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5 Fun Things To Do This Weekend: April 17th-19th

Friday, April 17, 2015


Singin' in the Square

This weekend, Portlanders have multiple opportunities to show off their swing dancing and singing skills. With the weather expected to be sunny there's no better time to get out and try something new.

Singin’ In The Square

Prepare to sing your heart out this Sunday at the third annual Singin’ in the Square. Be sure to bring the whole family to this community sing-a-long event, which will be led by Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini. All who attend will also have the opportunity to sing with China Forbes, the Von Trapps, members of PHAME, and the Pacific Youth Choir. Complimentary songbooks containing over 40 songs will be distributed, along with free cupcakes, and ShedRain bubble umbrellas. 

Pioneer Courthouse Square. 3pm-5pm on Sunday, April 19th. This event is free for the public. For more information click HERE.

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee enthusiasts have the chance to watch the Portland Stags take on their perennial rivals, the Seattle Rainmakers, this weekend. This match will also mark the season opener for both teams. With the weather expected to be sunny this weekend there’s no better opportunity to watch the Stags play.

Hillsboro Stadium, 4460 NW 229th Avenue, Hillsboro. 2pm-4:30pm on Saturday, April 18th. Tickets $10-$18. For more information click HERE.

Death On a Downbeat

The Oregon symphony is hosting a classic murder mystery event this weekend. When the conductor is musteriously killed, everybody in attendance suddenly becomes a suspect! The program will include music from the 1940s and 50s, as well as from movies such as Casablanca, The Gadfly, Perry Mason, and The Lost Weekend.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland. 8pm on Saturday, April 18th. Tickets $20-$40. For more information click HERE.

Portland Lindy Exchange

Non-profit swing dancing organization, The Portland Lindy Society, is hosting their annual Lindy Exchange this weekend. Swing dancers from all across the United States will be gathering together in order to participate in this three-day dance event. Not only will you get to dance the night away, you'll also have the opportunity to hear some great, live music. 

Multiple Venues, Thursday-Friday, April 16th-19th. Times vary. $80. For more information click HERE.

The People’s Republic of Portland

Lauren Weedman, the star of HBO’s Looking and former Daily Show Correspondent, is returning with her hit show The People's Republic of Portland. Two years ago Lauren was invited to share her perspective on the Rose City, which turned out to be a major success. Now she's returning for another show. If you’re in need of a good laugh, be sure to attend.

Ellyn Bye Studio, 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland. 7:30pm on Wednesday-Saturday, April 15th-18th. 2 pm on Saturday-Sunday, April 18th-19th. For more information click HERE.


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This is the crown jewel of outdoor imbibing in Portland. The high rise location with panoramic views is a great place to sip in the sun! The cocktail menu features great flavors that will transplant you to a tropical destination. Pair it with some delicious bites from a menu crafted by Chef Gregory Gourdet for a fabulous evening.

525 SW Morrison St.

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Rum Club

It’s been said that time flies when you’re drinking rum. And that’s especially so on this out of the way covered patio on Sandy Blvd. While there’s a strong focus on rum here, you can enjoy plenty of other spirits, beer, and wine. The diverse cocktail list and well curated selection of bites keep this on my favorites list.

720 SE Sandy Blvd. 

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Landmark Saloon 

The Landmark Saloon is a renovated house on Division Street. It’s quite small, even by house standards. However, what they lack in square footage for indoor seating is more than redeemed with all of the picnic tables, fire pits, second bars, cornhole boards, and trees in their adjacent yard where you can laze away a beautiful summer day. 

4847 SE Division St.

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The large open air space behind this North Williams bar is a classic Portland place to spend a hot summer day. And the space is huge. Hanging with a large group? No problem. The landscaping, with an oddly satisfying, crunchy pea gravel, is inviting, the staff is great, and the beer here is very cold. Bonus: If it gets too hot out, slip inside for a round of shuffleboard. 

4306 N. Williams St.

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Rae's Lakeview Lounge

While there’s no view and no lake, there is plenty to love about this hidden spot near Montgomery Park. Enjoy weekend brunch and food and drinks until late on the dog-friendly open patio. This is a great place to day drink on a Saturday afternoon while catching up with an old friend.

1900 NW 27th Ave.

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Caldera Public House

While the interior has a way of transporting guests back to the days of pub culture, those who make the effort to head out to the garden will be rewarded. It’s secluded and lush and by the first sip of your pint, you’ll forget all about the hustle and bustle of rush hour happening just a few feet away.

6031 SE Stark St.

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You’d be forgiven for not discovering the back patio of Teote right off of lower Hawthorne. Orders are taken at the counter on the first floor, but follow the stairs up and then meander your way to the back of the house where the second floor spills out into lovely back patio complete with a second bar and a fire pit. I’m still trying to figure out how to you get to the back yard by going upstairs. Plus, the food and drinks are delicious and affordable. 

1615 SE 12th Ave.

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Barrio at Portland Mercado

With so much buzz about the new Latino market on Foster Avenue opening later this month, it’s only fitting that they’re incorporating a bottle shop into the list of retailers. Pop into Barrio Bottle Shop and grab a beer for dining in at one of the food carts. The patio is covered and heated to help prolong Portland’s short summer season.

7238 SE Foster Ave.

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Altabira City Tavern

Chef David Machado’s new spot (located in the new Hotel Eastlund) promises a patio with sweeping views of downtown, complete with firepits and windbreaks. This beer-centric restaurant will offer a full menu, 16 taps, extensive wine list, and patio seating for 100+. The early May opening can’t happen soon enough for this curious tippler!

1021 NE Grand Ave.

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Henry Hagg Lake

Hop in the car and head out to Washington County’s Henry Hagg Lake. A 35 mile drive will find you at a place that offers disc golf course, fishing piers, great wildlife viewing, and boat rentals. Enjoy the afternoon sipping your favorite schwag and throwing discs.

Day use fee: $6 per vehicle.

50250 SW Scoggins Valley Road, Gaston, OR

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Milo McIver State Park

A short 45-minute drive will lead you to McIver where you can hike, fish, and play disc golf - all with an adult beverage in hand. Situated on the Clackamas River located in Estacada, this one of Oregon’s largest state parks, right in our back yard! Pack a cooler and a picnic and make a day of it at McIver.

Day use fee: $5 per vehicle.

24101 S Entrance Rd, Estacada, OR


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