Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Before the hustle and bustle of mingling and meal prepping, treat yourself to a weekend full of sights, puppets and birds, oh my!
November 16th – Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Portland. Players use any smart phone as a guide as they make their way among both popular and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and requires approximately 2.4 miles of walking. You’ll roam the Arts district to Powell’s bookstore and Voodoo Doughnuts and tons of fascinating stops in between. You are able to start whenever you want want from sunrise to sunset and you get to determine your own pace of play. Who doesn’t want to turn their city into a giant game board?
November 16-18th – Olive Oil Festival
You can experience Italian tradition right here in Oregon this weekend, at Durant Olive Mill’s Olio Nuovo Festival. You can sample freshly milled extra virgin olive oil on classic bruschetta while you enjoy live Italian music and experience some of Oregon’s top food producers in the Local Marketplace Tent. You can also shop for some holiday foliage and décor at the Gift Shop & Nursery. The best part is that the event is free and all ages are welcome.
November 17-18th – Wild Arts Festival
Wild Arts Festival is hosted by the Audubon Society of Portland. The festival is the Northwest’s premier show and sale of nature-related art and books, featuring 70 artists, 30 authors and of course, birds! All proceeds support the conservation, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation work of the Portland Audubon Society. You can take part in a silent auction to bid on incredible artwork and gifts for your favorite naturalists and birdwatchers. Portland Audubon education birds will make special appearances so you can learn all about the birds of the Northwest and appreciate their beauty. Admission is only $8 and kids under 14 get in for free.
November 17th – Animated Puppet Movies
The Animated Puppet Show begins this weekend in the Portland Art Museum and continues through November 25th. Watch films created by Jiri Trnka, a Czech puppet-maker. Revered as the pioneer of a remarkable new genre of animation that utilized puppets, Trnka inspired the careers of generations of filmmakers and animators around the world. Trnka’s body of work as a director was rivaled only by Walt Disney Studios. As a matter of fact, he was called “the Walt Disney of Eastern Europe”, and had international acclaim, from Cannes to Venice and beyond. Animation enthusiasts surely won’t want to miss this show!