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The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend

Portland Pride Waterfront Festival & Parade, Summer Solstice Festival, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15 from June 17-19
June 17, 2022
Pride pup wishes you a fabulous and colorful Pride weekend! (Multnomah County Animal Services)
Happy Pride weekend, Portland! It's time to parrr-tayyy, and we've got your invites to bashes with the best bang for your buck, from the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival & Parade to PDX Pride Rooftop Refresh and from Summer Solstice Festival to Wildwood Welcome Party. For more weekend ideas, check out our full Pride calendar and our guide to Juneteenth events

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Masters of Lager Add to a List
Eight Oregon breweries, including Von Ebert Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Wayfinder Beer, Zoiglhaus Brewing, Occidental Brewing, Heater Allen Brewing, Rosenstadt Brewery, and Foreland Beer, will vie for the honor of being proclaimed the champion Master of Lager. Try a blind tasting of all 16 lagers and cast your vote for your favorite. Each entry will also be available by the pint.
(Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom, Richmond)


KAINA: It Was a Home Tour Add to a List
On her latest album, It Was a Home, singer-songwriter KAINA takes inspiration from her Venezuelan and Guatemalan roots along with her Chicago upbringing for intimate R&B tunes about "love, legacy, and ancestry," which have earned her acclaim from lauded publications like Pitchfork and NPR. She will support the new album after an opening set from Portland-based experimental soul artist sqip. 
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)

Lithics, Gen Pop, and Hot Gum Add to a List
Portland-based minimalist post-punk quartet Lithics, who released their latest album Tower of Age back in 2020, hit the stage for the first time in two years along with punk bands Gen Pop (from Olympia) and Hot Gum.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)

Rockin' the Walk Concert Series Presented by Mad Tasty Add to a List
West Coast League baseball team the Portland Pickles will team 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 Eugene-based psych-infused alt-rock quartet, Bluphoria.
(Walker Stadium, Lents, free with purchase of $12 game ticket)


Wildwood Welcome Party Add to a List
Forest Park may be a popular Portland hike spot, but it still feels secluded, mysterious, and magical. Throw on your Blundstones for this celebration of the city's backyard oasis—it's perfect for newbies and Forest Park experts alike. You'll find activities like zine-making, running, yoga, birding, photography, and basket weaving throughout the two-day fete, plus volunteering options. Why's it called Wildwood? Colin Meloy's children's fantasy novel might give you a clue.
(Forest Park, Northwest Portland, free)


Rose City Book and Paper Fair Add to a List
Maps! Rare tomes! Miscellaneous paper ephemera! Now that we've got your attention, you won't wanna miss this book and paper fair of unusual goods from dozens of vendors. You'll find local faves like Belmont Books, Revolutions Bookshop, and Monograph Bookwerks on site, plus folks you may not have heard of, like travel- and adventure-focused Timbuktu Books and rare sci-fi purveyors Cross Genre Books. (Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd District, $5)



Summer Solstice Festival Add to a List
Call in the new season at this funky festival of drag performances, face and body painting, artist talks, raffles, and dance. Expect buzzy musical performances by The Showgoers, Edd Party, and others, plus old-school ice cream pops by Heightscream and a professional photo booth. Visitors can also snag first-come, first-serve tickets for the pre-event drag brunch or tattoo popup, but they'll sell out quickly!
(Parallax Art Center, Pearl District, free)


It's a Hootenanny! Add to a List
This "rock ‘n' roll hotel" is donning a cowboy hat for a packed country music festival, headlined by the rhinestoned cowpunk quartet Jenny Don't & The Spurs and their retro-tinged tunes. Spend the day lounging on the patio, sipping on custom-brewed Hootenanny-themed beer, and enjoying performances from fellow gems Portland Country Underground with Taylor Kingman, Amanda Richards and the Good Long Whiles, Bad Assets, and Rich Layton & Tough Town.
(White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $15)

Shadowgraphs (Album Release) with Forty Feet Tall and TV Star Add to a List
Portland's own Shadowgraphs will serve up an evening of trippy neo-psych, fresh indie rock, and dreamy shoegaze to celebrate their new self-titled album which grapples with "the changing world and their place in it." Local indie-rock quartet Forty Feet Tall will join along with alt-rockers TV Star.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)

The Midnight Society and The Sïx below Midnight One Year Anniversary Party Add to a List
The Midnight and The Sïx are ringing in their one-year anniversary with a free party that will include live music from local metalheads HÖG and Blade, sets from DJs Vinne Toma and Queen Amygdala, and a champagne toast (also free)!
(The Midnight PDX, Sunnyside, free)


Feral and Fauna Jewelry Trunk Show Add to a List
Lovers of mushrooms and moons, tails and talons, gather 'round for this jewelry showcase of flora- and fauna-inspired wearables. The one-of-a-kind accessories up for grabs were made by Theeth, Morgaine Faye, and HartVariations, three local creators working in meticulous mold making, wax working, casting, and fabrication processes. You might even find sustainably sourced animal parts in the jewelry itself—Katie Evans of HartVariations uses real butterfly wings, feathers, and bones to create her wickedly cool sculptural earrings and necklaces.
(Paxton Gate, Boise, free)

Juneteenth Makers Marketplace Add to a List
The Black-owned Vend Again Marketplace is a welcome presence in Portland—they're bringing fresh pop-ups to venues across the city, offering fun new ways to support small businesses and local makers. This time around, Vend Again is celebrating Juneteenth with a groovy maker's market at the spacious Honey Latte Cafe, showcasing handmade goods like jewelry, precious stones and crystals, clothing, and art. 
(Honey Latte Cafe, Buckman, free)


Portland Art Picnic Add to a List
At this Woodstock 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.
(Woodstock Park, Woodstock, free)



Impulse XV: Summer Celebration Add to a List
It's no secret that kids are often funnier than adults—like, way funnier. Oregon Children's Theatre agrees. Their Young Professionals Company improv troupe, Impulse, will bring the giggles at this raucous summer jamboree of music and good-natured Dad jokes just in time for Father's Day. (Who hasn't been roasted by the youth once or twice?) This is a one-night-only event and the troupe's last performance of the year, so don't miss out.
(Curious Comedy Theater, King, $15)


DG3: Darrell Grant's Juneteenth Celebration to Benefit Black United Fund Add to a List
Join acclaimed composer and pianist Darrell Grant this Juneteenth for the debut of his new trio, DG3, which weaves together classic and contemporary jazz, African rhythms, soul-infused grooves, and reimagined pop hits. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Black United Fund of Oregon.
(The 1905, Boise, $0 - $20)

Juneteenth Power to The People: Black Panther Party Legacy Tour of Albina Add to a List
Kent Ford, activist and co-founder of Portland's chapter of the Black Panther Party, will offer a walking tour of the Albina area, sharing personal memories of the neighborhood's history of revolutionary activism and legacy of community service. Starting at the Matt Dishman Center and ending at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, the approximately 1.5-mile tour is an unmissable opportunity to engage directly with a leader in local civil rights history. Want to learn more about Kent Ford? Check out Walking Through Portland With A Panther: the Life of Mr. Kent Ford Add to a List , a solo play currently being performed at Portland Playhouse.
(Matt Dishman Community Center & Pool, Eliot, By donation)

Miller Family Free Day Add to a List
On this free-entry day of Juneteenth festivities, you'll find art-making with AUX/MUTE Add to a List artists, DJ sets, and fresh merch by local BIPOC creators. Miller Family Free Day is a great opportunity to catch up on exhibitions—if you haven't seen them yet, be sure to check out APEX: Sharita Towne & A Black Art Ecology of Portland Add to a List  and Isaka Shamsud-Din: Rock of Ages Add to a List . (For those who love performance art, Takahiro Yamamoto's Opacity of Performance Add to a List just opened, too!) 
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, free)


Kendall Street Company with Family Mystic and Johnny Franco Add to a List
Virginia-based alt-rock jammers Kendall Street Company describe their fusion sound as "jazz-grass infused psychedelic bliss," with an improvisational twist that makes every show unique. They will play in support of their latest album, The Year The Earth Stood Still: Inertia, alongside like-minded deadheads Family Mystic and Brazilian folk artist Johnny Franco. 
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)

Sundae Jams Add to a List
Within Lake Oswego's hub of beloved Portland restaurants, donut shop Fills will host a weekly music series for you to enjoy while you fill up on sweet treats, and partake in tastings of spirits, beer, and wine. This Sunday, revel in some ragtime tunes from Boy & Bean while sipping on some Fracture Brewing beers.
(Mercato Grove, Lake Oswego, free)


PDX Pride Rooftop Refresh Add to a List
Celebrate Pride on a scenic rooftop deck with a performance from electronic producer/vocalist Natasha Kmeto, whose retro-tinged electro-pop will have you movin' and groovin' through the afternoon. Plus, local dance staple DJ Sappho will get the party started with some feel-good rhythms. 
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, free)

The Sports Bra 1st Annual Pride Block Party Add to a List
This recently opened bar dedicated to women's sports will sling drinks from Freeland Spirits, Away Days Brewing, Landmass Wines, and Tito's Vodka and food specials from SalviPDX and Sammich at its inaugural pride bash. DJs Naomi Sioux, Claudia Martine, and Bad Wizard will add to the ambience.
(The Sports Bra, Sullivan's Gulch, $15)



Portland Pride Waterfront Festival & Parade Add to a List
After a two-year COVID hiatus, the beloved Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade will return with a unifying, rainbow-tinted message of equality (and a whole lot of fun, too) from premier queer performers like Bolivia Carmichaels, Jayla Rose, and BeautyBoiz. On Sunday, get loud and proud with queer folks and allies at the Portland Pride Parade Add to a List  in celebration of love and equality.
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown, Saturday-Sunday)


Vegan Crawl: 28th Avenue Restaurant Row Add to a List
Taste vegan dishes and summery drinks at Boxcar Pizza, Canteen, Epif, and The Sudra on this plant-based food crawl. Get stamps on your passport from each location for a chance to win gift cards to all four.
(Various locations, Friday-Saturday)


Phoenix Ten Minute Play Festival Add to a List
Local theater lovers Monkey With a Hat On present this fast, fresh festival three times a year, sharing new ten-minute plays written, directed, and performed by Portland artists. For the 28th installment of the beloved fest, cheeky alt-indie outfit Junglecorp will perform a brief set in between each play. Prepare for a rowdy, quick-paced evening of theater and tunes.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $10, Friday-Saturday)


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)

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