Here at PDXtoday headquarters, we used our sophisticated hacking skills to intercept an intergalactic transmission. After deciphering the message, it appears that extraterrestrials of all sorts will be landing their spacecraft Thurs., May 12-Sun., May 15 for the 22nd Annual McMinnville UFO Festival.
You may be wondering why humans and aliens converge in wine country every year — other than the out-of-this-world pinot noir, that is. The story traces back to the turn of the millennium when McMenamins purchased the Hotel Oregon property in downtown McMinnville, located about an hour from Portland.
Historian Tim Hill was enlisted to research the building + town’s past and came across a front-page news article from 1950, telling the tale of a UFO sighting by a local farmer named Paul Trent. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this mysterious occurrence, Tim helped organize the first UFO Festival; it’s grown remarkably since then, second only to the gathering in Roswell, New Mexico.
Whether you’re a believer or not, you won’t want to miss these cosmic events.
You may even see an antigravity machine. | Gif via @ajastad
👽 Friday, May 13
Into the Parabnormal | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Free | Join host Jeremy Scott in Hotel Oregon’s Paragon Room as he interviews several of the festival’s featured speakers for a live radio recording.
Landing Party | 4-10 p.m. | Free | The festivities launch in earnest with a glow-in-the-dark light party, food, beverages (try the Alienator IPA), live music, and McMenamins Passport stamps.
Arch Enemy + Behemoth | Wed., May 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Roseland Theater | $81+ | Experience the one-two punch of these Swedish and Polish death metal bands. 🎸
Kevin Divine | Wed., May 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $17 | The musician shares his conviction that “nothing’s real, so nothing’s wrong.”
“Sex on the River” | Thurs., May 12-Sat., May 28 | Times vary | The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. | $15+ | This musical tells the true story of Nancy Boggs, a Portland woman who operated a floating bordello in the 1880s. 🚢
CineVox Dance Film Festival | Thurs., May 12-Sat., May 14 | 7:30 p.m. | BodyVox, 1201 NW 17th Ave. | $15 | To mark its sixth year, this festival will showcase full-length + short films created by BIPOC film artists.
Thorns vs. OL Reign | Fri., May 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Providence Park | $12+ | Here’s hoping the rain and the Reign are finished. ⚽
Leave Me On Read | Fri., May 13 | 7-9 p.m. | Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington St. | $13+ | This variety show explores relationships that end out of the blue + offers a safe place to laugh about them.
Nordic Vintage & Treasure Sale | Fri., May 13-Sat., May 14 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Nordic Northwest, 8800 SW Oleson Rd. | Free | Look for gently used + new collectibles, apparel, and home goods.
Oregon Humane Society’s Doggie Dash | Sat., May 14 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Tom McCall Waterfront Park | Free+ | Help raise money to fight animal cruelty, save injured pets + find homes for shelter pets in need.
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.
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Despite how it may feel, this hasn’t been the coldest spring on record in Portland, although we could experience
back-to-back below average April and May temperatures for the first time since 2011. The largest departure from the norm so far? On Sun., May 8, when the 53-degree high was
15 degrees lower than usual. (KOIN)
Sunrise + Sunset
Rise: 5:44 a.m.
Set: 8:30 p.m.
Mayor Ted Wheeler has appointed Christine Leon as the director of the newly formed Public Environment Management Office, a centralized department dedicated to the cleanup of trash, graffiti, illegal dumping, abandoned cars, and more in Portland. Christine previously managed the Development Permitting and Transit Group for the Portland Bureau of Transportation. 🗑️ (Portland Tribune)
Four Portland breweries took home four medals at this year’s World Beer Cup. StormBreaker Brewing’s Extra Stormbreaker won the city’s only gold in the “Extra Special Bitter” category. Widmer Brothers Brewing, Rosenstadt Brewery, and Baerlic Brewing also placed in the competition. 🍻 (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Fresh off opening Sunshine Noodles, Chef Diane Lam plans to open Alouette, a French bistro that will also serve wine and cocktails in Slabtown, on Thurs., May 26. “It’s not Parisian French or Basque French,” she told Eater, “it’s what I would make in my kitchen.” (Eater Portland)
Ahead of the highly anticipated opening of Kann in July, chef/owner Gregory Gourdet has announced plans to debut a new pan-Caribbean cocktail bar in a 2,700-sqft space beneath the restaurant. Bar Sousòl, the Haitian word for basement, will open two weeks later, and serve dishes and drinks from diverse cuisines. 🍹 (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Tonight, the Portland Winterhawks look to secure a third win in a row in a tightly contested Western Hockey League second round playoff series against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The contest starts at 7 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where 4,711 fans turned up last Sunday to cheer on the home team. 🏒 (Portland Tribune)
Portland Trail Blazers are making Interim General Manager Joe Cronin’s position permanent. He has led the team’s basketball operations since December, and in that short time, he’s made several big roster changes to create financial flexibility to rebuild around star point guard Damian Lillard. 🏀 (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
May is for the flowers, and at Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, the bloom obsessed can stroll the 7-acre grounds and smell many different aromatic plants. Admission to the property, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is $4 — but be sure to confirm it’s open before visiting. 🌸 (Portland Monthly)
The Historic Trust has announced that this year’s Fort Vancouver Fourth of July fireworks show is a no-go. Organizers cited the challenges of heightened fire risk, short-staffed public safety departments, and spending significant money on pyrotechnics during an ongoing pandemic as reasons to cancel the event. 🎇 (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
In honor of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Lan Su Chinese Garden is inviting guests to pin photos of their loved ones to its community photo board. Visitors are also encouraged to leave messages, as part of the “Celebrate Our Stories” campaign.
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Like many of the wares that Fermenter Kombucha Brewpub sells — kimchi, kefir, and pickles, oh my — its newly updated dining room was well worth the wait. Now, guests can enjoy vegan vittles sourced from local farms in an airy and modern space. If you want to become a master of the mason jar too, nextdoor Fermenter Workshop offers classes where you can learn to make your own traditional cultured + fermented foods.
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Editor’s pick: During my visit to Fogelbo, Sir Ross Fogelquist’s family home, I saw many interesting pieces of history. But the one that stood out was an actual document signed by the King of Sweden + Norway (before the countries separated) and given to Ross’s grandfather for service rendered to the government. If you visit, you’ll surely learn something new too.
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