Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Consider this our much-belated weekend post. Hopefully it catches you all with some time to get your fill of neighborhood tidbits and weekend happenings. We’ll cross our fingers for some sun.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– The Portland Mercado is having its Grand Opening this Saturday, from noon to 7pm. And just to put it out there, folks, the Mercado is more than food carts–they have an indoor produce market, meat counter, juice and dessert shop, beer/wine bar, coffee counter, and office space. And to add to that point, the grand opening will be about more than food, too. Look forward to live mariachis, Cuban Salsa, Tango, and drummers; dancing; DJ’s; photobooth; face-painting; contests and giveaways. There first 500 people will get a gift certificate, too. With all that being said, we’ll definitely be eating.

– Ok, NWIPA takes the cake for neighborhood fancy beers (read: good and intoxicating, though not cheap); Bar Maven has a strong showing, too; the beer pod at Carts on Foster is highly underrated ($2.50 pints on Thirsty Thursday–come on); and O’Malley’s gets mad love for having a good tap list while also always paying homage to the classics in their annual Macro Brew Fest. But next week, Devil’s Point gets the nod in its entry into the beer-for-beer-lovers scene on Foster. Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewing will be the focus, as they take over the taps for the, Devils Sixpoint–Beer Expo. As per the billing: “Tattooed Hotties, Sick Ass Beers, Food Truck, Crazy Pole Tricks, BKLYN – PDX Vibes.” Wednesday, April 15, at 9pm.

– As Red Castle Games gets back on their feet post drunken-wrecking-ball-into-entrance, they’ve put together a fundraiser event this Sunday, starting at 2 pm. Live music from PDX Broadsides!, games (duh), raffle, and more. The show is free and family-friendly, though donations will be gladly accepted.

– The Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association meets this coming Monday, from 6:30 to 8 pm. If you’re interested in hearing what’s going on in the neighborhood, want to get involved with such events as National Night Out or Movies in the Park, or just want an excuse to go to Foster Burger–yeah, that’s where the meetings are–make some time. Here’s the agenda if you’re interested: NA meeting agenda.

Weekend entertainment:
Foster Row– Darling Press is hosting an art opening from Relm Studios tonight, from 6-9 pm: art, food, drink, and music.
Starday Tavern– Farragon performs at 9pm, Friday; Marty Rodriguez and Will and the Ribs, Saturday
Performance Works Northwest(Un)Made: Solo Relay Series, Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Portland Mercado– Grand Opening, Saturday at noon
Red Castle Games– Reclaim Red Castle fundraiser, Sunday at 2pm

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