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.

Editor's Pick
Sneaker Week
Aug. 7–14, 2020

Sneaker Week

Various locations

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

Editor's Pick
Events
Festivals
Shopping
Canceled
Summer Free For All
Ongoing

Summer Free For All

Citywide

Portland Parks & Recreation offers over 400 free events including free movie screenings, concerts and rock climbing.

Canceled
Events
Film
For Kids
Music
Outdoors
Parks & Gardens
Canceled
Flicks on the Bricks
July 17–Aug. 14, 2020

Flicks on the Bricks

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. On five Friday evenings in July and August, the Square will be transformed into Portland’s largest outdoor movie theater for the entire community to enjoy! Flicks on the Bricks will kick-off on Friday, July 17 and continue through August 14 on Friday nights. IKEA will…

Canceled
Film
Postponed
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
July 26–Aug. 15, 2020

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts

Oregon Zoo

Musicians and fans alike flock to concerts at the Oregon Zoo each summer to enjoy live music, sunshine and friends.

Postponed
Music
Summer
Canceled
Multnomah Days
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020

Multnomah Days

Multnomah Village Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…

Canceled
Shopping
Canceled
Portland Adult Soapbox Derby
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby

Mt Tabor Park Free

The PDX Adult Soapbox Derby at Mt. Tabor Park pits grown-up kids against each other every August in pursuit of speed and laughs.

Canceled
Sports
Summer
Weird
Editor's Pick
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.

Editor's Pick
Food
Makers
Shopping
Canceled
India Festival
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020

India Festival

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

LIVE EVENT CANCELED. This event will now be held virtually, please visit the event website for current information. India Festival brings India to downtown Portland! This festival is a celebration of India’s Independence Day with live music, dance, food and other entertainment. India Festival is hosted by the India Cultural Association, a non-profit dedicated to…

Canceled
Cultural Communities
Festival
Canceled
Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series
July 7–Aug. 18, 2020

Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series will return for its 30th year on Tuesdays in July and August! From noon-1:00pm enjoy music from some of Portland’s best regional and local musical talent. With eight FREE concerts, dancing, some of Portland’s favorite food vendors at Carts…

Canceled
Music
Canceled
Portland Sunday Parkways
Ongoing

Portland Sunday Parkways

Various Routes Free

This family-friendly bike ride features local vendors and live entertainment.

Canceled
Biking
Events
For Kids
Summer
Canceled
Sunday Parkways: Green Loop
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020

Sunday Parkways: Green Loop

Green Loop Free

The 2020 Sunday Parkways bike rides have been canceled and events will be digital-only due to the coronavirus pandemic. See the Sunday Parkways Facebook page for details. Sunday Parkways heads to the historic North Park Blocks for a 7-mile route along Portland’s Green Loop. This ride will pass by multiple cultural hotspots, including the Portland…

Canceled
For Kids
Outdoors
Canceled
Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
Ongoing

Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn

McMenamins Edgefield Prices Vary

EVENTS CANCELED AND/OR POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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.

Canceled
Music
Canceled
Last Thursday Art Walk on Alberta
Ongoing

Last Thursday Art Walk on Alberta

Alberta Street

LIVE EVENT CANCELED. This event will now be held virtually, please visit the event website for current information. 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…

Canceled
Art & Design
Shopping
Canceled
Hood to Coast
Aug. 28–29, 2020

Hood to Coast

Timberline Lodge

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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….

Canceled
Health & Wellness
Outdoors
Editor's Pick
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.

Editor's Pick
For Kids
Outdoors
Canceled
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

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…

Canceled
Art & Design
Festival
Canceled
Feast Portland
Sept. 17–20, 2020

Feast Portland

Multiple venues Prices vary

This foodie festival, held every September, has cemented Portland’s reputation as a culinary capital of the world.

Canceled
Festivals
Food
Summer
Canceled
Sunday Parkways: Northeast Portland
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020

Sunday Parkways: Northeast Portland

Northeast Portland Free

The 2020 Sunday Parkways bike rides have been canceled and events will be digital-only due to the coronavirus pandemic. See the Sunday Parkways Facebook page for details. Come out and enjoy the last Sunday Parkways of the season with this 7.6-mile ride in Northeast Portland! Enjoy the walking/biking boulevard of Ainsworth along with the neighborhood…

Canceled
For Kids
Outdoors
Canceled
Waterfront Blues Festival
July 2–5, 2021

Waterfront Blues Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

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

Canceled
Festivals
Music
Summer
Canceled
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.

Canceled
Beer
Festivals
Summer