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The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: Nov 18-20, 2022

My People's Market, Rose City Sneakerfest, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
November 18, 2022
Get started on your Christmas shopping at My People's Market—the event showcases BIPOC vendors and is celebrating its fifth birthday. (My People's Market)
Did the week get away from you before you could make weekend plans? No worries...our guide to cheap and easy events has you covered, from My People's Market 11 to Mrs. Claus's Tree Lighting Ceremony and from Rose City Sneakerfest to Snowvana. For even more ideas, check out our guide to the top events of the week.

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Tim Hammer and Friends Add to a List
Tim Hammer, a 2011 finalist in the Portland's Funniest Person contest (he lost to Ian Karmel), will bring his deadpan one-liners ("Raisins aren't what they used to be") to the stage alongside hilarious locals Katie Nguyen, Arlo Weierhauser, Adam Pasi, and others.
(Lydian Music Studios, Richmond, $12)


Beaujolais Day | Bar Takeover Add to a List
Beaujolais Nouveau, France's most famous vin de primeur (a wine that may be sold the same year it is made), is released upon the world each year on the third Thursday in November. This year, Vino Veritas is celebrating the following day with the latest release from winemaker George Duboef, plus other delicious Gamays from the same region. Winemaker Tom Aufranc of Domaine Aufranc in Beaujolais will also visit from France and showcase his family's offerings.
(Vino Veritas Wine Bar & Bottle Shop, Montavilla, free)


Melt with Maya Delilah Add to a List
New York City-based indie ensemble Melt took off back in 2017 when their soulful first single "Sour Candy," peaked at #5 on Billboard’s US Viral 50 Chart. Now supporting their long-awaited debut EP, West Side Highway, they will take the stage alongside kindred singer-songwriter Maya Delilah.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)

Taylor Kingman with Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld Add to a List
Taylor Kingman, frontman of Newberg-based psych-rock trio The Hill Dogs, will bring his crisp finger-picked folk tunes to Portland for an acoustic show alongside trad-folk troubadour Martha Scanlan and gospel singer-songwriter Jon Neufeld.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)


Voices of the River Journal Launch Party Add to a List
Celebrate the inaugural issue of Confluence's Voices of the River, which uplifts Indigenous perspectives through storytelling, research-sharing, and poetry, at this event. The journal launch party will include a panel discussion with magazine contributors Rachel Cushman and Sean Smith alongside Dr. Chance White Eyes, Yakama Nation tribal member Emily Washines, and Confluence digital content manager Lily Hart.
(Oregon Historical Society, South Park Blocks, free)


Plucky Maidens Holiday Fest! 2022 Add to a List
Claiming to be "Portland's only nationally recognized vintage market," this holiday shindig targets the most festive among us with mimosas, sweets and treats, live music, dozens of vintage hawkers, and a true Christmas miracle—free parking.
(Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, Sellwood, $5-$10)


Light Up St. Johns with Warm for the Winter Ugly Sweater Community Tree Lighting Add to a List
Hot chocolate, cookies, and ugly sweaters abound at this Christmas tree lighting in St. Johns Plaza. Don your own hideous sweater for photo ops and kick-start the festivities with twinkly lights and holiday tunes by local choirs.
(St. Johns Plaza, St. Johns, free)



Rose City Sneakerfest Add to a List
Streetwear enthusiasts, sneak on over to the Rose City Sneakerfest this weekend to hang with other shoe lovers, sell and trade sick sneaks, and build community around footwear design. The event aims to "put the city of Portland on the world stage and cement it as the true sneaker capital of the world." (We'd assert that Portland is also the Blundstones capital of the world, but that's beside the point.)
(The Leftbank Annex, Lloyd District, $10-$15)


Taxi Driver in 35mm Add to a List
In celebration of Cinema Speculation, Quentin Tarantino's nonfiction debut, Hollywood will screen Scorsese's gritty thriller in 35mm glory. Taxi Driver makes an appearance in Tarantino's book, and for a good reason—the '76 chiller exemplified the anti-establishment renaissance of New American Cinema and cemented Robert De Niro's status as a major star.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $10)


Free Tasting: Olympia Provisions Add to a List
Sample mouthwatering cured meats from the award-winning artisan charcuterie producer Olympia Provisions.
(Elephants Delicatessen, Northwest Portland, free)

Lustre Pearl Portland Grand Opening Party Add to a List
Experience a little slice of Austin, Texas, without leaving the state: The famed Austin bar Lustre Pearl will debut its new Portland location, featuring a "refreshing mix of late-night glam and rock and roll grit." The spot will serve wood-fired pizza and ranch water (a popular Texas drink with seltzer, citrus, and tequila). Scope out the new spot and enjoy drink specials, pizza, bar snacks, a pop-up shop from 3-7 pm, giveaways, live music, a late-night DJ, and other festivities.
(Lustre Pearl, Boise, free)


Jujuba: 20th Anniversary Show Add to a List
Portland-based 10-piece ensemble Jujuba will celebrate two decades of their high-energy, made-for-dancing Afrobeat tunes. Their sound, which blends West African and Cuban percussion with an energetic rhythm section and passionate horns, will have you moving your feet in no time.
(Goodfoot, Kerns, $15)

Supernatural Fall Bazaar: Supernatural Beavers, The Naked Mole Rats, and Blair Borax Add to a List
Celebrate the season of warm spices, cozy sweaters, and falling leaves with a showcase of local musicians and a mini-market of art vendors. Look forward to performances from local blues rock band Supernatural Beavers, cosmic country trio The Naked Mole Rats, and folk singer-songwriter Blair Borax. 
(Alberta Abbey, King, $10)


Portland Opera to Go: Beatrice Add to a List
This by-donation youth opera centers the little-known story of Oregonian civil rights activist Beatrice Morrow Cannady, whose work as an associate editor of African American newspaper The Advocate drew vital attention to '20s-era racial violence in Portland.
(Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Center for the Arts, Hillsboro, $5 suggested donation at the door.)


Portland Art Picnic Add to a List
This fantastical edition of the city's recurring art picnic pop-ups will be set outside "public joy creator" Mike Bennett's latest creation, Wonderwood Springs, a magical-adventure-slash-coffee-shop complete with medieval props and butter brew lattes. Visitors to the outdoor gallery and art sale will find interactive art displays, live art creation, and a winter supply drive for houseless Portlanders. 
(Wonderwood Springs, St. Johns, free)


Mrs. Claus's Tree Lighting Ceremony Add to a List
With some help from Santa and the elves, the ever-industrious Mrs. Claus will present this holiday tree lighting smack-dab in the middle of the Lloyd Center ice rink. Drop by for skating performances, a holiday sing-a-long, and photo opportunities with the Christmassy gang.
(Lloyd Center, Lloyd District, By donation)



Church of Film: Occult Bolshevism Add to a List
From the writer of Ringu, this 2018 J-horror oddity follows a séance that aims to summon Soviet spirits and inspire "spiritual revolution." Check out the supernatural slow burn for free at The Red Fox, where Church of Film organizes recurring screenings of rare cinema jewels.
(The Red Fox, Humboldt, free)


Havania Whaal with Lo-Fives, Pool Boys, and DJ Heathers Add to a List
Former Mercury contributor Delaney Motter once wrote: "There’s something inherently impressive about bands that have few members but still manage to produce an enormous, all-encompassing sound. Havania Whaal is one of those bands. But what really sets Havania Whaal apart is their ability to pull driving pop hooks from the chaos." They will celebrate the release of their new music video for "Blow Torch" with an immersive premiere experience featuring sets and props from the music video for you to explore. Garage rock outfit Lo-Fives, dream pop quartet Pool Boys, and DJ Heathers will join the party.
(Holocene, Buckman, $10)

Kelli Schaefer with Merō Add to a List
For more than 10 years, Portland artist Kelli Schaefer has tapped into the emotional pulses of an ever-changing pop culture landscape. On 2013’s experimental EP 601, Schaefer shed the skin of her folky muses, inviting electronic flourishes to glaze her avant-garde pop gems. Her evolution continues on her follow-up, No Identity, produced by Modern Kin’s Drew Grow on local label Amigo/Amiga. Schaefer leaked the wholly appropriate track “Underground” on November 9, 2016, that confounding day after Donald Trump was elected president. The song’s art-pop mechanics bore deep amid that disorienting haze as Schaefer coos, “We are all waterfalls slipping through the cracks downtown/I will meet you underground.” The song unfurls steadily, building urgency until the four-minute mark, which is full-on revolutionary revelry. It’s another reminder of why Schaefer is one of Portland’s best and most inventive artists. RYAN J. PRADO
(Show Bar, Buckman, $10)

Kid Leisure: Spewing Matter Episode One Add to a List
Kid Leisure is the collaboration between local producers Spitt, the Kid and The Stains of Leisure. The two artists blend arranged compositions and improvisation to "push the boundaries of what hip-hop and electronic jazz can be." For this first edition of their experimental music series Spewing Matter, they will be joined by Texas-based rapper Julian Outlaw, local vocalist Drowsy, hip-hop artist Stephen Fowler, saxophonist/producer Paul Riola, and DJ Aspen.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $15)



Talk of the Town Add to a List
As the nights get shorter, the skies get gloomier, and we all stare down a solid eight months of rain, living in the City of Roses might have you feeling a little glum. Talk of the Town has your back. The recurring improv show will hit the stage every third weekend of the month with rotating guests sharing what makes Portland great—good art, great food, and hilarious, off-the-cuff conversation. Each guest will inspire a ragtag team of improv experts to create fresh scenes and characters on the spot. (Just don't bring your umbrella—it's gauche.)
(Curious Comedy Theater, King, $15, Friday-Saturday)


75th Anniversary Model Railroad Show Add to a List
For a weekend activity that Joe Pera would love, chugga-chugga over to the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club to witness their 75th annual model railroad show in all its tiny train glory. The club sets up the largest model train layouts in the Pacific Northwest, complete with teensy, detailed Columbia River Gorge sights like Multnomah Falls and Portland's Union Station.
(Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, Eliot, $0-$10, Saturday-Sunday)


Bardo, False Chronicle of A Handful of Truths Add to a List
When a Mexican documentarian returns to his native country, he begins to have an existential crisis triggered by strange visions. Bardo, False Chronicle of A Handful of Truths is the latest film from Alejandro Iñárritu, the lauded director and lover of interwoven narratives whose past heavy hitters include The Revenant and Birdman.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10, Friday-Sunday)

The Menu Add to a List
Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes bump heads in this horror satire of gastronomic proportions. The Menu roasts the hoity-toity culture of haute cuisine while folding in some unexpected ingredients.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $8-$11, Friday-Sunday)


Champion Ten Minute Play Festival Add to a List
Local theater lovers Monkey With a Hat On present this fast, fresh festival two or three times a year, sharing new ten-minute plays written, directed, and performed by Portland artists. Cheeky alt-indie outfit Junglecorp will perform a rock opera in between each play for the 30th installment of the beloved fest, which will follow a "champion" theme. Prepare for a rowdy, quick-paced evening of theater and tunes.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $10, Friday-Saturday)

Frontieres Sans Frontieres Add to a List
Penned by playwright Phillip Howze and directed by theatermaker/social justice advocate Damaris Webb, Frontieres Sans Frontieres tackles "global culture imperialism and the commodification of human resource as capital." It's not for the faint of heart—the content advisory list is lengthy—but the play contains hints of dark humor that prod at self-absorbed actions of altruism and charity.
(Lincoln Hall, Southwest Portland, $6-$15, Friday-Saturday)


Gem Faire Add to a List
The phrase "gem faire" sounds vaguely medieval, like you might stumble across a bejeweled crown while you're there. Hey, anything's possible when you're in the presence of fine jewelry, gemstones, beads, crystals, gold, silver, pearls, and minerals. Snag a snazzy holiday gift or spruce up your own precious jewels—cleaning services and jewelry repair will be available on-site.
(Westside Commons, Hillsboro, $7, Friday-Sunday)

Indigenous Marketplace: Winter Pop-Ups Add to a List
Find unique gifts handcrafted by 15 Indigenous and Black vendors at this two-weekend pop-up, then grab bevvies and snacks to warm up inside Bar Carlo.
(Bar Carlo, Foster-Powell, free, Friday-Saturday)

My People's Market 11 Add to a List
My People's Market will celebrate their fifth birthday with more of what they do best: boosting BIPOC businesses, creatives, and culinary masters. (They'll also have free cupcakes up for grabs for the first 500 market visitors). The weekend festivities will include over 120 vendors, plus a "wellness retreat" with workshops and mini treatments, a craft area for kiddos, and musical vibes curated by YGB Portland.
(Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District, free, Saturday-Sunday)

Portland Holiday Market Add to a List
One of the buzziest holiday gift shows returns to the Expo Center this year with 100,000 square feet of perfect presents up for grabs—visitors will find everything from spirits, books, and leather goods to one-of-a-kind artwork. Who knows, you might get all your holiday shopping done under one roof.
(Portland Expo Center, North Portland, $10, Friday-Sunday)


Snowvana Add to a List
Snowvana is the Pacific Northwest's premier festival focused on fresh pow and all of the snow sports that accompany it. Check out the latest gear from local and national brands, peep Mt. Hood Film Festival's lineup of ski movies, snag a free pair of Next Adventure kid’s skis, and more.
(Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District, $12-$79, Friday-Sunday)


Like Liquid, Cut Loose Add to a List
In Like Liquid, Cut Loose, a new exhibition at Well Well Projects featuring works by Morgan Rosskopf and a sound installation by Ashlin Aronin, the art is submerged in a simulated grotto of undulating ultraviolet light and swirling, trippy sounds. For anybody prone to sensory overload, spending a long period of time in the space could be exhausting, but if you're up for it, the reward is a labyrinth of hidden treasures, appropriated images, and glowing interstices that feels like a theme park for inhabitants of a warming ocean. MARTHA DAGHLIAN
(Well Well, Kenton, free, Saturday-Sunday)

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