When the sun comes out, Portlanders celebrate with their favorite things: music, beer, art and food. Here are some of Portland’s best events in June, July, August and September. All summer long, there is something new to experience and explore while enjoying the wonderful weather.
Festivals & Events
Waterfront Blues Festival
Over the Fourth of July weekend, crowds of more than 100,000 will attend the Waterfront Blues Festival in downtown Portland, grooving to a star-studded lineup of blues artists by the river.
Portland Craft Beer Festival
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, all crafted within Portland city limits.
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.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby
Creativity and horsepower are put to the test at the Adult Soapbox Derby each August. About 40 teams competing with their handmade carts — many boasting whimsical designs — boldly whizz downhill at Mt. Tabor Park.
Every May, thousands of visitors flock to the city’s famous UFO Festival, featuring four days of parades, costume contests and expert speakers.
Check out the landmarks that inspired the characters and places in "The Simpsons," created by Portland’s own Matt Groening.
Every summer, thousands of cyclists cruise commando through Portland streets as part of the World Naked Bike Ride.
Portland Pride Festival & Parade
Known far and wide as a gay-friendly destination, Rose City is open and accepting to every kind of visitor. During the month of July, it gets friendlier than ever, with the Portland Pride Festival and Parade and various LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus) community celebrations all over town.
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
The Jazz Society’s Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is free, open to the public and held over three days in mid-July at Cathedral Park at the base of the St. Johns Bridge in the Cathedral Park neighborhood. Nearing four decades of history, the festival is the longest-running jazz and blues festival west of the Mississippi River.
Vanport Jazz Festival
The Vanport Jazz Festival honors the city of Vanport and the voices that formed Portland’s jazz community. Near the historic 1948 flood site, the event transforms Colwood Golf Course into a cultural revival, welcoming nationally renowned artists and breathing new life into Portland jazz.
Since 1999, the Pickathon Music Festival, a celebrated multi-stage folk festival at the bucolic Pendarvis Farm just outside Portland, has attracted headliners like Feist and Andrew Bird while establishing itself as the nation’s greenest music festival.
Those in the know already consider Portland sneaker central. Meet the designers, connect with industry insiders and party with fellow sneakerheads during August’s Sneaker Week celebration. This year, the focus is on exposure for those new to the industry, and the schedule includes days dedicated to art, design, music, media, tech and science.
Come Thru Black & Indigenous Market
Founded in 2020, the anti-racist Come Thru Black & Indigenous Market centers Black and Indigenous farmers and makers every other Monday afternoon at The Redd on Salmon Street in Southeast Portland. In addition to serving as an incubator for BIPOC growers and entrepreneurs, the Come Thru Market Farmer Training Program supports new farmers of color in Portland, including immigrants and refugees, in building their farmers’ market readiness and success.
My People’s Market
In early June, the Central Eastside hosted My People’s Market, where shoppers get a chance to discover the diversity of Portland. Connect with BIPOC entrepreneurs, makers, artists and culinary wizards while experiencing the sounds of local Portland artists and performers, curated by Young, Gifted and Brown.
Since 1974, the Portland Saturday Market is a beloved Rose City tradition that showcases handmade arts and crafts. On any given Saturday from spring through the day before Christmas, shoppers can tap their heels to bluegrass pickers and jazz musicians or sample ethnic eats like falafel or kielbasa while browsing wares sold by the makers themselves.
Cool Kids Patio Shows
PDX Live at Pioneer Courthouse Square
For the second year, PDX Live presents a series of outdoor concerts in Portland’s Living Room, Pioneer Courthouse Square. The robust lineup of beloved artists includes Patti Smith and Her Band and Fleet Foxes, among others.
Comedy in the Park
On Fridays in the summer, you can grab a picnic and head to the picturesque tranquility of Laurelhurst Park, where nestled among the trees, you can watch some free Comedy in the Park put on by Kickstand Comedy. Every week favorite local comedians and national comics come to please the crowd. Blankets drop at 6:00 but get there earlier to claim a good spot for viewing. The show is for all ages, but content may range from PG-13 to R, so it’s at a parent’s discretion to bring children.
Opera a La Cart
Inspired by Portland’s food cart culture, Opera a la Cart brings live opera directly into the community. Designed and built by architecture students at Portland State University, the cart features a fold-out stage and a “menu” of operatic specials of the day sung by local artists. It pops up at farmers’ markets, parks, festivals, street fairs and other events throughout the Portland region all summer.
Piano Push Play
Celebrating ten years of spreading music and delight throughout Portland, Piano Push Play presents a kick-off concert in Pioneer Courthouse Square this July. Still, you can catch — or stage your own — performances at these artistic pianos all around town.
More Outdoor Concerts
With acts that have ranged from Al Green to ZZ Top, McMenamins Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn are an annual rite of summer and the hottest ticket in town.
Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.
Every August, Pickathon draws diverse musical performers to celebrate music and the outdoors at the lush Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland.
Flicks on the Bricks
Gather up the family and head to Pioneer Courthouse Square for free movies and popcorn under the stars. Transforming Portland’s Living Room into Portland’s largest outdoor movie theater, Flicks on the Bricks is held every year in July. Arrive early to score one of the limited theater-style seats, or bring your own low-back chairs, blankets or cushions.
Hollywood Theatre Outdoor Movies
Partnering with the Oregon State Parks Department, the Hollywood Theatre brings a series of screenings in Oregon State Parks. The Hollywood Theatre Outdoor Movies take place in parks within an hour’s drive of Portland, with film programming selected to complement the diverse features of each park. Explore Oregon parks’ amazing recreational amenities during the day, then sit back at dusk and catch films such as Addams Family Values and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Bike Around Portland
Portland’s annual Bridge Pedal is a community celebration of the city’s iconic bridges and biking culture. Join thousands of fellow bicyclists in crossing Portland’s car-free streets and bridges (including the upper decks of the Marquam and Fremont bridges). The Bridge Pedal is both one of the largest community bike rides in the world and one of the city’s favorite summertime traditions.
Whether you’re a cycling fanatic, an occasional cruiser or just a lover of fun events, Pedalpalooza has something for you. Extended throughout June, July and August in 2022, this bike- and fun-focused festival celebrates summer with over 100 rides throughout town.
World Naked Bike Ride
The largest of its kind in the world, Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride draws thousands of cyclists to cruise commando through the streets of Portland every June or July. The location of the bike ride is revealed mere days before the event, so keep your eyes on their website for more information.
Around the Neighborhoods
Across the Willamette River from downtown, the Central Eastside area blends industrial Portland with new restaurants, microbreweries and riverside recreation. The neighborhood hosts the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the monthly Flea + Food Market. For those who like an evening shopping experience, check out the Portland Night Market at the Electric Blocks.
The Art in the Pearl annual fine arts and crafts festival occurs every year on Labor Day weekend in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. The free event has been named one of the top such festivals in the country, where you can find art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages.
Venturing beyond the borders of the central city, visitors can also find enjoyable events. Multnomah Days in Multnomah Village is one of Portland’s oldest street fairs. The St. Johns neighborhood hosts a yearly St. Johns Art Walk to showcase creative makers in the neighborhood. Reed College, in the southeast, hosts the yearly Chamber Music NW Summer Festival. Or, located even farther afield at McMenamins Edgefield, visitors can catch a Concert on the Lawn or imbibe at the Edgefield Brewfest.
Every summer, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.
Join the Oregon Chinese Coalition for the Chinese Festival in the Square. Celebrate Chinese American culture and enjoy nonstop entertainment, delicious Chinese food, authentic arts and crafts, and much more. For more information visit pdxchinese.org.
Portland's "festival season" warms up every June with the Portland Rose Festival, plentiful outdoor concerts and celebrations of cultural heritage.
July in Portland is a busy time, with a variety of live music, beer fests and film events to take in.
Biking across bridges and cheering on soapbox racers are two of many great August events in Portland.
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