August event highlights
Here’s a selection of August events in Portland. For more, see our editors’ picks, below, or search the events calendar.
Since 1999, Pickathon, a celebrated six-stage music festival at the lush Pendarvis Farm just outside Portland, has attracted headliners like Feist and Andrew Bird while establishing itself as the nation’s greenest music festival.
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Top-Down Rooftop Cinema
Enjoy Portland’s temperate summer nights with Top-Down Rooftop Cinema. Film screenings, along with performances from local bands, cocktails, beer and barbecue are offered six Thursday evenings in a row atop a Portland State University parking structure.
Flicks on the Bricks
Gather up the family and head to Pioneer Courthouse Square for free movies and popcorn under the stars on Portland’s “largest outdoor screen.” Catch Flicks on the Bricks five consecutive Friday nights, July–August.
Since 2002, Pioneer Courthouse Square has celebrated summer with two free lunchtime concerts every week in July and August. The popular Noon Tunes Concert Series showcases the best in regional and local musical talent each Tuesday and Thursday from noon–1 p.m.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby
Fearless grown-ups hurtle down an extinct volcano in homemade vehicles during the PDX Soapbox Derby. It could be a recipe for disaster, but, instead, it’s a beloved annual event held in Mt. Tabor Park, which offers spectacular views of downtown. Spectators bring their own beer and cheer on the fastest — and kookiest — gravity-powered cars.
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The Providence Bridge Pedal is an annual bike ride across Portland’s bridges cements Portland’s bike-friendly status, as a total of six bridges partially close to cars, affording bicyclists rare views and a choice of relaxed rides ranging in distance from 5 to 18 miles (8–28 km).
Hood to Coast Relay
The Hood to Coast is the world’s largest running relay race, stretching 200 miles from the top of Mount Hood to the Pacific Ocean in Seaside. The overnight event culminates in the West Coast’s largest beach party and draws more than 12,000 runners and walkers annually. The race fills up months in advance, but there’s no charge to watch the dedicated and costumed runners make their way down the mountain and onto the beach.