2023 Mondo Croquet World Championships back in the North Park Blocks

Mondo Croquet World Championships
July 30, 2023
Noon-5PM | Free
More info: mondocroquet.com

North Park Blocks
NW Park Ave & Everett

From the Oregonian: Mondo Croquet Takes over North Park Blocks

Well m’Lords and Ladies and all the rest of you lot. It’s time for the 26th annual World Championships and Mad Hatter Picnic!


  • Bring a bowling ball and a sledgehammer.  Don’t worry if you don’t have, we’ve got plenty of extras to loan out
  • You’ll enjoy yourself more if you’re dressed appropriately in lawn whites, or Mad Hatter gear, or simply appropriately inappropriate.  Peruse some of our photos for ideas.
  • Bring along something to share for the picnic and something cold to drink.
  • …and you might want a chair.

It’s a smashing time.  Tell your friends!  Taunt your enemies!

Head to the North Park Blocks for the Pearl District Beer and Arts Fest July 29, 2023

North Park Blocks, Portland, OR

The festival is Saturday, July 29, 12pm – 8pm.

Mug and ticket sales close at 7:30pm.

Food and beverage service hours are Noon-8pm.

GENERAL ADMISSION – $30 Includes a souvenir mug and 10 drink tokens. 15% of all Pearlfest Beer & Arts Festival proceeds will be donated to Caldera Arts.

Photo courtesy of Mindysbeergear

More Info and Tickets

MUSIC: A lineup of talented Portland musicians takes the stage amongst a backdrop of beverages and fun. From folk, to funk, to covers, the Pearlfest musical sets represent the diverse soundscape of the city.

Backwoods Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery have joined forces to throw our own special brewfest during what would have been the traditional calendar slot for OBF.

Our “Pearlfest” will be held near the traditonal brewery blocks where craft brewing began in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to raise money for charity by showcasing some of the best beer and cider in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

We are inviting over 20 breweries and cideries to participate in this one day festivus. In addition to beer and cider, we plan to include local artists showcasing their work (with some live demonstrations happening throughout the event), local vendors marketing their goods and local bands keeping us vibing throughout the event as well.

The North Park Blocks: A Place of Pride and Joy

Every year, the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland, Oregon, become a place of pride and joy for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. The park is the starting point of the Portland Pride Parade, one of the largest and most colorful events in the city.

The parade route is about two miles long and takes about two hours to complete. It begins at the North Park Blocks, a city park that spans 12 blocks between West Burnside Street and Northwest Glisan Street. The park is one of the oldest in Portland and has a history of hosting cultural and social events.

The park offers a spacious and scenic setting for the parade participants to gather and prepare for the march. The park has grassy areas, trees, benches, fountains, sculptures, and playgrounds. The park also has restrooms and drinking fountains for the convenience of the visitors.

The Portland Pride Parade is organized by Pride Northwest, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to celebrate and support the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community in the Pacific Northwest. The parade is part of a week-long celebration that includes various events, such as concerts, parties, workshops, and more.

The parade attracts thousands of participants and spectators who march in solidarity for the LGBTQ+ rights and visibility. The parade features floats, bands, dancers, performers, activists, politicians, businesses, and community groups. The parade also showcases the rainbow flag, a symbol of pride and diversity for the LGBTQ+ people.

The Portland Pride Parade and Waterfront Festival are free and open to everyone who wants to join the celebration. They are also family-friendly and accessible to people with disabilities. The events are expected to draw more than 60,000 people this year.

If you are looking for a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Portland, don’t miss the Portland Pride Parade on July 16, 2023. For more information, visit portlandpride.org or pridenw.org.

Join North Park Blocks’ Monthly SOLVE Cleanups

Thank you to all that were able to participate in July’s North Park Blocks and surrounding area SOLVE event. We had over 20 volunteers for the first time and collected 21 bags plus 1 bucket of trash. A really great clean up effort, thanks to you all!

We are officially on the SOLVE schedule to clean up the North Park Blocks and surrounding area again on Wed Aug 25th from 10:30a-12pm! 

Please click here to register for the event.

These cleanups will be held the 4th Monday of each month

We will meet in the PCNA parking lot at the north end of the park blocks (511 NW Broadway) corner of NW Glisan and 8th Ave at 10:30am. I’ll order all the supplies from SOLVE for everyone registered and bring with me on the morning of the event. Please feel free to invite any other friends that want to help out. They will just need to register for the event so I can pick up enough supplies for them.

We’ve made it an open event on the SOLVE site so NPB neighborhood residents and local businesses can join. And we’ll be adding an event for the same time each month on the 4th Wednesday of the month. SOLVE requires us to register for each event individually.

Thanks in advance to everyone that can participate and be part of keeping this beautiful Portland Park clean and happy. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 8/25!

My People’s Market in North Park Blocks – August 6-8

My People’s Market is back in person for the seventh time, offering an immersive, in-person marketplace featuring 75+ BIPOC vendors each day, cultural performances, musicians, food, and beverages. The three-day event, sponsored by New Seasons and Portland State School of Business, takes place Friday-Sunday, August 6-8 at between NW Davis and Flanders in the North Park Blocks. Find a full vendor list here.  

Explore culinary offerings from across the globe including Spice of AfricaMeals 4 HeelsEleni’s Kitchen Ethiopian FoodEverybody EatsWe Grub, Lo’s Burgers & FriendsKaah MarketHapa Pizza, and Favela Brazilian Cafe, among others. Cool off with custom drinks crafted with mixers and syrups direct from market vendors, served at a libation station, Sante Bar (411 NW Park Ave), a woman of color, queer-owned, and operated bar. Wind down with a relaxing wellness activation featuring a sound bath and shoulder massage. Delight and dance along with interactive performances, musicians, and artists curated by Y.G.B. Portland, performing on two MPM stages with the main stage located at 220 NW 8th Ave.  

“This year’s market continues to be a safe space for market-goers of color and allies to shop local and support BIPOC business,” said Amanda Park, Prosper Portland project manager. “We’re excited to welcome our community back for a culturally immersive shopping experience that only My People’s Market can provide.”  

This year’s theme is In It Together,  a celebration and honoring of all that was lost and all that was born during the pandemic. BIPOC businesses were among those hardest hit during the pandemic. The spirit of the market is to celebrate community, culture, and business while reimagining ways to support local multicultural entrepreneurs with broader exposure to grow and support their businesses. Follow the market on Instagram for event updates. 

COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place for both vendors and marketgoers. In addition, My People’s Market is happy to host NXNE Community Health Center Mobile COVID Vaccination Unit.
To register (attendance is free), visit EventBrite.  
Market dates and times  

  • Friday, August 6 — 4-8 PM  
  • Saturday, August 7 — 12-6 PM 
  • Sunday, August 8 — 12-6 PM 

~ Reposted from Prosper Portland