'Adult Swim on the Green' comes to Sellwood Park
In the not so distant future, scores of "Adult Swim" fans will flock to Sellwood Riverfront Park where they can "get schwifty."
That's a reference to the hit cult show "Rick & Morty," which appears on the quirky and at times downright-strange block of late-night programming on the Cartoon Network television channel.
The "Adult Swim" brand has generated a cult following of its own, and it's coming to celebrate with its Portland fans from 7:15 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, at the park as part of its "Adult Swim On the Green" tour.
It's pretty exclusive, hitting only six cities in the nation, where people will gather — free of charge — to get a taste of "Things You've Never Seen," or things on the horizon for the network.
It will show unaired episodes, never-before-seen pilots and specials, and other favorites of Williams Street, a Cartoon Network production company.
"Adult Swim" attempted to visit Portland with another outdoor event to engage with fans, on a drive-in tour last year. Portland was the last stop on the tour, but the event was canceled because of rain.
"We have a lot of fans in Portland, so we're really excited to come back," says Ashley Wagner, an organizer of the event.
What's actually on the itinerary is a mystery, as organizers aren't able to divulge what will be screening. They say they've created some new content specifically for the tour.
If one had to venture a guess, there will be some sort of appearance of "Rick & Morty," considering fans have been desperate for the new season since Season 2 ended in March 2016.
If not, in a separate event, Portland fans can catch the "Rickmobile," a giant vehicle decorated as Rick from the show, coming to Portland on June 29 as part of another national tour. Although the "Adult Swim" website doesn't confirm a location for the "Rickmobile" event, its Facebook event page shows near The Rambler bar.
As for the "On the Green" event, it will be a carnival-like atmosphere, according to Wagner. There will be games and food, and they'll be showing content on a giant, 32-foot LED wall.
"It's the best outdoor screen you can get," she says. "So it should be a very beautiful experience in nature and on the screen."
The park has capacity for about 1,000 people, and because the show is free, it's a first-come, first-served basis for people 18 years and older. However, they give priority to those who have purchased a $5 food and beverage voucher online ahead of time. People without the voucher can still show up and see if they get in, though.
"Spots in Portland are filling up pretty quickly," Wagner says.