Sat Aug 6, 8:00 PM - Sat Aug 6, 11:00 PM

the steep and thorny way to heaven

Southeast 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

Community: Portland


Themed variety show and costume party featuring aerial circus, burlesque, dance, and rock performances.

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“The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past favors, it always wants more tomorrow.”― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

It’s been a long, lean couple of years, and we at Steep and Thorny are hungry!

Hungry for blood, for brains, for feasting on merriment and flesh. And like Fenris the wolf devouring the sun or the Chinese brother who could drink the sea, we cannot be satisfied.

Featuring performances from Portland’s best underground performance artists and custom concessions designed by The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven mixologists Myrrh and Megan, The Devouring: A Night Carnival of Hunger is a feast for the senses!

And for those ravenous for more: costumes are encouraged and those who come dressed to devour all we have to offer will get $1 off their first drink.

So sharpen your fangs, find your furs, and come down under the bridge to have your cake and eat it too!

Come and go as you like!

With performances throughout the evening beginning at 8:30pm, the there’s something for every vampire, zombie, and Cookie Monster!

Six times a year, The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven produces the Night Carnival, a themed costume and cocktail party featuring DJs, dancing, and live performances from Portland’s thriving performance community.

As always, 100% of ticket sales go to performers!

Performer profiles and costume inspiration TBA

Memberships for The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven available. Membership includes tickets to the current Night Carnival, as well as 20% off future events and various other Member perks!

The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven recognizes that due to historic racism and marginalization, Black and indigenous communities are disproportionately affected by financial insecurity and generational hardship.

In recognition of this we offer discounted 3 and 6 month memberships for our Black and indigenous community members through a generous scholarship from partnering non-profit Misfit Academy.

If you would like to donate to this fund please visit Misfit Academy's Paypal at

COVID Policy: Proof of vaccine or negative test, and masks while not actively drinking will be required for all audience.

Our HEPA air filter will be running at all times indoors cycling all air at least every 15 minutes. All cast and crew will be tested before venue opens.

Performer and DJ profiles and costume inspiration at our Facebook event.

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