Whether you’re staying close to home or venturing out this holiday weekend, there’s a lot going on throughout the state. And with moderate weather (finally), you really have no excuse to stay in:
- Portland Film Festival: The storytelling event started Tuesday, but you still have plenty of time to catch the movies and workshops.
- Art in the Pearl: The annual fine arts festival begins Saturday in (yep, you guessed it) Portland’s Pearl District and runs through Monday.
Make sure to look for OPB’s Art Beat from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday for a meet and greet at NW 8th Ave. between Burnside and Glisan: opb.is/aip.
- There are a whole bunch of concerts in town this weekend, including The Both: Amy Mann and Ted Leo at the Aladdin Theater on Friday, The Head And The Heart at McMenamin’s Edgefiled on Saturday, SOS at Mississippi Studios, also on Saturday, and Cappella Romana: The Fall of Constantinople at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday. Check out Portland Monthly Magazine for more information.
- There’s still time to take part in Create! Eugene before it wraps up Sunday, featuring artist workshops and exhibits throughout the city. Admission for the events varies.
- The University of Oregon Ducks will take on the South Dakota Coyotes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
If you’re in the city Friday, UO fans will meet up downtown for Duck Downtown starting at 5 p.m.
- You can catch live music at the city’s wineries and wine bars throughout the weekend. Visit South Willamette Wineries Association for more information.
- It’s the last weekend for the Oregon State Fair. There are still lots of free concerts and 4-H events through Monday.
- Salem’s Waterfront Park will host a screening of Frozen on at 9 p.m. Saturday — bring blankets and lawn chairs and make sure to get there early for front and center seating.
- In nearby Corvallis, the Oregon State University Beavers will kick off their season against Portland State University at Reser Stadium.
- For other events, check out the Travel Salem website.
- The 6th annual Little Woody Barrel Aged Brew and Whiskey Fest starts at 5 p.m. Friday by the Deschutes Historical Museum, featuring craft beers and aged whiskeys. Admissions prices vary and this is a 21 and over event.
- If wine is more your style, take part in the annual Grape Stomp at Maragas Winery at 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 to get those grapes between your toes. There will be live music, activities for the kiddos and wine tasting.
- Go to Visit Bend for more event listings.
If you know of any other Labor Day weekend events that people should attend in these cities or elsewhere in the state, share them in the comments below.