Weekend Guide

Your Guide to a Socially Distanced Weekend in Portland: One Moto Show, Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest, and More

April 30-May 2, 2021 Edition
April 30, 2021
It's the last weekend to drive down to Woodburn for the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival! (Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm via Facebook)

As of Friday, 15 Oregon counties move back into the "extreme risk" category due to a spike in COVID cases, so when it comes to doing things outside your home, fasten your mask real tight and let us guide you through a new batch of socially distanced activities. Our picks are below, from places to find Philly cheesesteaks (including vegan ones from Papi Sal's Lechon Shack) to a pop-up market at Haleakala:PDX, and from Rose City Rollers' Skatemobile at the Waterfront to One Moto Show at Zidell Yards. For even more options, check out our guide to the best online events this week and the best things to do all month long


Jump to: Food & Drink | Holidays | Arts & Film | Outside


FOOD & DRINK

Get Philly cheesesteaks. Philly cheesesteaks are having a moment in Portland. The team behind Gabagool recently opened the cart Whiz, which offers an upscale spin on the Philadelphia classic with grass-fed beef and home-made "cheese whiz" as well as vegan versions with Impossible beef and cashew whiz, while the new Puerto Rican-Philadelphian cart Papi Sal's Lechon Shack is also offering a plant-based "vegan jawn" take with smoked Bridgetown oyster mushrooms, semolina onion rings, vegan cheese whiz, and crispy shallot mayo. Other prime cheesesteaks can be found at Grant's Philly Cheesesteaks and Steakadelphia.

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby. This Saturday will be the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby, otherwise known as the "most exciting two minutes in sports"—and a solid excuse to don your most frivolous chapeau as you cheer on outlandishly named Thoroughbreds. This year, North 45 Pub will be celebrating with a dress-up viewing party on their patio with mint juleps (the unofficial beverage of the event). You can also find excellent mint juleps at Screen Door, Interurban, Old Gold, Southland Whiskey Kitchen, and Clyde's Prime Rib Restaurant and Bar.

Get takeout. As Portland moves back into the "extreme risk" category and indoor dining is canceled once again starting today, takeout is back on the menu for the foreseeable future. If you're looking for some premium portable meals to enjoy at home, we highly suggest ordering from Matt's BBQ, Lovely's Fifty-Fifty, Kachka, or Bao Bao. Check out Portland Mercury contributor Suzette Smith's Takeout Club column for more ideas to add to your repertoire.

Celebrate your vaccination with incentives. If you're lucky enough to have received that coveted jab in the arm, we have great news: You're also eligible for some extra perks. You may have already heard about Krispy Kreme's offer to provide free doughnuts to anyone who's vaccinated every day for a year, but some local companies are also getting in on the action with freebies of their own. Portland Monthly reports that the local cannabis chain Kaya Shack is offering a "Pot for Shot" program, where customers can flash their vaccine card to receive 10 percent off all purchases through the end of the pandemic, while the Vancouver bar Vault 31 is offering free Jell-O shots for guests who've received shots.

Other notable weekend events:

Haleakala:PDX Pop-Up Market
Local kitchen collective Haleakala:PDX will host a pop-up market with food and drink from vendors like Mestizo, Chelsea Cakes, and the Skinny Chef, as well as music, art, clothing, crafts, and more. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Meals on Us PDX, which works to feed houseless and veteran communities and anyone else affected by food insecurity.
Haleakala:PDX, Northeast (Saturday)

Spumoni Wine Release
The trendy new local low-intervention winery Spumoni will fête its inaugural vintage with pours and bottles for sale, plus shrimp cocktail and ice cream.
Someday, Southeast (Sun May 2)

HOLIDAYS

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It makes sense to start any heritage-based holiday with some new TBR additions. On the new-release front, we're excited for Michelle Zauner's memoir Crying in H Mart, in which the Japanese Breakfast frontwoman details her Korean American upbringing in Eugene, Oregon, losing her mother to terminal pancreatic cancer, and finding connection through food. Going back a few years, you really can't go wrong with Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, which follows the friendship of four women who immigrate from China to San Francisco in the 1940s, or with John Okada's canonical, Seattle-set No-No Boy, which centers a young Japanese American man who, still very much affected by the generational trauma of Japanese American incarceration during World War II, refuses to serve in the US army. Powell's has also listed 12 essential books for the occasion, including Chu T’ien-wen's Notes of a Desolate Man, Ocean Vuong's On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, and Grace Talusan's The Body Papers. Once you've secured your new reading material, get takeout from an AAPI-owned restaurant like the now-famous Nong's Khao Man Gai or the recently opened Toki and plan a visit to an AAPI cultural center like the Portland Japanese Garden or the Japanese American Museum of Oregon (opening next Thursday, May 6).

Give away flowers for May Day, which marks the beginning of spring. Back in the 19th and 20th centuries, it was common for people to place baskets of flowers on each other's doorsteps before yelling "May basket!" (natch) and frolicking merrily away. But if you'd like to celebrate without drawing confused looks from passerby, pick up a small bouquet or a single-stemmed flower to give to a friend (or, better yet, your favorite Marxist—May 1 is also International Workers' Day). For last-minute options, stop by the PSU Farmers Market on Saturday, or order some tulips for curbside pickup from Portland Nursery.

ARTS & FILM

About Endlessness
Vignettes of a couple floating over war-torn Germany, a father and daughter braving torrential rain, a teenager dancing outside a cafe, and a defeated army marching to a prisoner-of-war camp comprise these reflections on the human condition from famed Swedish director Roy Andersson.
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

Bloom | An Open-Air Fundraiser for PICA
Celebrate the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art at this end-of-year "anti-gala" that you can stream at home or enjoy from your car (tickets are limited) at a drive-in. Expect performances from Blossom, Moorea Masa, and Frankie Simone to be projected on a rig courtesy of Mobile Projection Unit, plus drive-in-only performances by Friends of Noise artists MARZZ and Beep Beep, along with a virtual end-of-the-night performance by Shannon Funchess aka LIGHT ASYLUM. There will also be raffles, a virtual auction, and surprise treats. 
Lloyd Center, Northeast (Friday)

Gunda
A mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows take the place of human subjects in Victor Kossakowsky's sleepy, experimental portrait of non-human life. You shouldn't be at all surprised to learn that it's executive-produced by Joaquin Phoenix. 
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

Limbo
Recently nominated for two British Academy Film awards, Ben Sharrock's Limbo is set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of newly arrived Syrian refugees await the results of their asylum claims. It zeroes in on Omar, a young Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather's oud (a string instrument), which he has carried all the way from his homeland. 
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

OUTSIDE

Go Mothing! City Nature Challenge
The rebellious older sister of the butterfly may have an annoying habit of eating holes in sweaters, but moths are actually pretty interesting and mysterious creatures, and beautiful in their own right. Download the iNaturalist app and head to Leach Botanical Garden for a City Nature Challenge that'll teach you all about them. The organizers explain, "Using a light source, we’ll attract these fantastic nighttime creatures and provide them a surface to rest on. Your job will be to watch them arrive, snap a photo, and upload it to iNaturalist, becoming a community science contributor to this amazing global biodiversity database." Space is limited to 15 people, so register soon.
Leach Botanical Garden, Southeast (Saturday)

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)

One Moto Show
The open-air Zidell Barge Building will once again play host to over 200 custom, racing, and cruising motorcycles. Admire them while you drink beer and hear vroom vroom vroom sounds in your head.
Zidell Yards, Southwest (Saturday-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)

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
Gazing at 40 acres of tulips lined up in orderly rows against the majestic backdrop of Mount Hood never gets old. In previous years at least, the traffic tends to be pretty bad on weekends, but it’s worth the wait if your eyes are starved for color. This is the last weekend to go!
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn (Friday-Sunday)