Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: July 21–23, 2023

Tiger Tiger Fest, HONK! PDX, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
July 21, 2023
Brass bands like Seattle's Neon Brass Party will turn up the volume at this weekend's HONK! PDX music festival.
Not everyone wants to break the bank for big-price tag events, and that's totally valid! We've got you covered with cheap and easy events from Tiger Tiger Fest to Picklefest Beerfest and from a Women’s World Cup Watch Party to HONK! PDX. For more ideas, check out our FIFA Women's World Cup watch guide and our guide to the top events of the week.

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Martini Tonight Comedy Show Past Event List
Paging all Anna Wintour types—this psychedelic talk show will broadcast an evening of live music, stand-up, and sketch comedy based on topical news, and there's an open invitation to "wear a cool outfit." I mean, why can't comedy be chic?! It's a valid question I'd never considered. Local laughers Ben Harkins, Cameron Peloso, Akasha Nevis, and James Hardenfelt will lead the fashionable way, and Brett "Breadstick" Sisun will host. LC
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, $10-$15)


Milwaukie Porchfest Past Event List
Milwaukie locals 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! AV
(Various locations, Milwaukie, free)


Strawberry Rhubarb Cider Tasting Past Event List
Tart, tangy, blush-pink rhubarb (also known as the "pie plant") and sweet, juicy strawberries are a match made in heaven. McMenamins will riff on this classic combo with its strawberry rhubarb cider, which also contains notes of cherry blossom. Try it for free at this tasting and earn a limited-edition tasting stamp on your McMenamins passport. JB
(23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, Nob Hill, free)


Eliza McLamb Past Event List
I first became acquainted with Eliza McLamb through her feminist philosophy and pop culture podcast Binchtopia, where she chats with co-host Julia Hava about a wide range of topics like attachment theory, historical girl bosses, and compulsory heterosexuality. Eliza utilizes songwriting in a similar way to the podcast, pondering the nuances of womanhood ("Pulp") and the haze of depression ("I'm Doing Fine"). If you're a fan of Lucy Dacus or Soccer Mommy, I bet you'll love Eliza too! She will be joined by kindred singer-songwriter Hana Bryanne. AV
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt, $15)

Le Ren with Maita Past Event List
On her latest album Leftovers, Montreal-based folk artist Le Ren forms a patchwork quilt with the scraps of the relationships in her life (family, friends, and lovers). “When I think of leftovers, I think of things that have been cast aside,” she noted in the press materials for the album. “When they’re picked back up or remembered, they can be repurposed… Leftovers came to mean a collection of feelings and moments of the past that still remain relevant to my present.” The album even has the classic, comforting quality of a quilt with intricately plucked guitars and soft whispery vocals. As if you needed more of a reason to attend this show, local treasure MAITA will open the show with tracks from her most recent album, I Just Want To Be Wild For You. AV
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)


Women’s World Cup Watch Party Past Event List
In our opinion, the Women's World Cup deserves more attention and enthusiasm than the controversial Men's version we kept hearing about last winter. This year, the top women's teams from around the world face off in Australia and New Zealand over the course of a month, starting with Team USA competing against Vietnam in the World Cup Kickoff at 6 pm PT. But women's soccer deserves an all-day affair, so join your fellow football enthusiasts starting at noon for pre-game food, drinks, and entertainment including a screening of our favorite queer sports rom-com Bend It Like Beckham at 2 pm. In recognition of Vietnam's participation in the World Cup for the first time ever, delicious foods from local Asian-American spots like Mama Dut, HeyDay, and Matta will be on offer. SL
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown, free)



Tiger Tiger Fest Past Event List
Turn up for your local AANHPI community at this new-ish family-friendly celebration and fundraiser, which is back after the event's pilot year in 2022 with performances by AANHPI creatives like slam poet Alex Dang, choreographer Subashini Ganesan-Forbes from N.E.W Expressive Works, and jazzy, violin-looping rockers Joe Kye & the Givers. Local chefs from Matta, Baon Kainan, and HeyDay will be on site with lip-smacking cultural cuisine; this year's event anticipates over 3,000 attendees, so come prepped for crowds. LC
(Fernhill Park, Concordia, free)


Reverend Nat's Hard Cider 12th Anniversary and Night Market Past Event List
The inimitable hard cider producer Reverend Nat's will mark the occasion of its 12th anniversary by shutting down the street to serve a dozen ciders on tap (one for each year of its existence). Several different food carts (Mama Chow's, Thai Burger, Let's Roll, E-San Thai, Gyro World, and Bobablastic) will also be present, in addition to local beers and nonalcoholic beverages. Peruse products from over 20 vendors, from ceramics to textiles to salts. JB
(Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Richmond, free)


Babe Corner, Morrow, and Caragold Past Event List
Canadian indie rock band Babe Corner will trek down from Vancouver in support of their debut album, Crybaby. Their dreamy, harmony-filled, sound (which they call "babe core") takes inspiration from twee pop, '60s girl groups, and post-punk. I personally can't stop listening to the album’s closing track "They Don't Love You (Like I Do)"—it feels so silky and timeless, almost like lathering your body in Nivea cream. They will be joined by the alt-pop project Morrow and psych rock band Caragold. AV
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)


BoxFest: Celebrating 10 Years Past Event List
Whether you're a literal clown or a simple clown appreciator, you'll want to honk your horn and slap on a gigantic pair of shoes for local duo Box of Clowns's 10th anniversary. The celebration of all things clownery invites local performers to "explore creative possibilities" with a wide range of jolly performances, and the mini-fest will culminate in a final presentation of Box of Clowns's red-nosed show Mom? A Comedy of Mourners. Cue the music. LC
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Pay-what-you-can)


Pride Mini Water Park Day with Portland Fruit Tree Project Past Event List
It hadn't occurred to me until this moment, but nothing truly screams "Pride!!!" like frosé in an inflatable pool. Portland Fruit Tree Project agrees, so they'll pop up with libations and a "mini water park" of sprinklers, slides, and wet inflatables. There's more: we're talking fruit merch. We're talking free smoothies. We're talking fresh lemonade and Pride-themed po'boys. You can even "talk to Deb about real estate in Portland (she knows a lot!)" What more could you ask for?! LC
(TaborSpace, Mount Tabor, $4-$12)


Picklefest Beerfest Past Event List
Cheer on Portland's favorite meme-making team as they face off against the Melonheads, an all-star ensemble comprised of some of YouTube's top internet-famous baseball players. And if you were disappointed by the Oregon Brewers Festival being cancelled, take heart: This event will offer beers from a selection of local breweries, as well as live music. JB
(Walker Stadium, Lents, $12-$16)



Paseo Past Event List
Find some ease at this festival and community gathering inspired by the Spanish tradition of paseo, which translates to "leisurely evening stroll." Sounds nice to us! Created by BIPOC justice and arts leaders, the three-day event (planned every Sunday, July 16-30) includes a presentation by local civil rights activist and art curator Taishona Carpenter, a "park jazz experiment" curated by DJ Ambush, director of The Numberz, and Indigenous programming led by Choctaw community organizer Amanda Stubits. Attendees can also join in on stretchy yoga sessions, get their life with music and spoken word performances, and grab snow cones. LC
(Shemanski Park, South Park Blocks, free)


Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV Past Event List
The father of video art, Nam June Paik, said many great things during his career, which first received recognition in New York City. One is this: "[Video] imitates not nature but time.” But my favorite is this: "Someday everybody will have his own TV channel." How right he was. Even I have several TV channels on the web devoted to just me. But long before social media, Nam June Paik was making art with a new technology developed primarily in Japan, the portable video recorder. The documentary Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV provides an excellent introduction to a Korean American artist whose work entered the future in the late 1960s. STRANGER SENIOR WRITER CHARLES MUDEDE
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)



Asteroid City Past Event List
You've likely already seen your fair share of cheeky, smartly costumed Wes Anderson ensemble comedies. You probably want to see this one, too. Sure, Anderson's style is becoming a little more than formulaic, but it's because the formula works—a formalist approach, careful aesthetics, and a pop of color in the form of Jeff Goldblum always make sense. In Asteroid City, the itinerary of a space cadet convention ("organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition") takes a nose dive when world-changing events rock a '50s-era desert town. (Is it aliens?) LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10, Friday-Sunday)

Barbie Past Event List
Brought forth from the primordial depths of the mid-'90s, where Barbie remains in perpetuity because that is the last time I played with her, a shiny pink convertible rolls noiselessly into our modern times. It is Barbie's car, and somehow, Barbie is in it. She has roller skates in her purse and she's on a mission. She is played by Margot Robbie, and she's journeying to the human world, or something. Listen, the specifics don't matter. It's the Barbie movie. I will be seated, surrounded by popcorn and Nerds rope, and you will be, too. LC
(Empirical Theater at OMSI, Central Eastside, $6.50-$7.50, Friday-Sunday)

Flicks on the Bricks Past Event List
Pioneer Courthouse Square will yet again transform into the city's biggest movie theater for a three-day screening series of cinema faves. Show up early to snag one of the limited "theater-style seats," or BYO chairs, blankets, bean bags—whatever makes ya comfy. The series kicks off in soccer cleats with Bend it Like Beckham on July 21, and daytime kid-friendly flicks like The Sandlot and Space Jam: A New Legacy will soothe weekend boredom on July 22 and 23. LC
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown, free, Friday-Sunday)

Oppenheimer in 70mm Past Event List
Whether or not you give a damn about the theoretical physicist who helped develop the first nuclear weaponry, Oppenheimer is kind of a must-see—people are going to be yapping about this flick all summer long. You don't want to miss out on the Twitter discourse, do you?! Christopher Nolan's latest stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer and Emily Blunt as his wife, Communist biologist and botanist Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer. (More info on Kitty, please!!) The film also features Florence Pugh, A24 darling Benny Safdie, and a bunch of other actors that'll make you whisper "Wait, they're in this?!" to your friend in the theater. This 70mm screening will boost the cinematic experience with a greater aspect ratio and higher resolution, and lucky you—the Hollywood is currently the only film venue in Oregon with the capability to screen 70mm. Should make that nuke scene extra nuke-y. LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $13-$15, Friday-Sunday)

Past Lives Past Event List
While Past Lives is very much not about cannibalism, it is a film that audiences far and wide have been eating up over its festival run. It tells the story of a decades-long relationship between two childhood friends, Nora (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo), who are separated after Nora’s family emigrated from South Korea. It is one of the best films of the year and one of the best debuts in recent memory. MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR CHASE HUTCHINSON
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10, Saturday-Sunday)


HONK! PDX Past Event List
This free family-oriented festival revives the old-world sounds of brass, percussion, and street band music. Dozens of bands across various musical styles (including punk rock marching bands, European Klezmer groups, Maracatu sounds, and more) will take to the field in front of Revolution Hall (day one) and the streets and parks around the Montavilla neighborhood (day two) as they jam out in celebration of this democratic and ebullient musical genre. So bring a chair, join in with your own instrument, or just come to dance! AV
(Washington Monroe Park, Buckman, free, Saturday-Sunday)

Piano. Push. Play.'s 11th Summer Season Past Event List
Piano. Push. Play. breathes new life into old pianos by partnering with local artists to transform them into unique, functional art pieces to be enjoyed by the community. The pianos will be stationed at parks and community sites around the city for two weeks for public play, or you can catch musicians tickling the ivories during a scheduled concert. Click here for an up-to-date schedule. AV
(Various locations, free, Friday-Sunday)


Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies 2023 Past Event List
Get ready for the coolest, most delicious event of the summer! The Merc and Jim Beam present Summer of Slushies, which brings boozy, frozen, custom-made treats to the frugal and thirsty denizens of Portland at just $8 a pop, all July long.
(Various locations, $8, Friday-Sunday)


Friends of Dorothy Past Event List
For many, the term "queer" has undergone a transformation from a negative connotation to an empowering, declarative force. Uniting queer artists and regional drag queens, Friends of Dorothy celebrates queerness and the "many layers of diversity present in the LGBTQIA+ community" with multimedia works by (some of my favorite) local artists, like Molly Alloy, Willie Little, Pace Taylor, and Maya Vivas, alongside many others. Much of the show's programming will take place in June, but we'd still recommend taking a close look in July—Friends of Dorothy is a great way to close out your Pride festivities, or keep 'em going. LC
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, free, Friday-Saturday)

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Presents Protection: Adaptation & Resistance Past Event List
The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation (NACF), whose Center for Native Arts and Cultures now occupies the former Yale Union Laundry building, will present the nationally touring exhibition Protection: Adaptation and Resistance. If you haven't yet seen the historic space, now's the time–NACF celebrates Indigenous artistry and culture with ceremonies, workshops, exhibitions, and more, and the new exhibition's opening night will include a curatorial tour of the Center. Protection: Adaptation and Resistance examines how Indigenous Alaskan artists have fortified their communities in the face of the pandemic, the climate crisis, and assaults on human rights. The show "centers Indigenous ways of knowing," spotlighting traditional stories and collaborative art forms through three themes: Land and Culture Protectors, Activists for Justice, and Sovereignty and Resilient Futures. LC
(Center for Native Arts and Cultures, Central Eastside, free, Friday-Saturday)

Orlando Almanza Past Event List
Drawing from ethereal memories and myths, Froelick Gallery's newly signed painter Orlando Almanza constructs natural worlds in his works, with embedded narratives that feel pulled from his own mysterious folklore. Lately, his studio walls have been covered with one behemoth of a painting, a 14' work commissioned "in honor of Kwaebibiremhene (king of the dark lush forest) Nana Ofori Atta Okyenhene, (1912 to 1943) the late Okyenhene, or King of the Akyem people, and of Akyem Abuakwa people of Ghana." View the massive piece alongside lithographs printed in Havana, Cuba at this exhibition, which paves the way for Almanza's first official solo show in November. LC
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, free, Friday-Saturday)

You belong among the wildflowers Past Event List
Staged in its fresh Slabtown location, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART's summer show conjures all things flowery and pretty. Right off the bat, this doesn't sound like the most contemporary theme—but really, there's a lot of variation and thoughtful work here, including Georgina Reskala's photo-textile collages, Kristen Miller's use of Italian glass beads, and (personal fave) Jeffry Mitchell's brilliant sunflower bucket. (Plus, we all know flowers symbolize death and ephemera and cool stuff like that.) Go ahead and smell (or maybe just observe) the roses. LC
(PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Slabtown, free, Friday-Saturday)

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