Do not forget that my most favorite, summeriest event of the summer, THE BIG FLOAT, is this Sunday—and this one promises to be the best one yet. Why? Because after four years of Big Floatin', the organizers are really getting it dialed in. It's easier to register and get wristbands, it's easier to get in the water (thanks to a new paved walkway to the beach), and the musical entertainment this year is BOSS because the much beloved Ural Thomas and the Pain will be playing on the river barge. And maybe best of all? The temperature is predicted to be a wonderfully hot 90 degrees—so you have two choices, either get in the water, or hang out all day in the 7-11.

Behold the deets:

The Big Float 4

WHEN: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Noon - 3:00 p.m. onsite registration
1:00 innertube parade starts
1:15 first group of tubers in the water (you can launch as late as 3:00 p.m.)
1:50 Ural Thomas and the Pain plays Music Barge
3:00 Scott Pemberton Trio (+1) plays Music Barge
5:00 last band wraps up

WHERE: Willamette River (westside) Tom McCall Bowl - Waterfront Park, PDX, ORE

COST: ONLY $9 - discounted pricing for those under 18

WHO: 2,000+ floaters 1,000+ observers and after-partiers

WHY: To give our river a hug

WHAT: THE Portland summer celebration benefitting Human Access Project.

Roughly 2,000 floaters bring their inflatables to cruise around in the river, and it really does give one a sense of pride about the body of water that joins us all. So if you haven't tried The Big Float before, NOW IS THE TIME. If you already have, you need no convincing. I'll see ya in the water!

Info and registration for The Big Float here! AND! Get half-priced VIP tickets (including food and libations) here!