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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Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do in August 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Beer, BBQ, and canines

August 1, 2015 (12 to 9 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Bones and Brew includes barbecue, music, contests, dog-supply vendors, and 30 microbreweries outside Rogue Distillery & Public House. (One day this year.)

Japanese festival

August 1, 2015

3.5 miles SE

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

Fremont Fest

August 1, 2015

4.5 miles NE

Fremont Fest includes a 5K run, parade of bikes & pets & vintage cars, pub crawl, entertainment, kids’ zone, and vendors on NE Fremont Street.

Blues, jazz & funk

August 1, 2015 (12 to 8 p.m.)

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.

Shakespeare comedy

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 8)

0.5 miles west

Twelfth Night is a gender-bending comedy about mistaken identity, unrequited love, and romantic mischief at 1516 SW Alder St. Discount tickets $18.

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 on the riverfront at Marylhurst University.

Crawfish festival

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 31)

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.

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.

Concerts in the Park

August 1 - 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. Free.

Movies on a rooftop

August 1 - 27, 2015 (begins July 17)

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.

Movies in the Park

August 1 - Sept. 11, 2015 (also July)

Portland parks

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

Fashion & Music on the Square

August 2, 2015

0 miles

Visit fashion booths and hear live music when Fashion Expo comes to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Concerts in the square

August 4 - 20, 2015 (begins July 7)

0 miles

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

Concerts on Main Street

August 5 - 26, 2015 (Wednesdays starting July 8)

0.2 mile SW

Hear local musicians play funky soul to old-school country 5 to 7 p.m. at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.

Giant music concert

August 7, 2015

7 miles north

Hear 80 bands play alternative rock, pop-punk, hip-hop, electronica, and hardcore all day at Warped Tour in Portland Expo Center.
August 2015

Bite of Oregon

August 7 - 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 7 - 9, 2015

9 miles north

Vancouver Brewfest has locally brewed beer, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park.

Garlic festival

August 7 - 9, 2015

19 miles NW

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

Movies in the square

August 7, 14, 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.

Festival of praise

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.

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. Free.

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.

Zoo concerts

August 8 - Sept. 6, 2015 (begins June 21)

3 miles west

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

Bike or walk the bridges

August 9, 2015

Portland locations

Bridge Pedal is a 5-mile walk or 3 to 33 mile ride with stunning views from Portland bridges. Register early due to new limits, and bring a helmet. The People's Preview of Tilikum Crossing is free in the afternoon.

Girls’ softball

August 12 - 19, 2015

6.4 miles SW

Watch one of the games in the Little League Softball World Series for girls at Alpenrose Dairy. Free.

Organic beer festival

August 13 - 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.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 14 - 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 14 - 16, 2015

90 miles south

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

Electric vehicle day

August 15, 2015

0 miles

See electric vehicles and get information at EV Celebration Day 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, play games, shop food carts, and take a $10 jet-boat tour at 11040 N. Lombard St. Adults need ID. Free.

Vegan week and prom

August 15 - 22, 2015

Portland locations

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

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, a beer garden, and live music on the sidewalks of SE Hawthorne Blvd. from 12th to 51st. Free.


August 20 - 21, 2015

1.2 miles SE

TechfestNW is a technology conference at OMSI with a talent fair and several parties. You can get separate tickets for the after party, which requires age 21 ID.


August 21 - 23, 2015

0.5 miles east

MusicfestNW is a massive music festival of 150 concerts on 2 stages at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

August 21 - 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.

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 & 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.

Italian festival

August 27 - 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.

Movies under the bridge

August 27 - 29, 2016 (dusk)

2 miles SE

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

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 28 - 29, 2015

Located 7 or 62 miles SE

Hood to Coast Relay is a 199-mile relay of 12,000 runners from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. Portland To Coast Walk Relay is a 132-mile relay of 4,000 walkers from Portland. Both end at an ocean party.

Oregon State Fair

August 28 - 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 Special Days.

Bigfoot festival

August 29, 2015

52 miles east

Bigfoot Bash & Bounty is a small-town carnival, beer garden, evening band, and speakers in the heart of Sasquatch country at Home Valley Park, WA.

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.

Green festival

August 2015 (undated)

3 miles north

Green Neighborhoods Festival features live music, green vendors, workshops, and kids’ activities on Kerby Avenue near Peninsula Park. Free.

Street fair with soccer

August 2015 (undated)

4 miles north

Overlook Village Street Fair has live music, a car show, dog costume contest, food vendors, and a soccer tournament at Concord & Killingsworth. Free.
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August 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.