This weekend in Portland: 2.20-22

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, 2.27NW Hip Hop Fest 4 at Hawthorne Theater8pm, 21+, $8, (link)

Hip hop in Portland is like psychedelic mushrooms – it grows in the region and is good as fuck, but society is illogically biased against it and you have to know where to look to find any. This Friday look no further than the Hawthorne Theater for some of Portland’s most promising new hip hop artists including Bad Habitat, TxE, Speaker Minds, Mic Crenshaw and more.

Saturday, 2.28Malt Ball 2015 at Wonder Ballroom2pm-1am, 21+, $25, (link)

Beer and rock and roll are a power couple that will undoubtedly last the ages. In a most prudent celebration of the two, the Portland Mercury’s Malt Ball 2015 pairs up local craft breweries and some of the city’s best bands to make special limited run band/brewery collaboration beers to be celebrated by a full 10 hours of live music and lots of drinking. Some of the bands showcased include Fog Father, Talkative, Máscaras, Lubec, Like A Villain, Holy Grove and more. Participating breweries include Basecamp, Burnside, Coalition, Fort George, Gilgamesh, Hopworks, Laurelwood, Lompoc and many more.

Saturday, 2.28Stormbreaker Brewstillery Festival12p-12a, $20 advance/$25 day of, 21+ (link)

Mixing your beer and your liquor isn’t usually advisable, but at Stormbreaker’s Brewstillery Fest… well, it’s kind of the point. Don’t worry, though — these pairings are created with a pleasant experience in mind. 18 breweries and 12 distilleries from around Portland come together to form what can only be described as a festival to remember… that is, if you’re able to.


Sunday, 3.1WWeek’s “Cartathlon” Food Cart Scavenger Hunt12:30p-6:30p, $60/team (link)cartathlon

Grab four of your friends and set aside your Sunday so you can participate in Willamette Week’s 5th Annual “Cartathlon” — basically, the best food cart scavenger hunt you’ll ever participate in. The entry fee is $60 per team (five people), and it includes dishes from food carts along the way, a 2 hour TriMet pass, and food & drink specials at the registration and after parties. And make sure to wear costumes, as there will be a “Best Costumes” award (as well as “First Place” and “Best Team Name” awards) when all is said and done.


Sunday, 3.1Swahili, Like A Villain, and Japanese Breakfast at Rontoms8:30pm, Free, 21+ (link)

Rontoms infamous “Sunday Sessions” are back with another finely curated evening of free music. This week offers a full lineup of avant garde experimental pop. Local headliners Swahili have a brand new LP, Amovrevx, due out March 24th on label Translinguistic Other. Like A Villain and Philly-based Japanese breakfast support. Noise & Color would never advise anyone to partake in illegal drug activity, but Sunday night at Rontoms will probably be a good place to trip face.