SKH Weekend RoundUp: Starlight Parade, Buddhist Fest & Youth Rodeo

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June 2, 2017

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Portland has to offer this SKH Weekend with our fun-filled calendar of events. From the thousands of fun-lovers who will gather for Saturday’s Starlight Run and Parade, to the tiny folks who will participate in St. Paul’s Youth Rodeo to the more peaceful seekers at the annual Buddhist Festival this weekend is sure to entertain and enlighten.  

Starlight Parade & Starlight Run

Sat., June 3, 2017


One of our most popular events, the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade offers funky, eclectic fun for everyone. From traditional marching bands and flood-lit floats, to glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and unique hand-built entries, you’ll see the best of Portland’s diverse community groups (and surrounding Northwest region)together in one whimsical pageant. Portland’s own Elvis — the iconic street performer with a cardboard guitar — is Grand Marshal for 2017. Prior to the parade wear a costume and run past them in the Starlight Run 5K that begins at Lincoln High School track. The 3.1-mile Starlight Parade route features more than 5,000 runners making the Starlight Run is not only the largest Fun Run in Oregon, but also the most entertaining – with participants vying not only to break the tape, but to claim prizes (and bragging rights) for best individual and group costumes.

Cheers to Belgian Beers

Fri.-Sat., June 2 – 3, 2017

Cheers to Belgian Beers, back for its 11th year, features Belgian offerings from 50 breweries. The Belgian-style Beer Festival will also feature a single yeast strain, with which brewers will brew a unique Belgian Style beer. This year the yeast strain is B45 Gnome. In order to demonstrate the diversity the yeast strain, as well as show off the creativity of Oregon Craft Brewers, the color and strength of each brewer’s beer is determined by a dart throw. When Portland’s Cheers to Belgian Beers started in 2007, it was to help introduce Oregonians to the breadth of style and flavors of beers brewed in Belgium.

Canby Wine, Food & Brew

Fri.-Sun., June 2 – 4, 2017

Come enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and scents of wonderful Oregon wineries, artisans, nurseries & specialty foods at the 25th Annual Canby Wine, Food & Brew.

Modern Home Tours

Sat., June 3, 2017

Modern Home Tours is a drive-yourself visit to seven houses in the greater Portland area, including a houseboat. This is your chance to tour the properties, meet the architects, and talk to the homeowners of some of Portland’s most forward-looking home designs. 

Portland Buddhist Festival

Sat., June 3, 2017

Hear 108 bells ring at noon to open the Portland Buddhist Festival, which has workshops, speakers, singing, dance, and a kids’ area at Creston Park. The theme, “Practicing Peace, Embracing Community” expresses gratitude for the many gifts immigrants have brought to our American society. Free.

Faire in the Grove

Sat.-Sun., June 3 – 4, 2017

Enjoy heavy armored combat, strolling musicians, singers, dancers, storytelling, juggling, medieval cooking, merchants, and demos of book binding and leather working at Faire In The Grove on the lawn at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. Free.

St. Paul Youth Rodeo

Sat.-Sun. June 3 – 4, 2017

In anticipation of the July 4th’s big event, the St. Paul Youth Rodeo, sanctioned by the Northwest Youth Rodeo Association, features cowboys and cowgirls, some as young as two or three years old, competing in nearly a dozen events divided into three divisions (rough stock, roping events, gaming events) where they can test their skills with others at the same age level at barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending, break away roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull (calf) riding, tie-down roping, and team roping (heading and heeling). Free.