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The Best Things To Do in Portland This Week: Sept 7-12, 2021

Rose City Comic Con, Belmont Street Fair, Big Freedia, and More
September 7, 2021
The place to go for all things comics, this year's Rose City Comic Con will also have several big names in attendance such as The Mandalorian’s Carl Weathers. (Rose City Comic Con)

Another day, another list of all the best things that are going down in Portland this week. Stroll through Rose City Comic Con or the Belmont Street Fair this weekend, or let bounce music icon Big Freedia help you shake off the Sunday scaries as she twerks all over the Wonder Ballroom stage. Check out these events and more as we count down some of the last official weeks of summer. 

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Dance Gavin Dance
With music that is described as an "ambitious blend of heady progressive rock and post-hardcore," Dance Gavin Dance has been touring for over a decade. Based out of Sacramento, the band will be playing from their most recent album Artificial Selection.
Crystal Ballroom (West End)



Tinder Live! With Lane Moore
An interactive comedy show where audiences swipe along with comedian Lane Moore on her projected Tinder screen, this show will give a glimpse into the best and worst dating profiles in Portland. If the audience votes yes on a profile, Moore will message with the profile in real time. It's a unique experiment that provides a hilarious look at the local dating scene.
Polaris Hall (North Portland)



Future Islands: Calling Out in Space Tour
Synth-pop band Future Islands is comprised of Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming), William Cashion (bass, acoustic and electric guitars), Samuel T. Herring (lyrics and vocals), and Michael Lowry (percussion) who will be playing from their new album As Long As You Are.
Roseland Theater (Old Town-Chinatown)



Brainwashed: A Cult Cabaret
A "performance satire from the far reaches of the galaxy" is a cabaret performance that takes audiences through some of history's most infamous cults.
The Fixin' To (St. Johns)


Rock band Osees is known for incorporating a variety of genres ranging from 1960s garage rock and psychedelic rock to punk rock and 1980s post-punk. In other words, come ready to rock.
Crystal Ballroom (West End)



2021 Belmont Street Fair
Held annually on the second Saturday of September, the Belmont Street Fair is one of the city's most well-attended street fairs. Stroll down the main stretch of Belmont, which will be closed off to cars for the event, while checking out wares from local vendors and eye-catching performances. The family-friendly outing will also include activities geared toward all ages.
Belmont District (Sunnyside)

Ridgefield Oktoberfest
A family-friendly event with German-style food, local beers, vendors, games, and live music. Oh, and you can even enter your dog in the wiener dog races.
Overlook Park (Downtown Ridgefield)
Pix Pâtisserie 20 Year Anniversary Party
Fête Portland's pastry institution as they ring in their 20th year of supplying us with fine desserts, chocolates, and more. Said desserts and tapas will be available for purchase so you have sustenance to fuel your moves for a dance off and a chance to win a $100 Pix gift certificate. In the spirit of getting out of the house and having a reason to dress up again, the person deemed best dressed will also win a gift certificate.
Pix Pâtisserie/Bar Vivant (Kerns)

TASTE for Equity
An event to champion Oregon's food and beverage scene as well as those working on advancing equity, the evening will feature local chefs and donate proceeds to nonprofits like KairosPDX, Latino Network, Native American Youth and Family Center, and Seeding Justice.
The Redd on Salmon (Buckman)


Portland Water Lantern Festival
One of the area's most serene events, this family-friendly outing allows attendees to "experience the magic of thousands of lanterns as the soft lights reflect upon the water."
Laurelhurst Park (Laurelhurst)



Big Freedia
The New Orleans-based Queen of Bounce Big Freedia returns to Portland for what's sure to be a ground-shaking good time.
Wonder Ballroom (Eliot)

John Legend: Bigger Love Tour
R&B crooner John Legend eschews the production trickery found in most Top 40 slow jams these days—the Auto-Tune, the deep-sea minimalism—in favor of a more nostalgic, reverent take on soul. KYLE FLECK
Les Schwab Amphitheater (Bend)


PDX Kids Film Festival: The Best of the Festival’s Short Films
The PDX Kids Film Festival presents a series of wonderfully crafted short films from all over the world. Curated by the PKFF team, the program includes films fit for young audiences spanning from animated to live action to documentary, with a total run time of 80 minutes for short attention spans.
The Lot at Zidell Yards (South Waterfront)

Tame Impala
Psychedelic rocker Kevin Parker is joined by his live band members to perform his sonically complex 2020 album The Slow Rush. Special guest Perfume Genius, who also released an album last year, will open. 
Moda Center (Lloyd District)



Rose City Comic Con
This locally produced con has a focus on comics, comic creators, and the creative process. That said, you’ll still have the opportunity to cosplay your favorite characters, and try to keep your cool while getting autographs and partaking in photo-ops with George Takei, cast members from The Boys, The Mandalorian’s Carl Weathers, and more.
Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District (Friday-Sunday)


Venice VR Expanded
Fine art meets tech in this immersive exhibition that manipulates space for a 360-degree storytelling experience like no other. The Portland Art Museum is once again the exclusive U.S. host for this competition within the Venice International Film Festival, which is organized by the Venice Biennale, so don’t miss this singular chance to explore new worlds through stunning visuals and soundscapes.
Portland Art Museum, Downtown (Tuesday-Sunday)


Blind Pilot
The Portland-formed indie folk band Blind Pilot, consisting of Israel Nebeker, Ryan Dobrowski, Kati Claborn, Dave Jorgensen, Ian Krist and Luke Ydstie, has released three albums over the last decade. They'll be performing with Maria Maita-Keppeler, front person for the indie rock band Maita.
Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island (Thursday-Friday)


Grand Prix of Portland
With the distinction of being the only Verizon IndyCar Series race in the Pacific Northwest, the Grand Prix will see drivers at the top of the open-wheel racing game navigate thrilling twists and turns.
Portland International Raceway (Friday-Sunday)

Topgolf Live
Fans of golf, soccer, or perhaps both will get the chance to take aim at targets along midfield at Providence Park during Topgolf’s Live Stadium Tour.
Providence Park, Goose Hollow (Thursday-Sunday)


Road House: The Play
A musical parody that is one of a kind, the beloved Portland theater show is returning with its take on the classic film about "a mysterious bar bouncer with a past, small town politics, big hair, and karate in the 1980s." Described as being "a throat punch right to your face," the show promises original songs from "some of the funniest people in Portland."
Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Friday-Saturday)


Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series
Enjoy the cinema experience in the comfort of the open air. The series brings Martha Coolidge's Valley Girl
on Thursday, '80s classic Dirty Dancing on Friday, and Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest on Saturday.
OMSI, Central Eastside (Thursday-Saturday)

The legendary director Werner Herzog's work is as varied as it is moving. This week, you can see two of his best: Heart of Glass on Wednesday and Little Dieter Needs to Fly on Sunday. 
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Wednesday & Sunday)

Mercury Movie Mashup
The Portland Mercury is bringing three of its world-famous film festivals into one big, sexy, stoney, scary, movie showcase. Get a taste of all three film festivals with select shorts from SPLIFF (a stoner film fest), SLAY (a horror film fest), and HUMP! (the little porn festival that started it all!) Get ready for all the blood, drugs and sex they could fit into one short film showcase.
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy (Friday-Saturday)