Your Guide to the Perfect Portland Weekend: September 18-20
Feast is Back! Three days of gluttonous adventure await...
Those hordes of excitable tourists gathering around our food carts and clogging up our restaurants? Those are the Feast Portland attendees, back for another tour of gastronomic excesses in the Rose City. And this weekend, those tickets are the hottest in town—especially for the Night Market at Zidell Yards, an Asian street market–inspired jamboree of colors, flavors, and lights. If something more continental suits your Saturday mood, hone your schuhplattlern moves at the 50th annual Mt Angel Oktoberfest, where you’ll be transported to the homeland with traditional biergarten music and lederhosen galore. (No judgment if you decide the sunny deck at Prost is a preferred destination to get your fix of Bavarian revelry.) Sunday presents a rare opportunity to indulge your inner fangirl and join the costumed ranks sidling up to Portland comic royalty like Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue Deconnick at Rose City Comic Con. Once you’ve de-caped, Hood River County beckons for an afternoon drive with its bountiful late-summer harvest: the Pear Celebration. Circumnavigate the famous Fruit Loop to partake of all things pear—wine, pie, ciders, sauces, dumplings, etc.—not to mention peaches, dried apples, honey, and jams. And don’t forget to sync your return for a spectacular sunset as you cruise west through the Gorge.
...and start planning your farewell to summer, September 25-27.
How to mark the end of this most epic of Portland summers? There’s really only one way: you shall ride the late-summer breeze over the Willamette Valley, fueled only by wind and fire, peering down over the rolling hills of wine country as 10 majestic peaks fan out in the distance. The best part? Vista Balloon Adventures launches and lands in Newberg, so the coordinates are ideal for toasting your flight with a summery rosé amid the enchanting vines at Adelsheim Vineyard. Sit down for a fresh dinner of pan-roasted lamb and grilled beets at the charmingly rustic Ruddick/Wood, also in Newberg, before staking your claim on a prime spot at the 99W Drive-In, where nostalgia fills the air as Hollywood hits glow on a giant screen. The next day, relax, reflect on your seasonal exploits, and dream of endless Portland summers to come. The final act? Get thee to OMSI by 7:47 p.m. for a group viewing of the total lunar eclipse. Happy summer—you did good.