May 15, 2024 - Things to Do

Weekend Guide: UFO festival, pop-up wine bar and more

Illustration of an alien wearing a tropical outfit.

The McMinnville UFO Festival kicks off this weekend. Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Does your social calendar give you decision paralysis? We get it.

🙃 Here are a few ideas to get you started:


ğŸŽ­ Broadway in Portland is bringing the classic production "Annie" to town for this week only. Relish the tunes from your childhood at Keller Auditorium with other thespians. Showtimes and ticket prices vary.

ğŸŽ¤ Indie singer-songwriter Caroline Rose will perform at the Wonder Ballroom Friday and Saturday with opener Ian Sweet. Doors open at 7pm, and tickets cost $28.

🍻 Move over, paint-n-sip, Portland Cider House is hosting a watercolor workshop with local artist Amy Wike. Event is sold out.


👽 Pull your space helmet out of storage and head down to McMinnville. The city celebrates its connection to an infamous UFO sighting in an annual two-day festival, which includes a costume contest (humanoids and pets), street fair and dance party. Most events are free to attend.

🍷 Mingle among creatives at a pop-up wine bar in Director Park hosted by Ethereal Reflections from 4-9pm Friday and Saturday. There will be music, food and ice cream scoops.


🛼 Cheer on Portland's roller derby teams at Oaks Amusement Park as they battle to make it to the championship. Tickets for the doubleheader — featuring the High Rollers, Heartless Heathers, Guns N Rollers and Break Neck Betties — start at $39. Doors at 4:30pm.

🤣 Pay tribute to Gene Wilder at the Tomorrow Theater's showing of a new documentary highlighting the late comedian's life and legacy. Tickets are $15, doors open at 3:30pm.


🚲 Kick off Portland Sunday Parkways season with a 3.3-mile ride through Gateway Discovery Park, Ventura Park and Lincoln Park — there'll be food trucks, music and an interactive community art mural along the way. Free, open to all ages.


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