Now that it's October, and the rain is back, my tendency is to hunker down and stay inside. Let's not let the rain keep us stuck at home! Here are some free activities around the Portland area to keep us busy this weekend.
Every day through Halloween
Davis Graveyard: Each October, the Davis’s transform their property into a scary haunted graveyard. Get the full experience (sound, fog, ghost effects, and animations) every weekend through Halloween from dusk to 11:00 pm (10:00 pm on Sunday). Get the lite version (lights only) every Monday through Thursday from dusk to 10:00 pm.8703 SE 43rd Ave in Milwaukie.
Oregon Days of Culture: 30+ free events in the Portland area, including art shows, readings, family events, and an opportunity to watch a rehearsal at Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Friday, October 7
PCC 50th Anniversary Celebration: Speeches by Senator Jeff Merkley and others, food, music, giveaways, and more. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Great Onion Festival in Sherwood: Good smelly fun! Live entertainment, kids activities, onion eating and rolling contests, arts and crafts, and more. Archer Glen Elementary School, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Food Cart Ride by Portland By Cycle: This guided bike ride includes a visit to one of Portland’s food cart pods, views of the Willamette, and maybe a tricycle racetrack. Unthank Park, N. Failing & Haight, 10:00 am.
Fresh Hop Tastival: Admission to this beer festival is free, but you will need to purchase a glass and drink tickets to taste the beers. Free root beer for kids. Oaks Amusement Park, noon to 8:00 pm.
Oktoberfest at Kennedy School: Live music, polka, belly dancers, beer, and more. Music starts at 1:00 pm; final performance at 7:00 pm. All ages welcome. This is where Wes, Lucy and I will be! : )
African Storytelling: Families are invited to join Habiba, a native of Ghana, for an interactive, multi-cultural performance with authentic West African costume, singing, and movement. Capitol Hill Library, 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm.
Kids’ Nature Walk at Cooper Mountain (RSVP required): Kids and accompanying adults will learn about the plants and animals that live in our region. Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Beaverton, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Advance registration required; call 503-626-0949.
The Crafty Underdog: This monthly event features local bands, art, film, and more. All are welcome. Mission Theater,11:00 am to 5:00 pm.