Music and Dance: It’s obvious that Portlanders dance to the beat of a different drum, but to watch how Kazum moves, you have to wonder what that music sounds like. An acrobatic dance troupe that combines trapeze work with gymnastics, capoeira and aikido (among other spectacular dance forms and martial arts), Kazum pops up at citywide events, usually punctuating the sounds of some of Portland’s most innovative bands. One such outfit is March- Fourth Marching Band, which describes itself as “Duke Ellington meets Sgt. Pepper” and packs enough sights and sounds to live up to that billing. Their big brass blows alongside a crew of stilt walkers, fire eaters, vaudeville dancers and acrobats and has even started to garner the group some nationwide attention.;

Variety: Bringing the big top to small spaces across Portland, Wanderlust Circus is not embellishing when it claims to amaze, amuse and enlighten. Fronted by seasoned showmen William Batty and Mr. Creature, the group performs in the Bossanova Ballroom and other venues across the city with a ragtag crew of talented jugglers, fire artists, vaudevillians, acrobats and contortionists. Their vintage presentation adds authenticity, and as a result, the troupe’s brand of mayhem has gone mainstream — last year they even performed at the mayor’s inauguration party.

Museums: Neither open all day nor technically a church, the 24 Hour Church of Elvis is currently a coin-operated art gallery, installed in a storefront in Portland’s Chinatown district. Currently is the operative word in the previous sentence, because the church has existed in four incarnations since opening in 1985, with previous “churches” including works of art such as a miniature psychic, an exhibit of “Off the Wall Wallpaper,” and an actual altar to the King himself. The current church is accessible only to window shoppers who drop two bits in the slot, but lovebirds can actually have legal weddings (for $25, no less) there — complete with exchanging of vows and a sidewalk procession of the bride. Also, as a part of the ceremony, Elvis can serenade the newlyweds, but that costs extra.

Four Seasons of Foolishness

Time your visit to Neverland with one of these “fun first” events:

SPRING: Throw the frozen tundra to the dogs. In mid- March’s Portland Urban Iditarod, teams of four barking human runners, tethered to a shopping cart, pull “mushers” along a more-than-4-mile course through scenic downtown Portland — stopping at checkpoints along the way for beer breaks. Local news outlet KATU describes the 9-year-old event best: “There are no winners; there are no losers. There are just a bunch of belligerent people.”

SUMMER: On one afternoon in late August, 39 teams ascend Portland’s Mount Tabor, an inactive volcano that’s now a city park, to pilot all manner of homemade vehicles — from replicas of the Flintstone mobile to miniature Viking ships — down a course lined with throngs of (legally) beer-drinking, sunbathing fans. This is the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby, and it has endured for 10 years with the same simple, official mission: “… to stay young, yet not so young.”

AUTUMN: Playing with fire is usually a strict no-no. But that’s not the case at Fuel: PDX on Fire. This explosive, late-September event combines fire craft and technology in a demolition-derby-like setting. Think 30-foot-tall fire tornados, a jet-propelled fire pendulum that rotates 360 degrees and a Guitar Hero game set up to control a 12-foot-tall Tesla coil (as well as the 20-foot lightning that shoots from it). Yeah, that’s hot.

WINTER: Every year, for one day in late December, hundreds of revelers descend on Portland dressed like Santa Claus for SantaCon, a Kris Kringle–themed pub crawl full of merry mayhem. Though SantaCon takes place in many cities across the world, Portland’s version of the event is particularly lively, thanks to the city’s number of bars.