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Weekend Event Guide

Welcome to our Weekend Event Guide archives. This column runs on the Front Page every Thursday afternoon and gives you the essential rundown of the best bike events happening in the Portland region.

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Weekend Event Guide: Parkways, Jade Night Market, camping, cross, and more

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Family trip to Stub Stewart State Park-1

Pack up and head out for one last adventure before summer is over.

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

Some people are acting like summer is almost over. Wait.. what? It is? Dang. Well, we’ve still got some stellar weather that’s just begging you to get out and ride. This weekend we’ve added a few events that aren’t bike-specific; but they sure are fun and showing up by bike makes them even better.

Enjoy!

Friday, August 21st

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Weekend Event Guide: Alleycat alumni, Grease sing-along & more

Friday, August 14th, 2015
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It’s Midnight Mystery weekend, but that’s not all.
(Photo © J.Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

Today may be starting out pleasantly brisk with a dose of drizzle, but things are expected to turn around Saturday and Sunday and hit highs in the 80s. So get ready to take a ride and catch some rays. Here are the organized bike events we’ve heard about happening this weekend so far…

Friday, Aug. 14

Clinton Social Ride – 5 p.m. at PAZ PDX (SE 16th and Woodward)
Latest edition of the “positive and non-confrontational” monthly social ride down the middle of Clinton with the goal of communicating that Clinton Street is in fact supposed to prioritize bike traffic. More info here.

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Weekend Event Guide: Sprocket Podcast live, Tilikum Bridge Pedal & more

Friday, August 7th, 2015
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A Grill by Bike rig in action.
(Photo © M.Andersen/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

Highs around 80, lows in the 60s and partly cloudy — now that’s what I call Portland summer. Which makes it extra perfect for an event like Bridge Pedal. Whatever we’re up to, let’s enjoy it.

Friday, Aug. 7

Portland Bicycle Studio Mountain Bike Demo – noon-5 p.m. at Skibowl on Mount Hood
Test ride new Giant-brand mountain bikes on the mountain Friday and Saturday. Includes trail access and a $20 all-day lift ticket. (Also see below.) Shuttle available. More info here.

Grill by Bike – 5 p.m. at Laurelhurst Park (3700 SE Ankeny St)
The fire-fueled bike-fun club meets for a ride to a live taping of the Sprocket Podcast’s 250th episode. Meet with grillables at the north-central corner of the park and get ready to ride on fire. More info here.

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Weekend Event Guide: Raging Waters fountain ride, intersection painting & more

Friday, July 31st, 2015
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The Salmon Street Fountain will be the last stop at tonight’s water-themed Portland Bike Party. Bring a swimsuit.
(Photo © J.Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

The peak of summer isn’t letting us go yet. This week’s heat wave will continue through this first weekend of August before slackening off. It’s a perfect reminder to savor what we’ve got, at least in between gulps of water. There’s plenty of outdoor fun to choose from.

Friday, July 31

Fly to Pie Kid Ride – 2 p.m. at Oregon Park (NE Hoyt and 29th)
Bike-based clowns Olive and Dingo lead a ride celebrating fairies, bugs, birds, bats, squirrels and of course flying monkeys. Put on your wings and ride to the Pie Spot for food and story time. Suggested $5 donation includes balloon animals and clown show. More info here.

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Weekend Event Guide: Parkways, architecture, bikepacking, and more

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
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Explore the streets of Northeast Portland at a biking pace at Sunday Parkways.
(Photo © J.Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

Friday, July 24th

Sprockettes Monthly Ride – 9:15 pm at Irving Park (NE 7th and Fargo)
Ride with the Sprockettes, Portland’s mini-bike dance team. Costumes encouraged and be prepared to swim “with a bathing suit or your birthday suit” if it’s hot. More info here.

Saturday, July 25th

Saturday Morning Medley – 9:30 am at Wilshire Park (NE 36th and Skidmore)
This is a choose-your-own-adventure ride hosted by the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club. Route options include a flat excursion of 35 miles out to Kelley Point Park, a Lacamas Lake loop, or a jaunt into the West Hills. More info here.

Biking About Architecture – 11:00 am at Bipartisan Cafe (7901 SE Stark)
Jenny Fosmire is back and she’s ready to share the wonderful residential architecture of the Mt. Tabor neighborhood in southeast Portland. Expect a 7-mile ride at a laid-back pace while viewing about 25 homes. The ride will end on Hawthorne Blvd so bring some money for post-ride food and drinks. More info here (FB).
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Weekend Event Guide: Camp, race, make peace, join a fiesta, visit farms and more

Friday, July 17th, 2015
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Bring the kids to St. Johns for the PPB Bicycle Safety Fiesta on Saturday.
(Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

The heat is back; but fear not, esteemed lovers of bicycling, there are ample ways to deal with it. This weekend you can choose to head for rivers or the Gorge and do some camping, eat lots of ice cream (Sunday is National Ice Cream Day!), kick-back and watch some racing, and more.

And if you’re looking for family-friendly events you’re in luck. Peruse our suggestions below and have a great weekend!

Friday, July 17th

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Weekend Event Guide: Freedom, fireworks, camping and more

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
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Go ahead, fly your flag!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

With the heat we’ve been having it’s probably just as well that our calendar of rides isn’t nearly as full as it has been. And the weekend after Pedalpalooza always feels a bit quiet — as if the community takes a collective rest and needs time to recover after three weeks of riding and partying.

That being said, it’s still summer and there’s never a bad day for a ride (and don’t forget to check out our stay-cool tips when you head out).

One note of caution, if you plan to head out to the Gorge through Corbett via the Historic Highway on Saturday (the 4th), remember that the road is closed for a parade from 9:30 am to about noon. (more…)

Weekend Event Guide: Parties galore, nakedness, MTB racing, and more

Friday, June 26th, 2015
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Something awesome will happen Saturday night.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

We’re having a heat wave, Pedalpalooza is coming to a close, the Supreme Court just voted to support gay marriage across the land and the largest free bike ride of the year is just one day away.

Suffice it to say this is going to be a memorable weekend.

Whether you partake in the costuming, dancing, nakedness or not, there are tons of options to get you inspired to ride. If you do get out there, pack some cold water or a few bucks to stop and get a cold drink (cough, HUB, cough) or frozen treat along the way. It’s gonna’ be hot! (more…)

Weekend Event Guide: Parkways, Pedalpalooza, a prom and more

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Prom and Dropout Bike Club Ride-11
It’s prom night just like you remember it (except on the street, on bikes, with a few hundred new friends).
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

Another weekend of Pedalpalooza and warm sunny skies is upon us. We hope you’ve been enjoying all the fun, educational, and adventurous rides Portland summers have to offer.

I have been feeling very lucky lately. Lucky to live in such a peaceful and comfortable city where so many of us have the time and fortune to enjoy the simple pleasure of a weekend bike ride. Where around every corner parks, porches, paths and pubs buzz with people enjoying each other’s company.

Embrace it! And don’t forget how fortunate we are to have such amazing weekends..

Friday, June 19th

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Weekend Event Guide: Mechanics battle, memorial ride, space wars, and more

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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Best wrenches in the west will compete at Saturday’s Bike Mechanic Challenge.
(Photo Charles Edelson/Community Cycling Center)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

Whew. We have survived the worst of the heat wave and temps should be much more bearable this weekend. And good thing too, because Pedalpalooza is in full swing!

Whether you want to get silly or spin fast with your spandex on (I will probably do a bit of both), it’s going to be a great biking weekend. Have fun!

[NOTE: From Friday to Sunday alone there are dozens of rides on the Pedalpalooza calendar. I’ve chosen just one ride from each day for this week’s guide, so please check out the full official schedule on the Shift website.]

Friday, June 12th

PUBLIC Bikes Showroom Grand Opening – 11:00 am at 828 NW 23rd
San Francisco-based PUBLIC Bikes has a new retail space in Portland! It’s their first-ever showroom outside the Bay Area. I’ve already seen these bikes around town and it seems locals love them for their practical features and fun mix of modern and Euro-styling. More info here.
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