If lacing up your shoes is how you get your kicks, then Portland’s sixth annual Sneaker Week (Thurs., Aug. 4-Wed., Aug. 10) is the place to be. Undoubtedly, the footwear festival fits the city well, considering the industry giants that call it home.
For co-founders Herbert Beauclere and Megan Davis, it goes many steps beyond what you put on your feet — it’s about the why, the how, and each person’s story. This year’s theme is “neXposure,” a push to elevate future designers, entrepreneurs, and influencers by connecting them with working professionals. At its sole, it’s a celebration of the sneakerhead community and culture.
The week is fun for families and fans of all ages. | Photo via Sneaker Week
Single-day tickets are available for $30, or you can pick-and-choose what to attend. So whether you’re new to the game or actually running out of closet room, here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming events.
Start things with a Hightop Happy Hour at Doug Fir Lounge before heading across the street to Jupiter NEXT for The Kick Off Party, where you can mix and mingle with creatives, learn tips and tricks of the trade, and express your own style.
Athletics and the outdoors are on full display, as are the people + products pushing the boundaries of physical limitations by thinking outside the box; highlights include a barber battle and “Black x Asian AF,” a community conversation organized by Woke PDX.
SoMo – The Tour of Dreams | Wed., Aug. 3 | 8 p.m. | Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave. | $24.50 | The artist blends R&B spirit with pop soul and is known for his past cover videos series called “SoMo Sunday.” 🎤
Kids Activity: Sustainable Seed Kit Take + Make | Wed., Aug. 3 | 2-4 p.m. | IKEA, 10280 NE Cascades Pkwy. | Free | IKEA Family members will receive everything they need to create this craft at home, including wildflower seeds, construction paper, and an ice cube tray. 🌱
Opera a la Cart | Thurs., Aug. 4 | 12 p.m. | Pioneer Courthouse Square | Free | Enjoy a lunch-time serenade downtown in Portland’s living room.
South Waterfront Farmers Market | Thurs., Aug. 4 | 2-7 p.m. | Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 S. Moody Ave. | Free | The mid-size neighborhood evening market makes connections between farmers + urban community members in a dynamic and lively setting every Thursday. 🧺
Sunflower Festival | Thurs., Aug. 4-Sun., Aug. 7 | Times vary | 21065 SW Stafford Rd., Tualatin | Free | Frolic through fields of yellow and purchase a u-cut bouquet. 🌻
“Emotional Zoo” | Thurs., Aug. 4-Sun., Aug. 28 | Times vary | Sidestreet Arts, 140 SE 28th Ave. | Free | Browse new paintings in Gary Hirsch’s unique botjoy style both online and in person. 🤖
Thorns vs. North Carolina Courage | Fri., Aug. 5 | 7:30 a.m. | Providence Park | $19+ | These kitty cats will turn tail and run when they come up against Portland’s red-hot scoring. ⚽
Sherwood Wine Festival | Fri., Aug. 5-Sat., Aug. 6 | Times vary | Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood | $20+ | Enjoy live music and food while helping raise money for local philanthropic projects. 🍷
This is She: Barbie Wu | Sat., Aug. 6 | 2-4 p.m. | Lan Su Chinese Garden | Price of admission | An informal Q+A with the actor, director, and educator where young actors of color can discuss the ins and outs of the industry.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
The Oregon Health Authority is investigating 15 possible cases of hyperthermia-related deaths from last week’s heat wave, seven of which occurred in Multnomah County. Final determination on the cause of death may not be known for several months, according to officials. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Sunrise + Sunset
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What do classical music and wine have in common? They both get better with time. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait much longer to enjoy both at the Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, which runs Fri., Aug. 6-Sun., Aug. 21 at Sokol Blosser Winery, Archery Summit, and J. Christopher Wines. 🍇
After 16 years, Floating World Comics’ last day in Old Town will be Mon., Aug. 8 — but fret not, fans of the 2D sequential art form. The Lloyd Center is saving the day, as owner Jason Leivian is simply moving his shop to the mall’s growing art hub. (Portland Mercury)
Get an early taste of the cocktail bar Fools and Horses, which will bring sophisticated sips and Hawaiian fare to 226 NW 12th Ave. in late August. Specifically, the cuisine draws inspiration from Paniolo culture, blending native foods + traditions from the islands with North American culinary influences. 🍍 (Eater Portland)
Construction is progressing on The Vine: Mill Plain Boulevard, C-Tran’s second bus rapid transit line in Vancouver, which is scheduled for full operation in the fall of 2023. All told, 37 stops with raised platforms and ticket vending machines will be added, along with eight new 60-ft buses + a new transit center. 🚌 (The Columbian)
Portland-based television writer Bill Oakley’s new five-hour, comedic sci-fi radio play, “Space: 1969,” imagines a world where JFK was never assassinated. The alternate history saga draws on the vocal talent of actress Natasha Lyonne to narrate the night nurse protagonist’s adventures on the moon. 🚀 (Portland Monthly)
Free Blockbuster, a community lending dispenser that trades in VHS cassettes and DVDs — much like its nearly defunct namesake — is bringing the joy of nostalgia to residents of Oregon City (19350 Hazel Grove Dr.). It’s currently one of seven in the state. 📼 (Portland Tribune)
If you have a pet bunny that’s acting strange — no, not like in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” —Multnomah County is spreading awareness of a highly contagious virus that was recently transmitted from wild rabbits to domesticated ones. The local property is now under quarantine, but there is no threat to humans. 🐇 (KOIN)
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Those traveling above 9,500 feet would need a climbing permit. | Photo via @benmcbeephoto
The US Forest Service is asking for input regarding proposed fee hikes at 26 sites in the Mount Hood National Forest. The increased revenue will go toward services like restroom cleaning and trash collection, plus additional projects like a brand new rental yurt at Trillium Lake and more accessible amenities.
Share your thoughts by email, comment cards at USFS offices, mail, or during a virtual public meeting slated for sometime in early September.
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