Portland comes to life this summer with an array of activities
Portland is the biggest city in Oregon. Many events take place during the two to three month break from school that many young people, or even adults, receive events that can suit an array of people and their interests.
One event is the Pride Portland Festival which celebrates the LGBTQ groups at the Waterfront park, free of charge. This event runs for two days, June 13 and 14, downtown that includes a parade and a family festival. It celebrates the diversity of the community and the importance of acceptance. The Pride Portland Festival is run by Pride Northwest, a community run, non-profit organization.
If exploring new cultures is the goal, then another event taking place in Portland this summer is the Scottish Highland Games on July 18 at the Mt. Hood Community College. The cost is $17 for adults, $8 for children, and gives people an opportunity to watch bolder throwing, bagpipe competitions, Irish dancers, and other Scottish games.
For the musical fans looking for something to do, MusicFestNW is happening at Waterfront Park from Aug. 21 to 23. The cost is $140 for a three day pass or $40 to $60 for the day, and brings multiple bands to come play at Waterfront Park, including Foster the People, Modest Mouse, and Belle and Sebastian.
“I really enjoyed it I thought it gave you a lot to do because in between shows there was a virtual reality experience, and there were places where you could get drinks, and all different types of things so it was interesting,” Emma DenBeste ‘17 said.
There is also an event for chefs, cooks, or simply food fanatics that want to express their love of cuisine. The Bite of Oregon is taking place on Aug. 7 to 9 at Waterfront Park for five dollars. This fundraiser for Special Olympic Oregon is for local chefs and food vendors to sample food and eat meals for three consecutive days.
The Rose Festival takes place on Jun. 6 in Downtown Portland, free of charge. This festival marks the beginning of the summer for many local citizens of Portland by celebrating with different events such as the City Fair Ferris Wheel, a RoZone concert, and all-floral floats.