Calendar of Events for Oregon & SW Washington
(Updated Regularly to Feature Event Listings)

McMenamins UFO Festival 
May 17 - 19 

The UFO-curious are invited to the McMenamins UFO Festival for multiple days of fun and mind-expanding opportunities!  Activities include more live music than ever, the always-fun UFO parade, pet costume contest, 5K alien dash, costume ball, a new wine tasting event, a new UFO/alien trivia night, and so much more.  This year's speakers are Jeremy Corbell, UFO phenomena researcher and filmmaker, speaking about the government’s UFO secrecy and Area 51; Randall Nickerson & Ariel School Eyewitnesses talking about an alien craft encounter; and George Knapp, an award-winning journalist and radio host who will reveal new information about Skinwalker Ranch...More

May 18 - 19

The Cotopaxi Questival is a 24-hour adventure race where teams of 2-6 friends explore the unknown in their city and the wild spaces around it, do things they never thought possible, and share the stoke with a fun and supportive community.  Teams compete to win gear and do good.  Each race offers up to $5,000 in prizes.  24-hours before Questival begins, you'll receive the list of challenges in all categories and specifics on the Event Launch.  Make 2018 the year you step off the map of your own life and explore new spaces with Questival...More

Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers
May 18 - 20

 "Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers" is back for its Seventh Annual Appearance and is pleased to announce that five acclaimed authors will participate this year from Friday evening, May 18 until Sunday noon, May 20.  Popular authors Terry Brooks, Craig Lesley, Gina Ochsner, R.A. Salvatore and Amy Stewart, will be present to mingle, sign books and tell stories to an enthusiastic crowd in Cannon Beach, OR...More  

Ladd Marsh Bird Festival
May 18 - 20

The festival opens Friday night with music (original songs about birds and birding) by the Odd Strings followed by a presentation by Wallowa County biologist and photographer, Kendrick Moholt – “In Search of the Crowbar: Discovering Mythical Creatures Across Planet Earth.”  The wildlife area is open to birding and exploration.  Local birders will assist visitors with finding and identifying birds.  Also at the birding stations, artists sponsored by Art Center East will be painting or sketching plein air.  Kid’s activities including building a birdhouse, coloring a canvas tote and the Junior Birder program will be available.  You can also take in an afternoon bird walk, a live raptor presentation by Blue Mountain Wildlife and information on native plants for birds...More

111th Annual Rhododendron Festival
May 18 - 20

The 2018 Rhododendron Festival will be held May 18, 19, and 20, with preliminary events beginning as early as Wednesday, May 16. This year’s theme, “Rhody Rendezvous,” evokes a feeling of coming to Florence for an exciting gathering to make memories with friends and family during a great time in Oregon’s Coastal Playground. This 111th annual event features parades, flower shows, classic car and motorcycle exhibits, a classic car cruise, live music, vendor’s fair, grand pageantry, and lots more...More 

Sandy River Spey Clave
May 18 - 20

All are invited to a FREE gathering of anglers interested in two-hand fly rod fishing.  The annual event provides a format for the exchange of Spey casting and fishing information.  It's a place to rub elbows with the best Spey casters and steelhead anglers in the World!  Held in the best kpet urban river in the world, this event has been termed "The Woodstock of Spey Casting Events!"  The 2018 Sandy River Spey Clave attempts a new level of 50/50 male/female integration with half of the on the water programs being done by female professionals in this sport...More 

Be Jeweled
Saturday, May 19

Be Jeweled, the 11th anniversary recycled jewelry sale is on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Samaritan Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th Street, Newport, OR 97365.  Vintage, fine, collectible, ethnic rings, watches and costume jewelry will be available at fabulous prices.  Closed from 12 - 1 p.m.  Half-price sale starts at 1 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit Food Share of Lincoln County to help achieve our mission to alleviate hunger in Lincoln County.  Mark your calendars and come join us on the coast!...More 

Kettle Sour Fest
Saturday, May 19

Sample 20+ local sour beers from local breweries at the lake front patio at Stickmen Brewery. This sour beer festival benefits Friends Of Doernbecher Children's Hospital. $20 admission includes festival glass and 10 drink tickets. Food will be available to purchase. All ages are welcome - free admission and soft drinks will be provided for minors...More  

PDX Skincare Festival
Saturday, May 19

Hosted by OHSU, their event features FREE, rapid skin care exams, tips and samples from skincare professionals, 5K Walk and Fun Run to benefit melanoma research.  You can also enjoy music, dance performances and enter to win raffle prizes!...More 

17th Annual Surf Perch Derby
Saturday, May 19
(Southwest Washington)

A family-friendly event, all are invited to enter Long Beach Washington's annual Surf Perch Derby.  Prizes are offered for the total weight of fish caught for individual and 3-person teams.  It will be held on Saturday, May 19.  Registration is from 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Bolstad Approach Pavilion in downtown Long Beach on the north end of the boardwalk.  Those taking part in the derby must possess required fishing permits/licenses from the State of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.  Weigh ins are from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and winners announced at 4 p.m.  Registration includes a breakfast with "all you can eat pancakes"...More  

Shamanism and The Spirits of Nature:
An Advanced Weekend Workshop with Beth Beurkens, M.A.
May 19 - 20
(Non-Annual in California)

From ancient times, shamans have worked with the spirits of nature for healing, survival, and knowledge. By learning from the plants and animals, from the rocks and mountains, from the winds and waters, and from the sun, moon, and stars, shamans help their peoples live in harmony with the universe.  This popular workshop will be held where there are many sacred places of power on the land of an extraordinary new retreat center up on Mount Shasta.  Prerequisite: The Foundation for Shamanic Studies - Michael Harner's Way of the Shaman: The Shamanic Journey, Power and Healing.  You'll receive 13 CEU credits offered upon completion of this workshop.  It will be held at Mt. Shasta, California, from May 19 - 20.  Times are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.  For More Information or to Register for the "Shamanism and The Spirits of Nature" workshop, visit www.shamanicuniverse.com

Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival
May 19 - 20

The Northwest boating community comes together at this annual event.  Take to the river with other rafters and kayakers.  Or if you're new to the sport, find workshops and classes.  Join in the on-shore festivities with vendor booths, music, and beer garden...More 

Portland Pug Crawl
Sunday, May 20

The annual Pug Crawl is one of Portland’s most popular dog-friendly events!  The Parade of Pugs is open only to pugs and pug-mixes, but any dog-friendly dogs are welcome at the event. People of all ages are also welcome.  This year's theme is "Blast to the Past!"  Bring your pug (and yourself!) dressed in your favorite “decades” costume, from top hats and crinolines of the 1860s, flappers of the 1920s, tie dye of the 1960s, shoulder pads of the 1980s, to crop tops of today—and EVERYTHING in between. Madonna, MC Hammer, Bonnie and Clyde, The Beatles, Gatsby, Marilyn Monroe, Rosa Parks, and Mr. Peanut will share the parade route to represent years gone by...More 

The Hidden Code for Harnessing Your Spiritual Power
Wednesday, May 23
(Non-Annual & Online Event)

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?  Would you love to design your life so it is in alignment with your highest power and purpose?  Right now you are standing at the doorway to your greatest life.  Transformational Coach, Beth Beurkens, invites you to join her in discovering the hidden code to harness your spiritual power and purpose.  Get a power boost as you move into the second half of this  year!  She offers an exclusive, complimentary workshop, either online or call in.  It will be held on Wednesday, May 23, from 8:45 - 9:20 a.m. (PT).  To learn more, visit bethbeurkens.com

Portland Rose Festival: CityFair and Fireworks
May 25 - June 10

Rose Festival's waterfront activities will have entertainment, food, fireworks, scavenger hunt, Fleet Week, and carnival rides.  Military and kids 6 and under are always FREE...More 

Crafts on the Coast 21st Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
May 26 - 27

Start your vacationing with a visit to Yachats, the Gem of the Oregon Coast, on May 26 - May 27, for the Crafts on the Coast 21st Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. This premiere juried arts & crafts event is held inside the Yachats Commons, a charming, refurbished vintage elementary school.  You will find room after room and hallway filled to bursting with nearly 70 of the best artisans from the Pacific Northwest offering a variety of interesting, unique, functional, fun must-haves for yourself and gifts for others on your list.  Fun attractions at this family-friendly event include craft demonstrations, free tastings of the gourmet food, massage and community booths. Admission and Parking are FREE.  Join us Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 27, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., inside the Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101 at W. 4th St. in Yachats...More

Multnomah County Fair
May 26 - 28

The friends of the Multnomah County Fair present the 112th annual Multnomah county fair! Adults and children, both returners and newcomers are sure to have an enjoyable weekend experiencing the many offerings of the Fair, including great food, entertainment, activities, and attractions!  Parking and gate admission are FREE!..More

Portland Buddhist Festival
Saturday, June 2

The Portland Buddhist Festival in the Park celebrates the teachings of Buddhism and teaches the basics to newcomers during a free 5-hour event. It features live performances, meditation, presentations by leaders in Oregon’s Buddhist community, and delightful meet and greets with fellow Buddhists. It’s basically Buddhism 101 for beginners and a bonding experience for experts...More

Oregon Renaissance Faire
June 9 - 10 & 16 - 17

Join the Oregon Renaissance Faire and take a step back in time to the Vale of Dunrose as we celebrate a visit from Mary, Queen of Scots!  Enjoy music, entertainment, jousting, arts, crafts, demos and more!  June 9th - 10 and 16th and 17th at the Clackamas County Event Center: 694 NE. 4th Ave. in Canby.  You can buy tickets now at www.OregonFaire.com or at the Towne Gate!  FREE Parking!  To learn more, visit www.oregonfaire.com.

Solstice Soul Renewal: Soul Collage Retreat
June 10 - 13

What is your soul longing for? Let the magic of SoulCollage® deepen the relationship with your longing and knowing. Unleash your creative spirit as you play in the pure joy of creating personal collages using imagery. Expand your awareness through journaling, meditation, community, and time in nature.  Solstice is a perfect time for rekindling the fullness of YOU. SoulCollage® experience is not necessary.  We will guide you in this soul-nurturing process.  Taught by Glenda Goodrich and Ann Christensen at Breitenbush Hot Springs, from June 10 - 13.  The retreat is located at Breitenbush Hot Spring Resort: 53000 Breitenbush Rd. SE in Detroit.  To learn more, visit www.glendagoodrich.com

The Full Body Elixir 2018 Summer Retreat with Calley O'Neill & Noa Eads
June 28 - July 1

The Full Body Elixir by day, Lucid Dreaming by night.  No experience necessary.  Learn to take back your nights and transform your days!  THE FULL BODY ELIXIR is a fun slow flow guided moving meditation combining yoga, qigong, deep breathing, isometrics, mind clearing, and a flow of wisdom for everyday life.  This practice effectively clears negativity and stress, boosts immunity, reinvigorates your body and your joie de vie!  It's fun, fluid, strengthening, relaxing, energizing, and wonderful!  Lucid dreamers realize are aware they are dreaming while dreaming.  The creative and healing potential of LUCID DREAMING is extraordinary.  Noa will describe the practice and benefits of lucid in waking and dreaming life.  The retreat will be held from June 28 - July 1 at Breitenbush Hot Springs: 53000 Breitenbush Rd. SE in Detroit.  For more, visit www.calleyoneillyoga.com

Michael Harner's Shamanic Divination Training
August 25 - 26
(Non-Annual in California)

This is an advanced workshop taught by Beth Beurkens, M.A.  One of the classic tasks of the shaman is to journey in order to obtain answers to questions, both at the request of others, and for oneself. In the shamanic search to become persons of knowledge, you will learn, as shamans have from time immemorial, how to converse with plant as well as animal species, how to learn about the use of quartz crystals, and how to seek and receive revelatory knowledge from visionary sources.  13 CEU credits offered upon completion of this workshop.  It will be held from Aug. 25 - 26 in Santa Rosa, California.  To register for this workshop, go to www.shamanicuniverse.com.


Recovery International (RI):
Help for Depression and Nervous Conditions
Every Tuesday

Portland depression and anxiety support weekly meetings.  Recovery International is a non-profit Cognitive Behavioral Training system that has helped thousands.  Rob Winike, trainer, author and RI board member, discusses mental health recovery and how to cope with symptoms of a nervous imbalance, stress, anger, sleeplessness and other mental health issues.  Meetings are Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 1704 NW 43rd (and Broadway).  Call (503) 810-2789 for info or other meeting locations.  Visit www.recoveryinternational.org and local blogsite at www.selfhelptools.org.