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The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend

Kickstand Comedy in the Park, First Friday Summer Art Festival, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15 from July 1-4
July 1, 2022
Kickstand Comedy kicks off another summer of their popular Comedy in the Park series. (Kickstand Comedy)
Your long weekend won't be complete without consulting our cheap and easy guide, with events from First Friday Summer Art Festival to Kickstand Comedy in the Park's season opener and from A Strawberry Brunch to Summer Fest. Looking for more holiday fun? Check out our guide to celebrating the Fourth of July.

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Kickstand Comedy in the Park Add to a List
Kickstand Comedy is reprising its hugely popular Comedy in the Park series in Laurelhurst Park starting this Friday and running through September. 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.
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, free)


BB Cone + Cardioid Add to a List
BB Cone is a mixed media artist who examines themes of "love, loss, misery, and identity" through lush synth-pop and '80s-inspired grooves, drawing comparisons to a diverse range of artists from Roxy Music to Sade. Also not to be missed on this stellar local doubleheader is solo performer Cardioid (formerly of Radiation City), who will bring unique sounds that she's dubbed "fantasy metal" to the Doug Fir stage.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)

Korgy & Bass Add to a List
Experimental electronic duo Korgy & Bass infuse their songs with hip-hop and jazz samples for some of the best beats currently coming out of the Pacific Northwest. They will be joined by local neo-soul vocalist Julia Logue.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $12)

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 Portland-based psych-infused indie-rock quartet, Forty Feet Tall.
(Walker Stadium, Lents, free with purchase of $12 game ticket)


First Friday Summer Art Festival Add to a List
This Friday, three city blocks near the Willamette riverfront will come alive with local art and live music. Twenty local artists will share their work in an open studio format, and a collaborative routine by Sora Shoda and fire dancer Selena Ibarra will keep things spicy. Eclectic psychedelic band Space Bat will share groovy tunes for the evening of creativity.
(East Creative Collective, Buckman, free)



Festival de Fronterizas: For All Betwixt and Between! Add to a List
Focusing on themes of visibility, connectivity, and light, this community-minded festival was inspired by Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble's 2021 performance Fronteriza, which explored borders and borderlands as sites with potential for connection and reciprocity. Local vendors, poets, drag queens, and other artists will share their talents on and off the stage, and art therapy programming will facilitate community bonds. Don't miss the offerings of herbal medicines and plant starts from the festival's organizers.
(Alder Commons, Beaumont-Wilshire, free)


Caleb Nichols Add to a List
Caleb Nichols is a singer-songwriter and poet whose work has been featured in publications like Paste and Out Magazine. He will play tracks off of his upcoming album, RAMON, a queer rock opera, which will be his first full-length release on the Portland-based label and PNW institution, Kill Rock Stars. Experimental country group Hell Nancy and dream pop project terrehaunt will support.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $12)

Lavender Country with New Here Add to a List
Released initially as a private press LP in 1973, Lavender Country’s eponymous album was the first gay country album ever, beating out Peter Grudzien’s The Unicorn by a year. The messages in their music still resonate with modern audiences, but they no longer have to be delivered from the shadows. They will hit the stage just after the release of their new single, a re-recorded version of “I Can’t Shake the Stranger Out of You," alongside pop-punk quartet New Here. 
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $10)

Roselit Bone with The Darts and Dials Add to a List
A local nine-piece ensemble fronted by vocalist and guitarist Charlotte McCaslin, Roselit Bone incorporates an assortment of instruments to produce their brand of “psychotic, apocalyptic cowgirl music." Arrive in time to catch opening sets from garage punk quartet The Darts and post-punk outfit Dials. 
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)


BwPCon! Add to a List
Local comic purveyors Books with Pictures present this funky "minicon," an outdoor tabling event with over 30 artists sharing their handmade wares alongside live musicians and special guests. Steve Lieber, the comic book illustrator behind Hawkman, Detective Comics, and Whiteout, will stop by for a signing alongside Shaft: A Complicated Man writer David F. Walker and Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis. Don't miss the food cart pod parked conveniently close by—even comic book nerds get the munchies.
(Books With Pictures, Ladd's Addition, Free)


The Return of Club Nitty Gritty with DJ Action Slacks Add to a List
Portland's "grittiest vintage vinyl dance party" is celebrating its return after a two-year hiatus with a special outdoor edition helmed by mid-century soul specialist DJ Action Slacks. 
(The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton, $10)



July 3rd with Millennium Concert Band Add to a List  
Get your Fourth of July festivities started early this year with a concert to honor veterans, featuring Lake Oswego's own Millennium Concert Band, who will play military and marching compositions like the"Star-Spangled Salute," "The Stars and Stripes Forever," and more.
(Millennium Plaza Park, Lake Oswego, free)

Summer Fest Add to a List
If you've ever dreamed of cruising around historic Fort Vancouver on a military vehicle, well, read on. Summer Fest kicks off on July 3 with history tours, summertime BBQ favorites, live music, roaming entertainers, and cornhole. It's the kind of family-friendly Americana fun that might help you forget the state of our country for a few hours. At dusk, spread out on a blanket for a screening of The Sandlot and yummy beer and cider tastings.
(Fort Vancouver, Vancouver, free)



Portland Pickles Fourth of July Add to a List
Celebrate America's birthday by partaking in America's favorite pastime at this Independence Day doubleheader, which will see the Pickles playing against the Corvallis Knights. Does your WFH setup need a paperweight? The first 250 fans will receive a commemorative Walker Stadium replica.
(Walker Stadium, Lents, $12-20)



A Strawberry Brunch Add to a List
The market and cafe Zuckercreme will bid farewell to strawberry season with this sweet weekend brunch, featuring strawberry waffles with brown sugar malt whipped cream and pretzel crumbs on Saturday and vanilla shortcakes with mango chamoy-marinated berries on Sunday. Gild the lily with a scoop of ice cream, available as an add-on both days.
(Zuckercreme, Montavilla, $10, Saturday-Sunday)

Cute-a-Versary Add to a List
From July 1-4, the adorable vegan convenience store will celebrate its one-year anniversary with plant-based versions of some of your favorite Fourth of July staples, including "Hawt Dawgs" from the pop-up Phatt Dawgs and ice cream from Oatly. Plus, enjoy coffee and beer from sibling business Coffee Beer and bubbly seltzer cocktails and zero-proof mimosas from Liquid Death.
(Cutiee Buys, Creston-Kenilworth, Friday-Monday)


Nothing Sacred: It’s Sacrelicious! Add to a List
Local theater lovers Spring 4th Productions and writing duo Tobin Gollihar and Ian Paul Sieren present this wacky two-act play. When estranged brothers and probable enemies God and Satan are stranded on the way to an annual gala for deities, their credulous brother, Les, offers them a ride in his Winnebago. Hilarity ensues. Nothing Sacred: It’s Sacrelicious! will only hit the stage for three days, so catch the goofy adventure while you can.
(Performance Works NorthWest, Foster-Powell, $15, 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)

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, Sunday-Monday)

Invisibilia: Sandra Honda, Mei-Ling Lee, and Jefferson Goolsby Add to a List
Installed at the buzzy new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, this group exhibition includes photographic journals, multimedia works, and performance pieces by Oregon artists Sandra Honda, Mei-ling Lee, and Jefferson Goolsby. Invisibilia centers Asian and Asian American experiences of family, trauma, generational grief, internment, loss, and displacement, exploring cultural identity in the contentious American landscape and challenging viewers to question their beliefs.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, free, Friday-Saturday)

Unattended Add to a List
Artist, Adidas brand designer, and Carnation Contemporary co-founder Russell Borne grapples with the passing of time in Unattended. Time has a way of feeling both abstract and like an omnipresent force in our lives—we all know the DMV can feel like three hours, while a great movie flies by. Borne digs into the wide variety of temporal experiences we experience in this solo exhibition. The details are still under wraps, but expect a series of narrative-driven objects.
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, free, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

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