Summer events round-up

Portland embraces summer sunshine with fun festivals and more.

CathedralPark-JazzFestThe Cathedral Park Jazz Festival draws hundreds of music-lovers to Southeast Portland.
Jazz Society of Oregon


Oregon Zoo Concerts

Music is in the air here — even at the zoo. The Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts run from June–September and feature national artists like the B-52s, Indigo Girls and more. Arrive early to stake out a spot on the lawn, then see the animals before the show.
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Waterfront Blues Festival

The Waterfront Blues Festival — the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi River — rocks crowds on the riverbank at Waterfront Park and on the water with five days of top national acts, as well as spectacular fireworks on July 4.
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Oregon Brewers Festival

Craft breweries from around the United States bring more than 80 beers to the Oregon Brewers Festival, the largest gathering of independent brewers in North America, held in downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.

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Since 1999, the Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival, a celebrated six-stage folk festival at the bucolic 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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MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst

Established in 2001 to showcase local musicians, bring in national acts and benefit children’s music education in Portland, MusicfestNW changed things up in 2014, switching from a four-day citywide event to a two-day series of concerts on downtown Portland’s waterfront. In 2016, it partnered with Project Pabst to bring an even more impressive roster of artists to the city.
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Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival

During the Time-Based Art Festival, presented by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), visual artists, musicians, dancers and other creatives from all over the world push boundaries with installations, performances and interactive art experiences.
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Feast Portland

International culinary festival Feast Portland taps into the wealth of renowned Portland chefs — and welcomes noted culinary stars from around the world — to make the most of Oregon’s bounty. In addition to events at restaurants around town, you’ll find happenings at Director Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square and Ecotrust.
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Find more summer events in the events calendar.

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