Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: July 22-24, 2022

Beaverton Night Market, Flicks on the Bricks, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
July 22, 2022
Grab a seat in Portland's living room for Flicks on the Bricks. (Pioneer Courthouse Square)
There's plenty to do this weekend, so we've narrowed down the best budget friendly picks for you, from Beaverton Night Market to Flicks on the Bricks and from Portland Art Picnic to the JAW New Play Festival. For even more ideas on things to do, check out our guide to this week's top events.

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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—grab your pals with a sense of humor and spread out on a blanket to catch chill comedy from Zak Toscani, Imani Kent, Shain Brenden, and Julia Corrall. This week, gear up for a double bill with the Black and brown comedy showcase Minority Retort.
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, free)


Fire of Love with Geophysicist Andy Lockhart 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.) This special screening of director Sara Dosa's Fire of Love will include a Q&A with geophysicist and volcano expert Andy Lockhart, so save up your burning questions for after the show.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)

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 July 22, they'll screen Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata, a masterwork that excavates the painful complexities of a parent-and-child relationship. Attendees will find a range of Oregon wines, beers, and non-alcoholic options to keep their thirst at bay during each screening.
(Nordic Northwest, Southwest Portland, $15 per vehicle)


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 the second round, two more bands will face off on the casino's parking garage rooftop in front of a panel of judges, while you enjoy tunes, sunshine, food, and games.
(ilani Casino Resort, Ridgefield, free)

Dolphin Midwives with Cruel Diagonals and {arsonist} Add to a List
Dolphin Midwives is the solo project of Portland-based artist Sage Fisher, who is known for combining classical instruments like the harp and zither with electronic technology that results in an ethereal explosion of experimental ecstasy. Plus, don't miss out on a multi-layered set from electronic sound/visual artist Cruel Diagonals along with lush string arrangement sound collages from {arsonist}.
(The Old Church, Downtown, $12)

Mapache Add to a List
LA-based duo Mapache take cues from Gram Parsons for their cosmic country tunes full of polished harmonies, glittering lap steel guitar flourishes, and laid-back lyrics suited for a road trip through Joshua Tree. They will play tracks off their brand new album, Roscoe's Dream, inspired by the 14-year-old Boston terrier that’s toured the country with them.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)


3 miles of possible (the second mile) Add to a List
In a world of ever-changing circumstances, imagining what's possible is a complicated task. Linda Austin considers the poetic and practical aspects of "the possible" in this durational performance, which began with Mile 1 last year. Now, she'll unveil Mile 2 of the three-mile work (Austin travels along spiral paths for each section of the piece, measuring her distance along the way). These spirals, imagined as drawings, spells, or runes, are interspersed with moments of interaction, sound, text, and more for a multimedia experience that encapsulates Austin's dreams of utopia.
(Performance Works NorthWest, Foster-Powell, $5-$25)

All's Well that Ends Well Add to a List
All's Well that Ends Well was originally viewed as a comedy, but the tale of unrequited love and forced betrothal hasn't exactly aged well. Performed in the traditional First Folio style (that means limited rehearsal, an onstage prompter, and a fast-paced, improvisational feel), this interpretation of the Bard's work stays true to the original tale, complete with trickery, prankster soldiers, and sudden romance. (Irving Park, King, free)

GALORE! Drag In Abundance & Queer Art In Excess! Add to a List
Clinton Street's spankin' new "spectacle of maximalism" is a dragstravaganza of epic proportions, with performances by "sleazy vampire" Bobby Lugosi, Sheniqua Volt, BeElzzabub Doll, and others. Created by one-half NelSon, Violet Hex, and daring designer Jocelyn Knobs, GALORE! typically sells out fast, so snag your tickets and prepare to gag.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $16)

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!
(Various locations, free)

Pillbox Add to a List
Hosted by spooky alt star Princessantera, this inclusive evening of drag shines a light on chronically ill and differently-abled performers, with ASL interpretation provided. Feast your eyes on local glamazons like Latinx queen Sin Nombre, "man of many faces" Dick Fever, and more.
(Black Water Bar, Irvington, $10)



POWER BOMB Comedy and Wrestling Add to a List
Knockout jokes are the name of the game at this mash-up of comedy roasts, drinking contests, and wild wrestling matches. Local comics have teamed up with Blue Collar Wrestling to plan the fresh show hosted by local funny guy Robby Sherman. If all the brawling works up an appetite, you'll find food carts in the parking lot. 
(The Colony, North Portland, $15)


Outdoor Movies in Oregon State Parks Add to a List
If there's one thing Oregonians love more than watching movies, it's being in nature. Why not both?Hollywood Theater has teamed up with the Oregon State Parks Department to offer a series of screenings in scenic state parks throughout the summer, including this week's screening of retro sci-fi comedy Back to the Future Part II at Milo McIver State Park. 
(Milo McIver State Park, Estacada, 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! The Seven From the '70s series continues this week with Paper Moon, a Depression-era story of a slick con man and a surprisingly street-smart kid. 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)


4 Year Anniversary Party Add to a List
The small-batch distillery Freeland Spirits will ring in its fourth with a rowdy celebration that includes live DJ tunes, a free tasting booth with prizes, Jell-O shots, canned cocktails, themed drink specials, pizza from Pizza Thief, a corn hole tournament, other lawn games, a free distillery tour with CEO and founder Jill Kuehler, and "maybe some water balloons."
(Freeland Spirits, Northwest Portland)

Carioca Bowls Anniversary Party Add to a List
The açaí bowl purveyor Carioca Bowls, which has received praise from the Mercury's Suzette Smith, celebrates its seventh birthday this weekend. The festivities include free bowls for the first 25 customers at each location, plus chances to score freebies like BOMBA party bowls, Brazilian cheese bread, merch, and beverages from Rise Brewing Co. and OLIPOP.
(Carioca Bowls, free)

Threshold Meet the Brewer and Tap Takeover Add to a List
Get to know the family-owned and operated brewery Threshold Brewing. You'll meet the team themselves and sip some of their eclectic offerings, which include IPAs, funky farmhouse-style ales, sour and mixed-culture beers, and "bourbon-forward" dark beers.
(EarthLab Libations, Buckman)


ANDAZ 20th Anniversary Party with DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid Add to a List
DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their ANDAZ party, one of the longest-running bhangra, Bollywood, and desi bass dance parties in the world (and one of the best opportunities to shake your bum in Portland).
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $12)

Korgy & Bass with Julia Logue Add to a List
Experimental electronic duo Korgy & Bass infuse their songs with hip-hop and jazz samples for some of the most forward-thinking beats we’ve heard in the Pacific Northwest at the moment. They will be joined by local neo-soul vocal powerhouse Julia Logue.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $12)

Snapchat Party Add to a List
Independent hip-hop collective R.O.S.Y. Records are hosting this musical showcase complete with live performances Jayme Fortune, KingTaeInThisBitch, Silas1Wolf, K-Wain, and Rain Ezra, tasty food and drinks, party bangers from DJ A.Spen, and a unique opportunity for fans make money in exchange for promoting their artists.
(The Big Legrowlski, Pearl District, $8-$12)

The Prids with Party Witch and Lost Echoes Add to a List
Portland-based post-punk/indie rock outfit The Prids are known for their dark and dreamy tunes and running the label collective This-a-Way Records. They’ll play in support of their new album, ​Do I Look Like I’m In Love?, alongside fellow goth trio Party Witch and darkwave outfit Lost Echoes.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $12)

Up Next Presents: Arnold & Lane, Chelly, Fluffystuff, and Luxo Add to a List
To kick off the first edition of Holocene's new house music series Up Next, boundary-pushing LA duo Arnold & Lane will take the stage along with local support from like-minded producers Chelly, FluffyStuff, and Luxo.
(Holocene, Buckman, $15-$18)


Julia Bray presents All Boats Add to a List
Six artists will present new work in theater, dance, music, film, comedy, and performance art for this genre-bending, experimental evening of artist-audience connection. Founded in NYC in 2015, All Boats shirks the often hierarchical, insular nature of the art world through a nomination-based format that allows artists to elect others for inclusion in the program. Playwright Joseph Merlo described All Boats as "a place to get lit up inside"—see what creatives Gregg Hendrix, Ken Yoshikawa, Julia Bray, Frankie Simone, Che Che Luna, and Libby Landauer have to share in this special, one-night performance.
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Pay-what-you-can)

This is She Add to a List
Aiming to amplify the voices of BIPOC women, this five-week series of afternoon events includes presentations and performances by multicultural musicians, educators, and entrepreneurs. The series kicks off on July 23 with a presentation on the history of Native American flute medicine led by Indigenous musician Dr. Sherrie Davis Morningstar, an award-winning solo flute artist, behavioral health therapist, and naturopathy practitioner.
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown, free with $14 admission or Lan Su membership)


Beaverton Night Market Add to a List
Over 60 vendors and multicultural performers will take over The Round for two evenings of family-friendly fun. The July night market includes a Cantonese lion dance performance, creative breakdancing, and tunes from Eastern European-inspired band Chervona, plus an open mic for local writers, paper lantern making led by Lan Su Chinese Garden, and dozens of multicultural food options (don't miss Alleamin's Somali offerings and Whabii's Salvadoran pupusas and raspados).
(The Round, Beaverton, free)


A Solid(arity) Community: Artist Talk with Roshani Thokare Add to a List
For this talk, Portland-based artist and Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) cultural work manager Roshani Thokare will share the deets on her long-term project, the East Portland Art + Justice Lab, and discuss how art can encourage solidarity. The event was planned as part of the Portland Chinatown Museum's new Artist Talk series, which spotlights regional Asian American artists working in the intersections of community, history, and culture.
(Virtual via Portland Chinatown Museum, free)

Portland Art Picnic Add to a List
At this Wilshire Park gathering, Portlanders can do what they do best—hang around outside and show some love for the local art scene. Pack a blanket and some snacks for the free event, where you'll find an outdoor gallery and sale featuring over five dozen local artists sharing paintings, wearables, stickers, and more. Live music sweetens the deal, and there'll probably be some great dog watching.
(Wilshire Park, Northeast Portland, free)



Church of Film: Flower Storms: Animation in Iran Add to a List
Iran's animation legacy is wildly experimental, informed by cultural folklore, visual art traditions, and political strife. FLOWER STORMS: Animation in Iran journeys through the country's avant-garde animation history, including works from the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults and eye-popping short films by Ali Akbar Sadeghi and "father of animation" Noureddin Zarrinkelk. (Don't miss the moody dreamscapes of Amir Hamzeh and the Dancing Zebra and Flower Storm.)
(The Red Fox, Humboldt, free)


Tualatin Valley Cocktail Week Add to a List
Tualatin Valley will celebrate its diverse food and drink scene with its first-ever cocktail week. Enjoy special libations from 24 participating bars and restaurants and cast a vote for your favorite—you'll be entered in a drawing to win a gift card to the winner.
(Various locations)


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. Bring your own blankets, snacks, props, or whatever helps you get into the groove.
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, $10)

Koritsi Komma (Record Release Party) ft. DJ Sappho and Natasha Kmeto Add to a List
Join Portland-based producers Sappho, Damon Boucher, and Natasha Kmeto on one of Portland’s best rooftops for drinks and grooves in celebration of their album, The Desire Suite. The album is the inaugural release on their label Koritsi Komma Records and employs fresh house beats, shimmering synths, and vocals by non-binary artists for “a celebration of queer love.”
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, free)



4 Days of Aloha Add to a List
E hele kāua! The 20th annual 4 Days of Aloha festival spotlights traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian culture with hula and craft workshops, traditional food, live music, a keiki zone for kiddos, and a hōʻike (cultural showcase). The event supports the Ke Kukui Foundation, a local organization working to eliminate socioeconomic barriers faced by Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Pacific Northwest. 
(Esther Short Park, Esther Short, $8+, Friday-Sunday)


Flicks on the Bricks Add to a List
Pioneer Courthouse Square will transform into the city's biggest movie theater for this three-day series of cinema favorites. Show up early to snag free popcorn and other treats—a limited amount of "theater-style seating" will be available, too, but attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets along. The series starts with Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Hangover on Friday evening, followed by daytime kid-friendly favorites and evening adult-oriented offerings on July 23. The series winds down on July 24 with Mamma Mia, Finding Nemo, and Roman Holiday.(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown, free, 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)

Middle-earth Film Festival Add to a List
Not all those who wander are lost, so make the epic quest to OMSI for screenings of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies at the Middle-earth Film Festival. Kicking off with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on July 22, viewers can take in Tolkien's monumental saga from the very beginning.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, $6.50-$7.50, Friday-Sunday)

Nope Add to a List
Modern horror mastermind Jordan Peele dips his toe in science fiction in his newest flick, blending his penchant for spooky social commentary with something a little more alien. Nope follows Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as ranch-owning siblings whose lives in quiet inland California are rocked by sudden encounters with unidentified flying objects.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $8-$11, Friday-Sunday)


KIND Ice Cream Bar Pop-Up Add to a List
The ubiquitous brand KIND Bars has released a new frozen ice cream bar, which recently received a People Magazine Food Award for best plant-based frozen dessert. You can try the prize-winning treat yourself for free as their "Better Than Ice Cream Truck" makes stops at Jamison Square and Union Station this weekend.
(Various locations, free, Friday-Saturday)

Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies 2022 Add to a List
The coolest, most delicious event of the summer is finally here! 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 $6 a pop.
(Various locations, $6, Friday-Sunday)


JAW New Play Festival Add to a List
This experimental festival assembles artists, playwrights, directors, and actors to write and rehearse brand-new plays for one week, followed by "music stand readings" with audiences. Throughout the weekend, they'll share their fresh work for the first time—the expedited, think-on-your-feet process encourages the development of dynamic, energizing works. The festival offers more than just readings, too. Community labs, dance performances, live music, workshops, and more offer plenty of opportunities for attendees to engage directly with artists.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, free, 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)

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)

Kelli Connell: Double Life, 20 Years Add to a List
Kelli Connell's large-scale photographs are surprisingly tricky—they appear to depict two women in a relationship, but are actually digitally manipulated images of the same model doubled. With a focus on the layered, fluid nature of selfhood, Connell's long-term photographic project Double Life, 20 Years creates believable stories pulled from everyday situations, inviting the viewer to consider their own dualities and complex inner worlds. 
(Blue Sky Gallery, Northwest Portland, free, Friday-Sunday)

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