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  • Writer's picturePhil Evans

Enjoy The Portland Summer With These Events

After slowly waking up from the forced slumber of the pandemic last year, this year Portland’s summer activities are coming back to their former glory. Oregonians always make the best of the ideal summer weather with all kinds of outdoor celebrations. It’s the perfect time to go on hikes and for a swim at the Willamette River and there’s no shortage of activities from parades to music festivals and naked bike rides.

This year, we already saw the start of summer celebrations with our biggest festival, the Portland Rose Festival. However, summer is just starting and there’s still so much to look forward to. If you haven’t caught a Thorns or Timbers game this season at Providence Park there are plenty of matches from now to September and support our teams! Other summer favorites in the city include:


PDX Beer Week (A celebration of beer in the greatest beer city on Earth.)

The Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts (a tradition that started in 1979 that has become a beacon for live music.) \

Water Lantern Festival (Family-friendly event filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime.)

Portland Pride (One of the largest Pride celebrations on the West Coast! A week-long series of Pride events capped off by the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade.)

Festival of Balloons (The event that celebrates the community of Tigard. There's more than balloons, but they are certainly the main attraction.)

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts (An annual arts education program of Lakewood Center for the Arts that is traditionally held at Lakewood Center and George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego.)

Hillsdale Brewfest (Traditionally held in the winter months, the Hillsdale 29th Annual Brewfest will bring you new styles and ingredients alongside traditional favorites.)


Waterfront Blues Festival (downtown Portland’s largest and longest-running music celebration.)

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival (It is the 42nd anniversary of this landmark jazz festival! Click on the link to check out the lineup.)

Oregon Brewers Festival (One of the nation’s longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals and is considered a craft beer destination.)

World Naked Bike Ride ( An annual, worldwide bike ride that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport.)

Cinema Unbound (Continuing the Portland tradition of watching a film under the stars.)

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