May 1st & 2nd: Looking to center yourself before the finals kick? Meditation with Shiva Rudra Balayogi, Free, West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Portland OR
May 3rd: Join Portland’s Jewish Storytelling Festival Tell It Like It Is for an authentic Jewish storytelling experience. All faiths and people welcome! $18, Congregation Shaarie Torah
May 9th: If alternative music is your thing, check out Supaman’s Native American Hip Hop concert at the Star Theater. This multicultural event should inspire you to forge your own identity as a combination of heritage and environment. For a preview check out his neat loop video, complete with beatboxing.
May 22nd: Hurry and get your tickets to the moody NY-native Lana Del Ray’s Concert, $40-$900, Amphitheater Northwest, Ridgefield, WA
May 23rd: Connect with astronomers and experience the night sky through a powerful telescope. OMSI Star Parties offer the opportunity to get up close and personal with the star filled skies. Free, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park
May 27th: With their guitar heavy and upbeat electro sound, the Tame Impala Concert is not one to miss. $52, Roseland Theater, Portland OR
June 6th – 7th: For a bit of finals relief, head down to the waterfront and watch the Dragon Boat Races! Nearly 80 teams compete in this fast-paced competition. Free.
June 20th: If a physical challenge seems in line for your first week of summer vacation, the Rugged Maniac Obstacle 5k is for you! Slide, crawl and leap your way along the Portland Intl. Raceway in the dirtiest 5k ever.
June 27th: Head up the Columbia Gorge to Hood River for the annual Windsurfing Festival. Full of gear demos and good food for the water sport enthusiast.
June 27th – 28th: Check out the Recycled Arts Festival in Vancouver. Local artists us at least 75% repurposed material to create whimsical sculptures and more.
July 1st-4th: If you are looking to fuel your wild side, check out the St. Paul Rodeo. A bit of a hike from Portland, but we think your inner cowboy will enjoy!
July 4th: Looking to set a short term exercise goal? Sign up for the Fourth of July Run for an incentive to hit the pavement. Sign up for the marathon, half marathon or 5k, there is something for everyone! The event takes place on the flat and stunning Sauvie Island.
July 9th-13th: If the rather elusive Non-Conformity Conference piques your interest, you are in for a unique experience, sure to challenge and engage you. Hurry and get your tickets, an adventure awaits! Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
July 11th-12th: Looking for hip vintage decor or a present for your hard-to-please bibliophile best friend? Visit the Antique and Collectibles Show at the Portland Expo Center for a massive range of vintage furniture and household items. 3-day tickets: $30