HAPPENINGS

July 10–August 28 Silverton's Oregon Garden in Silverton has launched its annual Movies in the Garden series, which screens a cult classic every Thursday evening in the summer, from Office Space to The Princess Bride. The movies are shown at dusk on a big screen in the Garden Green. Details: oregongarden.org

July 17–20 It's that time again: Yonder Mountain String Band is gearing up to host the 13th Annual Northwest String Summit at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, spotlighting some of the country's finest acoustic pickers and standout electric bands. Details: stringsummit.com

July 18–19 For the fourth year in a row, berry lovers will celebrate Oregon's peak season at the Lifewise Oregon Berry Festival at Ecotrust, featuring shortcakes, sweets, and distilled berry spirits. Details: oregonberryfestival.com

July 19 Astoria's first Metal Fest will highlight metal artists from throughout the Pacific Northwest and a diverse range of techniques including blacksmithing, bladesmithing, and fabricating in metal at Fort George Lovell Showroom and Brewery. Details: blacksmith.org

July 19 For the 13th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, guests will sip McMenamins brews as well as pours from outside breweries from McMinnville, Sherwood, Tigard and Hillsboro. Details: mcmenamins.com

July 19–20 In addition to their usual orchard-fresh fruit and scenic vistas, Hood River's Fruit Loop farms are serving up special activities or attractions for the Hood River County Fruit Loop Cherry Celebration. Details: hoodriverfruitloop.com

July 19–20 The 10th annual Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival, hosted by Hood River Lavender Farm, will feature live music, artisan vendors, wood-fired pizza and Mexican food, and, of course, plenty of organic U-pick lavender. Details: hoodriverlavender.com

COOL NEW STUFF

Provenance Hotels is celebrating marriage equality with special "Marry Me" wedding night packages at Hotel Max in Seattle and Hotel Lucia, Hotel deLuxe and Sentinel in Portland.

A new program called Beers Made by Walking invites local brewers to explore the great Northwest and take advantage of inspirational landscapes like Forest Park during the creation of their beer.

For two days in September, a section of Crater Lake will be reserved for non-motorized traffic only. Make your plans to enjoy them now!

Going on vacation this summer? Of course you are. Check out our roundup of the best places to board your dogs when you're on the road.

We combed Instagram to pick our 10 favorite digital photographers in Oregon—who'd we miss?

Mexican airline Volaris has announced the introduction of a new flight connecting Guadalajara and Portland, scheduled to begin in October 2014.

Every other Tuesday: Weekend escapes, travel deals, lodging and dining picks, and ideas for Northwest getaways. (See an example!)