Choose a side for the Civil War
Not the Captain America one. Nerd. The football one. On Nov. 27th. With the Beavers and the Ducks. Regardless of where you went to school, get extremely aggressive in your allegiances. The next day, write an apology email to your co-workers. It’s an Oregon tradition.
Hug a stranger at the Holiday Ale Fest
Taking place in Pioneer Square from Dec. 2nd-6th, this is consistently among the city’s best fests. Maybe it’s the lights. Maybe it’s cozying up under a tent, with wood-burning stoves making it extra toasty. Or maybe it’s the strong-as-hell beers that dominate the roster of winter warmers. Whatever it is, you’re going to hug a stranger. And it will be glorious. Tickets here.
Complain about Peacock Lane
Likely while sitting in a line of cars on Stark, waiting to get into Peacock Ln. You have to. Portlanders basically become moths when those lights go up.