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Eclipse – August 21st, 2017

 

Portland in the spotlight: flood of people expected for the Great American Eclipse

One million people are expected to head towards Portland, Oregon to witness an astronomical event that hasn’t taken place in the US since 1979 – but this city is familiar with population booms

 Sunset over the iconic Portland, Oregon Old Town sign in downtown Portland, Oregon
 The solar eclipse will reach Portland at 10.19am local time. Photograph: Alamy

On the morning of 21 August, several hours after daybreak, a solar eclipse will plunge the city of Portland, Oregon into a twilight-like state. The temperature will drop; birds and other wildlife will start making noises, tricked into thinking they should prepare for bed. At 10.19am, the moon’s shadow will pass over the sun in the state’s most populous city, blocking 99.44% of the glowing orb at its peak. For mere minutes, viewers will have a chance to experience a rare astronomical event that hasn’t been visible in the US since 1979.

The Great American Eclipse, as it’s been dubbed, will first make landfall in a small town on the Pacific coast and within about 90 minutes streak across the country until it disappears in Charleston, South Carolina. One million people are expected to head toward the path of totality, an approximate 70-mile wide band where the entire sun is blocked by the moon’s shadow.

The population influx is something Oregonians are not unfamiliar with. For the past couple of years, Portland’s reputation as having an affordable yet high quality of life has resulted in sudden population growth – which, in turn, has spiked property values and led to rapid gentrification.

 

Bristol Urban Apartment Employees taking a break to see the Great American 2017 Eclipse…..

       

Street Fairs in Portland

Just Steps Away from Fun This Summer!!!!

August street fairs in Portland

ALBERTA STREET FAIR

With three music stages, a beer garden and 300 local vendors, the Alberta Street Fair attracts 20,000 visitors to Northeast Portland’s Alberta Arts District. Also check out Last Thursday — the district’s monthly street fair.

FREMONT FESTIVAL

The Fremont Festival celebration in this quaint Northeast Portland neighborhood features a kid and pet parade to go with the array of local food and vendors.

MULTNOMAH DAYS

The Multnomah Days festival in Southwest Portland’s Multnomah Village is really just one day, but it’s jam-packed with a small-town-style parade, live music and food and craft vendors.

HAWTHORNE STREET FAIR

One of Portland’s favorite streets — and its longest-running street fair — the Hawthorne Street Fair pulls out all the stops with multiple music stages, two beer gardens and blocks of sidewalk sales at many of the more than one hundred local shops that line this original “shop local” stretch.

September Street Fairs in Portland

ART IN THE PEARL

Technically, Art in the Pearl is a fine arts and crafts festival, but with live music, hands-on activities and food vendors, this Labor Day weekend party in the North Park Blocks of the Pearl District certainly belongs on the list of summer street fairs. Of course, it’s easy to enjoy the Pearl District’s art offerings with the monthly First Thursday art walk.

BELMONT STREET FAIR

The street fair season winds down in style with the Belmont Street Fair, a party in another popular Southeast Portland retail and dining district.

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