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Multi-faceted Portland: September Festivals 


As summer fades into autumn, Portland doesn’t sit idly by. Some of the city’s favorite festivals pop up in September, many of them edging on the eclectic side. Here’s your chance to experience the multi-faceted life and people of Oregon’s largest city. 

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival

On September 21, get ready to join a 29-year tradition by making chalk art on your own city square in downtown Forest Park. Artists and wanna-be ones converge on the park to create their masterpieces with colorful chalk art starting at 8 am. For a small fee, you get a tray of brilliantly hued chalks and a dedicated square – but chalkers are encouraged to bring their own blending brushes, rulers and knee pads. The public is invited to observe at no charge, and there’s plenty of music and entertainment, including Joe Mishkin, “the balloon guy.”

Polish Festival

On September 21 to 22, it’s time for polka and kielbasa on N. Interstate Avenue. The Polish Festival will be in full swing – literally. Polka dancing contests take place for both kids and adults, and Portland’s own Sobotka Polish Dancers perform traditional folk dances such as polonez, mazurek and krakowiak. Artisans and craft makers offer everything from Polish-inspired jewelry to pottery, cookbooks and clothing. Kielbasa and Polish beer are a given, so stay for the day and indulge. 

Pop Cats Festival 

Kitty and pop lovers alike embrace one of the most eclectic Portland festivals, the Pop Cats Festival. Bursting into the Portland Convention Center on September 28 and 29, this two-day extravaganza “is fueled by the spirit of cats, pop and art.” What more can you say? Just go, for the fun of it all. You’ll find the Kitty Lady, cat-themed playgrounds, cat adoptions, live music, tattoos, and lots of pop art. 

American Indian Day and Dancing in the Street

Portland’s favorite public square and gathering spot pays homage to Northwest heritage on September 27 with the American Indian Day Celebration. It’s a rare chance to experience a tribal pow-wow as well as native dance exhibitions and various types of traditional native food. You can also learn about Oregon’s tribal members and their history at educational booths. Everyone is invited to join in the street dance before the day is over. 

Belmont Street Fair

As always, the Belmont Street Fair takes place in southeast Portland on the first Saturday after Labor Day. And as always, you’ll find a lively swirl of activities ranging from live music concerts to sizzling street food and art galore. It’s the final street fair in Portland for 2019, so round up some friends or family and get outside in the fresh air one last time. The over-21 crowd can gather at various beer gardens along the road, and there’s plenty of family-friendly fun as well. 

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