Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: July 15-17, 2022

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Paseo, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
July 15, 2022
Don't forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair to the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. (Cathedral Park Jazz Festival)
Some of the summer's hottest festivals are returning and debuting this weekend, and best of all, most of them are free to attend! Spend your weekend hopping around cultural bashes from Cathedral Park Jazz Festival to Paseo and from the 20th Annual Bastille Day Festival to Rose City Sneakerfest. 

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Clownin' Add to a List
The clown comes back to bite in this comedy romp featuring Chris Ettrick, G Wade, Imani, and Amanda Lynn Deal. Produced and hosted by Portland entertainer Shrista, Clownin' also includes musical vibes from hip-hop diva Karma Rivera.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $15)


Friday Add to a List
Either you're a Friday fan, or, well, bye, Felicia. Catch the '95 classic and relive loveable slacker Craig Jones's very complicated day.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $8)


Battle of the Bands Add to a List
Each Friday for the rest of July, local musicians will battle it out for a chance to perform at ilani’s Muze Lounge along with a $5,000 cash prize. For this first round, two bands will perform on the casino's parking garage rooftop in front of a panel of judges, while you enjoy tunes, sunshine, food, and games.
(ilani, Ridgefield)

La Dame Blanche Add to a List
Cuban singer, flutist, and percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez (AKA La Dame Blanche) will treat you to an evening of feel-good hip-hop, cumbia, dancehall, and reggae sounds boosted with lyrics about female empowerment that have been praised by KEXP, The New York Times, NPR, and more.
(Jack London Revue, Downtown, $15)

Rockin' the Walk Concert Series Presented by Mad Tasty Add to a List
West Coast League baseball team the Portland Pickles has teamed up with Mad Tasty (a beverage company founded by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder) for a series of pre-game live concerts at select Friday home games throughout the summer, continuing this week with the Portland-based post-punk outfit, Nick Normal.
(Walker Stadium, Lents, free with purchase of $12 game ticket)


World Athletics Championships Watch Party Add to a List
Can't make it to Eugene to watch the first-ever US-hosted World Athletics Championships Add to a List ? No sweat. Join fellow track and field enthusiasts for an opening day watch party downtown, with free (!) lunch promised to the first 100 attendees. While you watch Team USA live on a 15-foot screen, there will also be raffles for small businesses by the Kuto app.
(World Trade Center, Downtown, free)


King Lear Add to a List
King Lear's entering his twilight years, and it's time for him to divide his kingdom among his daughters. (Of course, if we've learned anything from modern shows like Succession, giving up the throne is never that simple.) The Original Practice Shakespeare Festival brings King Lear 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). This one's a tragedy, folks, so prepare for your fave characters to croak in the end.
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, free)

Milwaukie Porchfest Add to a List
Milwaukie residents have offered up their front yards and porches for a full day of live performances in the neighborhood, block party style. Discover the hidden talents within your neighborhood with everything from singers, dancers, bagpipers, guitar players, actors, magicians, and more!
(Milwaukie, free)


Ursula K. Le Guin and Her Legacy: Panel Discussion Add to a List
Ursula K. Le Guin—science fiction master and hometown hero—thought deeply about oppression, weaving elements of pacifism and environmentalism into the vast speculative worlds of her books. Contemporary fiction writers Becky Chambers, Juhea Kim, and Michelle Ruiz Keil will dive into Le Guin's literacy legacy in this panel discussion moderated by Le Guin's son, Theo Downes-Le Guin.
(Literary Arts, Downtown, free)



20th Annual Bastille Day Festival Add to a List
LibertĂ©, fraternitĂ©, egalitĂ©! That's French for liberty, fraternity, and equality, three values that France holds dear as their revolution "marked the birth of the modern French nation." This Bastille Day fĂȘte thrown by the Alliance Française de Portland celebrates that momentous occasion with live music, delicious food ranging from pastries to charcuterie, a wine garden, a used book sale, a costume contest, and more.
(Jamison Square, Pearl District, free)

Oak Grove Trolley Trail Festival Add to a List
For the fourth annual Trolley Trail Festival, charming downtown Oak Grove will come alive with craft vendors, libations, jangly tunes from the Rose Villa Ukulele Band, kiddo-friendly activities, and American chow-down classics (think hot dogs, shaved ice, kettle corn, and cotton candy).
(Historic Downtown Oak Grove, free)


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! Kicking off on July 16, Seven From the '70s starts with Close Encounters of The Third Kind, Spielberg's sci-fi adventure of unexplained encounters and otherworldly creatures. 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)


Camp Crush with DoublePlusGood & Seance Crasher  Add to a List
New wave pop duo Camp Crush will bring their shimmering synths and '80s-inspired hooks to the stage for a hometown show. Keep an ear out for their new single, "Shadows." The retro bops will get started with opening sets from like-minded pop projects DoublePlusGood and Seance Crasher.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $14)


Macbeth Add to a List
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." That's right—Shakespeare's eldritch tragedy Macbeth is hitting Laurelhurst Park, where you can spread out on the grass for the gore-flecked tale of witches, madness, paranoia, and civil war. The forecast predicts a sunny, temperate weekend, so the outdoor performance should be an interesting mix of scenic and creepy.
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, free)


Comics Club Add to a List
Organized by local artist liz yerby, this new donation-based reading series spotlights "comics that are explicitly queer and trans, nonfiction, personal, immersive, surreal, and accompanied by original music." Cool! The first-ever meeting of Comics Club will be held in Books With Pictures' outdoor garden space, with work presented by SYNCING cartoonist Quinn Amacher, risograph-inspired artist Ren Strapp, illustrator Ross Jackson, and author Tristan J. Tarwater, who created the #LatinxsCreate hashtag.
(Books With Pictures, Ladd's Addition, $5 suggested donation)


Garage Sale Add to a List
Forage for film equipment, vintage clothes, and art at this one-day sale planned by local production studio Video Is The Future. They'll hold a raffle to fundraise for Oregon-based film productions, and if digging for treasure isn't enough incentive to stop by, they're also offering a dispensary discount.
(Video is the Future, Eliot, free)


Art Bingo with Jason Traeger and Artist Talk with Andrea Alonge Add to a List
For those that prefer their contemporary art with a side of games and giggles, check out this event at Well Well Projects (if you haven't stopped by yet, you'll find the small gallery tucked within the Oregon Contemporary building). The evening starts with an artist talk from Andrea Alonge, whose current exhibition, Ain’t No Dark ‘Til Something Shines Add to a List , is on view throughout July. Then, funnyman Jason Traeger will lead a bingo game that might score you an art prize from local faves Ben Buswell, Colin Kippen, Alyson Provax, Ralph Pugay, Morgan Rosskopf, and others.
(Well Well, Kenton, free)

Gresham Arts Festival Add to a List
Drawing thousands to the city's historic Arts Plaza each year, the Gresham Arts Festival boasts over 120 artisan vendors, plus a "kids village" with craft activities and visits with the aptly-named Oregon Reptile Man. Japanese koto musicians Oregon Koto Kai and Eastern European-inspired party band Chervona will set a musical mood that's all over the map, and local food and drink vendors will dish up treats, coffee, beer, and wine.
(Gresham Arts Plaza, free)

Miller Family Free Day and Paseo Add to a List
This edition of Portland Art Museum's monthly Miller Family Free Day marks the opening of Perspectives Add to a List , an incisive new exhibition of Black Lives Matter protest photography. Don't miss the inspiring collection of work by BIPOC photographers (a contextual artist talk Add to a List is scheduled for 2 pm). Outside the museum, Paseo Add to a List activities will light up the South Park Blocks with cultural performances, yoga offerings, community information booths, and more.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, free)



Tiger Tiger: A Celebration of Our AAPI Community Add to a List
Turn up for your local AAPI community at this newly established family-friendly celebration, which includes performances by AAPI musicians like folk darling June Magnolia, dance-driven multi-instrumentalist SURRIJA, and jazzy, violin-looping rockers Joe Kye & the Givers. Poets Ami Patel and Kevin Aipopo will share their stories, and local chefs from Matta, Baon Kainan, and HeyDay will be on site with delectable cultural cuisine.
(Fernhill Park, Concordia, free)


Rose City Sneakerfest Add to a List
Powered by Portland Gear, this event aims to further establish Portland as the sneakerhead capital of the world. Sneak over to Castaway where you'll be able to buy, sell, and trade rare and exclusive kicks while building community with fellow sneakerheads and streetwear enthusiasts.
(Castaway, Slabtown, $10)


2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm Add to a List
A strange black monolith transcends time, witnessed by early man and 21st-century scientists alike. Sent on a shrouded mission to uncover the structure's origins, a team of astronauts encounter bizarre issues with a supercomputer. This 70mm screening of Stanley Kubrick's '68 poetic sci-fi epic will be accompanied by a live pre-show pipe organ performance by Dean Lemire.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $10-$12)


Summer Of Sound Add to a List
Albina Music Trust has assembled a dynamic lineup of live concerts, art showings, and storytelling events that connect attendees to the music and culture of Albina, the historic epicenter for Black Portlanders. This week, jazz ensemble Greaterkind will perform a suite of locally composed jazz, soul, funk, and fusion.
(Cathedral Park, St. Johns, free)



Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Add to a List
Crowds will sprawl out on Cathedral Park's sloping lawn for the 42nd annual edition of this jazz festival presented by the Jazz Society of Oregon. Pack a picnic or enjoy food from onsite food carts as swingin' sounds waft through the summer breeze from the likes of Portland jazz greats Mel Brown Trio, Brown Calculus, The 1905 Orchestra, Bridge City Soul, Pura Vida Orquesta, and more.
(Cathedral Park, St. Johns, free, Friday-Sunday)

Paseo Add to a List
This fresh festival and community gathering is inspired by the Spanish tradition of paseo, which translates to "leisurely evening stroll." Created by BIPOC justice and arts leaders, the three-day event includes performances by Chilean/Mexican hip-hop duo Alta Vocez and jazz multi-instrumentalist Machado Mijiga, plus tango milonga by Tango Berretin, yoga offerings, community information booths, and more. Shemanski Square will be entirely devoted to Indigenous vendors and performances—don't miss the two-spirit drag show and a reading by elder poet and storyteller Ed Edmo.
(South Park Blocks, Southwest Portland, free, Friday-Sunday)


Lost Highway Add to a List
When a saxophonist and his wife begin receiving creepy VHS tapes, everything is fine, and they all live happily ever after. Just kidding! David Lynch's '97 nightmare is (of course) a psychological freakout of epic proportions, where two stories intertwine and spiral into a web of murder and deceit. This screening of the brand-new restoration brings new life to the surreal neo-noir.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10, Friday-Sunday)

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Add to a List
"Guess what I wear as a hat? A lentil." Remember Marcel, everyone's favorite demure lil' shell from way back in 2010? Well, he and his googly eye are back to remind us of simpler times in this feature-length film, starring character co-creator Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini. The film investigates Marcel's perplexing origins—alongside his pet lint, Alan, he's the survivor of a strange tragedy. But in a twist of fate, a viral video might lead the tiny guy to his long-lost family.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10, Friday-Sunday)


Filipino Street Food Event Add to a List
Sample street foods like fresh juices, shaved ice, and grilled and skewered meats at this outdoor festival—no plane ticket to the Philippines necessary. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to Historic Parkrose Outreach.
(Fork And Spoon Food House, Parkrose Heights, Friday-Saturday)

Loyal Legion PDX 7th Anniversary Party Add to a List
Help the beer hall Loyal Legion celebrate lucky number seven and try its exclusive anniversary beer, Passion Pale, a summery 5.5% beer made with passionfruit purée and tropical, citrusy Strata and Citra hops in collaboration with Gigantic Brewing Company. Plus, avail yourself of $7 beer and shot specials, $7 anniversary cocktails, $7 food combos, and over a dozen other Gigantic beers on tap.
(Loyal Legion, Buckman, Friday-Sunday)

The Portland Mercury's Nacho Week 2022 Add to a List
QUERY: Do you like or LOVE nachos? ANSWER: You flippin' LOVE 'EM! So get ready and very excited, because for one week only, Portland's fave restaurants will be serving up specially crafted, full-sized plates of inventive, delicious nachos! And while it's not a competition, you can bet your butt that these fun-loving chefs will be coming up with the most CREATIVE nacho combinations imaginable! And best of all? Every delectable plate is only a measly $6 each! TUMMIES, START YOUR ENGINES!
(Various locations, $6, Friday-Sunday)


Tin House Summer Workshop Reading Series Add to a List
Tin House's prestigious summer workshop will resume in-person readings this year. The event series is free and open to the public, so if you're a contemporary literature fan, these buzzy readings shouldn't be missed. Each of the six performances features a different lineup—Omar El Akkad, Saeed Jones, and others will make appearances—followed by author signings after each event.
(Reed College Cerf Amphitheater, Reed, free, Friday-Saturday)


Christian Rogers and Shohei Takasaki: Curly Hair / Hot Metal Add to a List
Christian Rogers and Shohei Takasaki create paintings and drawings with explosive color palettes and undulating forms; shown together, the two artists' works are brazen and strangely sensual. Curly Hair / Hot Metal draws from varying inspirations—Rogers references queer history and vintage erotic magazines, while Takasaki's aesthetic hints at promiscuity, but remains rooted in urbanity and metropolitan values. Despite their differences, the works fit together like jagged jigsaw puzzle pieces.
(Nationale, Buckman, free, Friday-Sunday; opening)

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)

Every Corner is Alive Add to a List
Like most students, PNCA's Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies candidates have been through a lot over the last few years. Their exhibition series, Every Corner is Alive, considers this cultural moment of grief and uncertainty through an expansive environmental lens. Stashia Cabral, Élan Chardin, Laura Jean Foster, Amy Gibson, Ondrea Levey, Kelly Marshall, lynn ruth stephens, Devon Pardue, Jenny Wilde, and Ahuva S. Zaslavsky ponder and cultivate embodied, shared environments in a wide range of mediums. Each week, a new solo exhibition or exhibition series will be installed, so pop by throughout the summer for a fresh dose of inspiration.
(PNCA, Northwest Portland, free, Friday-Sunday)

Nicola LĂłpez: Neither There nor Here Add to a List
New York-based artist Nicola López presents graphite drawings, cyanotypes, and a video installation in this immersive solo exhibition. López's unique approach to place making feels both constructed and dreamy in Neither There nor Here. The artist's interests in landscape and architecture merge in her brilliant blue cyanotypes, which layer natural desert forms with geometric shapes; her stop-motion video projections also feature organic shapes blended with streets and buildings. 
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, free, Friday-Saturday; opening)

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