The first weekend of October features a whole lotta good, clean fun… which (bonus!) also happens to be easy on the wallet. Check out the new Portland Trail Blazers lineup at their Fan Fest, revel in the finest pop music Portland has to offer at the PDX Pop Now! Release Party, or find some treasures at the Portland Night Market. For more ideas, check out our guide for the best things to do this week, or our complete food guide.
Live Band Karaoke with Hans & the Wanted
Take all of your shower and/or car singing skills to the next level and hit the stage. You'll feel like a bonafide rockstar singing your favorite karaoke tunes with top 40 cover band Hans & the Wanted providing live backing... Hopefully you'll hear cheers and not jeers.
Kells Brewery, Nob Hill (free)
PDX Pop Now! Release Party
Who needs Now! That's What I Call Music when we have PDX Pop Now! Vol. 18? The beloved indie festival drops its annual all-local, multi-genre compilation album this week and is celebrating with a two-night release show. The lineup will feature artists from the 2020 and 2021 compilations, including Nosila, Pleasure Curses and Fox & Bones.
Honey Latte Cafe, Buckman (free)
Portland Night Market
Browse over 75 Portland vendors at this after-hours market in a hip warehouse with an outdoor bar and food trucks. The fall edition of this quarterly event brings live pumpkin carving, an appearance by Caesar the No Drama Llama, and flash tats from INKBUS mobile tattoo studio.
100 SE Alder, Central Eastside (free)
Mia Farrington | Place
This collection from painter Mia Farrington draws inspiration from Oregon’s vibrant natural wonder the Painted Hills in her visual exploration of place.
Stephanie Chefas Projects, Buckman (free; closing)
FOOD & DRINK
Stammtisch Oktoberfest 2021
A slightly more subdued affair than Stammtisch's usual party, this year's fest will include a special food menu, commemorative bier steins, fest bier on tap, and extra side street seating (capacity will be limited to seated guests only). There won't be live music this year, but the atmosphere will still be festive with decorations, the pub playing some German drinking songs, and staff in their lederhosen and dirndls.
Stammtisch, Kerns (free)
Zuckercreme Presents: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
Inspired by fall's most ubiquitous flavor, this autumnal homage from Zuckercreme will feature a bakery, cafe, community market, workshops, cozy home goods, clothes, accessories, vintage wares, and art. This weekend marks the soft opening in their new digs, featuring a freshly painted food mural by Brianna Vizcaino.
Zuckercreme, Montavilla (free)
Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery
Whimsical illustrator and woodworker Mike Bennett presents his most ambitious project yet: an entire museum full of monsters just in time for Halloween.
Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery, St. Johns (free)
SPORTS & RECREATION
Portland Trail Blazers Fan Fest
Get hyped for the Trail Blazers 2021-22 season as they throw their annual fan fest, giving bball diehards a behind-the-scenes peek at an open practice and a thrilling intrasquad scrimmage. In addition to seeing all your old faves and newcomers to the team hoop it up, the family-friendly event promises food, fun, and prizes. Rip City, baby!
Moda Center, Lloyd District (free)
¡El Carnaval del Barrio!
Portland Mercado's “El Carnaval del Barrio,” or neighborhood carnival, will feature a night of music and dance performances, food, vendors, and community. Ten percent of the night's sales will benefit the Latino Student Union at David Douglas High School, which has one of the state's most diverse student bodies.
Portland Mercado, Mt. Scott-Arleta (free)
Dogtopia Neighborhood Block Party and Outdoor Market
Pups and their pawrents can party and even meet some new friends at this outdoor market and block party with local vendors like Pet Wants and Next Dimension Bakery, brews from Stickmen Brewing Company, and more. You'll even have the chance to immortalize the furry member(s) of your fam with "bad family portraits."
Dogtopia Cedar Mill, Cedar Mill (free)
ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE
Portland March for Reproductive Rights
Take action against the recently enacted abortion ban in Texas in tandem with hundreds of events happening simultaneously across the country. This nonviolent protest will feature speakers, local vendors, and community organizations who will be tabling with more information.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (free)
Lavender House Opening Reception
An exploration of housing justice in the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, this exhibition features a video essay from multimedia artist Sarah Rara, who delivers a glimpse into the tenant-landlord relationship, anxiety, motherhood, and resilience. Explaining how the piece came to fruition, Rara writes: “Eight years ago, I began recording accounts of every interaction I had with landlords and developers, compiling a substantial multi-volume binder of photographs, notes, documents. I never intended for these notes to form the basis of an artwork, I was collecting evidence to protect myself and fellow tenants from illegal evictions. But after years of observing and documenting, I began adding poems to the binder as a way of processing, as a kind of power reversal."
Oregon Contemporary, Kenton (free)
It's a VB squared lineup! Head down to the venue that's been "tried and true since 1902" to see alt-pop act Vega Black and pop-punk musician Val Bauer.
Kelly’s Olympian, Downtown ($5-$7)
HEALTH & WELLNESS
OHSU Health Care Equity Fair
Folks from all walks of life are invited to this health clinic where interprofessional students from OHSU, OSU, and Pacific University will provide services such as health screenings, eye exams, veterinary services, needle exchange, first-aid training, COVID-19 vaccinations, and more. In a bid to make health care a little more equitable, all services will be performed free of charge.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (free)