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Bite of Oregon, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Fri-Sat 11 am-11 pm; Sun 11 am-10 pm, $5 admission
It might seem weird that you have to pay five bucks to get into an event where you'll have to buy food, but it's not. First off, proceeds go to the Special Olympics, and second, there's tons of live entertainment worth far more than a fiver. Friday night the Decemberists and Violent Femmes play on the main stage, Saturday night Little Richard plays, and Sunday there's a 6 pm comedy show. Food vendors include the turkey-lovin' restaurant Huber's, the beef-lovin' Rheinlander, Hot Lips Pizza, Greek Cusina, Bluefish Bistro, and many more. Plus, plenty of vineyards will be sampling their wares, so you can pair your pork ribs with a fabulous Oregon Pinot Noir. KS

Leather Family BBQ, Overlook Park, Intersection of N Overlook & N Interstate, Thurs August 11, 6 pm, free
The weather seems a little hot to be running around celebrating your leather fetish, but leather fetishism is a year-round thing. This Thursday, revel in your leatherism among friends over a plate of BBQ ribs, potato salad, baked beans, and more. Make sure you bring some meat to grill and a side dish to share. This gathering is another event to celebrate "Oregon Leather Pride Week," and of course, America's favorite pastime: eating. KS

India Festival 2005, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Sun August 14, 11 am-9 pm, free
Last year over 5,000 people attended India Festival, and maybe this year you'll make it 5,001. Enjoy tons of food, dancing, Bhangra music, and celebrating. Sponsored by the India Cultural Association, and attended by a crapshoot of different vendors and entertainers, the festival is bound to hold some surprises. So ride your bike down for lunch, because we Portlanders should celebrate anything that imbues this honky town with more culture and diversity—not to mention Indian food. KS

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