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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.
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.
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…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…
Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.
Chamber Music Northwest presents The Silver River. This CMNW co-commisioned contemporary production is conceived by two renowned Asian artists: composer Bright Sheng and librettist and Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang. The Silver River updates a legendary 5,000-year-old Chinese myth of ill-fated love between a celestial being and a mortal, ultimately interpreting the creation of night…
Chamber Music Northwest is nationally renowned for expanding the boundaries of chamber music by presenting many musical styles. In this diverse program, you’ll hear Tango, Jazz, Bluegrass, and one of Chamber Music Northwest’s unique collaborations with Portland contemporary dance company BodyVox performed by the Dover Quartet, Edgar Meyer, and more.
Chamber Music’s biggest stars – André Watts, Ida Kavafian, Paul Neubauer, Tara Helen O’Connor, Emerson String Quartet, and more – perform colorful works by great French composers Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Poulenc, and Ravel. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…
In this new exclusive performance from Austin, TX, the Miró Quartet will conclude their year-long cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets with Opus 131 – considered by Beethoven his greatest achievement in the quartet form – and Opus 135 and 130 Finale, his last compositions before his death. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Chamber Music Northwest takes you to the zoo with Saint-Saëns famous The Carnival of the Animals! Enjoy an auditory parade of lions, elephants, kangaroos, and more in this fun, family-friendly performance with entertaining narration by pianist Orion Weiss.
Chamber Music Northwest future Artistic Directors Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim perform masterpieces by Bartók and Shostakovich, followed by Stravinsky’s powerhouse The Rite of Spring performed by pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Gilles Vonsattel.
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The annual Northwest String Summit celebrates Bluegrass, roots, and Americana sounds during its multi-day festival in North Plains, Oregon.
Celebrate the great American composer and humorist Peter Schickele on his 85th birthday! Chamber Music Northwest’s program will include his acclaimed Spring Forward clarinet quintet.
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…
In this new exclusive performance from their hometown of Boston, Chamber Music Northwest Artistic Directors Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim, along with cellist Paul Watkins, will play Beethoven piano trio masterpieces from “Archduke Trio.” Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Presented by Chamber Music Northwest (CMNW) Summer Festival. Bring the whole family to this magical, mysterious and funny performance of Bruce Adolphe’s Marita and Her Heart’s Desire. Young Marita – whose role is played by the violin – goes on a journey searching for her heart’s desire and is joined by a menagerie of animals…
Discover the next generation of classical music stars in this program of Ravel, Mozart, and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time performed by Chamber Music Northwest Protégé Project artists and mentors. Chamber Music Northwest’s Protégé Project is a world-class professional residency for emerging professional musicians. Since its founding in 2010, Chamber Music Northwest’s Protégé…
From his home in Nashville, Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Edgar Meyer preforms an evening of classical and crossover music, including a world premiere composed by CMNW Protégé George Meyer. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. A celebration of cryptozoology, paranormal, supernatural and fiction.
Join David Shifrin in his final performance as Chamber Music Northwest’s Artistic Director. Preformance includes new clarinet solo written for him by David Ludwig and revisiting great performances of Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor with solos by oboist Allan Vogel and violinist Soovin Kim and more. Presented by Chamber Music Northwest.
Every August since 1999, Pickathon draws diverse musical performers to celebrate music and the outdoors at the lush Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland.
The small town of Sweet Home, Oregon, plays host to the Northwest’s premier country music and camping festival, the Oregon Jamboree, held every August. In addition to great entertainment, this family style event hosts RV/tent camping, food booths, beer & wine gardens and kids activities. The mission of the Oregon Jamboree (a 501(c)-3 non-profit) is…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Join the Oregon Chinese Coalition for the city’s annual Chinese Festival in the Square! Celebrate Chinese American culture and enjoy nonstop entertainment, delicious Chinese food, authentic arts, crafts and much more.
THE 2020 EVENT IS CANCELED. The Vanport Jazz Festival is scheduled to return Aug. 7, 2021. See website for details. The Vanport Jazz Festival honors the city of Vanport and the voices who formed Portland’s jazz community. Near the site of the historic 1948 flood, the event transforms Colwood Golf Course into a cultural revival,…
This annual springtime festival showcases Portland’s creative community, with a week full of lectures, design events and open houses.
TechfestNW is a global gathering of technology and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs held at Portland State University’s Viking Pavilion in downtown Portland, Oregon. Learn more about the innovative, impactful tech that helps define our region. Hear from thought leaders across industries. Experience workshops and live tech demos. Join the startup pitch festival. And of…
Sneaker Week offers fun events for sneaker addicts and footwear newbies alike.
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The 23rd Annual Elephant Garlic Festival is a three-day festival celebrating, you guessed it, elephant garlic! The family-friendly event includes a parade, 10K run, live music, kids play area, crafts vendors and more. Fun stinks!
EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Bloody Mary Festival scours Portland for the craftiest and most delicious Bloody Marys. Your ticket includes over two hours enjoying Portland’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys, created by the finest restaurants, bars and bottled mix companies, along with yummy food and drink tastes…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Oregon’s annual Pan African Festival celebrates the presence, resilience, strength, and influence of Pan Africans (Africans, Caribbean and African Americans) in Oregon. We believe the festival is a cultural vehicle to galvanize, mobilize and empower Diaspora Africans in Oregon. It is a springboard to community…
LIVE EVENT CANCELED. This event will now be held virtually, please visit the event website for current information. India Festival brings India to downtown Portland! This festival is a celebration of India’s Independence Day with live music, dance, food and other entertainment. India Festival is hosted by the India Cultural Association, a non-profit dedicated to…
The Electric Block Party is an all-day, all-ages community-driven event in the Central Eastside Industrial District that celebrates Portland’s unique hip-hop and street art cultures with live-painting by diverse regional artists, live music, break and free-style dance battles, local art marketplace, youth activities, local food carts, live screen printing, skateboarding ramps, and more.
EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. Soul Queens & Blues Kings A benefit for HEALTH CARE FOR ALL- OREGON “Healing the Healthcare Blues” This very special showcase will celebrate icons of Soul and the Blues pioneers that helped shape the history of music. Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester brings together some of…
The Art in the Pearl annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival occurs every year on Labor Day weekend in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. The Festival is free and requires no tickets for entry. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country and…
Enjoy Portland’s annual Dragon Boat Festival, featuring dragon boat racing along with food vendors, a beer garden and more. The event features as many as 96 dragon boat teams from all over the world who race in Taiwan-style dragon boats.
Every May, thousands of visitors flock to the city’s famous UFO Festival, featuring four days of parades, costume contests, expert speakers
This foodie festival, held every September, has cemented Portland’s reputation as a culinary capital of the world.
Join the Hollywood Theatre for its annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, the world’s most beloved horror actor. Enjoy Lovecraftian and independent films, panel discussions, author readings, art, guest filmmakers and handmade wares.
The Portland Greek Festival is celebrated as the largest Greek Festival on the west coast with more than 15,000 people attending. This cultural experience features Greek food, music, dance and shopping! The Agora – the Greek marketplace features imported merchandise, clothing, jewelry, icons, flokati rugs and cookbooks. Among the fabulous food, exclusive cooking demonstrations, and…
The Wedge is a Farmers Market-style festival celebrating cheese and everything that goes with it. Sample and purchase local, artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider. This is a family-friendly event that’s open to all cheese lovers.
Join us for the 4th annual Gamay Tasting Salon at The Nightwood, featuring over 25 wineries each pouring their latest Gamay wines! As always, we’ll be featuring the trail-blazing Oregon winemakers who have largely led the domestic growth of Gamay Noir’s popularity, but this year we’re super sizing the Tasting Salon—we will be showcasing Gamays…
Join Renegade Craft for a festive holiday weekend celebration in Portland featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Get your holiday shopping done while supporting emerging and established makers, all while enjoying rarities and remixes from local DJs, workshops, exceptional food trucks and cocktails.
An auto/moto/bike race and music festival.
Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.