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In addition to our guide to the best things to do at home this week (like a Powell's reading with Lindy West and the Portland Comedy Festival), we've curated some recommendations for socially distanced things to do in-person this weekend, as long as you're wearing a mask and being careful. See our picks below, from ways to celebrate mushroom season (like the Fungi Film Festival and the chanterelle pie at Ken’s Artisan Pizza) to haunted attractions, and from a self-guided tour of Elliott Smith's old haunts to two more Walk the Vote events. Plus, you can always check out our complete in-person and streaming calendars for even more options, or our guides to the best movies to stream this weekend.
FOOD & DRINK
Embrace mushroom season. The best time for wild mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest is between September and November, so it’s prime time for fungi foraging. Feeling adventurous? Pick up a guidebook (like the fantastically named All The Rain Promises and More, a favorite among seasoned mushroom hunters) and set out on your own expedition. If you’re not up to braving the wilderness, you could opt instead for some seasonal dishes at local restaurants, like matsutake rice pilaf at Lazy Susan, a chanterelle pie at Ken’s Artisan Pizza, or elk fennel sausage and mushroom pizza at the recently opened Pacific Crust Pizza Company. Or geek out at the Fungi Film Festival, which is perhaps the world’s first film festival dedicated to mushrooms, lichens, and micro fungi of the Pacific Northwest and runs through October 30. For further ‘shroom edification, check out the local online mycology school MYCOLOGOS and the Oregon Mycological Society.