Free Things to Do in Portland This Summer

Hello, summer! We’ve missed you – and we’re determined to make the most of every second. Here are five free things to do in Portland that’ll scratch your itch for adventure, relaxation, and fun in the sun.

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  1. Chef in the MarketSummer Saturday mornings mean one thing: farmer’s markets! But PSU Farmer’s Market isn’t just a foodie’s dream full of fresh produce. You can also take advantage of cooking demos from the area’s top chefs (and a sample of the day’s masterpiece). Stock up on ingredients, buy your favorite red, rose, or white wines from Oregon, and prepare a locally-sourced feast.
  2. Concerts and Movies in the Park: Looking for great entertainment? Portland Parks & Rec has your back. Enjoy free concerts and movies in the park all summer. From blues and indie to classics and new views, you’ll get your fill of excellent music and films.
  3. Portlandia Mermaid Parade: Have plans on July 28th? You do now. This is a family-friendly event that combines everything we love: mermaids, body-positivity, and a route along the Portland waterfront. Indulge in mythology and magic!
  4. Portland Festival Symphony: Introduce the kids to classical music; impress a date; enjoy your favorite Rainstorm wine and a picnic. Whatever your goal, you’ll accomplish it with help from world-class musicians and beautiful settings.
  5. PDX Adult Soapbox Derby: Kids, it’s time for the grownups to have some fun. The third Thursday in August, the Soapbox Derby pits homemade carts against twisty Mount Tabor. Gravity, and expletives, fuel the ride, so be prepared for hijinks and hilarity.

This is only the tip of the iceberg; there are tons of free things to do in Portland this summer. From bike rides and swims with the mayor to simple picnics with your favorite white wines from Oregon, we guarantee you will savor each second!

The Best Picnic Wine to Pair with Your Hood River County Fruit Loop Finds

Looking for a great day or weekend excursion? The Hood River County Fruit Loop offers treats to satisfy all your senses. The 35-mile stretch features numerous berry farms, farm stands, wineries and cideries, and lavender farms. Load up on delicious, fresh-picked goodies and prepare an outdoor feast. But which picnic wine pairs perfectly with your finds?

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Fresh Fruits, Try: Pinot Gris and/or Pinot Noir

Please both red and white wine lovers by packing both for your picnic! Pinot gris offers a bone dry finish; its refreshing fruit and honey blossom notes pair perfectly with juicy berries. Add some brie or camembert with crisp crackers or baguette for a delightful afternoon snack.

Rainstorm pinot noir is another great choice; it’s subtle yet bright – a wonderful accompaniment to berries, cherries, pears, apples, and more. Make it a meal to remember with a charcuterie plate featuring salami, chorizo, prosciutto, pate, and crostini.

Divine Veggies, Try: Rosé

When it comes to fresh vegetables, it’s rosé all the way! With fresh, fruity aromas and a dry, refreshing acidity, rosé is the ideal picnic wine. Try a salad combining all the produce you source from the Fruit Loop’s Farm Stand. Pack a cooler with goat cheese to crumble on top. Yum!

Lavender Treats, Try: Rosé or Pinot Gris

If you visit Hood River lavender farms, stock up on gorgeous infused goodies for your kitchen – or your picnic. Our current obsession: Lavender Cherry Pear Marmalade. Bring out the delicate lavender tones and amazing fruit flavors with rosé or pinot gris. Both are dry enough to complement, rather than overpower, the intoxicating lavender. Spread this marmalade on sandwiches for a wicked treat.

When In Doubt, Try: Rosé

Want a picnic wine but have no idea what treats you’ll discover on the Fruit Loop? Select a bottle of Rainstorm Rosé. It is exceptional in hot weather and pairs beautifully with fresh findings from your journey (even if those “findings” are takeout meals from one of the area’s terrific restaurants!).

Meander your way through the Fruit Loop. It’s an experience you will truly savor!