Things to Do This Weekend

The 30 Best Things to Do in Portland This Weekend: July 26-28 2019

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Friday, July 26

JAW: A Playwright's Festival
Every summer, emerging playwrights are selected from a competitive pool to develop, revise, and debut brand-new work at Portland Center Stage during the nationally appreciated JAW: A Playwrights Festival—all for the low, low cost of zero dollars to you. As a sneak peek at new theater creators making cool shit, JAW is more than worth your time. Throw in air conditioning and you’d be a fool. For a complete list of performances and showtimes, visit (July 26-28, Fri 8 pm, Sat 4 pm & 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, Portland Center Stage, free) MEGAN BURBANK

32nd Annual Oregon Brewers Festival
The Northwest tradition returns to the Waterfront to serve over 85,000 customers some of the finest beer the world will ever drink, and for the first time ever, the fest will feature nothing but Oregon craft beers and ciders. Visit for a list of brewers. (Fri-Sat July 26-27, 11:30 am, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, free)

Portland Pickles vs. Corvallis Knights
The Pickles close out a quick two-game series against Corvallis with a Friday night game at Walker Stadium. Prior to the start of the game, Small Million and the Autonomics will perform live as part of the Rockin the Walk Concert Series. The first 600 fans will receive Free Dillon "Raise the Chair" bobbleheads. (Fri July 26, 7:05 pm, Walker Stadium, $8 & Up, all ages)

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema
This summer, the Northwest Film Center is condensing its yearly tradition—outdoor movie screenings atop downtown buildings—to four nights. It’s a good four nights, though: Fri July 26 is the Kiwi comedy Boy, directed by What We Do in the Shadows’ Taika Waititi; Sat July 27 is 1984’s campy sci-fi flick Night of the Comet; and Sun July 28 is Penelope Spheeris’ utterly magnificent Wayne’s World. Party time. Excellent. (Fri-Sun July 26-28, Portland State University Parking Structure 2) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Drunken Prayer, Chuck Westmoreland, Redray Frazier
Asheville, North Carolina-based singer/songwriter Morgan Geer and his Americana, blues, and country band head up a hometown show at Mississippi Studios in support of their latest album, Cordelia Elsewhere. Like-minded local Chuck Westmoreland lends his support to the proceedings. (Fri July 26, 9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $12-14)

Moses Storm
Moses Storm’s spirited stage presence—likely learned during his childhood training at cheerleading camp with his sisters—moves him into serious contortions during impressions. His star has been rising due to multiple appearances on Conan and his web prank videos (like the one where he brainstormed a texting safe stoplight). But Storm’s stand-up is still the best introduction to this charming young comedian. (July 26-27, Fri 10 pm, Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $17-33) SUZETTE SMITH

Hayley & the Crushers, Slutty Hearts, Ex-Kids, B.R.U.C.E.
Hayley Crusher Cain and her San Luis Obispo-based band bring their pop-tinged punk and surf-rock up the coast in support of their latest album, Cool / Lame. Portland's own Slutty Hearts, Ex-Kids, and B.R.U.C.E. round out the bill. (Fri July 26, 8 pm, Twilight Cafe & Bar, $7)

Kickin' It! with Shain Brenden
The Kickstand hosts the latest installment of Shain Brenden's late night comedy show, with interviews, sketches, stand-up comedy, and musical performances. (Fri July 26, 9 pm, Kickstand Comedy Space, $10)

This month's installment of the regular drum 'n' bass blowup features the jungly, soulful sound of Submorphics, and the Portland debut of T.R.A.C, with support from DJ Skiles, Subfugitive, and Definition Positive on hosting duties. (Fri July 26, 10 pm, The Whiskey Bar, $15-20)

ARCO-PDX 5th Anniversary Concert
As we've reported in these pages, the Amplified Repertory Chamber Orchestra of Portland—or ARCO-PDX—is a group that expands on the promise of other groups that try to bring classical music to a modern audience. In this case, they do it by mic'ing up their instruments, cranking up the volume, and adding colorful visual effects. (Fri July 26, 7:30 pm, Holocene, $10-15)

Saturday, July 27

Rip City 3-on-3
’Tis the weekend for hoops and fundraising. The annual Rip City 3-on-3, hosted by Trail Blazers at the Rose Quarter on Saturday and Sunday, is a benefit for Special Olympics Oregon. If you think you can ball, register for the popular and competitive tourney, but it’s fun to check out regardless (stay for the slam dunk contest). (Sat-Sun July 27-28, Rose Quarter Commons) DOUG BROWN

Division/Clinton Street Fair & Parade
One of Southeast Portland's favorite haunts is the Division/Clinton neighborhood, who really know how to party! For proof, check out the Division/Clinton Street Fair, which not only boasts a parade, yummy chow, vendors, and a beer garden, but also awesome music! (Sat July 27, 10:45 am, SE 25th & Clinton, free, all ages) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Mic Capes, Scooty, Bocha
It’s become pretty clear Mic Capes' is going places, so you may as well enjoy him live while he’s cheap. For the lucky souls who do show up, you’re gonna hear these “Razor Tongue” bars loud and clear. (Sat July 27, 9 pm, The Fixin' To, $10) JENNI MOORE

Portland Timbers vs. L.A. Galaxy
The last time the Galaxy hit Providence Park for a regular season matchup against the Timbers, most of the attention centered around L.A.’s newly-signed Swedish superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimović. The Lion will remain a point of interest tonight, but all eyes will be on Portland’s own standout striker Brian Fernandez, whose record-breaking scoring streak has made Timbers matches appointment viewing and has left opposing teams scrambling in search of a way to slow him down. (Sat July 27, 7:30 pm, Providence Park, $35-339, all ages) CHIPP TERWILLIGER

Broken Social Scene, The Helio Sequence
It’s always astonishing that Canadian indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene manages to get back together every few years, but what’s more astonishing is how their myriad talents and voices come together to produce such consistently great music, with soaring sonic effects, comet-like melodies, and actual, real-life hope tucked into every bar. (Sat July 27, 7 pm, Oregon Zoo, $35-95, all ages) NED LANNAMANN

Comedy Party PDX
Desert Island Studios opens its doors for a Saturday night stand-up show, featuring homecoming sets from former Portland comedy scene staples Curtis Cook and Milan Patel, along with performances by local favorites Tory Ward, Nariko Ott, Kirsten Kuppenbender, and Adam Pasi. Hosted by and Hunter Donaldson and Jake Silberman. (Sat July 27, 7 pm, Desert Island Studios, $10)

In addition to their Sunday set at PDX Pop Now!, here’s another chance to see Portland-based neo-soul seven-piece Adebisi, led by singer/lyricist Bisi Ashley. Despite their limited online presence, the band’s been honing their craft and growing their presence in the scene since 2017. Steeped in jazz and hip-hop, their songs like “Here It Comes” (featuring Mal London) and “Nuisance” are truly sublime. (Sat July 27, 7 pm, Portland Center Stage, free) JENNI MOORE

Toast to Rogue Brewmaster John Maier
Rogue honors longtime Brewmaster John Maier for his three decades of service and wishes him all the best in retirement. Come through and bid adieu while indulging in an array of limited release beers and special vintage brews pulled from the cellar. (Sat July 27, 4:30 pm, Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery, free)

Glasys, Maiah Wynne
Fleet-fingered keyboardist Gil Assayas got perhaps his biggest stamp of approval when he was tapped to fill in for Ralph Schuckett on the 2018 reunion tour of Todd Rundgren’s rock group Utopia. And he’s been using the energy generated from those gigs to fuel his latest album Defective Humanity, a flinty collection of elliptical pop tunes and ’70s prog-meets-modern trap instrumentals. Catch him now before he heads out this fall to join Rundgren, Micky Dolenz, and Christopher Cross on their White Album tribute tour this fall. (Sat July 27, 8 pm, Jack London Revue, $10) ROBERT HAM

The Doubleclicks, PDX Broadsides, Megathruster
The Doubleclicks are maybe the single best example of geek-folk potential fully realized, and they're coming back to their old Portland stomping grounds to celebrate the release of their latest LP, The Book Was Better, and they're getting lots of love and support from friends PDX Broadsides and Megathruster. (Sat July 27, 8 pm, Dante's, $10)

Erin Jane Laroue, Kertoa Kalevala
Chalant, Laroue’s debut collection of keyboard-driven tracks, lives in the shadows near the intersection of folk, new age, gothic pop, and modern classical. Laroue played every instrument on the album, and each song unfolds slowly, providing ample space for Laroue’s haunting melodies and emotionally raw lyrics to bloom. Recurring themes include light and darkness, life and death, fear, redemption, and the uncertainty that always lies ahead. (Sat July 27, 8 pm, The Lovecraft, $5) BEN SALMON

Sunday, July 28

Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, Tommy Alexander
This Sunday, right around 6 pm, you might feel a wave of wonderfulness pass on the breeze and straight into your soul, and wonder "Hark, what dealer of smooth grooves is at work delivering such laid back funk as to make the soil more fertile and the air so sweet?" The answer, my friend, is Michael McDonald, a low-key MVP of R&B, and just when you think the smoothness might be too much, behold: CHAKA KHAN is in the house too, and there will be straight fire of the sort that lets you know summer has only truly started now, on this night. Or, to put it more bluntly: CHAKA KHAN LEMME ROCK YOU LEMME ROCK YOU CHAKA KHAN, LEMME ROCK YOU THAT'S ALL I WANNA DO. (Sun July 28, 6:30 pm, Oregon Zoo, $47.50-325)

Objectively, Wicked—the musical that tells the “Untold Story of the Witches of Oz”—has one of the best original scores in all musical theater. Composed by Stephen Schwartz, the Broadway soundtrack was popularized by the unparalleled Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda the Good Witch) and Idina Menzel (Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West) in the early ’00s. I’ve only ever known the story via what was included on my burned CD copy of Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast), but the Broadway in Portland series provides multiple chances for me to see the full story live, with a new cast slaying gorgeous harmonies on “For Good,” and “As Long As You’re Mine,” as well as Glinda’s iconic “Popular,” and Elphaba’s absurdly epic “Defying Gravity.” (Sun, July 28, 6:30 pm, Keller Auditorium, $59-169, all ages) JENNI MOORE

Autonomics traffics in the kind of sloppy, speedy garage-rock meant to bang a few heads and spill a few beers. Witness it tonight when they headline a free Sunday Session at Rontoms. (Sun July 28, 8 pm, Rontoms, free)

No. 09 Tan Lines Festival
Beacon Quarterly celebrates the release of their latest issue by throwing a one-day festival at Century featuring art installations, couture contests, limited edition merch, and a whole lotta live talent performing for your edification. (Sun July 28, noon, Century, $5)

The Wiggles
The beloved Australian children's music group out of Sydney bring their renowned live show to the Aladdin Theater stage when the "Party Time" Tour stops off in Portland. (Sun July 28, 6:30 pm, Aladdin Theater, $40, all ages)

Siobhan Wilson, Charlie Moses
Glasgow-hailing singer/songwriter Siobhan Wilson brings her neo-folk sounds to the Doug Fir Patio to head up the latest installment in the Pickin' On Sundays series. Portland's own Charlie Moses rounds out the proceedings. (Sun July 28, 3 pm, Doug Fir, free)

I Draw Slow, The Horsenecks
The Dublin-hailing roots quintet bring their harmony-driven blend of American folk and Irish storytelling through Mississippi Studios for the Portland stop on a North American tour. (8 pm, Mississippi Studios, $15-17)

Mondo Croquet World Championships and Mad Hatter Picnic
Croquet, American-style, is just like the regular game, except you use a bowling ball and a sledgehammer, because America. Extra bowling balls and sledgehammers will be available on site, if you're worried about coming down to this hoity-toity kinda shindig and not being fully prepared. But you probably should come attired in your finest "lawn whites" or—yunno what? Just wear whatever. You're gonna be whacking bowling balls all over downtown with a sledgehammer. Enjoy yourself. (Sun July 28, noon, North Park Blocks, free, all ages)

Big Bad Beat w/ E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Melanie Roy and her band serve up some classic R&B, funk, and boogie to activate your soul before 1982's nuclear-grade tearjerker E.T. The Extra Terrestrial rips out your heart. Part of Portland Parks and Recreation’s 2019 Concerts in the Park series. (Sun July 28, 6:30 pm, Wellington Park, free, all ages)

Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!