thursday 16 - friday 17
Beer Machines: A Steampunk Ode To The Craft Revolution
Beer is a beautiful thing, so why shouldn't it be dispensed out of something a bit more stylish than a plastic pitcher? Steampunk merges beauty with industry for Deschutes Brewery's party to celebrate the Craft Brewer's Conference; local artists compete to create the best Beer Machine. Also featuring a circus act of live entertainment including contortionists, burlesque, and live music. And yes, this is the perfect opportunity to don that top hat/aviation goggle/metal girdle get-up you have been dying to wear. 8 pm-1 am. Pure Space. $20, adv. $25, door.
friday 17 – sunday 19
DisOrient Asian American Film Festival
If Karate Kid is your favorite Asian-influenced film, perhaps it is time for a new favorite. Committed to showing recent, undistributed works combating stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans, the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival is a program of the Chinese American Benevolent Association. From thrillers to mysteries, historical documentaries to music videos, and Japan to Guam, cultural experiences abound at DisOrient. For full schedule and locations, visit disorientfilm.org. Free-$80.
Earth Day at the Oregon Garden
This year's theme is "Green Footprints," and with activities like making your own reusable bag and seed pots, attendees will be leaving green footprints in their wake. Family members of all ages can enjoy presentations from The Mushroomery and Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center's Birds of Prey, along with a backyard composting demonstration. Children's activities and local exhibitors will also be present. 10 am-4 pm. The Oregon Garden. $5 suggested donation.
saturday 18 – sunday 19
Free Entrance into National Parks
We live so close to the deepest lake in the U.S., we sometimes forget to stop by and enjoy it in person, as opposed to just looking at the picture on the Oregon license plate on the car in front of us. Be sure to check current weather conditions at nps.gov before heading out.