Smack dab in the middle of summer are some of Portland’s favorite events, festivals, and things to do. Head to Waterfront Park for the city’s annual Blues Festival, listen to some great jazz under the St. Johns Bridge or watch an open-air movie outside in the Bridge Lot of OMSI. Read on for some of our favorite July events and offerings, or check out our full events calendar to see everything on offer.
Portland Craft Beer Festival
Only beers, plus ciders and wine, crafted within the city limits of Portland are featured at the Portland Craft Beer Festival which makes it unique and different from other beer festivals.
Enjoy Portland’s temperate summer nights with Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series. The series will offer open-air outdoor screenings of great movies at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) with food, drink, fun themes and costumes.
Waterfront Blues Festival
The largest blues festival west of the Mississippi River, Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival rocks crowds with five days of concerts and fireworks every Fourth of July.
Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts the Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series on Tuesdays in the summer months of July and August. Grab lunch at a nearby Food Cart and sit down in the square (also known as Portland’s Living Room) and enjoy some music from some of Portland’s best regional and local musical talent.
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Founded in 1981, the three-day Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is now the West’s largest and oldest free celebration of jazz and blues. Held in Cathedral Park beneath the historic St. Johns Bridge, the scenery is almost enough to steal the show.
World Naked Bike Ride
The largest of its kind in the world, Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride draws thousands of bicyclists to cruise commando through the streets of Portland every June. The location of the bike ride is revealed mere days before the event, so keep your eyes on their website for more information. (Pro-tip: Don’t forget your helmet!)
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.
Oregon Brewers Festival
Portland hosts dozens of beer festivals every year, but none compares to the Oregon Brewers Festival. With offerings from 80 craft brewers, the event draws nearly 70,000 attendees to the downtown waterfront every July.
Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival
Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.
Chamber Music Northwest’s Summer Festival
Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.
Portland Farmers Market
Enjoy fresh, local produce, meals and treats at every Portland Farmers Market location.
Summer Free for All
Portland Parks & Recreation offers over 400 free events including free movie screenings, concerts and rock climbing.
Summer Events Round-Up
When the sun finally comes out, Portlanders celebrate their favorite things: festivals, music, beer, art and food.
Summer Concert Round-Up
Portlanders' pent-up desire for sun may explain our skill at making the most of summer's long days and warm nights with outdoor concerts.
Portland Highland Games
For more than 60 years, the Portland Highland Games have delighted participants with a unique, Scottish experience featuring Scottish pipe bands, bagpipers and drummers, dancers and athletes. Enjoy a full day of this festival, exploring Scottish clan tents and learning about Scottish history.
Art Walks and Festivals
Alongside the year-round Monthly Art Walks in Portland, July’s warm sunshine inspires creativity throughout the city. Experience this creativity on display during the St. Johns Art Walk or the Gresham Arts Festival where you can meet the fine artists and artisans.
Rose Cup Races
Starting back in 1961 the Rose Cup Races were the first major event ever held at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Today, the event includes high-speed racing from seven different race groups, such as vintage cars, open-wheel and sports racers.
Explore the beauty of the canyon walls and rock formations, breathtaking waterfalls and awe-inspiring visas that make the Columbia River National Scenic Area one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Our enthusiastic guides will introduce you to the most amazing places in the Gorge while providing a comprehensive narrative of this spectacular landscape and its…
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Tap That Comedy Showcase and Open Mic A weekly comedy showcase highlighting some of the up-and-coming comedic talents in the Portland metro area.
Open bluegrass jam every Tuesday at 7:00. All level pickers welcome. Grinners, onlookers, sinners, whooters and hollerers are welcome as well. No cover, $5 suggested donation.
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