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The Best Things To Do in Portland This Week: Aug 23-29, 2021

Oregon State Fair, Portland Beer Week, and More
August 23, 2021
Come to the Oregon State Fair for all the fried foods your stomach can handle, and stay for the Columbia Bank Concert Series, carnival rides, and more family fun. (Oregon State Fair)

Well, there is certainly a lot going on this weekend from podcasts to music and more. The Oregon State Fair kicks off, Portland Beer Week makes a splash, and Feast Family Reunions brings the community together with food from some of the city's finest chefs. Read on for details on those events and more as we highlight what you should be checking out this week. 


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MONDAY

PODCASTS 

PODCAST BUT OUTSIDE
Podcast But Outside is taking their show on the road and holding live shows throughout the West Coast. They’re swinging by Portland for a taping at McMenamins Lola’s Room where they might even end up interviewing you.
Lola’s Room (West End)

TUESDAY

FILM

Cage and Pigs
In honor of the outstanding Portland-set film Pig, the Cinemagic Theater is putting on a series dedicated to the method actor and the porky animal. A screening of the aforementioned Pig will be followed by Babe 2: Pig In the City, and Mandy will top it all off for those feeling particularly bold. This might just be the strangest triple feature of all time, though certainly one of the most memorable. You can pop in for one of the flicks, or see them all.
Cinemagic (Hawthorne)

WEDNESDAY

MUSIC

William Elliott Whitmore
The soulful voice of William Elliot Whitmore will resonate through Mississippi Studios. Often playing with just a banjo and his voice, he has gained acclaim for his humble yet moving performances. 
Mississippi Studios (Boise)

THURSDAY

MUSIC

Portland Hip Hop Week
Founded by the late Idris “STARCHILE” O’Ferrell and David “O.G.ONE” Jackson, Portland Hip Hop Week celebrates its sixth year with album release shows, awards, rap battles, and more. 
Various locations 

VISUAL ART

WHIPLASH: Printmaking During a Pandemic
The only member-run non-profit print shop in Portland is celebrating their 17th anniversary and also taking stock of how the pandemic has impacted their work. They will be showing “new works from strange times” that have upended how we share art with each other. 
Flight 64 Printmaking Studio (Concordia)

FILM

Pix Pâtisserie’s Movies at Dusk!
The final night of Pix Pâtisserie’s summer movie series ends with 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The classic film will be screened in the outdoor courtyard with snacks, refreshments, and a chance to win trivia for prizes. 
Pix Pâtisserie (Kerns)

FRIDAY

MUSIC

LeRoy Bell
LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends had quite a run until they were interrupted by the pandemic. They’ve performed with everyone from Van Morrison to Al Green, and are now taking center stage, making for a show you won’t want to miss. 
Jack London Revue (Downtown)

The Jacob Jolliff Band
It may sound like his name says it all, but there is a lot more to The Jacob Jolliff band than meets the eye. Jolliff himself grew up just south of Portland before attending the Berklee College of Music. He then toured with the progressive bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band and now has his own group that brings a fresh, fast energy that just pops. 
Mississippi Studios (Boise)

SUNDAY

MUSIC

Mt. Joy
A lovely indie five-piece group, Mt. Joy halted their touring plans after the pandemic shut everything down though they are now back on the road after they recently released their second album Rearrange Us. Don't miss them perform their songs, new and old, live. 
Roseland Theater (Downtown)

Gogol Bordello
The veteran group Gogol Bordello defies easy categorization though they are always entertaining. They will be playing from their new album Seekers And Finders which Bandleader Eugene Hütz said he heard while touring between three continents. 
Crystal Ballroom (West End)

MULTI-DAY

FOOD & DRINK

Portland Beer Week
The annual celebration of all things beery and beautiful in the Pacific Northwest returns in grand style, stretching the definition of "week" to encompass 10 whole days, and sprawling all over the city like a freshly shaken can of lager popped with no regard, featuring a wide range of events at notable breweries, hotels, theaters, and restaurants.
Various locations (Monday-Sunday)

Feast Family Reunions
Nothing brings folks together like food, and no one knows that better than the folks at Feast Portland. This series of "family reunions" will feature imaginative themes and tasty creations from up to ten chefs and restaurants, ice-cold summer bevvies, music, and more in a condensed version of the multi-restaurant Feast events of years past.
The Redd on Salmon, Buckman (Saturday-Sunday)

MUSIC

Portland Hip Hop Week
Founded by the late Idris “STARCHILE” O’Ferrell and David “O.G.ONE” Jackson, Portland Hip Hop Week celebrates its sixth year with album release shows, awards, rap battles, and more.
Various locations (Monday-Saturday)

FESTIVALS

Oregon State Fair
The Oregon State Fair makes its return this year with the theme Fun Makes A Comeback! The week-and-a-half long event will feature the Columbia Bank Concert Series, carnival rides, fair fare such as foot-long corn dogs, funnel cake, and fried foods of all sorts, agricultural displays, horse shows and livestock displays, and a new wine tasting event called Celebrate Oregon Harvest.
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem (Friday-Sunday)

Oregon Sunflower Festival
Get lost in a sea of yellow at the largest sunflower festival in Oregon. Admire over 30 varieties of sunflowers, explore Lee Farms' 120+ acres, take a scenic hayride, get your pick of the crop from a u-pick field, navigate through a sunflower maze, and more.
Lee Farms, Tualatin (Friday-Sunday)

PERFORMANCE

Road House: The Play
One of Portland’s most iconic shows is back. Described as a “staged parody of the best movie ever filmed about a mysterious bar bouncer with a past, small town politics, big hair, and karate in the 1980s,” this show is promised to be a “throat punch right to your face.”
Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Friday-Saturday)

FILM

Agnès Varda Forever Festival
Few filmmakers have succeeded at blurring art and nonfiction quite as consistently as the late French director Agnès Varda, whose oeuvre Martin Scorcese has summarized as "big and small, playful and tough, generous and solitary, lyrical and unflinching." See a selection of her greatest work throughout the second half of the month, including Cléo from 5 to 7, Lions Love (...And Lies), One Sings, The Other Doesn't, Vagabond, and The Gleaners and I
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy (Tuesday & Saturday)

VISUAL ART

Jessie Weitzel Le Grand | Limbo Lounge
Sculptor Jessie Weitzel Le Grand's "Limbo Lounge" features peculiar creations by the citizens of Ny By, an imagined potential afterlife or alternate dimension. Le Grand’s fanciful sculptures employ bright colors and bold textures, sparking the imagination of all who lay eyes on them. 
Stephanie Chefas Projects, East Burnside (Thursday-Saturday; closing)