Cheap & Easy

65 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: June 3-5, 2022

My People's Market, Starlight Parade, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
June 3, 2022
Support and connect with the city's BIPOC movers and shakers at the 9th edition of My People's Market. (My People's Market)
It feels like the weekend came back around in record time... So if you didn't have time to make plans, check out our cheap and easy guide featuring events from Laura Gibson to My People's Market and from Dinolandia to the Starlight Parade.

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Ben Roy & Adam Cayton-Holland Add to a List
The funny dudes behind HBO Max's Those Who Can't are heading to Clinton Street for some comedy antics. Ben Roy's ranting humor style evokes Lewis Black, while Adam Cayton-Holland is more subdued and self-deprecating. Beloved local comic Julia Corral-Treasure, who self-describes as "the friendliest caustic person you will ever meet," will MC the evening.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $15)


Happening Add to a List
Lauded French writer Annie Ernaux's semi-autobiographical novel, Happening, is the basis for this film, which grapples with issues that (unfortunately) stand the test of time. When a talented young student in '60s France finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she considers the options in a time when abortion was still illegal.
(Whitsell Auditorium, South Park Blocks, $12)

Lux Æterna Add to a List
Ever the provocateur, Gaspar Noé's 2019 fever dream follows Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg as actresses in a film about witches. The two find themselves on a set that descends into chaos with psychotic episodes and strange tech issues. At only 51 minutes, Noé makes the most of Lux Æterna's runtime with split-screen imagery and intense color saturation.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $8)


Good AF Times Patio Party: For Bitter For Worse Non-Alcoholic Cocktails Add to a List
Sip elevated non-alcoholic cocktails from the award-winning brand For Bitter For Worse alongside a menu of modern Filipino fare with gluten-free and vegan options. The bitterness will be tempered by gluten-free desserts by Lace Case Confections, tunes from DJ Aquamarine, photo ops with Caesar the No Drama Llama, and a performance by local drag starlet Bolivia Carmichael.
(General Industry, Northeast, $8)


ADX and ARTV Present: Faux Show Add to a List
Have you ever dreamt of Beethoven and Nirvana sharing a bill? Over two dozen artists will display their concert lineup fantasies with a free art show of faux flyers. Plus, enjoy an actual lineup with live music from rapper Bird Bennett, singer-songwriter Stellah The Artist, and metal outfit Kill Abyss.
(ADX, Buckman, free)

City of Echo with The Loved Add to a List
Portland-based indie rock outfit City of Echo will hit the stage after rock quartet The Loved, who evoke Elvis Costello with their jangly pop melodies.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

Cory Limuaco Trio Add to a List
This evening of local improvisational jazz goodness comes courtesy of drummer Cory Limuaco, bassist Garrett Baxter, and pianist Charlie Brown III.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Dusty Fox & MLTZR and Frank Irwin Quintet: Double Release Show Add to a List
Anticipate an evening of smooth harmonies and deep grooves harvested from the landscape of the Pacific Northwest by longtime jazz ensemble Frank Irwin Quintet and hip-hop duo MLTZR & Dusty Fox, both of which will be celebrating the release of their new albums.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, $10)

Fawn Fables Add to a List
Oakland-based project Faun Fables, led by singer-songwriter Dawn McCarthy, blends equal parts psych-rock, folk, and experimental performance art that has been expanding minds since 1998.
(Misdemeanor Meadows, Brentwood-Darlington, $15)

Girl Drink Drunks, Pathogens, and Holy Nitemare Add to a List
Kick-off your weekend with a night of punk rock from Oakland thrashers Pathogens, pop-punk outfit Girl Drink Drunks, and Eugene post-punk band Holy Nitemare, who will make their Portland debut.
(Misdemeanor Meadows, Brentwood-Darlington, $5)

JSTJR Add to a List
New England-born producer JSTJR will stop by with his signature dance beats that fuse together hip-hop, experimental electronic, and world sounds.
(45 East, Central Eastside, $10)

Legato Gusto with Company Grand Add to a List
Portland-based band Legato Gusto is known for their feel-good performances with soulful vocal harmonies and reflective lyrics. Funk-rock nine-piece Company Grand will also take the stage for an opening set.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

Reckless Daughter - A Joni Mitchell Tribute Add to a List
Five-piece Joni Mitchell cover band Reckless Daughter will play all of your favorite heartfelt folk/jazz/rock gems from her nearly 50-year-long career. 
(The Big Legrowlski, Pearl District, $10)

Sandra Small & Paul Brainard Add to a List
NYC-based singer-songwriter Sandra Small and local multi-instrumentalist Paul Brainard will soundtrack your happy hour with some Americana, rock, and soul.
(Flying Fish Company, Hosford-Abernethy, free)

Sonny & the Sunsets with Earth Girl Helen Brown Add to a List
San Francisco quartet Sonny & the Sunsets describe their sound as "busted beach-pop" that pulls inspiration from the humorous lyrics of Michael Hurley and unpretentious optimism from Jonathan Richman. They'll play tracks off of their new country-tinged album, New Day with New Possibilities, after an opening set from psych-pop group Earth Girl Helen Brown.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $13)

Summer Houses, Synthetic Slide, and Hovering Shrikes Add to a List
Portland-based bands Summer Houses, Synthetic Slide, and Hovering Shrikes will serve up an evening of post-punk and indie rock.
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)

Sunbathe, Horse Pills, and Gary V Add to a List
Back in 2019, Mercury contributor Jenna Fletcher wrote: "With her current project, Sunbathe, Maggie May Morris reminds us that catchy doesn’t always have to be equal to sunny or saccharine. She’s got the distinct ability to write a song so devastating you’ll flop to the floor while listening, but also so warm and familiar that you’ll find yourself attempting to hum along even before you’ve finished indulging in it for the first time." They will command the stage after opening sets from alt-country artist Horse Pills and synth-pop project Gary V.
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $10)

The Mawlee Jones Band (Album Release) and Queer Dance Party Add to a List
Get your fix of raunchy country crooning and "all-around queer debauchery" from The Mawlee Jones Band, who'll be celebrating their upcoming debut album, The Moonlight Affair.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $5-$7)

Trio Subtonic Add to a List
This local jazz outfit, consisting of keyboardist Galen Clark, bassist Bill Athens, guitarist Dan Balmer, and drummer Tyrone Hendrix, will bring you a set of funk-infused grooves.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)


The Queen's Keys with Nicole and Saint Add to a List
Live music, comedy, and storytelling come together in one epic drag show with Miss Gay Oregon XLVIII Nicole Onoscopi and Saint Syndrome, the Pacific Northwest's premier piano-playing queen. Hashtag blessed.
(The Queen's Head, Old Town-Chinatown, $5)

Rewire Festival Add to a List
PSU's Sonic Arts and Music Production program will join forces with theater lighting design students for a songwriting showcase, large sound installation, and performances by the SAMP Laptop Ensemble.
(Lincoln Hall, South Park Blocks, free)


Grand Opening Party Add to a List
The newly founded Rose City Comics shop will retain the feel of Bridge City Comics, which occupied the Mississippi space for 17 years—Bridge City's manager recently bought the place and changed the name. Show your support for the mainstay comic shop's new era at this opening celebration. You'll find fresh comics and graphic novels on the shelves, plus the floppies, manga, and indie gems you know and love.
(Rose City Comics, Boise, free)


PRIDE Art Show Add to a List
Artist, printmaker, and "laughter enthusiast" Jonathan Hanisits will share fresh works from his residency in Mexico City for this Pride-focused art show. Jailbreak Studios is ending its nine-year streak at their Taylor Street building and transitioning to pop-ups and online sales, so make sure to drop by before their June 26 closure and toast to the end of an era.
(Jailbreak Studios, Buckman, free)

Troutdale First Friday Art Walk Add to a List
With dozens of art and craft vendors, live music, and participating hotspots like Bandits Bar and Siam Sushi to keep your hunger at bay, Troutdale's monthly art walk is a chill way to unwind after a long week. If the kids are tagging along, they'll find games, crafts, and prizes at Shooting Star Adventures.
(Troutdale City Hall, free)



CareOregon Starlight Parade Add to a List
Parade marchers and festive floats will light up the night at the Starlight Parade, one of the Rose Festival's most beloved events. Spot local personalities like The Unipiper and the NW Alliance of Marauders and Merfolk as community groups from Portland and the greater Pacific Northwest region continue this tradition "from the early 1900s, when illuminated floats built on electric trolley cars made their way through the city on trolley tracks."
(Various locations, free)

Dog Fashion Show Add to a List
They might have a catwalk, but you won't find any felines at Mercato Grove's K9 fashion show. Haute couture pups of all shapes and sizes are invited to dress to impress and strut their stuff. Attendees and a panel of judges will vote on the best-dressed pet and people's choice prizes, and the chance to win raffle prizes will sweeten the deal for everyone. 
(Mercato Grove, Lake Oswego, free)

Pup and You Portrait Day Add to a List
Local photog Cora Coronel is offering a free portrait day for dapper pups and their humans. Dress to impress for the day at Normandale Park, and don't forget to RSVP with Coronel beforehand.
(Normandale Park, Rose City Park, free)


McMinnville Recycled Arts and Sustainable Living Festival Add to a List
Stand up for sustainability at this eco-conscious festival, where over 40 regional artists will share their upcycled creations. Visitors will also find sustainability demos and a "Compostpalooza" with easy composting tips and farm animals to pet. On Sunday, Edible Landscapes of Yamhill County will offer free plant starts, and local hero Caesar the No Drama Llama will be on-site with hugs up for grabs.
(Yamhill County Fairgrounds, McMinnville, free)


Petite Maman Add to a List
Céline Sciamma, lauded French director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire, continues a pattern of painfully intimate, reflective storytelling in Petite Maman. The film follows eight-year-old Nelly on a journey to the countryside, where her parents plan to settle the affairs of her recently-deceased grandmother. When Nelly meets a new friend, she finds that not all about their relationship is as it seems, and their limited time together takes on new meaning.
(Whitsell Auditorium, South Park Blocks, $12)


Pints for Pugs! Add to a List
Snuggle with adorably squash-faced pugs while sipping beers from Stormbreaker Brewing. $1 from each pint will be donated to Pacific Pug Rescue.
(StormBreaker Brewing, Boise)


Annie DiRusso + Caroline Culver Add to a List
Nashville/NYC-based artist Annie DiRusso draws inspiration from the musical history of her home bases for her country-infused garage pop that soars with fuzzed-out riffs and emotionally raw lyricism. She will hit the stage with her new single "Infinite Jest" after an opening set from indie-folk artist Caroline Culver.
(Holocene, Buckman, $15)

Cancerslug with Hideous Monster Add to a List
Longtime metal thrashers Cancerslug and "horror-rock" band Hideous Monster will help you channel your rage with an evening of hard-hitting jams. 
(Dante's, Old Town-Chinatown, $15)

Deafhound, Moon Medallion, and Young Elk Add to a List
This lineup of moody PNW rock will get you in your feelings, and you’ll have stoner rock duo Deafhound, Texas post-hardcore outfit Moon Medallion, and art-rock quartet Young Elk to thank.
(No Fun, Buckman, $10)

Death Parade, Black Ends, and Mariah Houston Add to a List
Portland musician Laura Hopkins, formerly of Blackwater Holylight and Laura Palmer's Death Parade, has embarked on a new project—Death Parade lives in the space between weightless psychedelic folk and fuzzy doom metal. Their debut album, IT WAS WORTH IT TO LOVE, though it hurt so bad, dives into somber themes of heartache, grief, longing, and loss through fuzzed-out finger-picked guitars, dreamy synths, and pounding percussion. Death Parade will be joined by "gunk pop" trio Black Ends and singer-songwriter Mariah Houston.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $10-$12)

Dream Date & The Vagilantes Add to a List
Get your fix of wistful acoustic tunes from Battle Ground-born dream-pop duo Dream Date alongside folk-rock quartet The Vagilantes.
(The Sïx, Sunnyside, $10)

Hot Damn Scandal with Dumpster Joe and the Boys Add to a List
Bellingham country-blues outfit Hot Damn Scandal promises to show off "end of the world love songs," "whiskey bottle yodeler folk," and "aviator earball shades." They'll be joined with some early blues and ragtime music from Dumpster Joe & the Boys.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, $12)

Laura Gibson Add to a List
Local singer-songwriter Laura Gibson, known for her haunting folk tunes and 2009 NPR Tiny Desk appearance, will drop by Mississippi Studios for an intimate performance of brand new music and old favorites. Plus, Rachel Blumberg (The Decemberists) and local poet Anis Mojhani will debut their new project, Encouragement Friendship Band.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)

Ok Not Ok and Wilclone Add to a List
Sing along to your favorite Y2K alt-rock hits with Radiohead tribute act Ok Not Ok and Wilco cover band Wilclone.
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $10)

The Body with Midwife Add to a List
In 2016, Mercury writer Ben Salmon wrote of the experimental metal duo The Body: "Lee Buford plays drums and programs beats, while Chip King plays guitar and adds his unholy howl to the mix. Together, they combine synthesized sounds, scorched sludge-metal, beautiful vocal melodies, and clangorous noise to make something that sounds unlike anything else." Midwife, the moniker of New Mexico-based musician Madeline Johnston, will open the show with dreamy doom sounds that she's coined  "heaven metal."
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $13)

The Druthers Add to a List
Join local stars The Druthers for an evening of folk-pop tunes oozing with infectious harmonies courtesy of the band's dual vocalists.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

The Mutineers and The Deadhollows Add to a List
The Mutineers will bring a little Americana blended with some alt-rock energy, giving those traditional tunes some grungy PNW attitude. Longview, WA-based duo The Dead Hollows will join in with some garage-rock greatness.
(Starday Tavern, Foster-Powell, free)


Sugar Town: Pride Month Kick Off Party with DJ Action Slacks Add to a List
Your world will be bursting with rainbow-tinged revelry at this Pride kick-off dance party helmed by mid-century soul specialist DJ Action Slacks. Candy-colored attire is highly encouraged!
(The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton, $10)


Write Around Portland 58th Book Release & Community Reading Add to a List
Write Around Portland's donation-based reading invites the public to listen in on powerful works from their 58th anthology, Gold and the Dust. Participants from the organization's recent remote and in-person writing workshops will share challenging, vulnerable stories from their lives as trauma survivors, youth experiencing homelessness, adults living with disabilities and chronic illness, and more.
(TaborSpace, Mount Tabor, free)


Culinaria: Alison Heryer’s Picnic Add to a List
We don't know about you, but the pandemic has left us feeling pretty socially inept. Enter Alison Heryer's social engagement initiative, Picnic, which started way back in 2012 but is just as timely today. The artist's community-building events involve the collective creation and utilization of gargantuan quilts. For this iteration of the project, Heryer invites attendees to visit an abstracted gingham quilt installed in Oregon Contemporary's courtyard, where folks can fend off the social awkwardness COVID has wrought through meaningful conversation and connection. Unfortunately, pre-orders for special bento baskets by Jane Hashimawari of Ippai have closed, but you can bring your own picnic goodies to nosh on.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, free)

The Stages That Save Us Add to a List
This "power ballad" art show honors Portland's live music venues with a series of block-printed venue posters by Anne Pick, former music writer for Bend's Source Weekly. Inspired by legendary spots like the Crystal Ballroom, Doug Fir, Mississippi Studios, and Edgefield, Pick's posters were motivated by the National Independent Venue Association's "Save Our Stages" campaign, which aims to help venues, musicians, and industry workers impacted by the pandemic. Make sure to snag a block-printed Pride shirt during the opening celebration for The Stages That Save Us. It's for a good cause—50% of the proceeds will be donated to LGBTQ charities in Portland.
(PDXchange, Boise, free)



Bug Out! Insect Safari Add to a List
Fans of the creepy-crawly won't wanna miss this family-friendly "insect safari" led by entomologist Don Ehlen, who will share a wide variety of hand-pinned insects from his personal collection. Buzz around the collection for free to learn about local and far-flung bugs you might never see otherwise.
(Paxton Gate, Boise, free)


Church of Film: Ma Vie En Rose Add to a List
A milestone in trans narrative cinema, Ma Vie en Rose follows a family's move to a quiet town with their seven-year-old trans daughter, Ludovic, and the transphobic trouble that ensues. Confused, Ludovic descends into the world of TV personality Pam, a Barbie-like character. When the Belgian film was released in '97, it was controversially rated R for depicting a trans child.
(The Red Fox, Humboldt, free)

Mystery Train in 35mm Add to a List
When teen tourists, an Italian widow, and a disgruntled Brit all land in one seedy Memphis hotel, their stories intertwine, paying tribute to the lush musical history of the town. (In a jangly twist, iconic musicians Joe Strummer, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Tom Waits all appear in the film.) This 35mm screening of Jim Jarmusch's '89 classic pours one out for service workers—it's just $7 for OLCC cardholders.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10)


Daisyleaf, harmless, and Bromf Add to a List
Local singer-songwriter Daisyleaf will link up with "post-rock sweethearts" harmless and San Francisco-based quartet Bromf to close your weekend with an array of indie and experimental rock sounds.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $6-$8)

June Magnolia with Little Monk Panda Scout and Surrija Add to a List
June Magnolia is led by Julia McGarrity, a classically trained musician who brings folk sensibilities to this ethereal indie-pop band. They play ahead of the release of their debut album, Memory Place, with support from singer-songwriter duo Little Monk Panda Scout and electro-pop artist Surrija.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $14)

MadgesdiqCEG & The Everyday Mystics Add to a List
MadgesdiqCEG consists of silky vocals and flows from CEG and smooth spiritual raps from her counterpart Madgesdiq. With their backing band The Everyday Mystics, they blend hip-hop with classic reggae and jazz sounds for socially conscious tunes that have drawn comparisons to the Fugees.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

quickly, quickly with Julia Logue Add to a List
Electronic producer quickly, quickly draws inspiration from his longtime hero J Dilla for his silky beats that blend elements of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Powerful jazz/neo-soul vocalist Julia Logue will get the smooth sounds flowing.
(Holocene, Buckman, $15)

Spud & Mick Show Add to a List
Cozy up on the heated patio and sip a beer while local musicians Spud Siegal and Mick Doherty serenade you with some bluegrass and Americana tunes.
(Oakshire Beer Hall, Concordia, 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 jazz-inspired pop tunes from The Bylines while sipping on some La Gritona tequila.
(Mercato Grove, Lake Oswego, free)

Talker & Maddie Ross Add to a List
Indie rock project Talker will support their latest album, In Awe of Insignificance, which The A.V. Club described as "cynically playful upbeat numbers to stomping midtempo rockers to thrumming, heartrending electro-pop." DIY rockstar Maddie Rossco co-headlines.
(White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $12-$15)



2022 Charbonneau Festival of the Arts Add to a List
With both live and virtual viewing options, this jazzy festival will include juried artworks by local high school students, live musical performances, diverse vendor booths, and a silent auction. Can't make it to the weekend celebration? The virtual exhibition will be viewable throughout the summer.
(Charbonneau Country Club, Wilsonville, free, Friday-Sunday)


Cape Fear Add to a List
What better way to spend a spring afternoon than engrossed in a '60s thriller? J. Lee Thompson's creepy flick follows ex-con Max Cady, fresh out of the pen and targeting the lawyer that got him locked up. When Max's stalker behavior reaches a fever pitch, lawyer Sam Bowden, played by Gregory Peck, contemplates his options for survival.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Saturday-Sunday)

Crimes of the Future Add to a List
Uh oh! Cronenberg's back—prepare for body horror and freaky mutations. In Crimes of the Future, the human species is adapting weirdly to synthetic environments, and a celeb performance artist documents his bodily metamorphosis in avant-garde performances. Sounds gross but cool! But in Cronenberg's typical gut-twisting fashion, a mysterious group is hangin' out in the shadows, hoping to use the artist's fame to expose a new shift in human evolution.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10, Friday-Sunday)


Dracula Add to a List
A spooky mansion, an undead creature, a late-night escapade—the MAC Studio Theatre will take it all on (and in June, no less!) for one spooky retelling of Dracula. Donation-based and open to the public, this production by MAC theater students was directed by Timothy Scarrott and Dawn Panttaja.
(Multnomah Arts Center, Multnomah Village, free, Friday-Sunday)


My People's Market 9 Add to a List
At My People's Market, BIPOC businesses, creatives, and culinary masters will take center stage to start summer off right. Performances by local Portland artists Spen, M5007, Tatiana, Gardenz, and Majik will provide the vibes, and visitors can peruse 140 different vendor booths. The Numberz will broadcast live on site, and there'll be plenty of multicultural dishes to try, like Himalayan dumplings by Kyikyi.
(1125 SE Water Ave, Central Eastside, free, Friday-Sunday)


Art in the Garden Add to a List
The Oregon Garden is awash with bright blooms, and local artists will showcase their handcrafted works all summer, adding even more beauty to the space. Art in the Garden kicks off on May 28 with a broad range of artworks up for sale to spruce up your garden or living space.
(Oregon Garden, Silverton, $12, Friday-Sunday)

As Above, So Below Add to a List
Artists Maria Lux and Kyle Peets inject some weird-out humor into their dual exhibition, As Above, So Below. The pair imagine alien flying squirrels and anthropomorphized rocks in gestures that feel playful and a little miraculous. On a planet that feels more uncertain and flat-out scary every day, Lux and Peets disrupt the status quo to question dominant visual hierarchies within the material world. What else could there be?
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, free, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

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)

Kirk Charlton: My Personal Experience Add to a List
Formerly incarcerated artist Kirk Charlton presents a series of drawings based on his experience in prison for this exhibition, which also includes drop-in drawing sessions with the artist. The founder of Art Inside Out, a prison program offering art classes and conversation to inmates (including those in disciplinary segregation), Charlton is well-versed in the healing, transformative power of visual art.
(Paragon Gallery, North Portland, free, Friday-Saturday; closing)

Rose Festival Show Add to a List
The Rose City is the star of this annual show, held in tandem with the Portland Rose Festival Add to a List . The Oregon Society of Artists will present works on the theme of "Rose City Reunion/Portland Scenes," so expect multimedia art honoring a city that's slowly coming back to life after a long few years.
(Oregon Society of Artists, Goose Hollow, free, Friday-Sunday)

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