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The Best Things To Do in Portland This Week: July 19-25, 2021

Michael Ian Black, Slabtown Makers Market, and More
July 16, 2021
Comedian Michael Ian Black (pictured here in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) will post up at Helium for a three-night gig this week. (Netflix)

Let us guide you through the week with our latest picks, from a Pink Martini concert and sing-along to a Produce Organic Records Showcase at Zidell Yards to the Slab Town Makers Market.


Jump to: Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Multi-Day


TUESDAY

MUSIC

Labyrinth + Kyle Craft
As if David Bowie's portrayal of the Goblin King couldn't get any better, this outdoor screening of Labyrinth will be bolstered by a set from Kyle Craft, a Portland-based singer-songwriter who purveys Southern-flavored glam rock that falls somewhere on the spectrum between Elton John and Ty Segall.
The Lot at Zidell Yards (South Waterfront)

THURSDAY

MUSIC

She Shreds Presents at Topaz Farm
She Shreds, a Portland-based nonprofit dedicated to serving women and non-binary guitarists and bassists, will put on a show at the lovely Sauvie Island farm. Get ready for lush tropical electrónica with Reyna Tropical, dreamy rock with Black Belt Eagle Scout, global dance music with DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid, and more from a surprise guest.
Topaz Farm (Sauvie Island) 

SPORTS & RECREATION

KGW Olympics Sunrise Show
The local news network KGW will broadcast its Olympics Sunrise show live from the Portland Japanese Garden (which is only natural, since this year's Games are being held in Japan).
Online

FRIDAY

GEEK

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!
Emerge from your stairwell to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday at McMenamins, which will transform into Hogwarts for wizards, witches, and muggles alike. Expect costume contests, games, trivia, and a replica of Diagon Alley, plus screenings of all eight movies in the theater.
McMenamins Kennedy School (Northeast)

SATURDAY

ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Rally for Medicare for All
Portland will join over 30 cities across the country in demanding Medicare for all.
Shemanski Park (Southwest)

MUSIC

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 music performance and fashion show with Serendipity and Numz Live.
Madison Plaza (Downtown)

Pink Martini Concert & Sing-Along
Genre-spanning Pink Martini returns to Portland’s living room for a lively concert and audience sing-along. Keep an ear out for the powerful pipes of co-lead singer Storm Large and frequent collaborator Jimmie Herrod who both made notable appearances on this season of America’s Got Talent.
Pioneer Courthouse Square (Downtown)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Rooftop Roller Disco
Bust some sweet moves at this groovy skate sesh hosted by the Rose City Rollers on Lloyd Center's rooftop. The event will benefit Pride Northwest and promises sunset views and a bar. Our only question is: where's the disco ball going to go if there's no ceiling?!
Lloyd Center (Lloyd)

SUNDAY

COMEDY

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

MUSIC

Produce Organic Records Showcase
The local indie hip-hop label Produce Organic Records will showcase some of its rising talent, including Lambo Lawson and Chief Curry.
The Lot at Zidell Yards (South Waterfront)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Mondo Croquet World Championships and Mad Hatter Picnic
Dainty croquet mallets and balls will be replaced by bowling balls and sledgehammers (you're encouraged to bring your own, but they'll have some extras on hand) at this 24th annual championship, which doubles as a Mad Hatter potluck picnic, because why not?
North Park Blocks (Downtown)

MULTI-DAY

COMEDY

Michael Ian Black
The comedian, known for The State, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Viva Variety, and more, will post up in Portland for three nights.
Helium Comedy Club, Southeast (Thursday-Saturday) 

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 & OMSI (all week)

FESTIVAL

JAW New Play Festival
What are the teens thinking about these days? Find out at JAW's New Play Festival showcasing high-school playwrights. 
Gerding Theater at The Armory, Pearl District (Friday-Sunday)

Portland Zine Symposium
If you've always wanted to go to the Portland Zine Symposium but can never find a ride, this year's event will put the best of Portland’s unique flavor of DIY creativity on display online. Registration is required, but most panels (and there's a lot of them) and programming are free of charge. 
Virtual (Saturday-Sunday)

MUSIC

Joseph
The Oregon-based sisters and bandmates have avoided the sophomore slump with their second album, Good Luck, Kids, a collection of songs highlighting the band's signature storytelling and emotional complexity. Catch them at The Lot two nights in a row.
The Lot at Zidell Yards, South Waterfront (Friday-Saturday)

SHOPPING

Slabtown Makers Market
Support over 60 regional makers of jewelry, housewares, body-care products, food sundries, and more. Each vendor will donate 5% of proceeds to a local nonprofit of their choice.
2516 NW 29th Ave, Northwest (Saturday-Sunday)