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Portland Summer Events Guide

Published Jun 13, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

It's that time of year again! Check out all the fun, awesome events that are happening this summer in Portland. You won't want to miss them! 

Are you looking for some fun events to fill up your family calendar this summer? Organizations throughout Portland are hosting some fantastic family-friendly events and festivals all summer long. From outdoor concerts and movies to floating down the Willamette River, there's something fun for everyone this summer.  

1. Summer Kick-Off and Concert in the Park

Is there a better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than grabbing your lawn chairs and blankets and meeting your friends and neighbours for a night of live music and fun? The Junebugs, a high-energy Folk-Rock trio will be performing and there will be games, crafts, and activities for kids. 

When: June 20, 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Mountain View Champions Park

2. Tigard Festival of Balloons

Get up bright and early and watch in awe as around 20 hot air balloons launch into the sky. During the afternoon, get some tasty bites from local food vendors, browse around the craft booths, and enjoy some fun and thrilling rides and carnival games. There's many more events and activities to experience at the Tigard Festival of Balloons!

When: June 21-23, 5:30am-5:00pm

Where: Cook Park

Photo Credit: Fesitval of Balloons in Tigard Facebook page

3. The Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race

Come and watch children and adults race their handmade boats made of used milk cartons and plastic jugs. Better yet, build a boat and compete in a race yourself! The Milk Carton Boat Race is a family friendly event that started in 1973. Watercraft will be competing in nine different categories.

When: June 23, 11:00am 

Where: Westmoreland Park Casting Pond 

4. Farmers Markets

Portland has tons of farmers markets that are taking place throughout the summer. Browse for fresh produce and beautiful flowers. Make it a goal of going to at least five farmers markets this summer. Here are just a few that you should visit:

Kenton Farmers Market - Every Wednesday from June 12 to September 25, 3:00-7:00pm

PSU Farmers Market - Every Saturday from June 8 to October 26, 8:30am-2:00pm

Lents International Farmers Market - Every Sunday from June 9 to November 24, 9:00am-2:00pm

King Farmers Market - Every Sunday from June 9 to November 24, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Shemanski Park Market - Every Wednesday from June 12 to October 30, 10:00am to 2:00pm

5. Portland Sunday Parkways

During four Sundays this summer, Kaiser Permanente presents Portland Sunday Parkways. Each Sunday, a different section of Portland is closed off to cars while cyclists, rollers, runners, and walkers of all ages visit booths, listen to live music, and participate in fun activities. The goal of the event is to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle. Try your best to make it to all four Sunday Parkways this summer!

North Portland Sunday Parkways - June 30, 11:00am to 4:00pm

Outer Northwest Portland Sunday Parkways - July 21, 11:00am to 4:00pm

Green Loop Portland Sunday Parkways - August 25, 11:00am to 4:00pm 

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways - September 22, 11:00am to 4:00pm

6. Waterfront Blues Festival

If you and your family love music, then you won't want to miss the Waterfront Blues Festival, the largest celebration of blues, soul, funk, and rhythm and blues on the west coast. The festival takes place during the Fourth of July long weekend. There will be four stages, food, vendors, and much more. Single day tickets are $20 bought in advance and $25 at the gate. Kids and under get in for free! The Fourth of July will be celebrated with an amazing fireworks display. 

When: July 4-7

Where: Waterfront Park

Photo Credit: Waterfront Blues Festival Facebook page

7. 4th of July Concert Celebration

Get ready to celebrate the start of the long weekend with a day of live music and family-friendly activities. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and catch up with friends and neighbours. Skybound Blue, an Americana married duo, will be performing. There will be lots of bouncy inflatables and games to keep the kids highly entertained. Oh, and did we mention that there will be free hot dogs and ice cream?

When: July 4, 11:00am to 2:00pm 

Where: Veterans Memorial Park

8. Theater in the Park

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District is brining A Midsummer Night's Dream to Kaiser Woods Park. The Shakespeare play will be presented in a manner that is understandable, fun, and engaging for kids. Seating is on the grass, so bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. There will be snacks and drinks for sale, but you're welcome to bring a picnic. 

When: July 6, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Kaiser Woods Park

Photo Credit: THPRD website

9. Mississippi Street Fair

Stroll down Mississippi Avenue and browse through over 200 vendors and listen to over 40 bands. The Street Fair is an annual event that celebrates the Mississippi community and focuses on local businesses, products, artists, crafts, and food. 

When: July 13, 10:00am to 9:00pm

Where: Historic Mississippi Avenue

10. The Big Float 

What better way to spend a hot summer's day than to float in the Willamette River and listen to live music? The Big Float is an annual fundraiser for the Human Access Project and is open to all ages. It's a safe voyage, not a race, and everyone must wear a life jacket! Grab your favourite floaty and support a great cause. 

When: July 13, 11:00am to 6:30pm

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Photo Credit: Human Access Project Facebook page

11. Party in the Park

This is Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District's largest community event of the year! Come by for a day of free family activities. There will be drop-in sports, swimming, crafts, games, climbing walls, inflatables, and more! The party kicks-off with a family triathlon that starts at 9:00am. 

When: July 27 from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Where: Howard M Terpenning Complex

12. Big Truck Day

If your kid is obsessed with trucks of all shapes and sizes, then you have to bring them to Big Truck Day! There will be fire trucks, buses, tow trucks, and more! Kids will get to climb aboard and get behind the wheel of their favourite vehicles. There will also be lots of activities, including face painting arts and crafts, a bouncy castle, and a sand pit. 

When: August 3, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Where: Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center

Photo Credit: THPRD website

13. Summer Concert in the Park

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District is hosting yet another family-friendly concert in the park. The Garcia Birthday Band will perform live while you chill out on the grass. Pack a picnic or purchase food from local food vendors.

When: August 8, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Greenway Park

14. All Ability Tri4Youth

This event is for youth ages 8 to 26 of all abilities. Come and compete or cheer on a friend or family member as youth with or without disabilities complete a course that includes a 50 yard swim, 2 mile bike ride, and 0.5 mile run. This is one of the most positive and fun events of the year.

When: August 10 starting at 9:00am 

Where: Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District

15. Kids Obstacle Challenge

Kids ages 5-16 will challenge themselves as they complete this one-of-a-kind obstacle course that includes over 15 obstacles that range in difficulty. Get ready to get muddy because you'll be army crawling, swinging over water, scaling up rugged cargo nets, and more. Though this is a challenge, kids always have smiles on their faces once they see what they can accomplish! 

When: August 24 & 25, 8:30am to 12:20pm

Where: Sherwood Forest Equestrian Center

16. Outdoor Movies 

Summer outdoor movies have become outrageously popular over the past few years. Portland Parks and Recreation is hosting its Movies in the Park series again this summer starting in June, and Pioneer Courthouse Square is bringing you its Flicks on the Bricks series starting in July. We have all of those outdoor movies listed for your in our Summer Outdoor Movies in Portland blog. Make sure to check it out!

We hope you enjoy this amazing summer! If we haven't listed any of your favorite summer events, let us know by commenting below. 

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