WORK IS OVER. Enjoy a Friday evening with cocktails, food and music. It will be held on Friday, Aug. 4. Doors open at 4 p.m., Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance goes from 4:30 - 4:50 p.m., and from 5 - 7 p.m. is a performance by Coco Columbia. There will also be food and drink from Miru Vodka. More fun is from the Museum of Curious Things/ A Mobile Curiosity Museum, and Sponsor Booths by the Portland Old Town Arts & Culture & MercyCorp. UNWIND is held at Ankeny Plaza: 2 SW. Naito in Portland. Cost is $10 online/$15 at the door. For additional information: www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/events/unwind. Tickets available through www.merctickets.com/events/45856591/unwind.
The Crawfish Festival has something for everyone! Enjoy live music, the Crawfish Crawl half marathon/5K/relay, kids activities, tournaments, eating contests and, of course, crawfish! This year's event will also feature fireworks on Saturday night. Don't miss out on this family event which has been a Tualatin tradition since 1951. The festivities are from Aug. 4 - 5 at Tualatin Community Park: 8515 Sw. Tualatin Rd. in Tualatin. Go to htcraceseries.com.
The famous Gladstone Community Festival is coming on the 1st weekend of August! It kicks off Friday evening with dinner and a movie - "The Secret Life of Pets." Saturday's awesome Parade will include a "Chalk-it-Up" challenge for the kids. Then it's off to Max Patterson Park to enjoy live music & dance exhibitions, Dodge ball tournaments, giant downhill slip-n-slide, dunk tank and lots of free fun for the whole family. 70+ vendors will afford lots to see & eat coupled with a treasure hunt for cool prizes. Test your luck at Bingo and 50/50 drawings, and your skills at pie baking, watermelon eating & chili cooking. Rock to the music of "Hot Rod and the Convertibles" on into the evening. Sunday a.m., you'll catch flying pancakes and tap your toes to "The Festival Brass" that's FREE to Seniors, donation to others. At 10 a.m. the magnificent classic car show, with over 200 beauties to behold, will wow you. At 2 p.m., the "Great Gladiator Challenge" 5k run & obstacle course will wind it up. To learn more, visit www.gladstonecommunityfestival.org.
The 149th Clark County Fair is set for Aug. 4 through 13, and the Clark County Fair Association has created a marvelous lineup of thrilling features including DockDogs®, Cowboy Boot Camp and the all-new Game On! feature area filled with activities for the whole family. Plus, get all the rides, food, fun and adorable farm animals you can handle! Visit the Clark County Fair website for details and all schedules: www.clarkcofair.com. It will be held at the Clark County Fairgrounds: 17402 NE. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield. To buy reserved VIP seats for the Excavator Rental Service (ERS) Grandstand Concert Series featuring Old Dominion, The Marshall Tucker Band, B-52s and M.E. LIVE Melissa Etheridge go to clarkcofair.com.
There is quite a lot to experience at Obon and as many ways to participate: dance classes, delicious food, entertainment, and volunteering. It is a great way to have a good time in the summer, and it is full of opportunities to learn more about the community here at the Oregon Buddhist Temple. The event is on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 3 - 9 p.m. at the Oregon Buddhist Temple: 3702 SE. 34th Ave. in Portland. For more, visit www.pdx-obon.com.
Pack up your folding chairs, blankets, sunblock and flip-flops, and head east on I-84 to experience the time of your life on the grounds of the Yoshida’s magnificent Garden View Estate along the Sandy River in Troutdale, Oregon on Saturday, August 5th, from 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. This is the 7th annual “21 and over” outdoor Soulful Giving Blanket Concert, benefiting the pediatric oncology unit at Randall Children’s Hospital and Providence Cancer Center. Dance the day away or relax in the shade, while listening to great top forties and “ever popular” 80s music from Stone In Love (Journey Tribute Band), Barracuda (Heart Tribute Band), All Fired Up (Pat Benatar Experience), Dancehall Days, and also Haley Johnsen (American Idol) and Goldfoot – both ‘original’ artists and ‘rising stars’ from the NW music scene. Shop at vendor booths, silent auction tables, and wine pulls. Participate in yard games and exciting raffles. Or simply enjoy assorted drinks, including: wine, beer, cocktails, coffee, and sodas, along with tasty menu items from 12 restaurants in the food pavilion and 4 food carts on the concert grounds. This is truly an experience not to be missed! Tickets are now on sale at www.soulfulgiving.org. Premium tickets are $50 and include FREE parking at Mt. Hood Community College, shuttle service, and two FREE drink tokens per person; $100 VIP tickets include gourmet food tasting in the pavilion, three drink tokens, JMI limo service, champagne, and awesome goodie bags. Visit the Soulful Giving website at www.soulfulgiving.org for event schedule, maps, purchase link and additional information.
All are invited to attend the Festival of Art in Stout Park. Sponsored by the Pelican Bay Arts Association, you can enjoy original art, handcrafted items, activities for children, food court, and music within the lovely park setting surrounding Manley Art Center, one block off Hwy. 101 at 433 Oak St. in Brookings. It will be held from Aug. 5 - 6. To learn more, call (541) 469-1807 and visit www.pelicanbayartsassociation.org or their Facebook page.
The annual event brings the "Mother Earth News" magazine to life. They'll have more than 150 workshops, informative demonstrations, lectures, and vendors about modern homesteading, animal husbandry, organic gardening, green building, natural health, renewable energy, real food and more. It will be held from Aug. 5 - 6 at the Linn County Expo Center: 3700 Knox Butte Rd. E in Albany. For more, go to www.motherearthnewsfair.com.
This year's Polk County Fair is "Moo at the Moon" with fun for the whole family. It will be held from Aug. 10 - 12. Stage entertainment daily with Magician Louie Foxx, the Zaniac Comedy Show, Showdown, Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, Nate Botsford, Pierce Avenue and Jessie Leigh Band. 4-H, FFA and open class exhibits, Monster cookie contest, Beautiful Baby Contest, France School of Dance. A free hands on kids area. Rough Stock Rodeo, ATV Rodeo and Mega Truck Show. Seniors are FREE on Thursday until 4 p.m. The Polk County Fair is located at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center: 520 S. Pacific Hwy. W. in Rickreall. Go to www.co.polk.or.us/fair/annual/2017-polk-county-fair.
White Winds Wild West Show is a period show from 1840-1900. It includes in the town of Rock Ridge, Wild Bill's Stunt show, trick roping, trick riding, quick draw, mounted shooting, 3 stages of old west entertainment, a saloon, food, kids games and more!!! Civil War, cowboys, Indians, and Steampunk! Come see how the old west was fun!!!! It will be held from Aug. 12 - 13 and 19 - 20 at Whitewind Woodland: 6569 Valley View Rd. in Silverton. Times are from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Cost for Adults: $14/day or $24/weekend. Children ages 6 - 12: $11/day or $20/weekend. Children under 5 get in for FREE. And, Seniors 60 and over: $11/day or $20/weekend. For more, visit whitewindswildwest.com.
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Spiritsfest highlights local distillers who are shaking up Portland’s vibrant scene. It is all about meeting the makers of the local crafted spirits and the wonderful concoctions people can create using local spirits. Signature cocktails by: Bull Run Distillery, Indio Spirits, Miru Vodka, Thomas & Sons Distillery, and Vivacity Spirits. This is a 21+ event. Spiritsfest 2017 will be held from Aug. 19 - 20 at Waterfront Park in Portland, from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Go to www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/events/summer-spiristsfest.
Common plants have the extraordinary ability to support our health in just the ways we need. Join top local and nationally-known herbal educators Susun Weed, David Hoffmann, Kevin Spelman, Ryan Drum, EagleSong Gardener, Chanchal Cabrera, Katolen Yardley, Netta Zeberoff, Denise Joy, Natasha Clarke, and Leslie Lekos as they share their plant wisdom. Through our in-depth intensive classes, informative plant walks, and hands-on medicine making classes, you'll find ways to incorporate plants into your life to enhance your well-being. It will be held from Aug. 24 - 27 at Whidbey Island in Coupeville, Washington. For more information and to register, visit www.nwherbsymposium.com.