This Weekend in Portland: 10.02 – 10.04

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.


Burning Palms (AZ), Cat Hoch, and Cambrian Explosion at The Know

If you find yourself in NE with $7 burning a hole in your pocket, you should probably make your way down to The Know to catch Burning Palms, Cat Hoch, and Cambrian Explosion. Tucson, AZ’s Burning Palms feel like the perfect band to fill The Know given their witchy, garage punk demeanor. I mean, even their digital download is $6.66. Additionally, the ever-talented Cat Hoch, whose release we eagerly anticipate, will be kicking out the self-proclaimed “psychedelic dream pop dad jazz samba mamba” jams, and the cosmic sorcerers themselves, Cambrian Explosion, will also be ripping. It’s sure to be a killer show.

8pm, 21+, $7, (link)


The Wedge (Cheese Festival) at Green Dragon

the_wedgeCheese, man. Some people really love their cheese. Me? I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Sure, I like a good mozzarella or a nice brie, but that’s about where the cheese wheel stops for me. But if you are into all cheeses hard, soft, sharp, mild, stinky, or not, you might want to find yourself at The Wedge this weekend. It’s a pretty screaming deal — $15 to sample cheeses from all of the vendors. That ends up being less than a dollar a sample! Come on down, cheese-lovers, and to the lactose intolerant: stay away.

Noon – 5pm, Free to attend, $15 Adv / $20 Day-of to sample, (link)

Friday + Saturday

Lose Yr Mind Music Festival at Audio Cinema

Friday – The Blank Tapes, Tijuana Panthers, Aan, and Grandparents

Saturday – No Age, Wimps, Psychomagic, and Ah God

With weed shops officially open to the public on October 1, there’s no doubt many of you will spend the weekend testing out new strains and pushing comfort levels being too-high in public. Fear not earthen-bodies, Lose Yr Mind Fest is just the place to bring your stoned bones this weekend – psychedelic pop music will never sound better. Friday night brings two of LA’s finest garage surf rock groups The Blank Tapes and Tijuana Panthers, along with locals Aan and Grandparents. Saturday night’s lineup boasts a punkier edge of southern California’s musical rim with headliners No Age. Seattle new wave punk band Wimps play support along with locals Psychomagic and Ah God.

9pm, 21+, $10-$20 sliding scale each night, (link)




Wampire, Pageantry, and Jackson Boone at Rontoms [Lose Yr Mind Wrap Party]

You don’t have to quit losing mind after the official festival concludes Saturday night. This weekend’s Rontom’s Sunday Session has teamed up with Lose Yr Mind for a wrap party that’s sure to keep your minds bogged down and productivity levels at a low throughout at least mid next week. Portland dark synth pop favorites, Wampire, have had a busy touring schedule since the release of their sophomore album Bazaar last October, so one can only expect a top notch performance – and perhaps some new material? Pageantry and Jackson Boone are extra tasty meatballs on an already scrumptious pizza pie. Weather permitting, this may be the last show of the season on Rontom’s back patio so don’t miss out. Pro-tip: Bring your own tecates in a backpack or buy them 3-4 at a time at the bar.

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




All Weekend

Hopworks Handmade Bike and Beer Fest

hopworks_festNothing goes together like handmade bicycles and hand-crafted beer, and that’s exactly what will be on display this weekend at the Hopworks on Powell. That’s where you’ll find the Handmade Bike and Beer Fest, which brings together some of the top bike-builders and breweries from around the city. Check out some wild custom bike frames, drink some delicious brews, and while you’re at it, sit back and enjoy some of the BMX performances going on.

12-9pm Sat, 12-5p Sun, all ages, $10-25, (link)