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Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: Sept 10-12, 2021

Belmont Street Fair, Slavic Culture Festival, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
September 9, 2021
The main drag of Belmont will be transformed into a car-free fun zone during the annual Belmont Street Fair.

The days of summer are soon coming to an end, but that doesn't mean there aren't some events to check out this weekend on the cheap. Get in a good chuckle at the final Comedy in the Park event of the year, fight for worker's rights by standing in solidarity with Nabisco workers on strike, or find some comfort and community at the interactive festival Joy (Comes) in the Mourning. For more ideas, check out our roundup of places to celebrate Oktoberfest 2021


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FRIDAY

COMEDY

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. Anyway, this is your last chance to enjoy the comedic stylings of some of Portland's best comics before the weather starts to get crummy. Its hosted by Portland jokesters Seth Allen and Tory Ward in what is sure to be a night of chuckles galore. 
Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst (free)

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Johnstoberfest
The local craft beer and wine mecca John's Marketplace will celebrate Oktoberfest at both of its locations with a mix of "international classics and local festbiers," plus live music.
John's Marketplace (free entry, $20 for custom glass + six drink tickets)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

FILM

Hood River Documentary
A profile of a small Oregon town’s high school soccer team during their 2018 season, Hood River "recalls the pain and triumph that comes from growing up with sport as a central part of your early life." Read the full interview with the filmmakers about how it tackles youth sports, immigration, and class differences here
Virtual ($15)

FESTIVALS

Joy (Comes) in the Mourning
Curated by Portland Playhouse's community programs and associate artistic director Ramona Lisa Alexander, this hybrid festival presents interactive experiences that will explore the themes of loss and grief. After a trying year, this community gathering seeks to create a sacred space to mourn and heal with the help of artists, healers, dancers, faith-based leaders, singers, musicians, and community groups.
Portland Playhouse, King (free)

SATURDAY

ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Nabisco Bakers on Strike! Rally and Boycott Brigades
Stand in solidarity with Nabisco workers as they demand safeguards against outsourcing, fight to maintain their overtime pay system, and block changes to the company's proposed new healthcare plan. The rally will feature music and speeches by politicians, strikers, unions and community leaders. Boycott Brigades will head to local grocery stores to distribute leaflet and “Don’t Buy Nabisco! Respect the Strike!” stickers to customers.
Nabisco Bakery, Piedmont (free)

SHOPPING

Spectrum Art Market
This LGBTQ2SIA+ pop-up market in the heart of Mississippi features artists, designers, and makers from around the Portland metro area. This month, shop wares from Starstuffmerkaba, Mossy Mountain, and Levi Dye. Did we mention it's outdoors so you can kill two birds and soak up some sun? 
Q Center, Mississippi (free)

FOOD & DRINK

Ridgefield Oktoberfest
This family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration boasts German food, local beers, vendors, games, live music, a costume contest, and even wiener dog races. All proceeds will go towards the nonprofit Ridgefield Main Street, which is dedicated to preserving Ridgefield's cultural heritage.
Overlook Park, Ridgefield ($15 for general admission)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

Bootycorp X Holocene Present: Back To The Office
With cheeky theme about getting you back to work (work being dance in this case), this dance party is hosted by Hustleberry, Chellybean, The Serious, and Mienne. 
Holocene, Buckman ($10-$15)

COMMUNITY

2021 Belmont Street Fair
Held annually on the second Saturday of September, the Belmont Street Fair is one of the city's most well-attended street fairs. Stroll down the main stretch of Belmont, which will be closed off to cars for the event, while checking out wares from local vendors and eye-catching performances. The family-friendly outing will also include activities geared toward all ages.
Belmont District, Sunnyside (Free)

Rosewood Saturday Celebrations
Described as a "multicultural market that meets a social fair," these celebrations include goods, food vendors, community resources, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.  
The Rosewood Initiative, Rockwood (free)

MUSIC

MO TROPER & DOGBRETH
Mo Troper grew up in Portland and returned home to record his third solo record, Natural Beauty, that goes deeper into his own personal life. He will be performing  alongside Dogbreth and Growing Pains. 
Polaris Hall, Humboldt ($8-$12)

Madeline Goldstein • Schaus • Joyfriend
If you're looking to pair some classic sandwiches from Devil's Dill with live music, this show is the place to do it. 
No Fun, Buckman (Free)

SUNDAY

VISUAL ART

Scrap Creative Reuse Crafternoon
A day for all who love crafting, this event will have guided activities to craft everything from "bugs and robots to zines and journals." Artists with a more freeform style will have the chance to free-create as well. 
Scrap PDX, Eliot (free)

SPORTS & RECREATION

DOGA (Doggie Yoga)
Ever wanted to do the downward dog...with your dog right beside you? This is your chance to do just that with other fellow dog lovers. Just make sure your pup is able to keep its cool around other canine friends. 
Alberta Park, Concordia ($15)

FOOD & DRINK

Bake Sale for Texas Abortion Rights
Pick up some stunning sweets from Alchemy Desserts and other bakers at this bake sale fundraiser. All proceeds will go towards Fund Texas Choice, a nonprofit that funds Texans' travel to abortion clinics.
Dame, Concordia (prices vary)

FESTIVALS

Slavic Culture Festival 2021
The Slavic Festival is back to entertain crowds of all ages with groups representing Eastern European and Eurasian countries. This year's festival will be hybrid, with folks able to watch the festivities live via the Slavic Community of NW's Facebook page or YouTube channel. 
Ventura Park, Hazelwood (free)

COMEDY

Lot Laughs
You'll head into the work week feeling lighter after Sunday comedy series rounds out your weekend with laughs. This week, former high school teacher and Seattle International Comedy Competition finalist Cory Michaelis takes the stage.
Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy ($15)

FILM

DESCENT INTO MADNESS: THE FILMS OF WERNER HERZOG
One of the most revolutionary directors of his generation, Werner Herzog's work is as varied as you will ever find in a filmmaker, so you'll get something different every night of this film series. On Sunday, you can see the harrowing and insightful Vietnam documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood ($10)