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This Week: August 9, 2015

This week (and into the weekend), check out these events that are taking place in Portland, New York City, Pittsburgh and Dallas.

Portland: Burger Week – August 10-16

Many have come to know Portland, Oregon for their extensive microbrew beer scene and what better food to be paired with a fantastic microbrew but an American classic, a burger.  This week, Portland is celebrating Burger Week (through August 16) and like Portland’s popular Restaurant Week, Burger Week is just as sensational.

This year, over 30 locations, 34 to be specific have joined up to be a part of Burger Week.  Each of the burger joints are showing off their best and tasty burgers for you to dig your teeth into.  From the classic beef with melted cheddar to something far more extreme like lamb/goat burger mix with black truffle chevre, there’s something for all tastes this week. The best part of the whole week, you won’t have to dig deeply into your pocketbook because each of the 34 locations are offering a selection of options for $5.00 each. For more information and to find details about the participating locations, click here.

New York City: Summer Streets – Saturday, August 15

Between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, the sounds of honking horns and idling engines will be replaced with contented sighs and the cling-cling of bicycle bells on select streets throughout the City. From the Brooklyn Bridge to mid–Central Park, Park Avenue and connecting streets will be closed to traffic and open to the public for anything from biking to strolling to dancing. Summer Streets events are great for your health (and the earth’s), so check them out. Plus, haven’t you always wanted to walk right down the middle of Park Avenue, free from the shoulder-bumping sidewalks?

For more information, visit NYC Summer Streets



Portland: PDX Adult Soapbox Derby – Saturday, August 15

Put down your video game controllers and step away from your Mario Kart. The best way to race isn’t on a television, it’s down a volcano in Portland. Get a bunch of adults together, add in soapbox racers and a volcano and you have the PDX Adult Soapbox Derby happening on Saturday, August 15.

Now in its 19th year, the derby is no children’s game.  In fact, it pits grown-up kids against each other, with each designing and assembling their own downhill racers in pursuit of maximum speed or big laughs.

Each year, dozens of teams build cars to zip down the course, a great mix of curves and straightaways, lined with picnicking onlookers — many sipping cool brews in the designated beer garden.

Prizes for speed, engineering, fan-favorites and lifetime achievement are handed out to deserving daredevils, but the cheers may be more valuable than any award. Everything from streamlined, lacquered, wooden one-man bombers to fully-packed Scooby Doo Dream Machine doppelgängers zooms down the hill, making this a great day in the park for kids and the young-at-heart alike.

For more information, visit PDX Adult Soap Box Derby


Pittsburgh: Restaurant Week – August 10-16

Pittsburgh’s Restaurant Week is highlighting fine dining, fresh harvests from local farms and outdoor seating to enjoy the evening hours of the summer months.  This year, over 50 restaurants from neighborhood’s throughout Pittsburgh are offering multi-course fixed-priced meals or $20.15 specialties.

For more information, visit Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Dallas: DFW Restaurant Week – August 10-16

North Texas’ hottest summer dining event, the 18th annual DFW Restaurant Week presented by Central Market, is back August 10-16! Dine at more than 125 participating restaurants throughout North Texas. Three-course dinners and lunch menus are either $35.00 or $45.00 per dinner with a portion of each prix fixe meal purchased going back to either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth to benefit families in need. DFW Restaurant Week has helped raised millions for these great charities. For more information visit DFW Restaurant Week.

On- Going


  • NYC Restaurant Week – Through August 14.  Visit NYC Restaurant Week for details.
  • The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park (Central Park) –  Through August 23.  Visit Shakespeare in the Park for more information.


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