SK&H Weekend Picks – Mermaid Parade, Brewers Festival & Converge 45

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Time to get your fins on! Yes, the first annual Mermaid Parade is happening this weekend in Portland. Across the Columbia River we have another mermaid, or at least island worthy event with a Hawaiian Fest that is sure to shake a hula skirts. There’s also lots of arty stuff to do too. Here’s SK&H’s guide to worthwhile activities to check out this weekend!

Portland Mermaid Parade and Swim
Saturday (convene at noon, parade at 1 pm), July 30

Wear a costume that celebrates ocean mythology in the first family-friendly Portlandia Mermaid Parade, which starts at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (end of Couch Street) and ends at Poets Beach. The First Annual Portlandia Mermaid Parade is a grassroots artistic event aimed at celebrating our community connection to Portland’s rivers, port history as well as celebrating all things mermaid and water myth related.

Cost: Free.

Converge 45
Friday-Sunday, July 29-31

Converge 45 brings together all of Portland’s art museums and major galleries, as well as an exciting group of up-and-comers, in a three day city-wide contemporary art experience.  The weekend will feature art lectures as well as exhibitions throughout the city—with a special map designed to allow people to explore and discover new art experiences.  This is an unprecedented city-wide collaboration. Just as Portland is known for its food—from award winning chefs to food carts—Converge 45 intends to bring Portland’s art community at all levels into the national and international conversation around contemporary art.  Converge 45 will be an annual event intended to bring more attention and visitors to the city.

Cost: Free exhibitions. Ticketed events, $35-$200.

Oregon Brewers Festival
Thru Sunday, July 27-31

The Tom McCall Waterfront Park is home to the 29th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, one of the longest-running craft brewing festivals in the nation. With over 80 available beers from around the world, five restaurant food vendors, and live music, everyone is sure to enjoy the summer sun. Find out why nearly 80,000 people make the trip to the waterfront for this event each year to make this one of the biggest brewfests in the country. 21+ year olds only.

Cost: Free admittance. $7 mugs and $1 tokens required for consumption.

NW Book Festival
Saturday, July 30

One hundred authors display their latest books and sign autographs at NW Book Festival, which also has publishers at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Many of the authors might be familiar from previous festivals, but there are many new faces as well. From anthologies to young adult, you are bound to find something new and interesting.

Cost: Free.

Hawaiian Festival
Thru Saturday, July 28-30

Three Days of Aloha offers workshops, hula dancing, a 5K run/walk, and a free Hawaiian festival in Esther Short Park. Over 10,000 visitors have swayed to the rhythm as hula dancers and Polynesian singers filled the park with the heartbeat of their cultures. Raffles, keiki (kids) activities, arts and crafts, business and delicious food vendors round out this two day long outdoor festival which is now considered the third largest annual event at Esther Short Park.

Cost: Free.