With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing.

To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.



Friday 1.23 – OPB Stage Pass Presents: Summer Cannibals, Hustle and Drone, Edna Vazquez/No Passengers at Mississippi Studios. – 9p, $10, 21+ (link)

In a weirdly varied bill, OPB brings together a few heavy hitters from their assorted genres to give us a night of diversity. Garage-pop rockers Summer Cannibals will be joined by electronic, beat-based trio Hustle and Drone as well as the latin-flavored stylings of Edna Vazquez and No Passengers.


Friday 1.23 – La Luz, Prom Queen, Is/Is at Doug Fir. – 9p, $12, 21+ (link)

Seattle’s all female quartet, La Luz, has taken the world of modern surf rock by storm with their euphoric twang and delecate four part harmonies. With support from the dreamy retro lounge tunes of Prom Queen, and the more traditional shoegaze garage psych Is/Is, this show is sure to be a bonafide brain bender.


Friday 1.23 – Jackson Boone, Mister Tang, Arlo Indigo, and Neighbor Wave at The Know. – 8p, $5, 21+ (link)

A night to showcase the myriad of angles to Portland’s booming psychedelic rock movement. Headlining the night, Jackson Boone takes a gentler and more spiritual approach with intimate and profound songwriting. Main support, Mister Tang, take the opposite approach, grinding out heavily fuzzed speedballs of mind warping garage punk.


Fri 1.23 – Sun 1.25 – International Cat Show at Holiday Inn Airport. – $8 (link)

Calling all cat lovers — prepare yourselves for three days jam-packed with your favorite feline friends. The International Cat Show runs all weekend, so if you’ve got some time to kill, why not go look at some cats? It’s like being on the internet, but in real life.


Saturday 1.24 – Bob Marley and Pink Floyd Laser Light Shows at OMSI. – 8:15p and 9:30p, $7.50 each (link)

After dinner light up a fat spliff, slip your sweetie some special brownies, and head down to the Planetarium at OMSI to make this date night one to remember. Or forget. What did we do last night after dinner again? OMSI’s science nerds expertly sinc up unique and mind blowing laser light shows to some of the most iconic music of all time. A medley of Bob Marley’s most well know songs at 8:15, followed by Pink Floyd’s The Wall in it’s entirety.