Life in Portland

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Check Out Some Free Fun Stuff to do!

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend and if you are pinching pennies trying to save up for that down payment on a house (!) you might be interested in some free to cheap fun around town.  The admission is free for everything but there may be charges for food or drink.  Have a fun and safe three days!

 

All weekend
Village Building Convergence: An opportunity to beautify Portland through volunteer projects. See Dave Knows Portland for more information.

Friday, May 25
Portland Opera Presents “Million Dollar Quartet”: Enjoy a special mini performance of the Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” at Director Park (SW Park & Yamhill, Portland), 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Rose Festival CityFair and Fireworks Display: Admission to the big carnival at Waterfront Park is free on May 25, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The fireworks display begins at 10:00 pm. Through Thursday, check out Portland Perks for a deal on ride wristbands.

Portland Art Museum Free Night: It’s the fourth Friday of the month, which means admission is free from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Saturday, May 26
Guided Nature Walk at Tryon Creek State Natural Area: This week’s theme is Beaver Investigation. 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, 10:00 am.

Alien Invasion: Children and their families are invited to join storyteller Rick Huddle on a quest to save our galaxy. Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Ave, Portland), 10:30 am to 11:15 am.

Library StoryWalk: Take the whole family to Spring Garden Park for a story and stroll, 3332 SW Spring Garden St, Portland, 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Rose Festival CityFair: Free admission for veterans, reservists, and active military personnel and their legal dependents with valid military ID. Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Through Thursday, check out Portland Perks for a deal on ride wristbands.

Multnomah County Fair: Music, dancing, pig races, petting zoo, exotic animals, exhibits, and more. Oaks Amusement Park (7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland), 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Pachyderm Portmanteau Party: Artist Hilary Pfeifer celebrates the release of herbook, “Elephabet,” with an art party that combines elephants and the alphabet. Tigard Library, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Y La Bamba and Death Songs will perform at Crystal Hotel & Ballroom, Al’s Den (1332 W. Burnside, Portland), 7:00 pm. Ages 21+.

Sunday, May 27

A Rose in Any Color: Learn how to create a variety of roses in bud form and full bloom using watercolor and ink on rice paper. This class is for adults; no art experience necessary. Hollywood Library (4040 NE Tillamook St, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Multnomah County Fair: Music, dancing, pig races, petting zoo, exotic animals, exhibits, and more. Oaks Amusement Park (7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland), 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Portland Youth Philharmonic will perform at Jackson Middle School (10625 Southwest 35th Avenue, Portland) at 4:00 pm.

Monday, May 28

Multnomah County Fair: Music, dancing, pig races, petting zoo, exotic animals, exhibits, and more. Oaks Amusement Park (7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland), 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Fort Vancouver “Post to Park” Celebration: On Memorial Day, the East and South Vancouver Barracks will close as a U.S. Army Reserve post and become a national park. The “Post to Park” ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm at the Artillery Barracks building located at 600 East Hatheway Road in West Vancouver Barracks, followed by tours, historical military demonstrations, free food, and more.