The Best Things to Do in Portland This Weekend: July 31-Aug 2, 2020

Pickathon at Home, Portland Vintage Market, and More Top Picks
by Mercury EverOut Staff
July 31, 2020
The Pickathon at Home grand finale is guaranteed to be amazing when Khruangbin takes the stage. (Mary Kang)

This weekend, July enters the rearview, and we welcome August with open (if not a little sweaty and sunburned) arms, especially since there's a whole lot of very fun Things to Do this weekend, like catching the big Pickathon at Home finale, seeing how Lollapalooza translates to the livestream experience, bidding on bottles of only the rarest beers, and getting your thrift on, among a whole bunch of other things. And as our Editor-In-Chief likes to say: If you're going to go out, Wash Ya Damn Hands, Wear Ya Damn Mask, hit the links below, and plan your weekend accordingly!

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Willamette Writers Conference Online
An opportunity for all writers in the Northwest region, published or otherwise, to gather (virtually) together and learn from each other. The conference includes workshops, lectures, and panels on how to advance your career. Keynote speakers for 2020 include luminaries like Cheryl Strayed, Mitchell S. Jackson, Zoraida Cordova, Rosanne Parry, Alex Dang, and Pete Souza.

Fleet Week
It's the close of Fleet Week in Portland! Normally, this would be the part where we tell you to head down to the waterfront with a camera, and marvel at the scores of sailors swarming downtown. But because of this pandemic, none of that will be happening in-person. It will be happening online, though, streamed straight to your living room daily, with events including a cruise from Astoria to Portland, Stories from the USS Oregon submarine, Navy Band concerts, and more.

Welcome to El: An Intimate Night of Comedy with El Sanchez
At the end of February 2020, comedian El Sanchez headlined their very last live stand-up show at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle just before live shows were to become a thing of dreams. The show was intimate and fun and involved some new material El never said before and may never say again. It just so happens that El had the show recorded for future submissions and a general reel. Now El is sharing their 45-minute performance with folx who were not able to attend. Not only because the world could use some more laughter and El and their family could use some more diapers (they have a 2-year-old), but also because their material about the last season of The Bachelor will only work for so long.

Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing
Maybe you're not feeling it's quite safe enough to actually go to the park, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy some Shakespeare in the Park, and thanks to PBS' Great Performances series, one of the very best versions of Much Ado About Nothing is available, for free, online. This version of the Bard's much-loved comedy was recorded live at Delacorte Theater in NYC's Central Park, directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, and stars Danielle Brooks (Taystee from Orange is the New Black!) as Beatrice.

The Virtual Portland German Film Festival
The Clinton Street's annual celebration of German film moves online for 2020, but you can still support the theater (and the filmmakers) by checking out a lineup of compelling films across a wide range of genres. All films in German with English subtitles.

Happy Birthday, Harry! Virtual Wizarding Weekend 2020
Been kind of a rough year for fans of the Harry Potter series, what with, you know, the creator deciding that transphobia was a cool hobby to pick up. But this weekend provides an opportunity to celebrate all the good things about The Boy Who Lived and all his friends, courtesy of the good folks at PDXpelliarmus, who are hoping to close the Marauder's Map on Sunday and say "mischief managed" with a Harry Potter musical, trivia competitions, costume contests, and more.


Lolla2020 Virtual Festival
All these festivals going online and you thought Lollapalooza wasn't going to get in on that action? Lolla2020 features four straight days of live music, over 150 performances in all, including fan-favorite sets from previous fests, special late-night sets, and classics from the archives, with music by Metallica, LCD Soundsystem, Outkast, The Arcade Fire, Run the Jewels, Alabama Shakes, Paul McCartney, and more.

Pickathon At Home Finale
Pickathon's hugely ambitious (and hugely successful) Concert a Day series comes to a close this weekend after raising over $200,000 for MusicCares over 100 days of streaming, with help from Spotify's matching program. Now for the grand finale, they're aiming to raise $60,000 over the 2020 festival's originally scheduled dates with over 12 hours of hi-def, multicamera livestream sets from Khruangbin, Dan Deacon, Drive-By Truckers, and more.

Yo La Tengo
Soundtracking the summer can take shape in any number of ways: looping A Tribe Called Quest albums, or making yet another chillwave playlist. When it comes to hushed summer nights, however, nothing feels quite as fitting as Hoboken, New Jersey, indie rock lifers Yo La Tengo—whose sets in this livestream are played in the "formless" style of the Amnesia recordings. Beyond that, it’s hard to say what to expect from these shows; Yo La Tengo have always hated the habitual.

The long-running band out of Buffalo, New York brings their jam-oriented rock back to this two-night livestream set "harnessing the power of the racetrack" as they perform together at Vernon Downs.

Kitchen Dwellers
The Montana-bred outfit bring their high energy psychedelic bluegrass to this two-night "Live from the Cabin" livestream concert, beaming onto the internet straight from the Bridger Mountains, just outside of the Dwellers' home of Bozeman.

Friday, July 31


10% Charity Day for the Black Resilience Fund & Don't Shoot PDX
Ecliptic Brewing promises to send 100% of the proceeds from sales of their new Black is Beautiful stout, and 10% of all restaurant sales, to the Black Resilience Fund and Don't Shoot PDX. So if you're thinking of eating out this weekend, or you just want to, as they put it, "Pour some space in your face for a cause," then stop by Ecliptic and make sure that money goes to a good cause.


What's More Metal?
Two of Portland's biggest self-described badass burnouts bring their podcast all about the most horns-throwingly metal shit in the whole universe to Kickstand Comedy's Facebook Live and Twitch channels. Starring Nariko Ott and Dan Weber.

Cocktail Making w/ McMenamins
You might not be able to get yourself a stiff drink at McMenamins as easily as you used to, but that doesn't mean those McMenamins drinks can't still be drunk up: Cocktail specialist Ashley hosts a weekly series of Facebook Live-streams teaching you how to make the perfect mixed drinks you've always wanted to try at the bar.

Crazy Legs and Grandmaster Caz
SummerStage Anywhere continues its livestream series with a must-see stream featuring two bonafide legends in the history of hip-hop, dancer Richard "Crazy Legs" Colon, and DJ Grandmaster Caz.


Mavis 80: A Newport Folk Revival
The soul of the Staples Singer and a legendary gospel and solo artist in her own right, Mavis Staples is paid tribute on the occasion of her 80th birthday by a full lineup's worth of artists who have both worked with and been inspired by Mavis, including Ben Harper, Phoebe Bridgers, Trombone Shorty, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, and more.

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Like a Smashing Pumpkins that never disgraced themselves, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are still bringing that full-on fantasy orchestral rock to which we all imagine epic D&D campaigns or simply pump our fists. Their two most successful albums remain 1999’s Madonna and 2002’s Source Tags & Codes. Did Source Tags DESERVE that perfect Pitchfork 10? Who knows? Did it FEEL like it did at the time? Hell yes. More than 20 years later, Trail of Dead is still messing around with prog, punk chords, gravely singing, and their band’s mystical mythos. Proceeds from each ticket help support Mississippi Studios.

Diet Cig
Diet Cig delivers messy, confessional bedroom twee-pop that's been amped up a notch. Alex Luciano's energetic delivery bolsters the band's live show, barely tethered by a guitar cable and Bowman's loose rhythm. Proceeds from this livestream benefit NIVA and The Okra Project.

Snap! Y2K: 13th Anniversary Party
13 years ago, Ms. Coco B started a simple dance night that's now spanned a decade and three different cities, all in the pursuit of the best night possible, and to celebrate their 13th birthday, the SNAP DJs are taking over Holocene's twitch to play nothing but Black artists of the '90s.

Lil Uzi Vert
Philadelphia-based rapper Lil Uzi Vert rebroadcasts his crowd-pleasing performance from the 2018 Governor's Ball.

Stone Temple Pilots
The landmark grunge act has been through a lot of changes since their first hit "Plush" seriously put them on the map, but that debut album Core still remains a solid front-to-back listen, and the band will be performing it in its entirety for

Saturday, Aug 1


Portland Vintage Market
People who have been hoping to get some of that weekend thrifting fun back in their life somehow will be happy to hear about this parking lot pop-up featuring 15 local vendors offering "really cool mens and women's vintage clothing and accessories" among other goods.

Cultura Saturday
DJ Gatto provides the visuals and the music to underscore your enjoyment of the summer evenings on Culture's patio or inside (groups of up to 10), with the best Reggaeton, Latin trap, and Dembow music videos.


Brews for New Avenues
New Avenues for Youth (NAFY) provides vital services for youth at risk and experiencing homelessness including meal times, supportive housing, job training, avenues to college and education, and much more. Support the organization at their annual fundraiser—According to NAFY, this event is “considered to be the largest rare beer auction in the world.

Queen's Coronation
The Rose Festival Court will convene despite COVID's worst plans, as Unitus presents this virtual crowning of the Rose Festival Queen.

Binge Watch Tonight!
Kickstand Comedy's Dylan Reiff hosts this online talk show with a panel of "TV experts" who come together every week to talk about all the stuff they've been binging on quarantine: The good, the bad, and the "what the hell am I even watching?" of it all.


Sofi Tukker
You’ve probably heard New York duo Sofi Tukker before. Their commercial appeal is surely no mistake. Sounding more like a pair of friends emerging from an overgrown, wild forest than a pair of urbanites, Sofi Tukker makes jungle pop music for the masses. It’s upbeat, danceable, and playful, just about everything you could ask for when you’re trying to forget about the pain of your own day-to-day life. The band is an escape—an escape from typical, run-of-the-mill radio pop, and an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Rock My Soul: A Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration
FANS presents this daylong (literally—this thing runs for 12 straight hours) tribute to the Grateful Dead's frontman on what would have been his 78th birthday with live performances, stories from those who knew him, special guests popping in and out of the stream, and classic songs from concerts at the Capitol Theatre, Brooklyn Bowl, and more.

Greg Dulli
With a fuzzy line between fiction and hyperbolic memoir, Dulli has, for nearly three decades, built a perpetually compelling, tortured egomaniac: a human animal stuck somewhere between feeling too intensely for his own good and not feeling anything at all. Dulli's catalog extends from foreboding rock to pseudo-funk and electro-pop, but his narrator barely wavers. With a handful of obvious exceptions, it's largely one character working through the same demons over and over. It's not always pleasant to listen to, and enjoying it doesn't typically make you feel very good about yourself, but it's always interesting.

Saturday Night Live: DJ O.G. One, DJ Klyph
Of the two Saturday Night Lives that'll be happening tonight, this is definitely the better bet. One of them is going to have Colin Jost. The other will feature two of Portland's all-time best DJs holding down Holocene's Twitch stream with hours of classic hip-hop, funk, and soul.

Deer Tick & Friends: In Your House Party Live from Fort Adams
Deer Tick wants to revive the after-party vibe of Newport Folk Fests gone by with the help of their friends in this special livestream, featuring performances from Leon Bridges, Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, and more. Proceeds from the party will help benefit the Newport Festivals Foundation.

DJ Action Slacks
If you're looking for a dance night that sets the evening on fire, check out the always down for a good time DJ Action Slacks (Shannon Wiberg). She's been pounding the turntables for years with righteous choices in down-home dirty soul.

DJ Papi Fimbres
One of Portland's most influential and hard-working musicians is also one of Portland's most entertaining DJs, consistently serving up hours of fire in the form of choice chicha, cumbia, and afro-funk cuts.

Sunday, Aug 2


The 23rd Annual Mondo Croquet World Championships and Mad Hatter Picnic
Croquet, American-style, is just like the regular game, except you use a bowling ball and a sledgehammer, because America. Extra bowling balls and sledgehammers will be available on site, if you're worried about coming down to this hoity-toity kinda shindig and not being fully prepared. But you probably should come attired in your finest "lawn whites" or—yunno what? Just wear whatever, so long as that "whatever" includes a face mask. You're gonna be whacking bowling balls all over downtown with a sledgehammer. Enjoy yourself.


Virtual Sinferno Cabaret
The weekly Dante's tradition moves online because no pandemic can stop the burning Sinferno from continuing its spicy, saucy reign as the longest-running cabaret show on the West Coast.


Music & Mutts Livestream Virtual Benefit Concert
One of the things that unify artists across disparate genres like indie-rock, hip-hop, and reggae? The love of doggos and puppers. And in order to help raise money to save injured rescue dogs in South Florida, bands like Humble Waters, Stumble Steady, Surfer Blood and more will be streaming live from their living rooms.

Shakey Graves
Austin singer/songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia (AKA Shakey Graves) brings his lively blend of blues rock, folk, and Americana to this special livestream filmed at the Enchanted Springs Ranch.

Double Dash
The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble extends their livestream series into August with this exploratory and adventurous performance by Double Dash (Machado Mijiga on drums and Dario LaPoma on keys), with a Q&A hosted by PJCE Exec Director Douglas Detrick following their set.

Howard Jones
Streaming live from the Siyan Soundstage in High Wycombe, synth-pop pioneer, new wave troubadour, and the man who summed up one of the primary beliefs that made the '80s possible, "No one ever is to blame," Howard Jones performs a full set of hits both new and classic.

Lissie has been stirring up the waters, and rightfully so; the girl can sing, and certainly holds her own as a musician/songwriter.