FREE Events Around Portland, August 19th-21st

Do you have plans for the weekend, yet?  Before you go out this weekend, read PELA’s guide to the many FREE events in and around Portland!

Festivals & Music 
Click on the EVENT TITLE for the event website.

Come enjoy a free jazz concert with local musicians after class, and then try the climbing wall!  Holladay Park is less than one block from PELA!     
Friday – Music: 12:00PM – 2:ooPM, Climbing Wall: 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Holladay Park
NE 11th Ave (map & directions)

13512083_10153797252021902_8354566861415592826_nCORGI WALK IN THE PEARL
This is the CUTEST event this weekend.  Enjoy the Pearl Distric (there are many great cafes, galleries, and shops nearby) and see more cute corgis than you can count as they take a big, group walk. KEEP PORTLAND CUTE!    
Saturday, August 20th at 10:00AM
Pearl District
Starting at 235 NW Park Avenue (map & directions)

14054255_937485869711643_828064574125336945_nDISTILLERY ROW BIRTHDAY BEACH PARTY!   
This will be A PARTY!  Live music, dancing, food, prizes, and free samples of liquor from local distilleries.  Sorry, but this event is people who are 21 year old and over.
Saturday, August 20th from 6:00 – 9:00PM
House Spirits Distillery
65 SE Washington St (map & directions)

Sports & Games
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6059588553_5cebe22a41_bSOAPBOX DERBY 
A Portland tradition!  Watch people race down Mt. Tabor in hand-made – and often silly – vehicles.  Food, music, and incredibly creative art will be everywhere.  Don’t miss it!
Saturday, August 20th at 9:30AM
Mt. Tabor City Park
SE 60th & Salmon (map & directions)

pic14COLOR VIBE 5K RUN        
NOT A FREE EVENT, but this is a favorite with PELA students!  Run around the nearby town of Hillsboro and get covered in different COLORS!  
Check-in: Friday, August 19th 2:ooPM – 6:00PM
Run: Saturday, August 20th 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Washington County Fair Complex
873 NE 34th Ave, Hillsboro (map & directions)

Movies & Art
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11709900_1689914197903466_5255164700914057337_oTHE WIZARD OF OZ – OUTSIDE 
Watch a classic movie… OUTSIDE, on the SIDE OF A BUILDING!  There will be ice cream, popcorn, and KARAOKE!  This is sure to be a fun and unusual event. (This event is free, but they like donations.)
Friday, August 19th at 8:00PM
At the Drive In PDX
3001 NE Ainsworth St (map & directions)

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13925494_1271982676175763_2560218413786721604_oREGIONAL SALSA-MAKING COMPETITION
Come to a HUGE salsa competition and try tons of samples:  spicy and mild sauces, guacamoles, moles, and MORE!  The event is free, but they love DONATIONS. 
Saturday, August 20th from 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Portland Mercado
7238 SE Foster Rd (map & directions)

13901359_1263975997001803_5267869172556217381_n13th ANNUAL HOTDOG EATING CONTEST 
How many hotdogs can you eat in 10 minutes? You can enter the contest ($10), or you can watch the contest, which will be hilarious and maybe a little disgusting, for free.
Saturday, August 20th at 4:00PM
Zach’s Shack
4611 SE Hawthorne Blvd (map & directions)