Columbia Century Bike Challenge June 18, 2016
“A bike odyssey through historic Columbia County”. A challenging bicycle ride from the river through the forest with two exceptionally beautiful routes to choose from. Discover and enjoy the beautiful backroads of Columbia County, as well as the welcoming character and history of the towns you will pass through. Bragging rights will not be earned just by the distance ridden alone but by the substantial amount of elevation gain acheived as well.
For more info go to Bike Challenge
St Helens River Festival June 16 -18, 2016
The River Festival will include a variety of events over four days, including a parade, carnival amusement rides, a beer garden, street dances on Friday and Saturday, and live music by Stevi Marie and Jackson Road, a country band, and The Wieners, a classic rock group, on Friday and Saturday.
Both bands have strong local ties. The carnival will run from noon to midnight Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The beer garden will open at 4 p.m. each day and concert performances will start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Paddle the Columbia River July 28, 2016
Join the Estuary Partnership for a family friendly paddle through the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area aboard two 29′ canoes. Gilbert river meanders from Sturgeon Lake to Multnomah Channel and provides wonderful access to birds and wildlife. Two Estuary Partnership staff will be on each canoe to steer, offer paddling advice, and share information about the river and surrounding ecosystem. For more info go to Canoe Paddles.
Portland Gay Pride Waterfront Festival. June 2016
Events include a bustling festival with plenty of entertainment and performances (featured artists this year include , and more), food and crafts vendors, and hobnobbing at grassy, tree-shaded Tom McCall Park, on the east edge of downtown, overlooking the beautiful Willamette River and the oft-photographed bridges that span it. For more info go to www.Pridenw.org.
Foot Traffic Flat Marathon & Half Marathon July 4, 2016
The “Flat,” as we affectionately call it, has become a Fourth of July tradition around Portland. The course, as the name implies, is about the flattest and fastest half and full marathon on the West Coast. For more info click here Foot Traffic Flat.
But in addition to the fast times expected from completing this event, runners and walkers will be treated to the beautiful sights of Sauvie Island, including thousands of songbirds, majestic bald eagles, and picturesque farmland that most of the island residents subsist off of.
Oh yeah, don’t forget the island-fresh strawberry shortcake! Not only is it scrumptious, but the islanders themselves serve it to you. Be sure to thank them and shake these wonderful people’s hands!
River City Speedway
River City Speedway features Quarter mile clay oval auto racing. Divisions include Modified, Sportsman, Street Stock, Women’s and 4-Cylinder Dwarf Cars, Tracers and Pacific Mini Sprints
For racing schedule go to River City Races.
Grand Floral Parade in Portland June 2016
For a hundred years, the spectacle of the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade has helped define the Portland Rose Festival as one of the world’s great celebrations. In this — the Rose Festival’s signature event — the larger-than-life all-floral floats, high-stepping marching bands and impressive equestrian units tell a story throughout the grandest parade on the Rose Festival calendar.
Thousands line the streets of downtown Portland in anticipation of the largest single-day spectator event in Oregon.
13 Nights on the River Concert Series 2016
Thursday nights June thru September the Columbia View Amphitheater in Historic Riverfront St. Helens becomes the living room of the community. Families & friends gather to enjoy a variety of music with the beautiful Columbia River as a backdrop. An Open Air Market offers options for dinner and a variety of merchandise vendors to peruse as well. Schedule information can be found at the 13 Nights on the River.
Spirit of Halloweentown every weekend in October. 2016
The Spirit of Halloweentown descends on Saint Helens each October. Join us for a month long celebration of the season. See the giant scarecrows, fall colors and merchants turned to immortal forms as fairies, witches ghosts and ghouls. We love Halloween and we let it show.
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Christmas Ships 2016
Saturday, Dec – St. Helens, Columbia City, RV Park on WA side
At 6:00PM, both fleets will assemble at the St. Helens City Docks and head downriver to Columbia City, and weather/river conditions permitting crosses to the WA side and the RV Park, then returns to St. Helens City Docks. The fleet is out about two hours. Ships remain overnight at St. Helens City Docks and leave Sunday for the trip up Multnomah Channel. Additional information and outdoor viewing locations
Sunday, Dec – Scappoose, Multnomah Channel to the Willamette River
At 4:30PM, both the Columbia and the Willamette Fleet will meet in the afternoon at Coon Island and leave for Scappoose arriving approximately 5:00PM then continue up the Multnomah Channel to the Willamette River. This is a long night and arrival at the Willamette River is usually between 8:00P and 8:30P. It is not possible to give a closer time frame due to weather conditions, debris in the river, and other conditions beyond our control.