8 things to do around Portland this weekend


Here’s your chance to check out Rose City Comic Con, The Maize at the Pumpkin Patch, the Portland Dragon Boat Festival, Chapman “Swift Watch” and more.

PORTLAND, Oregon – The weather is still very warm in Portland, but we’re also starting to reap the rewards of something new – fall events. At least for now, it’s possible to take advantage of the change of seasons with sunny skies and mild temperatures, so take advantage of it while you can.

Rose City Comic-Con

Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Portland

What’s going on: That’s it – the big one. Portland’s nerd mecca. Starring Billy Dee Williams, Giancarlo Esposito, Khary Payton, Rainn Wilson, Amber Benson, Charisma Carpenter, Julie Benz, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin (to name a few). If you don’t know the names… don’t worry, maybe this isn’t for you, kid. Expect comics, cosplay, art and artists, vendors, panels, demonstrations and workshops. All the things! Seriously, why do we bother to tell you this? Whatever your nerd bag is, they probably have a stand for that bag, and probably at least one stand that only sells bags. Bags for every bag. It’s bags all the way down.

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Corn in the pumpkin patch

When: September to October

Where: The Pumpkin Patch, 16511 Northwest Gillihan Road, Portland (Sauvie Island)

What’s going on: You see, corn is another word for corn. But a labyrinth is a network of paths formed into a puzzle intended to confuse and titillate the senses (or house a minotaur). Sometimes mazes are built in cornfields. Thus, “The Corn”. Awesome, glad we got there. Surprising. Either way, nothing is more family fun than a corn maze and a pumpkin patch, and this iconic example from Sauvie Island combines the two! It just opened last weekend and will stay open until the fall, but here’s your notification for that to happen. Go ahead and live this pumpkin spice life.

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Belmont Street Fair

Where: Southeast Belmont Street from 33rd Southeast to 39th Southeast, Portland

What’s going on: We’ve seen a lot of neighborhood fairs this summer, but it’s September — the time for outdoor fairs is coming to an end. If you want a last hurray and find the Belmont neighborhood enchanting, this is it: food and retail vendors, live music (there are two stages), and activities for all ages.

Portland Dragon Boat Festival

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland

What’s going on: After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Dragon Boats are back. They made an appearance during the Festival of Roses, but this time it’s all about boats, not annoying foliage. Races run pretty much the full length of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, but the festival itself will take place at the south end, between the Hawthorne Bridge and RiverPlace. This includes food vendors, a beer garden, entertainment, and merchandise.

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Where: John’s Marketplace (Powell and Multnomah locations)

What’s going on: It’s September, which is almost October, and Portland is hosting a bunch of Oktoberfest events almost every weekend to satisfy your beer cravings. Of all the Oktoberfest events, this is definitely one of them. If you’re unfamiliar with John’s Marketplace, it has a huge selection of beer, so they know their stuff when it comes to drinking it – and they’ve got two places to get the Oktoberfest festivities off to an early start.

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Dream of a summer night

Where: Chapel Theater, 4107 Southeast Harrison Street, Milwaukie

What’s going on: It’s a little late for midsummer, but it’s never too late for Shakespeare. This production of Theater Berk’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is certainly that, but it promises an infusion of modern (perhaps postmodern?) dance and style, alongside more feminine, non-binary interpretations of the characters. Considering all the performers were men in Shakespeare’s day — regardless of the characters’ beliefs — the turnaround should be fair.

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tomato festival

Where: Well Spent Parking Lot, 935 Northeast Couch Street, Portland

What’s going on: Curious about tomatoes? Do you like to eat said tomatoes? Maybe you are interested in growing tomatoes? Are you a killer tomato? Whatever the answer, Tomato Fest ’22 is surely the place for you. The event promises tomato tasting, education on the subject and a sampling of tomato-based treats.

Chapman “fast watch”

When: September, one hour before sunset

Where: Chapman Elementary School, 1445 26th Avenue NW, Portland

What’s going on: Maybe the idea of ​​birdwatching sounds like the wildlife equivalent of watching paint dry, but we promise there’s something special about watching swifts at Chapman Elementary School. . Each September, a migrating population of Vaux Swifts returns to the Chapman Chimney. As the sun sets, you can sit back and watch the swift little birds swarm across the sky before descending into the chimney as the light fades. If you’re lucky, the entire display is preceded by a brilliant Portland sunset, and the orange-tinged sky fades to purple as the birds find their roosting spots for the night. It’s a bit meditative and no electronic devices are involved unless you bring one with you. Sit down, look up, get out quick.

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