Weekend Guide

The Best In-Person Things to Do in Portland This Weekend: The Rose Festival Art Show, Pedalpalooza, and More

June 4-6, 2021 Edition
June 4, 2021
The Rose Festival Art Show is now on view at the Oregon Society of Artists gallery. (Gia Whitlock via OSA)

When you're not busy applying aloe vera goo to your sunburned limbs, scroll through our picks for this weekend's most noteworthy events and activities, from Pedalpalooza to The Color of Breathlessness at PDX Contemporary, and from the first night of the Portland Pickles' Rockin' the Walk Concert Series to places to get pandan treats (like Berlu, with its chewy waffles and cakes). Plus, check out our guides to the best things to do online this month and upcoming events going on sale today.


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PRIDE

Stack some new titles from LGBTQ+ authors. Working your way through the queer lit canon is a noble cause, but if you're overwhelmed with options and are looking for a fresh read, start with something released in 2021 (or set to come out by the end of the year) from Powell's or your other favorite local bookseller. On the graphic novel front, we're picking up The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Dykes to Watch Out For progenitor and Fun Home author Alison Bechdel, in which the cartoonist regales her lifelong fascination with fitness crazes of the past and present, concluding that, for her, strength comes from facing her interdependence with others. Lee Lai's somber-but-heartfelt-looking debut Stone Fruit, a blue-toned watercolor about queer couple Bron and Ray who grapple with their depleting emotional intimacy just as they're forming a bond with their niece, is also on our list. If you're on the hunt for a non-graphic novel and you don't mind waiting a week, spring for Kristin Arnett's With Teeth (out June 15). Like her terrifically weird debut, Mostly Dead Things, the story takes place in Florida, where a woman who yearns for a loving queer family finds herself instead with a son who scares her and a wife who's never around. And over in the short-fiction camp, the R.O. Kwon- and Garth Greenwell-edited anthology Kink: Stories has some gems, many of them centering LGBTQ+ characters. (We recommend flipping to the one by Carmen Maria Machado first; it's a gay macabre delight.) If your bookshelf is overflowing and you'd prefer to check things out from the library, good news—five Multnomah County branches (Holgate, Capitol Hill, Kenton, Gresham, and Midland) are back open for business as of this week! Browse the system's staff picks section for more Pride month reads.  

Visit some LGBTQ-owned restaurants for Pride Month. Happy Pride Month! This June, consider using some of your hard-earned dollars to support local LGBTQ-owned businesses. Some of our favorites include Hip Chicks Do Wine, Tin Shed, Either/Or, CC Slaughter's, and Crush. For more pride festivities, check out our guide to pride-themed food and drink specials.

FOOD & DRINK

Celebrate strawberry season. There's no harbinger of summer like that first bite of an in-season strawberry. The short-lived berry season is upon us, so snap up all the ripe, red, juicy fruit you can before it's gone. Looking for ideas? We suggest strawberry elderflower sorbetto from Pinolo Gelato, strawberry shortcake old-fashioned doughnuts from Doe Donuts, the secret-menu sparkling strawberry mint tea at Tea Bar, strawberry rhubarb tarts from Grand Central Bakery, strawberry scones from Tabor Bread, and strawberry pies and cakes from Lauretta Jean's.

Cool off with shave ice. This week's heat wave left us craving some frosty treats. If you feel the same way, grab some classic island-style shave ice at Wailua Shave Ice, Hokule'a Food Cart, Manoa Shave Ice, and Island Daydream Shave Ice.

Enjoy some pandan. Pandan is having a moment in Portland. The herbaceous tropical plant often used in Southeast Asian cuisine is showing up in everything from cocktails to desserts, lending them all a lovely green hue. The newly opened Oma's Hideaway is now serving pandan waffles with crispy curry sweetbreads, while the bakery Berlu has racked up acclaim for its chewy pandan waffles and cakes. The vegan Vietnamese spot Mama Đút has also used pandan in a variety of specials and currently has pandan croissant waffles with "chicken"-fried mushrooms available for pre-order on Saturday. Other pandan-packed items worth checking out include the "Padam, Padam, Padam, O.F." cocktail (vodka, rye whiskey, blueberry, toasted rice powder, pandan, and bitters) at Bit House Collective and the Es Cendol dessert drink and Putu Ayu sponge cake at Wajan.

Celebrate National Doughnut Day. Today is National Doughnut Day, a holiday originally created to honor the Salvation Army volunteers who distributed doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. Portland's doughnut scene is nothing short of thriving, so it's a great day to seek out some ring-shaped sweets at a spot like Sesame Donuts, Doe Donuts, Coco Donuts, Blue Star Donuts, NOLA Doughnuts, Delicious Donuts, or Pip's Original Doughnuts & Chai.

SPORTS & OUTDOORS

Rock your pedal pushers for Bike Travel Weekend. If you missed the boat on Bike Everywhere Month in May, don't sweat it—the Adventure Cycling Association has officially declared June 4-6 Bike Travel Weekend, creating a hub for people to post their group rides in Oregon. While most of the events are private, public options include a three-day ride down the Pacific Coast and a Corvallis 2 Coast ride. Of course, you could also just use the occasion as an excuse to take your two-wheeler out to your favorite trail. 

Other notable weekend events:

Pedalpalooza
The festival of bike fun returns in a three-month-long run of different events organized by cyclists like you. Most rides are free and all are open to the public, with masks being required for ride leaders and participants.
Various locations (Friday-Sunday)

ARTS & PERFORMANCE

The Color of Breathlessness
You know that endlessly mysterious stoner query, "is the blue that I see the blue that you see?" It's worth rehashing at this group show where eleven artists explore their experience of color through various mediums and textures.
PDX Contemporary Art, Northwest (Friday-Saturday; opening)

Color Burn
Morgan Rosskopf and Manu Torres, both of whom have backgrounds in fine art and floral design, "implement an unhinged use of color and visual density" in this lush, maximalist joint show. Some of the pieces remind us of those see-through lollipops with flowers inside, and we're very into that.  
Well Well, North Portland (Sat-Sun; opening)

Cruella
Ever wonder where the villain of 101 Dalmatians got her look and her snarling 'tude? This prequel stars Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil during her days as a "punk-inspired fashionista" in 1970s London. 
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

The Dry
A tortured Melbourne detective (Eric Bana, returning to his Australian roots) returns to his outback hometown of Kiewarra to investigate the death of a childhood friend.
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

High Dive
Triangle Productions' first in-person production stars Lisamarie Harrison as a woman who has a pivotal moment on a diving board while approaching her 50th birthday in Greece.
Triangle Productions, Northeast (Friday-Saturday)

Joshua Dudley Greer: Somewhere Along the Line
Photographer Joshua Dudley Greer took his time traveling 100,000 across the country over the course of six years, capturing networks of superhighways "as a stage where narratives play out and opposing forces often intersect." 
Blue Sky Gallery, Northwest (Friday-Saturday; opening)

OBT LIVE
The theatre’s season OBT MOVES is being reimagined for an outdoor performance in partnership with Portland Opera and OMSI. Part performance, part celebration, part reunion, OBT LIVE will premiere two new programs thematically inspired by the joy of reconnection. This weekend's performances are sold out, but you can get tickets for next week. 
OMSI, Southeast (Saturday-Sunday)

A Quiet Place Part II
The survivors of the family from A Quiet Place leave their farm and find dangers both human and alien in the post-apocalyptic city.
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

The Perfect Candidate
When a young Arabic doctor's male guardian forbids her from traveling to Dubai for a medical conference, she seeks the help of her politically connected cousin. Inadvertently, she registers as a candidate for the municipal council and ends up garnering impressive support for her campaign. 
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

Portland Vintage Market
Shop for vintage clothing, jewelry, and collectibles from 20 local vendors in the parking lot behind Hollywood Vintage.
Hollywood Vintage, Northeast (Saturday-Sunday)

Rose Festival Art Show
Most of the Rose Festival’s events are virtual this year, but the Oregon Society of Artists is opening its downtown gallery to art appreciators for the Annual Rose Festival Art Show. This year’s juried categories are “Hope Reigns” (the Rose Festival theme), and “Rose Festival/Portland scenes.” The show’s opening reception on June 3 will include the presentation of a commissioned portrait of the 2020 Rose Festival Queen. 
Oregon Society of Artists, Southwest (Friday-Sunday; opening)

Rose Festival Porch Parade
The traditional Rose Festival parade is on hold until 2022, but this year Portlanders can decorate their street-facing porches, front windows, yards, and/or walkways with decorations that fit one of four themes: Grand Floral Parade ("All things grand and floral"), Starlight Parade ("A sparkly, illuminated display for a nighttime celebration with lights"), Junior Parade ("Creative concepts and decoration for our kids, done by kids"), or Rose Garden ("Showcase your beautiful flowers for all to see").
Various locations (Friday-Sunday)

Rockin' the Walk Concert Series
Portland's minor-league baseball team the Portland Pickles will team up with local record label/gift shop Tender Loving Empire for a series of pre-game live concerts at select Friday home games throughout the summer, starting with Vancouver pop band Rei Deora.
Walker Stadium, Southeast (Friday)

Steppin' Out with DJ Action Slacks - Patio Party!
Move your tuchus to '60s soul and Latin grooves at this patio dance party with DJ Action Slacks.
Kenton Club, North Portland (Saturday)

Undine
With all the watery imagery you'd expect from a riff on the mythical Undines first written about by Paracelsus, Christian Petzold's latest film follows a Berlin historian who gets dumped by the man of her dreams and plans to murder him. 
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)