Photo of Portland Fashion Week Creative Commons Licensed by Lesa Monster

Photo of Portland Fashion Week Creative Commons Licensed by Lesa Monster

Portland’s unique culture, laid back vibe and appreciation of everything weird makes it no surprise that over the last decade Portland has become a fashion hot spot. Portland Fashion Week is September 29-October 2 at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Fun facts about fashion in Portland:

  • Portland has the most Project Runway winners
  • Portland Fashion Week was the first show in history to present 100% sustainable fashion designs
  • Portland Fashion Week is the 3rd longest running fashion week

2014 Schedule:

Monday September 29: Children’s Show (details coming soon)

Tuesday September 30: Ready to Wear (Jaefields, West Daily, Christie Chanthakhoun, Copper Union, Sweet Jayne, Brady Lange, Katie Guinn, KLAD)

Wednesday October 1: Couture/Bridal (O’Pearl Brands, Sonia Kasparian, Wendy Ohlendorf, Danielle Grasseth Devonation , Oscar Lopez, Sunjin Lee Design, Isa : Nature of Isa, Kimmi Designs, Kates Couture)

Thursday October 2: The Art Institute of Portland Student Show

Buy tickets and find all the details for Portland Fashion Week here: http://portlandfashionweek.net/

3D Chalk Art at the Victoria Chalk Art Festival Photo Creative Commons Licensed by Blake Handley

3D Chalk Art at the Victoria Chalk Art Festival Photo Creative Commons Licensed by Blake Handley

In mid-September, street artists take over Victoria, BC creating amazing pieces of chalk art throughout the city. This year the festival has expanded to Royal BC Museum and taking over most of Government Street. Chalk artists will be all over Victoria September 13-14 for you to observe as they create street art. The free festival also features food vendors and more.

Street painting has a rich history beginning in Great Britain in the 1800s. These “screevers” created pavement art that would often feature political commentary. In Italy, street artists are called “madonnari” because they often created images of St. Mary (the Madonna). Italian street artists often traveled from city to city between festivals, creating street art wherever they traveled. El Greco got his start as a street artist.

Several centuries later, chalk artists continue to paint sidewalks throughout the world including 3D pieces.

For more information on the festival, visit http://www.victoriachalkfestival.com/

More information on the history of Street art:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_painting

https://kurtwenner.com/images/PDFs/History_of_street_painting_Final.pdf

Victoria Chalk Art Festival 2013 Photo Creative Commons Licensed by Blake Handley

Victoria Chalk Art Festival 2013 Photo Creative Commons Licensed by Blake Handley

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Shot from the Great Canadian Beer Festival.
Credit: Dustan Sept

September in the Pacific Northwest welcomes a variety of events to help you forget the end of summer. Treat yourself to a trip to “Germany” in both Seattle and Portland at Fremont Oktoberfest (September 19-21) and Widmer Oktoberfest (September 13). Both festivals boast a shocking amount of beers to try and kick off the Fall season. Victoria will also be celebrating September with beer: the Great Canadian Beer Festival will take place on September 5th. There will be local entertainment and beer from over 40 breweries across Canada. In Seattle this month, savor the last bit of summer with the Washington State Fair (September 5-21). Don’t miss the summer concerts, rodeo, and especially the wide variety of deep fried foods. The Vancouver International Film Festival will take place September. Go see award-winning films from Cannes film festival this September 25th through October 5th. Finally, make your way to the “best food festival in the country,” Feast Portland (September 18-21).

 

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Hydroplane at Stan Sayres Park, circa 1958 Photo creative commons licensed via Seattle Municipal Archives

Hydroplane at Stan Sayres Park, circa 1958. Photo creative commons licensed via Seattle Municipal Archives

Come see the world famous Seattle Seafair Hydroplane races and Air show this weekend. The hydros, hurdling across the lake at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, cast “rooster tails” more than 100 feet vertically. Meanwhile, the squadron formally known as the Blue Angels take off in F-18 Hornets, and fly past in tight formations around Lake Washington at altitudes below 100 feet. Additionally, WWII aircraft will be present, including Spitfires, Mustangs, B-29 Flying Fortresses, and more. Training runs will take place on Thursday from 9:45 AM to noon, and from 1:15 to 2:40 PM. The main air shows are from Friday to Sunday at 12:15 PM to 2:40 PM.

For more information, visit the Seafair website.

Hydoplanes today Photo creative commons licensed via Robert Patten

Hydoplanes today. Photo creative commons licensed via Robert Patten

 

Blue angels flying over the boats out for Seafair. /Photo: Jason Anfinson

Blue angels flying over the boats out for Seafair. /Photo: Jason Anfinson

 

August and Labor day may mark the end of summer in the Northwest, but we like to go out with a bang. Below you can find your fill of activities to finish off summer the right way. This year, in particular, be sure to make your way to the water for a month of boats and music. In Seattle, do not miss the famous Seafair weekend (August 1-3). With a summer-full of events leading up to this culmination weekend, you can’t miss the hydroplane races, Boeing air shows (pictured above), and the entire city of Seattle on the lake. Victoria will also take part in water entertainment with the 20th Annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival (August 15-August 17). Victoria will also host Symphony Splash (August 3rd), an annual symphony performed from a floating stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. In Portland, feed your cravings at the Bite of Oregon and wash down the delicious food at the Portland International Beer Fest, both taking place on the weekend of August 8th through 10th.

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Photo: Mike Grippi courtesy of MusicFestNW

Photo: Mike Grippi courtesy of MusicFestNW

If you haven’t fulfilled your summer concert quota,  MusicFestNW can help solve your problem. Held in Portland, Oregon, the event has undergone some major changes this year. The event started in 1995 as a multi-day, multi-venue indoor festival. It was the 3rd largest indoor music festival in the United States, boasting up to 200 different musical sets across various locations in Portland. This year, however, MusicFestNW will be very different. The event has moved to Portland’s Waterfront Park. It will take place over August 16th and 17th with performances by 15-20 artists on two stages.

Although the event has downsized, it now is truly an outdoor summer festival destination with artists like Girltalk, Phantogram, and Spoon performing. By my personal recommendation, be sure to see Haim on the second day of the festival. The group is made up of three sisters from Los Angeles who are often compared to Fleetwood Mac.

If the music wasn’t enough, MusicFestNW will be home to all sorts of food trucks throughout the weekend. Enjoy the music and Portland’s finest food trucks as a final goodbye to the summer!

The International Fountain at Seattle Center / Photo: Jon Wroten

The International Fountain at Seattle Center / Photo: Jon Wroten

As of today, we are looking at another week of temperatures around 80 in Seattle. I am one of the many people in Seattle that don’t have air conditioning, and after several days of summer sun, my apartment is starting to get pretty uncomfortable. Here are five ways you can cool off on a hot (for the northwest) summer day:

What are your favorite things to do during summer Seattle weather?

Can you believe it’s been more than 10 years since Beyoncé and Jay Z released 03 Bonnie & Clyde, their first song together? Beyoncé and Jay Z are coming to Seattle July 30 for their On the Run tour, performing at Safeco Field. See America’s favorite power couple perform at the home of America’s favorite pastime.

Here’s the trailer for the tour:

For travelers from Victoria, we are offering a special package for this concert. In addition to tickets in Suite 6 at Safeco Field, the package includes: round trip transportation on the Victoria Clipper between Seattle and Victoria,1 onboard meal and beverage voucher per person, and one night in a Seattle hotel. Additional nights can be added.

One night starts at $440 per person ($880 per couple) and 2 nights start at $521 per person ($1042 per couple) with stay at Holiday Inn Express, although many other hotels are available. Add romance to your getaway by selecting the Mayflower Park Hotel which has an option for a romance add-on that can be added while booking.

Visit our website for more information and call 800-888-2535 to book this limited supply package.

This is a guest post from Pelindaba Lavender Farm.

Lavender Festival / Photo: Pelindaba Lavender Farm

Lavender Festival / Photo: Pelindaba Lavender Farm

At Pelindaba Lavender Farm, located San Juan Island, WA, we host the annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival at our 25 acre organic lavender Farm.  For the past 13 years we have spent two days each summer when the lavender fields are at their “peak of purpleness” hosting a lavender party for thousands of our friends from all around the world. For the lavender connoisseur we have it all.  For those not quite there yet, they usually leave enthusiasts! Read the rest of this entry »

Seattle July 4th Fireworks

Seafair Summer 4th celebration in Seattle at Gasworks Park

While the Pacific Northwest may be known as rainy, we surely prove that wrong in July. This month, the summer sunshine and fun continues in full swing. In Seattle, the Seafair celebrations continue with the Seafair Triathlon (July 20) and the Torchlight Parade (July 26). Be sure to put the Bite of Seattle (July 18-20) at the Seattle Center on your calendar to try the many culinary creations they have to offer. Music lovers head to the Capitol Hill Block Party (July 25-27) to see highlights like Seattle native, Sol. Head North in July to Canada to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st.  Victoria Pickle Pub Crawl continues while the Victoria Ska Fest!, another music festival follows (July 1-5). Carry on the Canadian fun in Vancouver for their biggest event of the year, the Vancouver Honda Celebration of Light (July 26-Aug. 2). The celebration boasts the largest off-shore firework display in the world with over 400,000 spectators. Back in the US, make your way to Portland for weekly concerts and movies in the park as well as the Pemberton Music Festival (July 18-20).

 

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