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Your family’s summer schedule is jam-packed with festivals and fairs. Next up to add to your calendar? The Portland Craft Beer Festival (PCBP), which returns this year and promises a weekend of Portland-renown craft beers, ciders, wine and food. While the Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 are for the 21+ crowd, Sunday, July 3 is family day, which will cater to families and kids of all ages. Read on for the scoop about PCBP and why Sunday’s family day has a little bit of everything for every member of your family…even the family dog!

Food and Beverage
Your favorite food carts will be there to satisfy any and all cravings: The Dump Truck will be providing various types of pot stickers; Tastebud Pizza will be serving up hot mouth-watering slices; the Oregon Deli Co. will be making a variety of scrumptious deli sandwiches; Pig Sauce Co. will be satisfying traditional bar-b-que cravings with a flare; Urban German will be dishing out their famous bratwurst and pretzels; plus HOTLIPS soda and Munchy’s Magnificent Kettle Korn & Krave Jerky will all be on hand as well.

Good to know: Stay hydrated! There will be plenty of water available at the festival but it never hurts to bring your own. HOTLIPS Pizza will be doing everyone a big favor by providing free soda for children and non-drinkers all day Sunday.

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Family Day will kick-off with a free yoga class taught by Emily Dalsfoist of Core Power Yoga. Class starts at 10:30 a.m. and will set the positive tone of the day before the beer starts pouring at noon. Kids are welcome to join in and practice their downward dog!

After striking a tree pose, you’ll want to check out the variety of family activities held throughout the day, including yoga, face painters, corn hole, a caricature artist, table Tennis, ping pong, hula hoop, a Children’s Market, and so much more starting at 11 a.m.

Location, Location, Location
The location of the park, The Fields Park at NW 11th Avenue and Overton, is large enough to accommodate all aspects of the festival, including room for families to sprawl out on the hardy grass and arrange picnic blankets. So pack for the day (think picnic blanket, sunscreen, frisbees and games) and arrive early to claim a good spot.

Transportation Options
PCBF attendees are encouraged to take public transportation: The Portland Streetcar runs from Downtown, Northwest, & the Inner Eastside and stops a block from The Fields Park.

They will also have a bike corral with racks, sponsored by Bike Gallery. Don’t forget a lock!

PCBF will be partnering with Uber for safe rides to and from the festival. Download the app and use the code “CRAFTBEER16”, redeemable by anybody new to Uber for a free ride up to $15.

Pedi-cabs will also be on hand – a gorgeous trip along the waterfront park for anyone looking to go back and forth from the Waterfront Blues Festival.

For those of you with designated drivers, there is a parking lot, Station Place Garage Lot 120, located at 720 NW Lovejoy Court, at the west end of the Broadway Bridge.

One Last Tip
Don’t forget the sunscreen! Check the forecast for the day and plan accordingly. is forecasting a mostly sunny day that Sunday, with highs in the upper 70s.

If you do need to cool off seek out the mister machines that will be scattered about, and a number of wading pools will also be available to cool you off — regular sized pools for you and the kids and smaller pools for Fido. Canopies will also be set up for you to seek some shade, but bringing a few hats or umbrella may also be a good idea.

Down to the Basics
Cost: Tickets at the festival are $25 (for a keepsake mug and 10 tickets), advance purchasers will receive 15 tickets and are available through

When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 1, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, and noon to 7 p.m. on Family Day Sunday, July 3

Where: The Fields Park at NW 11th Avenue and Overton. For more information and to view n entire pour list and of breweries that will be I attendance visit the PCBF website at

Have you been to PCBF? Leave a comment about your experience below!

— Annika Darling

photo: ©DavidMinick