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Your Complete Guide to July 2022 Events in Portland

Pod Save America, The Big Float X, and More
July 1, 2022
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July routinely brings Portland some of the hottest weather in the year, but it's also bringing some scorching hot events, from Pod Save America to The Roots, from East Portland Summer Arts Festival to the Oregon Brewers Festival, and from The Big Float X to the World Athletics Championships.


Although Oregon’s statewide mask mandate has been lifted, venues may have their own health guidelines in place. We advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.


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COMEDY

Jimmy O. Yang Add to a List
Whether or not you're familiar with Jimmy O. Yang, you've probably seen him on screen already—the versatile stand-up comic, actor, and writer has appeared in Crazy Rich Asians, Silicon Valley, Love Hard, and Space Force opposite Steve Carell. Hot off a hit Amazon Prime comedy special, Yang is on tour to (hopefully) share more jokes about his dad.
Newmark Theater, South Park Blocks (Fri July 29)

Michelle Wolf Add to a List
Michelle Wolf's wisecracks about Sarah Huckabee Sanders were so effective that the White House Correspondents’ Association ended the decades-long tradition of having a comic at their annual dinner. Impressive stuff! She'll hit Portland on the heels of her latest Netflix comedy special, sharing more of the no-holds-barred comedy that The Daily Beast described as "the future of stand-up."
Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy (July 12-13)

Portland Sketch Comedy Festival Add to a List
This three-night festival of fresh sketch comedy gathers the best sketch troupes and performers from the West Coast and beyond. LA-based jokesters Sensitive Guys and Portland's own grifter character showcase Spam Risk! will start the fest off on a funny foot, and knee-slappers Sisters of Mercy, Big Ol' Mess, Lone Wolves, and others will keep the laughs coming. We're stoked for Brunch, a Vancouver comedy duo "raised on Mary Kate and Ashley movies and Celine Dion’s greatest hits."
Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (July 21-23)

Sal Vulcano Add to a List
Staten Island sweetie Sal Vulcano, founder of the No Presh podcast network and host of Hey Babe! and Taste Buds, will stop by Portland with more real-life stories and observational humor. Vulcano's stand-up shows are chill and low-stakes; the 20-year veteran comic tends to avoid controversy and political jokes, instead opting for gags about holding pants ransom. 
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Wed July 20)

Tim Heidecker Live! Add to a List
Tim Heidecker blends his distinctive brand of absurdist meta-humor with original music for this two-act performance. The legendary weirdo behind Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and On Cinema at the Cinema is nothing if not polarizing—Vice describes his work as "failure-centric"—but if you "get" his work, you're probably a huge fan. Heidecker will be joined by the Very Good Band for the second half of the show, sharing darkly witty songs from his entire musical catalog.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Fri July 15)

FESTIVALS

East Portland Summer Arts Festival Add to a List
A new addition to Portland Parks and Rec's (PP&R) Summer Free For All programming, the first-annual East Portland Summer Arts Festival is themed "music and expression." Get hands-on with daytime arts activities and free drop-in mini music lessons before evening performances. Saturday's headline performance of reggae fusion and live painting comes from Aaron Nigel Smith and 1 World Chorus + Sora Shoda while Sunday brings Portland daughter and multi Grammy Award-winning bassist and singer/songwriter Esperanza Spalding.
Ventura Park, Hazelwood (July 9-10)

JAW New Play Festival Add to a List
This experimental festival assembles artists, playwrights, directors, and actors to write and rehearse brand-new plays for one week, followed by "music stand readings" with audiences. Throughout the weekend, they'll share their fresh work for the first time—the expedited, think-on-your-feet process encourages the development of dynamic, energizing works. The festival offers more than just readings, too. Community labs, dance performances, live music, workshops, and more offer plenty of opportunities for attendees to engage directly with artists.
Portland Center Stage, Pearl District (July 22-24)

La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival Add to a List
Hillsboro's La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival invites attendees to engage directly with prominent and upcoming artists as they create daring, vibrant chalk drawings (each piece will be a whopping 10'x10' on average when completed). Don't run off once you've seen the main attraction—the free festival also boasts jazzy performances by local musicians, bites and beverage options, art vendors to browse, and kid's activities. 
Downtown Hillsboro (July 16-17)

Oregon Bigfoot Festival and Beyond Add to a List
The Oregon Bigfoot Festival and Beyond includes a Monsters & Mayhem celebrity guest show with host Mel Skahan of Expedition Bigfoot, talks from paranormal experts, live music, a beer garden and food carts, vendors, and more. Get as weird as you like comparing possible sightings and conspiracy theories with fellow cryptozoologists.
Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby (Sat July 30)

Portlandia Mermaid Parade and Festival 2022 Add to a List
If you're a fan of Portlandia, the larger-than-life river goddess sculpture that looms above downtown's Portland Building, you might dig this fin-flapping celebration of Portland's rivers and port history. The Portlandia Mermaid Parade and Festival is a body-positive, family-friendly event that gathers the fantastical creatives helping our city thrive. This year's Pride-centered theme is Rainbow Waters: A Shellabration of Queer Merfolk, so throw on your most colorful aquatic attire and prepare to get soggy (the day wraps up with a fountain-splashing mob dance event).
Poet's Beach, Downtown (Sat July 30)

Tiger Tiger: A Celebration of Our AAPI Community Add to a List
Turn up for your local AAPI community at this newly established family-friendly celebration, which includes performances by AAPI musicians like folk darling June Magnolia, dance-driven multi-instrumentalist SURRIJA, and jazzy, violin-looping rockers Joe Kye & the Givers. Poets Ami Patel and Kevin Aipopo will share their stories, and local chefs from Matta, Baon Kainan, and HeyDay will be on site with delectable cultural cuisine.
Fernhill Park, Concordia (Sun July 17)

iVIVA TUALATIN! A Celebration of Arts and Culture Add to a List
ÂĄViva Tualatin! honors the city's vibrant Latino, Pacific Islander, and Asian communities with crafts, performances, cultural vendors, and plenty of delicious food options to keep the hunger at bay. Don't miss beloved physical comedian Angel Ocasio as he clowns around on stage, followed by diverse dance performances by Ballet FolklĂłrico, Danza Azteca, Paradise of Samoa, and White Lotus Dragon and Lion Dance Organization.
Atfalati Park, Tualatin (Sat July 9)

FILM

Cinema Unbound: Outdoor Movies Add to a List
It wouldn't be summer without an outdoor film screening or two, but PAM CUT bumps up the sweet Portland tradition with funky giveaways, games, and treats. Throughout July, they'll screen a wide variety of movies (with everything from A League of Their Own to Magic Mike XXL, they've got options for all audiences to enjoy), then add in extras to amplify the experience. In the past, they've shared spooky stories before a screening of The Babadook and held a BYO stuffed animal sing-along for Sing 2, so expect interactive fun.
OMSI, Central Eastside (July 7-31)

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Add to a List
"Guess what I wear as a hat? A lentil." Remember Marcel, everyone's favorite demure lil' shell from way back in 2010? Well, he and his googly eye are back to remind us of simpler times in this feature-length film, starring character co-creator Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini. The film investigates Marcel's perplexing origins—alongside his pet lint, Alan, he's the survivor of a strange tragedy. But in a twist of fate, a viral video might lead the tiny guy to his long-lost family.  
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (July 7-14)

Outdoor Movies in Oregon State Parks Add to a List
If there's one thing Oregonians love more than watching movies, it's being in nature. Why not both? Hollywood Theater has teamed up with the Oregon State Parks Department to offer a series of screenings in scenic state parks throughout the summer, including July screenings of retro sci-fi comedies like Mars Attacks at Stub Stewart State Park and Back to the Future Part II at Milo McIver State Park. 
Various locations (July 9 & 23)

Portland Horror Film Festival 2022 Add to a List
Get your spook on at this horror festival of fresh shorts and feature-length films to die for. With in-person screenings and virtual options, it's kinda like Halloween in June—you'll find monsters, hauntings, creepy killers, and more, with offerings from BIPOC, women, and queer filmmakers.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (July 1-3)

FOOD & DRINK

Filipino Street Food Event Add to a List
Sample street foods like fresh juices, shaved ice, and grilled and skewered meats at this outdoor festival—no plane ticket to the Philippines necessary.
Fork And Spoon Food House, Parkrose Heights (July 15-16)

Oregon Brewers Festival 2022 Add to a List
The state's biggest beer festival offers a plethora of choices, with 40 beers and two ciders from Oregon producers. To stoke your FOMO, 80% of the featured beers are either exclusive to the festival or brand-new releases.  
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (July 28-30)

Portland Craft Beer Festival Add to a List
After a two-year hiatus, the Portland Craft Beer Festival is making a triumphant return in 2022, with plenty of craft beer from local brewers, plus cider, wine, spritzes, beer/cider slushies, table tennis, cornhole, hula hoops, giant Jenga and Connect Four, and more.
The Fields, Pearl District (July 1-3)

The Portland Mercury's Nacho Week 2022 Add to a List
Enjoy specially-crafted full-size $6 plates of nachos at restaurants and bars across the city for one week only. Let the cheesy, crunchy goodness commence!
Various locations (July 11-17)

TeaFest PDX Add to a List
Taste the finest leaf-infused waters at this festival devoted to all things tea, with vendors and classes.
Estate Gardens at Lewis & Clark College (Sat July 16)

Tiki Kon: Rim of Fire Add to a List
This festival pays homage to the Polynesian craze that swept America after World War II, with four days of music, dancing, food, cocktails, art, parties, vendors, symposiums, and classes, plus a fashion show and a luau-style banquet.
Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd District (July 1-3)

GEEK & GAMING

WasabiCon PDX Add to a List
If cosplay and anime make your ears perk up, don't miss this pop culture celebration of all things "geek." WasabiCon PDX, a two-day convention, offers all the fun stuff you expect from a typical 'con—expect celeb guests and star cosplayers, art exhibitors, gaming, and more. (Attendees can show off their cosplay chops, too, at the main stage competition and lip sync battle.) Bring the kiddos along for daytime events, or pop by in the evening for programming planned for adults.
Hilton Portland, Downtown (July 30-31)

Wizarding Weekend at Kennedy School Add to a List
Calling all wizards! Take a break from the muggle world at this magical weekend in celebration of Harry Potter's birthday. Organized by "wizard activists" PDXpelliarmus, this event helps raise funds for Basic Rights Oregon and collects books for local teachers and children. Whether you hail from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin house, attendees can take part in a horcrux hunt, Hogwarts student portraiture, costume contests, and trivia. Magical vendors will hawk their wares in Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley, and the butterbeer will be flowing to keep your thirst magically quenched.
McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia (July 29-31)

LIVE MUSIC

Blind Pilot Add to a List
The beloved Astoria-hailing indie-folk outfit Blind Pilot will play a variety of songs from their nearly fifteen-year career, which have earned them big-name gigs such as The Late Show with David Letterman, the Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, and more.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (Fri July 15)

Burning Spear Add to a List
As one of the longest-standing and most influential reggae artists around, Burning Spear (AKA Winston Rodney) began making music in 1969, blending the American soul sounds that he picked up on his radio with traditional roots music from his home of Saint Ann, Jamaica. Now, more than two dozen albums and half a decade later, he’s still touring the world with political anthems like "Marcus Garvey" and "Slavery Days." 
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Tues July 26)

CAAMP: Lavender Days Tour Add to a List
The Ohio-based duo headed up by childhood friends Evan Westfall and Taylor Meier will bring their banjo- and guitar-fueled indie-folk to town for an outdoor show supporting their new album, Lavender Days. Named after the scent that can, as Meier put it, "remind you of your grandmother’s perfume or maybe the air freshener in your mom’s car," the album explores the mundane joys of uneventful days that often go overlooked. 
Edgefield, Troutdale (Thurs July 14)

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Add to a List
Crowds will sprawl out on Cathedral Park's sloping lawn for the 42nd annual edition of this jazz festival presented by the Jazz Society of Oregon. Pack a picnic or enjoy food from onsite food carts as swingin' sounds waft through the summer breeze from the likes of Portland jazz greats Mel Brown Trio, Brown Calculus, The 1905 Orchestra, Bridge City Soul, Pura Vida Orquesta, and more.
Cathedral Park, St. Johns (July 15-17)

Cat Power: Covers Tour Add to a List
Beloved singer-songwriter Cat Power (AKA Chan Marshall) has the unique ability to completely transform an already existing song, breathing new life into old classics and contemporary hits, as evidenced in her wildly popular cover of Phil Phillips' "Sea of Love," which appeared on the soundtrack for the definitive indie film Juno. On her latest album, Covers (not to be confused with her 2000 album, The Covers Record), she continues this gift, morphing Frank Ocean's emotional ballad "Bad Religion" into an indie-rock jam and Kitty Well's seminal country classic "It Wasn't God Who Made Honkey Tonk Angels" into a snappy jazz club croon.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Fri July 22)

Chamber Music Northwest 2022 Summer Festival Add to a List
Chamber Music Northwest will flex a wide-ranging repertoire of concerts for a five-week festival with highlights including Opening Night Celebration, Colors of Debussy & Crumb, and Folk Ingenuity.
Reed College, Reed (July 1-31)

Chase Atlantic: Cold Nights Tour Add to a List
Australian alt-pop trio Chase Atlantic will get extra chill as they bring their Cold Nights tour to Portland, supporting their genre-fluid 2021 album, Beauty in Death, which blends trap beats with polished R&B melodies. Arrive in time to catch opening sets from pop vocalist Leah Kate and hip-hop artist Xavier Mayne.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Sat July 9)

Cheap Trick Add to a List
Classic rock relics Cheap Trick will host an evening of power chords and hard-edged throwbacks like "I Want You To Want Me" and "Dream Police" at the Clark County Fair.
Clark County Fairgrounds, Ridgefield (Wed July 6)

Circle Jerks Add to a List
Hardcore punk legends Circle Jerks, led by Black Flag co-founder Keith Morris and Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson, are stopping by as part of the 40th-anniversary celebration of their landmark album, Group Sex. (Both are phrases that should be Googled with caution.) With support from fellow heavies of the early ‘80s hardcore scene 7 Seconds and Negative Approach, this show will surely get your blood pumping. 
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Fri July 1)

Fleet Foxes Add to a List
The PNW indie-folk group led by Robin Pecknold will bring their breezy harmonies back through town in support of their Grammy-nominated album, Shore. The album follows their trajectory toward pastoral bliss complete with choir accompaniments, ethereal acoustics, and oceanic imagery.
Edgefield, Troutdale (Tues July 12)

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Add to a List
Musical innovator and rainbow-haired legend George Clinton will ignite the stage with his pioneering psychedelic-funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic. Prepare for the show by revisiting their seminal albums like Maggot Brain, One Nation Under Funk, and Mothership Connection. Contemporary soul supergroup The Motet, featuring members of Turkuaz, Fishbone, and Pimps of Joytime, will get the show started.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (Fri July 29)

Jason Mraz & Raining Jane Add to a List
Fedora-wearing acoustic-pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, who rose to prominence during the era of Starbucks mix-CDs, will bring his Lalalalivesongs tour out to Bend in support of his new compilation album of the same name. LA-based folk-rock ensemble Raining Jane will join as his backing band. 
Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Bend (Fri July 8)

Kamasi Washington Add to a List
Saxophonist/producer/bandleader Kamasi Washington is one of the most renowned contemporary jazz musicians working today. Known mostly for his sometimes-smooth and sometimes-erratic stylings on the tenor sax, Washington has ascended into the realm of world-class artistry; both his studio debut The Epic and its follow-up Heaven and Earth received universal acclaim, and he’s played on an array of important works, like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, You’re Dead by jazz fusion artist Flying Lotus, as well as Thundercat’s heartbreak-y space-funk single, “Them Changes.” JENNI MOORE
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Sat July 30)

Khruangbin Add to a List
Houston-based instrumental trio Khruangbin weaves together glossy indie rock, East Asian surf-rock, Persian funk, and Jamaican dub into a harmonious kaleidoscope of blissful psychedelia. Anticipate hearing tracks off of their critically acclaimed 2020 album, Mordechai, after an opening set from Quebecois indie rock band Men I Trust. Edgefield, Troutdale (Sat July 9)

Kraftwerk 3-D Add to a List
All the way back in 2015, Stranger music connoisseur Dave Segal wrote: "In sum, Kraftwerk have been electronic music's Beatles and Velvet Underground: They both popularized it and inspired thousands of people to create their own unconventional sounds with synths and computers." The iconic quartet will bring their multimedia 3-D concert through town, which began as a series at The Museum of Modern Art.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Fri July 8)

The Lumineers: BRIGHTSIDE World Tour Add to a List
Indie folk-rock crown-holders The Lumineers will return to Portland for an arena show in support of their new album, Brightside, which AllMusic called "fresher and more rough-hewn than anything [they've] previously released." The evening will get started with performances from singer-songwriters Gregory Alan Isakov and Daniel Rodriguez.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Thurs July 14)

Machine Gun Kelly: Mainstream Sellout Tour with Avril Lavigne and WILLOW Add to a List
Rapper, musician, actor, and overall sensation Machine Gun Kelly will play tracks from his second collaborative album with Travis Barker, Mainstream Sellout, which completes his metamorphosis from rapper to pop-punk star. The Hot Topic vibes will get started with the legendary early-aughts queen Avril Lavigne and singer-songwriter (and offspring of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith) WILLOW.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Thurs July 21)

Mandy Moore: In Real Life Tour Add to a List
Don't act like you didn't know Mandy Moore put out albums—did you not clock the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress's singing chops in The Princess Diaries? Mandy is en route to Portland in support of her latest output, In Real Life, but fingers crossed she’ll throw it back with her 1999 tween-pop hit "Candy."
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Mon July 18)

Old Crow Medicine Show Add to a List
The Grammy Award-winning Americana string ensemble Old Crow Medicine Show will bring their old-time folk tunes through town for an outdoor performance, just ahead of their upcoming album, Paint This Town. The hootenanny will get started with an energetic performance from punk-blues duo Hillstomp.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (Sun July 17)

Puscifer Add to a List
LA-based experimental rock project Puscifer, led by Maynard James Keenan (of Tool and A Perfect Circle), is an outlet for Keenan's "darker and more personal musings," which don't quite fit in with his other bands. Prepare yourself for what's described as a "theater-meets-concert" performance in support of the 2020 album, Existential Reckoning. 
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Sat July 9)

Rainbow Kitten Surprise Add to a List
Chart-topping North Carolina group Rainbow Kitten Surprise employ a Southern folk inflection in indie alternative rock more subtle than their name, with neat harmonies and expansive instrumentation standing out as key methods. The five-piece will treat you to an outdoor show with support from Indiana-based alt-blues band Houndmouth.
Edgefield, Troutdale (Wed July 20)

REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Loverboy: Live and UnZoomed Add to a List
This illustrious lineup will blast you back in time to the late '70s with performances from beloved rock bands REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Loverboy. The evening promises guitar solos galore, soaring arena-rock vocals, and plenty of nostalgia.
RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield (Wed July 13)

The Roots Add to a List
Listen up kids: The Roots’ importance goes wayyyy beyond their role as house band on The Tonight Show. To witness Questlove and Black Thought lead the nine-piece band live is more than just a “good” show—it’s an eclectic, jazz-infused experience that’ll cement Black Thought as one of the most skilled, entertaining, and versatile MCs of all time. If you need further proof of Black Thought’s dominance as a lyricist, head on over to his masterful 10-minute freestyle on Hot 97 with Funk Flex. JENNI MOORE
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (Sat July 30)

Scarface: Farewell Tour Add to a List
If there were a Mt. Rushmore for gangsta rap icons, one could definitely make a case for the inclusion of Scarface. His iconic voice and knack for consistently delivering soulful vitriol through a hardcore Houston, Texas, lens have made Scarface a virtual deity in the South, and his influence on hip-hop is celebrated just about everywhere else. Any lyricists who dabble in audacity, insanity, or reality owe him at least a nod of recognition—and only a precious few will be able to match his intelligent, street-level storytelling. Timeless classics like "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" from his Geto Boys days and solo anthems like "My Block" prove that his ghetto psychosis never strays from Southern-fried funk, making Scarface's hall-of-fame rĂ©sumĂ© all the more sonically potent. CHRIS SUTTON
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Fri July 15)

Ural Thomas & The Pain (Album Release Show) Add to a List
Local legend Ural Thomas and his nine-piece band The Pain will have you movin' and groovin' as they celebrate their latest album, Dancing Dimensions, which blends a range of genres from "sweet Chicago soul to airy West Coast psychedelia to Sly funk." Brazilian singer-songwriter Johnny Franco will open the night with a set of folk, spaghetti Western, and rock and roll tunes.
Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman (Fri July 8)

Wavves: 12th Anniversary of "King of the Beach" Add to a List
Former-stoner punk/Wavves frontman Nathan Williams will take a break from his current stint as a Los Angeles landlord to celebrate the twelve-year anniversary of the band's third album, King of the Beach, which is often cited as paving the way for the indie surf rock revival of the 2010s, along with artists like Best Coast, Ty Segall, and FIDLAR. Psych-pop project BOYO and shoegaze-influenced quintet Smut will come along for the ride.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Mon July 25)

Ween
Add to a List
Experimental rock band Ween, led by musicians Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo (also known by their stage names, Gene and Dean Ween), has gained a legendary cult status similar to that of the Grateful Dead, Phish, or Frank Zappa with their humorous genre-blending jams and always fresh live performances. Considering the band hasn't released a proper album since 2007's La Cucaracha, you can look forward to a mixed-bag setlist pulling from their classic albums, and maybe a few covers, too. 
Edgefield, Troutdale (Sat July 2)

Wild Hare Music Festival Add to a List
This country music fest will have you stompin' your boots between three stages with over twenty musicians, alongside delicious food trucks and a scenic campground. Look forward to performances from Oklahoma-born alt-country gem Zach Bryan, western songsmith Vincent Neil Emerson, rising country star Morgan Wade, and many more.
Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby (July 15-16)

Wolf Parade Add to a List
Wolf Parade, whom Mercury contributor Jenni Moore once called "the Montreal art-rock band that’s not Arcade Fire," will play their 2005 debut album, Apologies to the Queen Mary, in its entirety with former band member Hadji Bakara, marking his first shows with the band in 14 years.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Fri July 8)

READINGS & TALKS

Michael Pollan Add to a List
Michael Pollan has looked closely at the intersections of nature and culture for decades. His past books, including James Beard Award winner The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the critically acclaimed How to Change Your Mind, examine everything from daily food choices to psychedelic research. In This Is Your Mind on Plants, Pollan delves into the attractions and taboos surrounding three "plant drugs"—opium, caffeine, and mescaline—and considers their consciousness-shifting functions across cultures. (As it turns out, our relationships with these plants might be more foundational to our humanity than we realize.)
Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks (Wed July 27)

Tiana Clark, Vanessa Friedman and Shayla Lawson in Conversation With Katherine Morgan Add to a List
Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl is outdated by today's standards, but the book was a huge success upon its 1962 release, selling millions of copies and promoting the radical idea that life wasn't all about finding a husband. Editors Eliza Smith and Haley Swanson have compiled a timely anthology, Sex and the Single Woman, paying tribute to Brown's original work while compiling fresh insights on abortion, queer and trans womanhood, consent, race, disability, single parenthood, and more from today's feminist thinkers. Sex and the Single Woman contributors Tiana Clark, Vanessa Friedman, and Shayla Lawson will come together for this panel in conversation with Katherine Morgan, author of No Self-Respecting Woman.
Virtual via Powell's Books (Tues July 12)

Ursula K. Le Guin and Her Legacy: Panel Discussion Add to a List
Ursula K. Le Guin—science fiction master and hometown hero—thought deeply about oppression, weaving elements of pacifism and environmentalism into the vast speculative worlds of her books. Contemporary fiction writers Becky Chambers, Juhea Kim, and Michelle Ruiz Keil will dive into Le Guin's literacy legacy in this panel discussion moderated by Le Guin's son, Theo Downes-Le Guin.
Literary Arts, Southwest Portland (Fri July 15)

W. Kamau Bell & Kate Schatz in Conversation With Megan Rapinoe Add to a List
Olympic medalist, author, and activist Megan Rapinoe will join writers W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz for this conversation on Do the Work!, Bell and Schatz's new racial justice workbook. If social injustice leaves you with the frustrating question of what you can do about it all, this book is for you—it helps transform feelings of powerlessness into tangible actions rooted in knowledge of American history and social justice concepts. Plus, it's illustrated! Bell and Schatz have peppered the book with activities, quizzes, and a "Separate but Not Equal" crossword puzzle, so thinking critically might actually be fun.
Powell's City of Books, Pearl District (Tues July 26)

SPORTS & RECREATION

61st Annual Rose Cup Races Add to a List
It's off to the races at the 61st annual edition of this event. Keep your eyes peeled during six different high-speed races—Big Bore FOPIR Rose Cup feature race, vintage, spec racer Ford, small bore production, spec Miata, and open wheel/sports—and help salute this year's grand marshal, legendary local racer Bob Ames. 
Portland International Raceway, North Portland (July 9-10)

The Big Float X Add to a List
One of the funnest events of the summer is the Big Float, a yearly celebration of the Willamette River and the continuing efforts to keep it healthy! The premise is pretty simple: You bring your most flamboyant inflatable device and a life jacket, join the parade down the south waterfront, hop in the water, and have a leisurely float alongside thousands of other water-lovers while you listen to bands play, and just freaking RELAX. Then relax some more with the beach afterparty at Tom McCall Bowl with beer and food carts! That’s a lot of fun and good-time relaxing. This year is the last-ever Big Float, so don't miss out. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (Sun July 10)

Pedalpalooza 2022 Add to a List
This summer-long festival of bikey fun is an annual Portland highlight, and this year will mark its 20th anniversary! Riders of all ages are welcome to join hundreds of events independently organized by community members like you. From a David Bowie and Queen Add to a List -themed ride to the famous World Naked Bike Ride Add to a List , there's plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded bikers.
Various locations (July 1-Aug 31)

World Athletics Championships Oregon 22 Add to a List
The world's most elite track and field athletes will descend on Eugene's storied Hayward Field for this global experience, which is taking place in the United States for the very first time. Cheer on Team USA on the world stage as athletes test their strength and skill in events like the steeplechase, javelin, shot put, hurdles, and more.
Hayward Field, Eugene (July 15-24)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

BenDeLaCreme is... Ready to be Committed Add to a List
BenDeLaCreme brings her bubbly, effervescent style to the stage in this fresh cabaret show, a "heartfelt spectacular" that's a little cheeky, but as delightful as always. In BenDeLaCreme is...Ready to Be Committed, the blushing wannabe bride is all set to settle down, but first, she'll need a cake, a venue, a dress...and a spouse. Sounds complicated, Ben! She'll dodge weirdos on Grindr and meet Cupid himself in this performance, which blends burlesque, comedy, and original music.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Fri July 1)

Cirque du Soleil: AlegrĂ­a in a New Light Add to a List
A reimagining of one of Cirque du Soleil's most iconic productions, AlegrĂ­a plays with surreality, humor, and joy, cultivating an infectious magic that the French Canadian performance company has perfected for decades.
Portland Expo Center, North Portland (July 1-17)

Golden Girls Live Add to a List
Miami's silver foxes are hitting the road in this drag tribute to a legendary TV show. Return to Shady Pines to reprise the best of Golden Girls—complete with cheesecake, Jazzercise, shoulder pads, Blanche's sex life, and subtle shadiness. This uproarious performance stars leading San Francisco drag comics Heklina, Jef Valentine, D’Arcy Drollinger, and Holotta Tymes.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Thurs July 14)

Hadestown Add to a List
This Tony-winning musical by singer-songwriter AnaĂŻs Mitchell and acclaimed director Rachel Chavkin draws from the mythos of Orpheus, Eurydice, King Hades, and Persephone to construct a fresh love story. Set within an all-too-relatable apocalyptic landscape of climate anxiety and poverty, Eurydice toils in an oppressive industrial setting while Orpheus plans their escape.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (July 19-24)

The Music Man Add to a List
Gather 'round for barbershop harmonies and surprising romance! A cast of six women and non-binary performers and instrumentalists will bring this contemporary interpretation of the Tony-winning musical The Music Man to life.
CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland (July 1-3)

My Brother, My Brother and Me Add to a List
The irreverent McElroy brothers will bring their off-the-cuff cult fave podcast, My Brother, My Brother and Me, to the stage for a live taping of the "advice show for the modern era." (In our listening experience, the guys might start out offering advice, but each episode snowballs from there into laugh-'til-you-cry segments like "Haunted Doll Watch," "Munch Squad," and "Celebrity Wine: Why Not?")
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Thurs July 21)

Pod Save America: (A)live and On Tour Add to a List
Strap in for another round of no-BS political conversations—Pod Save America is vaxxed, boosted, and back in action. Hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor will visit Portland with special guests to discuss impending threats to our democracy (but don't worry, they'll also make you laugh). The progressive podcast is the definition of a hit—each episode averages 1.5 million listens, and GQ described it as one of the "most popular strategies for coping with the looming death of the republic." Fun!
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Sat July 23)

Rent Add to a List
Directed by Chip Miller, this rendition of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Broadway rock musical follows the story of young artists navigating the AIDS crisis with radical love in New York City.
Portland Center Stage, Pearl District (July 1-10)

War on the Catwalk Add to a List
Fifty queens from around the world will strut their stuff on the runway in this gag-worthy all-ages drag tour. You'll spot snackable Kornbread, Canadian provocateur Jimbo The Drag Clown, RuPaul's Drag Race UK season three winner Krystal Versace, and dozens more at WAR On The Catwalk, hosted by fishy faves Brooke Lynn Hytes and Miz Cracker.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Wed July 27)

VISUAL ART

Betsy Walton: Habitats Add to a List
Betsy Walton draws from the Pacific Northwest as an inspiration for her imaginative, detailed compositions. The artist's acrylic and gouache paintings are like mystical treasure hunts in which the viewer might find references to natural phenomena, weather, and motherhood. In Habitats, a solo exhibition, Walton's vivid forms are a little moody—they're tinged with purples and teals in a strange blend of symbolism and realism that feels like entering someone else's dream.
Stephanie Chefas Projects, Central Eastside (July 1-16)

Perspectives Add to a List
This justice-minded exhibition compiles works by local BIPOC photographers who documented the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. Perspectives includes over 60 images by Emery Barnes, Joseph Blake, Linneas Boland-Godbey, Daveed Jacobo, Mariah Harris, and Byron Merritt, encouraging visitors to relive this transformative moment in social justice history and consider Portland's role in the ongoing dismantling of white supremacy.  
Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks (July 16-Nov 13)

Ritsuko Ozeki: Awai Add to a List
Tokyo-based artist Ritsuko Ozeki's intriguing practice blends painting and printmaking, combining a spare aesthetic with subtle remnants of the hand. Although little has been revealed about the artist's upcoming solo exhibition, we know it's inspired by Japanese "boundary-blurring" architectural forms like verandas and shoji screens. How might these inspirations relate to Ozeki's interest in mutual relationships and liminal spaces?
Froelick Gallery, Pearl District (July 12-Aug 27)

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