Portland has lots of fairs, festivals, and celebrations. Pretty much year round there is a good chance something is taking place. But without a doubt, my favorite is the Oregon Brewers Festival. It is the largest outdoor craft beer festival in the country and I find it to always be a good time.
The festival starts today at noon. There is also an opening day parade which will start at 11:30 from Metalcraft Fabrication at 723 N. Tillamook Street. The parade usually involves a few hundred people and this year the grand Marshal will be Kurt and Rob Widmer. They along with a couple other of local brewers started the OBF 28 years ago. The parade goers will also be accompanied by the Transcendental Brass Band (who by the way are awesome), The parade is a goofy fun time and I encourage you to take part if you can.
Admission to the festival is free. However, to taste beer you will need to buy a mug and tokens. A piece of advice, and I have no scientific validity to what I am about to say and may also be attributed to beer goggles, however… A full mug is four tokens, a partial mug is one token. I’m convinced that two partials equals a nearly full mug, close enough that it is not worth paying the extra two tokens to make the difference. So, if you are going to be there for multiple days. Considering buy two mugs, get a partial pour in each for 1 token, and then combine the two. I would only advise this if you are planning on going for multiple days because it takes a few beers to make up the difference and even come out ahead due to the cost of the extra mug. Have fun and be safe.by