Free Events This Weekend in Portland: May 29–31

May 28th, 2009

Admission is free for all events below. For more concerts, visit Concert Co-op.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 29

  • Zoobomb Public Art Unveiling and Dance Party: The well-known, often-relocated minibike sculpture in downtown Portland has a new, permanent home: an art bike rack created by two local artists at SW 13th and W. Burnside. The celebration includes a parade, Mayor Sam Adams, entertainment and more. The parade meets at 4:00 pm at SW 10th and Oak, and will ride to the site at 5:00 pm. For more information, visit BikePortland.

  • Clay Giberson will perform at Three Degrees Lounge at the RiverPlace Hotel (1510 SW Harbor Way), 8:00 pm. For more information, visit the PDX Jazz website.

  • Miss Michael Jodell, Matt Brown and Allen Hunter will perform at Press Club at 8:30 pm. All ages. Press Club is located at 2621 SE Clinton St, 503.233.5656.

  • Floating Pointe (website) will perform at Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale) at 7:00 pm. Ages 21+. For more information, visit the Edgefield website.

  • Beth Willis (website) will perform at Rock Creek Tavern (10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro) at 9:00 pm. All ages until 10:00 pm. For more information, visit the Rock Creek Tavern website.

  • Author Glen David Gold will talk about his book “Sunnyside” at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside (1005 W. Burnside), 7:30 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

Saturday, May 30

  • Starlight Parade: Watch sparkling floats, gleaming bands and glowing marching groups wind their way through downtown Portland. The parade begins at 8:30 pm at NW Burnside and 9th Ave. It then travels through downtown Portland and ends at Lincoln High School. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Free Admission to Washington County Museum: It’s Family Day at the museum. Activities include kite making, pioneer dressup and more. 17677 NW Springville Rd, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour: See the best college snowboarders compete in 20 tons of snow at Pioneer Square. 1:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Wilsonville Parade Celebrating Oregon’s 150th Birthday: The parade will start at 10:00 am at the Parker Johnstone Honda Dealership and meander along Memorial Drive past the Parks to end up at Wilsonville City Hall. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Wilsonville Festival of Arts: The festival features more than 100 artists and performers from Wilsonville and beyond. Music, dance, poetry, and other live events are presented on the stage at Wilsonville’s Town Center Park. Hands-on activities for kids. Town Center Park (29600 SW Park Place, Wilsonville), Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Sturgeon Festival: Discover the many facets of the Columbia River ecosystem in which we live. Activities include Portland Audubon Birds of Prey, Creature Feature Reptile Zoo, Chinook tribal lore, water and boating safety demos, and more. Water Resources Education Center (4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver), Saturday and Sunday. For schedule and more information, visit the event website.

  • Children’s Festival 2009: Free face painting, dance performances, kids’ activities and crafts, and more. Organized by Vancouver Family Magazine. Westfield Vancouver Mall (8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr), 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Kids and Maternity Clothing Swap: Round up clean children’s clothing, accessories, and other wearables your kids don’t use or love anymore and swap them for items they need. This swap also includes maternity clothes. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave. Check the event website for times and more information.

  • Ed Benedict Skate Plaza Grand Opening Celebration and Skate Jam Invitational: Portland City Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Nick Fish will officially open the skate plaza at 1:15 pm. Enjoy a youth skateboarding competition, DJ, giveaways and more. Ed Benedict Park, SE 104th and Powell Blvd. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Lorna Miller’s Little Kids’ Jamboree: Lorna Miller uses music, songs, rhythm, and movement activities to stimulate young imaginations. The Little Kids’ Jamboree is an interactive event for kids of all ages. Belmont Library (1038 SE 39th Ave), 3:00 pm–4:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Saturday Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek State Park: Join a park ranger for a free, guided nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Today’s theme is “Restoration of the Creek.” Appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes. 10:00 am to 11:30 am. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Green Walks: A guide from Portland Parks & Recreation will lead a tour of Kelley Point Park (N. Marine Dr. and Lombard), 10:00 am–11:00 am. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Nancy Curtin (website) will perform at Three Degrees Lounge at the RiverPlace Hotel (1510 SW Harbor Way), 8:00 pm. For more information, visit the PDX Jazz website.

  • Lisa Forkish Trio (website) will perform at 7:00 pm at Local Lounge (3536 NE MLK, 503.282.1833).

  • Massive 7 Party: Special guest DJ Cousin Cole, a fashion show showcasing local designers, a PBR wheel and the official after-party for the Campus Rail Jam tour. Say “LifeisaParty” at the door and get in free before 10:00 pm. Ages 21+. Crown Room, 205 NW Fourth Ave.

  • Kaitlyn Ni Donovan and The Brilliant Channel will perform at Press Club at 8:30 pm. All ages. Press Club is located at 2621 SE Clinton St, 503.233.5656.

  • Eric John Kaiser (website) will perform at Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale) at 7:00 pm. Ages 21+. For more information, visit the Edgefield website.

  • Poncho Luxurio (website) will perform at Rock Creek Tavern (10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro) at 9:00 pm. All ages until 10:00 pm. For more information, visit the Rock Creek Tavern website.

Sunday, May 31

  • Zumiez Couch Tour (Skate Event): This event features a skateboarding competition and demos, giveaways, live music, food samples and more. Glenhaven Skatepark (NE 82nd Ave & Siskiyou St), noon to 6:00 pm. For schedule and more information, visit the event website.

  • Wilsonville Festival of Arts: The festival features more than 100 artists and performers from Wilsonville and beyond. Music, dance, poetry, and other live events are presented on the stage at Wilsonville’s Town Center Park. Hands-on activities for kids. Town Center Park (29600 SW Park Place, Wilsonville), Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Sturgeon Festival: Discover the many facets of the Columbia River ecosystem in which we live. Activities include Portland Audubon Birds of Prey, Creature Feature Reptile Zoo, Chinook tribal lore, water and boating safety demos, and more. Water Resources Education Center (4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver), Saturday and Sunday. For schedule and more information, visit the event website.

  • Kung Fu Film Series: “The Big Boss” will be showing at Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave) at 2:15 pm. The film is in Chinese with English subtitles. A brief discussion and kung fu demonstration with Master Yu, Shaowen will follow the screening. For more information, visit the event website.

  • “Snatch” will be showing at Press Club at 9:00 pm. All ages. Press Club is located at 2621 SE Clinton St, 503.233.5656.

  • Cookbook author Ani Phyo will talk about her book “Ani’s Raw Food Desserts” at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside (1005 W. Burnside), 7:30 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Free Acupuncture: The Herb Shoppe will offer free acupuncture from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 3327 SE Hawthorne Blvd. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Adaptive Bike Day: Try your hand at different biking options while cruising the Eastbank Esplanade. Several different types of bikes will be available to try out including two, three, and four-wheels, recumbent, upright, hand or foot-pedals. Helmets required (some will be available at the event). Meet at Vera Katz Festival Plaza parking lot under the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

If you know of any other free events happening this weekend, please write a comment about it. If you’d like me to include an event in a future round-up, please contact me.

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