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

Posted by on July 31st, 2015 at 7:55 am

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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.

Memorial for Marlene Popps – 4:30 pm at SE Foster and Holgate (at 63rd)
A commemoration for the victim of a July 4 hit and run and for all the 30 people who’ve died on Oregon roads in July. BikePortland coverage here; more info here.

Portland Bike Party Raging Waters Ride – 7-9 p.m. at Holladay Park fountain (NE Multnomah between 11th and 13th, south of the Lloyd Center Mall)
Dress to get wet and beat the heat with the help of several of Portland’s landmark fountains. Finishes downtown, followed by pizza. More info here.

Saturday, Aug. 1

Greenway intersection painting party – 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at NE 53rd and Everett
The North Tabor Neighborhood Association (for which I’m a board member! this is my neighborhood) hosts a two-day painting party and potluck at the intersection of two neighborhood greenways. Bring a chair and get ready to make a street pretty. More info here.

Franz Bakery Criterium – 3 p.m. at NE 10th and Flanders
The final installment of OBRA’s Oregon Cup series, this is an 8-corner urban dash through Portland’s Central Eastside. Registration $25 online, $30 day-of with OBRA membership required. More info here.

Cascade Creampuff – 5:45 a.m. in Oakridge, OR
For 20 years now, this has been one of the country’s toughest mountain bike courses, on 100 miles (including 75 of singletrack) and 18,000 feet of climbing through the Alpine Trail System in Lane County. $209 registration required before mandatory rider’s meeting 5 p.m. Friday. More info here.

Portland Century – 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Portland (5000 N Willamette Blvd)
Choose the 50-mile, 80-mile or 100-mile courses through the City of Portland and south along both sides of the Willamette. $89 registration includes support and great local food for breakfast, lunch and a dinner with beer and wine. More info here.


Sunday, Aug. 2

Greenway intersection painting party – 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at NE 53rd and Everett
See above.

Blackberry bRamble – 6:30 a.m. at Hilyard Community Center (2580 Hilyard Street Eugene)
A ride around Eugene of 100, 62, 40, 20 or 10 miles. Late registration $49 includes support on the longer routes plus a beer ticket and pie with ice cream at the end. More info here.

Redline Flight School Clinic with Jason Carnes – 6-9 p.m. at the Lumberyard (2700 NE 82nd Ave)
A travelling instructional clinic led by a professional BMXer. $25. 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.

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Saturday, August 1, I will be leading a short tour of the Willamette Greenway Trail on Swan Island. Should be done by Noon. Bring water.
Meet up at N. Interstate & Prescott, 10 AM.

Terry D-M
Terry D-M

Not only will we be painting the greenway crossing (you WILL have to detour at 53rd and NE Everett), but I will be there with a GIANT map detailing North Tabor’s approved greenway diversion plan.

Diverters for all! The barricades, tent and table will all be brought to you by bike. The paint….well, not my department.


The Bike MS Willamette Valley is this weekend based in Monmouth at Western Oregon Univ. The Century (and 35, 60 and 80 mile routes) are Saturday. Optional 50 and 35 more miles on Sunday. Raise money for MS research and support, have FUN. It’s a great event. This will be my third year.