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August 2014

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Seven Wonders of Oregon: Crater Lake

Seven Wonders of Oregon: Crater Lake

Events & Festivals

Labor Day weekend events

Flicks on the Bricks in downtown's Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The city is already warming up for the long weekend with the Portland Film Festival — a full week of screenings that culminates in outdoor screenings Friday-Sunday. On Thursday, Aug. 28, the Oregon Symphony hosts its 18th Waterfront Concert, featuring performances by the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland Taiko, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Opera and the traditional grand finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture accompanied by fireworks.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Pearl District brings artists, musicians, food and fun to the North Park Blocks for Art in the Pearl. Also in bloom all weekend long, the Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden at the Portland Art Museum displays more than 100 works related to the famous French garden.


Time-Based Art Festival

Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol at TBA 2012

Called “the best contemporary summer festival inthe country” by The New York Times, Portland’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) returns Sept. 11-21 with 10 days of boundary-pushing performance, visual art and projects that defy categorization.

Modeled after international contemporary arts festivals in cities like Edinburgh and Adelaide, TBA draws artists from around the globe to create installations and performances in Portland’s theaters, galleries, warehouses and public spaces. Some of the highlights for 2014 include:

  • Filipino choreographer and dancer Eisa Jocson’s “Death of the Pole Dancer & Macho Dancer” (Sept. 12-13)
  • New York vocalist and composer Samita Sinha’s “Cipher,” which explores mythology, electronica, North Indian classical music and language (Sept. 12-13)
  • Portland-based MSHR’s “Resonant Entity Modulator,” a cybernetic system of hand-built analog synthesizers and hieroglyphic sculptures (Sept. 18)


Food & Drink

Feast Portland

Park Kitchen hosts a dinner during the 2013 Feast Portland.

Since 2012, Feast Portland (Sept. 18-21) has turned the world’s eyes on Portland kitchens with three days of events celebrating international culinary talent and Oregon’s bounty of fresh ingredients.

The event draws upon a deep roster of Portland-bred talent (national James Beard Award-winning chefs, renegade food-cart cooks and beer experts, just for starters) and an international cast of kitchen royalty, including chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants, food writers from The New York Times and Bon App├ętit, and foodie TV personalities. In 2014, expect to see chefs Chris Cosentino, Duff Goldman, Edward Lee and Anita Lo, alongside Portland stars like Vitaly Paley, Naomi Pomeroy and Nong Poonsukwattana.

Many dinners and classes are sold out, but tickets are still available to these main events:

  • The Sandwich Invitational, which tests the sandwich skills of 14 of America’s top chefs.
  • The Friday and Saturday Oregon Bounty Grand Tastings, featuring samples and chef demos in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
  • High Comfort, where 20 top chefs present decadent takes on comfort-food classics.


Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine

Black Walnut Inn & Vineyards. one of the Willamette Valley's 250+ wineries.
Photo by Christian Heeb

Raise a glass to the pioneers of the state’s wine industry, as well as its modern-day masters, at the Oregon History Museum this summer at Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, a special exhibit running through Sept. 20.

Clink! follows the history of Oregon wines from the state’s earliest vineyards to the resurgence of the industry in the 1960s and the potential future of the state’s 400+ wineries. Today, the Willamette Valley is the country’s fourth largest wine-producing region, noted internationally for its beautifully complex pinot noirs, among other varietals.

The exhibit features artifacts, artwork and interactive experiences, as well as some special events, including the Willamette Week Wine Wednesday tasting on Aug. 27, and the End of Summer Celebration on Sept. 14.