Weekend Event Guide

Posted by on September 9th, 2011 at 7:56 am

Splash Dance Ride-6-5

Splash Dance Saturday!
(Photo © J. Maus)

Even though fall is threatening on the calendar, I hope you haven’t given up your summer riding state of mind. With temps set to soar this weekend, it should be great riding weather. Check out a sampling of the fun events happening this weekend…

Friday, September 9th

Midnight Mystery Ride
You know the drill: Meet up with friends old and new for a fun ride to a mystery destination. This month’s ride starts from Dot’s Cafe (SE 26th and Clinton).

Saturday, September 10th

Splash Dance
Who says we can only do Splash Dance during Pedalpalooza?! That’s right, the high temps have brought this favorite, fountain-dancing ride back. Bring your bathing suits, water guns and sound systems. Meet at Salmon Street Fountain at 2:30.

Food Cart Lover’s Ride
Join food cart aficionado Scott Batchelar for a tour of cart pods. The ride begins at 3:00 pm with appetizers and drinks at North Station (2730 N. Killingsworth) and then weaves through town for the remaining courses. Each stop is about 45 minutes.

Bike-in Movie: Wayne’s World
Roll over to the empty lot at NE Garfield and Failing at 8:00 to partake in this excellent film. Free event and there’s a group ride leaving after the movie. Bring something to sit on.

Sunday, September 11th

Tour de Lab
This ride, which usually gets over 1,000 participants is a fundraiser for Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital. The routes (choose either 18 miles of flat or a hilly 35 miles) takes a tour of Portland via stops at three Lucky Lab Brewpub locations. There are fun and fully stocked rest stops, a big costume contest, and more.

Pain + Suffer’n Cyclocross Race
Just a few miles west of Portland out on Bald Peak, this race is sure to fill your needs for early season ‘cross racing. Races for all levels and event is sanctioned by OBRA.

What else is going on? If I missed something, feel free to shout it out in the comments and I’ll try to add it to the list.

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Diana Rempe
Diana Rempe

Sunday, Sept 11, the Urban Farm Collective is hosting a bike tour of their 11 garden sites around North and NE Portland. Meet at Fargo and Williams at noon.


Tour de Lab on Sunday!

Nick V

I’m off to Jacksonville, Ashland, Crater Lake, White City, and then Cannon Beach with my wife to celebrate our FIFTH wedding anniversary!


Not bikey, but still a great cause, and in theory your little tikes could accompany you on their training wheeler or balance bike:

Step Out – Portland, Walke to Fight Diabetes

Location: Rose Quarter
Registration Starts: 8:00am
Walk Starts: 9:00am


Doing the Cycle Umpqua Vineyard Tour on Saturday.

Bike Milwaukie

There is a great family friendly group ride around beautiful MIlwaukie on Sunday Sept. 11 @9AM. The route is approx 8 miles, and is kid friendly. We’ll start and finish at Milwaukie City Hall as we loop through the city over bridges, secret paths, and alongside the beautiful Willamette River. Upon our return the Farmer’s Market will be in full swing for all to enjoy.
Hope to see you there 🙂

Bill Stites

Belmont Street Fair on Sat. – noon – 8pm. We’ll have our “Neighborhood Green” of sod in the middle of Belmont/34th. Great music … oh, and a cargo bike display …


Hi Jonathan & PDX bike folks,
I just thought I’d say Thanks, from a periodic visitor, for all that Portland has done to welcome visitors with bikes. I’m a bike commuter in Corvallis, and occasionally get to Portland for business. Thursday Sept 8th I hopped Amtrak Cascades in Albany, with bike, to attend a conference at PSU. I spent the afternoon cruising around, and stayed at the NW Hostel [lots of bikers!]. Friday all day and Saturday morning were occupied by the conference. Saturday afternoon I checked out the Dragon Boat festival, OMSI, and Washington Park. Saturday evening I returned on Amtrak Cascades to Albany and rode home to Corvallis. Biking around Portland was a great pleasure as always: I had no trouble figuring out routes, lanes, signals, etc. All the motorists with whom I shared the streets behaved intelligently. Other bikers were uniformly friendly. I’m looking forward to my next visit. Thanks!