SKH Weekend RoundUp: Art, Pirates & a Swim Across The River

September may be here, but summer is far from over. At least it sure doesn’t look it is over from all the activities happening in and around our area. From a newly transplanted “Bite” to Lebanon’s Pirate Fest, don’t forget this is also the weekend for the big swim across the Columbia up in Hood River.


Fri.-Mon., September 1 – 4, 2017

Bite of Oregon

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New home. New dates. New Bite. Taste the best of Oregon food, beer, and wine at the Bite of Oregon, which includes entertainment and a cooking competition which has changed its date to coincide with the Labor Day holiday and moved its location from the waterfront to the Rose Quarter this year.


Fri.-Mon., September 1 – 4, 2017

Tortuga Pirate Festival

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Tortuga Pirate Festival offers outrageous activities and games for adults in pirate attire at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon.


Sat.-Mon., September 2 – 4, 2017

Art In The Pearl

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Art in The Pearl features 100 booths of fine art as well as music, food, and hands-on art activities along NW 8th Ave in North Park Blocks. Always festive. Always fun. And always free.


Through Mon., September 4, 2017

Dahlia Festival

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View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 30 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demos at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Free.


Sun., September 3, 2017

Tour de Lab

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Dress like a dog or bring a stuffed pooch to the Tour de Lab, which is a 19-mile or 40-mile urban bike ride that begins at Lucky Labrador on SE Hawthorne Blvd. and ends there with a costume contest, beer, and, of course, hot dogs.


Mon., September 4, 2017

Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim

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The Columbia River’s biggest and oldest official swim event, the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim in Hood River, attracts hundreds of participants from around the world. It originated in 1942 when local orchardist Roy Webster challenged himself to swim across the river. Join up with the 500 hearty souls who jump from the famous Sternwheeler paddleboat and swim 1.1 miles across the Columbia River, or cheer them on from the finish line in Hood River.