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Seven Fun Things to Do This Weekend

Friday, September 26, 2014


Not entirely sure what to do this weekend? Well, try one of these great events going on.

The end of summer has come and fall is not only just around the corner, it's here. Revel in the fact that the heat is gone and the cooler weather is here and partake in some of these fall-welcoming and summer-ending events this weekend.

Get the friends and families together and get down to some of these all-ages-friendly things to do around Oregon.

The Ninth Annual American Indian Day Celebration

This Annual American Indian Day Celebration happens on the fourth Friday in September. The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and other Indian organizations will be at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland to celebrate American Indian cultures.

This event is aimed at promoting awareness of the challenges American Indians face as well as commemorating American Indian culture.

Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, 503-416-3269, Noon - 7 p.m., Grand Entry: 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26, For more information visit http://www.npaihb.org

Portland Juggling Fest


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Jugglers from around the world, as well as from around the corner, are comng together to show off their skills. The Portland Juggling Festival showcases many performers, hobbiests, beginners, professionals, and vendors all in one place.

Think jugglers use just pins or tennis balls? Wrong! There will be quite a variety of props used at this festival, so get your friends and family together and prepare to be surprised.

Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, 503-771-1112, Friday - Sunday, Sept. 26-28, Check ticket prices and purchase tickets here.


Portland Film Lovers, UNITE! The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival is screening at the historic Clinton Street Theater. Ten short films, selected from 589 entries from 27 countries, will be screened over 250 cinemas across the world, and Portland has the privilege of hosting one of those cinemas. The audience will be able to vote on films and participate in choosing the overall winner. Film lovers will be able to become movie critics overnight!

These films are set in diverse locales, ranging from outer space to Mexico, and the mountains of Norway to London.

So, get your opinions ready and get over to the Clinton Street Theater.

The Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, 503-238-5588, 7:30pm, Friday - Sunday, Sept. 26th - 28th, For more information visit http://www.cstpdx.com/show/manhattan-short-film-festival


Here is Oregon's largest plant-based food event. With hundreds of free foods to sample, an expanded exhibit hall, a fitness area with many demos and classes to attend, film screenings, and children and teen friendly activities, there's something for everyone to do. VegFest focuses on celebrating sustainable healthy food and lifestyle choices.

Oregon Convention Center - Exhibit Hall A, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland, 503-746-8344, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday - Sunday, Sept. 27-28. For more information visit http://nwveg.org

Oktoberfest at Grand Lodge

Get together at this all-ages Oktoberfest at Grand Lodge to enjoy great food and drinks. There will be live music by Chris Marshall and the August Light, Eric John Kaiser, Peter Pants, The Gravy, High Five Polka Band as well as a lot of singing and revelry. Nothing says Oktoberfest like friends, family, food, and beer.

The Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, 503-992-9533, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, For more information and full list of events visit McMenamins Oktoberfest at Grand Lodge


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Oktoberfest at Edgefield

Can't make it to Oktoberfest at Grand Lodge? Well, good thing there's an Oktoberfest at Edgefield.

On tap besides great beer is is live music by Chervona, The Junebugs, The Talbott Brothers, Will West & The Friendly Strangers, Darka Dusky and the Borscht Beatniks, Three for Silver, Gypsy Caravan, Freak Mountain Ramblers, Julie McCarl and Friends, High Fives Polka Band, and an Oktoberfest Golf Tourney.

Feel free to return or make it for the first time at Edgefield. Oktoberfest is celebrated all over the world and this free, all-ages event means Oregonians get to celebrate, too.

Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, 503-669-8610, All day Sunday, Sept. 28, For more information and a full list of events visit McMenamins Oktoberfest at Edgefield

Southwest Portland Sunday Parkways 

Let's go ahead and take advantage of the end of the Sunday Parkways season by getting together with friends and family to explore the trails, rolling hills, and scenic views around Portland. Pit stops around this 6-mile trek include Gabriel Park, Multnomah Village, and Hillsdale Shopping Center. At each one of these locations enjoy food, music and many different activities. All ages welcome to join in on this ending of a season.

Gabriel Park, Multnomah Village, and Hillsdale Shopping Center, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. For full map and information visit here


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