Memorial Day Weekend 2015 is almost upon us, and while some Portlanders choose to leave the city for the weekend, many of us would rather stick around and enjoy the three-day weekend in town. While there is certainly nothing wrong with staying home, hitting up a favorite bar for an extra night or even going to the annual Portland City Fair
, there are also a few organized, booze-themed events to commemorate the holiday. Whatever you end up doing, have a fun, safe Memorial Day Weekend.
Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country
Saturday, May 23, 11 AM–Monday, May 25, 5 PM
This Memorial Weekend, Willamette Valley wineries, just outside of town, are celebrating their 50th anniversary. More than 150 wineries and tasting rooms are hosting a variety of events to celebrate, including tours, picnics, dinners and plenty of wine tasting, including straight from the barrel. Visit the event page for full details on the wineries participating.
Hip Chicks do Wine Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 22, 11 AM–Monday, May 25, 6 PM
The warehouse turned winery is located in industrial SE Portland, near Reed College and the beautiful Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. “Wine Goddess” Laurie Lewis and “Wine Maven” Renee Neely opened Hip Chicks Do Wine in 2001, and established the place as a fun, unorthodox winery and tasting room, which also hosts local artists and microbreweries. Memorial Day Weekend is one of only two weekends a year where all Hip Chicks’ wines are available for tasting. Admission for the weekend is $18 ($15 if pre-ordered here) and can be used any day between the May 22 and May 25. Tickets are good for up to ten wines, as well as appetizers, music and a commemorative glass. (4510 SE 23rd Ave.; 503-234-3790)
Tualatin Rum Run
Sunday, May 24, 7 AM
While the Shamrock Run is more well known and more widely attended, the Memorial Weekend Rum Run is quickly gaining popularity, having only started in 2008. A 10K run and a 5K run/walk start at a man-made lake in Tualatin, which is lined with tiki torches and tropical decor to get runners into the Caribbean spirit. Of course, it wouldn’t be a rum run without rum. The award ceremony includes runners’ choice of mojito or mai tai, as well as Kona Beer and Caribbean-style food. The race is sponsored primarily by Kraken Rum and benefits Open Meadow, a service that provides support for students and prepares them for college and future careers with a community-minded approach. To register for the run, click here.
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