Summer in Portland

Portland packs the sunniest season with festivals celebrating the city's music, craft beer, contemporary art and internationally acclaimed culinary scene.

Know Before You Go

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Oregon’s governor has limited large events based on the current risk level.

Some events may be cancelled, postponed or held virtually. Please check the event website for the most up-to-date information.

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 and exciting things to do running well into September. There’s no better time for hikes, taking a dip in the Willamette River or heading to a nearby farm to pick (and devour) delicious berries. Meanwhile, annual summertime events and festivals include the joyous Portland Pride Parade and Festival in June, the epic Oregon Brewers Festival in July and Pickathon Music Festival in August. Read on for our top picks for things to do, see and experience during a summertime visit to Portland.

Summer Weather

During Portland’s summers, 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

If you’re visiting Portland in the summertime, we recommend packing typical warm weather attire (think shorts, t-shirts and open-toed shoes) along with a few layers (like a light jacket) for cooler evenings spent outside.

Know Before You Go

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Oregon’s governor has limited large events based on the current risk level.

Some events may be cancelled, postponed or held virtually. Please check the event website for the most up-to-date information.

Favorite Summer Events

Experience the best of summer in Portland at these annual warm-weather events.

Events By Month

Every month of summer in Portland offers its own unique events and experiences.

June Events

Portland's "festival season" warms up every June with the Portland Rose Festival, Portland Pride Parade and Festival, plentiful outdoor concerts and celebrations of craft beer.

July Events

July in Portland is a busy time, with a variety of live music, beer fests and film events to take in.

August Events

Biking across bridges and cheering on soapbox racers are two of many great August events in Portland.

Summer Activities

Make the most of Portland's epic summer season with these local activities.

10 Refreshing Summer Snacks

Stay energized and hydrated with tropical acai bowls, octopus ceviche and organic frozen yogurt.

Make a Splash

Beat the heat like a local by jumping into the nearest river, lake or fountain in Portland.

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.

Make a Splash in the Willamette River

The river, which bisects the city into east and west sides, is a virtual aquatic playground, with kayakers, fishers and swimmers enjoying the water.

Portland’s Public Fountains

Cool off with free fun at these kid-friendly fountains in Portland.

Upcoming Summer Events

Enjoy these summertime events and festivals in and near Portland.

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Fleet Week
June 9–13, 2021

Fleet Week

Virtual Free

In 2021, Rose Festival Fleet Week will be virtual, with ship tours and stories about members of the sea services shared virtually, on video. Please visit the event website for current information. Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their…

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Portland Rose Festival
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Pedalpalooza
Ongoing

Pedalpalooza

Multiple locations Free

Pedalpalooza 2021 will last all June, July and August to allow more opportunities for smaller group rides. All ride leaders and participants will be required to wear face masks. 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…

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Portland Rose Festival
May 31–June 13, 2021

Portland Rose Festival

Various locations

Portland Rose Festival features multiple parades, waterfront carnival rides, concerts, dragon boat races, fireworks and plenty of roses.

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Woodstock Farmers Market
Ongoing

Woodstock Farmers Market

Woodstock Farmers Market Free

The popular Woodstock Farmers Market features fresh produce, baked goods, fresh juices, sweets, cheese, meat and more from 30+ vendors, along with artisan-made products like jewelry, ceramics and art.

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Portland Pride
June 16–20, 2021

Portland Pride

Various Locations Free

Every June, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.

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Portland Saturday Market
Ongoing

Portland Saturday Market

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

Open every Saturday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.

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Shopping
Canceled
Festa Italiana
June 25–27, 2021

Festa Italiana

Oaks Amusement Park & Roller Skating Rink

EVENT CANCELED FOR 2021 . Please visit the event website for current information. Bring family and friends to enjoy non-stop Italian food, entertainment, dancing, vendors, wine and beer gardens at the annual Festa Italiana.

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Festival of Balloons
June 25–27, 2021

Festival of Balloons

Cook Park Prices Vary

Hot-air balloons take flight mere minutes from downtown Portland every summer.

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Outdoors
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Bloody Mary Festival
Saturday, June 26, 2021

Bloody Mary Festival

Online $47.50–$57.50

The 2021 festival is taking place virtually. 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…

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Edgefield Brewfest
Saturday, June 26, 2021

Edgefield Brewfest

McMenamins Edgefield $25 includes 10 tokens; $5 kids includes a soda token

Returning this June is the third-ever Edgefield Brewfest, on the same lawn where Edgefield Concerts take place. Coming together are more than 100 of Oregon and Washington’s best breweries & cideries for a day full of merriment. Wander the rows of taps to find a new favorite, or put together a strategic tasting plan, Feel…

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Cider Summit
Saturday, June 26, 2021

Cider Summit

Tasting kits ranging from $39 – $89

The region’s largest cider festival returns to the Pearl District every June, featuring ciders made by artisanal producers, cider cocktails and small bites available for purchase. From 2011-2019 the Cider Summit has brought the PDX festival to cider lovers throughout the region. Unfortunately, for the second consecutive year, the festival won’t be produced as usual….

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Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival
July 1–25, 2021

Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival

Reed College

Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.

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Waterfront Blues Festival
July 2–5, 2021

Waterfront Blues Festival

Zidell Yards

Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.

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Music
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Oregon Country Fair
July 9–11, 2021

Oregon Country Fair

Virtual Ticket Prices Vary

Oregon Country Fair will be hosting Fair in the Clouds: A Virtual Event from July 9-11, 2021. 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…

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Rose Cup Races
July 9–11, 2021

Rose Cup Races

Portland International Raceway

Celebrate racing history at Portland International Raceway’s 60th annual Rose Cup Races! Enjoy great racing, pageantry and honoring an iconic family-friendly event in the Pacific Northwest.

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Portland Rose Festival
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Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
Ongoing

Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn

McMenamins Edgefield Prices Vary

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.

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The Big Float
Saturday, July 10, 2021

The Big Float

Tom McCall Waterfront Park $5-$175

Every summer since 2011, thousands of people swim and float in the Willamette River for the annual Big Float event.

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Portland Zine Symposium
July 24–25, 2021

Portland Zine Symposium

Virtual

The 2021 event will be held virtually; please visit the event website for current information. The Portland Zine Symposium is an organization that hosts, among other events, a yearly free conference and zine social exploring facets of independent publishing and DIY culture. This event has been held in Portland, Oregon every summer since 2001 and…

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Oregon Brewers Festival
July 28–31, 2021

Oregon Brewers Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Portland hosts dozens of beer festivals every year, but none compares to the Oregon Brewers Festival. With offerings from 80 craft brewers, the event draws nearly 70,000 attendees to the downtown waterfront every July.

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Vanport Jazz Festival
Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021

Vanport Jazz Festival

Colwood Golf Course $75-$175

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, welcoming nationally renowned artists and…

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Bridge Pedal
Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021

Bridge Pedal

Multiple locations $35-$70

The Bridge Pedal is scheduled to return Aug. 8, 2021. Please visit the event website for current information. Portland’s annual Bridge Pedal is a community celebration of the city’s iconic bridges and biking culture. Join your friends and neighbors for the one opportunity each year to bike or walk on Portland’s car-free streets and bridges…

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Hood to Coast
Aug. 27–28, 2021

Hood to Coast

Timberline Lodge

Hood to Coast is the world’s largest running relay race, stretching 200 miles from the top of Mount Hood to the Pacific Ocean in Seaside. The overnight event culminates in the West Coast’s largest beach party and draws more than 12,000 runners and walkers annually. The race fills up months in advance, but there’s no…

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CityFair
May 27–June 12, 2022

CityFair

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

EVENT ON HIATUS IN 2021 AND EXPECTED TO RETURN IN 2022. 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.

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Rose Festival Starlight Parade
Saturday, June 4, 2022

Rose Festival Starlight Parade

Downtown Portland

EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL 2022. 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…

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Festival
For Kids
Portland Rose Festival
Postponed
Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade
Saturday, June 11, 2022

Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade

Memorial Coliseum Reserved seats $15-$30

EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL 2022. Please visit the event website for current information. A cherished highlight of the Portland Rose Festival, this popular procession is more than a spectacular floral-filled parade; it’s a beloved annual tradition. For more than 100 years, Portland families, visitors and community groups have been making memories at the Rose Festival Grand…

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Portland Rose Festival