Do you find yourself staying at home on the weekends because of a lack of funds to go out? Well, that is no longer an excuse to stay in because Portland has more than enough free or cheap activities all over town to keep you entertained. This weekend, try something new, you’ll meet some cool people, and get to know the city better! Want to bring kids? No problem, a number of the activities are family-friendly.
Thursday, August 22nd
Festa Italiana – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square (Aug. 22-24)
The three-day, all ages festival features live music, dancing, grape stomp, delicious Italian food, puppet shows, and much more. Admission and entertainment are free, but you will have to pay for food and drinks at the individual vendors. Help out at the festival and volunteer!
The rooftop of the Hotel deLuxe parking structure is converted to a cinema every Thursday for a splendid movie night under the stars. Arrive at 7:00 pm if you’d like to purchase food and beverages or by 8:00 pm to enjoy a live band. The movie starts at dusk, but show up by 8:30 pm to secure your spot. You’re encouraged to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket. This week’s flick is The Hunger, and the band is Foreign Talks. Entry is $9.
Friday, August 23rd
Beautify Old Town Chinatown – Four different volunteer shifts from Aug. 23-24
The SOLVE program offers consistent volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in sprucing up our beautiful city. This weekend you can help turn Portland’s Old Town district into a clean, safe place to visit. Shifts available: Aug 23 and 24, 9 am – 12 pm and 12 – 3 pm. You are welcome to attend one or all shifts. All volunteers receive a pass to the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Space is still available so register here as soon as possible!
Saturday, August 24th
Besaw’s 110th Anniversary Bash – 10 am to 8 pm at 2301 NW Savier St
Besaw’s restaurant has a long history in Portland, founded in 1903 as a beer parlor and gambling hall. For its 110th anniversary, Besaw’s is closing down the block for a day-long celebration of the bizarre. Enjoy live music, exhibits, food, magic, and everything odd. Money spent at the event will go to Friendly House, a NW charity. Volunteer in exchange for a free event t-shirt, and a certificate for two entrees at Besaw’s!
Portland Civil Rights March – 10 am at Chapman Square
Sponsored by the Albina Ministerial Alliance, the Urban League of Portland, NAACP of Portland and others, this march to South Waterfront Park will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, DC.
Movies inside are no fun with all this nice summer weather. Why not enjoy a flick outside with your fellow Portlanders? There is a movie playing every weekend in almost every park in Portland! For the downtown folk, this week’s movie is ParaNorman at Fields Park. The movie starts at dusk, but arrive by 6:30 pm for live music and free popcorn. Don’t forget your blanket!
Sunday, August 25th
Timbers v. Sounders match – 7:00 pm at Thirsty Lion Pub
The big screens at the Thirsty Lion are almost as good as being at the game, especially since you can enjoy their summer seasonal menu including Grilled Fresh Artichoke, and Grilled Northwest Salmon, as well as Ninkasi Summer Radiant, and Widmer Cirta Blonde on tap.