Since every thing came so early this year, I mean, even July 4th is on the 3rd, I'm thinking our official Rose Festival rain will have tapered off and Mr sun will make an appearance.
Is that too optimistic?
Anyhoo - a bevvy of spots to hit this first weekend of unofficial summer. Start off at noon Friday with one for the kids -- Lakeridge High School's Jazz Band will be smoothing you right back downtown at Wells Fargo plaza for your lunch break.
Portland's most famous holes are crossing over to the eastside - A SECOND Voodoo Doughnut is coming -- and it's right across the street from the Sandy Hut!
They'll be doing a parade to the new location from the old store to the new one at 6:45. Don't forget kids -- normal is the new weird.
Amid the Waterfront rides, food and craziness, more local young jazz talent with the Blaine High School Marching Band, Mt. Tahoma High School Marching Band, Beaverton High School Marching Band.
For rock's sakes -- Ethos is dedicated to opening more young minds to music in schools and out. A benefit at Berbati's will help them out and you get to catch The Slants, Sandpeople and the Paul Green School of Rock.
Ale with animals -- the Oregon Zoo hosts Zoo Brew 2008. From 5 to 10 check out Sam Bamboo and Pat O'Neal's Dixieland Jazz Band perform on the concert lawn while sipping on -- Alameda Brewhouse
Blue Mountain Cider
Crater Lake Root Beer
Whew! Who knew?
On Saturday -- yes, the troops ARE coming home! Local vets will be honored at a Welcome Home ceremony from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oaks Amusement Park, Picnic Area # 6 located at 7805 Oaks Park Way, Portland.
After that, you can stick around and hit up the Rose City Rollers scrimmage at the Oaks Park rink.
It's from 6-8 p.m. and Heartless Heathers take on Tacoma's Dockyard Derby Dames. That's FREE.
All of course before you head downtown to check out the Rose Fest's Starlight Parade.
If you can't make it to the parade or to a TV -- you'll be able to see al the action streaming live here on kgw.com