Weekend Guide

Your Guide to a Socially Distanced Weekend in Portland: Lilac Days, the Portland Vintage Market, and More

May 7-9, 2021 Edition
May 7, 2021
This weekend is your last chance to take in fragrant blooms at Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens' Lilac Days. Bring your mom! (Courtesy Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens)

ICYMI, the Oregon Convention Center is offering walk-up vaccinations as of Friday! Read on for how to score treats with your vaxx card, plus more of our picks for a COVID-safe weekend, like snacks to get from H Mart while you read Michelle Zauner's memoir Crying in H Mart, the new Portland Art Museum exhibit Ansel Adams: in Our Time, and the Portland Vintage Market. For even more options, check out our guide to the best online events this week and the best things to do all month long


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FOOD & DRINK

Grab last-minute specials for Mother's Day. Procrastinated on securing treats to bestow upon your mother figure this Sunday? No sweat: Several eateries still have specials available. The vegan and gluten-free bakery Petunia's Pies & Pastries will be baking up Mother's Day specials like vanilla "babycakes" with rose buttercream and pistachios, blackberry lemon sandwich cookies, watercolor sugar cookies, and special cakes and doughnuts, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plus, the Italian market Cooperativa has a variety of Mother's Day bundles for sale, and Bullard's à la carte takeout menu, which includes bouquets of Colibri flowers, dinners, mini chocolate strawberry cakes, brunch boxes, cocktails, wine, and more, is still available for pre-order as well. Burgerville is also giving out free strawberry milkshakes to moms on Mother's Day. 

Sample some fried chicken around town
It's no secret that fried chicken has been enjoying the limelight quite a bit this year: it's (virtually) universally beloved, comforting, and holds up well for takeout (there's a case to be made that cold fried chicken is delicious in its own right). The Portland area has two newcomers to the fried chicken scene, as the wildly popular Los Angeles-based chain Dave's Hot Chicken recently opened its first Oregon location in Tualatin, and the Korean chain Chimcking opened its second location in the region in the Hollywood District. If you're hungry for more battered poultry, try Jojo, ThiccBoi, Prey + Tell, Gumba, Basilisk, BAES Fried Chicken, Hat Yai, and (of course!) Reel M Inn Tavern.

Other notable weekend events:

Margarita Week
Sip salty, limey elixirs from a dozen participating bars, including Deadshot, Botanist, Bit House Collective, and more. Proceeds will benefit Team Brownsville, an organization providing aid for those seeking asylum.
Various locations (Friday-Sunday)

Oregon Wine Month
Oregon Wine Month will offer a month of safe and socially distanced programming celebrating Oregon-grown vino, including self-guided tours, educational seminars, talks, tastings, and more programming.
Various locations (Friday-Sunday)

BOOKS

Read (or listen to) Crying in H Mart with snacks. Oregon-born musician Michelle Zauner, known for making dreamy indie-pop under the name Japanese Breakfast, recently released her searingly poignant new debut memoir Crying in H Mart, which details her Korean-American upbringing in Eugene, losing her mother to terminal pancreatic cancer, and finding connection through food. The tearjerking book, which was based on an essay of the same name that Zauner wrote for the New Yorker in 2018, made it to #2 on the New York Times hardcover print nonfiction bestsellers list last week. We suggest picking up a copy at a local bookstore like Powell's or downloading the audiobook (read by Zauner herself), stocking up on Kleenex, then settling in for a weekend reading binge. Even better, load up on some Korean snacks to complement your reading session from—where else?—H Mart. (You could also eat one of Zauner's favorite snacks, as documented in her food diary for New York Magazine's Grub Street Diet: hot Cheetos with lemon juice, eaten with chopsticks.) And when the beautiful prose inevitably makes your mouth water for Korean food, check out Nak Won or Toki.

Read the Oregon Book Award winners. Literary Arts' annual award ceremony honoring the best in regional fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, general nonfiction, children’s literature, young adult literature, and drama announced its 2021 winners this week! Whether or not you get to them immediately, hit up Powell's, Broadway Books, or your other favorite indie bookstore for Vanessa Veselka's The Great Offshore Grounds (fiction), about three siblings contending with poverty in the Pacific Northwest; Anna Elkins's Hope of Stones (poetry); Conor Eifler's You Cannot Undo This Action (drama), a play about teenagers and technology; Sierra Crane Murdoch's Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country (creative nonfiction); Nicholas Buccola's The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America (general nonfiction); Kathryn Ormsbee's The Sullivan Sisters (young adult); and Jenn Reese's A Game of Fox and Squirrels (children's lit).

SPORTS & OUTDOORS

Gear up for Bike Everywhere Month. Whether you're a longtime cycler or a relative newbie, Bike Everywhere Month invites you to ditch all other modes of transportation for your faithful two-wheeler for the entire month of May. If you don't have a bike or your ride is busted, hit up local shops like the women-owned Gladys Bikes on Alberta, River City on Souteast MLK, or North Portland Bike Works on Mississippi. Once you're all set up, take a ride on Kelly Point Park's eight-mile path, the popular two-mile Eastbank Esplanade, or the Tyron Creek Natural Area. If you want to read about the sport, check out Powell's roundup of books focused on women and cycling. 

Other notable weekend events:

Lilac Days
Take in the lovely scent of lavender-hued lilacs while they're in peak bloom. Heads up: the gift shop is closed.
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, Woodland (Friday-Sunday)

Skatemobile at the Waterfront!
The Rose City Rollers are bringing their skating pop-up to the waterfront, a decidedly more scenic location than Lloyd Center. Reserve a spot online for any weekend in May (tickets are limited to 75 spots per session) and know that their skatemobile will be onsite if you forget your gear.
Hampton Opera Center, Southeast (Saturday-Sunday)

OTHER PICKS & HAPPENINGS

Flash your vaccine card for free stuff. Gone are the days of staying up 'til midnight to get a vaccine appointment in Portland—as of Friday, Oregonians can get their first shot at the Oregon Convention Center's mass vaxx site without booking a spot ahead of time. Once you have your golden ticket (that sweet, sweet vaxx card), you can flaunt it for one free doughnut every day at Krispy Kreme through the end of the year, and you can get 10 percent off at the local weed store Kaya Shack (to make you crave said doughnut). If you happen to be feeling saucy in Vancouver, you can also show your card for a free Jell-O shot at Vault 31. Plus, check out our picks for where to get food near other major vaccination sites

Other notable weekend events:

Ansel Adams in Our Time
Making its only West Coast stop, this traveling exhibit brings over 100 photographs spanning the acclaimed American landscape photographer Ansel Adams's five-decade career to the Portland Art Museum. 
Portland Art Museum, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

The Human Factor
In his follow-up to The Gatekeepers, Israeli director Dror Moreh traces the 30-year history of US presidents' and statesmans' mostly misguided attempts to broker a peacemaking deal between Yasser Arafat and Israel's revolving door of leaders. 
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

Object/Model, Figure/Form
Anthony Roberto shows 3D-printed sculptures from an ongoing series of digitally sculpted models "blocked and composed in no space." 
Carnation Contemporary, North Portland (Saturday-Sunday; opening Saturday)

Portland Vintage Market
Shop clothes, jewelry, and more from nearly 30 vendors in the Hollywood Vintage parking lot.
Hollywood Vintage, Northeast (Saturday-Sunday)

Silo
After a teen falls victim to a grain entrapment accident, his small-town family and neighbors band together to rescue him from drowning in the 50-foot tall silo where corn quickly turns to quicksand. 
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

We Gathered
Patterns "repeat, stack, diffuse, iterate, mirror, and mimic" in this solo show from Portland artist Jeremy Le Grand.
Carnation Contemporary, North Portland (Saturday-Sunday; opening Saturday)

Wrath of Man
A new security guard for a cash truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist.
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)