Summer days call for warm welcomes and fun events in Portland



Summer days call for warm welcomes and fun events in Portland

As a life-long Portlander, I am invested in the health and prosperity of our community, and as the new chair of the Portland Business Alliance board of directors, I am thrilled to help lead our business community throughout the coming year. I am particularly looking forward to helping tackle some of our region’s most complex issues like homelessness, affordable housing and congestion. The business community is here to serve.  We play a key role in addressing the issues our region faces, and I look forward to making progress in partnership with our elected leaders, neighbors and stakeholders in the broader community.

What’s particularly exciting about leading the Alliance board at this time is that we are transitioning to a new president and CEO, Andrew Hoan. Andrew comes to the Rose City from Brooklyn, New York, where he led the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Bringing a wealth of experience in business and civic engagement and cultivating an environment in which businesses large and small can prosper, Andrew will bring a new perspective to our region at a time when it is rapidly growing and evolving. I look forward to working with Andrew to build a more prosperous and equitable Portland across our diverse region. We welcome him and his family to our community, while also celebrating Sandi McDonough and her accomplishments over a tremendously impactful 14 years. The Alliance has benefited from her leadership and example, and we thank her for everything she has contributed.

Throughout the coming year, there will be plenty of opportunities to use this column to discuss not only the critical issues facing the city and region, but also to celebrate what makes our community so special. So, in the spirit of summertime, I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some really amazing, sun-filled events happening in our community. After all, we all know how fleeting that beautiful summer sun can feel – so mark these events on your calendar and soak up what the season has to offer!
  • All summer long, enjoy the vibrant retail districts and local food favorites by heading out to one of Portland’s many street fairs. Coming up in August is the Alberta Street Fair, Multnomah Days, the Fremont Festival, and the Hawthorne Street Fair.
  • In July and August, Sunday Parkways, where pedestrians and cyclists can easily explore neighborhoods throughout Portland, includes the Green Loop through downtown and inner-east Portland, as well as Outer Northeast Portland to discover the new Gateway Discovery Park. Many parks along the way will be filled with music, food and activities.
  • The annual Tualatin Crawfish Festival returns to Tualatin Community Park on August 3-4. Enjoy two full days of delicious food, including a crawfish eating competition, and live entertainment.
  • There is no better place to pick up that fresh, local produce your recipe calls for than Portland-area farmers markets. Farmers markets abound in every corner of the region from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland to Beaverton, Gresham and beyond. Enjoy the season’s bounty at a location near you.  
  • A Portland favorite is Flicks on the Bricks: when Pioneer Courthouse Square transforms into the city’s largest outdoor movie theater every Friday night at 7 p.m. through August 17. Make sure you grab some popcorn and bring your cushions, low-backed chair, or pillows, so you’re ready to enjoy the movie -- like Coco, which is playing this Friday, July 27!
  • On August 18, more than 40 brave teams will gather once again on Mt. Tabor to hop in their homemade vehicles and careen down the dormant volcanic vent. Be sure to get to the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby early for a picnic spot along the course and cheer on your favorites. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and will wrap up by 4 p.m.
  • Head on over to Vancouver for Open Saturday at Pearson Field, the Northwest’s first airport, where kids of all ages can enjoy the Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing and collections on display. The event is free each Saturday this summer, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • If the Waterfront is where you like to be during the summer and you enjoy our city’s beer scene, then you don’t want to miss the Oregon Brewers Fest beginning this Thursday, July 26 through 29. With more than 80 unique beers and amazing views of the city, is there really anywhere else you want to be?
These are just a few of the many uniquely Pacific Northwest events and activities happening this summer. For more events and activities, visit www.travelportland.com.

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