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66 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: May 20-22, 2022

Floratopia, Portland Climate Festival, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
May 20, 2022
Stand with the youth organizers of the Portland Climate Strike and take action for our planet. (Portland Youth Climate Strike)
This weekend is forecasted to bring some of the nicest weather we've seen all month, so get out there and take advantage of it, Portland! To help you on this quest, we've rounded up all of the cheap and easy events you need to have on your radar, from Portland Climate Strike to Portland Climate Festival and from Floratopia PDX to the Mercatus Wellness Fair.

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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Portland Climate Strike Add to a List
Portland Youth Climate Strike has organized a city-wide, intergenerational strike that calls on adults to join the fight for climate justice. The group will convene at city hall at 11 am to announce their demands and ask elected officials to sign a climate pledge before taking to the streets and marching at noon. The march will make stops at NW Natural and the Portland Business Alliance "to call out the climate villains in our city" before ending at Revolution Hall where folks can check out the Portland Climate Festival Add to a List .
(City Hall, Southwest Portland, free)


Drag Bingo with Poison Waters Add to a List
This family-friendly game of drag bingo will be hosted by sparkly crowd fave Poison Waters. Play along and you might win a chic staycation at Hotel Vance.
(Hotel Vance, Downtown, $15-$20)

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)


Portland Climate Festival Add to a List
This free, family-friendly fest celebrates the environment that sustains us and advocates for its protection. You'll find a lineup of bands, DJs, poets, and speakers on stage, with live performances from MOsley WOtta, Chainsaw Girl, The Apricots, Marisa Anderson, and more. Climate-focused organizations will be on-site to discuss ways to get involved, and the celebration will mark the start of Climate Spring, a season of climate activity featured on Oregon Climate Action Hub.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, free)


Bryn Roberts Trio Add to a List
Start your weekend off right with some improvisational jazz jams from acclaimed pianist, composer, and bandleader Bryn Roberts, bassist Phil Baker, and drummer Matt Mayhall.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Dumb Thumbs, Charts, and Van Lavish Add to a List
Fuzzed-out pop-punk quartet Dumb Thumbs will play in support of their latest release, Holy Guacamole, alongside local garage-pop duo Charts and local indie rockers Van Lavish.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

Fox Medicine with Jet Echo Add to a List
Portland duo Fox Medicine will show out with their self-described "bubblegum doom" to kick off their West Coast tour promoting their pre- and post-pandemic albums Procedures Mystiques and Blue Bubblegum. Experimental art-rock outfit Jet Echo will start the night off right.
(Cruzroom Annex, Concordia, $5)

Freddy Trujillo & Redray Frazier Add to a List
Singer-songwriter/bassist Freddy Trujillo describes his sound as "Native American folk meets rock in Espanol; eclectic, melodic, well-written music embraced by ethnic flavors." Catch him after an opening set from local R&B-rock artist Redray Frazier.
(The Sïx, Sunnyside, $10)

French Cassettes Add to a List
Power-pop quartet French Cassettes will trek over all the way from San Francisco to support their new album, Rolodex, a harmony-driven, hook-filled treasure chest of esoteric pop jewels.
(Show Bar, Buckman, $12)

LP & The Old Fashioned's Add to a 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)

Moss Wand, Canadensis, and Taranoya Add to a List
Find some inner peace with cosmic synth-duo Moss Wand, who create healing soundscapes with synths, drones, and crystal singing bowls. Drone-based ambient two-piece Canadensis will get the zen tunes flowing alongside ethereal electronic composer Taranoya.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $8)

Phantom High, The Generals, and Greenseeker Add to a List
This show, which features PNW sludge/prog metal rippers Phantom High alongside hard rock quartet The Generals and heavy psych outfit Greenseeker, is the perfect occasion to practice your headbanging.
(The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton, $10)

Pitch Black Mass + Within the Pyre Add to a List
Mosh along to raging tunes from local metalheads Pitch Black Mass co-headlining with fellow dark lords Within The Pyre, who will celebrate the release of their debut self-titled album. But first, get riled up with opening sets from death metal thrashers King Guillotine and hard rockers Drawn by Knives.
(Bossanova Ballroom, Buckman, $10)

Tauremini Add to a List
Celebrate those born on the Taurus/Gemini cusp with a cosmic dance party featuring heavenly beats from DJs Birthday Gurl, YCHTCLB, Mienne, and The Serious.
(Stage 722, Buckman, $10)

The Lo-Hi, Desert Shame, Monty Vega & The Sittin' Shivas Add to a List
Revel in an evening of local music with rock band The Lo-Hi, "western-wave" punks Desert Shame, and the Ramones-inspired punk band Monty Vega & The Sittin' Shivas.
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)

Todd Marston Trio Add to a List
Expert pianist Todd Marston will be joined by his bandmates for an intimate evening of classic jazz standards.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)


t4t Art Collective Spring Art Show Add to a List
Local trans artists will share their creative talents in this pop-up gallery show hosted by Genderbomb, a collective supporting art made by and for the trans community.
(1516 NE 37th Ave, Hawthorne District, free)



17th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night: Re-Presentation Add to a List
PSU alum Jhustin Custodio will present an original hip-hop musical for this evening of dance, music, and delicious bites from Tambayan, all in celebration of Pilipino heritage.
(Portland State University, Downtown, $0-$5)

Pacific Pug Rescue: The Pug Parade Fundraiser! Add to a List
Prepare for an afternoon of weird snorts and overwhelming cuteness. This fundraiser for Pacific Pug Rescue invites pug lovers and owners alike to bring their dogs along for a pug parade and pup photo booth. There'll be drink specials from Stem Wine Bar, too, but tell your dog that part's just for you.
(Stem Wine Bar, Boise, free)


Akira Add to a List
30 years after the nuking of Tokyo by the Japanese government, a rebel biker gang leader tries to save his friend from governmental control, battling politicians, scientists, and a military leader along the way. The dystopian film set cyberpunk tones that would echo through cinema for decades to come.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)

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)


Anson Wright Quartet Add to a List
Your Saturday evening will be made better with the stylings of multi-talented jazz guitarist Anson Wright and a rotating cast of his talented friends.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Banjolectric Add to a List
Detroit-based artist Banjolectric brings a new context for the traditional instrument by incorporating modern beats and live looping into contemporary folk-pop jams. Anticipate hearing tunes from his latest album, In The Center.
(Oakshire Beer Hall, Concordia, free)

Defiance (Record Release) with Deathcharge, Crucified Class, and Brain Squeeze Add to a List
Seminal Portland anarcho street-punk outfit Defiance will turn up the volume in celebration of their new album, War on the Streets, with support from crust punks Deathcharge, local thrashers Crucified Class, and hardcore quartet Brain Squeeze.
(Dante's, Old Town-Chinatown, $15)

Dog Lord, Universal Monster, and Creep Creep Janga Add to a List
Stoner doom outfit Dog Lord will share the stage with heavy metal trio Universal Monster and heavy psych rockers Creep Creep Janga for an evening of trippy jams.
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)

D.V.R. Add to a List
Local trio D.V.R. (Dreams Vs. Reality) takes inspiration from jazz fusion, beat music, neo-soul, and drum and bass for an effortless balance of improvisation and tight grooves. 
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Guerrilla Teens, Panthervision, and The Punchers Add to a List
Gear up for a high energy night of good ol' fashioned rock 'n' roll and punk from local bands Guerilla Teens, Panthervision, and The Punchers.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $6)

Herman Jolly, Sun Atoms, and The Purrs Add to a List
Longtime Portland rocker Herman Jolly will soothe your soul with his sweetly melodic sounds after an opening set from post-modern pop wizards Sun Atoms and psych-rock four-piece The Purrs.
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $10)

Lo Fives & Drooler Add to a List
Garage rock quartet Lo Fives takes cues from DIY legends like Swell Maps and Mission of Burma for their free-flowing fuzzed-out sounds. They will take the spotlight after powerpop outfit Drooler.
(The Sïx, Sunnyside, $10)

Lost Ox + Super Secret Band Add to a List
Portland's own Lost Ox fuses Americana, funk, and rock into one big sonic monstrosity full of shredding guitar solos and addictive basslines. Like-minded experimental rockers Super Secret Band will support. 
(Goodfoot, Kerns, $10-$12)

Meeeb with Always a Hoot Add to a List
Portland five-piece Meeeb will jam some original rock along with a few "tasty random covers." Eugene-based folkies Always a Hoot will start off the night with acoustic interpretations of classic Grateful Dead songs with a bluegrass twang and an emphasis on vocal harmonies.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

Monica Nelson & Jack London Trio with Tina and Lynyrd Nimoy Add to a List
Monica Nelson & Jack London Trio will headline an energizing night of alt-rock and punk alongside local thrashers Lynyrd Nimoy and Tina.
(Misdemeanor Meadows, Brentwood-Darlington, $5)

Plastic Origami, Sit Pretty, and Ode Add to a List
Portland-based rockers Plastic Origami will play some tracks off of their new EP with support from feline-loving David Lynch-influenced pop quartet Sit Pretty and Balkan folk-inspired indie rock five-piece Ode. 
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, $10)

Tallulah’s Daddy (Kid's Show) Add to a List
Matt Lynch AKA Tallulah’s Daddy will put on a family-friendly show with his blues-tinged renditions of kid's classics like "Wheels on the Bus." 
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, $5)

The Hot Lovin' Jazz Babies Add to a 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)


Laffy Taffy: Twerk, Trap, Dancehall, and Reggaeton Party with DJ Bnick, Heftober and K. Marie Add to a List
DJs BNick, Heftober, and K. Marie 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)


“Lumberjacked” Spring Makers Market Add to a List
This lumberjack-themed woodland marketplace will be staged in the lumberyard at Sustainable Northwest Wood. (Could this be a more Portland event?) You'll find handcrafted work by local artisans, seasonal brews, and attendees dressing the part in suspenders and flannel.
(Sustainable Northwest Wood, Hosford, Abernethy, free)

Uplifted Boutique May Makers Market Add to a List
This May market has a little something for everyone, with ceramics, jewelry, clothing, home decor, plants, and a lot more. You might want to make a day of it—Uplifted Boutique is walking distance from Mt. Scott Park, and the forecast predicts a sunny Saturday.
(Uplifted Boutique, Mt. Scott-Arleta, free)


Intimate/Intricate Add to a List
Featuring the work of artists Luke Buser, Luke Dolkas and Eaan Guardino, Intimate/Intricate considers the relationship between process, artist, and object. With fastidious attention to detail, Luke Buser uses typewriters to create grids and complex patterns, while Luke Dolkas creates delicate collages from ephemera kept by a 104-year-old friend. Eaan Guardino explores the details of an in-progress sculptural chess set through zoomed-in prints.
(SATOR Projects, Central Eastside, Free)



Rose City Rollers Roller Rally 2022 Add to a List
Get down carnival style at this annual fundraiser for the Rose City Rollers' junior roller derby program. They're raising funds for gear, scholarships, and travel costs—support the cause with this epic day of fair fun. With a dunk tank, corn hole, ring toss, and more, they'll have all the classics ready to play.
(The Hangar at Oaks Park, Sellwood, free; donations accepted)


Mercatus Wellness Fair Add to a List
It's chill vibes only at this self-care fair. BIPOC wellness practitioners in the Mercatus community will be on-site to share free workshops and offerings in herbalism, sound healing, Reiki, cupping, doula services, and more. Because you're worth it.
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown, free)


Special Screening of Dirty Dancing to Support Abortion Rights Add to a List
Nobody puts Baby in a corner! Prepping for a potential wave of backward policy that may strip millions of reproductive healthcare, this screening of Dirty Dancing will do its part to fundraise for the Northwest Abortion Access Fund and Lilith Fund, which supports reproductive rights in Texas.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $10)


A Concert Of Joy Add to a List
Bravo! Northwest Chorale and Northwest Chamber Orchestra present A Concert of Joy, a program that explores joy, love, and life through a live scoring of Charlie Chaplin's 1918 film A Dog's Life, compositions from musicals The Music Man and The Pirates Of Penzance, and a sampling of George Gershwin's legendary love songs.
(The Old Church at The Madeleine, Irvington, free)

Ed Bennett Quintet Add to a List
Ed Bennett, one of the West Coast's finest bassists, invites trumpet player Paul Mazzio, saxophonist Tim Willcox, pianist Dan Gaynor, and drummer Tim Rap to join him for a night of bebop-influenced jazz.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Erisy Watt (Album Release Show) with Bart Budwig Add to a List
Portland-via-Nashville singer-songwriter Erisy Watt cites Joni Mitchell, among other iconic 1960s vocalists, as inspiration for her delicate folk sound, which comes to life with pastoral instrumental and confessional songwriting. She will celebrate the release of her sophomore album, Eyes like the Ocean, with support from cosmic country star Bart Budwig, whom OPB hailed as one of the "most underrated musicians in Oregon.”
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $14)

Michael Seyer Add to a List
LA-based singer-songwriter Michael Seyer will stop by on his A Good Fool tour supporting his album of the same name, which blends elements of Japanese city pop, Brazilian boogie, and indie-pop into a mesmerizing potion of '80s goodness. Fellow LA-county songmaker WABIE will get the indie tunes flowing.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt, $15)

Pacific Ambient Waves Add to a List
Relax yourself at Pacific Ambient Waves, a quarterly sound bath that aims to gather like-minded folks for "peace, community, and celebration." This month, experimental ambient duo Arcane Focus will supply a healing wash of vocal harmonies, looping, and improvisation.
(Alberta Abbey, King, $10)

The Shivas with Mala Suerte Add to a List
Catch Portland four-piece The Shivas as they support their new album, Feels So Good // Feels So Bad, with some reverb-y garage rock. Plus, don't miss an opening set from "PNW meets MEX underground supergroup" Mala Suerte.
(Show Bar, Buckman, $15)

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, listen to Lakeridge High's Lo Jazz Ensemble while sipping on director Steven Soderbergh's brandy Singani 63.
(Mercato Grove, Lake Oswego, free)

Vintage Soul Add to a List
Aptly named Portland group Vintage Soul are a talented mix of musicians who come together to make funky blues anthems.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $15)


Drag Show Add to a List
I mean, the name of this event really cuts straight to the chase. C'mon down to the saloon to see some comedy and drag from some of Portland's finest entertainers.
(Montavilla Saloon, Montavilla, free)


Portland Flea Add to a List
This year, the long-running market hawking vintage, handmade goods, food, and more has moved to a weekly format, providing even more opportunities to shop for wares from the city's finest makers.
(240 SE Clay St., Central Eastside, free)


A Tender Outline: a reading Add to a List
This selection of thoughtful, vulnerable readings comes in response to DADDY Add to a List , Jenn Sova's solo exhibition that grapples with fathers, grief, media, and queerness. Artists, writers, and musicians—including Simone Fischer, Rami George, and Sova herself—will share their reflections on these themes virtually and in the gallery space.
(after/time collective, Irvington, free)

DADDY Add to a List
Navigating the complicated territories of grief, familial connection, and death, Jenn Sova's DADDY was born from the recent suicide of her estranged father and the expectations of kin in modern culture. In DADDY, Sova asks: "What does it mean to heal when confronting estranged loss?"
(after/time collective, Irvington, free)



Celebrate Our Stories: AANHPI Heritage Month Add to a List
Expect Cantonese opera costumes, a Polynesian dance troupe, mahjong, origami, and more at this celebration of AANHPI heritage. Throughout May, over 20 AANHPI organizations, performers, and artists will share their cultural traditions with garden guests through informal storytelling, a community photo board, performances, demonstrations, and more.
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown, $14, Friday-Sunday)


Everything Everywhere All at Once Add to a 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)

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.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $8-$9, Friday-Sunday)

Men Add to a List
Director Alex Garland has a gift for feverish, psych-out sci-fi with strong female leads—he made both Ex Machina and Annihilation. Garland's first horror flick follows Harper (played by Jessie Buckley) on an English country retreat after a death in her life. It's anything but relaxing, though—toxic masculinity simmers under the surface of the dreadful town.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10, Friday-Sunday)

Pleasure Add to a List
Swedish director Ninja Thyberg's slick debut follows a 20-year-old ingenue whose dreams of porn stardom are marked by bumpy relationships, ignored boundaries, and disillusionment.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $9-$11, Friday-Sunday)


No Exit Add to a List
Jean-Paul Sartre's drama is an existentialist (natch) foray into the worlds of three dead folks locked in a room together. Sign me up! Seriously, though, No Exit offers a fascinating dramatic take on Sartre's viewpoints, especially his poignant phrase "L'enfer, c'est les autres," which translates to "Hell is other people."
(Portland State University, Downtown, $6-$15, Friday-Sunday)


Floratopia PDX Add to a List
The Portland Garden Club's snazzy flower show will blossom with bright exhibits from floral designers and horticulturists from far and wide. Over 80 judges will be on site to ribbon the most beautiful blooms; you'll find botanical jewelry, landscape and floral photography, and a biomimicry lecture, too.
(World Forestry Center & Museum, Washington Park, free, Saturday-Sunday)


Calling Invisible Doctors Add to a 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; closing)

A Century of Wonder: 100 Years of Oregon State Parks Add to a List
In honor of the state parks system's centennial anniversary, the Oregon Historical Society commissioned lauded photographer Peter Marbach to capture images of the incredible diversity and beauty of our 254 state parks. (Having worked as a photographer for National Geographic and Sunset Magazine it's safe to say that Marbach's great at what he does.) This exhibition features 60 of his best works, including vivid images of Smith Rock, Vista House, Shore Acres, and more. 
(Oregon Historical Society, South Park Blocks, Friday-Sunday)

Forgotten Lake Add to a List
Portland-based painter and sculptor Christy Nyboer’s experimental art installation pulls from the lost history of the land surrounding Portland's NW Marine Art Works building. The industrial zone was once the site of Oregon’s Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, and before that, Native Americans lived in the natural wetland area. Nyboer's Forgotten Lake speaks to a collective desire for sanctuary in spaces that have been changed and lost over time.
(Northwest Marine Art Works, Northwest District, free, Friday-Sunday)

Here and Now Add to a List
This exhibition celebrates ten years of painterly pottery by LA-based ceramics studio K&R. Here and Now includes a series of vessels, platters, and ceramic tiles that embody the earthy, textural aesthetic of Kat Hutter and Roger Lee's work.
(Eutectic Gallery, Kerns, free, Friday-Saturday; closing)

Mt. Tabor Art Walk Add to a List
Take a stroll through the lush Mt. Tabor neighborhood (it's beautiful in spring!) to find quality artwork by local makers in their home studios. With 36 featured artists sharing paintings, ceramics, glass, and more, you're bound to find something that suits your vibe.
(Mt. Tabor Park, Saturday-Sunday, free)

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