Portland events calendar for August 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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August 2016
August 2016

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.

Concerts in the Park

August 1 - 28, 2016 (begins July 5)

Portland parks

Bring a blanket or chairs to hear a variety of Concerts in the Park. Free.

See separate page for Aug. 4 to 7 in Washington Park.

Bette Davis & Joan Crawford films

August 1 - 28, 2016 (also July)

0.5 miles SW

Bette & Joan is a film festival featuring the two feuding Hollywood stars at Portland Art Museum. Discount tickets $4.


August 1 - Sept. 26, 2016 (also July)

multiple locations

These discount prices include all ticket fees.

Concerts in the square

August 2 - 30, 2016 (Tuesdays from July 5)

0 miles

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

Movies in the Park

August 2 - Sept. 10, 2016 (begins July 7)

Portland parks

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

International soccer

August 3, 2016 (7 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Portland Timbers play El Salvador in a CONCACAF Champions League match at Providence Park. Discount tickets $22.

Concerts on Main Street

August 3 - Sept. 7, 2016 (Wednesdays from July 6)

0.2 mile SW

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

Saturday Night Live comedian

August 4 - 6, 2016

1.5 miles SE

New Jersey native Jon Rudnitsky brings his award-winning comedy for age 21+ to the Helium Club, which has a two-item food or drink minimum. Discount tickets $13.

Movies on a rooftop

August 4 - 25, 2016 (begins July 14)

0.5 miles NW

See films on a rooftop at Top Down: Rooftop Cinema Thursdays at the Hotel deLuxe, with local bands, cocktails, beer, and barbecue. No pets.

Zoo concerts

August 4 - Sept. 11, 2016 (begins June 19)

3 miles west

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

Spirits festival

August 5 - 7, 2016

Downtown Portland

Unwind is a Friday evening cocktail event at Ankeny Plaza. Spiritsfest is a daytime weekend event at Waterfront Park. Both have food vendors.

Crawfish festival

August 5 - 7, 2016

13 miles south

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

Air show

August 5 - 7, 2016

17 miles west

Wear sunscreen at the Oregon International Air Show, featuring airplanes up close and in the air, aerobatics, skydivers, a kids’ zone, beer garden, fireworks Fri., Blue Angels Sat. & Sun., 5K Sun. at Hillsboro Airport.

Indie roots music festival

August 5 - 7, 2016

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.

Dancing in the moonlight

August 5 - 14, 2016 (roughly 8:30 p.m.)

11.7 miles south

See an illuminated outdoor performance “full of traditional and invented aerial apparatus, athletic and technical dance movement, and acrobatics” at Art in the Dark at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn.

Children’s musical

August 5 - 14, 2016

24.2 miles north

Based on the film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is about a magical flying car that an inventor and his kids’ take to rescue their grandfather in Ridgeview, WA. Discount tickets $15.

Movies in the square

August 5 - 19, 2016 (Fridays from July 22)

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Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Church festival

August 6, 2016

0 miles

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

Distillers festival

August 6, 2016 (2 to 10 p.m.)

0.4 miles SE

Great American Spirits Festival features tastings from small craft distillers, a mixology contest, and special events at World Trade Center.

Japanese festival

August 6, 2016

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 6, 2016

4.5 miles NE

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

Fun music festival

August 6, 2016 (11:30 a.m. to 8:30 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 for age 21+. Discount premier ticket $35 (includes restaurant food and two drinks).

Hot Sauce Expo

August 6 - 7, 2016

1.2 miles SE

Sample hot and spicy food from vendors, buy craft beer, and watch a cute Chihuahua contest 1 p.m. Sat. at Portland Hot Sauce Expo in the OMSI parking lot.

Discount tickets for two people: $22.

Minerals festival

August 6 - 7, 2016

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, and food & wine in Hillsboro.

Oregon Trail 5K

August 7, 2016 (9 a.m.)

12.9 miles south

The Oregon Trail Game 5K is a scenic run through Oregon City with challenges along the way.

Non-conformity conference

August 11 - 15, 2016

0.2 mile SW

World Domination Summit, founded by the author of The Art of Non-Conformity, is “about unconventional, remarkable people coming together for a weekend of adventure” at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Bite of Oregon

August 12 - 14, 2016

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 12 - 14, 2016

9 miles north

Vancouver Brewfest has locally brewed beer, wine, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park. Requires age 21 ID. Repeats in March.

Garlic festival

August 12 - 14, 2016

19 miles NW

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

Country music festival

August 12 - 14, 2016

90 miles south

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

Spiritual music festival

August 12 - 15, 2016

137 miles SW

Beloved Festival is an “open-air sacred art and music festival” with dozens of acts and yoga in Tidewater.

Magic night

August 13, 2016 (4 & 8 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

Magic & Mystery is an evening of astonishing magic by professional magician Mat LaVore downtown at Embassy Suites. Discount tickets $20.

Seaport Celebration

August 13, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

2.8 miles NE

See Portland’s working waterfront, explore interactive exhibits, hear live music, buy food from vendors, visit a kids’ zone, and take a $10 jet-boat tour during Seaport Celebration at 3556 NW Front Avenue. Adults require ID. Free.

Alberta Street Fair

August 13, 2016

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.

Giant music concert

August 13, 2016

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.

Camera show

August 13, 2016 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

9.6 miles NE

The inaugural Rose City PhotoFair includes vendors of vintage and modern gear at Jackson Armory.

Fossil festival

August 13, 2016

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 14, 2016

Portland locations

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

India Festival

August 14, 2016

0 miles

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


August 19, 2016 (9:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles NE

Welcome to Burlesque Tour features top burlesque performers on tour demonstrating their sultry art form on the stage at Dante’s. Discount tickets $10.

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 19, 2016 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)

17 miles SW

The $95 Farm Fresh dinner features locally grown food, wine, and live music at Oregon Heritage Farm in Hillsboro.

Tasting in Salem

August 19, 2016 (4 to 9 p.m.)

46 miles south

Pairings offers fine food, wine, micro-brews, spirits, and music in the gardens of the Salem fairgrounds.

Adult soapbox derby

August 20, 2016

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.

Doll and teddy bear show

August 20, 2016

11 miles SE

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Repeats in Jan.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 20 - 21, 2016 (a few events Aug. 19)

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.

People in the street

August 21, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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.

Art among roses

August 21, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

4 miles north

See works by 36 local artists on display at Art in the Rose Garden at Peninsula Park. Free.

Wine tasting

August 21, 2016 (1 to 6 p.m.)

6 miles SW

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

Italian festival

August 25 - 27, 2016

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.

Organic beer festival

August 25 - 28, 2016

3 miles north

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

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 26 - 27, 2016

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.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

August 26 - 28, 2016

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.

Farm food festival

August 26 - 28, 2016

30 miles SW

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

Bluegrass music

August 26 - 28, 2016

51 miles SE

Oregon Bluegrass Association’s Picker’s Retreat offers music in the mountains and optional camping at Zigzag Mountain Farm in Rhododendron.

Oregon State Fair

August 26 - Sept. 5, 2016

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.

Grilled cheese competition

August 27, 2016

1.7 miles east

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


August 27 - 28, 2016

0.5 miles east

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

Dahlia Festival

August 27 - Sept. 5, 2016

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 at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. See schedule. Free.

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 28, 2016

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.

Car & boat show

August 28, 2016

8 miles south

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

Inspirational speaker

August 30, 3016 (7:30 p.m.)

1.4 miles NE

You’ve seen her on the news, and now you can hear Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot by the Taliban and won a Nobel Prize fighting for the education of women, when she speaks at Moda Center.
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