Labor Day Weekend Events in Portland

by Amy Wolfenberger on Aug 23, 2012 in Roundups
Labor Day Weekend Events in Portland

It may mean the end of summer, but Labor Day is also about celebrating the American work ethic — by doing little more than raising a glass. Get in the spirit by resolving to kick back this weekend at one of these fun events.

Portland Pirate Festival
10 AM–midnight; Friday, September 1 & Saturday, September 2
St. Helens (265 Strand St., 97051)
Whether you have an adventure-loving kid or you just really love eye-patches, the seventh annual Portland Pirate Festival has something for everyone. If you’ve ever thought that the pirate’s life was for you then find your way up to St. Helens for a two days of live music, sword fighting, and stories of swashbuckling adventures. Don’t forget to stop by Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern to grab some Kraken rum from their beautiful serving wenches. Advanced tickets are available online or by phone with tickets available on site for a few extra dollars.

Portland Pirate Festival Bayou Bash Preparty
4–10 PM, Friday, August 31
Plantation House (298 S. 1st St., 97051)
Start your weekend of pirate fun with lively music and a few pints of grog; be prepared for a lot of costumes.

Mayjah Pirate Rayjah Preparty
10 PM–2 AM, Friday, August 31
Hawaiian Island Cafe (295 Strand St., 97051)
Get into the pirate spirit with $2 Pirate Punch, a $10 Hawaiian Buffet, and party favors to show off all weekend.

Portland Movies in the Park
Entertainment 6:30 PM; Movie at dusk
Dates, locations, and movies vary all weekend
Say goodbye to the warm nights of summer by cozying up to the last of this year’s “Summer Free For All” movies in the park series.

Friday, August 31
Mt. Scott Park (SE 72nd Ave. & Harold St.)
The Adventures of Tintin

Friday, August 31
Dawson Park (N. Stanton St. & Williams Ave.)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Saturday, September 1
Wellington Park (NE 66th Ave. & Mason St.)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Stickmen Brewery and Skewery Labor Day Party
11:30-12 AM, Saturday, September 1
11:30 AM - 10 PM, Sunday September 2
Stickmen Brewery and Skewery (40 N. State St., 97034)
Because Labor Day weekend wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a lake, help Stickmen Brewery and Skewery kick-off their first annual Labor Day Party. Take in some live music or try to win some of their many prizes as you’re sipping on a $6 cocktail featuring Ciroc, Jose Cuervo or Ketel One.

Lompoc Oktoberfest Release Celebration
11 AM–dusk, Saturday, September 1
Fifth Quadrant (3901 N. Williams, 97212)
This Labor Day weekend help Lompoc celebrate the hard labor put into creating two great seasonal beers. Lompoc’s portable Brewery Bar will be set up in the parking lot so you can try their Oktoberfest and Jolly Bock while you enjoy a game of cornhole, some bratwurst, soft pretzels and canned German music. Make sure to hit up an ATM on your way to the party because this event is cash only with pints at $4.50.

Labor Day Picnic
10 AM–5 PM, Monday, September 3
Oaks Amusement Park (7805 Oaks Park Way, 97202)
Oregon School Employees Association and the Northwest Oregon Labor Council are hosting a traditional Labor Day party at Oaks Amusement Park complete with a hamburgers and hotdogs fresh from the grill. Get in touch with the reason for the day off of work by giving blood to your community and listening to leaders such as US Senator Jeff Merkley. Grab some scrip tickets food and beer at just 50 cents each and a $9 deluxe bracelet for a day of roller skating, bingo, and other activities.

Art in the Pearl
10 AM–6 PM, Saturday, September 1 & Sunday, September 2
10 AM–5 PM, Monday, September 3

Pearl District’s North Park Blocks
This is not your average First Thursday; this is First Thursday times 16. Come out and celebrate Art in the Pearl’s 16th anniversary with over 100 artists selling their work, a music stage and many hands-on activities for people of all ages. Make sure to check out our website or mobile app in order to find the nearest happy hours to enjoy while strolling through the art-filled streets of the Pearl District.


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