Life in Portland Blog

Monthly Picks | July 2018

 Photo by  Majk M.  on  Unsplash

Photo by Majk M. on Unsplash

GEAR CON 2018
July 7th-8th | University Place Hotel
This year Portland’s steampunk extravaganza is observing the centennial of the WWI armistice and looking ahead to dieselpunk retrofuturism, all in a full weekend of steampunk art, culture, and community.  
pdxgearcon.com

OREGON LAVENDER FARM TOUR
July 14th-15th | Various Oregon Locations
Tour lavender farms and nurseries, and leave the hustle, bustle, and chaos behind. Some locations have festivals, while others are geared towards relaxation. Cut your own bouquets of fresh lavender, or purchase specialty lavender plants to grow and cultivate.
oregonlavenderdestinations.com

NW MARINE OPEN STUDIOS
July 21st, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM | NW Marine Art Works
Meet artists, tour spaces, learn techniques, and explore the sprawling complex of World War II vintage buildings at Northwest Marine Ironworks. Tenants range from Shellcore Specialties, a manufacturing business, to the Portland Zoo’s “Zoo Lights” division, to theatrical set designers. In between are painters and sculptors, with an emphasis on the more industrial creative arts of welding and woodworking.  
facebook.com/nwmarineartworks

GREEN LOOP SUNDAY PARKWAYS
July 22nd, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Green Loop (Downtown & Inner SE Portland)
The Central City 2035 Plan envisions a linear park, the Green Loop, connecting nearly a dozen districts and running from the West End to Lloyd to South Waterfront. Take a ride, a stroll, or a roll on the Green Loop during this year’s Sunday Parkways to get a glimpse into the future of the Central City.  
facebook.com/PortlandSundayParkways

MERMAID PARADE & BEACH PARTY
July 28th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Japanese American Historical Plaza
Don a costume honoring your favorite ocean myth for this family-friendly body positive event that celebrates our community connection to Portland’s rivers and of course, all things mermaid. The parade ends at Poet’s Beach where merfolk can gather to swim, socialize, and party.
portlandiamermaidparade.com