Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
Twenty minutes from downtown Portland,
the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
features art demonstrations, an art show
and juried craft show with 120 booths,
wine, beer, food and entertainment.
Portland International Beer Festival
The Portland International Beer Festival
draws more than 150 brews from at least
15 countries to a beer garden setting in the
Lloyd District’s Holladay Park.
Waterfront Blues Festival
The Waterfront Blues Festival — the
largest blues festival west of the Mississippi
River — rocks crowds on the riverbank in
Waterfront Park and on the water itself
with five days of top national acts, as well
as spectacular fireworks on July 4.
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.
Oregon Brewers Festival
Craft breweries from around the
United States bring more than 80 beers
to the Oregon Brewers Festival, the
largest gathering of independent
brewers in North America, held in
downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Founded in 1981, the three-day Cathedral
Park Jazz Festival is the now the West’s
largest and oldest free celebration of jazz
and blues. Held in Cathedral Park
beneath the historic St. Johns Bridge,
the scenery is almost enough to steal the
PDX Pop Now!
The PDX Pop Now! festival highlights
as many as 50 local independent artists
at a single venue over the course of two
days. The volunteer-driven nonprofit
behind the festival also produces an
annual compilation CD of local music.
The Big Float
Every summer, The Big Float celebrates
the river that runs through the city with
a flotilla of inner tubes and inflatable
toys and a beach party just south of the
Hawthorne Bridge in downtown’s
Portland Highland Games
This celebration of all things Scottish
features dancing, piping, drumming and
fiddling, traditional food and the “heavy
events,” which include the caber toss and
the Portland stone — a 96-pound rock
hurled by only the brawniest athletes.
The Portland Highland Games are
held just east of Portland in Gresham.
Portland Zine Symposium
Portland’s DIY culture is alive and
well, and you can catch it in all its vibrant
blacks and whites at this annual gathering
of underground media connoisseurs.
The Portland Zine Symposium is a free,
two-day event includes workshops,
panel discussions and tables of people
buying, selling and trading zines.
Flicks on the Bricks
Gather up the family and head to
Pioneer Courthouse Square for free
movies and popcorn under the stars
on Portland’s “largest outdoor screen.”
Catch Flicks on the Bricks four
consecutive Friday nights, July through
Since 2002, Pioneer Courthouse Square
has celebrated summer with two free
lunchtime concerts every week in July and
August. The popular Noon Tunes Concert
Series showcases the best in regional and
local musical talent each Tuesday and
Thursday from noon- 1 p.m.
Top-Down Rooftop Cinema
Enjoy Portland’s temperate summer nights
with Top-Down Rooftop Cinema. Film
screenings, along with performances from
local bands, cocktails, beer and barbeque
are offered six Thursday evenings in
a row atop the Hotel deLuxe parking
Since 1999, the Pickathon Indie Roots
Music Festival, a celebrated six-stage folk
festival at the lush Pendarvis Farm just
outside Portland, has attracted headliners
like Feist and Andrew Bird while establishing itself as the nation’s greenest music
Established in 2001 to showcase local
musicians and bring in national acts,
MusicfestNW features two days of
concerts on two stages in downtown’s
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby
Fearless grown-ups hurtle down an extinct
volcano in homemade vehicles during the
PDX Soapbox Derby. It could be a recipe
for disaster, but, instead, it’s a beloved
annual event held in Mt. Tabor Park, which
offers spectacular views of downtown.
Spectators bring their own beer and cheer
on the fastest — and kookiest — gravity-powered cars.
The Providence Bridge Pedal is an
annual bike ride across Portland’s bridges
cements Portland’s bike-friendly status,
as a total of 10 bridges partially close
to cars, affording bicyclists rare views
and a choice of relaxed rides ranging in
distance from 14 to 36 miles ( 23-58 km).