Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: Aug 19-21, 2022

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby, Multnomah Days, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
August 18, 2022
Never heard of the Portland Criterium? Probably because the bike race/block party hasn't been seen downtown for almost a decade. (Portland Criterium)
This weekend is guaranteeing no bad days, with community bashes like Multnomah Days and Free Geek Block Party, recreational events like PickleFest and Sunday Parkways, and thrilling races like PDX Adult Soapbox Derby and Portland Criterium vying for your time but not a lot of your budget.

Oregon’s statewide mask mandate has been lifted, venues may have their own health guidelines in place. We advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.

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Kickstand Comedy in the Park Add to a List
Kickstand Comedy has reprised its hugely popular Comedy in the Park series in Laurelhurst Park, so grab your pals with a sense of humor and spread out your blankets early—the event has been known to draw crowds of 2,000 or more. Local laughaholics Susan Rice, Kelly Ryan, Bruce Gray, Chris Mejia, and Noah Watson will perform.
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, free)

Lez Stand Up Add to a List
This beloved showcase returns to the Siren Theater for one night only, with old friend Kirsten Kuppenbender hosting the evening of quality queer comedy from near and far. Arlo Weierhauser, Calaix Alexander, Alayna Becker, and concise list maker Mx. Dahlia Belle will bring the laughs right when we need 'em most.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $15)


Latin American Community Ciencias Night Add to a List
Celebrate Latin American culture and community at this all-ages evening of science demos, lectures, and museum exploration. OMSI's Latin American Community Ciencias Night includes bilingual planetarium shows, a performance by ten-piece salsa and Latin jazz group Pa'lante PDX, Latinx vendors, mouthwatering tamales from Tamale Boy, and more. 
(OMSI, Central Eastside, $8-$12)

Signal Share: 40th Anniversary Celebration Add to a List
Stop by Open Signal's parking lot on Friday evening for the community-minded media arts center's 40th anniversary shindig, and you might snag a free t-shirt. Caribbean KookPot will dish up delicious grub, Vo McBurney will be on site drawing funky caricatures, Caesar the No Drama Llama will be posted up offering chill hugs and cuddles, and attendees can catch screenings of work by Open Signal producers throughout the evening.
(Open Signal, Eliot, free)


Nordic Northwest Outdoor Film Screenings Add to a List
Whether you're in Oslo or the Pacific Northwest, no summer is complete without catching an outdoor movie screening (or five). Nordic Northwest agrees, and their new film programming offers a little something for everyone's cinema tastes, from the arty and avant-garde to lighthearted and fun. On August 19, they'll screen Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, a dark masterwork set during the aftermath of the Crusades. Attendees will find a range of Oregon wines, beers, and non-alcoholic options to keep their thirst at bay during each screening.
(Nordic Northwest, Metzger, $15 per vehicle)

Queer Horror: Psycho Add to a List
This fresh restoration of Hitchcock's legendary shower slasher includes 13 whole seconds of additional footage(!) unseen since the film's 1960 release. What's Norman Bates getting up to in those 13 seconds? We're dying to know, har har. Deluxe drag clown Carla Rossi will host the screening, and local drag all-stars Pepper Pepper and Matthew Leavitt as Toonces will open with a freaky preshow.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $10-$12)


An All Strings Songwriter Evening Add to a List
Unwind from the workweek with three string-based singer-songwriters performing inside this idyllic used bookstore. Seattle-based cellist Ollella will bring her blend of contemporary pop acoustic folk, which Michelle Zauner (of Japanese Breakfast) called “so tastefully done,"alongside jazz-folk violinist Mirabai Peart and experimental quartet Twin Bridges.
(Mother Foucault's, Buckman, $10)

Help with Dommengang Add to a List
Noise punk outfit Help promises to be "what Portland needs right now" with their lyrically and sonically hard-hitting songs about dismantling oppressive systems. Expect to hear tracks off of their new album, 2053, after an opening set from fuzz-rock band Dommengang.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)

Mall Party - Grand Opening of Floating World, Dreem Street, and Musique Plastique Add to a List
Did you hear? Hanging out at the mall is cool again! Comic book shop Floating World, printing press Dreem Street, and record store Musique Plastique will celebrate their grand openings atLloyd Center with live DJs and an audiovisual performance from Portland arts collective Spoiler Room.
(Lloyd Center, Lloyd District, free)

New York Kids (Interpol Tribute) & Victoria (Beach House Tribute) Add to a List
Interpol tribute group New York Kids, featuring members of local bands Neuma & Soft Cheese, will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the alt-rock band's debut Turn On The Bright Lights by performing the album front to back. Portland's own Beach House cover band Victoria (named after vocalist Victoria Legrand) will start the evening with their iconic dream pop tunes.
(Show Bar, Buckman, $10-$12)

Standards with Glacier Veins Add to a List
Instrumental math-rock duo Standards will bring their complex instrumental tunes inspired by berries, melons, and other fruits to the stage in support of their new album, Fruit Town. They'll be joined by dream punk outfit Glacier Veins. 
(Holocene, Buckman, $12)


Now That's What I Call Garage Add to a List
Local DJs Silversound, Jason Burns, Chixy Guap, Leeonn, and Ben Tactic will get your booty on the dancefloor with an evening dedicated to all things UK garage, a subgenre of EDM that originated in England in the early '90s.
(Holocene, Buckman, $10)

TCB with DJ Action Slacks Add to a List
Airline tickets to Hawaii are expensive right now, but this tropical-themed dance party is free! DJ Action Slacks will serve up a rejuvenating mix of "soul-swingin’, shingalingin’, finger-snapping, toe-tapping" tunes that will have you craving a piña colada. 
(The Florida Room, North Portland, free)


Chasing Rainbows Add to a List
This true love story, penned by playwright Bob Powers, honors his relationship with his late husband, Donald. Chasing Rainbows begins in scenic Italy and ends with Donald's diagnosis with primary progressive aphasia and descent into dementia. 100% of ticket sales for this performance will be donated to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, an organization that supported Donald until his death.
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, By donation)



Mill Park Block Party Add to a List
Enjoy our last stretch of beautiful weather with this free all-ages block party featuring games, food, a bouncy house, an open dance jam, and performances from local hip-hop artists Dark Time Sunshine, Swiggle Mandela, Yung Mil, and plenty more.
(Mill City Park, Mill Park, free)

Multnomah Days 2022 Add to a List
The charming neighborhood of Multnomah Village presents their annual open-air, family-friendly street festival with musical acts, street entertainers, over 100 art and vendor booths, a kid's zone, and food carts with outdoor street dining. Although the street fair is one of Portland's oldest, it still has new tricks up its sleeve: A brand-new community stage will make its debut this year, featuring local talent and opportunities to explore community involvement.
(Multnomah Village, Multnomah, free)


Fire of Love Add to a List
Narrated by artsy auteur Miranda July, this documentary follows the fiery trajectory of French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft. The married pair tracked eruptions the world over, but lost their lives while chasing their passion. (Incidentally, they also looked like they stepped out of a Wes Anderson film.) Director Sara Dosa's Fire of Love was called "blazingly lyrical" by The Los Angeles Times.
(Whitsell Auditorium, South Park Blocks, $12)

Seven from the '70s Add to a List
Each Saturday morning for the next seven weeks, Cinema 21 will screen a legendary film from the '70s. Far out! The Seven From the '70s series continues this week with Polanski's quintessential neo-noir Chinatown. The series was programmed by local film expert and professor Elliot Lavine—he's been directing and exhibiting films since the late '70s, so he knows his stuff. 
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $8)


SlushFest Saturday Tap Takeovers Add to a List
Cool off this summer with this slushie-centric street party from Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom. They'll feature a four-tap kegerator and slushie machine, with four beers on tap from a different local brewery each week, a different housemade slushie, and "ice bergs" (beer pours with slushie floats).
(Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom, Richmond)


Old School Hip-Hop Throwdown Add to a List
Portland Hip Hop Week Add to a List will kick off with an old-school hip-hop and R&B dance party soundtracked by Blazers hype man DJ O.G.ONE. Be sure to brush up on your running man skills ahead of time. 
(The Get Down, Buckman, $10-$12)

S.G. Goodman Add to a List
Kentucky-based alt-country artist S.G. Goodman will stop by for an in-store performance and album signing in support of her new R&B and rock-infused album, Teeth Marks, which has received praise from esteemed publications like PitchforkNPRand Rolling Stone.
(Music Millennium, Kerns, free)


A Midsommer Night's Dreame Add to a List
​Unrequited love, requited love, fairy chaos, and a magical donkey—it's all fair game in A Midsommer Night's Dreame, and somehow it all works out in a happy ending. The Original Practice Shakespeare Festival brings Shakespeare's magical, fae-friendly comedy outdoors, interpreting the Bard's ​work in the classic First Folio style (that means limited rehearsal, an onstage prompter, and a fast-paced, improvisational feel).
(Washington Park Amphitheater, Washington Park, free)


Bookstore Romance Day Add to a List
Annie Bloom's will celebrate Bookstore Romance Day (and all things steamy and bodice-ripping) with a range of in-store and virtual events on Saturday. Check out the virtual panels, with topics including cross-genre tales, BIPOC and queer romance, TikTok hits, and writing for young adults, or head to Annie Bloom's for some lovey-dovey in-store perks.
(Annie Bloom's Books, Multnomah, free)

MACA Arts and Crafts Sale Add to a List
Scope out the talent of artists and artisans who take courses and work at Multnomah Arts Center for this one-day sale of ceramics, textiles, jewelry, prints, paintings, and more. Sponsored by the Multnomah Arts Center Association (MACA), the sale supports the Center's programming, planned in tandem with the buzzy Multnomah Days Add to a List street festival.
(Multnomah Arts Center, Multnomah, free)


PickleFest + Playoff Doubleheader Add to a List
Portland's favorite briny boys and Deschutes Brewing present the annual PickleFest, featuring the Wild Wild West League semifinals and championship plus a lineup of local bands. Local breweries including Culmination, Away Days, Ex Novo, and Leikam will be on hand with fresh pours to accompany hot dogs and other stadium fare.
(Walker Stadium, Lents, $10)

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby Add to a List
Remember when you were a kid and an adult of questionable responsibility helped you build a death machine to ride down a hill in? Well, now you're the adult of questionable responsibility and you can build yourself a soapbox racecar! Portlanders will zoom down Mt. Tabor at crazy speeds in their own handmade contraptions, which makes for the perfect circus to watch on a sunny summer day.
(Mt. Tabor Park, Mount Tabor, free)

Portland Criterium Add to a List
This spectator-friendly bike race slash block party is making a triumphant return downtown after a nearly 10-year absence. Watch racers whiz by on a short-lap course while enjoying food from No Q’ No Taqueria, Baon Kainan, and Matta, guzzle down a beer in the New Belgium beer garden, and cheer on triumphant winners at the podium celebrations.
(North Park Blocks, Downtown, free)



Abortion Justice Field Day Add to a List
Planned in the wake of SCOTUS's outrage-inducing decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, this family-friendly event centers community care, visioning, and self-determination. Reproductive freedom supporters will gather to speak out, reminding attendees that Roe was never enough—bodily autonomy and freedom, particularly for folks in QTBIPOC communities, is a continuous struggle.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, free)


Free Geek Block Party Add to a List
Fans of Free Geek's sustainable tech mission will want to stop by and support the organization at this block party, complete with a live DJ, raffles, DIY screen painting sessions, yummy dishes from Erica's Soul Food, and tech donation opportunities. Party it up for a good cause—the event raises funds for Free Geek's operating expenses, helping them continue to offer digital goods to vulnerable populations.
(Free Geek, Hosford-Abernethy, free)

Insect Safari Add to a List
Fans of the creepy-crawly won't wanna miss this family-friendly "insect safari" led by entomologist Don Ehlen, who will share a wide variety of hand-pinned insects from his personal collection. Buzz around the collection for free to learn about local and far-flung bugs you might never see otherwise. If you catch the entomology bug, Arthropod Ambassadors will be on site with live insects for purchase.
(Paxton Gate, Boise, free)


Church of Film: Viktor und Viktoria Add to a List
Distract yourself from the heat and drop by hip hangout The Red Fox for a free screening of Viktor und Viktoria, a musical comedy that explores the nuances of gender identity, queerness, and roleplay in '30s-era Germany. Reinhold Schünzel's flick follows a struggling actor with a funny secret—he moonlights as a drag performer. Scandalous! When Viktor strikes up a friendship with actress Susanne, his drag gig helps them concoct a plan that goes awry when love enters the picture. 
(The Red Fox, Humboldt, free)


Pickin' On Sundays Add to a List
Now in its 14th year, Pickin' On Sundays is a summer music series that brings acoustic tunes, yummy food, and refreshing drinks to Doug Fir's outdoor patio. This week will bring the series to a close with performances from dream pop artist Nosila and neo-soul gem Lo Steele.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, free)


Heartbeat Silent Disco Sundance Sundays Add to a List
Tune into rotating live DJ channels on provided (and sanitized) noise-canceling headphones while dancing silently under the sunset. Bringyour own blankets, snacks, props, or whatever helps you get into the groove.
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, $10)

Sunday Sessions Add to a List
This bi-weekly block party-style summer shindig will bring the North Portland community together to congregate around yummy food, local vendors, and dazzling live performances. 
(Alberta Abbey, King, free)


Portland Sunday Parkways: East Portland Add to a List
Meander through East Portland to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Portland Bureau of Transportation's Sunday Parkways program. Roads along the route will be closed to car traffic for the duration of the event, encouraging Portlanders to bike, walk, or even roll (their suggestion, not ours!) through these public spaces. Stop off at four neighborhood parks—Gateway Discovery, Ventura, Lincoln, and Parklane—to find music and entertainment, bike tune-up stations, and more.
(Various locations, East Portland, free)



Ferris Bueller and Grease Add to a List
Feelin' blue about Olivia Newton-John's recent passing? Head to this throwback drive-in screening of Grease to shake off the sadness with old-school tunes and plenty of leather. But first, buckle in for a John Hughes teen romp—the double feature kicks off with Ferris Bueller's Day Off after dusk.
(99W Drive-In, Newberg, $0-$15, Friday-Sunday)

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song Add to a List
Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen never shied away from deep emotion, probing the depths of politics, religion, depression, and love in a haunting bass voice for almost 50 years. This film takes a close look at his life through the lens of his instantly recognizable hymn "Hallelujah."
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $8-$11, Friday-Sunday)


Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022 Add to a List
Don your finest stretchy pants and get ready for the meat sweats because the Portland Mercury’s Burger Week is back! Presented by The Merc and New Seasons Market, you’ll find one-of-a-kind burgers at loads of Portland’s finest establishments for a mere $8 each. Burger Week is also brought to you by Jim Beam, Laurelwood Brewing, Electric Lettuce, DinnerStar, and EverOut.
(Various locations, $8, Friday-Sunday)


Dinolandia Add to a List
Whimsical illustrator Mike Bennett presents his latest installation, a two-story immersive museum filled with illustrated life-size dinosaurs. Who needs a trip to Jurassic Park when we've got Dinolandia in the heart of Portland?
(710 SW Yamhill St., Downtown, $5, Friday-Sunday)

In My Own Little Corner: Willie Little Add to a List
The final exhibition in Oregon Contemporary's Site program, an exhibition series that replaced the Portland2021 Biennial, Willie Little's In My Own Little Corner explores the artist's North Carolina hometown and childhood. Revealing the shrouded stories of rural Black childhood through found objects, photographs, and a sound installation, Little delves into the turmoil that gay children faced in the '60s and '70s, a time of repression and radical hope.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, free, Friday-Sunday)

Land Art Exhibition Add to a List
Inspired by the (literally) groundbreaking '60s and '70s land art movement, Blackfish has partnered with local Native American artists to bring challenging new installations and performance works to the gallery space. As part of this month's programming, Blackfish will also offer free shuttle rides to and from their new "Sight Land" space, a four-acre outdoor art site in the East Columbia neighborhood. This weekend, Native artist Toma Villa will share their carving skills at the gallery and at the Sight Land location.
(Blackfish Gallery, Pearl District, free, Friday-Saturday)

Motherhood Add to a List
Curated by AJ McCreary, "community maverick" and former Portland City Council candidate, this group painting exhibition celebrates Black motherhood in all of its softness, rebellion, and resistance. The show includes works by Alice Price, Kayin Talton Davis, Latoya Lovely, and McCreary herself. Learn more about Motherhood at the artists' talk on Saturday, which will also include free portrait sessions for moms.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, free, Friday-Sunday)

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