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The Best Virtual Events in Portland This June 2021

Fleet Week, a Zoom Pride Parade, and More
June 2, 2021
Hear ye, hear ye! The Portland Pride Parade will go virtual this year, but you should absolutely make like The Mercury's own Wm. Steven Humphrey (captured here at a pre-pandemic parade) and dress for the occasion at home. (Courtesy Portland Mercury)

EverOut readers know that virtual events are going strong even as vaccinated Oregonians are getting reacquainted with the bottom halves of each others' faces. If you're not quite ready to trade in your computer screen for face-to-face entertainment just yet, you don't have to—this month brings several noteworthy online events to the digital world, from a Juneteenth Oregon Celebration with Parisalexa to a Virtual Pride Parade to Fleet Week. Read on to plan ahead for those and more of our top picks, and check out our roundup of 11 in-person events this month for more options. 

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Cannon Beach Virtual Sandcastle Contest: Summer of Sandcastles
The 57th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest will take place remotely this year, giving you—a person with a yen for turning piles of sand into architectural masterpieces—the chance to shine while staying physically distant. To participate, register for a $25 sandcastle kit for pickup or delivery, build your castle, and take a high-res photo to submit to the judges.
(June 5-Sept 6)

Fleet Week
Fleet Week in Portland means eight massive ships from the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and the Royal Canadian Navy, along with some old historic ships, will be floating down the Willamette River. Normally, this would be the part where we tell you to head down there with a camera and marvel at the scores of sailors swarming downtown. But because of this pandemic, none of that will be happening in person. It will be happening online, though, streamed straight to your living room daily, with events including a cruise from Astoria to Portland, Stories from the USS Oregon submarine, Navy Band concerts, and more as part of the Portland Rose Festival
(June 2-6)

Good in the Hood Festival
Billing itself as a multicultural music festival, this two-day online affair is perfect for families still looking to stay entertained at home, promising a marketplace, a virtual parade (composed of video submissions of people dancing and singing), and more. 
(June 26-27)

2021 Virtual Portland Pride Parade
Queue up Zoom and Pride Northwest's YouTube channel for an eyeful of cheerful floats and ROYGBIV-hued expressions of LGBTQ+ joy at a pre-recorded Pride Parade (captured at a private venue). The broadcast will also include this year's pre-recorded Dykes on Bikes rally (filmed at the Portland International Raceway on June 4). Catch the whole shebang on Zoom and Pride Northwest's YouTube channel.
(Sun June 20)


Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson)
Set on the heels of a racially divided civil war in the fictional Bronx Bay, Fuse Theatre Ensemble's final show of the season—the winner of the 2021 Yale Drama Prize—reveals the hierarchies that exist even within organizations fighting for equality. "It's a utopia, but enforcing utopia proves to be tricky when it comes to defining who is Black and who isn't," writes the ensemble. Catch it on YouTube for one night only! 
(Sat June 26)

Booklover's Burlesque: To Tease or Not to Tease
The players of "the world's sexiest literary salon" will flex their dual passion for Shakespearean sonnets and saucy spectacles. 
(Sat June 26)

Coming Out Together
Portland drag star Poison Waters and other local luminaries will gather for a virtual Pride celebration hosted by the Cascade AIDS Project.
(Thurs June 17)

Commemorating Carlos: An Oregon Symphony Retrospective
As Carlos Kalmar celebrates his 18th and final season as music director of the Oregon Symphony, All Classical Portland presents a new eight-part series celebrating some of the most memorable performances under his baton.
(Sat June 5)

Dolly Parton Hoot Night
Former Mercury staffer Ciara Dolan aptly wrote, "Dolly Parton is the reigning queen of Earth, and as her minions, it’s our duty—nay, our privilege—to celebrate her existence regularly." You can do just that by streaming this annual tribute concert at Alberta Rose Theatre. 
(Sat June 5)

Hot ‘n’ Throbbing
A single suburban mom writes feminist erotica to help pay the bills in Paula Vogel's latest production for Profile Theater. 
(Through June 20)

Juneteenth Oregon Celebration
Catch performances from Parisalexa, Sarah Clarke, Amenta Abioto, and others as Juneteenth Oregon celebrates the 1865 date when Major General Gordon Granger declared slavery illegal.
(Sun June 19)

Magellanica Audio Drama
Portland's Artist Repertory Theatre's five-part audio drama is adapted from Mellon Playwright-in-Residence and Steinberg Award-winning playwright E.M. Lewis' epic play Magellanica, which Artist Rep premiered in 2018. It's set in 1986, when scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out, among other things, if there really is a hole in the sky.
(Through June 30)

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival: Regarding Henrys
Unlike the purism and primness of your standard modern-day Shakespeare production, Original Practice Shakespeare harks back to the style of performance popular during the bard's heyday, according to Oregon Artswatch, with limited rehearsal, onstage prompts, and a rowdy audience to boot. This three-day online installment, livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube, will take some weight off the hefty Henry trilogy. 
(June 4-6)

ShowGirl Temple Burlesque Spring Showcase
Prepare to be tantalized and star-struck as West Coast burlesque acts like High Priestess of Tease Eva D'Luscious (Portland), Velvet Thorn (Santa Rosa), and Moxie Blue (Seattle) take the virtual stage.
(Sat June 5)

The Vertical City
This audio drama, written specifically for seven students by acclaimed playwright Diana Burbano and directed by ART Executive Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez, is a character study set in a future Portland built to survive the perils of climate change.
(Through June 30)


Consider This: Why Does Housing Cost So Much?
Affordable housing movers and shakers Kim McCarty (Community Alliance of Tenants), Lorelei Juntunen (ECONorthwest), and developer Eli Spevak will speak to the high cost of living and offer solutions for a less exorbitantly expensive future. 
(Thurs June 3)

Hood Feminism with Mikki Kendall
Bestselling author Mikki Kendall continues her mission to subvert exclusionary mainstream white feminism with her new book, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot. She'll join Literary Arts for a reading and discussion alongside Shadiin Garcia, board chair of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon. 
(Wed June 9)

Jonathan Evison in Conversation With Thomas Kohnstamm
The respected local author of This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! and Lawn Boy will read from his new novel, Legends of the North Cascades, about an Iraq War veteran coping with the onset of PTSD. Evison will be joined by Lake City author Thomas Kohnstamm.
(Thurs June 10)

Hear fresh work at this monthly open-mic and poetry slam hosted by Julia Gaskill.
(Thurs June 17)


Movie Madness University: Online–the Hitch-Hiker
Written and directed by Hollywood critic Ida Lupino, The Hitch-Hiker follows two men on a fishing trip who are abducted by a murderous hitchhiker. (Think Polanski's Knife in the Water, but kinda in reverse.) Forced to help their captor evade the law, the men embark on a harrowing road trip across California and Mexico. In this Movie Madness class, Hollywood Theatre programmer Ted Hurliman will lead a discussion of Lupino's career and her subversion of noir. 
(Thurs June 17)


The Arts & Culture Leadership Incubator Digital Showcase
Visual art and ecology collide in this digital exhibition featuring environmentally focused work by Lyndsey Blythe, Jamie Cormier, Kameron Messmer, Alicia Moya-Méndez, Lynnette Oostmeyer, Joseph Nguyen, Justin Rueff, Shelby Silver, and Debra Tappendorf.
(Through June 4)

Unmuted: PCC Art Student Exhibition
Portland Community College's Helzer, North View, Paragon, and Southeast art galleries, each located one of their four campus locations, play host to a virtual juried exhibition of works by PCC students.
(Through June 4)