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The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: July 29-31, 2022

World Naked Bike Ride, Portlandia Mermaid Parade and Festival, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
July 29, 2022
If you, too, wish you could be under the sea, find your fellow merfolk at the Portlandia Mermaid Parade and Festival. (Portlandia Mermaid Parade)
We've rounded up the hottest events of the weekend to match the weather, from the World Naked Bike Ride to the Portlandia Mermaid Parade and Festival and from Street Bazaar to Summer Soundwaves. For more ideas, check out our guide to the top events of the week.

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J-Names Improv Society Add to a List
The J-Names jokester crew returns with a funny and fresh performance, this time with a few new faces. Jay Flewelling, Jenn Hunter Tinder, Justin Himes, Jed Arkley, Josie Behrens, Jpeg McCarthy, and SJ Santa Cruz (we'll allow it) will strut their improv skills on stage, and there may be some audience prizes up for grabs, too.
(Curious Comedy Theater, King, Pay-what-you-can, minimum $5)

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 to catch chill comedy from Adam Pasi, Deborah Wooten-Williams, Elena C. Hayden, Sam Whiteley, and Patti Mansbach. (Spread out your blankets early, folks—2,000 attendees showed up last weekend.)
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, free)

The Pacheacos and Queer Ye Queer Ye Add to a List
The Pacheacos, a playful Minneapolis-based improv duo currently on a 10-state tour, will drop by Portland to share their unique characters alongside local troupe Queer Ye Queer Ye. (As Portland's "humblest" improv team and the only all-queer team in the city, they love to do "gay stuff" like play in pools and cuddle pets. Same!)
(Curious Comedy Theater, King, $15)


Erzulie Screening, Pre-Parade Movie Party and Meet and Greet Add to a List
In celebration of the Portland Mermaid Festival Add to a List , Clinton Street Theater's week of mermaid-themed screenings draws to a close with this showing of cult fin-flapping horror flick Erzulie, which tells the tale of a fearsome bayou mermaid in a Louisiana swamp. Una the Mermaid will be on site for a water nymph meet and greet before the movie, and film writer and producer Christine Chen will sign movie posters. You might score some mermaid swag, too!
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $10)


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 headline at ilani’s Muze Lounge along with a $5,000 cash prize. In this week’s grand finale, the top two 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)

My Choice Add to a List
Portland-based rappers Glam Doll, Angel, JusWild, Rhye Gee, and Kanide-Is will join forces for a pro-choice benefit concert in response to the devastating decision made by the Supreme Court. All proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.  
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $15)

Pop Fever: AAPI Artist Showcase Add to a List
Show up for your AAPI neighbors with a sampling of Portland's top voices in pop music. Alana Rich will get you on your feet with her lyrically profound danceable grooves alongside R&B-influenced singer-songwriter Rain Ezra, captivating rapper Jai Baby, pop hit-machine Victoria Yabut, and hip-hop mastermind Jayme Fortune.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $10-$15)


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)

The Tragedie of Othello Add to a List
The Moor of Venice is slowly ruined by the vengeful Iago in the Bard's classic tragedy. The Original Practice Shakespeare Festival brings Othello outdoors, interpreting the Shakespearean ​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 someone (or a few someones) to kick the bucket.
(Luuwit View Park, Argay, free)


Street Bazaar Add to a List
If you dig the Portland Flea, you'll love this colorful mash-up of the city's food, drink, music, and art scenes, complete with mouthwatering street fare from Buddy's Steaks, Hapa Pizza, and Birrieria Jalisco, plus festive cocktails from Zoo Bar. Over thirty artists will be on site to share their bright, contemporary works, and an epic dance battle will set the vibes for the evening.
(Nova, Hosford-Abernethy, free)



Portlandia Mermaid Parade and Festival 2022 Add to a List
If you're a fan of Portlandia, the larger-than-life river goddess sculpture that looms above downtown's Portland Building, you might dig this fin-flapping celebration of Portland's rivers and port history. The Portlandia Mermaid Parade and Festival is a body-positive, family-friendly event that gathers the fantastical creatives helping our city thrive. This year's Pride-centered theme is Rainbow Waters: A Shellabration of Queer Merfolk, so throw on your most colorful aquatic attire and prepare to get soggy (the day wraps up with a fountain-splashing mob dance event).
(Poet's Beach, Downtown, free)


Movies in the Park Community Party Add to a List
If you're languishing without air conditioning this weekend, crawl over to well-shaded Kenilworth Park for a community party and screening of martial arts thrill ride Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. (We recommend bringing one of these guys.)
(Kenilworth Park, Creston-Kenilworth, 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 Harold and Maude, a beloved cult flick about funny, forbidden love. 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)


Jack Broadbent with Shovelman Add to a List
Bluesy Englishman and thoughtful singer-songwriter Jack Broadbent will play in support of his sixth album, RIDE, which adds a pinch of boogie into his regular blues-rock repertoire. He will be joined by folktronica one-man-band Shovelman.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)

Summer Soundwaves Add to a List
Get down to a wide variety of tunes from DJs while you cool down with some refreshing frozen treats, shop around at the vinyl fair, stop by the crafting table, and soak up the July weather. 
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, free)


Fantastic Baby: K-Pop Dance Party ft. DJ Moobek Add to a List
Calling all members of the BTS army, Blackpink’s Blink, SHINee World, Seventeen CARAT, and all fans of K-pop! You have "permission to dance" to all of the bops at this high-energy K-pop tribute night, thanks to DJ Moobek.
(Holocene, Buckman, $10-$15)


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 continues on July 30 with a multimedia discussion on transgenerational trauma led by Yuan-Chen Li, a Taiwanese American composer.
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown, Free with $14 admission or Lan Su membership)


World Naked Bike Ride Add to a List
Get "as bare as you dare" during the annual bike ride that definitely helps keep Portland weird. The ride aims to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and bring attention to society’s dependence on pollution-based transportation. 
(Starting point at Peninsula Park, free)


Open Studios Add to a List
With over 60 local artists showcasing their work, this open studio event at Northwest Marine Art Works is a must-see opportunity to explore the historic World War II-era buildings while enjoying a feast for the senses. Visitors will find everything from handcrafted jewelry and apparel to paintings, prints, and ceramics on site, plus live musical performances, artist-led demos, and munchies from Pizza Thief and Phil's Bento Bar.
(Northwest Marine Art Works, Northwest District, free)



Curtis Cook and Friends Add to a List
Catch Portlandia sketch actor, Crank Yankers writer, and very tall guy Curtis Cook alongside local faves Adam Pasi and Dianna Potter (a Portland Mercury Undisputable Genius of Comedy) for a night of slick sarcasm and killer jokes. Hecklers beware. (Curious Comedy Theater, King, $15-$20)


Bake Sale for Abortion Rights Add to a List
Support abortion rights by scooping up some stunning pastries and sweets at this bake sale with a selection from over 40 different bakers. 30 local businesses will also donate covetable prizes for a raffle. All proceeds will go to the National Network for Abortion Funds.
(The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen, Cully)

Barrio Bake Sale Add to a List
Head to Magna Kusina to scarf impeccable baked goods from local vendors like Baon Kainan, Berlu, Heyday, Sunrice, and Mama Đút. Proceeds will go to the Cascade Abortion Support Collective and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund.
(Magna Kusina, Hosford-Abernethy)


Blumenauer Bridge Opening Celebration Add to a List
This Sunday, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will host a community gathering celebrating the brand-new Congressman Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge will offer a vital car-free connection between the Lloyd and Central Eastside neighborhoods—stop by to check it out and take part in community-led bike rides. Congressman Blumenauer himself and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty (who oversees PBOT) will be on site to speak, and visitors will find pop-up block parties on nearby streets.
(Blumenauer Bridge, Lloyd District, free)

Community Day at Rose City Golf Course Add to a List
The Rose City Park neighborhood's historic golf course isn't just for folks with clubs and Titleists—the vibrant green space is open to all, and is home to a wide variety of trees, birds, and native animals. Stop by for this community event to learn more about the park's history, hit a golf ball or two, and catch a funky blues concert by the Norman Sylvester Band.
(Rose City Golf Course, Madison South, free)


Church of Film: The Brother from Another Planet Add to a List
Distract yourself from the heat and drop by hip hangout The Red Fox for a free screening of The Brother From Another Planet, a "Reagan-era space oddity" following an alien who crash-lands on Ellis Island. While being pursued by shadowy figures from his home planet, he finds his home in Harlem, where an intrepid crew of cabaret singers, working-class folks, arcade lovers, and layabouts join together to protect the extraterrestrial from the authorities.
(The Red Fox, Humboldt, 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. Bring your own blankets, snacks, props, or whatever helps you get into the groove.
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, $10)



Extra Footage: Everything Everywhere All at Once Add to a List
If Everything Everywhere All at Once's multiverse-exploring, unlikely hero Evelyn has stolen your heart, check out this extended version of the film, with a custom two-minute introduction from "the Daniels" and eight minutes of bloopers following the credits. 
(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. Viewers can take in Tolkien's monumental saga from the very beginning in preparation for the forthcoming The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
(Multiple dates through Aug 7, OMSI, Central Eastside, $6.50-$7.50)


Oregon Brewers Festival 2022 Add to a List
The state's biggest beer festival offers a plethora of choices, with 40 beers and two ciders from Oregon producers. To stoke your FOMO, 80% of the featured beers are either exclusive to the festival or brand-new releases.
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown, $10-$30, 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)

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, Friday-Saturday)


Wizarding Weekend at Kennedy School Add to a List
Calling all wizards! Take a break from the muggle world at this magical weekend in celebration of Harry Potter's birthday. Organized by "wizard activists" PDXpelliarmus, this event helps raise funds for Basic Rights Oregon and collects books for local teachers and children. Whether you hail from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin house, attendees can take part in a horcrux hunt, Hogwarts student portraiture, costume contests, and trivia. Magical vendors will hawk their wares in Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley, and the butterbeer will be flowing to keep your thirst magically quenched.
(McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia, free, Friday-Sunday)


Jupiter Hotel + Doug Fir Lounge Grand Reopening Party Add to a List
Jupiter Hotel and Doug Fir Lounge are showing off their new digs and an expanded menu with a four-day reopening soiree that will include live music, DJs, and stand-up. Keep your ears peeled for performances from experimental artist Yawa, Queen tribute group Queen Mother, and more. 
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, free, Friday-Sunday)


Ain’t No Dark ‘Til Something Shines: Andrea Alonge Add to a List
Andrea Alonge looks for "where joy lives" in this technicolor multimedia exhibition. The radiant geometric forms of Ain’t No Dark ‘Til Something Shines offer a brief respite from the humdrum doom-scrolling of the "real world." Alonge's works feel more like a sugary fantasy, and they're a lot of fun.
(Well Well, Kenton, free, Saturday-Sunday; closing)

April Waters: Water-Ice-Sky, Antarctica Add to a List
Hallie Ford Museum of Art knows you're hot, sweaty, and annoyed, so they're offering free admission July 26-30. Beat the heat inside the museum and check out Salem-based artist April Waters's Water-Ice-Sky, Antarctica, a frosty exhibition of paintings from her trip to Antarctica as a grantee of the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. (We're cooling down already.) The artist's studies and sketches of the Marr Glacier led to this series of works, which illustrate the unusual beauty of a landscape in the midst of climate crisis. 
(Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, free, Friday-Saturday)

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 images 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. See Kelli Connell's large-scale photographs before this exhibition closes on July 30. 
(Blue Sky Gallery, Northwest Portland, free, Friday-Saturday; closing)

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