- This event has passed.
First Caturday Portland @ Laurelhurst Park | Free, Outdoor Cat Napping & Socializing, First Saturdays
Friends of Caturday
First Caturday is a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends!
It is a day for delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing.
It is where we can freely exchange information, friendship, and joy to help make our cats happy and healthy.
Some cats actually like leash walks, others stroller walks, and still others just to come to the park in their pet carriers to listen to the birds singing.
How to walk your cat and why you should (try) :
Not all cats will want to be walked on a leash, but every cat should be given the opportunity.
“First, let me start by saying not every cat is a candidate for leash training. As with any type of training, there’s a learning curve but if your cat is easily stressed or you think she’ll never be comfortable, then don’t do it. You know your cat. Use that knowledge to make a sound decision that will benefit her and not stress or endanger her. Age is also a factor here. It’s much easier to train a kitten to accept leash-walking.” (Pam Johnson-Bennett, Cat Behavior Expert)
If you plan on introducing your kitty to a leash, train often and slowly. You are literally introducing them to a whole new world, so be patient and let your cat walk you or just enjoy a spot in the sun together.
Do not bring your cat to First Caturday if they are not sufficiently leash trained or comfortable with the outdoors in a stroller/carrier!
“Cats should be trained indoors first.
For the sake of safety, it’s crucial to start training indoors….purchasing a harness and leaving it inside the house for your cat to play with and smell, so he isn’t afraid of it. Next, strap your cat into the harness and make sure it’s properly fitted and that your pet is comfortable. Then let kitty wear the harness around the house. Let him drag the leash and grow accustomed to having something strapped around his body.” (Sherry Woodard, Animal Behavior Consultant)
1. Build their confidence !
2. Walking your furbaby can help strengthen the bond between a cat and his owner, giving the pair something to experience together ⚛.
3. Walking a cat can provide your pet with a more enriched life.
4. When out for a walk — rather than prowling an apartment — a cat will use his brain in different and more thoughtful ways.
It’s completely fine if a cat decides, nope, no park for me please. Totally fine if a cat doesn’t like First Caturday and wants to go straight home. Or it’s completely fine if a cat decides to stay inside a pet-carrier and not come out on the leash.
If you try bringing your cat in one of these safe and supervised ways, you may find that your cat likes fresh air and the change of scenery. This is one more option to enrich your cat’s life. If you have a shy kitty, you can skip the big group, and just try sitting in your backyard with your cat in the carrier. And some kitties just don’t like the outdoors and that’s a-okay! Respect their choice to stay inside.
With or without a cat, you’re welcome at #firstcaturday
More Upcoming Portland Events
From Our Sponsors
$2 off house old fashioneds
From fantastic brunch and dinner, to drinks on the patio, to live music, to a game of skee-ball in the Tap Room…EastBurn has something for everyone!
2019 Wild Hare Country Festival @ Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Canby | Cody Johnson, Whitey Morgan, Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Micky and The Motorcars
From Our Sponsors
Wild Hare Country Festival
More info: wildharecountryfest.com
Wild Hare Country Festival brings to the NW festival scene national & local acts representing the rising Red Dirt, Outlaw, and Texas country music sound, currently the fastest-growing part of the country landscape. (more…)
2019 Portland Queer Comedy Festival | 5 Stages, 40 Comics, Featuring Scott Thompson, Nico Santos, Sandra Valls & More!
From Our Sponsors
2019 Portland Queer Comedy Festival
More info: portlandqueercomedyfestival.com
Now in our third year, Portland Queer Comedy Festival is a first of its kind, multi-day, multi-venue queer-performer focused comedy festival. Portland Queer Comedy Festival is a collaboration between Andy Barrett, owner of Funhouse Lounge and Belinda Carroll; a long-time queer activist, writer, actress and stand-up comedian.
Featuring 5 stages and over 40 comics, Portland Queer Comedy Festival aims to bring the best and brightest talent in international LGBTQ stand-up comedy to a beautiful, diverse and inclusive Portland, Oregon; while giving back to the local community that supports us through non-profit initiatives. The venues are conveniently located to one another creating a fun pub-crawl atmosphere! (more…)
2019 Hood River County Fruit Loop Cherry Celebration | 35 Miles of Fresh Picked Cherries, Wines, Pies, Cider, Treats, Picnic & More!
From Our Sponsors
Hood River Cherry Celebration
More info: hoodriverfruitloop.com
July 1-31 @ Packer Orchards & Farm Place
(3020 Thomsen Rd, Hood River, OR 97031)
Cherry Days: CHERRY SEASON at its sweetest. Fresh cherries straight from the orchard, or pick them yourself! Cherry jam, pies, cookies, and more from the bakery. Don’t miss our famous smoked cherry BBQ sauce, we only make this once a year! Check our website, PackerOrchards.com, for cherry u-pick information and more Cherry Days happenings!
July 1-31 @ Draper Girls Country Farm
6200 OR-35, Mt Hood, OR 97041
U-Pick Cherry Bonanza: Join us in July for some family fun, we have u-pick/we-pick cherries and fresh non-pasteurized cherry ciders. Our country market features varieties of picked cherries, fresh vegetables, dried legumes, berries, jams, honey, antiques and Grandma’s famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples. (541) 352-6625 / www.drapergirlsfarm.com.
July 1-31 @ Apple Valley Country Store
(2363 Tucker Rd, Hood River, OR 97031)
Celebrates Everything Cherry: All month long, join us for the ultimate cherry experience! Daily Finds: Cherry milkshakes, variety of fresh local cherries, hand-rolled cherry pies, cherry scones, muffins, hand pies, cherry jams, jellies, pie filling, syrups and more. Weekend specials: Specialty cherry desserts, cobblers and crisps. www.applevalleystore.com 541-386-1971
From Our Sponsors
Get ready for a 5-day weekend campout full of music, art, performance, and light presented by Tectonic with help from our local community! Tectonic SHIFT Festival is different than most music festivals. We believe in respect, community, artistic expression, and having fun. We are bringing you some of the top Portland and West Coast talents to make you groove, sing, and sweat all day and night long. Our daytime beach parties are a thing of legend, and the two nighttime stages bring you the best DJs and talented live acts our fans have come to expect from Tectonic.
In addition to music, we have assembled dozens of art projects to keep your brain and heart amused all weekend– all set in a gorgeous location looking out to Mt. Hood. Our community has assembled to bring you several camps to engage with and enjoy. And did we mention the beach? We have built a beach on a tranquil lake complete with a floating island and many other surprises.
Don’t miss out on everyone’s favorite event of the summer.
To learn more about SHIFT Festival and how to prepare yourself, visit our website at www.shiftfestival.com.
Portland Friday Food & Drink Specials including daily specials, happy hours, & late night specials.
Note: Menus are subject to change. Please contact venue in order to verify.
Bare Bones Bar & Cafe | (2900 SE Belmont St) | Happy Hour 4-7 PM
- Drinks: $3 Well Drinks | $2 Pabst & Ranier Tall Boys | $2 Session, Mickey’s, Miller LT | $1 Off All Other Beers
- Food: Grilled Cheese, Chili Dogs, Hummus Plate, Tuna Salad, & more (Happy Hour Menu)
Goodfoot Lounge | (2845 SE Stark St.) | Happy Hour 5-8PM
- Drinks: $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon | $1 Off Infused Cocktails | (Drink Menu)
- Food: Cheese Burger, Cheese Dog, Kimchi Plate, Koritos & Salsa (Food Menu)
- Drinks: $5 Tinto & Txakoli | 10% Off All Wine Bottles
- Food: 1 free tapas with purchase of adult beverage
- Drinks: $1 Off Draft (Happy Hour Menu)
- Food: $3 Soft Pretzel / Fries with Cheese / All Salads, $5 Chicken Strips (Full Menu)
The EastBurn (1800 E Burnside St.) | Happy Hour 3-5PM
- Drinks: Old Fashion Fridays, $2 off house old fashioneds, Happy hour Drinks Available (Menu)
- Food: $1 Off Salad & Entrees (Menu)
- Late Night: Late Night Food & Drink Menu starts at 10pm (Menu)
North Bar (5008 SE Division St.) | Happy Hour 3-6PM
- Drinks: $8 Margarita, Patron Select Barrel Aged Reposado $6
- Food: Vegan Chilli, Greek Salad, Flatbreads & More (Happy Hour Menu)