Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival
The annual event at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, Wash., celebrates 20 years. For more info, see "Live Music!"
It's everything Italy in Pioneer Courthouse Square in the annual event — food, dancing, wine and beer, children's activities and vendors — celebrating Italian-American culture.
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 24-26, Pioneer Courthouse Square, www.festa-italiana.org, free
Swan Island Dahlias, 995 N.W. 22nd Ave. in Canby, hosts the event, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Aug. 26-28 and Sept. 2-4. There'll be floral growing/arrangement demonstrations and talks on dahlia culture, as well as 40 acres of dahlias in full bloom, along with wine, food and music. For more: www.dahlias.com.
Cirque du Soleil
The circus troupe stops at Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, for shows through October with "Kurios — Cabinet of Curiosities." Overwhelming demand justified the extension through Oct. 8. It opens Aug. 24, and tickets can be purchased at www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios.
Hood to Coast Relay
It's sold out, but you can be a spectator and help cheer on the thousands of runners and walkers who team up to go 198 miles from Mount Hood to Seaside, Friday-Saturday, Aug. 25-26. The relay cuts through the suburbs and Portland; also watch for traffic changes. For more: www.hoodtocoastrelay.com.
Oregon State Fair
The Oregon State Fair takes place Aug. 25-Sept. 4 at Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. N.E. in Salem. Hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 25-26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 27-31, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 1-3 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 4. Admission is $2-$8, with passes $37.50-$50. The concert lineup (free with admission): Dwight Yoakam, 7 p.m. Aug. 25; Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, 7 p.m. Aug. 26; Josh Turner, 7 p.m. Aug. 28; For King & Country, 7 p.m. Aug. 29; Kenny Loggins, 7 p.m. Aug. 30; Third Eye Blind, 7 p.m. Aug. 31; Vince Neil — The Voice of Motley Crue, 7 p.m. Sept. 1; Trace Adkins, 7 p.m. Sept. 2; Eddie Money, 4 p.m. Sept. 4. Two concerts require admission: Salem Symphony's Windborne's Music of Pink Floyd, 8 p.m. Aug. 27 ($5-$40); Salem Symphony Live to Film performance of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man's Chest," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 ($9-$39). For more: www.oregonstatefair.org.
Hawthorne Street Fair
The annual free event, taking place on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard between 31st and 41st streets in the "shop local" district, features music, beverages, food, family activities and vendors. Music takes place on the main stage at 38th Avenue. It'll go from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. For more: www.hawthornepdx.com.
Portland Taco Festival
The first-time event is tabbed as "Portland's largest celebration of the taco," with top taco vendors, tequila, music, lucha libre wrestling, chihuahua beauty contest, live game shows and more.
Noon-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 26-27, Portland Meadows, 1001 N. Schmeer Road, www.portlandtacofestival.com (check for tickets)
The Bite of Oregon
We'll have more later, but plan to attend the reinvigorated event at the Rose Quarter, Sept. 1-4. It's theme: Savor the Seven Regions. For more: www.biteoforegon.com.