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  • Writer's picturePhil Evans

9 Summer Events Your Friends Don't Know About (But You Won't Want To Miss)

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

In the summertime, our city comes alive with a vibrant energy as locals and visitors alike take advantage of the warm weather and long days. From outdoor concerts to food festivals, there is no shortage of fun things to do in Portland during the summer months.

Whether it's the classic Portland summer events like the Tigard Balloon Festival or a day out at the farmer's markets or Sauvie Island beaches, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


In this list, we bring you a variety of options like new exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, bees festivals, music, and more. So grab your sunscreen and get ready to explore all that Portland has to offer!


The new Exhibition at the Portland Art Museum is sure to draw crowds wishing to find out more about 2022 stop motion animated feature Pinocchio.


Piano Push Play – (Jul 7)

Every summer, Piano.Push.Play puts pianos out on the sidewalk and lets anyone who wants to, enjoy the experience of making music. This summer, we are coming back to the Portland Museum for their kickoff concert. They'll be there with 10 new pianos from amazing Portland artists, performers, and speakers,

Guillermo del Toro standing next to a Pinocchio figure

Pedalpalooza (Jun 20 – Aug 31)

The summer-long biking event is back! Pedal-powered Portlanders of all ages are welcome to join hundreds of events independently organized by community members like you.

A group of people enjoying an afternoon bike ride

Pickathon (August 3 – 6)

The event that redefines the music festival experience as an immersive wonderland will be back in August. For three days fans will discover music, arts, and culture just outside Portland, Oregon on Pendarvis Farm.


Portland Craft Beer Festival (Jun 30 – Jul 2)

The Fields Neighborhood Park will host this great outdoor party with a huge selection of local beers, in addition to ciders, wine, food, and a selection of craft vendors! In this event, all breweries within the city limits of Portland, Oregon will to showcase their beers on a common stage.

A group of friends having beers at a festival

Waterfront Blues Festival (Jul 1-4)

Enjoy four days of music and dancing with a world-class roster of local and national blues, soul, funk and R&B artistsThe Waterfront Blues Festival takes place at the gorgeous Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and features four stages among eight acres of the park.

Music festival at night

Topaz Farm Concerts (Jul 6 – Aug 31)

Summer nights in Portland don’t get much better! Every Thursday evening in July and August, Topaz Farm will turn into a concert venue for Americana Harvest Nights.


Ali Wong (Jul 18 & other dates)

The star comedian and star of recent Netflix hit Beef is bringing her show to Portland’s Keller Auditorium next month!


Original Practice Shakespeare Fest – (Jun 22 – Aug 27)

OPS Fest brings no-cost repertory Shakespeare to parks and venues all over the Portland Metro area. The company uses the original practice techniques of Elizabethan England: limited rehearsal, scrolls in hand, audience interaction, and an onstage prompter. Back in for its 14th season, the OPS festival is expanding their tour. This year, OPS Fest is adding Washington Park to their ever-growing list of locations.


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