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Your Complete Guide to June 2022 Events in Portland

HAIM, Portland Rose Festival, PDX Underground Pride, and More
June 1, 2022
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By any measure, June is one of the most splendid months of the year in Portland; boasting fine weather, the city's flagship Portland Rose Festival, and the peak bloom of our beloved roses. As is our custom every month, we've compiled all of the notable events you should have on your calendar, including Father's Day, Juneteenth, and Pride events. Read on for details on happenings from HAIM to PDX Underground Pride and from Cirque du Soleil to the NASCAR Xfinity Series.


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

Bill Burr (Slight Return) Add to a List
Grammy-nominated comic Bill Burr pops up everywhere—you might've caught him in the Judd Apatow film The King of Staten Island, or on The Mandalorian, Reservation Dogs, Breaking Bad, or F Is For Family. The multi-talented dude will swing by Portland for punchy, contrarian lampooning and brutal honesty.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Thurs June 23)

Hannah Gadsby: Body of Work Add to a List
Hannah Gadsby really shook things up with her 2018 Netflix special Nanette, which landed the furious, courageous comic an Emmy, a Peabody, and a newfound audience who resonated with her brutally honest stand-up style. This brand-new performance stems from Gadsby's time to "ponder" during the pandemic. What might she have come up with this time?
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (June 7-8)

Neil Hamburger with J.P. Incorporated Add to a List
Weirdo meta-comic Neil Hamburger has performed in a Hollywood cemetery and an abandoned monkey cage at a dilapidated Catskills zoo—such is Gregg Turkington's commitment to his strange, tuxedoed alter-ego character with a greasy comb-over. Called "a rude commentary on stand-up comedy altogether” by The New York Times, Hamburger's act doesn't aim to please, but leaves audiences with a little taste of anti-comedy genius. If you're into Tim Heidecker, you'll probably dig this.
Mississippi Studios, Boise (Thurs June 16)

FESTIVALS

Freadom Festival Add to a List
Presented by the Prose Before Bros book club, the first annual Freadom Festival celebrates Juneteenth with a focus on Black literacy, liberation, and community. The first-of-its-kind festival spotlights literacy's role in the liberation of Black people from slavery in the United States, and aims to uplift BIPOC-centered stories. Lit lovers will find a community book swap, talks with local Black writers, book vendors, and a zine-making station, plus good eats from Erica's Soul Food, Drink Mamey, Ghetto Nostalgia, and more. (Bring a tote bag for your book haul.)
Peninsula Park, Piedmont (Sat June 18)

Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival Add to a List
The 29th edition of this multicultural festival boasts performances by soulful serenaders Glen Jones and Andy Stokes, plus plenty of mouthwatering meal options and booths sharing local resources.
King School Park, King (June 24-26)

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Add to a List
For nearly 60 years, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts has supported the diverse arts of the region. They're returning after a COVID-19 hiatus with better-than-ever programming, including mixed media exhibits at Lakewood Center for the Arts, a groovy performance by Norman "Boogie Cat" Sylvester at George Rogers Park, art demonstrations, a night market, and more.
George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego (June 25-26)

Latino Cultural Festival Add to a List
Over 10,000 attendees are expected at this cultural festival celebrating Latino heritage. The festivities will kick off with a parade led by Hillsboro elementary students, dancers, and musicians, and performances throughout the day will spotlight talented youth. Cheer on the 200-player futsal tournament and chow down on delicious Latino cuisine.
Ron Tonkin Field, Hillsboro (Sun June 5)

Oregon Midsummer Festival Add to a List
This Midsummer celebration is a little less "Ari Aster folk horror," and more "Nordic summer delicacies and yard games." But yes, you can still wear a flower crown. Warm up to the summer sun with maypole decorating, Scandinavian traditional dancing, Nordic vintage vendors, and Viking history. You'll find cinnamon sugar lefse, Danish æbelskiver, pølser, and other delicious unpronounceables available for snacking, too, plus a beer and wine garden. Skål!
Oaks Park, Sellwood (Sat June 11)

Oregon Renaissance Faire Add to a List
Whether you're there for the Middle Ages vibes or the unbeatable people-watching, the Ren Faire never disappoints. Harkening back to when musicians, jugglers, and jousters all reveled together, this fantasy-loving festival will take place for two consecutive weekends in June, with a cosplay party on the first weekend and a "mystical wanderlust" theme for the second round (expect folks dressed like unicorns and trolls). Gallant knights will joust several times a day, and village merchants will sell trinkets and treats from a long-gone era.
Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby (June 4-12)

The Risk/Reward Festival Add to a List
The Risk/Reward Festival encourages performing artists to experiment, push boundaries, and go a little wild. The festival showcases seven new works by regional performers blending theater, music, dance, and art—this year, attendees will hear a ritual electronic music performance by Atole, engage with an interactive installation by James Mapes of Fly Paper Games, and more.  
Ellyn Bye Studio at the Armory, Pearl District (June 24-26)

Summer Solstice Festival Add to a List
Call in the new season at this too-cool festival of drag performances, face and body painting, artist talks, raffles, and dance. Expect buzzy musical performances by The Showgoers, Edd Party, and others, plus old-school ice cream pops by Heightscream and a professional photo booth. Visitors can also snag first-come, first-serve tickets for the pre-event drag brunch or tattoo popup, but they'll sell out quickly!
Parallax Art Center, Pearl District (Sat June 18)

FILM

Filmed By Bike Festival Add to a List
Hop on two wheels for this festival of bike-friendly films celebrating Portland's robust cycling culture. Filmed by Bike celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with six film programs, in-person and virtual viewing options, parties, raffles, and a special bike ride.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (June 9-12)

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. This month, they'll kick off the series with a screening of Jurassic Park at Rooster Rock State Park—don't worry about the leaves rustling behind you, that's just a velociraptor. 
Rooster Rock State Park, Corbett (June 25-Aug 6)

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 (June 29-July 3)

The Room with Tommy Wiseau Live Add to a List
"Oh hi, Mark!” Go see the best worst film ever made in the presence of the auteur himself, Tommy Wiseau. Following the screening, the international man of mystery will host a Q&A, discuss his latest project, and take photos with fans "in a special device for safe mingling."
Cinema 21, Nob Hill (June 24-25)

FOOD & DRINK

The Bloody Mary Festival Add to a List
Get your fill of everyone's favorite savory tomato juice cocktail at this brunch extravaganza featuring unlimited bloody Marys from local bars and restaurants, plus food and beverage samples, temporary tattoos, photo opportunities, and more. You'll get to cast your vote for your favorite bloody Mary for the People's Choice Award.
The Redd on Salmon, Buckman (Sat June 11)

A Bubbly Spectacular: Summer Edition! Add to a List
Pour all the fizzy, bubbly wine you like down your gullet at this soiree dedicated to all things effervescent. The event will feature over 60 wines, including champagnes, proseccos, crémants, sekts, cap classiques, and more, from 15 different countries, plus an oyster raw bar, music from DJ Action Slacks, and a $50 Pix-O-Matic gift card for the best-dressed guest. You can also pick up a new party trick with a champagne sabering lesson and enter a raffle to win an official champagne saber of your own.
Pix Pâtisserie/Bar Vivant, Kerns (Sun June 12)

Cask Fest at Away Days Brewing Add to a List
Cask-conditioned beer, a time-honored tradition in English brewing, is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer racked into casks to fully mature, resulting in a mellow brew with less carbonation than your usual draft beer. If you'd like to try it for yourself, this festival will offer versions from Away Days, Level, Gigantic, Machine House, Upright, Steeplejack, and Porter. Classic British grub from Away Days' sister company The Toffee Club will also be available for sale.
Away Days Brewing Co., Hosford-Abernethy (Sat June 11)

Cider Summit Portland Add to a List
Portland's annual cider extravaganza will make a triumphant return after its two-year hiatus with over 150 selections from more than 40 cider producers, including mead, cider cocktails, apple-based spirits, and more. The event will also feature live blues music, food pairings, and a dog lounge for your furry companion.
The Fields, Pearl District (June 10-11)

Crush On Oregon Add to a List
Get infatuated with over 80 wines from 30 different Oregon wineries. Plus, snacks on bites from local vendors like Olympia Provisions and Portland Creamery.
Castaway, Slabtown (Sun June 5)

Portland Beer Week Add to a List
The annual celebration of all things beery and beautiful in the Pacific Northwest returns in grand style, stretching the definition of "week" to encompass 10 whole days, and sprawling all over the city like a freshly shaken can of lager popped with no regard, featuring a wide range of events at notable breweries and venues.
Various locations (June 17-26)

Portland Margarita Week 2022 Add to a List
Gulp down salty, limey elixirs from nearly two dozen locally owned bars and restaurants. Two dollars from each margarita sold will be donated to the nonprofit organization El Patojismo, and sponsors will match each donation. 
Various locations (June 6-12)

JUNETEENTH

History of Black Drag in Portland: An Evening of Conversation & Performance Add to a List
This evening of conversation and performance celebrates Juneteenth, Pride, and the history of Black drag in Portland with a discussion panel featuring drag greats Lawanda Jackson, Cicely, Maria Peters Lake, and Sheniqua Volt, plus dazzling drag performances by Coco Jem Holiday and Nay-Nay Leakes Cartier. DJ No.Bi.Es will set the mood.
McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia (Thurs June 16)

Juneteenth Oregon 50th Annual Celebration Add to a List
Juneteenth Oregon's annual event celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Join grand marshal Chief Sara Boone as she leads a parade down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Sat June 18). Following the parade, a joyous festival with live music, food, and vendors awaits with featured performers including Jay Electronica, Tahrirah Memory, BridgeCity Soul, Mic Capes, and more.
Lillis-Albina Park, North Portland (June 18-19)

LIVE MUSIC

Aldous Harding Add to a List
Back in 2019, Mercury contributor Chris Stamm wrote: "Aldous Harding’s odd brand of uneasy listening is unpindownable. Simultaneously familiar and alien, like a childhood home remembered in a dream, the New Zealand folk singer-songwriter seems to be sending dispatches from a sideways world, one where Nick Drake’s lilt and Marlene Dietrich’s growl live in glorious accord." She will support her latest album, Warm Chris, after an opening set from Welsh songsmith H. Hawkline.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Mon June 27)

Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine Add to a List
Indie-folk top-dog Andrew Bird has had a busy couple of years with an acting role on FX’s Fargo and the release of multiple acclaimedworks including the Grammy-nominated politically-charged 2019 album, My Finest Work Yet. He will support his upcoming release, Inside Problems, for a double-headed show with fellow acoustic giant Iron & Wine. Expect to hear some tunes from his last solo full-length, Beast Epic, as well as other finger-picked tear-jerkers you may remember from the various Twilight movies. 
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (Sat June 18)

Ani DiFranco Add to a List
New York-hailing singer-songwriter and folk-rock icon Ani DiFranco will retune to town to play songs from her 20th studio album, Revolutionary Love. The album addresses both the personal and the political, learning to process her anger and frustrations through love and compassion. Fort Worth-based folk-soul artist Abraham Alexander will start the evening.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Thurs June 30)

Belle & Sebastian Add to a List
With Gen-Z reviving the twee movement, it’s honestly shocking that Glasgow indie-poppers Belle & Sebastian haven’t blown up on TikTok yet with their endless catalog of tunes about riding the bus, getting lost in a book, and falling in love. The seven-piece will support their new album, A Bit of Previous, which tackles the experiences and turbulence that comes with getting older with their signature wit and tenderness.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Wed June 1)

Ben Folds with the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Gen X hero and alt-rock prophet Ben Folds will join the Oregon Symphony for orchestral renditions of songs from his three-decade-long career.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Wed June 15)

Beloved Presents: Beloved Emergence Add to a List
Beloved Emergence is back for the first time in two years with a multi-stage mini-festival that promises “danceable diversity and immersive experiences.” Look forward to sets from innovative R&B vocalist/violinist Sudan Archives, experimental soul/jazz/hip-hop project Witch Prophet, and “swamptronica” trio Dirtwire.
The North Warehouse, North Portland (Sat June 4)

Bleachers Add to a List
Shaping the sound of 2010s pop, Jack Antonoff has written and produced music for Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Clairo, and more. His solo project Bleachers started as a creative outlet while on the road as part of pop trio fun. With the album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, he mixes equal parts ‘80s synth-pop, Springsteen-esque arena rock, and rockabilly sounds, for a delightful brew that Rolling Stone called his "most cohesive album yet.”
McMenamins Grand Lodge, Forest Grove (Sun June 26)

Bright Eyes Add to a List
The long-time indie-rock outfit led by prolific singer-songwriter Conor Oberst will play songs off of their 2020 album, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, which collages electronic, orchestral, and acoustic instruments with passionate lyricism that Pitchfork described as “as personal as they are apocalyptic.” A recent show in Houston ended with fans taking over the microphone after Oberst walked off stage, so expect the unexpected.
Edgefield, Troutdale (Sat June 18)

Calexico Add to a List
Arizona-based Americana indie rockers Calexico will stop by on tour supporting their politically charged new album, El Mirador, which takes inspiration from traditional mariachi, cumbia, and conjunto sounds. 
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Fri June 3)

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.
Various locations and Virtual (June 25-July 31)

Fantastic Negrito Add to a List
Back in 2016 Stranger writer Andrew Hamlin wrote: "Fantastic Negrito is a man who waded through a failed record deal and then climbed out of a hospital bed after a near-fatal car crash, saying “fuck you” to the permanent physical damage and going to work growing weed. Then he started playing music again. He’s just a little bit angry. Who wouldn’t be?" Catch up with the R&B/blues star as he supports his brand new album, White Jesus Black Problems, inspired by his family's history of resilience and defiance in 1750s colonial Virginia.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Tues June 14)

HAIM: One More HAIM Tour Add to a List
Between their massively popular and critically acclaimed third album, Women in Music Pt. III, roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming of age film, Licorice Pizza, and social media expertise, sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim seem to be taking over the world. The band will finally embark on their One More HAIM tour supporting the album with an opening set from eclectic singer-songwriter Sasami, formerly of indie rock group Cherry Glazerr.
Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District (Sat June 11)

Halsey: Love and Power Tour Add to a List
Pop superstar Halsey will stop by in support of If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, her concept album about “the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth” with notable production from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails. Indie pop group The Marias and TikTok star Abby Roberts will open things up. 
RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield (Sat June 18)

Indigo Girls & Neko Case Add to a List
Prepare yourself for an evening of soaring vocals, heartworn lyricism, and all-around folk perfection as longtime duo Indigo Girls and beloved singer-songwriter Neko Case headline this outdoor show. Anticipate hearing songs from the Indigo Girl’s 2020 album, Look Long, and archival material from Neko Case, who will be supporting her career-spanning collection, Wild Creatures.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (Fri June 17)

Jack White: The Supply Chain Issues Tour Add to a List
Garage-rock revivalist, real-life vampire, Third Man Records founder, and half of The White Stripes Jack White, will light up Portland with the Supply Chain Issues tour in support of his new album Fear of the Dawn, which dabbles in blues-rock, circus music, and prog sounds.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Mon June 6)

New Kids On The Block: Mixtape Tour 2022 Add to a List
‘80s heartthrobs New Kids On The Block will bring your cassette tape collection to life as they join forces with pioneering hip-hop duo Salt-N-Pepa, “Never Gonna Give You Up” crooner Rick Astley (no, I’m not Rickrolling you!), and R&B trio En Vogue for a night of nostalgic bangers.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Sun June 5)

Norah Jones Add to a List
On her new album, Pick Me Up Off The Floor, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones brings her husky-toned lounge vocals to a myriad of genres including jazz and pop, with an added zest of Americana thanks to production from Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. 
Edgefield, Troutdale (Mon June 20)

Orville Peck: Bronco Tour Add to a List
After taking the world by storm with his Sub Pop-released debut album, Pony, the mysteriously masked cowboy known as Orville Peck found himself collaborating with country-pop queen Shania Twain, modeling for fashion labels such as Dior and Ivy Park, and rubbing elbows with mainstream names on the Grammy red carpet. Now, supporting his highly anticipated second album, Bronco, Peck will lasso his way right into your heart with his deep baritone vocals and cinematic queer-anthems.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (June 10-11)

Primus: A Tribute To Kings Add to a List
Legendary oddballs Primus have been at it for roughly a quarter of a century, cranking out unclassifiable rock in the world of carnival punk, funk metal, and prog-rock. On this tour, they will put on their classic rock hats and homage to legendary trio Rush with a performance of their 1977 album A Farewell To Kings in its entirety. Once that's over, they'll treat you with some of their original material. 
Edgefield, Troutdale (Tues June 14)

Rex Orange County Add to a List
English bedroom-pop prince Rex Orange County initially caught the attention of Tyler, the Creator with the textural lo-fi sound on his self-released album, Bcos U Will Never B Free, leading to a string of collaborations, including a couple on Tyler’s 2017 album, Flower Boy. He will support his freshly squeezed album, Who Cares?, a breezy and sentimental array of infectious pop songs.
Edgefield, Troutdale (Tues June 7)

Santana + Earth, Wind & Fire: Miraculous Supernatural Tour Add to a List
Guitarist Carlos Santana is unfortunately remembered by many for his slightly embarrassing 1999 hit "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas, but he's so much more than that! Go ahead and listen to Illuminations, his 1974 free-jazz masterpiece with Alice Coltrane, and you'll see what I mean. The bonafide guitar god will be joined on tour by jazz-soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire, who have been described by Rolling Stone as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing."
RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield (Fri June 24)

Sarah McLachlan with Indigo Girls Add to a List
For those born in the 1990s, singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan's featherlight piano ballads may bring to mind heartbreaking images of sheltered animals gazing longingly into the camera. However, fans of Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, or Sinead O’Connor should consider revisiting  McLachlan’s largely forgotten 1988 debut, Touch, a touchstone of ethereal chamber-infused synth-pop. The night will begin with none other than the iconic folk-rock duo Indigo Girls supporting their 2020 album, Long Look.
Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Bend (Fri June 10)

Shawn Mendes: Wonder, The World Tour Add to a List
Canadian heartthrob Shawn Mendes will come through town on his Wonder tour supporting his 2020 album of the same name. The album oozes with honeymoon-phase love songs, sensual R&B melodies, and nice-guy lyrics like “you’re my sunlight on a rainy day.” Likeminded singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy will get the crystalline pop tunes flowing.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Mon June 27)

She & Him Add to a List
Twee is cool again, didn’t you hear? The partnership between singer-songwriter/actress Zooey Deschanel and country-folk soothsayer M. Ward is coming just in time with their candy-sweet retro sound that defined 2010s indie pop.
McMenamins Grand Lodge, Forest Grove (Thurs June 16)

Slipknot: Knotfest Roadshow Add to a List
Y2K nu-metal dark lords Slipknot are bringing their renowned Knotfest Roadshow to town with West Coast hip-hop legends Cypress Hill and rap-punk duo Ho99o9.
RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield (Tues June 14)

Stevie Nicks Add to a List
Former Fleetwood Mac frontwoman and beloved good witch Stevie Nicks will return to the Portland area for the first time in five years. If you watched her 2020 concert film, Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert, then you know what to expect: her classic hits, a sprinkling of deep cuts, and her signature whimsical garb.
RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield (Fri June 10)

Syd Add to a List
Singer-songwriter/producer Syd is known for her seemingly effortless R&B vocals both as a solo artist and head of the neo-soul group The Internet, as well as initial success in Odd Future, a music collective featuring fellow hip-hop/soul innovators Tyler, the Creator, Frank Ocean, and Earl Sweatshirt. Syd will perform just after the release of her sophomore album, Broken Hearts Club, after fellow R&B singer and YouTube star Destin Conrad.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Wed June 15)

Tenacious D Add to a List
Jack Black and Kyle Gass’ Tenacious D is back on tour, firing up crowds around the globe with their signature fusion of classic rock and comedy that they've coined “mock rock.” Musical Pagliacci clown Puddles Pity Party will get the laughs flowing. 
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (Sun June 19)

Tori Amos: Ocean to Ocean Tour Add to a List
Your favorite mezzo-soprano Tori Amos, known for her poignant feminist lyrics and unique playing style on the piano, will stop by to play some songs from her latest album, Ocean to Ocean, which tackles grief, nihilism, and hope. 
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Tues June 7)

Violent Femmes Add to a List
Few rock bands have emerged on the scene with more raw vitality than did Milwaukee's Violent Femmes with their self-titled 1983 album. The platinum-selling Violent Femmes abounds with instantly catchy, immediately engrossing songs about young-person angst, all stripped down to their most crucial essentials. Frontman Gordon Gano channeled Lou Reed and Jonathan Richman vocal tics and lyrical tropes with very relatable results. Tough act to follow, but 1984's Christianity-haunted Hallowed Ground proved the Femmes could go darker yet. I stopped following them after 1986's The Blind Leading the Naked, but one listen to 2019's Hotel Last Resort reveals that Gano and bassist Brian Ritchie's flair for spare, infectious folk-rock hasn't diminished much over the last 37 years. DAVE SEGAL
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Wed June 1)

"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour Add to a List
Weird Al will hit the stage again with this long-anticipated tour, pulling from his 14-album catalog to perform a different set each night. Rather than singing his top hits, he'll focus on deeper cuts for a more intimate, fan-focused performance without theatrics, props, or costumes. He'll be joined by legendary comedian and paraprosdokian lover Emo Philips. (Your dad will dig this one—hint, hint.)
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Sun June 26)

Yann Tiersen - Live A/N Tour 2022 Add to a List
Despite acclaimed French musician Yann Tiersen’s iconic film scores including Amélie and Good Bye Lenin!, he does not consider himself a composer, explaining to The Gauntlet back in 2016 "I'm not a composer and I really don't have a classical background.” Tiersen will support his synth-infused album, Kerber, after an opening set from English singer-songwriter Charlie Cunningham.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Thurs June 9)

PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL

CareOregon Starlight Parade Add to a List
Parade marchers and festive floats will light up the night at the Starlight Parade, one of the Rose Festival's most beloved events. Spot local personalities like The Unipiper and the NW Alliance of Marauders and Merfolk as community groups from Portland and the greater Pacific Northwest region continue this tradition "from the early 1900s, when illuminated floats built on electric trolley cars made their way through the city on trolley tracks."
Downtown (Sat June 4)

CityFair Add to a List
As the kick-off event and hub for the Portland Rose Festival, CityFair will take over Waterfront Park for three consecutive weekends of carnival rides, fair food vendors, interactive exhibits, live music, and more.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (June 3-12)

Dragon Boat Races Add to a List
Since 1989, the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races have brought a thrilling Chinese tradition right to the Willamette River. Over 60 teams are set to compete with ferociously colorful boats provided by the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (June 11-12)

Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade Add to a List
Beloved for over a century, this procession celebrates more than just flowers—it's a testament to the beauty in local, regional, and international communities, with floats of all sizes decked out in dazzling blooms. Alongside the parade of floats, you'll find musicians, equestrians, marching groups, drill teams, vintage vehicles, dancers, llamas, and more. There's a lot to celebrate!
Lloyd District (Sat June 11)

PRIDE

All About Evil with Peaches Christ Add to a List
Deluxe drag clown Carla Rossi will host this screening of garish gorefest All About Evil, starring Natasha Lyonne and underground drag performer Peaches Christ. In celebration of Pride, Peaches will also be in attendance! Stay after the screening for kiki and autographs with the scream queen, and don't miss the special preshow performance by local drag stars to get your mood right.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Fri June 24)

Gaylabration 2022 - decaDANCE Add to a List
Gear up for "the biggest party of Portland Pride weekend" with DJ Deanne playing bouncy beats until the wee hours of the morning alongside LED hula hoopers, laser lights, and an airbrush body painting station.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Sat June 18)

PDX Underground Pride: Dollapalooza Add to a List
Klip Klop and Birthdaygurl are "calling all dolls, baes, faes, theys, daddies, baddies, mothers, partyboys, material girls, and allianas for this epic Pride weekend extravaganza where you can tear up the dance floor and gag over performances by a pack of Pacific Northwest talent and special guests Willow Pill (RPDR S14 winner), Angeria Paris VanMicheals (RPDR S14 finalist), Majesty (Dragula S2), and Flawless Shade (Painted with Raven).
The North Warehouse, Eliot (June 24-26)

Portland Pride Parade Add to a List
Get loud and proud with queer folks and allies at this procession in celebration of love and equality.
North Park Blocks, Downtown (Sun June 19)

Portland Pride Waterfront Festival Add to a List
After a two-year COVID hiatus, the beloved Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade will return with a unifying, rainbow-tinted message of equality (and a whole lot of fun, too).
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (Sat June 18)

PRIDE at the Museum Add to a List
This all-ages, science-centered Pride celebration has a little something for everyone. Laser light shows will catapult music by Lady Gaga and Queen to trippy new heights, and the museum's newest exhibit, The World of Leonardo da Vinci Add to a List , will be open with the artist's authentic folios and replicas of his greatest inventions on display. For those whose ideal Pride includes hard science, there'll be demos and lectures in the Empirical Theater, too.
OMSI, Central Eastside (Fri June 10)

Pride Pics Add to a List
LGBTQIA+ films hit the big screen in this outdoor film experience on the waterfront. Sit back with a bevvy and a picnic blanket for a different pair of curated films each evening and decompress for a good cause—donation-based ticket proceeds benefit the community service work and programming of Pride Northwest.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (June 18-19)

READINGS & TALKS

David Sedaris Add to a List
If we must live through an era of pandemic-driven fear and uncertainty, at least David Sedaris is around to offer his two cents on the whole shebang. In Happy-Go-Lucky, the quintessential humorist shares notes on his life pre- and mid-pandemic—when once he learned to shoot guns and hung out in Serbian flea markets, he's now shifted to solitary walks and reflections on a battle-scarred country marked by empty storefronts and political graffiti. Sedaris will be joined by Cindy House, author of Mother Noise. House credits Sedaris with saving her life—perhaps she'll share why in her opening act.
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton (Sat June 4)

Live Wire with Luke Burbank: Chuck Klosterman, Dylan Marron, and Making Movies Add to a List
Lauded culture critic Chuck Klosterman's newest book, The Nineties, reckons with slacker apathy, glossy magazines, MTV, and more. He'll chat with "Love Warrior" Dylan Marron, whose social experiments connect clashing online strangers in moderated phone calls. Latinx rockers Making Movies will round out this edition of Live Wire, sharing their roots by performing with instruments like the Panamanian mejorana.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Thurs June 16)

Pop-Up Magazine: Spring 2022 Issue Add to a List
Blending comedy, music, podcasting, and film, Pop-Up Magazine is a "live magazine," designed to engage audiences through storytelling from top journalists and performers. This spring "issue" features 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist Chloé Cooper Jones, writers Kristen Radtke, Elena Passarello, and Brooke Jarvis, and other leading voices in creative media.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Sat June 4)

Professor Brian Cox - Horizons: A 21st Century Space Odyssey Add to a List
If you've got questions about quantum theory, black holes, and cosmology, world-renowned physicist Professor Brian Cox is ready to explore them. His world tour utilizes LED tech to light up venues with cinematic imagery of distant galaxies and strange worlds, examining the nature of space, time, and life from an optimistic viewpoint. (Get ready to feel like an infinitesimal blip within the vastness of the unknown universe, but like, in a good way.) Professor Cox will be joined by co-host of the science comedy series The Infinite Monkey Cage Robin Ince.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Fri June 10)

SHOPPING

Rose City Book and Paper Fair Add to a List
Maps! Rare tomes! Miscellaneous paper ephemera! Now that we've got your attention, you won't wanna miss this book and paper fair of unusual goods from dozens of vendors. You'll find local faves like Belmont Books, Revolutions Bookshop, and Monograph Bookwerks on site, plus folks you may not have heard of, like travel- and adventure-focused Timbuktu Books and rare sci-fi purveyors Cross Genre Books.
Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd District (June 17-18)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Grateful Dad Add to a List
If your old man is the active type, this might be the perfect bonding activity. Choose your sweat level with half marathon, 10K, 5K, or kid’s race options, all on the flat Trolley Trail—perfect for creaky knees. If all that running around works up an appetite, stick around for a post-race pancake breakfast with free libations and funky live performances. Dad jokes welcome.
Milwaukie Elks Lodge, Oak Grove (Sat June 18)

NASCAR Xfinity Series Add to a List
Vroom vroom. NASCAR will return to Portland for the first time in over two decades with their stock car racing series, which is "considered a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the top level circuit, the NASCAR Cup Series." Race over (within the speed limit, of course) to the raceway to check out celebrity athletes, live entertainment, and interactive activities.
Portland International Raceway, North Portland (June 3-4)

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 bike polo Add to a List  and from the Filmed by Bike Festival Add to a List to the famous World Naked Bike Ride Add to a List , there's plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded bikers. See our top Pedalpalooza picks here.
Various locations (June 1-Aug 31)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

The Americans – Take Two Add to a List
The long-awaited second installment of OBT's The Americans series honors the diverse histories of American choreographers. Two crowd favorites, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Fluidity of Steel and Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton’s Big Shoes, will return to the stage; trailblazer Michelle Manzanales (whose piece Con Brazos Abiertos was recently called a "heart-tugging beauty" by the LA Times) will premiere new work to round out the evening.
Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks (June 3-11)

Cats Add to a List
Don't let the disastrous 2019 film interpretation fool you—Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS is actually pretty cool. It tells the story of a tribe of kitties gathering for a mysterious annual ball, which absolutely sounds like something my cat would love to do. This rendition of the record-breaking musical includes Webber's original score, plus all-new sound and lighting design and fresh choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton). 
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (June 21-26)

Cirque du Soleil: Alegría in a New Light Add to a List
A reimaginging of one of Cirque du Soleil's most iconic productions, Alegría 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 (June 16-July 17)

CROSSINGS Add to a List
Performance Works NorthWest, Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, and Buckmxn Journal have joined heads to select stellar creatives for a series of three collaborative performances. Dancers Sophia Tweed Ahmad, Danielle Ross, and Akela Jaffi, musicians Michael Gamble, Machado Mijiga, and Cyrus Nabipoor, and poets Rich Perin, Emmi Greer, and Carolyn Supinka will create hand-in-hand despite not knowing each other. The results are bound to be surprising, defying genre in an experimental reflection on the power of Portland's creative scene.
Performance Works NorthWest, Foster-Powell (June 10-12)

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 (June 17-July 3)

Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto Add to a List
Opacity of Performance, Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto's new dance installation,uses collaborative methods to investigate the impacts of visibility and attention on an extended performance. Throughout the European art wing at the museum, three performance areas divided by curtains will allow dancers to hide and reveal themselves, creating ever-changing experiences of the solo works performed in these spaces. In this way, Opacity grapples with the tensions inherent to being seen or unseen, which relates to wider themes of control, otherness, and repression.
Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks (June 16-26)

Pretty Woman: The Musical Add to a List
The quintessential 1990 romance flick ("Big mistake! Huge!") dances to life in Pretty Woman: The Musical, led by Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. The musical was called a "contemporary fairy tale" by The Hollywood Reporter.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (June 1-5)

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 (June 1-July 10)

Ring of Fire, the Music of Johnny Cash Add to a List
The Man in Black comes back to life in this toe-tapping musical. You'll hear all of Cash's soulful hits—“I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Ring of Fire,” and more—and learn about his rowdy, raucous skyrocket to success, too. Ring of Fire, the Music of Johnny Cash paints a jangly portrait of Cash's life and salutes the singer-songwriter's musical legacy. 
Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks (June 2-18)

VISUAL ART

Culinaria: Alison Heryer’s Picnic Add to a List
We don't know about you, but the pandemic has left us feeling pretty socially inept. Enter Alison Heryer's social engagement initiative, Picnic, which started way back in 2012 but is just as timely today. The artist's community-building events involve the collective creation and utilization of gargantuan quilts. For this iteration of the project, Heryer invites attendees to visit an abstracted gingham quilt installed in Oregon Contemporary's courtyard, where folks can fend off the social awkwardness COVID has wrought through meaningful conversation and connection. Unfortunately, pre-orders for special bento baskets by Jane Hashimawari of Ippai have closed, but you can bring your own picnic goodies to nosh on.
Oregon Contemporary, Kenton (Sat June 4)

Dinolandia Add to a List
Whimsical illustrator Mike Bennett presents his latest installation, a two-story immersive museum filled with illustrated life-size dinosaurs. Who needs a trip to Jurassic Park when we've got Dinolandia in the heart of Portland?
710 SW Yamhill St., Downtown (June 1-Sept 10)

LATINX PDX Add to a List
Celebrating local Latin American artists, this juried multimedia exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photography, poetry, music, and more from over 20 Portland-area creatives. 
Multnomah Arts Center, Southwest Portland (June 1-25)

Making a Mark: Contemporary Drawings Add to a List
Gifted to the museum by art collectors Werner H. and Sally Kramarsky, this exhibition of drawings includes works by 23 process-oriented artists, including William Anastasi, Arnold Kemp, Marco Maggi, Allyson Strafella, and Joan Waltemath. Centering '60s contemporary minimalism and conceptual art, Making a Mark is both playful and technique-driven.
Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks (June 1-Nov 20)

Turning Inward: Judy Chicago Add to a List
Pioneering artist Judy Chicago gave new meaning to the work that women could create. Over six decades, Chicago's identity as a Jewish woman informed her visions in installation, abstraction, and pyrotechnics, advancing conversations of gender politics along the way and infusing them with personal experience. This exhibition focuses on Chicago's works on paper, including preliminary studies for The Dinner Party, as well as glass works and large-scale prints. Turning Inward charts the radical, often controversial whirlwind of Chicago's career, reasserting her status as an original artist-activist. 
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Pearl District (June 2-Sept 23)

Where the Waters Come Together Add to a List
The Center for Native Arts and Cultures, housed in the former Yale Union Laundry building, celebrates Indigenous artistry and culture with ceremonies, workshops, exhibitions, and more. Their inaugural exhibition, Where the Waters Come Together, looks closely at Indigenous perspectives on biodiversity, necessity, and food sources in rivers and oceans, considering colonial reshaping of waterways and shorelines. Greg Archuleta, Brenda Mallory, Sara Siestreem, and several other Indigenous artists respond to the themes through traditional and contemporary practices, sculpture, installation, and other mediums.
Center for Native Arts and Cultures, Central Eastside (June 1-30)

The World of Leonardo da Vinci Add to a List
This inventive exhibition brings da Vinci's creative pursuits in engineering and visual art to life. View authentic folios from the Codex Atlanticus up close, as well as replicas of da Vinci's designs for boats, flying machines, musical instruments, and more. After seeing the exhibition, stop by The Inventor's Workshop, a play space encouraging experimentation with portraiture and machinery.
OMSI, Central Eastside (June 1-Sept 5)

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