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Your Guide to May 2022 Events in Portland

Portland Rose Festival, Bob Dylan, TEDxPortland, and More
April 29, 2022
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CityFair will kick off the Portland's beloved tradition, the Rose Festival. (Portland Rose Festival)
To help you soak up the last and loveliest month of spring, we've compiled the most noteworthy events taking place this May, from the start of the Portland Rose Festival to TEDxPortland and from Bob Dylan to Rent. For even more options, check out our guide to Mother's Day.


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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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ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH

I Am an American Live Add to a List
The Immigrant Story presents I Am an American Live, an evening of Asian American storytelling and pan-Asian musical traditions arranged by Indian film music composer Balamurali Balu. The event is part of ongoing programming by the Oregon Rises Above Hate coalition, planned in observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton (Fri May 6)

2022 Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration Add to a List
The sixth annual Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration will roar through downtown to welcome spring, complete with lion dancers, performers, a community parade, and a colorful dragon.
Portland Chinatown Museum, Old Town-Chinatown (Sat May 7)

Na Omi Judy Shintani: Dream Refuge for Children Imprisoned Add to a List
San Francisco-based artist Na Omi Judy Shintani presents this installation as a sacred space within which to explore the trauma of incarcerated children. Shintani's images of children drawn on mattresses reference a devastating web of youth imprisonment throughout history, including the Japanese American children sent to internment camps in WWII, Indigenous American children sent to abusive boarding schools, and the Central American children who have faced familial separation and detention at the US border.
Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Old Town-Chinatown (May 1-29)

COMEDY

Maria Bamford Add to a List
You've probably seen Maria Bamford's surreal comedy, with a medley of voice impressions, deadpan jokes, vulnerable storytelling, and high-energy, rapidly changing characters. She's had specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, plus voiceover roles in BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, and Kung Fu Panda. Fresh off the release of Judd Apatow's latest flick The Bubble, a COVID-era comedy, Bamford returns to the stage for more fun, weirdo comedy.
Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy (May 19-21)

Teo González and Rogelio Ramos: Uni-2 Tour Add to a List
Two of Mexico's comic masters, Teo González and Rogelio Ramos, will perform together for the first time in the United States on their Spanish language comedy tour.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Sat May 14)

Whose Live Anyway? Add to a List
Check in with the current cast of the classic Emmy-nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? on this comedy tour of unpredictable tomfoolery. In true improv style, audience members will shout out suggestions for Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray, who will then create uproarious scenes off the cuff.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Sun May 8)

FESTIVALS

CityFair Add to a List
As the kick-off event and hub for the Portland Rose Festival Add to a List , CityFair will take over Waterfront Park for three consecutive weekends with carnival rides, fair food vendors, interactive exhibits, live music, and more.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (May 27-June 12)

HOLI Spring Festival Add to a List
Topaz Farm is honoring the season of rebirth on their land while celebrating the South Asian festival of Holi, which marks the arrival of spring. A vibrant dance party will be soundtracked by DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid, during which festival goers will pelt each other with brightly colored organic, plant-based powders imported from India. Plus, dig into food from Bhuna, Big Elephant Kitchen, Chaat Wallah, DesiPDX, and Kulfi. A percentage of proceeds from the event will benefit farmers in India.
Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island (May 28-29)

McMenamins UFO Fest Add to a List
An event truly out of this world, this festival honors the 1950 Trent sighting in McMinnville, which yielded some of the most credible UFO photos to date. Encompassing two days of expert speakers, an alien costume ball, a cosmic costume contest, and more, this extraterrestrial event is the second largest of its kind in the country after one held in Roswell.
McMenamins Hotel Oregon, McMinnville (May 13-14)

Multnomah County Fair 2022 Add to a List
The annual family-friendly fair returns with three days of performances, competitions, nachos, amusement park rides, and a pioneer village. Be sure to catch the dachshund race, or enter your own weiner pup for a chance to win prizes.
Oaks Park, Sellwood (May 28-30)

Portland Rose Festival 2022
It's that time again! The Portland Rose Festival's 115-year legacy continues with a return to flora-celebrating outdoor events like the Grand Floral Parade, Starlight Parade, and Dragon Boat Races, plus a three-weekend CityFair with rides, music, and more.
Various locations (May 27-June 26)


The 7th Vanport Mosaic Festival Add to a List
Vanport, the largest WWII federal housing project in the United States and once Oregon's second-largest city, celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. With performances, film screenings, exhibitions, tours, and conversations, the Vanport Mosaic Festival commemorates the city's founding through an activist, community-minded lens.
Various locations (May 20-June 7)

MUSIC

Animal Collective Add to a List
Kings of experimental indie rock Animal Collective will bring their whimsical and at times chaotic sounds to town supporting Time Skiffs, the quartet’s first album in six years. Arrive in time to catch an opening set from Philadelphia psych-pop trio Spirit of the Beehive.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Mon May 23)

Bastille: Give Me the Future Tour Add to a List
British indie-pop arena rockers Bastille will return in support of their fourth studio album, Give Me The Future, a thought-provoking meditation on the future of technology that aims to blur the boundaries between “real and virtual worlds.” Expect to hear smooth electronic beats and wavy synths with science fiction-inspired lyrics that surround a fictional tech company called Future Inc.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Mon May 23)

Bauhaus Add to a List
Despite having disbanded after only five years, English goth-rock prophets Bauhaus are widely recognized as pioneering the genre with their moody potion of post-punk, glam rock, and experimental electronic. The four-piece will reunite once again after a fourteen-year hiatus, just after the release of their new single "Drink the New Wine," which they recorded separately during lockdown.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Tues May 17)

Big Thief Add to a List
Hailed by notable publications such as Pitchfork and NPR, this indie rock band with folk tendencies employs homey guitars, rattling percussion, and grounded yet whimsical storytelling on their latest output, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe You. The album was recorded in four different locations across the United States after the band quarantined together in the Vermont woods.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (May 3-4)

Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour Add to a List
Legendary troubadour Bob Dylan will stop by on his Rough and Rowdy Ways tour, supporting his critically beloved 2020 album of the same name, which features contributions from familiar faces like Fiona Apple and Blake Mills.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Tues May 31)

Citizen Cope Add to a List
A long-time touring musician and student of Americana musical traditions, Citizen Cope will treat his fans to an evening of alt-rock tunes pulled from his twenty-year music career.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Thurs May 12)

Damien Geter: An African American Requiem Add to a List
Portland composer Damien Geter premieres An African American Requiem, his musical response to violence against African Americans in the United States. The piece takes inspiration from traditional Latin requiem text, civil rights declarations, Ida B. Wells’s “Lynching is Color Line Murder” speech, and modern activism to shape a moving and thought-provoking masterwork performed by the Oregon Symphony and Resonance Ensemble.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Sat May 7)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert Add to a List
Step into the world of witches, wizards, Lord Voldemort, and Cornelius Fudge with the Oregon Symphony, who will play the iconic score along with the film.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (May 28-29)

An Evening With Hrishikesh Hirway and Jenny Owen Youngs Add to a List
Podcast hosts and musicians Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder) and Jenny Owen Youngs (Buffering the Vampire Slayer & Veronica Mars Investigations) will join forces for an evening of music and storytelling. Expect individual sets from each musician as well as collaborative duets and storytelling from the two friends. 
Polaris Hall, Humboldt (Mon May 9)

Jens Lekman & Youth Orchestras Across The USA Add to a List
Swedish guitar-pop mastermind Jens Lekman will finally set off on his four-years-in-the-making Youth Orchestras Across The USA tour, which blossomed out of an interest in learning from students and exploring the “energy that is present when a young person is still exploring and mastering an instrument.”
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Thurs May 5)

Julianna Barwick with Malibu Add to a List
Using instruments and detectable lyrics sparingly, electronic composer Julianna Barwick primarily employs layers and loops of her voice to create puddles of emotion that Mercury contributor Raquel Nasser noted as being “enough to leave you sobbing over a loved one or reveling in a sense of calm.” Likeminded French composer Malibu will start off the evening with her emotive ambient soundscapes.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Sun May 15)

Kurt Vile and The Violators with Chastity Belt Add to a List
Beloved Philadelphia-based indie rocker Kurt Vile and his luscious locks will stop by on tour supporting his chilled-out new album, (watch my moves), his first full-length release on historic jazz label Verve Records. Uber-popular Seattle-based post-pop quartet Chastity Belt will get things started.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Tues May 17)

Lord Huron Add to a List
Back in 2019, Stranger writerLeilani Polk described LA-based folk-pop quartet Lord Huron's sound as “breezily effortless and expansive, their sweeping anthemic drive imbued with a Springsteenian/War on Drugs-like indie-rock appeal.” The band continues this trajectory on their critically acclaimed new album, Long Lost, which soars with rich vocal harmonies and vivid lyricism.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (May 19-20)

Lorde: Solar Power Tour Add to a List
New Zealand pop wunderkind Lorde is back in town in support of her latest album, Solar Power. The Jack Antonoff-produced album embraces an ethereal laurel canyon singer-songwriter vibe full of breezy vocals and soft guitars with song titles like “Stoned at the Nail Salon," as well as backing vocals by indie-folk stars Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo.
Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District (Sun May 1)

Mastodon + Opeth Add to a List
Georgia-based heavy metal giants Mastodon will support their latest album, Hushed and Grim, for a monstrous double-headed show with Swedish death metal masters Opeth.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Mon May 9)

The Mountain Goats Add to a List
When I was 18, a friend played me the Mountain Goats’ just-released 2000 album The Coroner’s Gambit, a gloriously uneven collection of noisy lo-fi folk songs recorded, largely, on a boombox. As we chopped breakfast-scramble vegetables in his Olympia apartment, I fell in love with the “band”—or rather, the occasionally accompanied songwriting project of John Darnielle—and their brief vignettes that hinted at longer stories, complete mythologies: characters living lives of isolated despair, in claustrophobic partnerships, wandering disoriented through the airports and back alleys of the world. So I was shocked when, in 2004, the sharply produced, autobiographical We Shall All Be Healed came out via 4AD and propelled the group to a sort of indie stardom. Though I stopped being a fan when the sound changed, to this day I still believe there’s no one who views or writes about the world like Darnielle. He’s a truly singular oddball, and I’m so happy that now everyone knows it. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (May 9-11)

The Music of Queen with Your Oregon Symphony Add to a List
The Oregon Symphony will rock you as they join a full rock band and vocalist to perform classical interpretations of rock and roll anthems from the legendary British four-piece Queen. Anticipate a reimagining of hits like “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” like you’ve never heard before.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Thurs May 5)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Add to a List
British new wave band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark—AKA OMD—will celebrate 40 years of their hits on their Souvenir tour.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Sun May 22)

PEACHES: Teaches of Peaches 20th Anniversary Tour Add to a List
Noted feminist musician and performance artist Peaches will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album, Teaches of Peaches, which includesendlessly quotable and dark humor-filled songs like “Fuck the Pain Away,” “Cum Undon,” and “Diddle My Skittle.”
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Tues May 17)

Rose City Reunion Concert featuring the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
The Oregon Symphony, led by conductor Norman Huynh, will help welcome the return of the Portland Rose Festival with an outdoor performance of songs by John Williams as well as other classic orchestral pieces. Plus, experience the world premiere of "From One Rose," an original song written by Rose Festival board member Ron Carr and arranged by Grammy-nominated composer Bruce Broughton.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (Thurs May 26)

Sigur Rós Add to a List
Although Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós have not released a proper studio album in nearly a decade, the band has been busy with projects such as the first-time release of their 2002 orchestral work Odin's Raven Magic, a slew of multimedia experiments/ambient soundbaths, and now a world tour.
Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District (Wed May 11)

FOOD & DRINK

4th Annual Edgefield Brewfest Add to a List
The imbiber’s version of a candy store, Edgefield is home to a winery, distillery, and brewery. Their fourth annual Brewfest will showcase over 50 beers and ciders, so pick your poison and bring your own blanket or chair to enjoy it out on the lawn. The High Deductibles and the Neil Young/Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band Fortunate Gold will provide live music.
Edgefield, Troutdale (Sat May 21)

Nano Beer Fest Add to a List
Enjoy beers from some of the best small breweries the Northwest has to offer at this bi-annual festival.
John's Marketplace, Southwest Portland (Sun May 1)

Oregon Wine Month
Oregon Wine Month offers a full slate of safe and socially distanced programming celebrating Oregon-grown vino, including self-guided tours, educational seminars, talks, tastings, and more programming. Portland-area highlights include Emerging Wines by Extraordinary WomenPDX Urban Wine Experience, and Crush on Oregon.
Various locations (May 1-31)


Pink! Rosé Festival Add to a List

Get your fill of blush-pink vino at this festival featuring the latest rosé releases from 16 Tualatin Valley wineries, plus wood-fired pizza, street tacos, music and more.
Ron Tonkin Field, Hillsboro (Sat May 14)

Tiny Fish Co. Pop-Up Add to a List
Embrace the "hot girl food" du jour—tinned fish—with Top Chef Portland contestants Sara Hauman (who launched her own tinned fish line Tiny Fish Co.) and Byron Gomez. The pop-up will feature four different snacks made with Tiny Fish Co. products, plus a handful of raffles for branded merch.
Bar Norman, Hosford-Abernethy (Mon May 2)

FILM

CineVox Dance Film Festival Add to a List  
Oregon's leading dance film festival returns for its sixth year of artistic feature-length films and shorts. This year, CineVox will screen a selection of works by BIPOC film artists, as well as Dancing Over Borders, a compilation of international films. The festival will conclude with A Swan Lake, choreographed by Alexander Ekman of the Norwegian National Ballet.
BodyVox, Northwest District (May 12-14)

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise Add to a List
Robert Mugge's 1980 documentary peeks into Sun Ra's colorful world through interviews, lectures by Ra, and rare performance footage. Missing the typical cliches of a music documentary—there are no voiceovers or cheesy graphics here—Mugge illuminates the Arkestra's world, seen through scenes on rooftops, among Egyptian artifacts, and at their store, The Pharaoh's Den.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Thurs May 12)

Tilda-Whirl Add to a List
Everyone's favorite ultra-talented, shape-shifting cinema queen is celebrated in this film series, brought to you by the newly renamed Center for an Untold Tomorrow (FKA Northwest Film Center). Soak up some Swinton with a screening of Memoria, Palme D’or winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's bewildering drama about a Scottish woman, who, after hearing a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while traversing the jungles of Colombia.
PAM CUT, Downtown (Fri May 27)

READINGS & TALKS

Annette Gordon-Reed Add to a List
In her New Yorker piece "Growing Up with Juneteenth," Harvard history professor and award-winning writer Annette Gordon-Reed began reflecting on the Texas holiday's rise to a national celebration. Gordon-Reed's new book, On Juneteenth, takes an even deeper dive, melding memoir and history to describe the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States and the continued fight for Black equality.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Tues May 10)

Douglas Stuart in Conversation With Omar El Akkad Add to a List
Douglas Stuart's harrowing Bildungsroman Shuggie Bain—the writer's debut novel—was rejected by 30 publishers before its 2020 publication, going on to win the Booker Prize, two British Book Awards, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. Not bad! On the heels of his last success, Stuart's new novel follows a queer love story in divided, working-class Glasgow. Stuart will share the stage with Omar El Akkad, whose debut novel American War won an Oregon Book Award for fiction.
Powell's City of Books, Pearl District (Thurs May 5)

Dr. Andrew Huberman: The Brain Body Contract Add to a List
Smart dude incoming! Neuroscientist and Stanford neurobiology professor Andrew Huberman, Ph.D. is an expert on brain development and neural plasticity. Published in top journals and featured in TIME, Scientific American, Discover, and more, Huberman is also the host of the top-ranked Huberman Lab Podcast, which grapples with all things neuroscience.
Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks (Wed May 18)

Henry Rollins: Good to See You 2022 Add to a List
Any attempt to accurately describe Henry Rollins would be futile, but The Washington Post once described him as "enthusiastic and engaging chatter," which seems as good a label as any. For this tour, the legendary provocateur will dish on the details of his life lately with characteristic intensity.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (May 13 & 16)

Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns in conversation with Governor Kate Brown Add to a List
In This Will Not Pass, New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns draw on interviews and insider information to describe 18 months of utter chaos for American democracy. Detailing the strain of the two-party political system in the face of COVID-19, Trump's campaign of vengeance, the January 6 attack on the Capitol, and Biden’s first year in office, Martin and Burns wonder whether our current political system will ever truly function again. They'll be joined in conversation by Governor Kate Brown.
Powell's City of Books, Pearl District (Thurs May 19)

Kathryn Schulz in Conversation With Karen Russell Add to a List
Kathryn Schulz's New Yorker article "The Really Big One," covering seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest, should be required reading for everyone in the region—impeccably researched, the piece won a National Magazine Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Her new memoir, Lost & Found, is shaped by the human experience of loss and discovery. Schulz will be joined in conversation by Karen Russell, whose award-winning fiction works are tinged with magical realism.
Powell's City of Books, Pearl District (Mon May 2)

Neil deGrasse Tyson Add to a List
Esteemed astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson will expand your mind with accessible explanations of star formation, dwarf galaxies, and more. Basically, space for dummies!
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Wed May 18)

Paul Holes in Conversation With Yeardley Smith and Dan & Dave from Small Town Dicks Add to a List
When cold case investigator Paul Holes came across the Golden State Killer file in 1994, he resolved to finally unravel the mystery of the serial killer who stalked Californians in the '70s and '80s. And in 2018, he did—Joseph J. DeAngelo, a former cop, was identified as the long-sought murderer. In Unmasked, Holes delves into his career as a crime solver, touching on infamous cases like the Golden State Killer, Laci Peterson's murder, and Jaycee Dugard's kidnapping. Holes will be joined in conversation by Emmy winner Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson) and Detectives Dan and Dave from the Small Town Dicks podcast.
Powell's City of Books, Pearl District (Wed May 4)

TEDxPortland Year 10 Add to a List
The phrase "Thank you for coming to my TEDxTalk" will take on its original meaning at year ten of this annual event. Speakers Rukaiyah Adams (Chief Investment Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust), Jelani Memory (founder and CEO, A Kids Book About), Eric Tran, PhD (cancer research scientist, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute), and others will share "ideas worth spreading." Plus, the best of Pacific Northwest music will take the stage, with Portugal. The Man, Death Cab For Cutie, Pink Martini, and more on the lineup.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Sat May 28)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Alok Add to a List
As a transfeminine writer, performer, comedian, fashion icon, activist, and public speaker, ALOK wears many hats. Creator of the #DeGenderFashion movement and author of Beyond the Gender Binary, ALOK is a boundary-pushing changemaker to watch. The multitalented creative has developed a unique blend of poetry, comedy, and vulnerability on stage, often touching on topics of trauma and belonging.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Sun May 29)

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Add to a List
Blending multicultural dance and athleticism, Complexions will present the politically-minded Woke and the Lenny Kravitz-fueled LOVE ROCKS, both led by dance icons and artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. 
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Wed May 25)

Current/Classic Add to a List
This mixed-repertoire program showcases modern and classical pieces performed by refined company dancers. With August Bournonville's Italian romance Napoli, Nick Le-Jurica's brand-new work Q, legendary Oregon dancer Dennis Spaight's passionate Gloria, and more, the performance will also include guest pieces by Shaun Keylock Company.
PSU Lincoln Hall, Southwest Portland (May 13-14)

Dance Theatre of Harlem Add to a List
The Dance Theatre of Harlem's history dates back to 1969, when the company was founded by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook at the height of the civil rights movement. Known as the first major ballet company to center Black dancers, the company is still recognized for its inclusive approach today. This program is part of White Bird's WE ARE ONE Festival Add to a List .
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Wed May 4)

Jayanthi Raman's Margam: The Divine Path Add to a List
Jayanthi Raman—award-winnig performer, choreographer, artist, and Portlander—presents this showcase of Bharatha Natyam, a classical Indian dance, with a robust cast of dancers and musicians. Raman choreographed the full-length production with nods to classical, folk, and contemporary dance, all informed by Bharatha Natyam traditions. Oregon Poet Laureate Emeritus Paulann Petersen will recite poetry for a special piece performed by Raman.
Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks (Sat May 21)

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 byTony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. The musical was called a "contemporary fairy tale" by The Hollywood Reporter.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (May 31-June 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 (May 21-July 10)

SPORTS & RECREATION

The One Motorcycle Show Add to a List
Get revved up for the 13th annual One Moto Show, which as always will be hosted by the family behind See See Motor Coffee Co. Born in the PNW, a region known for enthusiastic ridership and breathtaking riding opportunities, the show has made a name for itself as one of the world's largest and best-known custom motorcycle/biker culture events. This year's show will take place inside the historic Zidell Barge Building; this rustic structure was used to build ships in the 1930s and will provide the perfect gritty backdrop to all things moto.
Zidell Barge Building, South Waterfront (Sun May 1)

Oregon Humane Society's Doggie Dash Add to a List
Run (or walk) with your favorite furry friend at Portland's "biggest party for pets and people," which includes canine contests for your very good boy or girl to show off. If you're not a pawrent, that's okay, too! You can still participate and check out vendor booths, live music, food, and more while helping the Oregon Humane Society reach their fundraising goal of $780,000.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (Sat May 14)

47th Edition Prefontaine Classic Track & Field Meet Add to a List
The Prefontaine Classic, one of the nation's premier track and field meets, will once again be held in Tracktown, USA after a four-year hiatus. Over 200 of the world's best track and field athletes will convene at the University of Oregon's renovated Hayward Field to compete in 14 different disciplines.
Hayward Field, Eugene (May 27-28)

VISUAL ART & EXHIBITS

Banksyland Add to a List
Immerse yourself in Banksy's strange, elusive world with this touring exhibit, which features over 100 of the mysterious artist's works, including never-before-seen installations, salvaged street art, and original studio pieces. 
The Factor Building, Central Eastside (May 1-8)

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, (May 31-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, Multnomah Village (May 13-June 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 (May 21-Nov 20)

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 (May 4-28)

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 (May 1-31)

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