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32 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: June 10-12, 2022

Oregon Midsummer Festival, March For Our Lives, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
June 10, 2022
Prance around a maypole at the Oregon Midsummer Festival. (Nordic Northwest via Facebook)
You know what makes a good weekend great? Getting out and having fun without the hassle of planning or spending a lot of money. We have ideas that fit that bill, from the Oregon Midsummer Festival to DRIPFEST PDX and from March For Our Lives to Eyelids’ Almost Record Release Party.

Oregon’s statewide mask mandate has been lifted, venues may have their own health guidelines in place. We advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.

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Eyelids’ Almost Record Release Party Add to a List
After being struck with record delays and show cancellations, Portland indie-rock band Eyelids (consisting of members from Guided By Voices, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, The Decemberists, Camper Van Beethoven, and Boston Spaceship) are persisting with an almost record release party for their forthcoming album, A Colossal Waste Of Light, due this October. The group will celebrate the album with a performance of deep cuts and rare tracks along with some special surprises and snazzy commemorative posters. Plus, Herman Jolly of ‘90s indie rock outfit Sunset Valley will support with a solo set.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)

Goodnight, Texas Add to a List
Folk-rock wanderers Goodnight, Texas get their name from the sleepy town that marks the geographic midpoint between frontmen Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, who live on opposite sides of the country. The disassembled ensemble, who are known for eclectic projects like a collaboration with legendary metalheads Metallica and a featured track on Netflix's Tiger King, will support their new album, How Long Will It Take Them To Die, a haunting collection of dust-coated western tracks.
(Dante's, Old Town-Chinatown, $15)

Hovvdy with Mini Trees Add to a List
Yeehavv! Austin, Texas hailing indie-pop duo Hovvdy will stop by on their True Love tour, supporting their acclaimed new album of the same name. The album employs warm acoustic guitars and dreamy production (thanks to noted producer Andrew Sarlo, known for his work with Big Thief) for an affectionate array of songs that explore romantic relationships and fatherhood. "Living room pop" project Mini Trees will start the night with tracks off their latest album, Always In Motion. 
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)

Jeffrey Silverstein + Weezy Ford Add to a List
Portland-based singer-songwriter Jeffrey Silverstein's breezy new EP, Torii Gates, utilizes unaffected Kurt Vile-esque vocals, gentle drum machines, and shimmering air-light guitars to bring an overall windswept feel to the psychedelic folk sound he's known for. Fellow Portlander Weezy Ford will start the night with some tender acoustic tunes. 
(Show Bar, Buckman, $12)

Rockin' the Walk Concert Series Presented by Mad Tasty Add to a List
West Coast League baseball team the Portland Pickles will team up with Mad Tasty (a beverage company founded by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder) for a series of pre-game live concerts at select Friday home games throughout the summer, opening this week with riff-heavy rockers The Macks.
(Walker Stadium, Lents, free with purchase of $12 game ticket)


Spring Rose Show Add to a List
Touted as the largest and longest-running rose show in the country, the Portland Rose Society's annual spring rose show is part of the Portland Rose Festival. Entry is open to rose growers from around the PNW, with shiny trophies on the line. Stop to see and smell the roses at this event that displays the flower in a spectrum of colors and fragrances.
(Lloyd Center, Lloyd District, free)



March For Our Lives Add to a List
Hard to believe we're still protesting this shit, but here we are. In the United States, there have been more mass shootings than days in the year so far in 2022. This doesn't have to be our reality. Show up to show our elected officials that thoughts and prayers aren't—and have never been—enough. Safety from gun violence only comes with concrete change.
(Various locations, free)


Madison Sinclair Add to a List
Madison Sinclair, staff writer for Alec Baldwin's well-deserved roast and MTV's Game of Clones, was a regular performer at the Laugh Factory and other LA venues pre-pandemic. She's only 27, so Sinclair is still out here discovering stuff with the rest of us, and she brings a fresh perspective to the stage—plus dogs, sometimes. (Revolution Hall, Buckman, $15)


Oregon Midsummer Festival Add to a List
This Midsummer celebration is a little less "Ari Aster folk horror," and more "Nordic summer delicacies and yard games." But yes, you can still wear a flower crown. Warm up to the summer sun with maypole decorating, Scandinavian traditional dancing, Nordic vintage vendors, and Viking history. You'll find cinnamon sugar lefse, Danish æbelskiver, pølser, and other delicious unpronounceables available for snacking, too, plus a beer and wine garden. Skål!
(Oaks Park, Sellwood, $0-$12)


Big Hats Brunch Show Add to a List
Don your most outrageously oversized chapeau for this drag brunch, which explores the intersection of Black culture and drag and features a lineup of local Black performers.
(Curious Comedy Theater, King, $15-$150)


Laurelwood Brewing Co. 21st Anniversary Party with Lost Ox Add to a List
Laurelwood Brewing Co., which turned 21 this year, is now old enough to drink. They'll celebrate the occasion with live music from the local band Lost Ox, $4 pints of beer, free axe-throwing with Celtic Axe, a bike raffle from Trek Bicycles, a balloonist, and more entertainment.
(Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, Rose City Park, free)

Tropitaal Desi Latino Soundclash: DJ Anjali, The Incredible Kid, and DJ ALoSo Add to a List
Tropitaal blends Latin American tropical sounds with rhythms from India to create a unique sound that will perfectly soundtrack this reoccurring dance party. This time around, resident DJs Anjali and The Incredible Kid will be joined by guest DJ ALoSo for sets across the spectrum of Latin, Caribbean, and South Asian sounds.
(Goodfoot, Kerns, $12)


Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade Add to a List
Beloved for over a century, this procession celebrates more than just flowers—it's a testament to the beauty in local, regional, and international communities, with floats of all sizes decked out in dazzling blooms. Alongside the parade of floats, you'll find musicians, equestrians, marching groups, drill teams, vintage vehicles, dancers, llamas, and more. There's a lot to celebrate!
(Various locations, free)


Drag Me To SCRAP! A Creative Reuse Fashion and Drag Show Benefit Add to a List
This two-day Pride dragstravaganza will include a "trash-to-fashion" open studio, which invites drag enthusiasts to build community and work together on wearable art, as well as a drag show hosted by "monstrously fashionable" local queen Sue from Corporate. Raffles and silent auctions will support SCRAP and local LGBTQ+ organizations Sexual/Gender Minority Youth Resource Center and Beyond These Walls.
(Gallery Go Go, Downtown, $7)

Hillsboro Pride Party Add to a List
Drag diva Poison Waters and dance-pop bunch The CJ Mickens Band will make this a Pride party to remember. The free, all-ages, family-friendly event will also include art vendors, surprise performances, resource sharing, and plenty of snacks to nosh on. (Jerry Willey Plaza, Hillsboro, free)

Portland Lesbian Choir: Hold Fast to Dreams Add to a List
The Portland Lesbian Choir will return to the stage for the first time in two years for a Pride celebration concert that will include the premiere of "Reverie," a dream-filled new work by Baltimore-based composer Alysia Lee.
(Parkrose High School, Parkrose, Sliding Scale $5-$100)


DRIPFEST PDX: Streetwear Festival Add to a List
Sneakerheads, hoodie lovers, and graphic tee enthusiasts, let's goooo! You'll wanna cop everything at this sick one-day festival with fresh drip from local streetwear brands Babywax, Bryce Wong, Compound, and more, plus vintage vendors and music. As the kids would say, this event "goes hard," so there'll be plenty of food and drink if all the vibes work up an appetite.
(NW Davis & 3rd, Old Town-Chinatown, free)

The Not-Quite-Perfect Sale presented by Eileen Fisher Renew + Portland Garment Factory Add to a List
Eileen Fisher's breezy linen garb is a staple of the Portland look—if you've ever wondered where someone's airy culottes or lightweight coat is from, it might be Eileen. At the Not-Quite-Perfect Sale, stylish Portlanders will snag Eileen Fisher duds with minor flaws at a major discount. But style isn't the only reason this sale has become a tradition. It also honors the brand's sustainable ethos, and this time around, a portion of the proceeds will support KairosPDX, a transformative education nonprofit working to end achievement gaps caused by systemic racism.
(Portland Garment Factory, Montavilla, free)



Sundae Jams Add to a List
Within Lake Oswego's hub of beloved Portland restaurants, donut shop Fills will host a weekly music series for you to enjoy while you fill up on sweet treats, and partake in tastings of spirits, beer, and wine. This Sunday, revel in some ragtime tunes from Boy & Bean while sipping on some tasty spirits from Old Forester Whiskey.
(Mercato Grove, Lake Oswego, free)

Vansire Add to a List
The Rochester, Minnesota-hailing dream-pop duo consisting of high school buddies Josh Augustin and Samuel Winemiller make their way to Portland in support of their laid-back new album, The Modern Western World, which boldly floats across a wide array of genres, including smooth jazz, acoustic folk, indie-pop, and hip-hop. Eighties-inspired indie-rock project Valley Palace will start the night along with bedroom-pop trio Shimmertraps.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt, $15)


Basic Rights Oregon Benefit Party Add to a List
Shake your booty to a mix of throwback bangers of the hip-hop, R&B, and pop variety from DJ Kris as you help raise funds for Basic Rights Oregon, an organization that advocates for "equality for transgender Oregonians to meet basic needs like housing, employment, health care, and more."
(Holy Ghost, Brooklyn, No cover; Donations encouraged)

Sunday Social: DJ Solo, Sondae Blue, and Myrie Add to a List
Do you like to party but still enjoy being in bed by 10 pm? DJ Solo and The Legendary Agency have got you covered with a day party for the ages featuring sets from 
hip-hop-centric DJs Solo, Sondae Blu, and Myrie.
(Holocene, Buckman, $10)


Colors of Love Party - A Pride Event at Migration's Williams Pub Add to a List
Migration Brewing's new Pride Committee will host this party with tunes from DJ Troubled Youth, irresistible brunch specials like "McMuffin-ish" breakfast burgers and Hawaiian French toast sticks, and drink specials curated by LGBTQ-owned Shine Distillery.
(Migration Brewing, Boise)

The Superstar Divas Mega-PRIDE-Kick Off! Add to a List
As one of Portland's longest-running drag shows, Superstar Divas knows a thing or two about pride. Join epic queens and longtime hosts Isaiah, Honey, and Bolivia for this Pride month kick-off with performances by Imperial Ms. Gay Washington 2022 Lavish Leone and the exceptionally tall Inanna Miss, plus Rogue Storm Safari, Henny La Jade, and others.
(CC Slaughters, Old Town-Chinatown, $10)


Pre-Father’s Day Artisan Market Add to a List
Dads are a mysterious, hard-to-shop-for bunch. In our experience, though, you can't go wrong with food, coffee, brewskies, and fine American craftsmanship—just ask Ron Swanson. Ron has another quote we live by: "Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing." With over a dozen Oregon-based artisan brands on site, including FINEX Cast Iron, Stahl Firepit, Westward Whiskey, pFriem Family Brewers, Coava Coffee, and more, chances are good that you'll find a whole-ass gift for Dad at this market.
(Steelport Knife Co., Laurelhurst, free)


Ride and Wrench Series Add to a List
This monthly series by Trek Portland consists of a "casual" group ride along the Springwater Corridor followed by a basic bike maintenance clinic. Each month will feature a different basic maintenance skill so you can be self-sufficient in keeping your ride rolling smoothly. Plus, the shop will have tool giveaways that correspond to the skill of the month, and refreshments to keep your mind and body focused.
(Trek Bicycle Westmoreland, Westmoreland, free)



Portland Margarita Week 2022 Add to a List
Gulp down salty, limey elixirs from nearly two dozen locally owned bars and restaurants. Four dollars from each margarita sold will be donated to the nonprofit organization El Patojismo, and sponsors will match each donation. 
(Various locations, Friday-Sunday)


Dinolandia Add to a List
Whimsical illustrator Mike Bennett presents his latest installation, a two-story immersive museum filled with illustrated life-size dinosaurs. Who needs a trip to Jurassic Park when we've got Dinolandia in the heart of Portland?
(710 SW Yamhill St., Downtown, $5, Friday-Sunday)

Fool's Gold Add to a List
Artist and educator Jodie Cavalier is a noteworthy name in the Portland scene—the PNCA MFA grad also teaches at the school, and has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally. In Fool's Gold, Cavalier reflects on her grandfather's death through a series of ceramic objects and works on paper made from natural materials. Pulling from her grandfather's stories and memories, Cavalier's works serve as a meditation on the complexity of loss.
(HOLDING Contemporary, Pearl District, free, Friday-Saturday)

Held Tight Add to a List
Beloved Nob Hill gallery Fuller Rosen is skippin' town to reopen in Philly, and they're going out with a bang with this exhibition of new work by Molly Alloy and Arielle Zamora. Contemplating "collective queer immortality," Alloy creates space for healing and nature-based connection through sculptures made from reclaimed materials like driftwood and leather. Zamora's works are more formal, exploring layers of line and form through a detailed geometric process.
(Fuller Rosen Gallery, Northwest District, free, Friday-Sunday)


Dragon Boat Races Add to a List
Since 1989, the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races have brought a thrilling Chinese tradition right to the Willamette River. Over 60 teams are set to compete with ferociously colorful boats provided by the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association.
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown, free, Saturday-Sunday)

Fleet Week Add to a List
Tour a working Navy or Coast Guard ship as seamen come ashore in this annual Rose Festival tradition that has held strong for over 80 years.
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown, free, Friday-Sunday)


Spectrum Art Market: Pride Pop-Up Add to a List
Show 'em you were born this way with some fresh duds and housewares at this LGBTQ2SIA+ pop-up market. The market is held every second Saturday through October, but this extra-special two-day edition turns up for Pride with new artisans hawking ceramics, art, textiles, apparel, jewelry, and accessories each day. It'll all go down at Q Center, the largest LGBTQ+ community center in the Pacific Northwest.
(Q Center, Boise, free, Saturday-Sunday)

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