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Weekend Event Guide: Crosstoberfest, spooky places, public art, and more

Weekend Event Guide: Crosstoberfest, spooky places, public art, and more

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There’s no telling what you’ll see out there this weekend.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

We hope you’re enjoying the fall weather and still riding your bike through this spell of rain. Don’t you think the beauty of fall colors more than makes up for the dip in temperatures and the wet muck that seems to be everywhere these days?

Whether you’ve been riding or not, perhaps our menu of tasty rides below will tempt you to get outside on a bike this weekend. We’ve got cyclocross options near and far, as well as some traditionally spooky cycling options. And a dance performance!

Whatever you do, have fun out there…

Friday, October 28th

Breakfast on the Bridges – 7:15am Steel, Hawthorne, Tilikum Bridges
It’s the last Friday of the month so that means BonB on the east end of the lower Steel, west end of Hawthorne, and west side of the Tilikum Bridge, under the 99 Red Balloons sculpture. Grab a coffee and a bite on your way across the river. Learn more here.

Saturday, October 29th

Lake Oswego Crosstoberfest – All day at Luscher Farms (125 Rosemont Rd, Lake Oswego)
Sponsored by the City of Lake Oswego, the inaugural Crosstoberfest event and it looks like a keeper. There will be a vendor village on the farm with food and drinks and lots of Halloween festiveness that the whole family will enjoy. Learn more here.

Cross Crusade Race #5 – All day at Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR)
This is the start of the big weekend in Bend. With a new course this year and a huge after-party in the works, this is going to be yuuuge! Remember racers, this race will count for double points in the overal series standings. Learn more here.

BloodyVox Dance Performance 2:00pm at BodyVox Dance Center (1201 NW 17th Ave)

Not directly bike-related, but this looks like a performance worth seeing. They also sent us this fun zombie bike ride promo video. More info here.

Puddlecycles Doll Asylum, Haunted House, Cemetery Tour – 5:00pm Doll Asylum (6315 N Michigan Ave)
Two of Portland’s best Halloween destinations in one ride! If you haven’t been to the Doll Asylum (free admission) in north Portland you are missing out. Be prepared to never see dolls the same way again. The ride will then traverse by scary yard displays en route to the spooky Tour of Untimely Departures at Lone Fir Cemetery in southeast (tickets are $5 – $15). Learn more here.







Sunday, October 30th

Portland Wheelman Public Art Ride – 10:00am Wilshire Park (NE 35th & Skidmore)
This group ride will venture about 20 miles while viewing some of Portland’s most interesting murals and sculptures. Learn more here.

Cross Crusade Race #6 – All day at Descutes Brewery (Bend, OR)
Costume day! It’s going to be wild and crazy as racers adorn themselves in all sorts of fun ways while doing their best to ride a challenging course in cold and possibly wet conditions. Bring it! More info here.

What else is going on this weekend? Share your event tips and plans in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

Looking for a great way to promote your company or organization and support our this community resource? We’re looking for a partner who wants to sponsor our calendar and event coverage. Call or text Jonathan Maus at (503) 706-8804 to learn more.

– Kai McMurtry, Events Manager (@kainotkyle)

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Weekend Event Guide: Freak bikes, singlespeeding, the ‘Ovas’, and more

Weekend Event Guide: Freak bikes, singlespeeding, the ‘Ovas’, and more

A "singlespeed adventure rally"? Yes please.

A “singlespeed adventure rally”? Yes please.

Yikes. This weekend is packed and Saturday should be mostly sunny, so finish up your Halloween costumes early and get outside. In fact, why not take your costume for a test ride? Whether you’re looking for eccentric or educational, there’s plenty to choose from.

Check out our weekend picks below and have fun out there!

Friday, October 21st

Art Exhibit: Annexation & Assimilation Along 82nd Ave – 6:00pm APANO/JADE Multicultural Space (8114 SE Division St)
This one-day only exhibition uses 20ft large-scale video projections, poster installations, oral histories and a theater performance to explore the fraught process of annexation and growth as experienced by disparate communities east of 82nd Ave. The result is an accelerating and visceral mash-up of Portland’s past and present along this boundary, which is at once both real and imagined. Free. Learn more here.

Dropout Club Monthly Ride – 9:30pm Col. Summers Park (SE 20th & Belmont)
Ten years strong, the Dropout Bicycle Club is the place to show off your bicycle oddities. This monthly ride is just one part of Freak Bike Fall, a full weekend of tall and small bike events. Come prepared for music, bikes, and fun. Costumes strongly encouraged all weekend. Learn more here.

Saturday, October 22nd

French Toast Ride – 10:00am 5734 SE Flavel Street
The name says it all. Eat french toast, ride bikes with smiling people. Everything that’s great about Portland’s bike culture in one morning. (Somebody eat a slice for me, I’ll be at the airport picking up my parents.) Please note, RSVP’s are appreciated and early arrival is not. Learn more here.

N.O.I.S.E. Ride – 12:00pm Fresh Pot (4001 N Mississippi)
What to bring: Costumes, dice, a single speed bike, your shred face and an appetite for lots of gnar. The 12th annual North Oregon International Single Speed Exhibition Ride will feature single track, jumps, a skills test, ally blasting, gravel grinding, feats of strength, and even some mystery. For an idea of what’s in store, check out Dylan VanWeelden’s gallery from last year’s competition, here. Learn more here.

EcoFilm Fest: Contromano – 9:15pm Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd)
This documentary dives into two very different bike shops in Turin, Italy, also home of Fiat Automobiles, as auto dominance declines. Profound, funny and real, Contromano is a testimony to the power of the bike as a tool of transformation: for the climate, for cities, and for the lives of individuals. Presented as part of The Portland EcoFilm Fest (Oct. 20-23). Take a peek at the trailer, here. In Italian with English subtitles. Learn more here.







Sunday, October 23rd

Film: Ovarian Psycos – 7:00pm Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St)
Since forming in 2010 the “Ovas” cycle for the purpose of healing, to reclaim their East L.A. neighborhoods, and to create safer streets for women. “Whose streets? Our streets!” This documentary rides along to explore the group’s impact on their communities. Take a peek at the trailer, here. Also showing Saturday at 7:00pm. Learn more here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

Looking for a great way to promote your company or organization? We’re looking for a partner who wants to sponsor our calendar and event coverage. This is a primo opportunity. Get in touch!

– Kai McMurtry, Events Manager (@kainotkyle)

BikePortland is supported by the community (that means you!). Please become a subscriber or make a donation today.

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Weekend Event Guide: Dirt Lab fundraiser, swap meet, scavenger hunt, and more

Weekend Event Guide: Dirt Lab fundraiser, swap meet, scavenger hunt, and more

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More of this please! Swing by The Lumberyard Friday night to help raise money for great new trails to ride at Gateway Green!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In light of what appears to be the certainty of wind and rain we’ve lined up several great indoor events and great mud events. Take your pick and dress accordingly. I’ll be using the deluge as the catalyst to buy some new rain pants. It’s been past time for way too long.

Scroll down for your weekly menu of tasty local rides and events…

Friday, October 14th

Friends of Gateway Green Dirt Lab Fundraiser – 5:00pm The Lumberyard (2700 NE 82nd)
Gateway Green is a 25 acre park development in East Portland. The incorporated Dirt Lab will add singletrack trails, a pump track, and the potential for lots more. The Lab’s crowdfunding campaign is 2 days from closing and 90% funded. If you want to help, stop by the Lumberyard where a percentage of admission and food sales will be donated. Learn more here.

BTA Monthly Women’s Happy Hour – 5:00pm Ankeny Tap & Table (2724 SE Ankeny)
Head to Ankeny Tap & Table for the BTA’s monthly meetup for women, female-identifying, trans, and gender-nonconforming people interested in cycling. Get there before 6pm for happy hour pricing. Learn more here.

Saturday, October 15th

Norther Cycles/PCC Bike Shed Swap Meet – 11:00am PCC Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.)
Indulge your n+1 impulses, or find the perfect gem for that in progress rebuild. Rain or shine. Free to attend, $15 to sell. Learn more here.

Explore Lloyd Scavenger Hunt – 3:00pm at Hassalo on Eighth (just north of 7th Avenue MAX station)
Part of the Walktober festival, this scavenger hunt will introduce you to cool spots in the Lloyd District and give you the chance to win great prizes while you’re at it. Happy hour afterwards is optional but recommended! Learn more here.

Cross Crusade Race #3 – All day in Cascade Locks
All this rain should make for an epic competition. This is the third stop in the Crusade series and if last year is any indication you can expect a course full of surprises. Learn more here.

Cross Crusade XC – 4:30pm Cascade Locks
Cross Crusade’s newest event is a cross-country style foot race on the bike course. Winners get prize gear from adidas and Cyclocross Crusade call up points. Learn more here.







Sunday, October 16th

Cross Crusade Race #4 – All day in Cascade Locks
If you made it out for the Cross Crusade XC (Saturday above) hopefully you banked some call up points for Sunday’s race #4. Learn more here.

“Bus 75: Hidden Portland” Opening Photo Reception – 2:00pm Concordia University (2800 NE Liberty Street)
The #75 bus travels 18 miles and makes 128 stops. Award-winning photographer Geoffrey Hiller uses the route to explore the surrounding human, natural, and built environment. Join him Sunday at Concordia University, or online anytime, here. Learn more here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

Looking for a great way to promote your company or organization? We’re looking for a partner who wants to sponsor our calendar and event coverage. This is a primo opportunity. Get in touch!

– Kai McMurtry, Events Manager (@kainotkyle)

BikePortland is supported by the community (that means you!). Please become a subscriber or make a donation today.

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Weekend Event Guide: Custom bikes, beer, ‘cross and more

Weekend Event Guide: Custom bikes, beer, ‘cross and more

Cross Crusade at Alpenrose-20

Who’s ready to enter?
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Saturday kicks off several days of warm and dry weather, just in time for the weekend. The Handmade Bike & Beer Festival returns Friday and Saturday, cyclocross takes over Alpenrose Dairy all weekend, and a cool collaboration between neighborhood businesses in the Gateway District will benefit the Dirt Lab at Gateway Green on Saturday. And that’s not all, see the full menu below…

Friday, October 7th

Handmade Bike & Beer Festival – 5:00pm North Warehouse (723 N. Tillamook)
The two-day Handmade Bike and Beer Festival returns for its ninth year. This collaboration between the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association and the Oregon Brewers Guild brings together dozens of builders and brewers for a family friendly celebration of homegrown bikes, parts, and beer. Including DiNucci and Breadwinner Cycles, and Baerlic and Base Camp Brewing, and more. Come out Friday night and hang with our publisher and editor Jonathan Maus (introduce yourself for a free pint!). Learn more here.

Saturday, October 8th

River City Bicycles Cross Crusade #1 – All day at Alpenrose Dairy
It’s the first race of the much-anticipated River City Bicycles Cross Crusade series out at Alpenrose. Camping and a hotel block have been setup for those driving in, or just too excited to go home in between. Full logistics and event info, including series info here.

Handmade Bike & Beer Festival – 10:00am North Warehouse (723 N. Tillamook)
Day 2 of the Bike & Beer Fest. See Friday’s listing for more. Learn more here.

Bikes and Beer in Gateway – 12:00pm Gateway Brewing / Outer Rim Bicycle Shop (10625 NE Halsey St.)
The 205 bike path will drop you off at this collaborative beer garden. Your pints will go to support the Dirt Lab crowdfunding effort at Gateway Green. Learn more here.

Fundraiser Party for Dan America – 8:00 pm at Eagle Eye Tavern (5836 SE 92nd Ave)
One of Portland’s more colorful bike scene characters has fallen on hard times and needs the community’s help! Friends of Dan America are throwing him a big party to help raise money for cancer treatment expenses. The shindig is shaping up to be a huge bucket of fun and lots of great auction prizes have been lined up — including a famous tall bike Dan built and other rare Portland bike-cultural items. Learn more here.









Sunday, October 9th

River City Bicycles Cross Crusade #2 – All day at Alpenrose Dairy
Day 2 of the Crusade. Racing continues from 8:40 – 4pm. See Saturday’s listing for more. Learn more here.

Bike the Levees – 10:00 am at Multnomah County Drainage District (1880 NE Elrod Drive)
Take a relaxing spin on Portland’s levee system on this ride led by the Multnomah County Drainage District and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. The ride is currently full but you can still get on the waiting list in case someone backs out. Learn more here.

Oh, and don’t forget to hug a bike messenger on Sunday, it’s Messenger Appreciation Day!

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

Looking for a great way to promote your company or organization? We’re looking for a partner who wants to sponsor our calendar and event coverage. This is a great opportunity to add value to our community and help support BikePortland. Please get in touch!

– Kai McMurtry, Events Manager (@kainotkyle)

BikePortland is supported by the community (that means you!). Please become a subscriber or make a donation today.

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Weekend Event Guide: ‘Cross corn maze, Sandy Ridge, Sunday Parkways & more

Weekend Event Guide: ‘Cross corn maze, Sandy Ridge, Sunday Parkways & more

Riding along with Ellen Price-11

Ever wondered what these paintings were all about? Want to create one in your neighborhood? Join the Intersection Repair Mural Tour on Saturday to find out.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

This weekend offers a first and a last: the first-ever Sandy Ridge EFI Ride (see below to find out what that means), and the final Sunday Parkways of the year. Whether you choose to point your bars toward Mt. Hood or Milwaukie, you can keep your wheels spinning with our handy guide…

Friday, September 30th

Breakfast on the Bridges – 7:15am Steel, Hawthorne, Tilikum Bridges
It’s the last Friday of the month so that means BonB on the east end of the lower Steel, west end of Hawthorne, and west side of the Tilikum Bridge, under the 99 Red Balloons sculpture. Grab a coffee and a bite on your way across the river. You can help out by volunteering online. Learn more here.

Saturday, October 1st

Gran Prix Brad Ross #5 – 8:40am Heiser Farms (21425 SE Grand Island Loop
Dayton, OR)

Saturday is the fifth and final race of the Gran Prix Brad Ross. If you’re racing or watching, bring family and friends as the farm’s pumpkin patch, hay ride, corn maze, and petting zoo will be open. Learn more here.

Intersection Repair Mural Tour – 9:30am meet at Peet’s Coffee on NE 15th & Broadway
Join Go Lloyd, Lloyd EcoDistrict, and City Repair Project on a two hour “Intersection Repair” mural tour — where neighbors have joined together to create paintings in the middle of the street. The ride will visit four completed sites and one potential site to hear about requirements and considerations. Event includes free coffee and a complimentary Biketown day pass for those in need of wheels. Kid friendly. Learn more here.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – 3:30 to 6:30 pm at Ventura Park (SE Stark and 115th)
It’s National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day and our local off-road advocacy group, the NW Trail Alliance has something wonderful in store: A free family and kid-friendly day of activities at Ventura Park. Get the kids in your life hooked on biking by letting them rip and roll on the pump track, the just-built balance-bike track, or the skills course. Perfect for toddlers on up to teens. Learn more here.







Sunday, October 2nd

1st Annual EFI Sandy Ridge Ride – 9:00am Sandy Ridge Main Lot
This unofficial group ride has an official non-sponsor. To get your map and directions you must show up after 9am, but before 10am. The challenge, should you accept it, is to cover “Every F*cking Inch” of the Sandy Ridge MTB Trail System — or about 30 miles of some of the best singletrack in the region. If this seems veiled don’t worry, all are welcome, and the only rules are use the honor system and share the trail. Finishers get a free beer. Learn more here.

Sunday Parkways: Sellwood / Milwaukie – 11:00am
The year’s last Sunday Parkways traces a brand new route through Sellwood, across the Sellwood Bridge, and back into Milwaukie. Milwaukie’s Water Tower Park hosts live music all afternoon and a Kidical Mass obstacle course. More info hereRoute map here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

Looking for a great way to promote your company or organization? We’re looking for a partner who wants to sponsor our calendar and event coverage. This is a primo opportunity. Get in touch!

– Kai McMurtry, Events Manager (@kainotkyle)

BikePortland is supported by the community (that means you!). Please become a subscriber or make a donation today.

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Weekend Event Picks: Ninkrossi, Alice Awards, Harvest Century, and more

Weekend Event Picks: Ninkrossi, Alice Awards, Harvest Century, and more

Fall scenes in and around Portland-3

It’s the first day of fall and it’s a great time to explore Portland’s backroads and parks.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Publisher’s note: Let’s welcome new BikePortland team member Kai McMurtry! He’s our events guy and will be your contact for event promoting, advertising, listing, organizing, partnering and so on.

‘Cross is here, the leaves are turning, and Saturday and Sunday are projected to be warm (low 80’s!?) and dry. Racing, riding, or just rambling in the neighborhood, find your way to plug-in below. For the full slate of events visit our awesomely comprehensive calendar.

Friday, September 23rd

Explore the City by Bike – 2:30 pm at the PSU Bike Hub (1818 SW 6th Ave)
What better way to celebrate Viking Days at Portland State than to saddle up to your steel horse and explore downtown? If you don’t have a bike, grab an orange bike share and have at it. More info here.

Saturday, September 24

Ninkrossi – 8:30am at Washougal MX Park, Washougal, WA
Cross is here. Race #4 of 5 of the Gran Prix Brad Ross. Racing starts at 8:40am, continues all day, and includes a free non-competitive Kiddie Kross slot for riders under 9 yrs. More info.

The Oregon Coast Gravel Epic – 8:30am in Waldport, OR
Two courses offer a choice of challenge and punishment amidst the raw beauty of the ancient Siuslaw National Forest. After the race you’ll be rewarded with complimentary food and beer. The Oregon Coast Gravel Epic is the final event of the Oregon Triple Crown Series of events. More info.

Alice Awards – 5:30pm at The North Warehouse (723 N Tillamook St)
The biggest fundraiser of the year for the BTA, soon to be rebranded The Street Trust. Come out to support the Alice Award winners, try your luck in the raffle, eat, drink, and support the BTA during the silent auction. They’ve even added an after party this year with gold sprints and the new branding reveal. More info.

Browse all seven events we’ve got listed for Saturday!







Sunday, September 25

Harvest Century – 6:30am Begins at Hillsboro Civic Center (E Main St. and 1st Ave)
25-, 45-, 75-, and 100-mile routes, all of which pass through Yamhill valley wineries and glimpse breathtaking views of Mt. Hood and the coast range. All proceeds from the ride go to Community Vision, a nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities. More info.

Battle at Barlow Cyclocross Race – All day at Sam Barlow High School (5105 SE 302nd Ave, Gresham)
barlowThe Battle at Barlow is best known for its challenging, railroad tie stepped run-up and long off-camber section, but overall the course could be described as euro-style: fast, with ample room to pass. A bike will also be raffled to benefit Barlow High School. More info.

Cycling Against Hate – 2pm meet at Killingsworth St & NE 9th
On September 13 a cyclist committed a racially-motivated hate crime against a grandmother, mother and three children in NE Portland. In response, Taz Loomans has organized this demonstration of solidarity. The ride will be short and slow, and new riders are encouraged to join. More info.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

– Kai McMurtry, Events Manager (@kainotkyle)

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