Dragon Boat Races
It’s one of the cooler traditions in Portland: Every year, more than 80 teams from all over the world hop in beautifully decorated Chinese dragon boats and race down the Willamette River. Go cheer for whatever dragon tickles your fancy! KELLY KENOYER
Sat-Sun 8 am; Tom McCall Waterfront Park, free, all ages
Portlanders are uniquely passionate about riding bikes. This passion is gloriously exemplified in June, when Portland’s month-long bike fest swarms the city. This year, Pedalpalooza is serving up a healthy dose of whimsical, educational, clothing-optional, and—as always—oddly specific bike rides for the general public. Have a tiny dog that fits in your backpack? Want to watch two guys get married whilst pedaling around Ladd’s Addition? Need a reason to wear a Tiki shirt? Passionate about urban goats? There’s a ride for you this week. ALEX ZIELINSKI
Various Locations, click here for a complete list of rides and times
Drama, Natasha Kmeto, Chanti Darling
Na'el Shehade and Via Rosa definitely live up to the name Drama, but the Chicago duo creates it with subtlety. Shehade's beats aren't overbearing, and instead hang mystically behind Rosa's supple vocals. The project’s mellow dramatics could score both late-night dance parties and solitary introspection. It's Drama’s first time playing in Portland, and with the always excellent Natasha Kmeto and Chanti Darling rounding out the bill, Doug Fir is guaranteed to be a hotspot for some smooth and sensual vibes. CERVANTE POPE
9 pm, Doug Fir, $13-15
Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City
The Timbers play host to an always tough Kansas City side in a re-match of the epic 2015 Western Conference Knockout Round that kick-started Portland's run to their first-ever MLS Cup.
7:30 pm, Providence Park, $42-175, all ages
OMSI After Dark: Tapas & Tequila
I don't even know if this has anything to do with science, really, but hell: It's right there in the title. You like tapas? You like tequila? There's a bunch of those things in a science museum that isn't letting little kids in for the night.
6 pm, OMSI Empirical Theater, $40-70
Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap
With admission only a buck, it's hard to justify not swinging by Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap—which returns this weekend to take over the Eagles Lodge with table after table and crate after crate of classic comics, weird old magazines, battered VHS tapes, dog-eared paperbacks, creepy toys, and all sorts of half-forgotten pop-culture ephemera. Chances are good you'll find something you had no idea existed, and chances are also good you'll end up taking it home. ERIK HENRIKSEN
11 am, Eagles Lodge (F.O.E.#3256), $1-5, all ages
Wax Idols, Screture, Dead Spells
Hether Fortune and her Oakland band bring their goth-tinged pop and post-punk sounds back through Portland for a headlining show supporting their latest full-length, Happy Ending.
8:30 pm, Tonic Lounge, $10
Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
A Summer Solstice celebration, Norwegian-style, featuring live music, food, a beer garden, a Maypole raising, and of course, dancing around that Maypole.
11 am, Oaks Amusement Park, $7-17, all ages
Sugarland, Brandy Clark, Clare Bowen
The first big tour from country duo Sugarland is called “Still the Same.” That’s also the title of the first single from their forthcoming album Bigger. But it feels more like a reminder (or even a plea) for their fans: Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush may have put the project on ice in 2012 to work on solo endeavors and raise families, but now that they’ve reunited, nothing has changed. One spin of the tracks that Sugarland has released so far, including a duet with Taylor Swift, should put any worries to bed. Nettles and Bush still truck in the big choruses, heartfelt lyrics, and musical dramatics that pushed earlier singles like “Stuck Like Glue” and “It Happens” into heavy rotation on country radio. Sugarland’s journey back onto the charts looks like it might be a steep climb, but the path seems pretty clear.
7 pm, Moda Center, $30-109, all ages
The Mystery Box Show
A special Pride Week installment of Portland's long-running storytelling series dedicated to the sexier side of things hits the Alberta Rose Theatre with true tales from Jenny Brown, Jessica Stewart, and more.
7 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $22-57
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!