Free Events in Portland: June 11–13

June 10th, 2010

What better way to enjoy a gorgeous weekend than by attending a free event?

Next two weeks

Pedalpalooza: This two-week bike celebration includes 274 events, nearly all of which are free. Bikers of all persuasions are likely to find an event of interest.

Saturday, June 12

Grand Floral Parade: The highlight of the Rose Festival starts at 10:00 am at the Memorial Coliseum, travels down MLK Jr. Blvd, across the Burnside Bridge, and into downtown Portland, ending at Lincoln High School.

Dragon Boat Races: Almost 100 teams will compete in this exciting Rose Festival event. Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Waterfront Park.  

National Get Outdoors Day: Join Smokey Bear and Ranger Rick for a day of outdoor activities, demos, a family fun walk, bike maintenance clinic, and more. Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Cirque du Cycling: Head to Mississippi Ave for a street festival, circus, bike race, bike parade, and more. 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. 

TIP Cruise-In and Cookout: The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) is hosting this fundraising event. Admission is free to the public. Live music, cars, and more. Portland Fire Bureau Training Center, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Free Family Day at the Washington County Museum: Learn about historic photography and quilting. Summer-themed arts and crafts activities including making your own butterfly art. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Guided walk from The Grotto to Rocky Butte: Join author Laura Foster on a tour through one of Portland’s most serene forested settings and climb the nearby trail for a round trip to the historic Rocky Butte summit. Meet at The Grotto parking lot, 9:00 am.

“Much Adoe About Nothing”: The Ops Fest (Original Practice Shakespeare Festival) will perform this play using the same techniques as they did in Shakespeare’s own time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast-paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction. Gabriel Park, 2:00 pm.

Sunday, June 13

Milk Carton Boat Race: Children and adults will race and show off their handmade boats that float only by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Westmoreland Park Casting Pond, 11:00 am.

Dragon Boat Races: Almost 100 teams will compete in this exciting Rose Festival event. Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Waterfront Park.  

Pets on Parade: Everyone is welcome to dress up in their favorite Centennial attire (pets too). This is a great opportunity to show off your favorite pet or stuffed animal. Millennium Plaza Park. Registration at 1:00 pm, parade at 2:00 pm.

“Much Adoe About Nothing”: The Ops Fest (Original Practice Shakespeare Festival) will perform this play using the same techniques as they did in Shakespeare’s own time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast-paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction. Esther Short Park, 2:00 pm.

“Roman Holiday”: See this classic film at St. Johns Library at 2:00 pm.

More free events

For more free and low-cost events, check Portland on the Cheap and PDX Pipeline.

For free concerts, see Concert Co-op.

 
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  • 1. Aaron the Truck Driver  |  June 11th, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I just found your site. The Mercury and WW never quite hit the spot, you dig and dig and still come up flat on stuff to do, unless you are looking for a band.
    Anyway. Good stuff, good stuff!

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