Diversity is what makes us great, and we have so much to learn from one another. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, or prefer to stay close to your roots, there are always opportunities to learn about the cultures that make up our community. This weekend explore festivities that really take you places! If you love people, art, food, music, or movies, you will love the events we’ve selected this weekend!
8-10 & 8-11 – La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival
Throughout the city, you can see street art of all kinds on the sides of buildings, under bridges, and for sale in the tents at Saturday Market. This weekend, you can experience a style of street art that originated in Italy, and widely admired as fine art throughout the world! La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival is an immersive street painting experience, where artists of all experience levels create pieces of art directly on the asphalt! Aspiring artists of all ages will be invited to take part in hands-on activities and create chalk art masterpieces themselves. This event is worth attending whether you’re an artist, an art enthusiast, or you just want be temporarily transported to an Italian city street.
8-10 – Pan African Festival
The Pan African Festival will be a giant party with an important purpose: to build a strong and compassionate community. The term Pan African encompasses African, Caribbean, and African American people, and this event celebrates the strength and influence of Pan Africans in Oregon. By experiencing aspects of these diverse cultures, we as a city can increase understanding within and between communities. By increasing our cultural awareness and sensitives, we can build a future that is bright for us all!
8-11 – India Festival
Let the gorgeous aroma of spices and colorful sights of flowing silks guide you to Pioneer Courthouse Square this Sunday! India Cultural Association is a non-profit dedicated to enhancing cultural awareness in the city of Portland. For nearly 40 years, this association has brought Oregon’s Indian community together and provided a space for a population to reconnect to their roots. The India Festival, a celebration of India’s Independence Day, will bring thousands of people together to stimulate their senses with the sights, sounds, and flavors of India.
8/10 – Concert in the Park
The Latino Network of Portland is bringing communities together in preparation for the Latino Festival happening later this month. This Saturday night, head on over to Cully Park for a free concert followed by an outdoor movie screening! The Orquestra Pacifico Tropical will provide the perfect soundtrack for a lovely summer picnic. Pixar’s The Incredibles will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles in honor of the Festival Latino, making this a great event for nearly anyone who loves music, film, and picnicking.