a coupon for a free small popcorn. Earn another 50 credits and get a coupon for a free small drink. Move up to 150 credits and receive a free movie ticket (valid for two months).
Regal Crown Club members can also purchase candy for $1 on Mondays and a small popcorn for $1 on Tuesdays.
2. Buy the Entertainment book. The 2010 edition featured tickets for $7.50 as well as a voucher for free admission on your birthday. Stay tuned for the 2011 edition in an upcoming post.
3. Go online to the corporate site for the $27 Ultimate Premiere Movie Pack, which includes two Premiere Super Savers tickets and a $10 gift card good toward admissions or concessions. You can also purchase Premiere Super Saver Ticket for $7.50 each or VIP Super Saver movie ticket for $6.50 each.
If you don’t want to pay shipping on these items, you should also be able to find them at your local Costco store, the AAA web site/office, or check with your local employer group (like the CHP Group).
4. Become a fan on Facebook by clicking “Like” and every week you’ll get a coupon to save money off concession items.
5. During the summer months, Regal holds a free Family Film Festival with family-friendly flicks screening during the week.
6. Go early for a matinee; show a student ID card; go as a Senior or Child (but be ready to prove it!).
7. Cans Film Festival: sadly, it does not appear that this still exists, in which Regal partnered with the Oregon Food Bank to provide one night of movies in exchange for 3 or more cans of food. The last time we participated was in 2008 and we have heard no early word for a revival for 2010.
8. Other ideas? Please leave a comment and share…and paying for one movie and then sneaking into two others doesn’t count ;-D