Summer solstice is approaching which can mean only one thing when you’re living in Portland, or any other area of Oregon: things are about to get weird. Oregon is one of the few places where you can call out of work for reasons based on shifts in your astrology, like mercury being in retrograde. Known for an intimate connection to nature Oregonians love the ancient celebration of the changing seasons when summer has officially arrived. Since all walks of life find solace in Portland, you can be guaranteed there are all kinds of way to celebrate the official changing of the seasons. Here, we’ll give you some of the coolest things happening around town, as well as a few suggestions for celebrating the solstice on your own, June 21.
Outdoor Project’s 5th Annual Summer Solstice Block Party
Outdoor Project is a rad company documenting the best in outdoor adventures beloved by Oregonians. For the past four years, the company has held a block party celebrating the start of many Portlandian’s favorite season: summer. Though the event is held at a brewery, there is much fun to be had for the sober man, like eating at food trucks, jamming to live music, checking out the latest in adventure gear, and witnessing the community of Oregon’s outdoor lovers. According to the event’s website, this year’s event held on June 23 will donate to 1% for the Planet, which helps accelerate “smart environmental giving”.
Litha: A Summer Solstice Experience
No Proscenium, a Portland organization offering all things immersive experience, is putting on an outdoor performance and immersion experience with Joy & Wonder Theater. All you need to know is how the event is described: Ring the bell and cross over into a mysterious faerie world this solstice season! Magic awaits those humans brave enough to dance with the faeries.
Summer Solstice 5k at the Oregon Zoo
On June 21, put your running shoes to the test as a celebration of summer. A nighttime run, the Oregon Zoo Summer Solstice 5k starts at 7pm. From 5pm onward, you can catch after hours at the Zoo and all of its exhibits. The 5k runs through the zoo itself, which is more than most street marathons can say. Catch the Elephant Lands, the African Rainforest, Pacific Shores and the Primate Forest on your way to an ice cream celebration at the end.
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