Down 'n' Dirty Summer 2009
As we inch toward the last days of school, everyone in the household is buzzing about the fun in store for us here in Portland. This year, Portland Parks & Rec has outdone itself with by providing a simplified "Summer Free For All" guide to all the fun. The highlight on the PP&R site this year: the Free This Week calendar featuring an glimpse of activities at parks and pools citywide. There are summer concerts, generally running every day in parks citywide from July through mid-August. Every day! There is free open swim throughout the summer (check the calendar for locations and times), movies in the park, and drop-in playground programs, including a traveling climbing wall and free lunch programs.
Portland Parks & Rec gives us plenty to keep us busy, but there are so many other fun activities to check out:
- Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts Noon Tunes (free music and entertainment at noon every Tuesday & Thursday from 7/7 through 8/20) and Flicks on the Bricks (free movies at dusk on select Friday nights from 7/10 to 8/14)
- Free Films by Regal shows free movies at 10am on Tuesdays (rated G) and Wednesdays (rated PG) from 6/23 to 8/26. Participating area theaters include Lloyd Mall 8, Bridgeport Village Stadium 18, Sherwood Stadium 10, Tigard Cinemas, Wilsonville Stadium, Movies on TV Stadium in Hillsboro.
- $1 Movies on Wednesdays - along the same vein - the Century Theater at Clackamas Town Center is showing $1 movies on Wednesdays from 6/10 through 812
- Then there are street fairs - a great time to get out in the neighborhood, see neighbors and other community members, hear music, visit with local vendors, and eat snow cones. There are always snow cones. Schedules aren't out yet, but - in previous years - we've looked forward to the Mississippi Street Fair (Saturday 7/11), Alberta Street Fair, Fremont Fest, Division/Clinton Street Fair (Saturday 7/25), Belmont Street Fair (Saturday after Labor Day), Hawthorne Street Fair (Sunday 8/16), Montavilla Street Fair.
Do you have other summer events that you look forward to that we should add? Please share! There is no shortage of fun to be had.
We're working to get all the summer fun activities onto the urbanMamas calendar Welcome, summer! Now get on out there & have some fun.