Fall in love with the Willamette River at The Big Float in Portland

Featured image: A view of the Willamette River from the downtown Portland Waterfront with the blue glass spires of the Oregon Convention Center in the background (photo by Cheryl Landes)

Saturday, July 13, marks the ninth year of a gigantic celebration of the Willamette River. It’s called The Big Float. Grab your inner tube or anything else that floats, bring it to the Tom McCall Bowl at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, and join in on the fun. The bowl is at SW Columbia Street and SW Naito Parkway.

The Big Float consists of two floating parades at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. After the parades, join the beach party and listen to live music by Blitzen Trapper and Redray Frazier. Grab a bite to eat from the food carts. Beer and wine are also available for ages 21 and older.

The gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m.

Advance registration is $10 for adult floaters and $15 the day of the event. Floaters under age 18 can register for $5 in advance and $8 the day of the event. If you’re not floating, admission is $15.

Parking is available in lots and garages nearby for a fee. Several Tri-Met buses and the Portland Streetcar stop within walking distance. (Plan your trip on Tri-Met and the Portland Streetcar.)

Proceeds from The Big Float benefit the Human Access Project (HAP), a local, volunteer-driven nonprofit helping people connect with the Willamette River and maybe even fall in love with it. Not only do people connect with the river during The Big Float, they also connect with other people.

For more information, go to thebigfloat.com.

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