September is an exciting time in Portland. Just when we all thought that the fun was over with the summer's end, a whole new host of events begin popping up. The leaves are changing throughout the city and it truly does feel as F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote in The Great Gatsby that, "life starts all over again when it starts getting crisp in the fall. Whether your idea of best celebrating the season is sipping on a pint of fresh hop beer at a local craft brewery, strolling through your neighborhood's annual street fair, catching a theatre classic in the Pearl District, stuffing yourself silly at one of the city's premier food festivals, there's a little bit of something for everyone going on this month in Portland.
Read on for September’s installment of The Paper Airplane-approved not-to-miss events happening in the Rose City.
Belmont street fair
September 12, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Belmont & SE 33rd - SE 39th
Celebrating the 20 years of local arts, music, and food, the Belmont Street Fair will showcase 200+ vendors providing unique eats and shopping. Live music, beer gardens, and an Artist Alley on SE 34th and Belmont are not to be missed.
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
September 18 – October 11, U.S. Bank Main Stage at Portland Center Stage
Portland Center Stage opens its 28th season with the iconic drama, Our Town, on September 18. This masterpiece by Thornton Wilder exposes the everyday drama of human existence in turn of the twentieth century, small-town New England. According to director Rose Riordin, the essence of Our Town “is about paying attention to every detail of ordinary lives.” In my experience, shows at Portland Center Stage are always fantastic. Take the musical production of Dreamgirls last season, for example. Tickets for Our Town are currently available and can be purchased at www.pcs.org/ourtown.
EAT & DRINK
11th Annual Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest
September 12, 3 p.m., Widmer Brothers Brewery – 929 N. Russell St
Prost! It’s that time of year again. Even if your Oktoberfest plans don’t involve a plane ticket to Munich, you can raise a stein or two at Widmer Brothers historic brew house in North Portland. The longest-running Oktoberfest in town will feature 24 beers on tap, a special food menu and live music throughout the day. General admission is $10. Package including 3 beer tokens and admission is $25.
September 17 – September 20, 30+ events throughout Portland
Feast Portland is the ultimate rite of passage for anyone who’s ever called himself or herself a #pdxfoodie. For the 4th consecutive year, Feast takes over the streets of Portland for a citywide smörgåsbord featuring the best-of-the-best chefs found both locally and across the nation. My favorite events are Night Market, Brunch Village, and the hands-on classes, but you can’t go wrong with over 30 events tailored to every taste bud. Net proceeds from the festival are donated to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Tickets are available at www.feastportland.com.
Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Saturday, September 26, General Admission 1 – 7 p.m., Zidell Yards Nope, it’s not a premise for a Portlandia episode. It’s an entire festival dedicated to everything vegan and it’s going to be delicious. Entry includes a 4-oz tasting glass for over 100+ craft beers with unlimited pours (within reason, presumably). The festival will showcase 30+ restaurants, food trucks and vendors serving all sorts of vegan-friendly fare. The festival is for ages 21+. Tickets are available at www.veganbeerfest.com.
September 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., UNION/PINE
Portland Flea is a monthly gathering of local vendors with an eclectic selection of vintage and previously loved goods. It’s a go-to Sunday afternoon activity for Portland’s hip crowd. Think: gorgeously restored mid-century modern furniture, 70s chic shearling coats, and unique collectibles you won’t find anywhere else. At my last Portland Flea, I scored a darling, straight-out-of-the-‘60s kitchen apron. The selection varies month-to-month depending on the vendors. You never know what you might find, but you can be sure that it will be one-of-a-kind.