Summertime Sadness: September in Portland

Labor Day Weekend is commonly thought of as the signal of summer ending. Growing up, this was always the last weekend before the start of school; your last opportunity to fit in summertime activities before returning to the monotony of the school-year schedule – school, sports practice, homework, sleep, repeat. As an adult, however, it doesn’t have to be this way (unless you’re a teacher, sorry teachers… your summer is over).

Although Labor Day Weekend has already come and gone, this doesn’t mean we have to trade in the rosé and backyard barbecues for flannel shirts and all things pumpkin spice quite yet. Summer doesn’t officially end until September 22nd, so we still have a few weeks of summer before fall creeps in. Don’t be so quick to write off September just because of fall looming ahead; early fall in Portland is one of the best seasons – warm, but not too hot and unexpectedly sunny.  So turn down that summertime sadness and read ahead for some suggestions to keep the summer vibes alive this month.

Grab a friend and head to happy hour at one of Portland's rooftop bars to enjoy the final days of summer.

Grab a friend and head to happy hour at one of Portland's rooftop bars to enjoy the final days of summer.

  • While it’s still warm and sunny outside, grab your pals (and your Circle Bag) and head to one of many great rooftop bars in Portland for happy hour. Some of my favorite rooftop bars and restaurants around town are:
    • 10 Barrel Brewing in NW Portland. Serving up one of my favorite beers (looking at you Apocalypse IPA) with some great snacks (pizza is a personal fav here) and a nice view of the surrounding neighborhood.
    • Revolution Hall’s Roof Deck in SE Portland. This is a newer addition to Portland’s list of rooftop bars, boasting an impressive 360 degree view of Portland and the city skyline.
    • Noble Rot on East Burnside street. This wine bar with small plates features another fantastic view of the city skyline and just celebrated its 15th year in Portland.
  • Pack up your Signature Tote and head to the Oregon Coast for the weekend. We all know the weather at the beach in Oregon is gray, wet, and cold for at least nine months of the year. However, some of the best weather at the coast can be found on a random day in the fall - sunny and warm with a slight breeze. You may even actually be able to dip your toes in the water.
  • Slip into your lederhosen and head down I-5 to Mt. Angel for Oktoberfest, taking place September 14-17. While this isn’t technically a Portland activity or a summertime activity per se, it really isn’t too far away and is a seriously fun way to soak up some of the last days of sunshine! The weather forecast is looking like it’s going to be warm and sunny for this event; you really won’t want to miss out. Don’t forget your Nomad Fanny so you’ll have your hands free for heavy beer steins and pretzels.
Get out of town and head to the Oregon coast for the weekend to catch a perfect day at the beach.

Get out of town and head to the Oregon coast for the weekend to catch a perfect day at the beach.