Weekend Event Guide: Beers, bikes, fruit, kids in the dirt, and more

Weekend Event Guide: Beers, bikes, fruit, kids in the dirt, and more

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That one time, at the Bike & Beer Fest, when they had a Huffy toss competition.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

This weekend two of Oregon’s most beloved passions — bikes and beer — seamlessly merge into one spectacular event. The Handmae Bike & Beer Fest is the place to be this weekend. You should also do yourself a favor and get out to Cascade Locks in the Gorge to partake in what is shaping up to be the best Take a Kid MTB’ing Day ever. NW Trail Alliance has really done fantastic work putting the event together.

The forecast for the next few days looks to be excellent (in the short term that is, it sure would be nice to get back to normal weather patterns, but I digress): warm and sunny.

What do you have planned? Whatever it is, we hope it involves a bicycle. Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, October 2nd

BikePortland’s 10th Birthday Party – 6:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
It’s time we celebrated a bit, don’t you think? Come over to Velo Cult tonight and help us commemorate a decade of bike blogging — and wish us well as we embark on a whole new chapter. More info here (FB).

Saturday, October 3rd

Heiser Farms Cyclocross Race/GPRM #5 – All day in Dayton, Oregon
The final race in the Grand Priz Rhonda Mazza series happens at Heiser Farms. Expect a mud bog, twisty turns through the corn maze, and all the farm fixins. Bring friends and family for a hay ride and bring home the perfect pumpkin from their patch after enjoying a pint from the beer garden as you look out at the gorgeous vistas of the Willamette Valley. More info here.

Women-Only MTB Ride – 9:00 am at Family Man Parking Area in Hood River
As part of their annual Trail Fest, the NW Trail Alliance is hosting a womens-only no-drop MTB ride out at Post Canyon in Hood River. All abilities are welcome. After the ride, grab lunch and check out the fun and festivities as the Take a Kid MTB’ing Day in Cascade Locks or head back to Portland. More info here.

Harvest Fruit Trees By Bke – 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (3883 SE Brooklyn St)
Join the Portland Fruit Tree Project in the Richmond area of southeast Portland for this harvesting event. They’ll provide tools and if you have a cargo bike or large bike trailer, consider bringing it to help haul all the fruit! More info here.

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Slow Poke Ride – 9:30 am at Wilshire Park (NE 36th and Skidmore)
The Portland Wheelmen (and women!) will lead this 27-mile jaunt through N/NE Portland. Expect a relaxed, conversational pace of about 10-12 mph. More info here.

Handmade Bike & Beer Fest – 12:00 to 9:00 pm at Hopworks Urban Brewery (2944 SE Powell Blvd)
This is it folks! In what looks to be the best-ever event they’ve put together, Hopworks and the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association have brought together over 30 vendors for this show. See all the best custom, handbuilt bikes from Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Also come for the excellent beer from 12 different brewers along with live entertainment, music, and more. More info here.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – 4:00 pm at EasyCLIMB Trails in Cascade Locks
This annual event organized by the NW Trail Alliance is perfect for mountain-bike curious families with kids of any age. There’s tons to do including a Kiddy Kat Rally trail ride, professional skills instruction, food, games, prize raffle and entertainment for adults and little ones. Register on-site starting at 3:30 pm. More info here.

Sunday, October 4th

Cross on the Mountain – All day at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort on Mt. Hood
Come out to race and be a part of a brand new ‘cross venue! The fall colors will be blooming at Cooper Spur, where racers will enjoy lots of singletrack, a bit of grass, gravel, and other surprises. The course is at 3,500 on the north slopes of Mt. Hood. More info here (PDF).

Handmade Bike & Beer Fest – 12:00 to 5:00 pm at Hopworks Urban Brewery (2944 SE Powell Blvd)
This is it folks! In what looks to be the best-ever event they’ve put together, Hopworks and the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association have brought together over 30 vendors for this show. See all the best custom, handbuilt bikes from Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Also come for the excellent beer from 12 different brewers along with live entertainment, music, and more. More info here.

— Did we miss anything? Let us know via the comments and make sure to drop us a line if you have an upcoming event you’d like us to feature next week.


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