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Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland: Fourth of July 2021 Edition

Cinema Unbound, Summer of Slushies, and More Last-Minute Events Under $20
July 2, 2021
The Northwest Film Center's two-pronged Cinema Unbound series brings open-air screenings of Wonder Woman and Nomadland to Lloyd Center's rooftop this weekend. (Northwest Film Center)

Portland is officially open, the heatwave has subsided, and we're headed into a long weekend, baby! If you're scrambling for ways to get out on the town without spending all your cash, read on for some noteworthy events under $20 that don't require much planning, from IRL screenings of Questlove's documentary Summer of Soul at the newly reopened Hollywood Theatre to The Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies to Comedy in the Park. Plus, check out our roundup of Fourth of July food & drink specials.

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Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series
The Northwest Film Center's genre-spanning Cinema Unbound program will carry double duty this year with an open-air rooftop series at Lloyd Center (starting this weekend) and a drive-in series at OMSI (rolling in next week). They've got quite the eclectic summertime selection on deck, from classics like Say Anything and Dirty Dancing to new releases like Zola. This weekend brings Wonder Woman (Fri) and Nomadland (Sat).
Lloyd Center, Northeast (Fri-Sat)

Summer of Soul
Woodstock wasn't the only iconic New York music festival that took place over the summer of '69, it was just the most televised. Over in Mount Morris Park, the six-week Harlem Cultural Festival brought on the likes of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and other such revolutionary acts, whose performances are seen for the first time in this debut documentary from Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.
Hollywood Theatre, Southeast (Fri-Mon)

Werewolves Within
Everything is a little bit kooky in the small town of Beaverfield, from its residents to its erratic weather patterns, but no one is prepared—except they kind of are, because they all have guns—when a stealthy monster (presumed to be a werewolf) shows up and starts leaving dead bodies lying around. The horror-comedy has its cast of bumpkins (Sam Richardson, Michael Chernus, Catherine Curtin, and Michaela Watkins among them) banding together to survive, but the culprit just might be among them.
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Fri-Mon)

A'Ziah King, whose Twitter saga of a strip club road trip gone awry went viral in 2015, takes the reins on this film adaptation of the wild true story, which, starring Taylour Paige, fleshes out King's now-famed trip to Florida with fellow dancer Jessica (Riley Keough).
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Fri-Mon)


Comedy in the Park
Hosts Seth Allen and Tory Ward will present a rotating cast of comics every other Friday in this series presented by our own Portland Mercury and Kickstand Comedy. Lay down a picnic blanket for tonight's kickoff show featuring Mohanad Elshieky, Dylan Carlino, Dahlia Belle, Wendy Weiss, Andie Main.
Laurelhurst Park, Southeast (Friday)

Hunter : Presents | Moan Zone | DJ Pains Grey
Get saucy to new wave, industrial, Italo disco, and other synth-laden bangers from DJ Pains Grey.
Star Theater, Northwest (Saturday)

Rockin' the Walk Concert Series
West Coast League baseball team the Portland Pickles continues its series of pre-game live concerts in partnership with local record label/gift shop Tender Loving Empire. Tonight, Portland power-pop musician Mo Troper will take the field with songs about falling in love on online gaming forums, eating burritos, and watching karaoke.
Walker Stadium, Southeast (Friday)

Sugar Town 10 Year Anniversary Patio Party
Boogie down to (shoo-shoo-shoo-shoo-shoo-shoo) Sugar Town for soul, blues, and R&B vinyl cuts on the patio.
Kenton Club, North Portland (Saturday)


Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies
The coolest, most delicious event of the summer is finally here! The Merc and Jim Beam present Summer of Slushies, which brings boozy, frozen, custom-made treats to the frugal and thirsty denizens of Portland at just $5 a pop. Check out this convenient slushie map to see which bars have the goods.
Various locations (Friday-Monday)


Have You Had a Burger?
Korean artist Hyun Jung Jung's latest body of work combines kinetic, interactive, and performance art, reflecting on the various "mundane yet charged" questions she has received during her time in the United States, including (but not limited to) "Have you had a burger?" and "Can you paint my nails?" The pieces are a response to these questions, which she was unable to answer in the past.
Well Well, North Portland (Saturday-Sunday)

Tess Rubinstein | Pond Song
Painter and illustrator Tess Rubinstein presents renderings of quiet moments with flowers, tides, fog, and other markers of the rural California coastline.
Stephanie Chefas Projects, Southeast (Saturday)


Go By Greenways: NW Gems
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is celebrating two new facilities for pedestrians and bikers in Northwest Portland with their Go By Greenways scavenger hunt, which invites explorers to find eight hidden gems on a digital or printed map (available for pickup at Chown Hardware or Khao San) to win prizes from neighborhood businesses. 
Various locations (Friday-Monday)

Lavender U-Pick
Pick your own bundle(s) of fragrant lavender throughout the month of July. 
Wayward Winds Lavender Farm, Newberg (Friday-Monday)