Summer in Portland may be one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Days are long and dry, temperatures are comfortably warm, and the city makes the most of these conditions with outdoor celebrations running well into September. There’s no better time for hikes, and events include the epic Oregon Brewers Festival in July, Pickathon music fest in August and the Time-Based Art Festival and Feast Portland in September.
From July–September, the days are warm (average high 78° F/25° C) with blissfully low humidity. Rain is rare and the evenings are long: The sun doesn’t set until around 9 p.m. in June and July.
What to Pack
Pack summer attire, but don’t forget your layers; bring a light jacket for cooler evenings.
Portland Street Fairs
Come summer, many of Portland’s neighborhoods put on local parties with live music, food and fun.
Portland Sunday Parkways
This family-friendly bike ride features local vendors and live entertainment.
Summer Free for All
Portland Parks & Recreation offers over 400 free events including free movie screenings, concerts and rock climbing.
Farm Dinners Around Portland
Eat local by visiting Portland-area farms that bring the the dinner table to the fields!
Portland Soccer: Timbers and Thorns
With a fervent following, every Portland Timbers and Thorns match has a festive atmosphere that's enjoyable whether you're a soccer fan or not.
Baseball in Portland
The Portland Pickles and Hillsboro Hops are two local baseball teams pitching summery good times.
Summer Events Round-Up
When the sun finally comes out, Portlanders celebrate their favorite things: music, beer, art and food.
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.
Piano Push Play Brings Music to the People
Piano Push Play invites local artists to transform old, donated pianos into whimsical works of art which are distributed across the city.
Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
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.
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.
The river, which bisects the city into east and west sides, is a virtual aquatic playground, with kayakers, fishers and swimmers enjoying the water.
Cool off with free fun at these kid-friendly fountains in Portland.
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.
As summer winds down, Portland ups the ante with performance art, live music and dining events throughout September.
Favorite Hiking Spots in Portland
Put on some comfortable shoes and start walking — you’ll be surprised how easy Portland makes it.
The Berry Best in and Around Portland
If you find yourself in Portland during berry season (June–August), don’t leave without sampling the Pacific Northwest’s sweet summer bounty.
Outdoor Adventure in Columbia County
Bird-watch on Scappoose Bay, cruise around on a path or exploring the historic community of St. Helens – Columbia County offers countless family-friendly activities.
Windsurfing in the Columbia River Gorge
Grab your board and head to the Columbia River Gorge, the windsurfing capital of the world, located a short drive east of Portland.
Farm Loops Near Portland
Only 15–45 minutes from Portland, three self-guided tours let you choose your own farm-to-table adventure amid bucolic gardens, ranches and vineyards.
North Willamette Valley Winery Tour
This Forest-Grove-based tour features picturesque wineries, an authentic sake brewery and a lively lodge.