Friday, October 7, 2011


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.

All weekend 
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.
Portland Children’s Museum: It’s the first Friday of the month, which means admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.
Milwaukie Art a la Carte: Milwaukie’s monthly First Friday event. Businesses in historic downtown Milwaukie host art shows and music. 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Montavilla First Friday: Montavilla businesses host art shows, music, discounts, and more. SE Stark between 76th and 82nd. Starts at 6:00 pm.
First Friday Art Walk in SE Portland: The galleries open from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Saturday, October 8
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 School9:00 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.
Washington County Museum Family Day: Admission is free from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Architectural Heritage Center: Admission is free from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Leach Botanical Garden Weekend Guided Walk: Meet in front of the Manor House every Saturday through the end of October for a fun and informative tour of the garden. 11:00 am to noon.
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 Library2:00 pm to 2:45 pm.
Oktoberfest at St. Johns Pub: Music by The Chancers and Mexican Gunfight starting at 3:00 pm. All ages welcome.

Sunday, October 9
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 Beaverton10:00 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.

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