When: August 8-10 Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park Cost: General admission $5 per day
If you’re heading down to Portland, do yourself a favour and eat – a lot. Noshing is the name of the game at The Bite of Oregon, the region’s largest culinary festival. Taste the best of Oregon’s vibrant culinary scene with a chef’s table, restaurants, food carts as well as beer to wash it all down.
When: July 23-27 Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park Cost: Admission is free. $7 for a tasting glass, $4 for a full glass,
$1 for a taste
Portland’s reputation as a destination for some of the best craft beers in the region is encapsulated in Oregon Brewfest’s four days of sudsy sipping. This year you’ll find 88 of the finest U.S. craft brews (including gluten-free options) on offer at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. We’ll drink to that.
When: June 21 Where: Cannon Beach Cost: $5 for kids six and under, $15 for ages 7-18, and $20 for groups over the age of 18
If a coastal escape is more your style, skip the I-5 in favour of the Pacific Coast Highway and head straight to Cannon Beach’s annual Sandcastle Contest. It’s the 50th anniversary of this ephemeral display of epic sand-sculpting abilities, and thousands of day-trippers will head to the popular beach-side town normally known for its more permanent rocky outcrops.
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