Campfire Programs at Oxbow Regional Park
Get out of town to this nearby park offering a variety of campfire concerts at dusk and short educational lectures on weekends. Camping is not required in order to attend, but the campfire programs are a relaxing and fun way to top off a day of river activities or hiking before retiring to tents.
This weekend, check out a mix of tall tales and mountain songs with banjo-pickin' bluegrass performed by Mitch Luckett on Friday night. Saturday, join Steve Engel as he explains how to track the footprints of bears, bobcats, river otters and more.
8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, Aug. 4-5, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 S.E. Oxbow Parkway, Sandy River Gorge, Gresham, 503-797-1850, free with $4 per vehicle park entry fee, no pets
Washington Park Summer Concerts
Pack up the kids and a picnic and head to Washington Park for great music in the great outdoors. Portland Parks and Recreation presents free nightly summer concerts for the next two weeks that highlight musical styles from bluegrass to Cuban dance to New Orleans jazz.
This weekend, check out, in order 'Broadway to Hollywood' (musical theater), Antonio Centurion Trip and Grupo Condor (Latin-American folk) and the Portland Festival Symphony with vocalist Julianne Johnson.
Food and beverages are available on-site for purchase. A complete performance schedule can be found by clicking on 'Summer Fun With PP and R' on the Portland Parks and Recreation Web site.
6 p.m. daily, Aug. 4-17, Washington Park Amphitheater Stage, near the Rose Garden Gift Shop at 850 S.W. Rose Garden Way 503-823-2223, www.portlandparks.org, free
Kids Night Out
Cheaper than your average baby sitter, and infinitely more educational, the Portland Children's Museum is offering parents peace of mind while they spend an adult night out on the town.
Professional educators, pizza, clay and stories will keep children, ages 5 and up, entertained, safe and supervised. Reservations are required by 4 p.m. today. Sign up online at the Camps and Classes page, or call the museum front desk.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. SATURDAY, Aug. 5, Portland Children's Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-471-9911, www.portlandchildrensmuseum.org, $24 for first child/$12 per sibling (members), $28 for first child/$16 per sibling (nonmembers)
Sportfight XVII Hot Zone
Sportfight is a mixed bag of martial arts styles involving few rules for beating the daylights out of an opponent. The main event this weekend will be the welterweight title fight between Portland's Chris Wilson and LaVerne Clark, of Davenport, Iowa.
Other matches will take place between Ryan Schultz and Cam Ward, Ian Loveland and Keisuke Andrews, all from around the Portland metro area, as well as Pat Healy from St. Louis and Tony Sanza from Fort Lewis, Wash.
7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, Aug. 5, Rose Garden Arena, 1 Center Court, 877-789-7673, www.rosequarter.com, $28-$168, subject to service charges
Lowrider Evolution Tour
For those readers not part of the scene: Cars, trucks and bikes with modified suspension systems, typically involving hydraulics that keep them riding low to the ground, are referred to as lowriders.
The most coveted are modified classic cars from the 1950s and 1960s. Check out 400 of the finest lowriders as they stop in Portland this weekend, accompanied by the lovely Lowrider Girls.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, Aug. 6, Portland Metropolitan Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, 503-736-5200, www.lowridernagazine.com/lowridertour, $30 at door, free for children 10 and under with paying adult