This seems to be a weekend for a variety of festivals around town (and out) that provide possibly the widest entertainment options on any weekend of the summer. Links below with very few comments . . . check out the sites and pick something to do . . . . in a few weeks, outdoor music will have to wait about 8 months. So, pick a festival . . . . looks like the weather will cooperate, too!
MusicFestNW - next to the Waterfront Blues Festival, this is biggest local music event with performing artists split between locals and touring bands. It got started last night and runs through Saturday, so dip a toe or immerse yourself . . . show recommendations and more about the festival here and here. Pick up a Willamette Week for more too . . .
Sisters Folk Festival - a great festival in a beautiful setting . . . wish I was going (but I say this every year)
The Muddy Boot Organic Festival - the music lineup for Saturday and Sunday looks like an all-star week at the Laurelthirst. And what can be more Portland than organic and sustainable living?
Portland RiverFest's South Waterfront Day (schedule) - if you've never checked out the south waterfront neighborhood, this would be a good introduction.
Widmer Brothers' 4th Annual Octoberfest - beer, German food and music (including polkas)
Hempstalk - um, I'm forgetting just why I'm mentioning this one . . . .
Also should mention that today kicks off PICA's Time Based Art Festival - a pretty unique arts event that goes on for the next ten days. Here's the schedule.
Will post separately on music choices beyond the festivals . . . there's a couple worth noting.