Your grill is fired up, your flip flops are out of storage and your summer bucket list is drafted — now head to Downtown Portland for the summer’s hottest events! The city’s sunniest season makes it easy to fill your calendar with the ultimate summer fun. From vibrant farmers markets to bustling art walks, there’s so much to eat, see and do right in the heart of the city.
Summer Fun at Pioneer Courthouse Square
This outdoor summer concert series serenades tourists and office workers on their lunch breaks by bringing some of the region’s best musical talent to a stage in the middle of Pioneer Courthouse Square on Tuesdays in August. Radio station 101.9 Kink has curated impressive lineups for the eight free concerts, so bring your brown bag—or grab a bite at Carts on the Square — and soak in the tunes. Noon Tunes are presented by The Oregonian and 101.9 Kink.
Summer Food and Drink Events in Downtown Portland
Portland State University Farmer’s Market
This summer, Portland State University’s Farmer’s Market fills two entire city blocks with organic produce, baked desserts and prepared foods (which, by the way, make for excellent local gifts for people from out of town). You’ll also see chef demonstrations, market music and a lineup of food education events all summer long. (Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Shemanski Park Farmer’s Market
With its carts and vendors selling delicious meals under a lush green canopy of trees, this downtown farmer’s market at Shemanski Park is a popular lunch spot for good reason. Portland residents and visitors also use this shaded destination to buy locally grown groceries for dinner — or supplies for an alfresco picnic. (Wednesdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Summer Festivals in Downtown Portland
The Oregon Chinese Coalition is presenting its Chinese Festival, featuring vendors, spectacular performances, food, music and arts from local artists and more. Head to Pioneer Courthouse Square for this free event, returning on August 6th from 12–6 p.m.
Summer Art and Music Events in Downtown Portland
Portland Art Museum
The city’s renowned Portland Art Museum is open year-round, but its summer offerings make it the perfect destination to take a break from all your outdoor adventures. Stop in to get artsy on Friday evenings when museum admission is just $5 after 5 p.m.
First Thursday Art Walk
Art galleries in downtown Portland open up their doors to the evening air for the monthly First Thursday Art Walk. Stroll from gallery to gallery, where you can check out the latest installations and thought-provoking work while sipping wine and enjoying live music on summer evenings.
Explore Portland's art gallery scene with three regular art walks, held in different creative neighborhoods around town.
One of the best ways to explore the Rose City is on two wheels.
E-scooter sharing lets users rent vehicles via an app for one-way trips. Before boarding, check out our dos and don’ts for riding e-scooters in Portland.
Summer Events to Move Your Body in Downtown Portland
Explore the city on two wheels by checking out one of Biketown’s iconic orange bikes — just ride safe, follow the rules of the road and don’t pedal on sidewalks in the downtown area. Wondering where to start? Waterfront Park hugs the west shore of the Willamette River and is a favorite car-free thoroughfare for getting around.
Looking forward to zooming around the Rose City on an e-scooter? Be sure to wear your helmet and stay off sidewalks for a safe and enjoyable experience. Read our tips and tricks for staying safe and having fun using e-scooters in Portland.
Even More Summer Events in Downtown Portland
Portland Saturday Market
While the largest, continuously operating, open-air crafts market in the U.S. runs rain or shine, the summer Portland Saturday Market usually enjoys the latter. Longtime Portland dwellers and visitors support small businesses selling everything from handmade soap and screen-printed shirts, to lawn art and mouth-watering truffles. (Waterfront Park, Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)
Summer Free for All
Portland Parks & Recreation offers over 400 free events including free movie screenings, concerts and rock climbing.
Enjoy magical summer nights in Portland with live music while relaxing among the lush gardens and wildlife at Zoo Nights.
Swimming Holes Near Portland
Stay cool all summer long at these serene swimming spots, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest — and all less than an hour away from Portland.
Chamber Music Northwest’s Summer Festival
Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.
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.
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