Oregon Country Fair, PAM CUT Outdoor Movie and Tanabata Celebration: 10 Things to Do This Week

It’s a weekend of fairs, from gems to livestock to Japanese wishes. If you want to be mixing and mingling, there’s plenty to choose from this weekend. We have also included an outdoor film screening in the summer and a live Shakespeare play.

Although the Statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website information for specific COVID safety requirements.

Portland Shakespeare Project “The Winter’s Tale”

Translator Tracy Young offers a new take on Shakespeare’s difficult story of jealousy and redemption. The work is considered one of the Bard’s most difficult as it follows the King of Sicily who, driven by extreme jealousy, accuses his wife of infidelity and orders the abandonment of his newborn daughter. Sixteen years later, he must reckon with the consequences of his rash decisions. Young’s version of “The Winter’s Tale” brings the story back to the present day. Performances 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7-17, Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St.; tickets $10 to $30; app.arts-people.com

The Gem Faire will be held in Hillsboro this weekend at the Westside Commons. Yooy Nelson

Gem Fair

This popular gem, jewelry, and pearl show features vendors laden with crystals, gems, minerals, and fossils as well as jewelry. Visitors can also have their jewelry repaired and cleaned. Noon-6 p.m. Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday July 8-10, Westside Commons, 801 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro; $7 admission is good for the entire weekend; gemfaire.com

Marion County Fair Oregon

The Marion County Fair takes place this weekend at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Oregon Historical File Photo, circa 1996. THE OREGONIAN

Marion County Fair

County Fairs are back with a full lineup of carnival rides and games, live entertainment, livestock shows, exhibits, 4-H projects, contests and of course, fair food . The Marion County Fair is being held this weekend at the State Fairgrounds in Salem. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, July 8-10, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St., NE, Salem; admission $5-$7, free for children 5 and under; marioncountyfair.net

“A league apart” PAM CUT

Do you like summer movies outside under the stars? PAM CUT continues its series of feature films screened with the family in the parking lot of the OMSI. This week’s film is the Penny Marshall-directed classic about a team of women recruited to play professional baseball in a league formed during World War II. Come dressed in your best sportswear. Food and drinks available for purchase. Music starts at 8 p.m., movies at dusk. No outside food or drink and no pets. 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, OMSI Bridge Lot, 1945 SE Water Ave.; $20; tickettomato.com/event

The Oregon Country Fair returns this year for three days of fun along the banks of the Long Tom River. Oregon Archive Photo. Beth Nakamura/Staff

Oregon Fair

The beloved family event held just west of Eugene is back this year with a full lineup of arts and crafts, live music, entertainment and opportunities to spend time with those who appreciate the spirit of community and authenticity. Expect plenty of live entertainment, vendors and delicious food, all presented in a woodland setting under the hot summer sun along the banks of the Long Tom River. Reminder: All tickets are required in advance and cannot be purchased at the gate. 11am-7pm Friday-Sunday, July 8-10, at the park, 12 miles directly west of Eugene on OR 126 in Veneta; tickets $25 to $50; oregoncountryfair.org

Esperanza Spalding

East Portland Summer Arts Festival features a performance by Esperanza Spalding. File photo courtesy of Megan McGeorge

East Portland Summer Arts Festival

Five-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, singer, songwriter and songwriter Esperanza Spalding headlines East Portland’s first-ever Summer Arts Festival presented by Portland Parks and Recreation. There will also be a performance by Nigel Smith & 1 World Chorus which promises a reggae fusion and live painting performance, hip hop dancing, arts activities for all ages, drop-in mini music lessons and family drums. 2-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10, Ventura Park, 460 SE 113th Ave.; free; portland.gov/parks/news

Best A&E Bets

Exhibition of vintage cars. Photo courtesy of WAAAM

Antique Auto Traffic Jam Tour

The Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway host the annual vintage car tour that travels from Hood River to Rowena Crest in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Registration is already closed, but the public can view the vehicles from approximately 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Western Antique Airplane and Auto Museum in Hood River. The public can also view the vehicles at Rowena Crest for a short time as the tour regroups there. Cars and trucks built before 1949 are allowed on the tour. At least 20 will participate. 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, WAAAM, 1600 Air Museum Road, Hood River; free (entrance to the museum is charged); hcrh.org/events

Rose City Rollers Outdoor Skate

The Rose City Rollers are hosting an outdoor skate party at the Hampton Opera House. Photo courtesy of Rose City Rollers

Opera on a roll

Can you mix opera and roller skating? The Rose City Rollers say you can and will once again partner with Portland Opera for a night of on-site skate rentals and live opera musical performances. 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 9, Hampton Opera House, 211 SE Caruthers St.; $25 admission includes entry and equipment rental, $10 if you bring your own skates/helmet; mertickets.com/events

Slabtown Outdoor Market

The outdoor market returns in 2022 for another season of vendors, agricultural products, artists’ clothing, foods and crafts. The market is open on the second Sunday of each month until October. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, July 10, Carson Apartments, at Northwest 21st Avenue and Savier Street; FREE ENTRANCE; slabtownoutdoormarket.org

Colorful paper strips hang from bamboo branches

The Portland Japanese Garden celebrates Tanabata, one of Japan’s seasonal festivals dating back to the 8th century.Image courtesy of Portland Japanese Garden

Tanabata – The Star Party

The Portland Japanese Garden celebrates one of Japan’s seasonal festivals dating back to the 8th century. Tanabata features a colorful display of tanzaku, or wish strips, suspended from bamboo. Children are encouraged to write wishes and hang them on bamboo for all to see. The garden will offer wish-writing workshops, music and storytelling performances. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at the Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave.; the festival is free with entry to the garden; $13.95 to $19.95; japanesegarden.org/events

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