To paraphrase Eric Burdon, do you got to get out of this place? Is your daily grind turning you into an Animal? Here are three ideas to get you out of town this weekend.
1 Go south
Thursday-Saturday, July 25-27, Red Lion Hotel on the River, Portland, and Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Wash.; fees for some workshops, other events free. hawaiianfestivalpnw.com
Get your hula on, and maybe get your fill of lau lau pork, at 3 Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest. It’s this weekend in Vancouver, Wash., and at hotels across the river at Portland’s Jantzen Beach. Hula workshops and competition, craft workshops, singing and dancing, games and food galore, including a free outdoor festival in Vancouver’s Esther Short Park.
2 GO A LITTLE FARTHER SOUTH
Wednesday through Sunday, July 24-28, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland; tasting glass, $7; beer tokens, $1 (one token for a taste, four for a full glass). Friday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-7 p.m.; www.oregonbrewfest.com
What better than a beer festival in the sovereign state of Pour-gon? When you’ve had your fill of mai-tais, head to the Portland waterfront for the Oregon Brewers Festival. They’re pouring more than 80 different craft beers from around the country, but you can be sure to get Oregon’s best, such as Bone-A-Fide Pale Ale from Boneyard Beer in Bend, Marionberry Berliner Weisse from Burnside Brewing in Portland, or Bohemian Pils from Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene (known lately as “Brew-gene”). Weekend bands include Polecat, Hill Dogs and Buckle Rash.
3 GO NORTH
Through Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. daily, Victoria, B.C.; free. 250-590-8709 or www.victoriabuskers.com
Catch the final weekend of the Victoria International Buskers Festival, in a town where buskers know how to entertain on a sidewalk. For this event, performers do their thing on seven stages around town, along the Inner Harbour, on the Empress Hotel lawn, in Bastion Square and Bay Centre Mall. Highlights listed on the web site:
- Funny Bones are a busking duo all the way from Japan who feature rock ‘n’ roll lions, hat juggling, voice percussion, comedy mime, magic and hilarious giant puppets.
- The Funny Waiter is able to serve up one of the most unique shows you’ll ever see! Don’t miss his nine-plate spinning routine that is nothing but spine-tingling.
- The Copper Cowgirl is an interactive human statue who combines the mechanical movements of corporeal mime with the warmth and comedy of clowning.
And much more.