There’s been much said (and parodied) about Portland’s culture of quirk, but by 2015 we’re far beyond keeping Portland weird – we’re knee-deep in veritable oddball institutions.

Pickathon was once a quaint Oregon-famous festival, but has since attracted national attention as “the chilliest music festival on planet Earth” (VICE) and “admirably decentered” (NYT).

The Red Bull Flugtag isn’t a local event, but this weekend marks the third time the international event has come to town since 2004, which seems to fit Portland like a glove.

And this weekend marks the 65th year of the Tualatin Crawfish Festival, a tenure that has survived both a riot and a voodoo curse.

We’ll always see the birth of new quirkiness and the death of quirks past, but this weekend we revel in the institutions that are taking the weirdness to the mainstream. Don’t worry about keeping Portland weird – it’s well under control.

1. Red Bull Flugtag: Teams of brave fools will launch their homemade flying machines off a high platform in the Willamette River this Saturday for the world-famous Red Bull Flugtag. The last time it came to Portland, back in 2008, the event drew an astonishing 80,000 people to Waterfront Park.

Saturday, at 12:30 p.m. @ Waterfront Park; free

2. Pickathon: The woodsiest, most environmentally-conscious and perhaps best respected music festival in Oregon is back. Pickathon, which runs Friday through Sunday, features music on seven stages across the sprawling Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. Watch for live coverage from David Greenwald over the weekend.

Friday through Sunday @ Pendarvis Farm; $100 to $270

3. DuneFest: They call it “the most fun a family can have in the sand,” and it’s a hard claim to doubt. DuneFest is five days of racing and freestyle competitions in the coastal dunes of Winchester Bay, with live music, a treasure hunt, demo track and other all-ages activities thrown in for good measure.

Wednesday through Sunday @ Winchester Bay; $40 event pass, $20 child pass, $20 day pass

4. Washington County Fair: Headlined by rapper Flo Rida, and featuring all the county fair accouterments – from the cake contest to the country band showdown – the Washington County Fair comes with enough tradition and modern diversity to keep even the most cynical Oregonian happy.

Thursday through Sunday @ Washington County Fair Complex; $7 per vehicle, $10 per oversized vehicle

5. Crawfish Festival: Oregon doesn’t necessarily have a reputation as a crawfish hub, but the Tualatin Crawfish Festival is back to prove otherwise. This year’s 65th event comes with a free kick-off concert, a cook-off and the traditional crawfish eating contest. 

Friday through Sunday @ Tualatin; $4 for adults, $2 for kids

–Jamie Hale | | @HaleJamesB

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