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38 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: Dec 3-5, 2021

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, ScanFair, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
December 2, 2021
Get ready to have festive ditties stuck in your head for the rest of the season—the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition returns to Pioneer Courthouse Square this Saturday.

It might be tempting to spend another weekend glued to your couch (figuratively speaking), but even if you're pinching pennies and hate to plan, there are lots of reasons to put on your outside clothes over the next couple of days. We've compiled all the $15-and-under, easy-to-do-on-a-dime events below, from a screening of the recently restored Iranian New Wave film Chess of the Wind Add to a List to the opening of Mizaji Gallery Add to a List and NoNi Add to a List , and from ScanFair Reimagined Add to a List to a German Christmas Market Add to a List . Looking for even more options? Check out this week's top picks Add to a List . 

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Chess of the Wind Add to a List
This jewel of pre-revolution New Wave Iranian cinema was only recently rediscovered and restored (courtesy of Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project) after being banned in Iran for decades. A murder mystery, Mohammad Reza Aslani's Chess of the Wind unfolds in an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal ensnares the heirs to a family fortune as they vie for control of their recently-deceased matriarch’s estate.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)


Black Bulb Mega Fest Add to a List
Make it a late night with this mini-festival of performances by Fountaine, Pleasure Curses, Andy Breshears, Youngshirtmane, eso.xo.supreme, and SamuelThe1st, bolstered by local shopping opportunities with Lonely Design Co. and local drinking opportunities with Wild Roots Vodka and Silver Moon Brewing. 
Alberta Street Pub, King (free)

Live Band Karaoke with Hans & the Wanted Add to a List
Take all of your shower- and/or car-singing skills to the next level and hit the stage. You'll feel like a bonafide rockstar singing your favorite karaoke tunes with top 40 cover band Hans & the Wanted providing live backing. We hope you'll hear cheers and not jeers.
Kells Brewery, Nob Hill (free)


Mizaji Gallery Grand Opening Add to a List
Join local multimedia artists Hasmood and Zack Doherty for the debut of their new gallery space, which plans to play host to weekly showcases of both digital and physical art. This opening party promises music and beverages whose donation-based proceeds will benefit the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization.
Mizaji Gallery, Eliot (free)

Mobak Art Opening Add to a List
Check out new work by Mobak, Bobby Adams, Anna Rogers, and Courtney Knight at the gallery's second-ever show, and stay for a vinyl DJ set and drinks. 
Fishbowl Gallery, Eliot (free)

NoNi Opening Night Add to a List
Billing itself as a sensory-altering "private visual art experience," this new gallery curated by local artist R.Ariel will unveil its first interactive installation. 
NoNi, Central Eastside ($10)


Fremont Holiday Fest Add to a List
Head to the charming North Portland street for selfies with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music, hot cocoa and snacks, and wreaths for sale.
NE Fremont between 42nd-46th Street (free)

Holiday Art Market and Open Studios Add to a List
Find great gifts from local artists—including 100 works under $100—at this art market and open studio.
East Creative Collective, Buckman (free)

Multnomah Village Holiday Gala Add to a List
The already charming Multnomah Village will turn on the charm even more with their tree lighting and sing-along, an appearance from Santa, festive treats, and more special surprises and holiday promotions.
Multnomah Village, Southwest (free)



Clackamas County Winter Fair Add to a List
Escape from reality and into a brief quarter-mile wonderland in the form of a walk-through sparkly light tunnel. Visits from socially distanced Santa and a Christmas tree show will sweeten the deal.
Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby ($15)


Brian Pater Presents: Sea Wall Add to a List
In this solo work written by Simon Stephens (who wrote the award-winning stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Tom Williamson, a man (Brian Pater) speaks directly to the audience about "love and scuba diving, the possibility of faith, and being the polar opposite of Daniel Craig." The performance will be followed by a Q&A.
Shoebox Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($12)



A Vintage Christmas Show 2021 Add to a List
Charm the socks off your gift recipients or housemates by picking up antique Christmas bits and baubles. 
Monticello Antique Marketplace, Montavilla (free)

Portland Night Market Add to a List
Browse over 75 Portland vendors at this after-hours market in a hip warehouse with an outdoor bar and food trucks.
100 SE Alder, Central Eastside ($10)


Christmas Ships Parade 2021 Add to a List
Since 1954, heavily decorated and lit boats and ships have been trucking up and down the Willamette in a nightly Christmas Ship Parade during most of December (weather permitting). Bundle up, head to the river, and check ’em out—and to find their exact location, you can even follow them on Twitter (@ChristmasShips). WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Various locations (free)

Portland’s Public Menorah Lighting Add to a List
Chabad of Oregon will have the honor of lighting the giant menorah in Pioneer Courthouse Square; a ceremony bolstered by live music, Hanukkah noshes, "dignitaries," and other family-friendly festivities.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (free)

ScanFair Reimagined 2021 Add to a List
Celebrate the holiday season with Nordic flair—it’s so chilly up there, they’re experts at making things merry and bright! Enjoy traditional foods, meet and take a photo with Joulupukki (Finnish Santa), and amble through the Fogelbo (Swedish for "bird nest") to admire a winter wonderland light display. You'll also be able to shop locally crafted wares, take in a holiday exhibit, and more.
Nordic Northwest, Southwest ($5)



Isn't She Great: Miss Congeniality Add to a List
Co-hosted by Anthony Hudson, this birthday edition of the Hollywood's women in comedy series opens with a stand-up set from L.A.'s Ella Gale. Stay on after to watch Sandra Bullock play an undercover FBI agent tasked with competing in the Miss United States Pageant to stop a terrorist from blowing it up. 
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood Theatre ($10)


B.R. Mount and The Doubt, Ben and the Bloodshots, Jackie DeVille Add to a List
Chill out to indie folk-rock with Portlanders B.R. Mount and The Doubt, Ben and the Bloodshots, and Jackie DeVille.
No Fun, Buckman ($8)

Jenny Don't and the Spurs, Silver Triplets of the Rio Hondo Add to a List
Jenny Don't and the Spurs play vintage country and western straight out of the lonesomest corners of mid-20th century America, Don't and her cohorts sound nothing like a museum piece; rather, there's grit, sadness, and an edge of danger to these rumbling-boxcar country songs. They'll be joined tonight by Silver Triplets of the Rio Hondo, who claim their songs "could live as easily on a dilapidated cruise ship as they could inside a honky-tonk bar." 
Bunk Bar, Buckman ($13)

Legacy Of The G.O.A.T. Add to a List
Jay-Z stans can pay tribute to the rapper with a night of his biggest hits, plus tracks from the likes of Rihanna, Kanye, and more.
Morrison Market, Buckman ($5-$10)


Department of Truth Art Print Release Add to a List
Shop a series of single-print pieces from local artists like Eryk Donovan and Adam Borden, both of whom will be onsite to sign their work.
Things From Another World, Milwaukie & Beaverton (free)

Winter Warehouse Sale Add to a List
Scoop up new and vintage roller derby merch from local teams like High Rollers, Heartless Heathers, Break Neck Betties, and Guns N Rollers. 
The Hangar at Oaks Park, Sellwood (free) 


811 Shops Holiday Market Add to a List
Find an array of handmade clothing, jewelry, leather goods, vintage items, and gifts at this market anchored by a collection of nine women-owned shops that will host pop-ups from other local makers.
811 Shops, East Burnside (free)

German Christmas Market Add to a List
Indulge in some vintage-y Christmas charm at this German-inspired market complete with vendors, hot drinks and spiced wine, live music by the 204th Army Band, a sing-along with the Barbershop Chorus, live goats (!), and appearances from Saint Nick and Krampus.
German American Society, Rose City Park (free)

Hip Chicks Holiday Market Add to a List
Shop your heart out with a glass of vino in hand at Portland’s oldest urban winery, which will have an indoor/outdoor setup with plenty of heaters. Local artisans will be sampling and selling their products and you can score special discounts on Hip Chicks wine and holiday sangria. You'll also be able to partake in a wine tasting ($10 or complimentary with a donation of food or personal hygiene items which will go to Esther's Pantry Food Bank).
Hip Chicks Do Wine, Reed (free)

Oregon Contemporary Holiday Art Market and Shop Ox Launch Add to a List
Shop original artworks on paper from over 40 regional artists, plus artist-made home goods, jewelry, prints, apparel, games, holiday decorations and more at Oregon Contemporary’s newly launched store Shop Ox. Before or after you get your shopping done, take in performances and exhibitions from artists all over the world, which will be on view throughout the building. Festive holiday libations will be available from the neighboring taproom and bottle shop Mayfly along with snacks from the gallery’s cafe.
Oregon Center for Contemporary Art, Kenton (free) 

Penguin Park Winter Makers Market Add to a List
Fans of Sanrio will appreciate the cutesy branding of this volunteer-run market which will host 50 vendors at an indoor/outdoor venue. The market is sponsored by the local office-and-home goods manufacturer Grovemade, who will have factory seconds on offer—perfect for sprucing up your WFH setup for the new year.
6524 N Albina Ave, Piedmont (free)

Photos with the Grinch & Cindy Lou Who Add to a List
The mall will transform into Whoville for an afternoon to make the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who feel at home as visitors snap photos with them. All proceeds will benefit Howard's Heart and the Salvation Army.  
Lloyd Center, Lloyd District ($5)

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition Add to a List
Former Mercury writer Ciara Dolan once wrote, "Caroling is a thankless sport—singing for heartless Grinches (like myself) while exposed to the elements must wear you down. Although I can’t support the intersection of pirate culture and Christmas, and although I would never be caught dead caroling myself, based on the impressive endurance and stamina required to partake in this yuletide activity, I’m giving it 10 out of 10 candy canes."
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (free)

WoodWorker Holiday Market Add to a List
From furniture to housewares and more from local woodworkers and artisans like Are You Going Places, Arc Art, Best Coast Candle Company, Briar Rose Creamery, and many others.
Baerlic Brewing Company, Hosford-Abernethy (free)



2021 Annual Model Train Show Add to a List
The Columbia Gorge Railroad Club will host their annual model train show once again so kids and adults alike can marvel over the largest model train layouts in the Pacific Northwest. It's never been easier to see sights from the Columbia River Gorge to Portland's historic Union Station to Wishram, WA.
Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, Eliot ($10)


Unique Markets Portland Holiday 2021 Pop-Up Add to a List
In addition to hunting down the perfect gifts amongst over 140 local designers, artists and small businesses, you can wrap said gifts at the market's DIY gift wrapping station, hit the photobooth to get a holiday portrait taken, and enjoy some free mulled wine from Coopers Hall. You can also level up your shopping experience with a VIP ticket that will grant you access to a “plush lounge” where you can gather your strength for a second wind shopping spree with complimentary Straightaway Cocktails.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District ($5+)


Sugar Town Illuminated: Holiday Light Display Event Add to a List
“I'm in shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo Sugar Town” ...Nancy Sinatra may not be in attendance at this festive candy-themed light display, but DJs Action Slacks and Tom Kay will be on hand spinning vintage vinyl on opening night with a rotating cast of DJs taking up musical duties throughout the rest of the week. Party in candy land on Kenton Club's patio while enjoying holiday treats and seasonal drinks.
World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton ($5-$10)



NW Marine Art Works Holiday Market + Open Studios Add to a List
Seize the chance to see where artistic magic happens as NW Marine Art Works welcomes you into their studios for an open house and holiday market. Over 50 local artists and artisans will be set up around NWMAW's industrial space (organizers suggest bundling up and warm drinks will be available) with a selection of jewelry and accessories, apparel, paintings and prints, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and housewares.
Northwest Marine Art Works, Northwest (free)


Golgo 13: The Professional Add to a List
Hitman Golgo 13 finds his next job interrupted after assassinating an oil tycoon's son in this 1983 anime classic, screened tonight as part of the theater's new Animayhem series. 
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)


Courtney Freed Five Add to a List
Soulful jazz musician Courtney Freed will tow her band along for a night out on Alberta.
Alberta Street Pub, King ($10)

The RTs Add to a List
The RT's (FKA The Rad Tads) have traded in their raucous and brassy jazz and blues sound for a sound they think is a little more refined.
Mississippi Studios, Boise ($12)

Vinyl Record Party Add to a List
Get down to soul and funk at this all-vinyl dance party with DJ Doc Rock, also featuring an off-the-decks set from a live reggae band.
Cruzroom, Concordia ($5-$7)

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