Your grill is fired up, your flip flops are out of storage and your summer bucket list is drafted — now head to Downtown Portland for the summer’s hottest events! The city’s sunniest season makes it easy to fill your calendar with the ultimate summer fun. From vibrant farmers markets to bustling art walks, there’s so much to eat, see and do right in the heart of the city.
Summer events in downtown Portland
Whether you want to enjoy Oregon’s weather under the blue sky or take a break from the sun inside, downtown Portland’s summer events have you covered.
Summer fun at Pioneer Courthouse Square
This outdoor summer concert series serenades tourists and office workers on their lunch breaks by bringing some of the region’s best musical talent to a stage in the middle of Pioneer Courthouse Square. Radio station 101.9 Kink has curated impressive lineups for the eight free concerts, so bring your brown bag—or grab a bite at Carts on the Square — and soak in the tunes. Noon Tunes are presented by The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com and 101.9 Kink. (Tuesdays in August, noon–1 p.m.)
Summer food and drink events in downtown Portland
Portland State University Farmer’s Market
This summer, Portland State University’s Farmer’s Market fills two entire city blocks with organic produce, baked desserts and prepared foods (which, by the way, make for excellent local gifts for people from out of town). You’ll also see chef demonstrations, market music and a lineup of food education events all summer long. (Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Shemanski Park Farmer’s Market
With its carts and vendors selling delicious meals under a lush green canopy of trees, this downtown farmer’s market at Shemanski Park is a popular lunch spot for good reason. Portland residents and visitors also use this shaded destination to buy locally grown groceries for dinner — or supplies for an al fresco picnic. (Wednesdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Summer festivals in downtown Portland
American Indian Day Celebration
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board is presenting its 14th annual American Indian Day Celebration, featuring vendors, educational booths, food, entertainment and more. Head to Pioneer Courthouse Square for this free event, returning September 27 from 12–7 p.m.
Summer art and music events in downtown Portland
Portland Art Museum
The city’s renowned art museum is open year-round, but its summer offerings make it the perfect destination to take a break from all your outdoor adventures. Stop in to see the Portland Art Museum‘s summer exhibit “Paris 1900” (June 8–Sept. 8) and get artsy on Friday evenings, when museum admission is just $5 after 5 p.m.
Music on Main
Local and regional musicians take to the streets in the 14th annual Music on Main summer festival, where you can enjoy these free concerts featuring a diverse collection of musical genres. Held next to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall’s iconic Portland sign, the outdoor concert series is ultimately dance-able — and Instagram-able. (Wednesdays in August, 5–7 p.m.)
- August 14 – POPgoji
- August 21 – Gina Chavez
- August 28 – Swatkins & The Positive Agenda
First Thursday Art Walk
Art galleries in downtown Portland open up their doors to the evening air for the monthly First Thursday Art Walk. Stroll from gallery to gallery, where you can check out the latest installations and thought-provoking work while sipping wine and enjoying live music. (Sept. 5, 2019)
Flicks on the Bricks
Pioneer Courthouse Square transforms into Portland’s largest outdoor movie theater for a few nights every summer. Admission to Flicks on the Bricks is free and movies begin at dusk. Bring a low-backed chair, cushions or pillows to snag a seat early and truly make the Square feel like a living room. (Fridays, July 26–Aug. 23, 7 p.m.)
- August 16 – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
- August 23 – Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Summer events to move your body in downtown Portland
Explore the city on two wheels by checking out one of Biketown‘s iconic orange bikes — just ride safe, follow the rules of the road and don’t pedal on sidewalks in the downtown area. Wondering where to start? Waterfront Park hugs the west shore of the Willamette River and is a favorite car-free thoroughfare for getting around.
Looking forward to zooming around The Rose City on an e-scooter? Be sure to wear your helmet and stay off sidewalks for a safe and enjoyable experience. Read our tips and tricks for staying safe and having fun using e-scooters in Portland.
Green Loop Sunday Parkways
Downtown Portland temporarily closes a long stretch of streets to car traffic from the West End to Lloyd to the South Waterfront, creating a motor-free bike boulevard. You can pedal right into the heart of downtown and the South Park Blocks, stopping at cultural hot spots including the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and Moda Center. (Aug. 25, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.)
Even more summer events in downtown Portland
Portland Saturday Market
While the largest, continuously operating, open-air crafts market in the U.S. runs rain or shine, the summer Portland Saturday Market usually enjoys the latter. Longtime Portland dwellers and visitors support small businesses selling everything from handmade soap and screen-printed shirts, to lawn art and mouth-watering truffles. (Waterfront Park, Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)