Isaac and I spent a magical week on the coast of France one summer. If we hadn’t had jobs to return to, we would have stayed, learned French and lived on bread and wine. We posted up in a little bed and breakfast out in the country near Biarritz – our host suggested that we walk to dinner one night. It seemed odd that there would be a dinner spot in the middle of the countryside, but we took her suggestion and wandered down a country road. Sure enough we stumbled upon what felt like a neighborhood party but turned out to be a forever memorable restaurant. There were people of all ages gathered under strung lights in the middle of a field eating, drinking and dancing. We joined in, ate and drank whatever was brought to us and enjoyed the pure magic.
We’ve talked about that spot ever since. There was something so perfect about it. Casual, beautiful, natural, communal, fun. Take me back.
Three years ago, our first summer in Portland, we ventured out to a summer concert on a the recommendation of a friend. It was on an island farm in the middle of the Columbia River. There were people of all ages eating, drinking and dancing under strung lights. Kids ran barefoot through berry fields and a band played blue grass into the summer night air. It reminded me of that little french paradise from years ago. And we’ve been going back ever since.
Kruger’s Farm Summer Concerts on Sauvie Island
Kruger’s Farm Summer Concerts on Sauvie Island are a summer staple for our family. The concert series is in full swing now and will run through the first week of September. Get your buns down there!
When: Every Thursday evening, June 22nd – September 7th. The band goes on at 6:30 and wraps around 9:30pm.
Fee: $15 per car (bring cash or pay with a card inside the farm store)
Food: You can bring your own eats or order pizza/hotdogs/corn/tamales/etc from the local vendors onsite. Cash only.
Drinks: It’s not a BYOB situation, instead they have local wine and beer vendors selling drinks. Cash only.
Concert Schedule: posted here.
- Bring cash. But, if you find yourself bare, you can hit up the ATM inside the store.
- Arrive early if you can. You’ll have more time to pick berries, grab grub or snatch a prime spot in the shade of the big tree. Plus, if you go early enough you can avoid the Portland rush through town.
- Go barefoot. Be cool. Enjoy.
While you’re on the farm, be sure to check out:
- The farm animals, including Matilda the giant pig. You guys. She is huge.
- The hidden tire swing. Make sure to accompany your kiddos though – it’s tucked away from the crowd and out of plain view.
- The tractor ride.
- The farm fresh fruit and veggies inside the Kruger Farm Store.
- Oh, and the climbing tree. At any given time there are 500-800 kids in the tree. It’s mayhem and my kids love it.
The concerts are a standing appointment on our family calendar all summer long. If we’re in town, we are there! So, if you spy a gal shoving fistfuls of berries into her pregnant face, come say, “Hi”!