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

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

Great Blue Heron Rookery Ride – 7:00 pm at Heron Lakes Golf Course (8400 N Interstate Ave)
Join urban ecologist Karl Dawson for a sunset ride to explore one of North Portland’s hidden treasures — the Columbia Slough where it hugs the Heron Lakes Golf Course. Waterfowl, including heron nests are abundant and the path is quiet and carfree. More info here.

PEDALPALOOZA: Dropout Prom Ride – 9:00 pm at Colonel Summers Park (SE 20th and Belmont)
One of the summer’s biggest bike parties where you can relive — or better yet re-imagine — your high school prom. Dress up and get ready to have a good time. Bring your mobile sound systems and grillables. King and Queen will be crowned at 2:00 am so don’t leave early! More info here.

Saturday, June 20th

Gorge Ride – 7:00 am at Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles (5000 Discovery Drive)
This 9tn annual ride is a benefit for the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Expect a 40-mile loop that heads from The Dalles, west toward Hood River and back giving you a chance to ride the fantastic Rowena Curves, the Mosier Twin Tunnels, and more. More info here.

Slow Poke Ride – 9:30 am at Wilshire Park (NE 35th and Skidmore)
Join the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club for this 27-mile ride that will head out to Marine Drive at a mild pace (around 12 mph). More info here.

FoPo Garden Tour – 10:00 am at Foster-Powell Community Garden (SE 62nd and Powell Blvd)
This self-guided tour (get your free map by emailing fopogardens[at]gmail.com) takes you through dozens of home gardens in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. Be enticed and inspired by edible landscapes, flower gardens, backyard animals, and more. More info here.

Rivelo Grand Opening – 2:00 pm at the shop (401 SE Caruthers, Suite 103)
Portland’s new Rivendell store will host a grand opening party and Grant Petersen himself will be there to make it extra special. Expect yummy snacks from Otto’s Sausage and fine drinkables to go along with the display of Rivendell bikes and gear. More info here.

PEDALPALOOZA: Fat Pride Ride – 7:00 pm at Fat Yoga PDX (6340 SE Foster)
It’s the first annual Fat Pride and Fat Talk Ride! Expect an inclusive, three-mile ride ending in ice cream and good conversation. More info here.


Sunday, June 21st

Oregon State Championships Road Race – 10:00 am at Ranier High School (28168 Old Rainier Rd)
Medals, championship jerseys and bragging rights will be on the line for all road racing categories (including juniors). Competitors will race between 16 and 80 miles on a 16-mile loop. Sponsored by Portland Bicycle Studios. More info here (PDF).

North Portland Sunday Parkways – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Enjoy a 9.5 mile loop of serene and splendid carfree streets that will take you to great parks and activities. Special this year is a focus on music with live performances on stage at Arbor Lodge and McCoy parks. And it’s Father’s Day, so bring your dad, and/or ring your bell for all the dads you see out there. More info here.

WTF Bikes Father’s Day Swap Meet – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the shop (3117 SE Milwaukie)
Bring stuff to sell ($10 for a vendor space), come find bikey treasures, or both. More info here (FB)

PEDALPALOOZA: Solstice Ride – 8:30 pm at People’s Coop (3029 SE 21st Ave)
Ride from sundown to sunup on the shortest night of the year. Expect to make a few stops and ride about 20 miles. Don’t forget snacks and a blanket. More info here.

— Did we miss anything? Let us know via the comments and make sure to drop us a line if you have an upcoming event you’d like us to feature next week.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at maus.jonathan@gmail.com, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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8 years ago

I’m hosting a ride on Saturday at 4PM that starts in Woodlawn park in NE. Family friendly, easy, slow ride.

Craig Harlow
Craig Harlow
8 years ago

Saturday, Noon: the Pedalpalooza Inaugural Rust Ride & Patina Pedal!


Bring your rusty–or just really old–bikes out to show off and celebrate — IN RUST WE TRUST.