Life in Portland

Monthly Picks | September 2015

PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL
Sep 1st - Sep 7th | Various Locations
Celebrate the love of film during this weeklong event, jam-packed with networking, workshops, guest speakers, film premieres, director Q&As, and a Zombie Day Apocalypse (of course!). Be a part of what MovieMaker Magazine calls, "one of the coolest film festivals in the world." portlandfilmfestival.com

FIRST LIGHT | GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Sep 10th, 6-10PM | Zidell Yards
Sep 12th, 11AM-6PM | City Wide
Thursday evening the Tilikum Crossing's nighttime lights will debut with a special opening light show. There will be a public viewing area including beer garden, food carts, and a live broadcast of music from All Classical Portland. Then on Saturday, it's time to enjoy the MAX Orange Line! All rides on MAX, TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar and the Aerial Tram will be free, with a variety of activities and entertainment offered at many of the newly opened MAX Orange Line stations. catchtheorange.com

SIDEWALK CHALK ART FESTIVAL
Sep 19th, 8AM - 4PM | Downtown Forest Grove  
Perhaps it's the Mary Poppins effect, but there's just something magical about sidewalk chalk art. This annual celebration is hosted by the Valley Art Association and held rain or shine. There will be ongoing entertainment for all ages and the event is open to all. There is no judging of the ephemeral works, only appreciation. valleyart.org
 
MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL
Sep 26th - 27th, Daily 10AM-6PM | Lan Su Chinese Garden
Most cultures celebrate the harvest, and China is no exception. The Mid-Autumn Festival has roots back to ancient times, taking place on the fifteenth day of the eight month of the lunar calendar, typically near the Autumnal Equinox. Enjoy traditional Chinese stories, music, and cultural performances, eat moon cakes, and, of course, gaze at the bewitching "Harvest Moon". lansugarden.org