July Events from El Hispanic News

¬°Feliz verano 2018!

by Sebastian Fortino
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Now that the fireworks are over, awe're settling into summer in the Pacific Northwest. With so much to do in the Rose City, we've compiled a list of mostly family-friendly events for the month of July. If you know of any events for July which we've missed, please know this calendar is ever-expanding. Please, email the editor at sebastian@proudqueer.com and he'll get your event in! 

¡Feliz verano de tus amigos de El Hispanic News!

If you’re like most Portlanders, you enjoy a good craft beer. Then the 2018 Portland Craft Beer Festival is made just for you! It’s two days of sips and samples, taking place from noon until 10 PM on Saturday July 7th, and from noon until 7 PM on Sunday July 8th and takes place at The Fields Park, downtown.

Do you want to tango? Then you go to the Free Intro Class to Argentine Tango hosted by Bridge City Tango. The classes are welcome to anyone, this event is all-inclusive. The complimentary lesson takes place on Monday, July 9th from 7 to 8 PM at Community Hall at Grace Episcopal Church located at 1535 NE 17th St.


On Thursday, July 12th Portland and the Recovery Community Fundraiser for Governor Kate Brown welcomes the governor, who has worked to repair what was once a broken recovery system in the State of Oregon. RSVP and the organizers will respond with the address.


On Friday, July 13th consider taking your furry friend out for a glass of wine...well, maybe the pup should stick to water! But, the "Yappy Hour" is a great chance to get out of the city & head out to King's Raven Winery. The event goes from 6 until 8 PM. Wines are priced at a reasonable $6 for whites & $8 for reds, and food is available to purchase. I must admit, I went out there for a wine tasting & came home with four bottles so plan to bring a few bottles back for summer sipping.


The beloved Mississippi Street Fair returns on Saturday, July 14th and it's hosted by Salty's Pet Supply! Head here to learn about all the good stuf, like parking and transportation. We love our street fairs in Portland, don't we? This is one of the region's biggest. Weather is set to be a low of 63 & a high of 91, a perfect day to stroll down the avenue to find favorite shops, vendors, and food...or, find some new ones. I'll be buying soap. I am kind of addicted to handmade soap. What about you?

Celebrate the flavors and fun of the Caribbean Fiesta Caribeña on July 14th, from noon until 8 PM at the Portland Mercado. The Mercado's Caribbean crew (Que Bola Cuban Kitchen, Mathilde's Kitchen-Haitian Cuisine, El Coquí, and Que Bacano, Sabor Colombiano) are bringing us the fiesta and sharing a bit of that island culture in PDX. Join us as we keep the party going and continue to celebrate Latinidad in all its forms!


The Big Float 8, hosted by Billy Grippo and 18 other members of our community. Including Mayor Ted Wheeler, and many local businesses takes place on Saturday, July 14th at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This is a fun, family event! Tickets start at just $5 through Sunday, July 8th, then are $10 after, and $15 if pourchased on the day of event. Discounted pricing under age 18. The event is expected to draw 4,000+ floaters, observers and after-partiers. The Big Float gives our Willamette River a hug from the community. It celebrates and benefits the Human Access Project, with four bands on two floating stages, two 100 feet long slip & slides, and more!


Vamos a PDX Latinx Pride Festival 2018! Come celebrate the vibrant LGBTQ+ Latinx community of Portland. The event takes place on Saturday, July 21st from 4 PM until one minute shy of midnight. Later, join the party at District East. Happy Latinx Pride!


For some cool this summer, head to the 38th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Society’s Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is a free concert open to the public and held from Friday, July 20th until Sunday, July 22nd at Cathedral Park at the base of the St. Johns bridge in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of Portland. Now in its 38th year, the festival is the longest running jazz and blues festival west of the Mississippi River.


Did you miss the earlier beer festival this month? No problem! The Oregon Brewers Festival will celebrate its 31st annual event on Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Taps are open from Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday, and Noon to 7pm Sunday. The Brewers Brunch & Parade will take place on Thursday, July 26. Featuring 80 beers from craft breweries this time around, including five this year from Baja, California, Mexico. For the first time ever, the festival will also offer two ciders and a red and white wine.


Ah, bella Sicilia! The olive groves. The lemon trees. The wine. Ok. Confession: while I'm Sicilian I've never been. I mean, I've been to Italy but, just not been there! Check out the cuisine of Sicily with the Sunday Supper Series. This is a multi-course, family-style dinner served with regional wines from Sicily. The meal is taking place at LeChon, and don't forget to book your reservations & tickets! It's $60 a head, but seems well worth it considering gratuity & wines are included in the price. Mangia bella!


Sebastian Fortino