by: Ed Vindinghoff, To celebrate Bastille Day, a francophile in Portland could fly to Paris, storm a prison and parade down the Champs-Élysées, or skip the jet lag and go to the French holiday fête at Carafe.


Bastille Day Celebration

Vive la France! Today France celebrates Bastille Day, which marks the historical storming of the Bastille, the beginning of the French citizens' open rebellion against King Louis XVI in 1789.

Join the Portland French community in its annual Bastille Day celebration, which includes the second annual Portland Waiter's Race, a French marketplace, music, pétanque (French boccie) demonstrations, kids' activities and a pig roasted by Carafe's chef and owner, Pascal Sauton.

4 p.m. to 9 p.m. FRIDAY, July 14, Carafe, 200 S.W. Market St., 503-248-0004, www.carafebistro. com, free


Portland International Beerfest

The Portland International Beerfest features rare and unusual draft and bottled beers from around the world.

Sample the tastes, bitterness levels and strengths of more than 100 world-class beers from countries such as Belgium, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and the United States. It's a cash-only event.

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. FRIDAY, noon to 10 p.m. SATURDAY, noon to 7 p.m. SUNDAY, July 14-16, North Park Blocks between Northwest Everett and Davis streets, 1-800-301-7713,, $20 for 10 beer tickets and festival glass, additional tickets $1, beer is one to three tickets; kids and pets OK if accompanied by parents/owners


Portland Highland Games

Dating back to early Scottish times, highland games originated during King Malcolm Canmore's reign and consisted of seven events.

In keeping with tradition, the seven ancient games are incorporated into the Portland Highland Games and include the Portland Stone (96-pound stone shot put), the Scottish Hammer (throwing a 16-pound steel ball attached to a cane handle), and the Final Caber Toss (longer and 50 pounds heavier than the preliminary caber).

In addition to the heavy events, spectators can enjoy the kilted mile and caber toss; border collie-herding demonstrations; children's games (ages 5 to 12); vendor booths; bagpipe, drum and fiddle competitions; and tracing the family roots inside the Scottish clan tents.

The end-of-the-day party, known as the 'ceilidh,' will feature the Sir James McDonald Pipe Band, as well as a host of other musical guests.

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. SATURDAY, July 15, Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham, 503-293-8501,, $8-$12, free for children 5 and under


Pacific Northwest Lineman's Rodeo

Safety, speed and strength are highlighted as professional and electric utility journeymen linemen and apprentice linemen race against the clock demonstrating mastery of their industry skills by climbing power poles, performing rescues, and repairing equipment and high- voltage lines while being suspended in the air.

The Pacific Northwest Lineman's Rodeo, considered one of the most challenging rodeos in the country, will draw participants from Oregon, Washington and Idaho to compete in contests including Team Hurt-Man Rescue, the Pole Climb With Raw Egg, Transformer Replacement and many others in the hopes of competing in the 23rd annual International Lineman's Rodeo and Expo in Kansas City, Mo., later this year.

Additional family activities include face painting, pole climbing, coin scramble and bucket truck rides for kids.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. SATURDAY, July 15, PGE Linneman Substation, 3450 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham, 360-910-5308,, free


Mastercraft Pro Wakeboard Tour

Wakeboarding, the fastest- growing water sport in the world, involves athletes doing tricks, twists and turns on wakes, ramps and sliders, as they are pulled in the water by ropes attached to speedboats.

This weekend, watch the top male and female professionals in action as the Mastercraft Pro Wakeboard Tour stops in Portland.

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. SATURDAY, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUNDAY, July 15-16, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 N.E. Marine Drive, Fairview, 503-797-1850,, $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free for children 5 and under, $4 per car entry fee or ride TriMet's Blue Lake Shuttle to the park; pets not permitted


Mississippi Avenue Street Fair

Artists, businesses and neighbors of the historic Mississippi Avenue community open their arms and doors this weekend for the fifth annual Mississippi Avenue Street Fair.

This year's event features a noon parade, a barbecue contest, carnival games, a dunk tank, horse-drawn trolley, pet talent show, fashion show, plant swap, artists' booths and live music and dance performances throughout the day.

Other highlights include skateboard demonstrations, a Widmer beer garden, a Crow Bar margarita garden and a gigantic community garage sale.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. SATURDAY, July 15, North Mississippi Avenue between Skidmore and Fremont streets, 503-493-9716, free

Woodstock Community Fair

One of Portland's oldest neighborhoods, Woodstock, puts on a fair with pony rides; magic and storytelling by Mother Goose and Adam the Great; inflatable bouncers; arts and crafts; free bowling; three bands; artists' booths; and food.

The morning parade will feature a creative collage of marching bagpipes, didgeridoos, karate demonstrations, the Kansas City Rhythm Kings and Mayor Tom Potter as the grand marshal.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (11 a.m. parade) SATURDAY, July 15, Southeast Woodstock Boulevard between 40th and 52nd avenues, 503-804-9844, free


Auntie Anne's National Pretzel Perfect Tongue Twister Contest

If you have a fast-talking 6- to 12-year-old on your hands, it may be worth your while to enter him or her in this contest.

Contestants who try their hand at the tongue twister 'Picky pretzel people pick pretzel perfect pretzels' will receive a free pretzel coupon and get a shot at winning a $2,500 scholarship, a $500 shopping spree and free pretzels for an entire year.

Fran Capo, Guinness World Records' Fastest Talking Female, will judge contestants across the nation. For each child who enters the contest, Auntie Anne's will donate one book to his or her school library.

Noon to 3 p.m. SATURDAY, July 15, Clackamas Town Center, Center Court, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., 503-513-9426,, free


Oregon International Air Show

Seventeen highflying performers will take to the skies for this annual air show, including the F-18 Super Hornet TAC Demonstration Team, the Air Force Reserve Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Shows, Jim Vanek's Sport Copter, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Jump Team, the Homeland Fireworks Extravaganza and Pyro show, and more.

In addition to the air show, kids 14 and under can enjoy the Radio Disney KIDZ Zone, with RD Frequency singers, rides, games, face painting and prizes. Kids also can get autographs at the signature booth.

2 p.m. (gates) and 4:30 p.m. (show), 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (twilight show) SATURDAY, 9 a.m. (gates) and 10:30 a.m. (show) SUNDAY, July 15-16, Hillsboro Airport, 3355 N.E. Cornell Road, Hillsboro, 503-629-0706,, $18 adults, $12 kids 6 to 12, free for kids under 6

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