Cheap & Easy

65 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: Apr 15-17, 2022

2nd Annual Golden Egg Hunt, Earth Day at the Oregon Garden, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
April 15, 2022
Hop aboard the Oregon Garden's new-and-improved tram during their free admission day tomorrow.
This Easter weekend, check out cheap and easy festive events from the 2nd Annual Golden Egg Hunt to Easter BINGO and from Dragmatic Brunch to Pink Rabbit Bunny Party. Plus, celebrate Earth Day early with Earth People Fair and free admission at Earth Day at The Oregon Garden. For more delicious weekend ideas, check out our guide to Easter and Passover food.

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Watership Down Past Event List
Richard Adams's dystopic novel about a bunny community under a destructive threat comes to life in this unsettling tale of survival. While the film is rendered in an enchanting naturalistic style, the story is far from bucolic—it's a tragic search for freedom amid political turmoil. Happy Easter!
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $8)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Past Event List With rivers of chocolate and life-sized lollipops, Willy Wonka brought kid-friendly psychedelia to new heights. The familiar tale, based on Roald Dahl's visionary work Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, follows one youngster's quest for a golden ticket to Wonka's bizarre factory of sugary delights.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)


90's Hip Hop & Rnb Night: DJ O.G.ONE, Mighty Juggernaut, DJ O.G.TOO, and DJ Klyph
Past Event List Legendary PNW DJ O.G.ONE will man the decks with support from DJs Mighty Juggernaut, O.G.TOO, and Klyph. They'll be spinning all the classic '80s and '90s funk, hip-hop, and R&B that your heart desires.
(The Get Down, Buckman, $10-$12)

Bad Panda, Brandonlee Cierley, and Ofosho Past Event List
Get a hefty dose of funky jazz fusion and hip-hop courtesy of local quartet Bad Panda, Tacoma-born saxophonist Brandonlee Cierley, and experimental project Ofosho.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

CaptainAustinShark, The Fire Rising, Jet Echo, and ZJ's Past Event List
Boise rippers The Fire Rising will be joined by local heavies CaptainAustinShark, Jet Echo, and ZJ's for a riff-driven array of death metal, art-punk, roadhouse rock, and psych.
(Hawthorne Hideaway, Buckman, free)

Dan Balmer's Quiet Trio Past Event List
One of only five musicians to be a member of both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame, guitarist Dan Balmer has established himself as a staple of the Portland jazz scene. He will be accompanied by bassist Bill Athens and drummer Chris Lee for an evening of contemporary jazz. 
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

DJ Kitty McKlaine Past Event List
PNW native Kitty McKlaine will soundtrack your Sunday night with '80s synth-pop, dance, and contemporary electronic tunes pulled from her extensive vinyl collection.
(Show Bar, Buckman, Free)

Forester Past Event List
California electro-indie duo Forester will continue their mission to "transport the listener to wide open spaces" through their blending of acoustic and electronic instruments.
(Holocene, Buckman, $15)

Fortunate Son (Tribute to CCR) Past Event List
Throw on your fringe vest and revel in that swampy '60s San Francisco sound with Fortunate Son, who will pay tribute to the country-rock heroes Creedence Clearwater Revival.
(Al's Den, West End, $7)

Interger (EP Release)
Past Event List Jazz trio Interger, led by composer/pianist Todd Marston, aims to hit the spaces in between post-rock, minimal classical, and world music, with their groovy rhythms and decadent melodies. Join the band as they celebrate the release of their debut self-titled EP. 
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Isabeau Waiaʻu Walker, Twin Bridges, and Soft Change Past Event List
Isabeau Waia'u Walker, who can be seen playing with Latin indie outfit Y La Bamba, will bring her gift of storytelling through acoustic folk-inspired songs alongside local singer-songwriters Twin Bridges and Soft Change.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $7-$9)

LP & The Old Fashioned's Past Event List
Local honky tonk heroes LP & The Old Fashioned's will jam some western swing tunes to get your weekend started.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $15)

Monty Vega & The Sittin' Shivas, The Dead Dives, and One Drink & Other Lies
Past Event List A loyal Ramones fandom rings through clear as day with old-school punks Monty Vega & The Sittin' Shivas, who will set up shop after spooky noisemakers The Dead Dives and surf-rock quartet One Drink & Other Lies.
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)

Schaus & ePP Past Event List
Step out on the town for an energizing night of local music with electronic/alt-pop band Schaus and hip-hop group ePP.
(The Sïx, Sunnyside, $10)

The Prids, Sick Wish, and Ekko the Strange
Past Event List Portland-based post-punk/indie rock outfit The Prids are known for their moody tunes and running the label collective This-a-Way Records. They'll be joined by fellow goths Sickwish and Poland-based darkwave band Ekko the Strange.
(Coffin Club, Buckman, $10-$15)

Tony Coleman's Tribute to the Three Kings (BB, Albert, Freddie)
Past Event List Prominent Portland-based blues drummer Tony Coleman will pay tribute to his former mentors and collaborators BB King, Albert King, and Freddie King, with an all-star lineup of local musicians playing the iconic works of these dearly departed icons. 
(Jack London Revue, Downtown, $15)

Ukeladies Reunion Show
Past Event List The Ukeladies are a 10-piece all-female group who rock out on ukuleles, trash can bass, and washboard percussion, all while singing together in harmony. Catch up with the band as they reunite for an evening of classic covers and more.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, $15)


Art As Chairs Show Opening Past Event List
“Digital physical gallery” Mizaji presents this art show featuring the works of Brad Atkins, Dawn Cerny, Zack Dougherty, Seth Fountain, Hasmood, Joe Horner, Ákos Huber, Stone Jarboe, Miracle Seltzer, and Vince Skelly. Brainfreeze Treats Club will be in attendance scooping rainbow sherbet; don’t miss out!
(Mizaji Gallery, Eliot, free)



Comedy: The Musical - (Not So) Best Hits of the 90's
Past Event List This '90s edition of Comedy: The Musical brings back the decade's (not so) best hits and blends them with hilarious stand-up. In truly improvisational fashion, musicians will construct a punchline-ridden song on the spot based on jokes told by performing comics.
(Cruzroom, Concordia, $5)


Aguirre, The Wrath of God
Past Event List Notable chicken critic and brilliant director Werner Herzog is the driving force behind Aguirre, The Wrath of God's scathing power. The film follows a ruthless Spanish conquistador (played by the always-intense Klaus Kinski) who descends into madness while searching for the mythical El Dorado.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $8)

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust Past Event List
Director Ann Kaneko braids together the memories of women across generations: Native Americans, Japanese American WWII incarcerees, and environmentalists who each share a common journey to defend their land and water. This screening will be followed by a water rights panel discussion between Kaneko, Bishop-Paiute Tribe member Sky Vasquez, and Director of Environmental and Special Projects Joel Moffett from Native Americans in Philanthropy.
(Whitsell Auditorium, South Park Blocks, free)

Pushed Up the Mountain Past Event List
This lyrical, reflective documentary considers the impacts of colonialism on the natural world through the lens of the migrating rhododendron plant, which is endangered in its native China. Traveling between Scotland and China, Pushed Up the Mountain spotlights conservationists working to encourage the rhododendron's survival. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Julia Haslett.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8 - $10)


Brigitta Teuscher Quartet Past Event List
Experience the powerful warmth of jazz vocalist Brigitta Teuscher's contralto sound, accompanied by pianist Greg Goebel, bassist Garrett Baxter, and drummer Todd Strait.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Daemones "Petrichords" (Album Release Show)
Past Event List Portland quintet Daemones will showcase a set of spacey dream-pop and psych-tinged shoegaze as they celebrate the release of their new album, Petrichords. Melodic post-punks and "sexy groovy gaze" alt-rockers Ten Million Lights will join the party.
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $10)

Past Event List Portland five-piece Daystar will light up the stage with their cinematic harmonies and lush melodies inspired by classic rock bands like Wings, The Faces, and Badfinger. 
(Al's Den, West End, $10)

DJ Moodytwoshoes Past Event List
Put on your dancing shoes and get down to a mix of soul, garage, and R&B classics remixed by DJ Moodytwoshoes.
(Show Bar, Buckman, free)

Girlgoyle, Self Care, and Manic Pixie Dream Boat
Past Event List Gear up for an evening of sweet and sour indie rock with folky singer-songwriter Girlgoyle, dreamy psych-pop band Self Care, and rock trio Manic Pixie Dream Boat.
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)

Has/Will, i.o, and Basso Profondo
Past Event List Soak up some jam heavy punk with Portland outfit Has/Will, who will most likely play songs from their 2021 album, Harbinger Of What. Victoria, BC experimental rockers i.o will get things started alongside indie-jazz duo Basso Profondo.
(The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton, $10)

Lost Echoes & Veradas Past Event List
Get transported into a world of swirling psychedelia this weekend thanks to the droney darkwave outfit Lost Echoes and local psych-garage rockers Veradas.
(The Sïx, Sunnyside, $10)

Mexican Gunfight
Past Event List Rock 'n' roll four-piece Mexican Gunfight takes cues from homespun heavies like Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Santana for their bluesy grit, country lyricism, and expressive instrumentation. 
(McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $10)

Mic Crenshaw, Jonny Cool, & Face King
Past Event List Respected emcee, rapper, spoken word artist, poet, activist, and educator Mic Crenshaw will spit some powerful bars alongside rapper Jonny Cool and Ghanaian artist Face King.
(Alberta Abbey, King, $10)

Mizmor (Performing 'Cairn') with Vouna and Glasghote Past Event List
Portland doom metal artist Mizmor will play their acclaimed 2019 album, Cairn, in full with support from Olympia black metal outfit Vouna and local heavyweights Glasghote.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $15)

Pura Vida Orquestra Past Event List
Get down during this night of salsa, timba, cumbia, and cha cha with the Latin and tropical music ensemble, Pura Vida Orquestra. Don't forget to wear something suitable for dancing!
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, $15)

The Hot Lovin' Jazz Babies Past Event List
Local seven-piece The Hot Lovin' Jazz Babies will take you back in time to a hot swing and jazz club straight out of the 1930s.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

Tour De Force Past Event List
Portland-based "power trio" Tour de Force will play the funky high-energy jazz fusion that they're known for, with heavy influence from genres such as hip-hop, funk, and alt-rock. 
(Jack London Revue, Downtown, $12)

Trio Subtonic with D'Vonne Lewis Past Event List
This local jazz outfit, consisting of keyboardist Galen Clark, bassist Bill Athens, guitarist Dan Balmer, and drummer Michal Hummel, will bring you a set of funk-infused grooves.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $15)


Laffy Taffy Twerk
Past Event List DJs BNick and Jack will be spinning booty-busting twerk, trap, R&B, dancehall, and reggaeton to get you twerking all night long in "all ass-sorted flavors."
(Holocene, Buckman, $10-$15)


Pop-Up Mike Bennett Shop Past Event List
Mike Bennett's endearingly quirky world of animals with attitude will soon reach new heights in Dinolandia Past Event List , an immersive two-story museum. Help Mike reach his dino dreams at this art market pop-up, where he'll have lots of creature merch for sale. (710 SW Yamhill St., Downtown, free)


Earth People Fair Past Event List  
PSU's Learning Gardens Laboratory will host all you lovely Earth people for an afternoon of music, food, and workshops in a celebration of "Earth care, people care, and fair share." The fair will also include a plant sale, free raffle tickets, and info on some of Portland's sustainable organizations. All donations will go towards the LGL program, which promotes garden education and sustainability practices that are accessible to all.
(Learning Gardens Laboratory, Brentwood-Darlington, free) 

Earth Day at The Oregon Garden
Past Event List In honor of Earth Day, the Oregon Garden will offer free admission to their 80-acre property. Guests are invited to take a guided tour of their rediscovery forest, ride the garden's new tram, browse the gift shop and nursery, and chat with environmental education organizations about proper recycling habits, water conservation, and environmental stewardship. Plus, kiddos can help paint a themed mural and create "living jewelry."
(Oregon Garden, Silverton, free)


Nothingbeing: A Virtual Symposium
Past Event List In anticipation of their upcoming live performance NOTHINGBEING, collaborators David Thomson, Anna Martine Whitehead, Samita Sinha, and Takahiro Yamamoto present this symposium of three recorded performance presentations, a roundtable conversation, and a public Q&A session. Presented virtually, the symposium will include an excerpt from Whitehead’s FORCE! An opera in three acts and Yamamoto’s project with filmmaker Roland Dahwen. NOTHINGBEING ponders questions of unity, connection, acknowledgment, and the social self.
(Virtual via PICA, free)



Easter BINGO
Past Event List Celebrate Easter Sunday "the way the Lord intended—by day drinking and playing BINGO." There'll be prizes (of course), comedy, special guests, and mimosas. 
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $10-$20)

Egg Hunt Market Past Event List
On Easter Sunday, CORE food pod will have an egg hunt, live music, and local craft vendors such as Prop + Root Collective, Bus 20 Ceramics, Whimsy and Jade, and more.
(CORE, Lents, free)

Pink Rabbit Bunny Party
Past Event List Spend your Easter frolicking with real-life adoptable bunnies at Pink Rabbit's party, which will feature a meet-and-greet with experts from Rabbit Advocate. Other festivities include a flash tattoo truck, DJ tunes, a special food and drink menu, and a secret Easter egg hunt in the Pearl District. Reservations via Resy are not required but recommended.
(Pink Rabbit, Pearl District, free)


Church of Film: Uproar in Heaven Past Event List
Inspired by the 1592 novel Journey to the West, Wan Laiming’s Uproar in Heaven was the first animated feature film to come out of Mao's China. This unruly, imaginative tale tells of the magical Monkey King's rebellion against the all-powerful Jade Emperor.
(The Red Fox, Humboldt, free)

Necessity: Climate Justice and the Thin Green Line
Past Event List Portland-based documentary team J Haaken Productions will premiere Necessity: Climate Justice & The Thin Green Line for the first time at this screening. Part of the team's Necessity series, this documentary follows climate activists in the aftermath of their arrest for direct action at Zenith Energy in Portland and shares their thoughts on the Green New Deal.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)

S.I.N. Sundays: Predator
Past Event List Service industry professionals deserve it all: respect, a raise, and a discounted screening of this Schwartzenegger classic. When soldier Dutch is sent to the Guatemalan rainforest to rescue hostage politicians from guerrilla forces, he finds a trophy-hunting techno-alien leaving a trail of bodies in its wake.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10)


Bach to Rock - America's Music School: Swivel, Anatone, and Martha Past Event List
Tanasbourne music school Bach to Rock brings you a showcase of up-and-coming student bands featuring Anatone, Martha, and Swivel, with band members ranging from 12 to 17 years old. 
(McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $5)

Davi and Chitty Past Event List
Bring your weekend to a close with some classic soul and R&B from local vocalist duo Davi & Chitty, who are known for crooning classics from Aaliyah to Sam Cooke.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

FleischKrieg with Nolongerhuman and Particle Son
Past Event List FleischKrieg, a "brutalwave" four-piece out of LA, will throw a goth dance party with heavy electronic tunes full of retro synths and shredding guitars. The dark electronic vibe will be set by kindred locals Nolongerhuman and Particle Son.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $10)

Night Heron, Twingle, and Down Time
Past Event List Portland-based Night Heron is the new project of former Radiation City frontman Cameron Spies, whose debut record, Instructions for the Night, features "whispery" sad songs that "achieve an eccentric, ASMR-level of shush." They'll be joined by fellow Portland pop bands Twingle, and Down Time.
(Holocene, Buckman, $10)

Tempers with Leya Past Event List
Not to be mistaken for New York's Tempers (which I did, nonetheless), Seattle's the Tempers sound like a 21st-century version of Lene Lovich's cheeky, goth-inflected, new-wave disco flamboyancy. Their music whisks you away to a decadent European bat cave and makes you feel about 38 percent more glamorous than you actually are while listening to it. DAVE SEGAL
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)


Sunday Swing with 12th Avenue Hot Club Past Event List
Show off your dance moves at this weekly jazzy dance party. This edition will feature some classic acoustic swing from the local quintet 12th Avenue Hot Club, whose sound will have you reminiscing of greats like Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
(Alberta Abbey, King, $10)


Dragmatic Brunch
Past Event List Coco Jem Holiday will host this spring celebration, featuring drag performances by Eurora Volt, Mona Chrome, Babylon Brooks, Leilani Volt, and Henny La Jade. Don't forget to eat while you kiki—complimentary brunch fare from Butch & Nellies Meals on Heels will include creamy lemon tarts, blueberry pancake bites, mousse, and delectable morsels of pecan french toast while supplies last.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, $15)



2nd Annual Golden Egg Hunt Past Event List
Keep an eagle eye on Downtown Portland's official social media channels for daily clues on where to find a golden egg basket within the city center. It's finders keepers, and you must be 21 to claim one, so it sounds like some boozy treats may await basket hunters.
(Various locations, Downtown, free, Friday-Sunday)


Lilac Days 2022
Past Event List Take in the lovely scent of multi-hued lilacs (they're not just purple!) while they're in peak bloom at this National Historic Site. The gardens, named after German immigrant-turned-Washingtonian Hulda Klager, boast five exclusive varietals developed by the lilac cultivator. Hulda's farmhouse and the gift shop remain closed due to the pandemic, but the gardens will hold a plant sale outdoors.
(Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, Woodland, $5 gate fee, Saturday-Sunday)


Past Event List Guy Maddin's 1990 comedy-drama is set within the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia's Arkhangelsk (Archangel) region. Inspired by the "part-talkie" cinema genre, Maddin made Archangel on a tight $430,000 budget, using black-and-white 16mm film to reprise a bygone style.
(Fifth Avenue Cinema, Southwest Portland, $0-$5, Friday-Sunday)

CODA Past Event List
If you haven't seen the 2021 Best Picture Oscar winner because you don't have Apple+, rejoice! The history making CODA is finally hitting the big screen. This coming-of-age comedy/drama follows Ruby Rossi, the titular Child of Deaf Adults, as she balances helping out with her family's struggling business and pursuing her personal singing aspirations.
(Laurelhurst Theater, Buckman, $9, Friday-Sunday)

Everything Everywhere All at Once Past Event List
From directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka "The Daniels," this boggling blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy begins with an unlikely hero: an overworked laundromat owner struggling with her taxes. Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn, multiverse explorer, martial arts aficionado, and world saver.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $8-$11, Friday-Sunday)

Great Freedom Past Event List
In post-war Germany, a law criminalizing homosexuality repeatedly lands Hans in prison, where he forms an improbable friendship with a convicted murderer. This 2021 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner is presented by German Cinema Now!, a monthly film series spotlighting the best in German and transnational cinema.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $8-$11, Friday-Sunday)

Paris, 13th District Past Event List
Love, sex, and friendship intertwine in this chic, yet authentic Parisian tale. Émilie, Camille, and Nora are three restless millennials seeking deeper connections within the tricky terrain of modern, tech-driven intimacy.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $8-$11, Friday-Sunday)


In the Name of Forgotten Women
Past Event List Melding together poetry, music, movement, ritual, and projection, In the Name of Forgotten Women "bears witness to the global oppression of women and testifies to their resilience." Described as a dynamic "choreopoem," the performance is inspired by real-life incidents that span over 15 countries, features the voices of seven women, and culminates in a compelling call to action.
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Pay-What-You-Can, Friday-Sunday)

The Trail to Oregon! Past Event List
Gen X and "geriatric millennials," this one's for you. Inspired by the original Oregon Trail computer game, The Trail to Oregon! is a boisterous musical romp performed by LA-based theater company Team StarKid. True to the game, audience members will choose character names and decide who lives or dies.
(Portland State University, Southwest Portland, free, Friday-Saturday)


Barbara Sternberger: Emanating
Past Event List Barbara Sternberger's new series of abstract paintings channels "pure expression," attempting to embody utter immersion and avoid any predetermined aesthetic decisions. Layers of accumulated mark-making give Sternberger's works a palimpsest quality; barely-visible traces of past imagery reveal the story behind each composition.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, free, Friday-Saturday)

Calling Invisible Doctors Past Event List
Self-taught oil painter James Lavadour's Calling Invisible Doctors is the first exhibition in PDX Contemporary Art's new Slabtown location.
(PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Slabtown, free, Friday-Saturday)

Dan Lam: Personal Legend Past Event List
In college, Dan Lam was told by a professor that her work was "too pretty." The artist now explores the notion of excessive beauty through globular clouds, vibrant bubbles and drips, and translucent embryonic forms, using foam, acrylic, and resin to bring life to her trippy vision. Like colorful aliens, Lam's sculptures are both alluring and repulsive at once, challenging the viewer's notions of desire and disgust.
(Stephanie Chefas Projects, Buckman, free, Friday-Saturday)

Told and Untold: Heather Lee Birdsong and Rachael Zur Past Event List
Heather Lee Birdsong and Rachael Zur create paintings that hold fragments of grief and domestic life simultaneously, depicting architectural spaces and Pacific Northwest forests as narrators of lives lived and lost.
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, free, Saturday-Sunday)

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