Labor day weekend!
Saturday and Sunday
BBQ, traditional foods, pastries, beer, wine, live music, dance, kids activities, and much more!
The fest takes place at Saint Marys Romanian Orthodox Church (135th and SE Stark)
Labor Day (Monday 7 September 2015)
The largest gathering by far takes place at in Southeast Portland. Sponsored by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, the picnic attracts members from multiple unions who enjoy barbecue, music, games, carnival rides, raffle drawings, vendor booths, and time to visit with local politicians. Gov. Kate Brown has confirmed that she will be in attendance.
The picnic runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Political speeches take place at 1 p.m.
In September thousands of Vaux’s Swifts coalesce into a giant undulating swirl in Northwest Portland near Chapman School after spending the day eating bug. Around sunset the swirl gets more compact, like a ground pepper tornado, and begins disappearing, measure by measure, down the school’s huge old chimney. On the lawn below hundreds of mesmerized and picnic-sated Portlanders stare into the sky from the comfort of lawn chairs and blankets while their oblivious children roll down the grassy hill screaming. Cheers erupt from the crowd when the slippery swifts dodge the opportunistic Peregrine falcons, boos when the predators get lucky.
The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to the public. The festival is anchored with outdoor screenings, offering its filmmakers one of the largest audiences available on the West Coast.
The festival is spread across seven theater and education venues including some of the oldest historic theaters in Oregon
Friday, September 4
- Sewallcrest Park – Napoleon Dynomite
Saturday, September 5
- Hamilton Park – Maleficent
Sunday, September 6
- Overlook Park – Toy Story