Portland events calendar for August 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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August 2015

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

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Beer, BBQ, and Bowser

August 1, 2015

1 mile NW

Family friendly Bones and Brew includes barbecue, music, contests, dog-supply vendors, and 30 microbrews outside Rogue Distillery & Public House.

Japanese festival

August 1, 2015

3.5 miles SE

Obonfest commemorates ancestors with Obon dance, lanterns, children’s booths, Japanese food, beer, and sake at Oregon Buddhist Temple. Free entry.

Fremont Fest

August 1, 2015

4.5 miles NE

Fremont Fest includes a 10 a.m. parade of bikes & pets & marching band, beer garden, entertainment, kids’ zone, and vendors on NE Fremont Street.

Blues, jazz & funk

August 1, 2015

20 miles east

Soulful Giving Blanket Concert features live music, gourmet food, Oregon wine & beer, and vendors on 15 acres of meadows & forest near the Sandy River for age 21+.

Art show

August 1 - 2, 2015

10 miles south

ArtBurst Northwest (formerly West Linn Fine Arts Festival) has 100 juried artists, student art, and food vendors outdoors at Marylhurst University.

Crawfish festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

13 miles south

Tualatin Crawfish Festival has a cook-off, eating contests, Saturday parade & run & dog show, weekend beer & wine, kids’ zone, and stage shows.

County fair

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 30)

15 miles west

Washington County Fair offers carnival rides, farm animals, a kid village, food booths, motorsport shows, and stage entertainment in Hillsboro. Free entry.

Minerals festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

16 miles NW

Rice Northwest Museum Summer Festival includes cutting open geodes, scavenger hunts, games, gold panning, jewelry & fossil vendors, exhibits, a visit from the Flintstone vehicle, food & wine in Hillsboro.

Indie roots music festival

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 31)

17 miles SE

Pickathon offers a large lineup of diverse music (indie/roots, garage rock, folk, alternative country, bluegrass) on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. It also promotes ecology and recycling. No pets.

BBQ near Salem

August 1 - 2, 2015

58 miles south

Smokin Down the Highway has BBQ (brisket, pork, chicken, ribs), a car show, kids’ corner, beer & wine tent, live music, and cooking demos in Sublimity.

Fashion & Music on the Square

August 2, 2015

0 miles

Shop from vendors, meet local designers, visit the beer garden, and hear live music when PDX Fashion Expo comes to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Arabic festival

August 2, 2015

6.4 miles SW

Enjoy Arabic music, dance, poetry, food, art and crafts at the Arab Festival at Alpenrose Dairy. Free.

Pizza & pie festival

August 4, 2015

2.5 miles north

Enjoy samples of artisan pizza and fruit pie, with ice cream, live music, and beer for sale at Pie Hard at Ecliptic Brewing.

Giant music concert

August 7, 2015

7 miles north

Hear 90 bands play alternative rock, pop-punk, hip-hop, electronica, and hardcore all day at Warped Tour outdoors at Portland Expo Center.

Church festival

August 8, 2015

0 miles

Portland area churches offer singing and music, vendors, food, and family activities at International Praise Festival, Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Track meet

August 8, 2015

1 mile south

The Festival of Fast has food, beer, music, and feats of athletic strength and skill at Duniway Park.

Alberta Street Fair

August 8, 2015

4 miles NE

Alberta Street Fair focuses on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It has a beer garden, three stages of entertainment, and children’s activities. Donation.

Fossil festival

August 8, 2015

16 miles NW

Learn about fossils at Northwest Fossil Fest, which features lectures, displays, kids’ activities, and free entry to Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 9, 2015

Portland locations

Bridge Pedal is a 6-mile walk or 3 to 37 mile ride with stunning views from Portland bridges. Register early due to new limits, and bring a helmet.

Bite of Oregon

August 9, 2015

0.5 mile east

Taste the best of Oregon food, beer, and wine at the Bite of Oregon, which includes entertainment and a cooking competition at Tom McCall Waterfront Park south of Morrison Bridge. Friday is least crowded.

Vancouver Brewfest

August 9, 2015

9 miles north

Vancouver Brewfest has locally brewed beer, wine, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park. This event requires age 21 ID.

Garlic festival

August 9, 2015

19 miles NW

Elephant Garlic Festival features garlic-flavored foods, arts and crafts, and live music in North Plains. Free.

Northwest films

August 11 - 12, 2015 (7 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

Northwest Tracking features movies by independent filmmakers living in the northwest states at Portland Art Museum.

Quilt show

August 13 - 15, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Quilt! Knit! Stitch! offers classes, workshops, exhibits, and fabric vendors at Oregon Convention Center.

Electric vehicle day

August 15, 2015

0 miles

See electric vehicles and get information at the EV Fest in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Adult soapbox derby

August 15, 2015

5 miles east

Watch adults in bizarre gravity-powered vehicles race downhill at Mt. Tabor City Park to win awards at the annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby.

Seaport Celebration

August 15, 2015

9 miles NE

Seaport Celebration opens the fence at marine Terminal 4 so you can see the working waterfront, watch demos of big equipment, hear live music, buy food from vendors, visit a kids’ zone, and take a $10 jet-boat tour at 11040 N. Lombard St. Adults need ID. Free.

India Festival

August 16, 2015

0 miles

Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of India at India Festival, with performances, food, and vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 16, 2015

2.5 miles east

Hawthorne Street Fair has vendors, family activities, beer gardens, and live music on the sidewalks of SE Hawthorne Blvd., mostly from 31st to 41st. Free.

Organic beer festival

August 16, 2015

3 miles north

Enjoy organic beers and ciders from around the world at the North American Organic Brewers Festival, which includes live music and a children’s area at Overlook Park. Free entry.

Art in the Rose Garden

August 16, 2015

4 miles north

See works by 20 local artists on display at Art in the Rose Garden at Peninsula City Park. Free.

Wine tasting

August 16, 2015

6 miles SW

Taste 35 Northwest wines paired with sweet and savory bites at Vine & Dine in Multnomah Village.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 16, 2015

27 miles NW

Banks Bar-B-Que and Tractor Pull includes tractor & truck pulls, BBQ sandwiches, a beer garden, parade, and a combine demolition derby in Banks. No pets.

Country music festival

August 16, 2015

90 miles south

Willamette Country Music Festival features big-name country music singers in the open air in Brownsville.

Movies in the square

August 21, 2015 (begins July 24)

0 miles

Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square, July 24, 31 and Aug. 7, 14, 21. Free.
  • Aug. 21 - Mrs. Doubtfire

TechfestNW

August 21, 2015

1.2 miles SE

TechfestNW is a technology conference at OMSI with speakers, parties, networking, and a job fair.

Tasting in Salem

August 21, 2015

46 miles south

Pairings offers fine food, wine, micro-brews, spirits, and music in the gardens of the Salem fairgrounds, plus a free ticket to the state fair opening Aug. 28.

Spirits festival

August 22, 2015

Downtown Portland

Unwind is a Friday evening cocktail event at Ankeny Plaza. Its ticket also gets you into Spiritsfest on Saturday at Waterfront Park. Both have food vendors.

Vegan week and prom

August 22, 2015

Greater Portland area

Try Vegan Week includes free workshops, speakers, dine-outs, and mentoring. It ends in a vegan prom night of dancing, raffles, food, and costumes. Schedule.

Free fireworks

August 22, 2015

1.8 miles south

Bring a chair to MAX Orange Line Fireworks Spectacular (with live music, food & beverage vendors) to celebrate the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge that opens Sept. 12. Waterfront viewing area is at 3030 SW Moody Ave.

MusicfestNW

August 23, 2015

0.5 miles east

MusicfestNW is a large music festival with 22 performances and food vendors at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

People in the street

August 23, 2015

Located 1.8 miles east

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 7 miles of streets when most cars are banned for Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways. Nearby parks offer activities and music. Free.

Car & boat show

August 23, 2015

8 miles south

The Collector Car & Classic Boat Show is spread over three locations in Lake Oswego. Free.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

August 23, 2015

9 miles north

Drink wine, listen to jazz, and shop from arts and crafts booths at Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival [sound] at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA.

Concerts in the square

August 25, 2015 (begins July 7)

0 miles

Hear concerts at the popular Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Tuesdays. Free.

Concerts in the Park

August 26, 2015 (begins July 6)

Portland parks

Bring a blanket or chairs to hear a variety of Concerts in the Park. Separate list for Washington Park (Aug. 7 to 14). Free.

Movies on a rooftop

August 27, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema is films on a rooftop Thursdays at the Hotel deLuxe, and it includes local bands, cocktails, beer, and barbecue. Cash only.

Zoo concerts

August 27 - Sept. 6, 2015 (sold out)

3 miles west

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers and include a same-day zoo pass.

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 28, 2015

28 miles west

The $75 Farm Fresh dinner features locally grown food, wine, and live music at Unger Farms in Cornelius.

Italian festival

August 29, 2015

0 miles

Festa Italiana offers live music, pizza tossing, grape stomping, Italian food, a wine and beer garden, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Grilled cheese competition

August 29, 2015 (5 p.m.)

1.7 miles east

Taste 9 grilled cheese sandwiches from restaurants, vote for your favorite, and support the women’s crisis line at Grilled Cheese Invitational at EastBurn.

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 29, 2015 (sold out)

Located 7 or 62 miles SE

Hood to Coast Relay is a 197-mile relay of 12,000 runners from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. Portland To Coast Walk Relay is a 132-mile relay of 5,000 walkers from Portland. Both end at an ocean party.

Rodeo party

August 29, 2015 (4:30 p.m.)

22 miles south

The Barn Bash has a Western theme with rodeo entertainment, live music, dancing, BBQ, casino, and auction in Aurora for cowboys and cowgirls age 21+.

Farm food festival

August 29 - 30, 2015

30 miles SW

Enjoy meals, tours, and classes that feature local farms, chefs, and wineries during the highly acclaimed Bounty of Yamhill County.

Forest music festival

August 29 - 30, 2015

43 miles SE

Festival of the Forest offers live music, food and art vendors, and a beer and wine garden for only $5 per car near Mount Hood.

Movies under the bridge

August 29 - 31, 2016 (7 p.m.)

1.6 miles south

Bring a car, blanket, or chair for films at Drive-In at Zidell Yards under Ross Island Bridge. Food vendors.

Idiosyncratic films

August 29 - Sept. 5, 2015

0.5 miles SW

See 7 movies by director Paul Thomas Anderson and 14 more that influenced him at The Art of Reinvention at Portland Art Museum.

Discount tickets $4.

Clean comedy

August 29 - Sept. 5, 2015 (8 p.m.)

1.2 miles NW

Billed as Portland’s longest running show, fast-paced ComedySportz acts out humorous situations based on audience suggestions. Discount tickets $11.

Dahlia Festival

Aug. 29 - 31 and Sept. 5 - 7, 2015

26 miles south

View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 40 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demos at the Dahlia Festival in Canby. Free.

Oregon State Fair

August 29 - Sept. 7, 2015

49 miles south

See farm animals and craft displays, try fair food and fine wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

See the discounts on Special Days.

Movies in the Park

August 29 - Sept. 11, 2015

Portland parks

Movies in the Park begin with entertainment at 6:30 followed by movies at dusk. Bring coats. Free.

French art

August 29 - Sept. 13, 2015 (closed Mondays)

0.5 miles SW

See 140 paintings, sculptures, and drawings from a Paris art museum while Gods and Heroes is at the Portland Art Museum.

Discount tickets $11.

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