With several Pride happenings, live concerts, and a spate of art events to choose from this weekend, we've rounded up our picks for in-person events both outdoors and in air-conditioned sanctuaries to help you narrow down your plans, from Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble's Fronteriza to Zenger Farm's Juneteenth Celebration, and from Midsommar Fest at Fullerton Wine Bar to the Portland Night Market. As you know, it's gonna be a scorcher, so be sure to fill your water bottle to the brim and slap on some sunscreen before leaving the house!
Note: Events are subject to cancellation due to extreme heat—double-check event websites before heading out!
Minority Retort feat. Adam Pasi
The loud and silly Adam Pasi will take the stage at this live comedy series highlighting BIPOC talent.
Siren Theater (Northwest)
Rockin' the Walk Concert Series
Portland's minor-league baseball team the Portland Pickles has teamed up with local record label/gift shop Tender Loving Empire for a series of pre-game live concerts at select Friday home games throughout the summer. Tonight, local rockers Night Heron take the field.
Walker Stadium (Southeast)
Portland Night Market
Wait until the sun's rays have mercifully surrendered to hit up this after-hours market for food and goods from over 75 Portland vendors.
100 SE Alder (Southeast)
The Color of Breathlessness
You know that endlessly mysterious stoner query, is the blue that I see the blue that you see? It's worth rehashing at this group show where eleven artists explore their experience of color through various mediums and textures.
PDX Contemporary (Northwest) - Closing
Joshua Dudley Greer: Somewhere Along the Line
Photographer Joshua Dudley Greer took his time traveling 100,000 across the country over the course of six years, capturing networks of superhighways "as a stage where narratives play out and opposing forces often intersect."
Blue Sky Gallery (Northwest) - Closing
What A Body Moves Through
Emerging artists Tyler Clarke, Bryson Rand, and Lindley Warren Mickunas "address and expand upon contemporary notions of the body" in this group show.
Blue Sky Gallery (Northwest) - Closing
The Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble will break in their return to the IRL stage with a play about "borderlands, family, and home." The performance will bolster the company's Festival de Fronteriza, a celebration of local Latinx voices featuring food, live music, and vendors.
Portland Playhouse (Northeast)
Oregon Contemporary Open House
The Oregon Center for Contemporary Art (née Disjecta) will break in its new moniker with an open house promising "misting arches" and a shady courtyard, air-conditioned galleries, and vegan paletas from Ice Queen in flavors like Oatchata, Piña Colada, Mangonada, and Partners N Cream, plus cold drinks from Mayfly.
Oregon Center for Contemporary Art (North Portland)
Zenger Farm 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Zenger Farm’s third annual Juneteenth Celebration is centered around sharing and uplifting Black voices, stories, and food traditions. The event will include delicious vegan food by Earthly Gourmet and Tofurky, fresh hibiscus tea beverages (bissap) from Hibisbloom, storytime for children, and food history with chef Rachelle Dixon. Multiple activity stations such as DIY bath salt- and scrub-making, herb and veggie taste-testing, and Black history activity cards will keep families busy. The pilot program Portland Street Response will table at the event.
Zenger Farm (Southeast)
Pride in the Park
The queer woman-owned CBD business Empower Bodycare has stepped up to host this all-day outdoor affair for Pride, where DJ Vamarcha, Portland singer-songwriter Olivia Klugman, and drag artists The Eggboy and Sex Ghost will keep you entertained.
Laurelhurst Park (Southeast)
Shop from over 60 local Indigenous vendors while you enjoy live music and food and beer offerings.
10750 NE Sandy Blvd (Northeast)
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
This year’s festival will feature one main exhibition, Art in the Park, and a two-day outdoor sale in a COVID-safe environment. The exhibit will showcase over 100 Pacific Northwest artists in categories such as 3D mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, fiber art, glass, sculpture, woodworking, and more.
George Rogers Park
FOOD & DRINK
Midsommar Fest at Fullerton Wine Bar
Erase all thoughts of the 2019 Ari Aster film and celebrate the Nordic holiday Midsommar with a traditionally decorated maypole, fresh floral wreath-making, and the Fullerton family's favorite recipes. They'll also pour a special rosé vertical tasting with vintages of their Three Otters Rosé from every year from 2015-2020, so you can compare and contrast.
Fullerton Tasting Room (Northwest)
Beaverton Pride 2021
There won't be a parade, but Beaverton will hold a scaled-down Pride celebration in the parking lot of their Farmers Market and at the Library Green, featuring a performance from Portland drag star Poison Waters, plus a market. The event will be equipped with misting stations and free water bottles.
Beaverton Farmers Market