Soul’d Out Music Festival
The annual Soul’d Out Music Festival
draws a diverse range of acts, from 2013
headliner Prince to Questlove, Mos Def,
Diana Krall and many other internationally regarded performers. The 10-day
festival packs some of the city’s best
venues, including the Arlene Schnitzer
Concert Hall, Doug Fir, Wonder Ballroom, Alhambra Theatre and Holocene.
North Willamette Wine
Discover wine country in Portland’s
backyard during the North Willamette
Wine Trail Weekend, a self-guided
tour of more than 20 wineries offering
tastings, food pairings, entertainment and
Portland Farmers Market
Most of the area’s farmers’ markets
open in May. Among the items
featured are fresh produce, flowers,
seafood, breads and berries. There
are three Portland Farmers Markets
in downtown Portland: Saturdays,
in the South Park Blocks at Portland
State University; Mondays, at Pioneer
Courthouse Square; and Wednesdays,
in the South Park Blocks at Salmon
Street. In addition to shopping, the
markets feature chef demonstrations
and other entertainment.
Bridgetown Comedy Festival
The popular Bridgetown Comedy
Festival draws top comics like
Reggie Watts and Janeane Garofalo,
and was voted the nation’s best
comedy festival in the 2010 Punchline
Magazine readers’ poll. Spanning a
weekend, the fest includes shows at
multiple Southeast Portland venues,
including Doug Fir Lounge.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Portland’s
largest Latino event, offers authentic
Mexican music, crafts and entertainment
in Waterfront Park, including performers
from Guadalajara, one of Portland’s
Memorial Weekend in Wine Country
During Memorial Weekend in Wine
Country, more than 150 Willamette Valley
wineries — many not usually open to
the public — open their doors to visitors.
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
Every summer, fans of folk, rock, world
music and more stake out spots on the
amphitheater lawn at the Oregon Zoo for
the Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts, more
than a dozen performances from some of
the hottest, most diverse acts performing
Recycled Arts Festival
The Recycled Arts Festival is held at the
Esther Short Park in June. The festival
is a great education event that teaches
the Clark County community about the
importance of waste reduction, reusing
and recycling. To get attendees excited
about keeping the community clean,
the festival holds an amazing live
concert along with arts and crafts.
Free Fishing Weekend
The first full weekend of June is Free
Fishing Weekend. This is a great way
to introduce a friend, child, co-worker
or family member to fishing in Oregon.
ODFW offers Oregon residents and
visitors the opportunity to explore and
experience fishing, crabbing, clamming
without the need for a license or tags.
Fishing regulation and bag limits still
World Naked Bike Ride
Portland’s version of the World Naked
Bike Ride is the largest one in the world.
In 2017, 8,895 cyclists took to the streets
in this free, clothing-optional nighttime
trek through the city.
Portland Pride, the city’s annual
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community celebration,
features a parade, live entertainment
and family events at Waterfront Park.
Chamber Music Northwest
Pre-concert picnics on the lawn at Reed
College are a standing tradition among
the enthusiastic followers of the annual
Chamber Music Northwest concert series,
which runs from late June to late July.
Since it was launched in 1971, the festival
has grown into one of the most successful
chamber music events in the nation.
JUNE: Portland Rose Festival
The Portland Rose Festival offers three weeks of family events, spanning late
May and early June. Highlights include the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade,
the Starlight Parade, a family carnival in Waterfront Park, dragon boat races,
concerts and fireworks.
Photo courtesy of Portland Rose Festival