Cinco de Mayo
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
May 1 – 5
Show your support for Latino culture and community. This annual fiesta features live music, dancing, carnival rides, artisans, and food.
$2 kids 4 - 11
Children 3 and under free
Free Admission before 4 p.m. on Friday and from 11 - 2 p.m. on Monday
Breast Friends Benefit Joy of Life" Dinner-Dance-Auction to benefit people affected by breast cancer
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway
Oregon Safe Kids Day
Find out how to keep the kids safe in all kinds of conditions. Stations will provide tips in areas such as water, poison, transportation, helmet and fire safety.
Cinco de Mayo Walk/Run
Starts and finishes on Naito near the Salmon St. fountain
A 5k, 10k, and kid’s race to benefit Foundation for Retinal Research. After the race, enjoy food from Azteca Mexican restaurants, beer from Redhook and live Mariachi music!
$20 – $30, Visit the registration page for details.
Indie Wine Festival
May 1 – 2
NW 30th Ave. and Industrial Street
Taste wines from the little guys. This festival features smaller winemakers from Oregon. In addition to tasting wines, you’ll sample fare from local chefs and have an opportunity to learn about the craft of winemaking.
$75 for general admission, $125 for VIP admission. Get tickets online or at the door.
Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash
Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland (Naito Parkway and SW Stark)
A 2-mile run/walk to benefit the Oregon Humane Society. Also enjoy a doggie fashion show, free pet advice, and pet picture-taking. $10 – $20. Visit the registration page for details.
2009 Zompire: The Undead Film Festival
May 15 – 17
Three glorious days of zombie cinema, brought you by the same folks who present the HP Lovecraft Film Festival.
Tickets are $10 per day or $25 for the weekend.
$5/day. Children 10 and under are free.
Brewers Memorial Ale Fest
May 15 – 17
Rogue Ales Brewery
2320 OSU Drive (in Newport, Oregon)
A brew-fest that benefits the Oregon Humane Society! Events include a brewer’s dinner, dog wash, dog wash and doggie Olympics. Live music, 30+ breweries, and array of food and art vendor booths.
$10 admission (includes a festival mug and 3 tasting tokens)
Reach the Beach
A bike ride to benefit the American Lung Association. Choose between five different routes (26 – 100 miles) that take you through Oregon's wine country, lush forests, and cute little towns. The ride ends at beautiful Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City on the Oregon Coast.
Oregon Humane Society Pug Crawl
MacTarnahan's Tap Room - 2730 NW 31st Ave
Bring your pug or just bring a camera. This event features a pug costume contest, a Pug kissing booth, doggie goodies for sale, and other dog-gone cute stuff. It all benefits the Oregon Humane Society.
$10 for adults, kids and pugs get in free.
Irvington Home Tour
See the historic homes of Irvington, one of Portland’s most beautiful neighborhoods. This year marks the 27th anniversary of the tour.
$20 per person, proceeds go toward the association’s charitable giving fund. See website for ticket information.
5/23 - 5/25
2009 Memorial Day Weekend in the Wine Country
Visit wineries in the Willamette Valley, many of which aren't open to the public any other time of the year. Some charge a tasting fee, so call ahead to find out details.
5/23 - 5/25
Sasquatch Music Festival
Oregon Zoo presents Zoo Brew