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The Best Things To Do in Portland This Week: July 12-18, 2021

Y La Bamba, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, and More
July 12, 2021
Portland folk-pop favorites Y La Bamba head up the Lot at Zidell Yards this Saturday. (Christal Angelique/Courtesy of the artist)

This week is brimming with opportunities to put your decision-making skills to the test. See our picks below, from Mississippi Studios' Welcome Back Open House to the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, and find even more options in our complete guide to July events


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WEDNESDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Bastille Day at Stem
Pretend you're in Provence as you taste red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines from throughout the French regions. 
(Stem Wine Bar, Mississippi)

THURSDAY

PERFORMANCE

Drag Dangerzone
Enter the danger zone with local drag star Valerie DeVille as she fires up the Local Lounge patio with special guests like Genie Rarity, Annathesia Rarity, Zepheur, Svetlana Transtastic, and Marla Darling.
(Local Lounge, Northeast)

FRIDAY

COMEDY

Comedy in the Park
Enjoy live comedy for free every other Friday, hosted by Portland jokesters Seth Allen and Tory Ward.
(Laurelhurst Park, Southeast)

PERFORMANCE

The Cabaret Society: A Rooftop Burlesque Revue
Your favorite Pacific Northwest burlesque, boylesque, and draglesque stars will stir up a night of "sauciness, sophistication, intelligence, and sexiness" to the rooftop.
(Botanist, Northwest)

SATURDAY

MUSIC

Live at the Lot: Y La Bamba
Led by singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza, the Portland-based “eclectic indie folk-pop” band makes bold political statements in their latest album Mujeres. As its title suggests, the album is a bilingual exploration of women’s experiences, and is dedicated to Mendoza’s mother. Y La Bamba will play two showtimes, and all tickets are sold as two-, four-, or six-person seating pods. 
(Zidell Yards, Southwest)

Madison Plaza Summer Series
This pop-up series presented by the Portland Art Museum, The Numberz FM, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation continues with a "comedy and soul showcase" hosted by Shrista Tyree.
(Madison Plaza, Downtown)

Mississippi Studios’ Welcome Back Open House
Mississippi Studios hosts this free open house to welcome back audiences, featuring the unveiling of "Song of Fortitude", a painting by Arnold Pander. With live music by May Arden, Wonderly, and the unofficial premiere of Pander Brothers’ animated short film “Balloon Bomb” and Casey Jarman’s “Please Please You.”
(Mississippi Studios, Mississippi)

SUNDAY

COMEDY

Outdoor Comedy Series: Lot Laughs
Bring your own chair to this Sunday comedy series on Helium's lot, where Gabriel Rutledge will round out your weekend with laughs.
(Helium Comedy Club, Southeast)

MULTI-DAY

FILM

Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series
The Northwest Film Center's genre-spanning Cinema Unbound program will carry double duty this year with an open-air rooftop series at Lloyd Center (July 1-Sept 30) and a drive-in series at OMSI (July 8-30). 
Lloyd Center and OMSI (Thursday-Sunday)

FOOD & DRINK

Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies
The coolest, most delicious event of the summer is finally here! The Merc and Jim Beam present Summer of Slushies, which brings boozy, frozen, custom-made treats to the frugal and thirsty denizens of Portland at just $5 a pop. Check out this convenient slushie map to see which bars have the goods.
Various locations (all week)

MUSIC

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, presented by Oregonians Credit Union and Jazz Society of Oregon, returns for its 41st annual event. The 2021 lineup includes over 15 jazz musicians such as Melao de Cuba, Soul Vaccination, and more who will entertain crowds sprawled out on the park’s lawn.
Cathedral Park, St. John's (Friday-Sunday)

SHOPPING

Floating World Comics 15th Anniversary Sale
Enjoy 15% off titles online and in-store as this mainstay comics shop celebrates its 15th year around the sun. 
Floating World Comics, Northwest (Thursday-Saturday)

Lavender U-Pick
Pick your own bundle(s) of fragrant lavender throughout the month of July.
Wayward Winds Lavender Farm, Newberg (all week)