Free Events in Portland: April 20–21, 2013

April 19th, 2013

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.

Saturday, April 20

SOLVE IT Volunteer Events: To celebrate Earth Day, volunteer at one of the many events happening in the Portland area from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Activities include picking up litter, pulling invasive weeds, and planting trees. Visit the event website to sign up.

Break It Down: Exploring Hip Hop’s Musical and Cultural Odyssey: This conversation, led by Portland State University adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha, is an interactive multimedia exploration of the world’s top-selling musical genre. Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride: The theme is April Kites and Bubbles. The event will start with playtime at Harper’s Playground, at Arbor Lodge Park (N Bryant St & Delaware Ave, Portland). Then the group will ride to Peninsula Park to fly kites and blow bubbles. 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener will talk about his autobiography “64735: From a Name to a Number.” Wiener survived 5 camps before being liberated by the Russian Army in May 1945. Cedar Mill Community Library (12505 NW Cornell), 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Mariachi Viva Mexico: This six-piece Mariachi band includes trumpets, violins, guitars, guitaron and vihuelas to create lively, spirited music. North Portland Library (512 N Killingsworth St, Portland), 2:15 to 3:15.

New Belgium Street Fest: Music, video booth, beer garden, and more. SE Clinton Street, 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

“Minimalist Parenting” Launch Party: Celebrate the release of this book and meet author Asha Dornfest. Asha is also the founder of the website Parent Hacks. A Children’s Place Bookstore (4807 NE Fremont St, Portland), 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Sunday, April 21

Latino Cultural Festival in Hillsboro: Enjoy an afternoon of food, entertainment, art, culture and sports for the entire family. Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza (150 E. Main St, Hillsboro), noon to 5:00 pm.

It’s Not Just About the Piggy Bank: Teaching Your Kids About Money (Registration required): Learn ways to save and manage your money, and teach your kids to do the same. Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

More events

For more free and low-cost events, check PDX PipelinePortland on the Cheap, and the Oregonian.

For kids events, check UrbanMamas and PDX Kids Calendar.

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