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Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: July 9-11, 2021

A Lavender Festival, a Party at Madison Plaza, and More Last-Minute Events Under $10
July 9, 2021
Sate your affinity for fragrant flowers and thrifting at Wayward Winds Lavender Farm's Lavender & Vintage Festival. (Wayward Winds Lavender)

Another mild summer weekend has arrived, and with it comes a new spate of events charging less than what it costs to buy two 12-inch-long sandwiches at a certain corporate deli. From the Rose Cup Races to the Madison Plaza Summer Series to Aki Onda: A Letter From Souls of the Dead at PICA, there's plenty of $10-and-under events that you can fit into your weekend itinerary without much planning. 

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Outdoor Film Screening: Smiles of a Summer Night
If you're going to take in a classic Scandinavian sex comedy, why not do so on a picnic blanket on a balmy summer evening? Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) takes place in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where four men and four women attempt to "navigate the laws of attraction" during a weekend in the country.
Nordic Northwest, Southwest ($5+)


PHNM, Jupiter Williams, Nate Aries, OG.Wizzz
Soul House and Men on Vacation present five hours of nonstop tunes with DJs PHNM, Jupiter Williams, Nate Aries, and OG.Wizzz.
The Big Legrowlski, Northwest ($10+)



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)


Lavender & Vintage Festival
Take your affinity for the heaven-scented member of the Lamiaceae family to the next level by exploring a lavender maze, picking up essential oils and other goods from local vendors, and shopping from a vintage market.
Wayward Winds Lavender Farm, Newberg (free)


60th Annual Rose Cup Races
For as much fun stuff that happens at Portland International Raceway, it's easy to forget that actual racing happens there from time to time. Like, with big, super-fast cars. Returning after last year's hiatus, the Rose Cup Races will take advantage of PIR's track with the World Challenge professional GT racing series, the TC America series, and four additional race groups showcasing the finest amateur race car drivers in the region.
Portland International Raceway, Delta Park ($5+)



Cruzin’ in the Pines
Local DJs will chat it up and spin the goods in Cruzroom's new outdoor space.
Cruzroom Annex, Northeast ($5+)

Madison Plaza Summer Series
This pop-up series presented by the Portland Art Museum, The Numberz FM, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation kicks off with an Afro-Caribbean marketplace featuring music from DJs Ambush, Solo, and MPenzi.
Madison Plaza, Downtown (free)


Ford Art Gallery Reopening featuring Artists On Rotation IV
Thirty-five works by 35 artists (including Alan Wieder, Cedar Lee, and Jennifer Kapnek) will be on view, and each one purchased will be replaced by another piece by that same artist. Got it? Ford Gallery writes, "Our aim is to remove some of the traditional barriers of acquiring original art and reaffirm that anyone can be an art collector, whether their barrier is financial or geographic."
The Ford Building, Southeast (free)

Spectrum Art Market
This LGBTQ2SIA+ pop-up market in the heart of Mississippi will feature artists, designers, and makers from around the Portland metro area.
Q Center, Mississippi (free)



Aki Onda: A Letter From Souls of the Dead
"I'm fascinated by the idea of communicating with the spirits of the dead, the relationship of matter and spirit, and a form of séance to demonstrate the mediumship," writes artist Aki Onda on her first major U.S. solo exhibition, A Letter From Souls of the Dead. Centering collections of found objects such as bells, surplus electronics, photographs, and vintage slide projections, the show is set to a soundtrack curated by the artist alongside New Yorked-based vocalist Charmaine Lee and New Haven-based musician Zach Rowden. 
PICA, Eliot (free)



Alphabet Mafia
Get sweaty at this new LGBTQIA-focused dance night from the folks at PartyXMonster and Soul House.
Candy, Northwest ($10)