Is your basement flooding? Need to get out of town and dry out? Here are some good reasons to go this weekend:
Catch the final days, through Sunday, of MusicfestNW, Portland’s six-night, mostly indoor music festival featuring more than 150 bands at 16 clubs and other venues throughout the city. (Time magazine dubbed it “one of 50 authentic American experiences,” and who would want to miss out on an authentic American experience?) For an outdoor concert on this sunny (so they say) weekend, head for downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square to catch the experimental psychedelic sounds of Animal Collective on Friday, or the indie folk The Head and the Heart on Saturday. All-show wristbands start at $90; individual tickets available for some shows. Full schedule and details here.
Vancouver’s Fringe Festival of independent theater kicked off Thursday and brings more than 600 performances by 89 artists over 11 days, through Sept. 15. The Fringe employs an “everyone welcome” selection technique — the Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists a chance to participate. Among offerings Saturday is “Naked Love,” described on the website as “a raw and unapologetic look at two 20-somethings navigating through their first adult relationship. Dive into the minds (and the beds) of Cory and Tiffany as they endure the hilarious, devastating, and often uncomfortable experience.” And there’s much more where that came from.
Who cares about music and theater, you say? In your eyes, is the apron-girded chef sweating over a sizzling and smoky barbecue the true artist? Then head for Selah, near Yakima, for the annual Tree Top Skewered Apple BBQ Championship, this Saturday (4-11 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.). Prizes valued at $25,000 are up for grabs, and festival-goers will have plenty of opportunity to sample wares. Don’t miss the Apple Pie Eating Contest (7 p.m. Saturday) or the Pork Butt Parade (bring horns, whistles and party beads, to cheer on competitors) at 11 a.m. Sunday. There’s a classic car rally, BBQ Boogie dance, and more.