PORTLAND, Ore — It's the last weekend of May, and it looks like the weather in Portland isn't going to cooperate for it. But that's OK! Because local businesses and artists continue to get creative to host socially distant events.
Many of these events don't even involve leaving your house - and if they do, you can stay in your car for the entire experience. Whether you want to go on a safari, attend a film festival, watch a drag show, or even have dinner and a show, there is something for you to do this weekend.
Here are 8 things to do this rainy weekend while social distancing:
Go on a safari! In your car
Keep the animals and yourself safe on this safari, by driving through Frog Pond Farm. You'll get to see llamas, goats, emu, pigs and more, and to top it all off, you'll be served donuts while you drive around!
When: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Frog Pond Farm - 2995 SW Advance Rd, Wilsonville
Attend a film festival from home
The first (organizers hope it's also the last) ever Confinement Online Film Festival is taking place over the next three Saturdays. It's a festival made up of homemade short films created in quarantine. The festival will be streamed live online, and viewers get to vote for winners in a variety of categories.
When: Saturday, May 30, June 5, June 13
Have dinner and a show - in your car
Dinner and a show looks just a little different these days. At The Garages Satellite Pub in Beaverton, you can drive up in your car, order food and drinks from the "car-tenders," and watch a performance by musician Sonny Hess. The show is free, but you can bring cans of food to donate to the Oregon Food Bank.
When: Saturday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Garages Satellite Pub - 4810 SW Western Ave, Beaverton
Have dinner delivered by local musicians
Sure, having food delivered to your car is cool, but The Blue Diamond is taking that up a level, by getting local musicians involved! They're calling it, Blues & Burgers. Different local musicians have signed up to volunteer each day, and some are selling music while they deliver your food.
When: Wednesday through Sunday - check here for daily times
Where: The Blue Diamond PDX - 2016 NE Sandy Blvd
Drive through for some beer
Old Town Brewing is hosting a brewers market on Saturday, selling beer and cider from a variety of local makers, including Von Ebert, Public Coast and Rev Nat Cider. You can preorder your beverages ahead of time, or order when you arrive in the parking lot.
When: Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Old Town Brewing - 5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Watch (or participate in!) a poetry slam
Have you written some new poems during your time at home recently? Or just want to see what other people have come up with? Portland Poetry Slam is going virtual, with a slam and open mic on Zoom.
When: Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
Sign up to perform by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend a drag show from home
If you've ever attended a drag show before, you probably remember how fun it was. And whatever venue you were in was probably crowded, filled with fun people! So this one will be a little different, thanks to at-home social distancing, but other than that, the organizers say it will feel just like a normal drag show!
Local drag queen Coco Jem Holiday is putting the show together, featuring other queens, including Blondie, Autumn Rainz Hart and Boris Tudeth.
When: Saturday at 6 p.m.
"Go" to a concert
The Alberta Rose Theatre is live streaming concerts featuring local musicians five nights a week, since April. But the venue has renewed for what it's calling "Season 3" of the Portland Music Stream, for another 20 concerts featuring local musicians. Tickets are $20 to stream one show, or $100 for all 20 concerts.
This Saturday, Sean Badders is performing, and Jeremy Wilson will follow on Sunday.
When: Wednesday through Sunday nights at 7 p.m.