Various Locations Across Portland
Recommended by Emilly Prado
On May 30, 1942, a catastrophic flood destroyed homes and displaced the residents of Vanport City, Oregon—the second largest city at the time. This six-day festival is jam-packed with vital, interactive, and educational events including multiple art exhibits, a Black Panther Party legacy tour, Confluence Story Gathering elevating indigenous voices and tales, screenings, a public forum drawing comparison between Vanport and Katrina, and much more. Festival kicks off at City Hall on Wednesday, May 23 at 10:15 am with a historic, official commemoration of the day as the Vanport Day of Remembrance. For a complete schedule of events, click here.