Summer in Portland

In July, August and September, Portland pulls out all the stops, with festivals celebrating craft beer, music, contemporary art and the city’s internationally acclaimed culinary scene.

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.

Summer Weather

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.

Summer Events

These seasonal offerings run all summer long, every summer.

10 Refreshing Summer Snacks

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

Where to Get Wet

Beat the heat like a local and jump into the nearest river, lake or fountain.

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.

Amusement & Water Parks

Portland and the surrounding region offer a variety of amusements and entertainments for the young and young at heart.

Events by month

More Summer Events

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.

September Events

As summer winds down, Portland ups the ante with performance art, live music and dining events throughout September.

Summer Activities

Make the most of Portland's epic summer days with these outings.