Aug. 27 – Sept. 6/PORTLAND – Celebrated since 1862, showcasing Oregon crops and livestock, and also arts and food. It has many food stands and vendors as well as competitions, racing and concerts. General admission tickets are $6, and fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Concerts are held at the L. B. Day Amphitheatre, including Chicago, Seether, Jon Pardi, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Zach Williams, Flo Rida, Granger Smith, Collective Soul, and Ezra Ray art. . There is also a venue for indoor events—Salem Armory Auditorium, located on a corner of the fairgrounds. The highlight of the Oregon State Fair is the carnival, a fun and thrilling collection of rides and games. Six of the 48 rides—the Giant Wheel, the Arctic Blast, the Wave Swinger, the Drop Tower (Hi-Jacker), the Power Surge, and the Pharoah’s Furry—can really raise the hair on your arms.
Thru Sept. 6/PORTLAND – Journey more than 250 million years back in time at Dinosaurs Revealed, the latest world-class exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Making its Pacific Northwest premiere, the exhibit blends stunning, lifelike and life-size animatronic dinosaurs (26 in all) with real fossils and full dinosaur skeletons. Guests are invited to embark on an epic adventure of prehistoric discovery by learning about dinosaurs from world-famous geologic dig sites across what is now North America. They’ll travel through successive periods in Earth’s history, learning about the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods in detail. Cost is $10-$12. >MORE