Don’t even try bringing stinky items (you will be turned away).
Underwear, socks and hosiery, or bras are not accepted (unless they’re still in the original packaging).
Kids clothing will not be taken.
Now that’s out of the way, get ready to clean out your closet and furnish your wardrobe with some new/old fits. On Sunday, Sept. 17, 12-3 p.m., McMenamins Crystal Ballroom will host the fashionably sustainable event that draws hundreds of people looking for different duds.
How does it work?
You pay the $10 entry fee and show up with a bag of clothes (you’re welcome to bring multiple) that you’re ready to part with. Then, start perusing the bins organized across two levels. On the third floor, garments will be sorted into non-binary containers, with separate areas for shoes and accessories. Lola’s Room on the second floor will feature a plus-size swap sponsored by Chub Hub. Oh, and there’s a bar.
If you don’t have a bag of clothes to contribute, you can still participate by purchasing an empty sack for $5.
Other things to know
Have a friend whose style makes you green with envy? Invite them, maybe they’ll bring that dress you’ve been eyeing. Throughout the day DJ Gregarious will lay down the shopping soundtrack. All ages are welcome, but organizers encourage leaving small children at home.
SnackFest | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | 100 SE Alder St., Portland | $0-$175 | Sample delectable morsels from local vendors, stumble upon secret pop-ups, and meet the makers behind your favorite foods and drinks.
Devon Allman & Donavon Frankenreiter | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland | $35 | Be a part of these musicians’ journey to set a world record: 50 shows, one in each of the 50 states, in less than 50 days.
Saturday, Sept. 16
Central Eastside Beach & Riverside Cleanup | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1600 SE Second Ave., Portland | Free | Put on your gloves and bring along any available resources (garbage bags, buckets, trash grabbers, etc.) to help keep our waterway clean and litter free.
Portland Thorns vs. OL Reign | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Providence Park, 1844 SW Morrison St., Portland | $60 | Build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put Seattle at the top — get ready to cheer on the home squad in this high-stakes rivalry match up.
Sunday, Sept. 17
Yoga in the Park | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Mt. Tabor Park, SE Salmon St., Portland | $10 | This vinyasa flow-style class will seamlessly integrate breath and movement; it’s suitable for beginners and seasoned yogis alike.
Buffy Bingo Night | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 6:30 p.m. | The 4th Wall PDX, 1445 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland | $5 | Sink your fangs into this night of snacks, drinks, and themed prizes as you test your knowledge of the vampire-slaying show.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m., in Laurelhurst Park, the Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s (HDSA) PacificWest Region will host its Team Hope Walk. The annual fundraiser takes place across 100 cities, raising millions for people affected by the genetic brain disease that’s like “having ALS, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s all at once.”
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight at sundown and runs until Sunday, Sept. 17. Traditionally, it is celebrated with candle lighting ceremonies, festive meals of challah bread and honeyed apples, prayer services that involve the sounding of a ram’s horn (shofar), and abstaining from creative activity.
Wine Enthusiast’s list of the nation’s best wine shops in 2023 featured a splash of rosé (and the Rose City). St. Johns’ 45th Parallel Wines made the grade for its role as a community gathering place, hosting live music, art shows, and neighborhood meetings. Plus, there’s always room on the “sherry train.” (Wine Enthusiast)
Thousands of salmon migrate up the Columbia River each September — on Monday, over 22,000 chinook were counted at the Bonneville Dam. Cheer them on from the visitor center (on the Washington side) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. (The Columbian)
Tomorrow, Warby Parker will open a new store in Nob Hill, just down the street from its now-closed Do Good Arcade location. The larger space will enable opticians to provide eye exams and display more products, including glasses, sunglasses, contacts, and accessories. Murals by illustrator Carson Ellis will adorn the walls.
ICYMI, Literary Arts recently announced the author lineup for the 2023 Portland Book Festival, happening on Saturday, Nov. 4. Over 80 established and emerging authors will be appearing including: Naomi Alderman, Mitchell S. Jackson, Michael Lewis, Tim O’Brien, and Viet Thanh Nguyen. Grab fest passes.*
Rep your favorite team and kick off the 2023 football season at Blade & Timber. Enjoy craft cocktails, tasty lumbersnacks + watch your team dominate the gridiron. Bonus: Get 15% off your reservation every Sunday throughout football season when you wear your team’s jersey.*
It’s been a record-hot summer — and we still haven’t drank water since 1997. But this water brand makes us want to actually stay hydrated. It’s infused with fruit essences and has zero calories, diet sweeteners, and sugar, and still manages to taste great. New customers score 36 bottles for $36 + free shipping.*
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Baile folklórico dancers bring vibrant colors and mesmerizing moves to El Grito. | Photo via Lara Media Services
Feliz Hispanic Heritage Month, Portland. Its observance starts today and runs through Sunday, Oct. 15 — spotlighting the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Here’s a sampling of the many festivities in the City of Roses. Vamos, amigos y amigas.
El Grito | Friday, Sept. 15-Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10 a.m.-10 p.m. | Rose Quarter | Free Join this two-day celebration of food, culture, and ancestry highlighted by baile folklórico and mariachi performances.
Portland Latin American Film Festival | Thursday, Sept. 28-Thursday, Dec. 7 | Times vary | Hollywood Theatre | $10-$14 Watch screenings of titles with universal appeal, like “Sister & Sister/ Las Hijas” and Over There/Allá, Cartas al Corazón.”
JUNTOSpdx | Saturday, Sept. 16, Sept. 30 + Oct. 14 | 3-7 p.m. | Locations vary | Free The creativity of the Latino community is on full display across three weekends at Nuestra Herencia (Our Heritage) Festival.