Avoid The Clash In Portland: Events Around The Region On Aug. 17

By Cheyenne Thorpe (OPB)
Aug. 16, 2019 8:30 p.m.

A race planned for downtown Portland Saturday has been moved across the Willamette River, and an amateur boxing match was canceled, as the city braced for rallies that some feared could turn violent.

But for all the headlines about the clashes and protests, life will continue as usual for most Portland-area residents. Here are some Saturday events and activities for those wishing to avoid the downtown fray:


Celebrate Tonga Day:

When: 12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey St., Portland

This third annual celebration is a free event honoring Tongan heritage through performances, live music, art and more. If you stay until dusk, the evening will end in a free showing of the movie "Bumblebee" in the Gateway Discovery Park.

Grab a pint and some tacos:
3 p.m.
Where: The Redd, 831 SE Salmon St., Portland

The Portland Tacos & Beer Festival hosted by Luxury Agave is an event that supports local and international brands and businesses.

Get your heat on
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: OMSI Bridge Lot, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland

The Portland Hot Sauce Expo is the perfect event to satisfy your condiment needs: hot sauce, bbq, mustard and more.

Celebrate Deschutes' new seasonal brew:
All Day
Where: Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House, 210 NW 11th Ave., Portland

A celebration of beer and Oregon, the event highlights Deschutes Brewery's Only Slightly Exaggerated IPA, the new seasonal brew.

Watch Portland's Adult Soapbox Derby:
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Mt. Tabor Park, 6220 SE Salmon St, Portland

The tradition of the PDX Adult Soap Box Derby lives on as participants gather at the top of Mt. Tabor Park with their hand-made mobile contraptions. Thousands gather at this free event to watch over 40 cars race down the dormant volcano.

Take in some Shakespeare in the park
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: 2501 SE Columbia Way #270 , Vancouver

The Shakespeare Fest brings the “Loves Labour's Lost - Say Ciao! Shakesbeer Festival” to Portland this Saturday. All shows are free for the family and your pets.


Attend an Obon festival:
10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Tateuchi Courtyard, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland

The Portland Japanese Garden will host its Obon Festival with music, food and drinks. The events start at 10:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony and continue throughout the day with more live performances and activities.

Parade at Multnomah Days:
8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Multnomah Village, Portland

Start your day early with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by a parade, street fair, live entertainment and more in this cute Southwest Portland neighborhood. A wine and beer garden is open until 10 p.m.

Montavilla Jazz Festival:
1 p.m. -9:30 p.m.
Where: Portland Metro Arts, 9003 Se Stark St., Portland

The two-day Montavilla Jazz Festival is an annual aiming to bring local music culture to the community by showcasing the best in Portland jazz.

Cheer on the Rose City Rollers:
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland

Watch the Axles of Annihilation vs. Jet City Bombers Roller Derby at Oaks Park. Tickets cost between $15-22.

Eat and run through Scappoose:
7:30 a.m.
Where: Scappoose Airport, 34020 Skyway Drive, Scappoose

Pancakes, beer and running. Join the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at the 3rd annual Wings & Wheels Half Marathon for an all-day event with food, drinks and activities.

Lookout for Bigfoot:
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Glenn Otto Community Park, 1102 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, Oregon

Join the third annual Oregon Bigfoot Festival at Glenn Otto Community Park is the perfect place to connect with your fellow Squatchers. Add the Oregon Bigfoot Conference to your schedule and hear from Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” cast members, Cliff Barackman and James "Bobo" Fay. Portland Spirit Bigfoot Adventure Cruise will also host a full day ride on the Explorer jet-boat in search of Bigfoot. Tickets are available online.

Follow the Fruit Loop:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Hood River County

Explore the Hood River Fruit Loop with your reusable bags to stock up on fresh fruits, pies, flowers and more. Multiple locations host varied U-pick fruits such as apples, cherries and peaches, as well as U-cut dahlias and lavender bundles. Pick up a growler of fresh cider and enjoy the views along the way.

A Tiny(home) Tour:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S Pacific Hwy W Rickreall

TinyFest Northwest is a celebration of all things “tiny living.” From tiny homes to vans, trucks and shipping containers, this event includes tours and activities with the goal of bringing like-minded people together. Tickets cost between $5-$15.