Mt. Tabor is transforming into a raceway for the annual Portland Adult Soapbox Derby. Once a year, Portlanders convene on the slopes of the city park. Some are there to put their homemade, human-powered vehicles to the test. Others are there to simply enjoy the show.
This year’s event is back in person. Here’s how you can join in on the fun.
2022 Portland Adult Soapbox Derby
The 2022 Portland Adult Soapbox Derby is Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages.
More than 40 teams of racers hurtle down a closed course in hand-built vehicles, powered only by one push at the top of the hill, and the force of gravitational pull. The teams fly down the paved paths competing for a coveted champion title.
As an attendee, you get to choose your spot along the outside of the paved path and watch as the vehicles roll by. There is a splash zone where the vehicle riders can use squirt guns to spray the audience. If you’re into that, or it’s a particularly hot day, make sure you scope out this area.
What makes this event so fun is the creativity of each participant. You’ll see some vessels that are car like and rocket like, as well as some out-of-the-box shapes, like a pencil, beer can, or a slice of cake. Every year brings different creations so you never know what you’re going to see.
Parking is available anywhere around the Mt. Tabor. Once you get to the park, you won’ be able to miss the event. Head up to the pits where the starting line is located on the east side or head down to the finish line by Reservoir 5. Both of these locations and anywhere in between will get you in on the action.
The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby is located at Mt. Tabor Park, 6220 SE Salmon St. For more information, visit the Portland Soapbox Derby’s website.