This Weekend in Portland: 2.12 – 2.14
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.
It’s the 20th anniversary of Microcosm Publishing! The beloved, independent publishing house has been going strong since 1996, and it has been based in Portland since 1999. You may have seen their tables/booths at various local events, or you may remember them from our best independent bookstores piece way back in the day. Microcosm embodies the DIY ethos and prints exclusively in the USA using post-consumer materials. If you haven’t experienced Microcosm, it’s never too late to start… as a matter of fact, their 20th anniversary is a perfect time! – A.S.
5pm, All Ages, Free, (link)
If there was ever a beer festival that was worth attending (which really, most of them are), Zwickelmania would be it. The Oregon-wide craft beer celebration features over 120 participating breweries, including over 60 breweries in Portland alone… but that’s not even the best part. There’s an exclusive shuttle bus to get you between about 20 of the breweries on the list! It’s a win-win: free, delicious beer samples AND no drunk driving. I seriously wish I wasn’t going out of town this weekend. I would totally go to this. My one piece of advice: pace yourself. – A.S.
11a-4p, 21+, free, (link)
Ural Thomas & The Pain and The Domestics at Rontom’s
This weekend’s Rontom’s Sunday Session has the unique challenge of wooing a crowd on a night in which the intensity of love in the air is at it’s utmost. Valentine’s day. But what tends the flames of love better than a lusty fireman? Booty bumpin soul music and getting groovy on the dance floor. And there’s no better champion for such behavior than Portland’s Ural Thomas & The Pain. And with The Domestics playing support? Wooee! Things are bound to get steamy. -T.L.
8:30p, 21+, $15, (link)
The One Motorcycle Show
The One Motorcycle Show is exactly that. It is the only motorcycle show that you should care about in Portland. From cafe racers to flat track bikes, and from choppers to enduros, this show features two-wheeled artisan whips by the best bike builders around. In addition to drool-worthy bikes, there is also a custom helmet design gallery, mini (and full sized) flat track races, and live music by Mean Jeans, Jake Ray, Erotic City (Prince cover band), and more. I could go on with my description, or you could just watch the video below. – T.L.
Fri 6pm-Midnight, Sat 9am-Midnight, Sun 9am-3pm, All Ages, Free, (link)
Monster Jam at the Moda Center
This Valentine’s day weekend, the Moda Center get’s to play host to the one, the only, the Monster Jam. That’s right, Gravedigger, Max D and the whole crew, burning fossil fuels, flinging mud and just generally crushing shit. If your sweetie isn’t the type who would appreciate a Valentine’s day date to Monster Jam, then I think it might be time for some serious life reevaluation. I can honestly say, I will be there with my better half. – T.L.
Sat 2pm and 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, All Ages, Tickets starting at $25, (link)