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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Oregon’s governor has banned all large events through the end of September 2020. For details on the events listed below, please visit their websites.
June is called “festival season” for a reason. The city comes to life with dozens of special seasonal events and things to do, including the city’s biggest party — the Portland Rose Festival — along with Portland Pride Parade and Festival and the high-flying Festival of Balloons. Read on for our top picks of things to do during a visit to Portland in June, or search our full events calendar to see everything on offer.
Portland International Beerfest
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
Twenty minutes from downtown Portland, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts features art demonstrations, an art show and juried craft show with more than booths, wine, beer, food and entertainment.
Festival of Balloons
The mesmerizing Festival of Balloons in Tigard (a suburb 30 minutes southwest of downtown Portland by car) brings more than a dozen brightly colored, colossal hot-air balloons to the sky every June. Enjoy balloon rides and a fair-like atmosphere, including a beer garden, live music and kid-friendly activities.
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
Fans flock to the amphitheater lawn at the Oregon Zoo every year for Oregon Zoo Summer Concert. This concert series — the nation’s first to be held at a zoo — features great live music and local food and drink. A concert ticket includes admission to the full zoo, so arrive early to say hello to the elephants and grab a bite to eat.
Delta Park Powwow and Encampment
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, the Delta Park Powwow and Encampment returns every summer to this North Portland park, featuring traditional dancing competitions and exhibitions, drumming, art and craft vendors, food, traditional Native American games and more.
Juneteenth is celebrated every summer with a freedom parade and a picnic in North and Northeast Portland on the Saturday closest to June 19. This uniquely African American holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas received word that slavery was abolished. In Portland, observation of the holiday was begun in the shipyards in 1944 by Clara Peoples.
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!)
Musicians and fans alike flock to concerts at the Oregon Zoo each summer to enjoy live music, sunshine and friends.
Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.
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.
GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft market specializing in handmade, “geek”-themed crafts of all kinds; clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art . . . if it’s geeky and made by hand, it can be found at a GeekCraft Expo. Cosplay is highly encouraged and admission is free (you just need to pre-register).
NOTE: The 2020 event has been postponed until May 29, 2021. TEDxPortland, the largest TEDx event in the world, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2020. For its first time, the event heads to the Moda Center in North Portland (home of the city’s iconic NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers). Enjoy a day of notable…
Enjoy Nordic music, dancing, games, food, vendors, a beer garden, a kids’ area and more at Portland’s annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Enjoy delicious Nordic cuisine, try traditional beverages and scrumptious sweets. Spend the day with us and make your own colorful flower crown and other crafts. Play “Viking Chess”, Nordic Jenga and other fun games….