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July 2014

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Seven Wonders of Oregon: Smith Rock


Seven Wonders of Oregon: Smith Rock

Food & Drink

Oregon Brewers Festival and Craft Beer Month

The Oregon Brewers Festival at Waterfront Park.
 

July is officially known as Oregon Craft Beer Month. From hefeweizens to sours, fruit beers to IPAs, brewers around the state pack the month with more than 450 activities and countless taproom specials.

Portland’s events include Lagerfest (July 19–20, 2014), which brings offerings from 67 breweries to the Central Eastside’s White Owl Social Club, and culminate in the truly epic Oregon Brewers Festival (July 23–27, 2014) in downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park. Tapping some of the world’s best brews since 1988, this annual rite of summer draws more than 85,000 discerning drinkers with pours from 86 craft breweries over five days. In 2014, the festival’s #NLtoPDX program brings in 11 brewers from the Netherlands, where craft brewing is burgeoning.

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Events & Festivals

Portland hosts the MLS All-Star Game

Members of the Timbers Army are sure to be on hand when Portland hosts the 2014 MLS All-Star Game.
 

The eyes of the soccer world will be on Portland on Aug. 6, when the city hosts the Major League Soccer All-Star Game at Providence Park, home of the Timbers and Thorns. The match will pit the top men’s players in the U.S. against a formidable opponent: European champions FC Bayern München. Considered one of the best worldwide, the Munich club is the most successful in the history of German soccer.

The game is inspiring a series of soccer-themed events throughout a city known for both its passion for the sport (the Timbers Army fan club, with its cheering section and chainsaw-wielding mascot Timber Joey, is legendary in the league) and for the excellence of its players (the Portland Thorns won the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League championship in 2013).

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Street fairs, concerts & outdoor movies

Sundown at EcoTrust in the Pearl District
 

Portland makes the most of its warm, low-humidity summers, filling the streets, parks and gardens with regular festivities, including concerts, outdoor movies and street fairs.

From July–August, the ticketed Tuesdays by Twilight concerts include the unparalleled perk of evening admission to Lan Su Chinese Garden. Every Thursday evening in July, head to the rooftop of the Ecotrust building in the Pearl District for a Sundown Concert — plus local pizza and beer for sale, and environmentally themed displays. Downtown, Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts Noon Tunes, a series of free lunchtime concerts, every Tuesday and Thursday, July–August, while Music on Main Street offers free Wednesday-evening concerts in the plaza next to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Food and drink for sale; limited seating available.
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The Northwest Film Center takes film to a new level with the annual Top Down: Rooftop Cinema (July 24–Aug. 28), a series of screenings on the panoramic rooftop of the Hotel deLuxe parking garage. More than just movies, these parties in the sky feature live music, tasty food and drink and spectacular city views. Gather up the family and head to Pioneer Courthouse Square for free movies and popcorn under the stars on Portland’s “largest outdoor screen.” Flicks on the Bricks are held on five consecutive Friday nights, (July 25–Aug. 22).
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Nearly every Portland neighborhood gets in on the summer fun, filling the calendar with street fairs. The Division/Clinton Street Fair (July 26) celebrates this Southeast Portland neighborhood — close to downtown and bursting with top-rated eateries. With three music stages, a beer garden and 300 local vendors, the Alberta Street Fair (Aug. 9) attracts 20,000 visitors to Northeast Portland’s Alberta Arts District. Also check out Last Thursday — the district’s monthly street fair. One of Portland’s favorite streets — and its longest-running street fair — the Hawthorne Street Fair (Aug. 17) pulls out all the stops with multiple music stages, two beer gardens and blocks of sidewalk sales at many of the more than one hundred local shops that line this original “shop local” stretch.
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Travel discounts

Save 30% off train fare between Portland and Eugene

The iconic Union Station
 

This summer, get away for a day trip on one of Amtrak Cascades’ new trains or make it a weekend adventure. Enjoy the reclining seats, great food, free Wi-Fi, bike racks and breathtaking views — as well as 30% off fares between Eugene and Portland. Plus, you can bring the kids and save 50% off their fares. There’s no better way to hit the rails and save this summer. Offer valid through Sept. 12. Book your trip now at Amtrak.com/Oregon30.

Family Fun

Dinosaurs Unearthed

The exhibit's Yangchuanosaurus (foreground) and Allosaurus (background).
 

Dinosaur remains have never been found in Oregon, and most of the other kinds of prehistoric fossils discovered here were swept in by floods at the end of the last Ice Age. So the “Dinosaurs Unearthed” exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry through Sept. 2, 2014, is not only a special treat because enormous remains are such a rare sight in the Pacific Northwest, but also because this program practically brings the ancient beasts back to life. Through animatronics, the exhibition’s 15 realistic, life-size dinos roar, reach and look around, just like the real things — or at least how today’s leading experts think they once did.

Hand-carved and stitched into their simulated skins, these robotic giants move smoothly and quietly, giving visitors a better idea of their temperament and size as they peer out from natural-looking landscapes on the exhibit floor. Massive dinosaurs like the 15-foot-tall Gigantoraptor and the 25-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex boast up to eight movements apiece, showing how they lived, thrived and survived. Interactive displays even let visitors control the wild beasts, with kiosk controls that make the models blink their eyes, swing their tails and even roar, all at the push of a button.

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