Free Events This Weekend in Portland: June 12–14

June 11th, 2009

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

Also, Pedalpalooza begins this week, and Shift to Bikes has information on the 200+ events that make up this two-week celebration. Some events are free and some are not. If you’re not sure whether an event is free, contact the organizers of that event.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 12

  • Cruisin’ Sherwood: Starting at 5:00 pm, classic cars will prepare for a traditional cruise in Old Town Sherwood. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Andrew Oliver 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.

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

  • The Cowboy Heroes (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.

  • The Dust Bowl Refugees will perform at Press Club at 8:30 pm. All ages. Press Club is located at 2621 SE Clinton St, 503.233.5656.

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

  • Author Jay Lake will talk about his book “Green” at 7:00 pm at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton). For more information, visit the event website.

Saturday, June 13

  • Cirque du Cycling: This event includes an art bike parade, criterium-style street race (with two-way racing), three-mile family ride, live entertainment, and more. N. Mississippi Ave between Shaver and Fremont, noon to 8:00 pm. See photos of last year’s event here. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Base to Butte Fair: The Asian-American Plaza will be the site of a neighborhood fair featuring entertainment and crafts by local artists. NE 82nd and Siskiyou, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit Neighborhood Notes.

  • Cruisin’ Sherwood: From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, see hundreds of classic and custom vehicles in Old Town Sherwood. For more information, visit the event website.

  • National Get Outdoors Day: This event encourages families to experience the healthful, active outdoor fun available right outside our doors. Hands-on activities, presentations, giveaways, and more. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Water Resources Education Center (4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver). For more information, visit the event website.

  • Original Practice Shakespeare Festival (Ops Fest): Ops Fest performs First Folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays, using the same performance techniques as performers in Shakespeare’s time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast-paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction. Cathedral Park (under the bridge at N. Edison St and N. Philadelphia Ave), 2:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Green Walks: A guide from Portland Parks & Recreation will lead a tour of Maricara Park from 10:00 am–11:00 am. Meet at SW 29th and Maricara. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Downtown Hillsboro Walking Tour: Join walking guru and author Laura Foster for a casual walk that goes by the Venetian Theatre, the Cultural Arts Center and several historic homes before ending at the Southeast Eighth Avenue MAX stop. Meet at 1:15 pm at the Washington County Courthouse on Main Street between First and Second Avenues. For more information, visit the event website.

  • I Was A King (website) will perform at 4:00 pm at Music Millennium (3158 E. Burnside). For more information, visit the event website.

  • Brooklyn Street Jazz (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.

  • Mood Area 52 will perform at Press Club at 8:30 pm. All ages. Press Club is located at 2621 SE Clinton St, 503.233.5656.

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

  • Garcia Birthday Band (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.

  • Backyard Birding: Join local birding expert Doug Robberson to discover how to attract and identify common backyard birds. Tigard Library (13500 SW Hall Blvd), 1:00 pm–2:30 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Cyd Manro, the co-founder of EcoMunity, will present creative low-cost ways to generate power for home or office. Manro demonstrates community power and communications projects that are helping power tomorrow’s urban networks. Powell’s City of Books on Burnside (1005 W. Burnside), 11:00 am. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Birding 101: Bring your bird identification guide, binoculars, notebook and water bottle. This class is best suited for adults and children ages 10 and up. First hour will be inside with background information and second hour in the field. Tryon Creek Park, 10:00 am to noon. For more information, visit the event website.

Sunday, June 14

  • Original Practice Shakespeare Festival (Ops Fest): Ops Fest performs First Folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays, using the same performance techniques as performers in Shakespeare’s time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast-paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction. Peninsula Park (north of the gazebo, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way), 2:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Pride Parade: The parade starts at 11:00 am on the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland. For the parade route, visit the event website.

  • Pets on Parade: Everyone is welcome to dress up and show off their favorite pet (stuffed animals okay too). Music presented by the Petropolitan Jazz Band. Registration for competitions begins at 1:00 pm. Parade begins at 2:00 pm. Millennium Plaza Park (200 First Street, Lake Oswego). For more information, visit the event website.

  • Pearl to Pittock Hike: Join Council President David Bragdon and walking guru and author Laura Foster for this hike that goes through Westover Heights and Northwest 23rd and 21st Avenues. Meet at Portland REI, 1405 NW Johnson St, at 8:45 am. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Portland Metro Concert Band will perform at Howard Horner Performing Arts Center at David Douglas High School (1400 SE 130th Ave), 3:00 pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed to help defray concert expenses. For more information, visit the band website.

  • Adam Franklin (of Swervedriver) (website) will perform at 3:00 pm at Music Millennium (3158 E. Burnside). For more information, visit the event website.

  • Kung Fu Film Series: “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” will be showing at Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave), 2:15 pm. This 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.

  • Cellotronik (website) will perform at Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale) at 5:00 pm. Ages 21+. For more information, visit the Edgefield website.

  • Author Gillian Flynn will talk about her book “Dark Places” at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside (1005 W. Burnside), 7:30 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Selling Handmade Goods on Etsy: Learn how and why to sell your handmade goods on the largest online craft consignment store. Let instructors from the IPRC (Independent Publishing Resource Center) be your guide. St. Johns Library (7510 N. Charleston Ave), 2:00 pm–4:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

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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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. June 12-14: Ice cream, fi&hellip  |  June 12th, 2009 at 4:26 am

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  • 2. Mike  |  June 12th, 2009 at 5:53 am

    http://www.portlandbuddhistfestival.com/

    Saturday the much overlooked Buddhist Festiva.

    June 13, 2009, 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Colonel Summers Park, SE 17th and Taylor, Portland, Oregon

    …..Food and Festivities…..
    +Buddhist talks and workshops
    +Teachings and activities for Adults and Children
    +Tabling by Buddhist Communities

  • 3. Anon  |  June 12th, 2009 at 7:03 am

    The 5th Annual Buddhist Festival is happening on Saturday too. It is free and goes from 11-4:30. It is happening at Colonel Summers Park!

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