Life in Portland Blog

September 2011 Picks

We at Urban Nest are all about getting out into the community and finding fun and interesting things to do in Portland.  Check out our September Picks below!

Art in the Pearl
Sept. 3rd-5th, 10-6PM : NW Park Blocks
This Labor Day weekend take a tour through Portland’s local art scene on the North Park Blocks and check-out jury-selected works of 130 artists from Portland, Canada and the entire United States.  Special events for kids include art workshops designed to inspire their inner van Gogh. From pottery to photography, jewelry to glass, there is art for everybody.

Dahlia Festival
Sept. 3rd-5th, 10AM-6PM : Swan Island Dahlias
Paging all dahlia disciples, garden gurus, and flower children: this annual celebration will include more than 400 dahlia-centric arrangements, flower arranging lectures and discussions about our favorite summer flower.

Stumptown Stories
Sept. 6th, 7:30PM : Jack London Bar
Every Tuesday night in September, you can learn more about the colorful history of our fair city as PSU prof Carl Abbott and other learned types discuss the history and legends of Portland.

Sept. 7th-11th : Performances around Portland
This year Portland’s largest and most successful music festival is at it bigger and better than ever featuring three nights of concerts at Pioneer Courthouse Square in addition to shows at 18 of the city’s most venerable music venues.  Produced by Willamette Week, MFNW teams up with music professionals from the local, regional and national music scene to curate this multi-venue festival featuring bands from indie, hip hop and punk roots.

Time Based Art (TBA) Festival
Dec. 7th, 9AM-4PM : French American International School
The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) presents its annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) featuring one-of-a-kind events in venues all across Portland.  Check out innovative happenings by artists from across the country and around the globe as they participate in contemporary performances and visual art exhibits. Now in its 9th year, TBA activates the entire community with art and ideas and provides Portland recognition as a place to celebrate internationally-acclaimed contemporary art.

Muddy Boot Organic Festival
Sept. 9th-11th, 7-9PM : St. Philip Neri Church
The weekend of festivities begins Friday evening with a keynote address from Joel Makower, the guru of green business practices.  The festival continues with an abundant flow of organic beer, wine, and assorted foodstuffs, all washed down with live music from the likes of Freak Mountain Ramblers, Casey Neill, and Keep Your Fork There’s Pie.

Pink Martini
Sept. 9th-11th, 7:30PM : Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Portland’s most famous international export, tango and sultry jazz ensemble Pink Martini, will slip on gowns and tuxes for a formal sit-down with the Oregon Symphony featuring Portland’s own legendary firebrand, singer Storm Large.