It's not exactly a laid-back do nothing summer weekend. There are so many events and shows going on I just may stay home with my head in a blanket. But don't let that stop you.
After you've recovered from Snoop Dogg at the Rose Garden Friday night - rattle up the kids and get on over to the first EVER Hawaii-a-Ween at VooDoo Donut II right off Sandy Boulevard.
Voodoo Doughnut, and Portland Productions, have joined with the Portland Hallowe'en Bazaar to create Hawaii-A-Ween - a mid summer luau benefiting The Portland Hallowe'en Bazaar, The Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery, and The Rock 'N' Roll Camp For Girls.
There will be hula contests, surf bands, bikini competition, a hearse club and the reunion of Portland Organic Wrestling. For those of you who may remember, the greatest twisted art-theater-fighting chaos this town has ever seen. Back for one day only. They tell me the performance will be kid friendly too. I'm also hearing possible zombie Michael Jackson appearance.
It all starts at 2 p.m.
While you're cruising down Sandy - the boys and girls at Centaur Guitar have revived their summer concert tradition - now in the parking lot. They had beer and hot dogs last year, and of course, the music is good and dirty and free. I love how we get away with stuff like this in our town.
The Portland Highland Games are at Mt Hood CC in Gresham - plenty of Scottish dancing, Celtic tunes, kilts beers and "heavy athletics."
Out at Horning's Hideout on the far- west side - there's three days of bluegrass bliss at the Northwest String Summit. Come and camp out or stay for the day, kickin' up hot dust in a getaway banjo soundtrack!
Oh, if you notice a bunch of musicians with their instrument cases open craving spare change, don't panic. It's a new experiment called the 'Big Busk' and so far dozens have signed up to play around downtown Portland all afternoon. Pitch in a buck for em (unless they suck)
On your way to the Coast or wine country this weekend? Check out the One Horse Tavern in Gaston - run by a fine couple of folk named Wendy and Vinnie - they're having some live music this weekend. Fine food, beers and more with a real wild west feel too.