Many Portland neighborhoods celebrate summer with a street fair. You could spend nearly every weekend exploring these retail districts enjoying live music, food and local color.
May Street Fairs in Portland
Kenton Street Fair
One of the earliest neighborhood street fairs of the year, the Kenton Street Fair livens up this historic North Portland neighborhood with food, activities and local vendors.
St. Johns Bizarre
The annual art- and craft-focused St. Johns Bizarre features a community parade; along with local music; street performers; a market of craftspeople and vendor; food and a beer garden; kids art activities; and more in the heart of the St. Johns neighborhood in North Portland.
July Street Fairs in Portland
Mississippi Street Fair
Featuring live music on five stages, the Mississippi Street Fair is one of the city’s biggest street fairs, drawing 30,000+ visitors to the close-in North Portland street.
Division/Clinton Street Fair
The Division/Clinton Street Fair celebrates this Southeast Portland neighborhood — close to downtown and bursting with top-rated eateries.
August Street Fairs in Portland
Lents Street Fair
The Southeast Portland neighborhood embraces its farmland heritage with the Lents Street Fair, featuring quirky county fair influences (think chicken beauty contest and urban goats) along with live music, food, vendors and a beer garden.
Alberta Street Fair
With three music stages, a beer garden and 300 local vendors, the Alberta Street Fair attracts more than 20,000 visitors to Northeast Portland’s Alberta Arts District. Also check out Last Thursday — the district’s monthly street fair.
Hawthorne Street Fair
One of Portland’s favorite streets — and its longest-running street fair — the Hawthorne Street Fair pulls out all the stops with multiple music stages, two beer gardens and blocks of sidewalk sales at many of the more than one hundred local shops that line this original “shop local” stretch.
September Street Fairs in Portland
Art in the Pearl
Technically, Art in the Pearl is a fine arts and crafts festival, but with live music, hands-on activities and food vendors, this Labor Day weekend party in the North Park Blocks of the Pearl District certainly belongs on the list of summer street fairs. Of course, it’s easy to enjoy the Pearl District’s art offerings with the monthly First Thursday art walk.
Belmont Street Fair
The street fair season winds down in style with the Belmont Street Fair, a party in another popular Southeast Portland retail and dining district.
Portland Rose Festival features multiple parades, waterfront carnival rides, concerts, dragon boat races, fireworks and plenty of roses.
EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. Considered the “hub” of the annual Portland Rose Festival, CityFair fills Waterfront Park with carnival rides, concerts, food and fireworks for multiple weekends during the festival.
EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. For more than 40 years, Portland’s Starlight Parade has offered funky, eclectic fun for everyone. From traditional marching bands and flood-lit floats, to glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and unique hand-built entries, you’ll see the best of Portland’s diverse community groups (and surrounding Northwest region) together in one…
Join us in celebrating Portland’s favorite meal at the 3rd annual Portland Brunch Festival, benefiting The Jerome Kersey Foundation. This year’s festival will include local restaurants, cafes, popups, food trucks, local artists and designers. Enjoy multiple bars, a photo booth, live music, and games. Bars will be serving your favorite brunch cocktails and entertainment will…
UPDATE: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Pedalpalooza 2020 will emphasize individual rides rather than encouraging people to bike in groups. Visit the Pedalpalooza website for more details. Every year, Pedalpalooza brings over four weeks of biking fun with special rides and events throughout Portland. With over 100 different events (most organized by individuals), bikers…
Mark your calendar for the 6th annual Sabertooth festival. The psychedelic stoner rock festival is back in Portland on Friday, June 5. The full lineup is coming very soon, so be sure to join the Facebook event to stay up-to-date on all of the details. Last year’s highlight was the Melvins, and this year we’ve…
Portland Beer Week spotlights Portland’s breweries, high-quality brews and vibrant beer culture.
Every June, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.
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….
Gather to experience the finest Japanese and U.S. saké brands as part of the tenth annual Saké Fest PDX. Saké Fest PDX is the only event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Further enhance your Saké Fest PDX experience and enjoy early access to all food & beverage tasting tables for an additional 95…
Portland International Beerfest (PIB) is a three-day specialty beer festival held in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. PIB showcases hard-to-find beers and ciders from all over the world. Sample everything from classic styles (pilsners, pales, et cetera.) to exotic new world hybrids (barrel-aged hoppy farmhouse sours, et cetera.)
Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.
Our 50th Anniversary kicks-off with Robert Schumann’s only piano quartet and one inspired by it written by Schumann’s friend and protégé, Johannes Brahms. Join Opus One – pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Peter Wiley – as they perform these two Romantic masterpieces. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest. Join us…
The Orion String Quartet and 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner Henry Kramer perform an evening of sonatas, trios, and quartets by Mozart and Haydn at the casual and intimate Alberta Rose Theatre. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, pianist Gilles Vonsattel, and the Orion String Quartet perform some of the most enduring and endearing pieces in the chamber music canon from the Classical and Romantic eras. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Bring family and friends to enjoy non-stop Italian food, entertainment, dancing, vendors, wine and beer gardens at the annual Festa Italiana.
Hot-air balloons take flight mere minutes from downtown Portland every summer.
For more than 50 years, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts has proudly presented unique art exhibits including more than 600 local, national, and international artists. Visitors can also experience live music on two stages, performances, kids activities, artist demos, and a variety of food. It’s free to the public (donations encouraged) and attracts…
Join us for our first New@Noon concert of the summer celebrating the future of chamber music, with recent works by Wynton Marsalis, Roberto Sierra, and JacobTV. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. Come to the Good in the Neighborhood Multicultural Music & Food Festival features live music, a parade, an information Village, marketplace, beer and wine garden and a youth venue, along with a kids’ space. The official parade is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June…
This June, we’re throwing the third-ever Edgefield Brewfest, and this is one you cannot miss! On the same lawn where Edgefield Concerts take place, we’re bringing together more than 100 of Oregon and Washington’s best breweries & cideries for a day full of merriment. Wander the rows of taps to find your new favorite, or…
Violinist Ida Kavafian, cellist Peter Wiley, and the Orion Quartet join forces to perform both of Brahms’ masterful compositions for string sextet. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
The Pour Oregon wine festival is your chance to discover small, artisanal wine producers from all over Oregon. There’s so much great wine in this state from Southern Oregon’s Rogue, Applegate, and Umpqua Valleys, to the little places like Elkton and Milton-Freewater, to the hills and valleys of the great Willamette Valley. At Pour Oregon,…
Artistic Director David Shifrin’s new trio with pianist Anna Polonksy and cellist Peter Wiley perform Beethoven and Brahms works written for clarinet virtuosos. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Celebrate the colorful and atmospheric works of French impressionism from Ravel, Poulenc, Debussy, and more. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Feel the power of the piano in this program of piano duos, four hands, six hands, and Bartók’s rarely-performed sonata for piano and percussion with Gilles Vonsattel, Robert Blocker, Henry Kramer, and Protégé Project ensemble icarus Quartet. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Explore new music for piano and percussion and the classic pieces that inspired them with Protégé Project ensemble icarus Quartet and internationally-acclaimed pianist Robert Blocker. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
The Portland Craft Beer Festival brings a huge outdoor party to the Fields Neighborhood Park, along with a huge selection of local beers, ciders and wine, originating from Portland, Oregon breweries. Only beers, plus ciders and wine, crafted within the city limits of Portland are featured at the PCBF which makes it unique and different…
Celebrate Independence Day with a star-studded evening of musical fireworks book-ended by the Star-Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes Forever! Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
The Miró Quartet, masters of Beethoven, perform Beethoven’s monumental late string quartets, concluding Op. 130 as originally intended with the controversial and thrilling Op. 133 “Grosse Fugue.” Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
The Miró Quartet concludes their year-long cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets with Opus 131 – considered by Beethoven his greatest achievement in the quartet form – and Opus 130 and 133 Finale, his last compositions before his death. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
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Chamber Music Northwest’s renowned festival artists perform classics by two of Classical music’s giants, including a Beethoven Serenade and a Mozart string quintet. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Celebrate the sounds of European folk music by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály and more plus folk-inspired pieces by Haydn and Brahms. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke headlines and evening of music from over three centuries including a premiere by Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts written for the Miró Quartet. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
The annual Harefest music festival in Canby presents the Northwest’s best tribute bands performing on three stages over two days. The Harefest experience has been described by many attendees and performers as “adult summer camp” not only for the fun-loving, good-natured attendees, but also because of its rustic location and tent camping around the festival…
Delight in the Oregon Coutnry Fair’s world class entertainment, handmade crafts, delectable foods, educational displays and magical surprises at every turn of the path. The Oregon Country Fair is nestled in a wooded setting 13 miles west of Eugene, Ore., and offers an other-worldly path ambience, parades and more. The Oregon Country Fair creates events…
Celebrate composer Tomas Svoboda’s 80th birthday with his A Prayer for Clarinet and String Quartet, plus enjoy premieres of new works by Lowell Liebermann and Kevin Puts performed by the musicians for whom they were composed. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the fourth annual Portland Picnic in Westmoreland Park. Featuring tastings from an array of 100 wines from around the world. There will also be beer available from Level Beer and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy. A great selection of local vendors will be offering tasty food, live music, and…
Enjoy Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with four different soloists – Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet, rising star Katie Hyun, and protégés Kate Arndt and Oliver Neubauer – and Lowell Liebermann’s Four Seasons for mezzo-soprano and strings plus a premiere of his new cello sonata. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Enjoy 2013 Banff Competition-winners the Dover Quartet perform duos by Mozart and Kodály, plus Ravel’s marvelous String Quartet. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
In this new chamber opera by Marc Neikrug, a celebrated concert singer struggles with early-onset Alzheimer’s. She and her husband/accompanist try to stave off the inevitable through music, discovering a new understanding of their love. Co-commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, La Jolla Music Society, and Santa Fe Chamber…
Our Protégés Kate Arndt and George Meyer perform classics and a Chamber Music Northwest-commissioned new work alongside rising star Katie Hyun and the master string players of the Emerson and Dover string quartets. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
The annual Northwest String Summit celebrates Bluegrass, roots, and Americana sounds during its multi-day festival in North Plains, Oregon. Visit their website early to purchase tickets, as they usually sell out fast.
Enjoy a trio of Beethoven piano trio masterpieces ranging from his first, Trio No. 1 in E-flat Major Op. 1 in 1795, through his “Archduke Trio” in 1811 performed by Chamber Music Northwest Artistic Director Designees pianist Gloria Chien and violinist Soovin Kim with cellist Paul Watkins from the Emerson String Quartet. Presented by Chamber…
Experience new American work written in the last 10 years performed by the Emerson String Quartet, Gloria Chien, Soovin Kim, and more, including a 2020 Chamber Music Northwest-commission written and performed by Protégé Project composer George Meyer. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Celebrate art with free, family-friendly fun at the annual Gresham Arts Festival with more than 140 artists, live music, a break dance competition and more. The Gresham Arts Festival draws thousands from around the region each year to Gresham’s charming downtown streets to meet, browse and shop from a carefully curated selection of Northwest artisans,…
Join us for a star-studded night hosted by Fred Child of NPR’s Performance Today featuring Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3, Shostakovich’s Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet with the Emerson and Dover string quartets, and Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale with new narration by Bruce Adolphe. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Join us for David Shifrin’s “dream concert” featuring his favorite chamber music works hosted by Fred Child of NPR’s Performance Today with performances by Emerson String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Gloria Chien, Soovin Kim, Dover Quartet, and many more friends! Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Enjoy Schubert’s Quartettsatz from his uncompleted string quartet, a new string quintet by Bruce Adolphe written for Chamber Music Northwest’s 50th anniversary, plus Schubert’s epic Octet for Winds and Strings. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.