This Weekend in Portland: 10.09 – 10.11

With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing. To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.


KEXP New Home Benefit w/ Minden, Summer Cannibals, and Boone Howard at Doug Fir

KEXP is, no doubt, one of the most well-known radio stations in the country, and this weekend they’ll be showing their love for the Portland music community at Doug Fir. On a night that’s sure to be a load of fun, we’ll get to hear from some celebrated local acts, including smooth, disco-laced, groovy pop from Minden; fast, frantic, garage rock from Summer Cannibals; and of course Boone Howard, leading his eponymous group of weirdos.

8pm, 21+, $12 adv $14 dos, (link)

Streetcar Mobile Music Fest

We can blame Portlandia all we want for exploiting local culture and expediting the city’s rapid growth, but let’s face it: we do keep it weird. And that’s OK, it’s a good thing, really! The Portland Streetcar Music Festival is back for it’s fifth year, promoting the use of public transportation, and helping expose residents and tourists alike to parts of the local music scene they might not typically experience. For the cost of one streetcar ticket, catch artists such as PWRHAUS, Kululu, Novosti, Charts and more.

5-8pm on A and B Loop Streetcars, All Ages, Free, (link)


Mukja – Korean Food Festival at Ecotrust

korean_food_festWe are food rich in Portland, and Korean fare is one of the biggest new trends. This Sunday at the Ecotrust building in NW, the Korean American Coalition is hosting the city’s first ever Korean Food Festival. Ticket cost a pretty shilling, but your taste buds will thank you for access to twelve different chefs from local restaurants including Kim Jong Grillin’, Lardo, Toro Bravo, Bamboo Sushi, Superhawk, Smallwares and more. Let’s eat!

1-6pm, All Ages, $50, kids under 13 eat free w/ purchase of adult ticket, (link)

October Bark About: Mt Hood Mushroom Hike

mushroomThere’s nothing like plucking a good chanterelle fresh from its home amongst the trees. Combine that with going on a Sunday morning hike down by Mt. Hood, and well, you’ve got yourself a pretty good start to the day. The Mt. Hood Mushroom Hike from Bark is a fun event and free to attend, but make sure you’ve got your permit. Expect to hike up to two miles off the trail, learn about the role our little fungus friends play in our forests, and best of all, bring home some fresh, edible mushrooms of your own. [Editor’s Note: This hike is now full, but look out for more Bark Abouts, every second Sunday.]

9am, All Ages, Free to Attend but Permit Required, (link)

Saturday and Sunday

NW Ciderfest at Pioneer Courthouse Square

ciderfestLast but certainly not least on our picks this week is a cider celebration for the ages — it’s NW Ciderfest down at Pioneer Courthouse Square. If you love beer’s lighter, sweeter cousin, don’t miss out on this weekend-long event featuring over 100 ciders to try from 30 Northwest cideries. Oh, and the best part? All proceeds go to benefit MDA, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which is working tirelessly to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy. See you out there, and look out for some photos from the festivities.

11am-8pm Sat, 11am-6pm Sun, All Ages to attend / 21+ to drink, $25, (link)