Little Boxes returns to Portland on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving -- November 29th and 30th -- to give Portlanders an alternative to the box store shopping melee. Over 200 small independent shops have joined together to offer discounts and raffles, and a smart phone app for easy navigation of the participating destinations.
Little Boxes 2013 runs from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Friday November 29th and Saturday November 30th. Read more about the event and see the list of participating stores.
Whether you have a Fifi, a Fido or a Rex -- or, in my case, a Sasha -- Portland is a pretty good place for pooches. Here's our round-up of Stumptown's dog parks, listed by quadrant.
Have a favorite, or maybe a destination not too far afield for letting your dog loose? Leave a comment here and share your knowledge.
Photo: Portland dogs in Portland parks. ŠJosh Liberles
The holidays are approaching, and in Portland every season has at least one major beer festival to go along with it. In the winter, the Holiday Ale Festival is the biggie, and it will take over Pioneer Courthouse Square for its 18th edition once again between December 4th and December 8th, 2013.
Read more about the Holiday Ale Fest, the breweries in attendance, the beers on tap and the events surrounding it: http://portlandor.about.com/od/fooddrink/fl/Winter-Warmers-2013-Holiday-Ale-Fest.htm
Photo courtesy Portland Holiday Ale Fest.
The game is afoot -- and it's right here in Portland, at OMSI (the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). Sherlock Holmes and general mystery fans rejoice: the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes has its world debut in Portland, and it runs from October 10th, 2013, through January 5th, 2014.
The exhibit has original Sherlock Holmes manuscripts by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, various artifacts from Victorian England to set the mood, as well as a real, live murder! OK, a fictional murder, but there are plenty of interactivity to engage young and old in the spirit of solving a mystery using Holmes' own patented deductive reasoning and attention to detail.
For more info, read all about the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.
Photo courtesy International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.
Only in Portland? Maybe. Mayor Hales will unveil the city's "yarn bombing" activities coming to the Pioneer Courthouse Square area of Portland. Local fiber artists will knit custom sweaters right on to statues around the area throughout November and December, with Hales launching the campaign with a presentation on Thursday November 14th, 2013.
Other statues will receive similar treatment, with yarn bombings taking place through December 6th, and an Ugly Sweater Decorating Party helping folks get themselves in the spirit will take place at Punch Bowl Social on December 7th.
Read all the details, including info on an Ugly Sweater photo contest, complete with cool prizes.
Photo: Seal yarn bomb courtesy downtownportland.org.
The Northwest Food and Wine Festival on Saturday November 16th, 2013, combines over 600 wines with gourmet foods from 50 restaurants at Portland's Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center. Live music, Pate in Portland, Lamb Focus Feature, the Sausage Slam, A Fungus Affair and Oyster Enthusiasts -- and of course plenty of wine and local spirits -- are among the highlights.
Get the details on the Northwest Food and Wine Festival.
Photo courtesy Northwest Food and Wine Festival
The 2013 Holiday Food & Gift Festival offers Portland residents an opportunity to wrap up their holiday shopping early. Running from November 1st through 3rd, the festival features gifts, gourmet foods and a holiday atmosphere to jump start your winter holiday spirit.
Read more about the Holiday Food & Gift Festival.
Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry, the terrific cafe in the Historic Woodlawn Neighborhood of Northeast Portland, is celebrating its third anniversary on Thursday, October 24th, with a Harvest Party. Music will add some energy, and the cafe will serve up free food to thank their customers and celebrate fall's bounty.
In addition Woodlawn will offer a sneak peek at its new dinner and cocktail menus as the restaurant prepares to extend its hours into the night.
More info on the Harvest Party, the dinner menu and the Woodlawn neighborhood in our full write-up.
The fifth annual Portland Tattoo Expo comes to the Portland Expo Center from Friday, October 11th, through Sunday, October 13th, 2013. Some of the top tattoo artists in the nation will convene to show off their work, and to give tattoos on the spot -- whether you're looking for new artwork yourself, of you're just curious about the various styles and techniques, this is the place to come.
Over 100 tattoo artists will set up shop at the Expo Center, and there will be contests on everything from best sleeves, portraits, tattoo of the day and the coveted "Best in Show."
There are also several seminars offered to both established and aspiring tattoo artists. Read more about the Tattoo Expo, and see the schedule in our full write-up.
Volkfest 2013 is coming to The Colony, a cool new event space / short-term vacation rental resource / commercial kitchen space in an old Colonial in St Johns, Portland.
Volkfest runs from Friday, October 18th, to Sunday, October 20th, with a kick-off happy hour followed by a DJ party on Friday, a pumpkin carving contest, plenty of eats and treats for all ages and music until midnight on Saturday, and scary scarecrow creations, among other activities, on Sunday.
Check out the exciting new space, eat your fill courtesy of Yakuza's younger sibling, Kuza Burger, and other vendors, and drink local beer, wine, spirits and mulled cider this weekend -- all while supporting Urban Gleaners, a non-profit with the mission to "alleviate hunger by collecting edible, surplus food that would be thrown away and distributing it to agencies that feed the hungry."