The Short List
Northwest Reggae Festival
The seventh annual event at Bob's Ranch in Marcola features top-shelf music, including the likes of Anthony B from Jamaica, Casper Lomayesva of Hopi Land and 'The Empress of Reggae' Marcia Griffiths.
9 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 12-14, Bob's Ranch, Marcola, www.nwwrf.com, $40-$120
The company presents the diverse nature of dance in Portland with the Galaxy Dance Festival, with classes, demonstrations and performances free to the public.
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 12-13, Director Park, www.polarisdance.org, free
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby
Brilliant costumes, insanely designed and engineered cars and spills and thrills are part of the 15th annual event on Mt. Tabor's 600-foot hill.
10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, Mt. Tabor Park, www.soapboxracer.com, free
Providence Bridge Pedal
Providence Bridge Pedal is the second largest community bike ride in the country, with more than 18,000 cyclists expected to participate this year. The event celebrates 16 years of gearing up by giving cyclists once a year car-free access to the tops of the Fremont and Marquam bridges, and events include a 10-bridge, 8-bridge or 6-bridge ride. The Providence Bridge Stride also offers walkers a five-mile alternative that includes the Fremont and Broadway bridges.
7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, for more info or to register, visit www.providencebridgepedal.org.