Field Trips

What??? You missed your chance to sign up for field trips? It’s not over yet! Several of the tours haven’t sold out yet, so you may be able to contact the companies directly and snag a spot! Contact info for each can be found below.

Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes (SOLD OUT)

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Europeans may think Americans don’t care about soccer, but that’s not true in the Pacific Northwest. Portland has adopted the moniker “Soccer City, USA“, and the evidence for that is strong. Since joining Major League Soccer in 2011, the Portland Timbers have sold out every single home game. The women’s professional team, the Portland Thorns, has the highest attendance of any professional women’s soccer team in the world, averaging some 13,000 attendees since their inaugural 2013 season. The Timbers’ supporters group, the Timbers Army has become famous for its passionate fans, and gigantic tifos. We’ve booked a number of seats in the general admission Timbers Army section. Grab a chant sheet, a craft beer, and join your fellow FOSS4G attendees to watch the Timbers take on the hated San Jose Earthquakes.

We will contact you with meet up and ticket pick-up details.

When: Sunday, September 7th, 2:00pm

Price: $30

Walking Tours of Portland

Get out and explore Portland on a walking tour from Know Your City! There are two separate tours to choose from: DIY PDX and Keep Portland Wired!

The tours will meet up downtown and last approximately 2 hours.

For more information, please email or call (971) 717-7307.


Sick of big box stores and corporate chains? Welcome to Portland, OR, USA – home to all things independent! This walking tour is designed for those seeking to connect with the true, homespun culture of the city (which can sometimes be tough to find as a visitor).

Our two-hour walking tour includes:

  • The history of Portland’s unique food cart phenomena
  • A look at Portland’s burgeoning music and literary scenes and its independent businesses
  • A visit to a craft brewery that has been in business for 20 years
  • A local roaster that transports its coffee only by bicycle – of course!

Along the way, we’ll meet with some of the personalities that contribute to Portland’s artisan and DIY culture, and we’ll also explore some of the key policies that help foster these independent business. DIY PDX introduces tour-goers to our grassroots culture that embraces local self-reliance and sustainable living – and that defines Portland’s independent ethos.

When: Friday, September 12th, 5:00pm

Price: $17

Keep Portland Wired! Tour

Join us for a walking tour of Portland’s technology industry, including meeting some of the best minds that keep our city on the map for innovative and creative thinking as well as some of our emerging start ups. Get a behind-the-scenes view of leading tech innovators and meet some of the leaders who are shaping Portland’s tech future.

When: Friday, September 12th, 5:00pm

Price: $17

Mount Saint Helens Trip (SOLD OUT)

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This field trip will be led by a local geologist and is designed to give you a hands-on experience of the power and scale of the 1980 eruption and it’s impact on the region’s industries, communities and ecosystem. Attendees will (weather permitting) view the 1980 crater and the new lava dome created during the 2004-2008 eruptive period, as well as the ecosystem’s recovery since the 1980 eruption.

The field trip will follow the Toutle River on the north side of the volcano’s 1980 eruption zone. Stops include the Mount Saint Helens Visitor Center and the Johnston Ridge Observatory to take in the exhibits and a couple of short videos; viewpoints to discuss the ecosystem’s recovery (we may see some beavers, raptors, and elk) and the local geology; and a 2.4-mile hike along the hummocks trail where you will walk on and touch giant pieces of the volcano that were transported 8 miles downstream during the 1980 eruption (and enjoy more ecosystem recovery and wildlife sightings).

The hummocks trail is rated as easy. The trip will be held rain or shine. Previous trip attendees have thoroughly enjoyed this trip in inclement conditions. In the event of soaking rains, the hummocks trail hike may be replaced with visits to additional interpretive centers.

What to Bring: A lunch, snacks, water, comfortable shoes to walk on the ash-covered, hilly hummocks trail, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and appropriate clothing for heat, cold, and rain.

The tour will depart around 9:00am and will be back in Portland around 6:00pm.

When: Saturday, September 13th, 9:00am

Price: $65

Willamette Valley Wine Country

Join Wine Dirt tours on a trip through the Willamette Valley wine country for a day of wine-tasting and taking in the lush scenery. The group will tour 3-4 of the Willamette Valley’s most acclaimed wineries in an intimate and relaxed setting. Pinot Noir is the primary wine produced in the area (and what it’s most famous for), along with Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Riesling wines. You will also learn about the rich ecology of the region, the history of Oregon’s diverse wine country, and the fine art of viticulture and sustainable farming.

The tour will depart around 10:30am and will be back in Portland around 6:00pm. Lunch and tasting fees are included. Space is very limited.

For more information, please email or call (503) 583-4391

When: Saturday, September 13th, 10:30am

Price: $100

Portland Breweries Tour

With more breweries than any other city on Earth, no trip to Portland is complete without experiencing our thriving brewing culture first hand. Shanghai Portland tours will transport you to three amazing breweries to sample multiple masterpiece craft beers at each location. By the end of your tour you’ll see exactly why Portland, Oregon is a global leader in craft beer production. Transportation, plenty of beer sampling, and tours of the brewing facilities are included.

For more information, please email or call (971) 533-7848

When: Sunday, September 14th, 11:00am

Price: $50