7 Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Life has given you a weekend, now use it wisely. Here are seven enticing events occurring in Portland this weekend, all of which are almost guaranteed to be a good time, unless you somehow muck it up. You can wax poetic about pie, drink too much organic beer/root beer, pay a visit the Project Grow folks to admire their new garden and pet their pygmy goats and join their CSA, show some cleavage while learning to make medieval stew in the Beaverton Farmers Market’s Shire of Dragon’s Mist, butcher a pig, watch fútbol and stuff crawfish until your belly resembles a soccer ball, or ride your bike around in a vehicle-free NoPo eating pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, and shave ice. Ain’t Portland a kick in the head?!

FRIDAY, JUNE 25

pietopiasignPietopia 2010 Deadline
If you were a pie, what kind of pie would you be? Today’s the deadline for you to wax poetic about life and pie–submit your favorite pie recipe and written explanation, including why you chose the recipe and how the taste of it relates to the current state of your life in under 300 words, for the chance to win recognition and a specially-designed screen print inspired by your pie joy/pie angst. More info>>

beerNorth American Organic Brewers Festival Kick-Off
Overlook Park,  Fri & Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-5pm
Starting today at noon in North Portland’s lovely Overlook Park, you can mix, mingle, sip, gulp and burp with 15,000+ beer lovers all weekend at the 6th annual North American Organic Brewers Festival, the world’s largest all-organic beer festival. Sample more than 50 organic beers and ciders from around the nation, while enjoying live music, organic food, and a complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer garden. Admission is free, compostable cornstarch tasting glasses are $6, beer tastes are $1. Festival proceeds benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Oregon Food Bank, so beer up and do good at the same time–the perfect way to spend a (hopefully) sunny weekend. More info and festival schedule>>

projgrowgarProject Grow Hoedown
2156 N Williams Ave. 6-9pm
Project Grow is an art, yoga, farm, and music program inspired and empowered by adults with developmental disabilities. Tonight, starting at 6pm, help them celebrate the transformation of a dirty old North Portland lot covered in blackberries, bottles, and old car parts into a beautiful, flourishing garden, at a good old-fashioned hoe-down that promises live music, delicious food, and cold frothy beverages generously donated by Widmer. While you’re there, pet their darling pygmy goats and ask about how to join their remarkable CSA. More info>>

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SATURDAY, JUNE 26

medievaldayBeaverton Farmers Market’s Medieval Market Day
12455 SW 5th St. 8am-1:30pm
I think perhaps all you need to know about this annual event in order to entice you to attend, is that it’s held by The Washington County Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism–The Shire of Dragon’s Mist. Yes, you read that right. And if that moniker doesn’t signify a good time, I don’t know what does. Enjoy artisans demonstrating medieval crafts, children’s activities, music, cooking demos, heavy armor, and rapier tournaments, and I venture to guess–lots of overflowing cleavage. More info>>

meataPortland Meat Collective: Basic Pig Butchery
Location TBA, 1-5pm

If you’ve got an extra chunk of change lying around and your greatest wish is to learn how to butcher a pig, this is the event for you. Seasoned animal scientist and meat expert Bob Dickson of Dayton Natural Meats will teach you how to split two sides of pork into primals, and how to cut those primals into cookable cuts like ribs, tenderloins, ham roasts and shoulder roasts. He will also school you in unique butchery techniques and whisper industry secrets in your ear. And, you get to take your share of freshly butchered heritage pork home, which justifies the $225 price tag. More info>>

crawfish boilWorld Cup & Mud Bug Boil at EaT Oyster Bar
3808 North Williams Ave. 11:30am-til the pot’s empty

It’s EaT Oyster Bar’s last crawfish boil of the season, and this one comes with an added bonus–a viewing of the US vs. Ghana World Cup 2010 match. The boil starts at 11:30am and ends when every last mud bug is nibbled, licked, and sucked dry. Red, white and blue vuvuzelas not included, you’ll have to bring your own. More info>>

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SUNDAY, JUNE 27

noposunparkNorth Portland Sunday Parkways
North Portland 10am-3pm

There’s nothing quite like a leisurely bike ride on a sunny summer Sunday–and the North Portland Portland Sunday Parkways makes this one all the more special by closing down several select miles of roads in NoPo and letting bicyclists, runners, walkers, rollerbladers, and vehicle-phobics roam free. Along the way, enjoy music and activities and visit participating vendors like Al Forno Ferruzza, Soup Cycle, Fuego and Scoop. More info and a complete vendor list>>