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Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: July 16-18, 2021

An Open House at Mississippi Studios, the Gresham Arts Festival, and More Last-Minute Events Under $10
July 16, 2021
Mississippi Studios will welcome back audiences with a free open house on Saturday. (Todd Walberg)

Looking to get out of the house this weekend without spending all your cash? Read on for a slew of things to do around town that won't cost you more than $10, from a block party outside Hail Snail to Mississippi Studios's Welcome Back Open House, and from the Gresham Arts Festival to a Beaverton City Library performance of The Complete Works of Wm Shakespeare (Abridged)

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Bastille Day at Stem Wine Bar
Missed out on France's Fête Nationale this past Wednesday? Celebrate fashionably late all weekend long over French champagne and wine flights, macarons, and live accordion music.
Stem Wine Bar, Mississippi (free)


Night Market Vancouver
Shop around after hours for goods from over 60 different makers. This night market also promises live bands, a DJ, outdoor dance lessons, and food and drinks. 
The Vic, Vancouver (free)



Floating World Comics 15th Anniversary Sale
Enjoy 15% off titles online and in-store as this mainstay comics shop celebrates its 15th year around the sun.
Floating World Comics, Old Town - Chinatown (free)



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 ($5)


Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, presented by Oregonians Credit Union and Jazz Society of Oregon, returns for its 41st annual event. The 2021 lineup includes over 15 jazz musicians such as Melao de Cuba, Soul Vaccination, and more who will entertain crowds sprawled out on the park’s lawn.
Cathedral Park, St. Johns (free)



Arbor Lodge Bloc Party II
Take in Hail Snail's new patio space at this kid-friendly block party co-hosted by the QPOC-owned vegan spot and Long Look Brewery, complete with vendors, beer and snacks (including cinnamon rolls), and live music.
Hail Snail, Arbor Lodge (free)  


Gresham Arts Festival
Ride away from city limits for this easy-breezy arts fest on Gresham's Arts Plaza, where you'll find a kids' corner, local food and beverages, and over 100 artists selling their wares.
Gresham Arts Plaza (free)


Madison Plaza Summer Series
This pop-up series presented by the Portland Art Museum, The Numberz FM, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation continues with a "comedy and soul showcase" hosted by Shrista Tyree.
Madison Plaza, Downtown (free)

Mississippi Studios’ Welcome Back Open House
Mississippi Studios hosts this free open house to welcome back audiences, featuring the unveiling of "Song of Fortitude", a painting by Arnold Pander. With live music by May Arden, Wonderly, and the unofficial premiere of Pander Brothers’ animated short film “Balloon Bomb” and Casey Jarman’s “Please Please You.”
Mississippi Studios, Mississippi (free)

Safe N' Sound
No patio party would be complete without live DJs, so High Gain Theory, Dirty Deeds, Chris Bower, BVSSLUV, and TLOC have stepped in to keep you dancing while you enjoy the evening air. 
The Big Legrowlski, Downtown ($10)

SMILE Summer Music in Sellwood & Westmoreland
Windermere's Moreland office parking lot is usually filled with boring cars, but it'll transform into a live music stage every Saturday this month. This week, enjoy "soulful Americana" from Silver Lake 66.
Windermere, Westmoreland (free) 


Complete Works of Wm Shakespeare (Abridged)
Having premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 and later earning the title of London's longest-running comedy, this "preposterous masterwork" is the brainchild of three Renaissance Faire vets with a tongue-in-cheek reverence for England's favorite bard. It features all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, boiled down to a cool 97 minutes for your fickle attention span. 
Beaverton City Library ($10+ donation)


PDX Moon Market
Created by the duo behind the Sellwood-Moreland boutique Little Rituals, the PDX Moon Market is a free monthly maker’s market featuring over 40 local vendors. Founded with the goal of creating a space to celebrate community and supporting small businesses, the market has a fun and inviting atmosphere.
Everett West, Pearl District (free)



Resound: Angélica Maria Millán Lozano + Frankie Krupa Vahdani
Angélica Maria Millán Lozano and Frankie Krupa Vahdani show drawings, paintings, mixed-media work, and fabric pieces "infused by the unique cultural hybridity of each artists’ heritage," which also respond to current socio-political events in their respective locales of Brooklyn and the Skagit Valley.
Fuller Rosen Gallery, Northwest (free)



Long Story Short
Comics will regale you with funny stories.
Alberta Street Pub, King ($10)


The Vegan Carnivores
Mehdi Farjami, Dashel Ruiz, and Pepe Raphael fill out the roster of this local Latin band.
Alberta Street Pub, King ($10)