This Weekend in Portland: 9.11 – 9.13

With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things that happen 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 experiencing.


Hustle & Drone, Hands In, and Kyle Craft (solo) at Bunk Bar

Later this fall Lose Yr Mind music festival returns to Audio Cinema for two amazing nights of cranial tomfoolery. But first, like most DIY efforts, we must raise fun(ds). In the first of a series of fundraiser shows happening throughout the month of September, this Saturday night at Bunk Bar catch Hustle & Drone, Hands In (who just released a killer new tape), and a solo performance by Kyle Craft. We could go on about what a great show this why you should attend regardless of where the funds go, but instead we’ll leave you with this: if you’re not participating in supporting and the rad things happening in your community, why do you live here?

8:30pm, 21+, $5, (link)

St. Johns No Fest 2015

It wouldn’t be a true summer weekend in Portland without another anti-corporate music fest happening. Which is completely awesome, don’t get me wrong. Back for the 8th year, St Johns No Fest brings 80 bands to 9 venues across town, all for free and open to all ages audiences. Some of the festival highlight include Bleach Blonde Dudes, Nasalrod, and Gooo at the Brekkens backstage; Stochastic Mettle Union at James John Cafe; and Dirtclodfight at Signal Station.

Various times, 9 venues, 80 bands, Free, All Ages, (link)

Tilikum Crossing Grand Opening

Portland is a city of many things: roses, stumps, weirdos, and bridges. While we’ve all surely seen it standing gloriously betwixt the Ross Island and Sellwood bridges for the past year or so, this Saturday marks the official public opening of Bridgetown’s latest addition to our corridor of architectural feats connecting the east and west sides of the Willamette River. The addition of Tilikum Crossing and Trimet’s Orange Line Max is actually pretty monumental. It not only changes the landscape of our city, but the way we get around in it, and eventually even the neighborhoods that will become popularized and redeveloped next. Busses, Max trains, streetcars and the aerial tram are free all day in celebration.

12-4pm, All Ages, Free, (link)


Fanno Creek, Old Age, and Joel Magid at Rontoms

What a lovely bunch of buttercups performing at this weekend’s Rontom’s Sunday Session. Headlining the night, Fanno Creek’s bubbly, indie folk rock is bound to get the hippies jumping off one another in a frenzied dance-mosh. Support by Corvallis/Alsea, Oregon’s absolute best band Old Age (who are also better than most Portland bands to boot), as well as Portland’s flowery 60’s folk/psych inspired songwriter Joel Magid and his band of hyenas make this a must-catch night of music.

8:30pm, 21+, Free, (link)

All Weekend

PICA’s TBA Festival 2015

tba_quesneThis weekend kicks off what may well be the city’s most important celebration of performance art, dance, music and visual arts – Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)’s week and a half long Time Based Art Festival. Since there is such a myriad of ground-shaking artists and performers both locally and internationally to choose from at more than a handful of theaters and galleries across town, check out our festival preview for recommendations of what not to miss. Keep Portland Contemporary.

Prices, Locations and Times Vary, All Ages, (link)