Smack dab in the middle of summer are some of Portland’s favorite events, festivals and things to do. Head to the waterfront for the city’s annual Blues Festival, listen to some great jazz under the St. Johns Bridge or watch an open-air movie on top of the Lloyd Center Mall. Read on for some of our favorite July events and offerings, or check out our full events calendar to see everything on offer.
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.
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.
Portland Zine Symposium
Portland’s DIY culture is alive and well, and you can catch it in all its vibrant blacks and whites at this annual gathering of underground media connoisseurs. The Portland Zine Symposium is a free, two-day event that includes workshops, panel discussions and tables of people buying, selling and trading zine.
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: 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.
Top-Down Rooftop Cinema
Enjoy Portland’s temperate summer nights with Top-Down Rooftop Cinema. The series will offer open-air rooftop screenings of great movies at Lloyd Center with food, drink, fun weekend themes and costumes, plus outdoor watching at pop-up venues throughout Portland.
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