Free Events in Portland: May 11–13, 2012

May 9th, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Note: Admission is free for the following events, but you might be charged for activities or food and drink.

Events are sorted by start time. If I missed anything, please leave a comment.

Friday, May 11

Leach Botanical Garden celebrates National Public Garden Day with extended hours (9:00 am to 7:00 pm) and special guided tours (11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm). 6704 SE 122nd Ave, Portland.

Saturday, May 12

Festival of the Birds: Meet a variety of birds from the Audubon Society and enjoy guided bird walks, hands-on activities, live music, storytelling, and more. Sellwood Park (SE 7th Ave and Miller St, Portland), 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

St. Johns Parade and Bizarre: The Bizarre is a neighborhood festival featuring live music, street performers, vendors, kids activities, and more from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The parade, celebrating its 50th anniversary, starts at noon.

Washington County Museum Free Family Day: Enjoy spring-inspired craft projects and performances by storyteller Emmy Blue. 17677 NW Springville Rd, Portland, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Jubilation Celebration with Penny’s Puppet Productions: See old and new puppet friends in a singing and dancing extravaganza. Lake Oswego Library (706 4th St, Lake Oswego), 11:00 am.

Adventures with Bugs: Explore the world of insects, spiders, and their relatives. You’ll get the chance to hold, pet and look at tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more. Albina Library (3605 NE 15th Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

A Dinosaur Birthday: Children are sure to enjoy this dinosaur-themed art-making party. Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

“Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut”: Lynne Curry presents her guide to selecting and cooking artisan beef. Pastaworks (3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland), 2:00 pm.

“Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike”: In his book, Grant Petersen (owner of Rivendell Bicycle Works) “shares a lifetime of unexpected facts, controversial opinions, expert techniques, and his own maverick philosophy.” Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, 2:00 pm.

It’s a Stitch: Beginning Embroidery: You’ll learn the basics of embroidery as you stitch up a summer-themed eyeglass or cell phone case using fabric scraps. Belmont Library (1038 SE César E. Chávez Blvd, Portland), 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Sunday, May 13

Sunday Parkways in Northeast Portland: The first Sunday Parkways of the season features an 8-mile car-free loop connecting Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill Parks. At each park, enjoy activities, food, vendors, music, and more. 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Portland Children’s Museum: Free admission to mothers and grandmothers with paid child’s admission. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Tualatin Valley Community Band will perform at Oswego Hills Winery (450 S. Rosemont Rd, West Linn) at 2:00 pm.

More free events

For more free and low-cost events, check Portland on the CheapPDX PipelineDave Knows Portland, and the Oregonian.

For kids events, check UrbanMamas and PDX Kids Calendar.

For free concerts, see Concert Co-opMcMenamins, and Mississippi Pizza.

And please check out your local library!

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