The Portland Pickles have officially taken the West Coast League by storm. Powered by some unbelievably clutch hitting from fan favorites Zander Clarke and Joey Cooper, the team recently locked up a playoff spot by clinching the West Coast League’s South title for the first half of the 2018 season. To celebrate the occasion, the Pickles are throwing Picklefest, a summer festival with more than 50 beers, all the hot dogs and fried pickles you can eat, and live music from beloved Seattle pop-punk outfit Tacocat, along with Portland’s own Kyle Craft and the Parson Red Heads. A ticket to Picklefest will net you a souvenir pint with a complimentary fill, admission to the pregame concert, entry into a vinyl giveaway, and a right field berm ticket for the night game against the Kelowna Falcons. You’ll also get the chance to spend some quality time partying with Dillon the Pickle, who is undoubtedly the greatest mascot in all of sports. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
3 pm, Walker Stadium, $17, all ages
The Big Float
Portland is a city of rivers, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than by floating in the Willamette to cool off in the summer sun—while listening to live music! Portland’s annual river party the Big Float is back, with Zephr, Portland Perk, B-Side Players, and Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons playing on a barge while you paddle around or bob in a tube. Get there early (7:30 am) to help clean up the river and you’ll get free admission to the festivities. KELLY KENOYER
11 am, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, $5-15
Gift of Gab, Vursatyl, Sleep
The legendary Bay Area MC known for unleashing tongue-twisting rhymes over classic hip-hop beats comes up the coast for an early show at the Paris Theater. Local hip-hop institutions Vursatyl and Sleep round out the proceedings.
5 pm, Paris Theater, $15
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, David Grisman Trio, The Jerry Douglas Band
Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and his long-running jazz-tinged bluegrass outfit jam out at the Oregon Zoo as part of the venue's summer concert series.
6:30 pm, Oregon Zoo, $39.50-99.50, all ages
Judy on Duty Daytime
A special daytime edition of Judy on Duty, celebrating one the local queer community. The vibe is genuinely comfortable and inclusive, so assholes and creeps: Stay away, or you'll have to answer to a lot of angry Judys. CIARA DOLAN
3 pm, White Owl Social Club, $5
There's been a succession of comedians over the decades who have made their bones on taking the microphone and being a hilarious contrarian. The latest iconoclast to pick up that mantle is Boston's Bill Burr, who kills crowds whenever he plays, whether they want to be killed or not.
7 pm & 10 pm, Keller Auditorium, $45
Rotties want to party with you, and they're willing to use every tool in the punk-rock playbook to get the job done. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
9 pm, No Fun, $5
Book of Love, The Secret Light
History has been kind to Book of Love. The birth of a new strain of synth-pop has helped connect the band’s best work, like the knock-kneed romance of “I Touch Roses,” the throbbing beauty of “Lullaby,” and the hip-swinging “Hunny Hunny,” to modern artists like Beach House, LCD Soundsystem, and any group that’s released music on the Italians Do It Better label. Seizing on this opportunity, Book of Love’s original members—Ted Ottaviano, Susan Ottaviano (no relation), Jade Lee, and Lauren Roselli Johnson—have been working to cement their heritage with the rerelease of their catalog and a smattering of new songs. To celebrate both the release of a new compilation of their vintage tunes and the 30th anniversary of their second album Lullaby, they’ve been popping up around the country this year, including a stop at the Star Theater on Saturday. Fuck the modern artists trying to breathlessly recapture the sound of the past—go straight to the source. ROBERT HAM 7:30 pm, Star Theater, $20-50
The Intelligence, The Lavender Flu
A pair of Pacific NW-based art-punk and garage rock staples split a co-headlined, Saturday night bill at Mississippi Studios.
10:30 pm, Mississippi Studios, $10-12
The Austin-hailing band bring their uptempo and high-energy blend of bluegrass and folk-rock back through town for an intimate show supporting their 2017 full-length, Some Part of Something.
7:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $18-20
Foster Tasting Tour
Pick up a passport book and indulge in tasty $5 treats from an array of Foster area businesses, including Nayar Taqueria, Jurassic Cart, Bar Maven, La Arepa, and the Portland Mercado. Collect as many stickers as you can and return your passport for a chance to win prizes.
2 pm, Foster Area Business Association, click here for a complete list of participating businesses and offerings, $5
Oni Press and Cosmic Monkey Comics host a signing and release party in celebration of Paul Tobin's latest, Made Men: Getting the Gang Back Together.
noon, Cosmic Monkey Comics, free
Seattle jazz trio McTuff’s organ-centric crew exhibits blistering chops, as heard on their most recent LP, Vol. 3: The Root, where their worldly musical muses traverse impressive realms on scorchers like “A Mendacious One” or the glittering dancehall jam “The Brat.” Those inclined to cut a rug had best be in attendance. RYAN J. PRADO
10 pm, Goodfoot, $10
The Tamed West, Boone Howard, Pool Boys
Portland trio the Tamed West bring their psych-tinged pop and garage rock down to the Doug Fir Lounge to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut. Likeminded locals Boone Howard and Pool Boys round out the bill.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $10-12
Millennial Falcon, Harry Katz & the Pistachios, Mouthbreather, Living Skins, Dwight D
Millennial Falcon’s self-described “space pirate punk” combines the lighthearted elements of ska and the driving energy of punk rock. The Portland band’s latest release, Hikikomori, drips with angst, and songs like “Nazi Punchers” have enough gusto to power a small army. What really sets Millennial Falcon apart is the presence of comic book kitsch—it’s almost like they’re creating superhero soundtracks—but passionate rock ’n’ roll ingenuity prevents it from becoming another throwaway party punk band. DELANEY MOTTER
8 pm, Firkin Tavern, free
Summer Strawberry Beer Fest
Saraveza and the Fruit Beer Festival team up to add one more mini-fest to the city's ever growing roster of delicious showcases for adventurous brewers. Behold! BEERS MADE OUT OF STRAWBERRIES. 15 of 'em, in fact, paired with strawberry food specials.
noon, Saraveza, $10
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