Across the yard at Thunder Ridge Mercenary Camp, a cannon spews flames at invaders. Nearby, in the recreated island settlement, blacksmiths hammer out weapons and craftsmen manufacture implements for visitors and pirates alike. In the water, bobbing gently with sails relaxed, the tall ship Royaliste waits for a high-seas chase. This living-history tableau is a scene among many at the Portland Pirate Festival, which brings together historical-reenactment actors, convivial taverns, and eclectic live music from regional and international bands for a two-day fest celebrating ancient pirate culture and buccaneering. Between sword-fighting demonstrations or a stint on an inflatable ride, visitors can feast on hearty grub from vendors such as Sanjai’s Teriyaki, Dave’s Pronto Pups, and Paradise Shaved Ice, and the of-age can gulp a pint of ale from Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern or Ninkasi Brewing Company in Galley Alley. The craftspeople mingle in Tortuga Market, where they vend their traditional handmade pirate wares such as trinkets, toys, or peg legs, which are great for completing a costume or helping a pet shark take to land.
For 30 years, The Bite of Oregon has rolled out its tents, tables, and stages every summer for a multiday celebration of the state?s food, culture, and residents. Attendees raise their forks to the idea that ?Life Tastes Better Here,? a mantra the festival lives up to by offering a culinary bounty crafted by some of Oregon?s most talented chefs. From small plates to full meals, vendors distribute their creations and, in between bites, regional wines and craft beers splash both new and familiar flavors across palates. As visitors wine and dine, local and national bands provide the soundtrack from multiple stages.
Demonstrating its respect for the community, The Bite of Oregon strives to be a Zero Waste event, each year producing less waste by lining its grounds with recycling stations and hiring unemployed goats to eat everyone?s napkins.
When he's not whipping the youth soccer players of the Portland Timbers into shape, Waterfront Fitness's owner Jason Bell heads to the city’s riverside parks to shape up everyday citizens with rigorous athletic drills. He and his team of qualified instructors convene beneath Portland's sky during all but the coldest months, incinerating calories during one-hour boot camps held every morning and evening. These sessions include activities such as strength circuits, Interval training, games, and box fit, which features high-speed punching drills and cardiovascular throwdowns beneath the boughs of mighty park trees. The trainers also provide general and sport-specific personal training for exercisers in search of an intense, highly personalized regimen to build muscle or burn fat.
The North Meets South Food & Drink Jubilee brings together local and national wineries, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants for a weekend of delicious activities in an elegant atmosphere. Pepper your palate with complimentary samples of delicious edibles and intoxicating imbibements from national and international vendors— including Southern Oregon Brewing, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Enchanted Cupcakes, and Whole Foods Market—as well as talented regional chefs.
Ecopalooza unites fashion, wine, and jazz in a symphony of sun-fueled fundraising at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The entirely solar-powered festival begins with a stylish eco-fashion show showcasing sustainable dud designs. As local wineries and breweries pour samples of their artisanal tipples, a lineup of jazz virtuosos, including two-time Grammy winner Shannon Sanders with R & B saxophonists Patrick Lamb and Devin Phillips, will trounce across the stage in a whirlwind of syncopation. Prolific Motown drummer Mel Brown, whose beats have accompanied Diana Ross and The Temptations, will also tickle festival-goers’ gray matter as he rhythmically taps out Morse-code instructions for harnessing the sun’s rays to power eco-friendly dog sleds. Proceeds from the concert will join donations from concert sponsor Bonneville Environmental Foundation and their Solar 4R Schools program to install solar panels in a Portland high school.