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Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: July 23-25, 2021

Pink Martini, the Cart Blocks Grand Opening, and More
July 23, 2021
Don't miss a free concert and sing-along with Portland favorites Pink Martini this Saturday in Pioneer Courthouse Square. (Courtesy of the artists)

Another weekend of events is here to prove that you don't need a reserve of disposable income to go out on the town. See below for the latest batch of last-minute events under $10, from the Cart Blocks Grand Opening to a Pink Martini concert and sing-along, and from a waterfront performance by Espacio Flamenco to the St. John's Art Walk


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FRIDAY

GEEK

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!
Emerge from your cupboard under the stairs to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday at McMenamins, which will transform into Hogwarts to accommodate wizards, witches, and muggles alike. Expect costume contests, games, trivia, and a replica of Diagon Alley, plus screenings of all eight movies.
McMenamins Kennedy School, Northeast (free)

PERFORMANCE

Reopening Portland at the Moxy Portland Downtown
This new downtown hotel will help Portland celebrate its reopening with drag performances from local stars Kimberly Michelle Westwood, Angel Phoenix, and Inanna Miss Phoenix, plus 20% off your tab from 4-9 pm. 
Moxy Portland, Downtown (free)

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

SHOPPING

Melanated Market
Treat yourself to some BIPOC-made goods, from bath and body products to home decor to jewelry.
Outlet PDX, Northeast (free)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

JAW New Play Festival
What are the teens thinking about these days? Find out at JAW's New Play Festival showcasing high-school playwrights.
Gerding Theater at the Armory, Southwest (free)

VISUAL ART

Light the Morrison Bridge
The river-spanning bascule bridge will light up green, blue, yellow, and white (the colors of the Portland flag) from evening to dawn, courtesy of the Willamette Light Brigade.
Morrison Bridge, Downtown (free)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Out from Within: An Exploration of the 'Divine Feminine'
You don't need to be an overnight guest to check out this group show exploring feminine power, which features work by local artists Braeden Cox, Erika Rier, and others. Stop by for the opening reception to donate to Rose Haven, a local shelter and community center for women, children, and gender non-conforming folks experiencing poverty. 
Lolo Pass, Southeast (free)

SATURDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Cart Blocks Grand Opening
Two years ago, over 50 carts were ousted from their home, the popular pod at Southwest 10th and Alder, to make way for the swanky Ritz-Carlton hotel. Then, this spring, City Council voted to use $269,000 to help relocate the displaced carts to the Ankeny Square in the North Park Blocks. Now, that plan is coming to fruition as the new pod celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Over 20 of the carts that were previously forced out, including Drunken Noodle, Tito's Burritos, K-Bap, Love Verona, and Shanghai's Best, will be back in business. Meanwhile, ostensibly as a gesture recognizing the pod it displaced, the Ritz-Carlton has revealed plans for a food hall with up to nine vendors on its ground floor. 
Cart Blocks, Downtown (free)

Good AF Times Patio Party
The local alcohol-free cocktail specialist For Bitter For Worse will unveil their shiny new production facility with a bash that includes spirit-free cocktail samples, zero-proof cocktails from Suckerpunch, music by Kasey Anderson, food from Barkada PDX, a raffle, and an appearance from local celebrity Caesar the No Drama Llama.
For Bitter For Worse, Northeast ($8)

MUSIC

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 Drip Fest, a music and fashion event highlighting BIPOC talent, including Portland's Bon Wavi, DaRoyal, and Scooty.
Madison Plaza, Southwest (free)

Music on the Plaza
Folks of all ages can enjoy the stylings of "freewheeling beat-boxing accordionist" Jet Black Pearl and club favorite Solovox at this Peacock Productions concert. DJs Luna, Michelle Gilman, Marcus Angeloni, and Winona Winslow will spin in between sets. 
Pride Plaza, Southwest (free)

Pink Martini Concert & Sing-Along
Genre-spanning Pink Martini returns to Portland’s living room for a lively concert and audience sing-along. Keep an ear out for the powerful pipes of co-lead singer Storm Large and frequent collaborator Jimmie Herrod who both made notable appearances on this season of America’s Got Talent.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (free)

Protect Yo HeART
DJs YT, D Rock, and Sawif will queue up reggae cuts all afternoon while artists sell their wares.
Corner of MLK & Alberta, Northeast (free)

SMILE Summer Music in Sellwood & Westmoreland
The Windermere Moreland office parking lot is usually filled with boring cars, but it'll transform into a live music stage every Saturday this month.
Windermere, Westmoreland (free) 

PERFORMANCE

24 Foot Studios Presents: The Princess Bride
Love The Princess Bride but seen it one too many times on screen? Help recreate it yourself in 24 Foot Studios' "mobile movie truck" using provided wigs and costumes.
North Park Blocks Northwest (free)

SHOPPING

St. John’s Art Walk
Enjoy live music and admire work by local artists while strolling through the charming streets of St. Johns. 
Cathedral Park Place, St. Johns (free)

SPORTS & RECREATION

SKATEMOBILE Pop-Up
Bring your own skates or rent a pair from Rose City Rollers' Skatemobile at this pop-up, where Carlos the Rollerblader will DJ live. 
North Park Blocks Northwest (free)

VISUAL ART

Paint the Town - Burnside Block Party
The outdoor space right next to the Chinatown gate will play host to live painters, art installations, and underground house DJs.
NW 4th Ave & W Burnside St (free)

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

MUSIC

Soul Restoration Project with Darrell Grant
Creatives will demonstrate the idiom that art has the power to heal by sharing their music, poetry, visual art, and movement, led by Portland State University professor Darrell Grant.
Tilikum Plaza, Southeast (free)

SHOPPING

My People's Market Window Shop
My People’s Market has teamed up with PDX Window Shop, a program co-founded by Portland Made and Makers Union PDX, to feature local BIPOC makers in a series of pop-up markets. Instead of going inside and browsing up close, passersby will be able to scan the QR codes of items in the window that interest them, which will lead them to a page where they can connect directly with the seller. This weekend's market also brings treats from HeyDay Donuts and music by DJ ALoSO (Sat), followed by frozen treats from Ice Queen and music by DJ No.Bi.Es (Sun).
The Shops at 10Y, Downtown (free)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Blender Bike Mocktails with The Street Trust
Have you ever enjoyed a beverage that was crafted with the power of your legs instead of your hands? Try it out by blending a mocktail on The Street Trust's "blender bike." Don't forget to grab some snacks and stickers on your way out. 
Custom House, Downtown (free)

SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

Flamenco a la Orilla del Rio / Flamenco on the Waterfront
Musicians and dancers from Portland’s Espacio Flamenco will link up with Bay Area singer Roberto Zamora for a bilingual performance on the waterfront.
Salmon Street Fountain, Southwest (free) 

Make Portland Weird Again: Mini Arts Fest and Salon
Sip a virgin cocktail while circus performers delight you with tricks at this all-ages performance; the bar's first since Portland's reopening.
The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Southeast (free)