8 Fun Weekend To-Dos

If you’ve felt like your summer social calendar has been full lately, it’s certainly not going to slow down this weekend. Dress up like a unicorn and patronize N. Mississippi watering holes, sip international ales and lagers in the North Park blocks, run the mini Médoc and storm the giant Bastille Tower of cream puffs in honor of Bastille Day, eat cupcakes and dance like a monkey’s uncle, discover a newfound appreciation for beer cocktails, drink beer and eat burgers in the streets of the Pearl District, and ride your bike around East Portland one-handed (you’ll need the other to hold your Voodoo Doughnut).

unicorn pub crawl2010 PDX.FM UNICORN PUB CRAWL
FRIDAY, JULY 15 7 pm
AMNESIA BREWING, 832 N. Beech St.

Most of us over the age of five don’t have nearly enough opportunities to dress up like unicorns and drink beer. So thank goodness for the Pdx.fm Unicorn Pub Crawl, which starts at Amnesia Brewing, hoofs it up to Mississippi Pizza and then Crow Bar, and ends at Prost!, where participants are encouraged to poke their horns deep into Prost’s famous beer boot. More info>>

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portlandintbfPORTLAND INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL
FRI-SUN, JULY 16-18
NORTH PARK BLOCKS

Taste over 150 world-class beers from more than 15 countries at the Portland International Beer Festival, which takes over downtown’s lovely North Park Blocks this weekend. Barter pre-purchased tickets for 4 oz servings of ales and lagers like Lagunitas’ A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, New Old Lompoc’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Doppelbock, and Shelton Brothers‘ 13.1 percent wonder, the Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout. For more info and the complete beer list, click here>>

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pixbastillePIX PATISSERIE’S 4TH ANNUAL BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION
SATURDAY, JULY 17 11AM-MIDNIGHT
PIX, 3901 N WILLIAMS AVE.

If you can’t be in Paris for Bastille Day this year, here’s the next best thing–Pix Patisserie’s Annual Bastille Day Celebration at the N. Williams location, with its boozy mini Médoc Fun Run, Champagne and Oyster Bar, whole Carlton Farms roasted pig, Lompoc beer garden, Hula Hoop competition, sabering demo, grape stomp, waiter’s race, live music, and giant Bastille Tower of cream puffs for guests to “storm.” The event benefits the Oregon Food Bank, so bring two non-perishable food items with you. More info>>

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beernburgersBEER ‘N’ BURGERS
SATURDAY, JULY 17 12-3PM
NW COUCH BETWEEN NW 12TH & NW 13TH

Join Deschutes Brewery, Whole Foods, and Portland Monthly at this benefit for Partners For a Hunger-Free Oregon. Deschutes will be pouring beer and you will be able to sample sliders from 5 local chefs competing for your vote for the title of best burger. Beer ‘N’ Burger Sampler tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Buy tickets>>

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brewing up cocktailsBREWING UP COCKTAILS
SATURDAY, JULY 17 3-7PM
THE HOP & VINE, 1914 N. KILLINGSWORTH AVE.

The New School blog and Portland writer and mixologist Jacob Grier are hosting ‘Brewing Up Cocktails,’ an event that sets out to open the eyes of beer drinkers to the magic of spirits, while beguiling liquor lovers to the complexities of craft beer. How? By blending the two in some very unique cocktail creations like the Brewer’s Bramble–sour ale, Damrak gin, and blackberry liqueur, and the Dutch Devil–a shot of Bols Genevertopped with a bottle of Duvel Belgian Golden Ale in an absinthe-rinsed glass. More info>>

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zoolalaZOOLALA
SATURDAY, JULY 17 7-10PM
OREGON ZOO

Eat cupcakes until you can eat no more and then dance like a drunken monkey’s uncle at the Oregon Zoo’s Zoolala “Animalia” event, which features eats from Portland favorites like Saint Cupcake, Bamboo Sushi, Davis Street Tavern, Le Bistro Montage, and Lucy’s Table, plenty of local wine and beer, and a night of dancing under the stars. More info and tickets>>

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sundayparkwaysSUNDAY PARKWAYS
SUNDAY, JULY 18 10AM-3PM
EAST PORTLAND

Sunday Parkways brings its unique brand of auto-less summer fun to East Portland, with a cyclist-friendly route that connects Ed Benedict, Bloomington and Lents parks. Calories expended via pedal can be replenished by stomach-friendly vendors like Al Forno Ferruzza, Fuego, NW Hot Dogs, Saigon Kitchen, Scoop Organic Ice Cream, Village Crepery, and Voodoo Doughnuts. More info and map>>

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podnahsribsRHONES AND BONES IV
SUNDAY, JULY 18  5PM
PODNAH’S PIT BBQ, 1469 NE PRESCOTT ST.

Storyteller Wines and Podnah’s Pit BBQ bring you Rhones and Bones–all-you-can-eat BBQ ribs, side dishes, and cornbread paired with a pink, white and three red wines, all of which either hail from the Rhone River Valley or are made with classic Rhone varietal grapes. Tickets are $35 and sell out fast, so email howdy@storytellerwine.com if you’re interested.