The big deal this weekend is the 60th annual Greek Festival, but Occidental Brewing and Prost are still Oktoberfesting, and a pair of film festivals and a juggling event round out a glorious weekend.
The 15th Annual Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival takes place September 30 through October 8, 2011 at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st).
“This year the festival begins September 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema 21 with a very special screening of local filmmaker David Weissman’s deeply moving We Were Here. The film chronicles the heavy impact the AIDS crisis had on San Francisco in the 80s through the eyes of five survivors. David Weissman will be in attendance.” [more]
The 60th annual Portland Greek Festival takes place this weekend, September 30 through October 2, 2011 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (NE 32nd and Glisan).
Join about 15,000 other guests enjoying the greek food (feta, lamb, souvlaki, spanakopita, koulourakia, diples, bougatsa, etc.), cooking demonstrations, crafts, and of course beer and wine! [more]
The unnameable fear and cosmic horror of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival returns to the Hollywood Theater (4122 NE Sandy) Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, 2011.
“The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival promotes the works of H.P. Lovecraft, literary horror, and weird tales through the cinematic adaptations by professional and amateur filmmakers.” [more]
The 19th annual Portland Juggling Festival takes place this weekend, September 30 through October 2, 2011 at the Reed College Sports Center (3202 SE Woodstock).
The Portland Juggling Festival is one of the largest regional juggling festivals in the United States, with jugglers from around the world and down the street joining together to share their knowledge and show their skills. [more]
Every September thousands of Vaux’s Swifts come to Portland. They spend their days eating lots of bugs. In the late afternoon the Swifts begin flying in a giant undulating swirl in the sky about the school. Around sunset they swirl more tightly, like a ground pepper tornado, and begin disappearing, measure by measure, down the chimney. On the lawn below, hundreds of Portlanders gather on lawn chairs and blankets to stare at the sky, mesmerized. Boos erupt when opportunistic Peregrine falcons occasionally get lucky. The crowd cheers, however, when the predators are thwarted. Meanwhile unruly oblivious children scream and roll down the grassy hill. [more
The Prost! Portland (4237 N Mississippi) Oktoberfest takes place this Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 2011.
“We will have 1L Boots and Mugs for sale at the door, Live Music, Traditional German Dancing, Masskrugstemmen Competition, Food, and of course plenty of Cold Bier!” [more]
Celebrate Oktoberfest in St. Johns with Occidental Brewing Co. this Saturday, October 1 from noon until 10.
“Enjoy German cuisine cooked up by the neighboring Cathedral Park Kitchen, and of course there will be beer! Occidental’s 2011 Festbier will debut at the festival, and their regular lineup of German-style beers will be available as well.” [more]