Summer in Portland

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

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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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Portland Saturday Market
Ongoing

Portland Saturday Market

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

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

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Food
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Shopping
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Portland Sunday Parkways
Ongoing

Portland Sunday Parkways

Various Routes Free

Sunday Parkways is an annual summertime event series that’s offered on one Sunday a month from May–September. Perfect for riders of all skill levels, these community rides let cyclists take their time and roll through the neighborhoods that make up the heart of the city. Southeast Portland, May 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7…

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Sports
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CityFair
May 22–June 7, 2020

CityFair

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

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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Festival
For Kids
Portland Rose Festival
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Portland Rose Festival
Ongoing

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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Festivals
Spring
Summer
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Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
Ongoing

Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn

McMenamins Edgefield Prices Vary

Since 2008, McMenamins Edgefield, a bucolic venue located 15 miles east of Portland in Troutdale, has welcomed musical acts to its Concerts on the Lawn series, which is a local rite of summer.

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Music
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Rose Festival Starlight Parade
Saturday, May 30, 2020

Rose Festival Starlight Parade

Downtown Portland

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 in one whimsical pageant.

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For Kids
Portland Rose Festival
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Pedalpalooza
June 1–30, 2020

Pedalpalooza

Multiple locations Free

Every year, Pedalpalooza brings over four weeks of biking fun with special rides and events throughout Portland. With over 100 different events (most organized by individuals), bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest. Nearly all events are free.

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Pedalpalooza
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Fleet Week
June 3–7, 2020

Fleet Week

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of…

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Portland Rose Festival
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Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show
June 4–5, 2020

Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show

Lloyd Center Free

This annual rose show is the nation’s largest and long-running rose show, bringing more than 4,000 blooms to Lloyd Center in Northeast Portland. Explore a huge variety of roses, from the quarter-inch micro-minis to the 8 inch standard blooms.

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Portland Rose Festival
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Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races
June 6–7, 2020

Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

The Rose Festival is proud to host the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races, an event that has been bringing an exciting Chinese tradition to Portland for more than two decades, beginning in 1989. Held on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, the races feature exciting four-team heats held every nine minutes. More than…

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Outdoors
Portland Rose Festival
Sports
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Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade
Saturday, June 6, 2020

Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade

Memorial Coliseum Reserved seats $15-$30

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 Floral Parade. A colorful reflection of local, regional and international communities, the…

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Portland Rose Festival
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Crush On Oregon
Sunday, June 7, 2020

Crush On Oregon

Castaway Portland $50

Enjoy a full day of wine tasting, local eats, and entertainment at the annual Crush On Oregon winetasting event. Attendees will have a chance to taste wine from 35+ Oregon winemakers, with representation from around the state — and see for themselves why Oregon’s wine is so highly acclaimed. If that isn’t exciting enough, a…

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Wine
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PDX Beer Week
June 12–21, 2020

PDX Beer Week

Citywide

Portland Beer Week spotlights Portland’s breweries, high-quality brews and vibrant beer culture.

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Beer
Festivals
Summer
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Portland Pride
June 13–14, 2020

Portland Pride

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

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

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Festivals
LGBTQ+
Spring
Summer
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Delta Park Powwow and Encampment
June 19–21, 2020

Delta Park Powwow and Encampment

East Delta Park

All are welcome and invited to the 50th Annual Delta Park Powwow and Encampment on June 19-21, 2020 at East Delta Park in Portland, Oregon. The event is a free and family-friendly celebration of Native American culture. The Delta Park Powwow and Encampment is an annual Portland tradition that draws Native American, and non-native participants…

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Cultural Communities
Food & Drink
For Kids
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Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival
June 22–July 26, 2020

Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival

Multiple Venues

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

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Festivals
Music
Summer
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Last Thursday Art Walk on Alberta
Ongoing

Last Thursday Art Walk on Alberta

Alberta Street

This boisterous street fair attracts independent artists, performers, local bands, troupes of acrobats, buskers, makers and more to celebrate their art on Northeast Albera Street. Held year-round, the event is biggest from June through August, when the street is closed to traffic during the festivities from 15th Avenue to 30th Avenue.

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Art & Design
Shopping
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Festival of Balloons
June 26–28, 2020

Festival of Balloons

Cook Park Prices Vary

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

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Events
Festivals
Outdoors
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World Naked Bike Ride
Saturday, June 27, 2020

World Naked Bike Ride

Secret Location TBD Free

Every June, thousands of cyclists cruise commando through Portland streets as part of the World Naked Bike Ride.

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Biking
Weird
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Peacock in the Park
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Peacock in the Park

Washington Park

Sequins, boas and a rainbow of talent mark LGBTQ variety show Peacock in the Park’s takeover of Washington Park.

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Arts
LGBTQ+
Summer
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Waterfront Blues Festival
July 2–5, 2020

Waterfront Blues Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

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

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Festivals
Music
Summer
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Portland Craft Beer Festival
July 3–5, 2020

Portland Craft Beer Festival

The Fields Park Prices Vary

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, originating from Portland, Oregon breweries. Only beers, plus ciders and wine, crafted within the city limits of Portland are featured at the PCBF which makes it unique and different…

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Beer
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Harefest
July 10–11, 2020

Harefest

Clackamas County Fair & Event Center $39 and up

The annual Harefest music festival in Canby presents the Northwest’s best tribute bands performing on three stages over two days. The Harefest experience has been described by many attendees and performers as “adult summer camp” not only for the fun-loving, good-natured attendees, but also because of its rustic location and tent camping around the festival…

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Music
Outdoors
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Rose Cup Races
July 10–12, 2020

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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For Kids
Sports
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Oregon Country Fair
July 10–12, 2020

Oregon Country Fair

Oregon Country Fair grounds Ticket Prices Vary

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 in a wooded setting 13 miles west of Eugene, Ore., and offers an other-worldly path ambience, parades and more. The Oregon Country Fair creates events…

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Outdoors
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The Big Float
Saturday, July 11, 2020

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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For Kids
Outdoors
Summer
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Portland Picnic Wine Tasting Festival
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Portland Picnic Wine Tasting Festival

Westmoreland Park Free

Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the fourth annual Portland Picnic in Westmoreland Park. Featuring tastings from an array of 100 wines from around the world. There will also be beer available from Level Beer and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy. A great selection of local vendors will be offering tasty food, live music, and…

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Beer
Festival
Wine
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Fete de la Bastille & Waiters Race
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Fete de la Bastille & Waiters Race

Jamison Square Park Free

The Fete de la Bastille is the West Coast’s largest Bastille Day celebration. The festival is free and open to the public and attracts as many 8,000 participants. A fun tradition during this festival is the Annual Waiters Race. The popular Portland Waiters Race returns to Bastille Day and will start at 2 p.m. Racers…

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Food & Drink
For Kids
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Northwest String Summit
July 16–19, 2020

Northwest String Summit

Horning's Hideout Ticket Prices Vary

The annual Northwest String Summit celebrates Bluegrass, roots, and Americana sounds during its multi-day festival in North Plains, Oregon. Visit their website early to purchase tickets, as they usually sell out fast.

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Music
Outdoors
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Portland Highland Games
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Portland Highland Games

Mt. Hood Community College $8-$20

For more than 60 years, the Portland Highland Games have delighted participants with a unique, Scottish experience featuring incredible Scottish pipe bands, bag pipers and drummers, dancers and athletes. Come enjoy a full day of this Scottish festival. Explore Scottish clan tents and learn about your Scottish history (you may be surprised to find a…

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Oregon Northwest Merfest
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Oregon Northwest Merfest

Director Park Free

Oregon Northwest Merfest is a festival for the entire family that brings awareness to conservation with a fun “under the sea” theme. Join Oregon Mermaids for a day of mermaids, pirates, sea-themed entertainers, puppet shows and ocean-themed yoga. Oregon Mermaids impart their love of the briny deep, its wildlife, the ocean beaches and conservation information…

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Outdoors
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Oregon Brewers Festival
July 22–25, 2020

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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Beer
Festivals
Summer
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Division/Clinton Street Fair and Parade
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Division/Clinton Street Fair and Parade

Division & Clinton Streets × Free

Celebrate the funky charm of one of Southeast Portland’s oldest neighborhoods at the Division/Clinton District’s annual Street Fair and Parade. The morning parade along Division and Clinton Streets will kick off a full day of live music, family fun, children’s events, great food, interesting art, craft and community booths, sidewalk sales for bargain hunters, and…

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Pickathon
July 30–Aug. 2, 2020

Pickathon

Pendarvis Farm Prices Vary

Every August since 1999, Pickathon draws diverse musical performers to celebrate music and the outdoors at the lush Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland.

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Festivals
Music
Summer
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Chinese Festival
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020

Chinese Festival

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

Join the Oregon Chinese Coalition for the city’s annual Chinese Festival in the Square! Celebrate Chinese American culture and enjoy nonstop entertainment, delicious Chinese food, authentic arts, crafts and much more.

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Vanport Jazz Festival
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020

Vanport Jazz Festival

Colwood Golf Course $75-$175

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 breathing new life into Portland jazz.

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Portland Burger Week
Aug. 3–8, 2020

Portland Burger Week

Eateries Citywide $5

The Portland Mercury’s Burger Week returns every August with dozens of restaurants, bars and brewhouses across Portland offering one-of-a-kind burgers for only $5! These special edition burgers are designed especially for the Mercury’s Portland Burger Week and are only available from Aug. 3-8, 2020, so dig in while you can! Tips for Portland Burger Week:…

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Sneaker Week
Aug. 7–14, 2020

Sneaker Week

Various locations

Sneaker Week offers fun events for sneaker addicts and footwear newbies alike.

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Festivals
Shopping
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Bloody Mary Festival
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020

Bloody Mary Festival

The Redd $47.50–$57.50

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 yummy food and drink tastes from local artisans. Also, you’ll get one vote for the…

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Food & Drink
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Alberta Street Fair
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020

Alberta Street Fair

Northeast Alberta Sreet between N.E. 11th and 30th avenues

The annual Alberta Street Fair offers an eclectic mix of activities and events that could only be found on Alberta Street. Enjoy multiple stages of live music, a kids parade, local artists, great food, creative vendors, two beer gardens, pedicabs and lots of hands-on fun. Don’t miss creative fun all day and music until 9…

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Shopping
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Bridge Pedal
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020

Bridge Pedal

Multiple locations $35-$70

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 (including the upper decks of both the Marquam and Fremont bridges). Portland’s Bridge Pedal is one of the…

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Multnomah Days
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020

Multnomah Days

Multnomah Village Free

Portland’s Multnomah Village is filled with character – as well as dozens of unique shops, galleries, restaurants, arts and more. The annual Multnomah Days Parade (dubbed “the biggest little parade in Portland”) is the neighborhood’s old-school street fair, starting with a parade and featuring vendors and performers from throughout the city (and beyond) the rest…

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Hood to Coast
Aug. 28–29, 2020

Hood to Coast

Timberline Lodge $1,670 per team

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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Health & Wellness
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River Lantern Lighting
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020

River Lantern Lighting

Sellwood Park $45

Join family, friends and neighbors to celebrate life together. The River Lantern Lighting brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one memorable night to celebrate community in Portland, Oregon. Every participant gets a lantern, candle, marker, beer or cider (over 21), snacks and live music.

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For Kids
Outdoors
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Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Sept. 5–7, 2020

Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

North West Park Blocks Free

The Art in the Pearl annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival occurs every year on Labor Day weekend in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. The Festival is free and requires no tickets for entry. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country and…

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Art & Design
Festival