Jan 25, 2024 - News

Weekend Guide: What to do in Portland this weekend

Illustration of an orca holding a coffee cup.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Never mind the rain, get out this weekend for some beer, coffee and whale fun — and maybe even some radical music.

🖼️ Cruise the stacks in the ballroom at the Portland Fine Print Fair, the West Coast's largest event of its kind, with objects ranging from Old Masters to the 21st Century.

  • Fourteen U.S. and European dealers will explain what a print is, and why it's priced the way it is. 6-9pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday and 11 am-5pm Sunday at the Portland Art Museum. (Tickets are $65)

🏓 Ping pong in its purest form, where no one gets near the net, will be on display as Major League Table Tennis stars come to NoPo. 4pm Friday through Sunday at the Portland Expo Center. (Tickets are $20, $45 for a 3-day pass)

🍺 The home of Bud Clarke (RIP) keeps the flag flying for gourmet weird things, with the Goose Hollow Coffee Beer Fest.

  • Beer brewers and coffee roasters compare scientific notes and get their moods altered. 1-6pm Saturday at the Goose Hollow Inn.

🇲🇽 Hometown favorites Y La Bamba ensure you can't look away, even if you can't understand the words. The new album "Lucha" means "struggle" — this is bucket list stuff. 8pm Saturday at Wonder Ballroom. (Tickets are $28.50)

🔱 It's last chance saloon time, both for the "killer whales," and also for us humans to catch Orcas: Our Shared Future. Wonder at their power and beauty, and at who is killing them now. Through Sunday, OMSI. (Tickets are $19, $14 for kids under 14)

🪇 "Listen to This: An Evening with Alex Ross." The music critic for the New Yorker, Alex Ross, manages to make music-writing a delight to consume, even when the music is hard work.

  • Perfect for this lovely venue, Ross teams with our 45th Parallel and uses his words to inspire their music. Tonight at 7pm, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. (Tickets $44-$54)
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