Friday, April 12-Saturday, April 13
Esther Short Park (Vancouver, WA)
The beer scene in and around Vancouver (Washington, obviously) is a lot like a clown car: just when you think you’ve seen it all, something crazy and new pops out at you. The Vancouver Brewfest is a one-stop shop to sample beers from the rapidly expanding clutch of hopmeisters across the Columbia, with breweries like 54°40′, Brothers Cascadia, Grains of Wrath and Loowit being just a few of the Washingtonians scheduled to make appearances alongside Portland-based powerhouses like Breakside, Ex Novo and Von Ebert.
Sunday, April 14
Start & finish at Waterfront Park
Every year, the Bridge to Brews run offered Portlanders a rare opportunity to enjoy the unbelievable views offered by the Fremont Bridge without the use of a car. The era is finally coming to an end, so if you’re jonesing to snap a selfie with Mt. Hood and downtown Portland in the background while a herd of neon-clad runners whoosh by, this is your absolute last chance to do so. Enjoy a beer at the end of the slog and weep for the death of Old Portland.
Tuesday, April 16-Sunday, April 21
Portland has a tenuous relationship with soul music. The city does its best to plow over every historic music venue and replace it with a Little Big Burger, but the annual Soul’d Out Music Festival heals those wounds to some degree by bringing A-list talent from multiple genres and decades to an assortment of music venues in the downtown area. This year features ‘80s hip-hop pioneers Eric B. & Rakim, blues legend Buddy Guy and electro-soul scientist Gramatik, as well as many, many more.
Cost: $255.50 for an all-access pass, or you can purchase tickets to shows a la carte
Friday, April 19-Sunday April 21
Portland Expo Center
You may not know this, but Portland frequently tops all manner of “kinkiest city in America” lists, so it makes plenty of sense that the aptly-named Portland Leather Alliance hosts a massive kink festival at the Expo Center every year. Boasting an art gallery, an expansive vendor gallery and over 36,000 square feet of “play space,” this should be of high priority to Portland’s kinksters who are trying to get out and socialize with the legion of like-minded individuals in the area.
Get baked and go check out some live music
Saturday, April 20
Now that cannabis is legal in Oregon, the stigma that once surrounded this harmless, yet magical leaf, is mostly nonexistent. Myths about weed have largely been debunked, but the fact that it makes live music sound 100 times better is something that will never change. So celebrate the highest of high holidays by packing up that bong (or vape pen, or tea mug, or whatever else it is the kids use these days) and hitting the town for some mind-blowing tunes. For some Texas-fried, guitar-centric choogle, hit up Doug Fir Lounge and see White Denim. If it’s heavy hesher sounds you crave, get up to Mississippi Studios for Stumpfest. Local musicians will pay homage to metal legends like Slayer and Mötorhead at the Twilight Cafe and Bar, while the soft, sweet and futuristic soul sounds of Shy Girls will be landing at the Wonder Ballroom as part of the Soul’d Out Music Festival.
Cost: Varies by show and venue