Portland Events for the Queer Community, July 2018

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by Sebastian Fortino
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Well, June-uary is wrapped up, and the fireworks have cleared. We’re in full-on Summer mode in Portland. If you’re looking for things to do this month PQ has you covered. The new calendar format includes weekday events as well weekend activities. We are building it as we learn of events. If you are hosting or know of an event of interest to the LGBTQ+ community--be sure to email the editor at sebastian@proudqueer.com with your information!


Happy Summer!


Head to Crush Bar on July 5th, for July 2018 Starting Point! The first Thursday event features favorite local performers from Little Lioness Productions. Doors open at 9:15 and the show begins at 9:45. Tickets are between $10 and $12 so be sure to get yours!


Friday July 6th it's another great party for the women of our community. Head to party with the ladies at Lez Do It, at Killingsworth Dynasty


On Friday evening, July 6th, check out local painter Welder Ramiro Vásquez who will be displaying his artwork at Beeswing on NE Cully Avenue in Portland. The talented artist will be there from 3 to 7 PM. He encourages you to stop by for their happy hour, from 3 to 5 PM.


On Saturday, July 7th, get your drag on with Club Kai Kai with Biqtch Puddin' & Sara Andrews! Club Kai Kai & Holocene Portland are pleased to announce the presence of the Boulet Brother’s Dragula Season Two--America’s reigning Drag Supermonster, Biqtch Puddin'! Yassss hunty that’s correct. Bow down and worship! Tickets range from $10 to $15 and, as of the posting of this calendar, there are tickets remaining. 


The 2018 Waterfront Blues Festivall continues through Saturday, July 7th. If you want to go enjoy the Blues over this sunny weekend, there still appear to be tickets available. Get yours here! The event starts each day at noon and lasts until 11PM.


Get ready to dance on Saturday, July 7th! The much-loved Pants Off Dance Off has a new venue! Get ready to drop trou--I mean, it’s hot out there--and party down at Tonic in East Portland, on Sandy Boulevard. The event goes from 8 PM until 2 AM. The theme is Red, White, & Nude and there’s a cover of just $10.


Portland loves to dress up! If you have costumes or materials to make costumes, then head to the Costume Swap & Sale at Crush Bar on Sunday, July 8th. The event goes from 6 PM until 10 PM and sounds like a perfect way to wrap up your holiday weekend if you made this your vacation week.


On Tuesday, July 10th, starting at 6 PM, the fabulous Pepper Pepper is happy to say Drag Queen Tag Team is back! Head to the Alberta Street Pub from an evening of great drag. Also appearing--special guests Kel Dae and Loretta Goodlordchild! There’s no cover, drink specials, and to celebrate the art of drag, all ages are welcome.


If you wanna play bingo, hit up Cider Riot on Sunday, July 8th starting at 6PM. Bingo, not just for granny and Aunt Estelle anymore! Jester Bingo is hosted by Oregon Sports Union (ORSU) Rugby so, it’s for a sportingly good cause. Come kickoff Pride weekend with ORSU Women’s Bingo night! It’s a $7 for entry fee, which gets you three free cards then it’s $2 per card after that. Try your luck, try the ciders!


Do you want to tango? Then you go to the Free Intro Class to Argentine Tango hosted by Bridge City Tango. The classes are welcome to anyone, this event is all-inclusive. The complimentary lesson takes place on Monday, July 9th from 7 to 8 PM at Community Hall at Grace Episcopal Church located at 1535 NE 17th St.


On Wednesday, July 11th, get your queer literature on! Stop by and listen to queer writers Incite: Queer Writers Read from 7 until 8:30 PM. Visit Literary Arts to learn more!


On Thursday, July 12th Portland and the Recovery Community Fundraiser for Governor Kate Brown welcomes the governor, who has worked to repair what was once a broken recovery system in the State of Oregon. RSVP and the organizers will respond with the address. 


The Portland Lumberjacks, fresh off their winning rugby matches in the Netherlands, are playing another game. The Lumberjacks do Bingo!  takes place at Crush Bar on Friday, July 13th from 6 to 8 PM at Crush Bar. It’s $5 at the door which gets you two bingo cards. Additional cards are available for $1 each. So, try your luck for a good cause on Friday, July 13th!  


On Friday, July 13th consider taking your furry friend out for a glass of wine...well, maybe the pup should stick to water! But, the "Yappy Hour" is a great chance to get out of the city & head out to King's Raven Winery. The event goes from 6 until 8 PM. Wines are priced at a reasonable $6 for whites & $8 for reds, and food is available to purchase. I must admit, I went out there for a wine tasting & came home with four bottles so plan to bring a few bottles back for summer sipping. 


Celebrate the flavors and fun of the Caribbean Fiesta Caribeña on July 14th, from noon until 8 PM at the Portland Mercado. The Mercado's Caribbean crew (Que Bola Cuban Kitchen, Mathilde's Kitchen-Haitian Cuisine, El Coquí, and Que Bacano, Sabor Colombiano) are bringing us the fiesta and sharing a bit of that island culture in PDX. Join us as we keep the party going and continue to celebrate Latinidad in all its forms!


The beloved Mississippi Street Fair returns on Saturday, July 14th and it's hosted by Salty's Pet Supply! Head here to learn about all the good stuf, like parking and transportation. We love our street fairs in Portland, don't we? This is one of the region's biggest. Weather is set to be a low of 63 & a high of 91, a perfect day to stroll down the avenue to find favorite shops, vendors, and food...or, find some new ones. I'll be buying soap. I am kind of addicted to handmade soap. What about you? 


Or...get outta town & head to Vancouver for the 44th annual Gay Vancouver Pageant! The event takes place from 5 PM until midnight at 606 Main Street, in Vancouver. So, if you want to do the Mississippi Street Fair, there's time to do both.


If you want to stay in town, it's another edition of Jump Jack Sound Machine at Holocene! The theme is "birthday suit," because it's their second anniversaroy! Please, interpret what birthday suit means to you. No full nudity. A clothing check is provided. Be creative. You can score tickets for as little as $8! Wow! 


Beginning on Thursday, July 19th and closing on Sunday July 22nd, the Portland Queer Comedy Festival has several shows with out and proud queer comedians. Learn more, and get tickets here


Vamos a PDX Latinx Pride Festival 2018! Come celebrate the vibrant Latinx community of Portland. The event takes place on Saturday, July 21st from 4 PM until one minute shy of midnight. Join the part at District East,  


Did you miss the earlier beer festival this month? No problem! The Oregon Brewers Festival will celebrate its 31st annual event on Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Taps are open from Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday, and Noon to 7pm Sunday. The Brewers Brunch & Parade will take place on Thursday, July 26. Featuring 80 beers from craft breweries this time around, including five this year from Baja, California, Mexico. For the first time ever, the festival will also offer two ciders and a red and white wine.


If you want to see or join in the craziest softball game you've ever seen this summer...then head to Bat'n Rouge a queer sporting event. This year it's all about the 1990s celebrating shows, songs, and memorabilia from the optimistic decade that didn't quite know what to make of the approaching millenium. It takes place from 11 AM to 3:30 PM on Sunday, July 29th, at the Erv Lind Stadium. There is a suggested cover of $5 at the door. 

We move quickly in Portland...we go from softball to Christmas on the same day--Sunday, July 29th! The 4th Annual Duke And Duchess Of Hearts Pageant will take place at Darcelle XV's Showplace, from 6 PM to 9 PM and it's hosted by The Sweethearts Of Portland


For some "cool" this summer, head to the 38th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival for "le jazz hot." The Jazz Society’s Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is a free concert open to the public and held from Friday, July 20th until Sunday, July 22nd at Cathedral Park at the base of the St. Johns bridge in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of Portland. Now in its 38th year, the festival is the longest running jazz and blues festival west of the Mississippi River.

The Big Float 8, hosted by Billy Grippo and 18 other members of our community. Including Mayor Ted Wheeler, and many local businesses takes place on Saturday, July 14th at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This is a fun, family event! Tickets start at just $5 through Sunday, July 8th, then are $10 after, and $15 if pourchased on the day of event. Discounted pricing under age 18. The event is expected to draw 4,000+ floaters, observers and after-partiers. The Big Float gives our Willamette River a hug from the community. It celebrates and benefits the Human Access Project, with four bands on two floating stages, two 100 feet long slip & slides, and more!

Ah, bella Sicilia! The olive groves. The lemon trees. The wine. Ok. Confession: while I'm Sicilian I've never been. I mean, I've been to Italy but, just not been there yet! Check out the cuisine of Sicily with the Sunday Supper Series. This is a multi-course, family-style dinner served with regional wines from Sicily. The meal is taking place at LeChon, and don't forget to book your reservations & tickets! It's $60 a head, but seems well worth it considering gratuity & wines are included in the price. Mangia bella! 

This list of LGBTQ events is constantly being added to! Please reach out to PQ's Facebook page via direct message or email sebastian@proudqueer.com with all the deets! Happy Summer Portland!