It has been a long week, but fortunately it's looking up as there's a lot to get up to this weekend, on a budget to boot. Community arts center True North Studios will host an artist's market to raise money for a local nonprofit, and the All Black Effect block party lends a platform to Black artists and creatives. Just make sure to don a mask no matter what you choose to attend as the state is requiring masking outdoors starting today to help curb the spread of the Delta variant.
Comedy in the Park
If there is any rule of comedy, it's that it is always best enjoyed outside. I think George Carlin said that. Anwyay, you can enjoy the comedic stylings of some of Portland's best comics this Friday starting at 6 pm. Its hosted by Portland jokesters Seth Allen and Tory Ward in what is sure to be a night of chuckles galore.
Laurelhurst Park (free)
Rockin' the Walk Concert Series
West Coast League baseball team the Portland Pickles will team up with local record label/gift shop Tender Loving Empire for a series of pre-game live concerts at select Friday home games throughout the summer, closing this week with romantic pop project DoublePlusGood.
Walker Stadium, Lents (free)
PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE
Queer Dance Party Featuring ORSO and Cody James
Shake it out and live your best life at this celebration of queer joy with a five hour set by DJ Orso. You might be dead tired come Saturday morning, but it'll be oh so worth it.
Local Lounge, King ($5)
FOOD & DRINK
The AfroVillage Plaza Grand Opening
The AfroVillage movement works to foster dignity, sustainability, and equity in Portland's Black & Brown communities, with a focus on people experiencing houselessness. Celebrate the opening of their new plaza with live music, food and drink from Everybody Eats PDX, art and clothing vendors, a panel discussion on the importance of community building, and a raffle to support the group's ongoing work.
Everybody Eats, Pearl District (free)
The folks who brought you Portland Flea, Roux Portland, and Portland Bazaar present this last-Friday-of-the-month market in the parking lot of the Nova Building, complete with live DJs and food from Prey + Tell, Little Olli, and Nico’s Ice Cream.
Electric Blocks, Central Eastside (free)
Artists pay homage to walking—something many of us got very familiar with in quarantine—as both a physical act and a spiritual practice.
PDX Contemporary Art, Pearl District (free; closing)
Run It Up Count It Down
In collaboration with the Portland Art Museum, PBOT, and the CDC's REACH program, The Numberz radio station is hosting a COVID-19 pop-up vaccination clinic and info center to help run up the vaccination rate and count down hospitalizations.
Madison Plaza, Downtown (free)
Oregon State Fair
The Oregon State Fair is making a triumphant return this year with the theme Fun Makes A Comeback! The week-and-a-half long event will feature the Columbia Bank Concert Series, carnival rides, fair fare such as foot-long corn dogs, funnel cake, and fried foods of all sorts, agricultural displays, horse shows and livestock displays, and a new wine tasting event called Celebrate Oregon Harvest.
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem ($6)
All Black Effect
Grassroots collective 4THEPEOPLE curates this musical production and seasonal block party that highlights Black artists and creatives in Portland. This edition of All Black Effect features Northside Tego, Jonny Cool, and Marzz.
Kelly's Olympian, Downtown ($10)
Isabeau Waia'u Walker & June Magnolia w/ Little Monk Panda Scout & Supercoze
A diverse lineup of Pacific Northwest-based musicians and music styles are sure to charm you, from Y La Bamba touring member Isabeau Waia'u Walker bringing her introspective sound, to June Magnolia's historic folk music revival, to Seattle's SuperCoze and their jazzy surf rock vibe.
Mississippi Studios, North Portland ($10)
PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE
Strict Tempo with Vox Sinistra + Susan Subtract
The weekly Twitch series Strict Tempo has been revived to an in-person dance night of dark music. Hostess (and former Stranger music writer) Vox Sinistra and resident DJ Susan Subtract will set the mood, spinning the best new meets old-school EBM/industrial, industrial techno, dark techno/electro, coldwave/darkwave, New Beat, acid, Italo disco, and more.
Coffin Club, Buckman ($8)
Summer Artist's Market
Join community arts center True North Studios for a full day of fun where you're invited to peruse work by amazing local artists, snap a photo in front of a photo booth, and enter a raffle. A diverse group of local art vendors will be selling their wares, there will be live screen printing by Halftone PDX, and Freeform Portland has been tasked with providing tunes. True North will be donating 50% of raffle proceeds to neighborhood nonprofit IRCO (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization).
True North Studios, Montavilla (free)