Weekend Vibes: 8 Exciting Things to Do in Portland


PORTLAND, Ore. β€” It’s finally May, and a lot is happening. We celebrate Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, a few native months, Mental Health Awareness Day, and Memorial Day. But this first weekend, everyone talks about the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta returning to Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland.

Some other things are happening in and around Portland: parties for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Rauw Alejandro at the Moda Center, events for the Kentucky Derby, and more. Here are the things we want to do this weekend.

Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

From May 5 to 7

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, OR, at 98 Southwest Naito Parkway.

What’s going on:Β This weekend is the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Portland, which hasn’t happened for the past three years because of the plague. Live acts will be given by mariachi bands, Mexican folk dancers, singers, and more. There will also be more than 30 vendors selling real Mexican food and carnival rides.

Click here for more information and ticket information.

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Cinco de Mayo at Bar Cala

From May 5 and 6

Where: 2703 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR, Bar Cala

What’s going on:Β Two fun-filled weekend parties are being held at Bar Cala in the Alberta District to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Friday and Saturday, the bar will have deals on food and drinks. DJ Koloro and DJ L-Douglas will play at the “Latin Party” night on Friday, and DJ AB will play at the “Reggaeton Hits” night on Saturday.

There will be no cover charge for either night.


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Saturno Tours the World

Date: May 5

Where: 1 North Center Court Street, Moda Center, Portland, OR

What’s going on: Get ready for a show that will blow your mind. Rauw Alejandro, a reggaetΓ³n singer from Puerto Rico, announced his “Saturno World Tour” in early January. The tour will stop in Rose City, and Jabbawockeez will be a special guest. In November, the 30-year-old’s third record, “Saturno,” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s list of Top Latin Albums. Rauw told his more than 2.3 million Twitter fans that this tour would be one of the best of 2023.

At ticketmaster.com, prices for tickets start at $49.95.

Furin Project Symposium

Date: May 5

Where: 2305 Southeast 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR, Portland Community College Southeast Learning Garden

What’s going on: This Friday, the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is hosting a tour of an art project that has been going on for a year. Together with people from the community, APANO’s catalyst artist Midori Hirose made clay “wind bells” called Furins. These bells are now in the Student Commons building at PCC. This project aims to bring people together and talk about Indigenous care.


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Asian Heritage Month

Β From May 6–May 28

Where: Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 Northwest Everett Street, Portland, OR

What’s going on: Come to Lan Su Chinese Garden as it starts its four-week-long celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with special cultural events and performances. The Chinese Garden in Portland has teamed up with more than 20 local cultural groups to show the history, practices, and arts of AANHPI cultures and learn more about them. The ceremony on Saturday will be free.

Click here to learn more and see what’s happeningΒ this month.

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Portland Derby

Date: May 6

Where: 831 Southeast Salmon Street, The Redd on Salmon Street, Portland, OR.

What’s going on: The 16th Portland Derby is another event that has been gone for a long time but is returning to the cityβ€”a party with fashion, roses, mint juleps, dancing, and other fun things. Gifts worth more than $2,500 for the best-dressed people will be a great reason to get your derby on.

Click here to learn more, get tickets, and sign up for the VIP experience.


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Regional Championships for PokΓ©mon

From May 5 to 7,

Where: The Oregon Convention Center at 777 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Portland, OR

What’s going on: Listen up, PokΓ©mon fans! This weekend, the PokΓ©mon 2023 Regional Championship will be in Portland. Gamers, friends, and fans are all welcome to this family-friendly event, where people compete for the coveted title of PokΓ©mon Regional Champion. There will also be prizes, cash, and gift cards for the winners.

Click here for more details and to sign up.

Rieke Art Fair & Student Art Extravaganza

Date: May 7

Where: 1405 Southwest Vermont Street, Portland, OR, Rieke Elementary School

What’s going on: Want to find a gift or gifts for Mother’s Day? This Sunday is the Rieke Art Fair, which has much to offer. You can find prints, cards, ceramics, drawings, jewelry, and more made in the area. The show is close to the Hillsdale Farmers Market and will have live music. This is the place to be this weekend if you like to support local artists and farms.

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