Spotlight: Portland Summer Events Guide 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT: As per the rules and regulations of work life balance municipal code 2011.6S, POTC is going on hiatus. Last summer we hit the Central American countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua; this year it is TBD, to wherever our whims and the constraints of our pocketbook take us. As such, we’ll be on hiatus through the summer and shall return in September (well, unless the networks balk to our hardball demands). We wish you all a wonderful summer and hope this last blog post will offer up the inspiration and excitement to enjoy the awesomeness that is the city of Portland (& Oregon!). Hasta luega!

Weekend on the Cheap:

Portland Children’s Museum First Friday free admission from 4:00pm – 8:00pm.

– Portland’s Eastside Galleries First Friday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Features over 50 participating galleries and venues with new exhibits and artist receptions. Please see web site for map and a list of participating venues.

Krispy Kreme National Doughnut Day: Krispy Kreme is offering customers one FREE doughnut of any variety at participating U.S. store locations on Friday, June 3rd. No purchase is necessary to receive a free doughnut. Expect a long line!

Portland Senior Health Expo, Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm at the Double Tree Lloyd Center. Free admission, description from web site: “The Portland Senior Health Expo will be featuring seminars, speakers, and businesses with products and services in all areas of interest including: financial and investment planners; domestic and overseas travel; tax and legal advisors; senior Facilities; health & wellness; mortgage; insurance; home and garden; community services; and more…

– Submission from Emily: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, Pittock Mansion and the Lan Su Chinese Garden this Saturday and Sunday. 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.

Wilsonville Festival of Arts, this Saturday and Sunday at Wilsonville’s Town Center Park, free admission. Features food, crafts, a parade, authors, silent auction, music performances and much more.

National Trails Day is this Saturday and Oregon State Parks celebrates with State Parks Day with free camping at all state parks and all day use fees are waived.

Sharing the Dharma: A Buddhist Festival in the Park, this Saturday from 11:00am – 4:30pm at Colonel Summers Park in SE Portland. There will be children’s activities, panel discussions, food, prize giveaways, Buddhist talks and workshops.

Next Adventure Summer Splash this Saturday at Sellwood Riverfront Park, 10:00am – 6:00pm. Free clinics and demos of the latest and greatest paddle gear.

Rose Festival Starlight Parade, starts around 8:30pm Saturday night, get out and grab a spot to experience this Rose Festival highlight.

OMSI admission is just $2 for all for First Sundays. The special featured exhibit “Narnia” costs an additional $2 to your museum admission.

Hillsboro REI Used Gear Sale begins at 10:00am, but a lot of people start lining up early in the morning to take advantage of all the great deals.

– Submission from Kelly: Great deal on summer music camp for kids, just $25 each.

– For more ideas on what to do this weekend, please visit Aroundthesunblog or PDXPipeline. For kids activities, please check out PDX Kids Calendar and Red Tricycle Portland.


– The Oregonian’s Summer Events Guide was distributed in the May 20th, 2011 A&E section. Provides picks for visual arts, music, theater and outdoor festivals.

– Portland Tribune’s / Pamplin Media Group Oregon 2011 Events Guide, with listings divided by Oregon Coast, Portland Metro, Mt. Hood & the Gorge, Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon and Central Oregon. The publisher also has an activity guide “101 Things to Do” insert in their May 27th issue of the Portland Tribune, but was not currently available online at the time of this blog posting.

– Willamette Week’s Summer Guide 2011: to be published on Wednesday, June 15th. Check out the print and online edition on that day!

Portland Mercury Summer Guide, not yet published, look for it in the next few weeks online and in print!

City of Portland online guide to area street fairs, concerts, parades and more for 2011.

– Travel Portland is the official Visitor’s Association for the city, and offers an online events calendar that you can sort by specific date, event type or keyword.

– If you are looking for free outdoor movies in the park, try the City of Portland Parks & Recreation, Beaverton’s Flicks by the Fountain, Gresham Pictures in the Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square’s Flicks on the Bricks, Lake Oswego Movies in the Park, Tualatin Movies on the Commons and Wilsonville Movies in the Park. If you’re more into the indoor cinema, Regal Cinemas will once again hold their 10:00am Tuesday/Wednesday Family Film series “Movie Express” at select theaters around the Portland area; this year there is an admission fee of $1. Weekly Promo Offer 600 X 400

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2 Responses to Spotlight: Portland Summer Events Guide 2011

  1. Jimmy Childs says:

    Hi, I’m a coordinator for Or. Parks & Rec. Dept.’s Let’s Go Camping program. Every weekend during the summer beginning June 15, we take novice camper families camping. We provide tents, sleeping bags and mattress pads if they need them and the cost is only $20 for the whole family. We have ranger led activities like nature hikes, hands-on learning activities, lots of fun for adults and children and plenty of s’mores to enjoy around the campfire. Is there any way we can get this great bargain listed in your 2012 Summer guide?

  2. Rachel H says:

    ooh! ooh! don’t forget MAMA (Milepost 5 & Montavilla Art Market) every Sunday 10-4 throughout the summer. just saw the announcement this weekend:

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