Portland events calendar for August 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in Portland, Oregon.

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August 2014

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do in August 2014 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.

Crawfish festival

August 1 - 3, 2014

13 miles south

Tualatin Crawfish Festival has a cook-off, eating contests, Saturday parade & 5K, kids’ zone, dog show, and plenty of entertainment in Tualatin.

Indie roots music festival

August 1 - 3, 2014

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.

Zoo concerts

August 1 - 23, 2014 (dates below)

3 miles west

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers and same-day zoo pass. June 21, 27. July 10, 12, 17, 18, 25, 27, 30. Aug. 1, 8, 13, 16, 22, 23.

Street of Dreams

August 1 - 24, 2014 (begins July 26)

12 miles SW

Tour five custom landscaped homes for $15 at NW Natural Street of Dreams, which has an outdoor cafe all day plus events some evenings in Happy Valley.

Concerts in the Park

August 1 - 28, 2014 (begins July 7)

Portland parks

Bring a blanket or chairs to hear a variety of Concerts in the Park. Separate list for Washington Park. Free.

Movies in the square

August 1 - 29, 2014 (begins July 25)

0 miles

Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square July 25 and Aug. 1, 8, 15, 29. Free.
  • August 1 - Sixty Six [soccer film] (PG-13)
  • August 8 - The Princess Bride (PG)
  • August 15 - Jurassic Park (PG-13)
  • August 29 - Frozen (PG)

Movies in the Park

August 1 - 31, 2014 (June 26 - Sept. 13)

Portland parks

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

Japanese festival

August 2, 2014

3.5 miles SE

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

Street fair with soccer

August 2, 2014

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.

Fremont Fest

August 2, 2014

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.

Jazz festival

August 2, 2014

17 miles east

Mt. Hood Jazz Festival returns this year with world-class jazz plus fine food, beer, and wine outdoors at Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza.

Beer, BBQ, and canines

August 2 - 3, 2014

1 mile NW

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

Art show

August 2 - 3, 2014

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.

Minerals festival

August 2 - 3, 2014

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.

Concerts in the square

August 5 - 14, 2014 (Tues. & Thurs.)

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Hear concerts at the popular Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Courthouse Square. July 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31; and Aug. 5, 7, 12, 14. Free

Short-film contest

August 6 - 7, 2014

4 miles NE

The 48 Hour Film Project gives teams two days to produce short films that compete for your votes at screenings on these dates at Hollywood Theatre.

Concerts on Main Street

August 6 - 27, 2014 (Wednesdays)

0.2 mile SW

Hear popular local musicians playing funky soul to old-school country from 5 to 7 p.m. at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. July 9, 16, 23, 30. August 6, 13, 20, 27. Free.

Girls’ softball

August 7 - 13, 2014

6.4 miles SW

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

Movies on a rooftop

August 7 - 28, 2014 (begins July 24)

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 food. Cash only.

Bite of Oregon

August 8 - 10, 2014

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.
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International beer festival

August 8 - 10, 2014

2 miles NE

Enjoy 150 world-class beers, including the rare and exotic, as you stroll around the park listening to music at the Portland International Beerfest at Holladay Park at Lloyd Center. Free parking.

Vancouver Brewfest

August 8 - 10, 2014

9 miles north

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

Garlic festival

August 8 - 10, 2014

19 miles NW

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

Festival of praise

August 9, 2014

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 9, 2014

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 9, 2014

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.

Wine feast

August 9, 2014

30 miles SW

Origin is a food & wine event with 5 restaurants and 26 wineries at ArborBrook Vineyards in Newberg.

Craft market

August 9 - 10, 2014

1.5 miles SE

Renegade Craft Fair Mini Market offers indie crafts, artisan food, and music outside Rejuvenation. Free.

Vegan week and prom

August 9 - 16, 2014

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.

African food festival

August 10, 2014

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Portland Roots Festival has a keynote speaker, food vendors, and music at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 10, 2014

Portland locations

Walk 5 miles, or bike 3 to 33 miles to see stunning views from Portland bridges during Bridge Pedal. Register early due to new limits, and bring a helmet.

Salmon Bake

August 10, 2014

66 miles south

The Rogue Farms Salmon Bake includes live music 3 to 6 p.m., traditionally baked salmon at 5 p.m., sides, and a pint of beer at Rogue Farms in Independence.


August 15 - 16, 2014

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.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 15 - 17, 2014

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 15 - 17, 2014

90 miles south

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

Green festival

August 16, 2014

3 miles north

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

Adult soapbox derby

August 16, 2014

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.

Glow-in-the-dark 5K

August 16, 2014

8 miles north

Get sprayed with nontoxic paint (which glows under black light), run the 5K Neon Dash, and then dance to the music at Portland International Raceway.

Seaport Celebration

August 16, 2014

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.


August 16 - 17, 2014

0.5 miles east

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

India Festival

August 17, 2014

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 17, 2014

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.

Collector Car & Classic Boat Show

August 17, 2014

8 miles south

The Collector Car Show is at George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. The Classic Boat Show is there and at two in-water locations nearby. Free entry and shuttle.

Taste of the Pearl

August 18 - 24, 2014

0.5 miles NW

Buy a ticket to get a taste from two dozen fine restaurants and support charity at Savor the Pearl.

Kids’ consignment sale

August 20 - 23, 2014

7.5 miles SW

Keep it in Play sale is at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge.

Italian festival

August 21 - 23, 2014

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.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

August 21 - 24, 2014

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.

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 22 - 23, 2014

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 22 - Sept. 1, 2014

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.

Air and vehicle show

August 23, 2014

23 miles NW

See airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and model trains at Wings & Wheels at Scappoose Industrial Airpark.

Yoga on the farm

August 23, 2014

23 miles SE

Farm to Yoga includes a tour of Wheeler Tree Farm, adult & kids’ yoga classes, meditation, dinner of local food, live music, and dancing in Oregon City.

Bigfoot festival

August 23, 2014

52 miles east

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

Basketball tournament

August 23 - 24, 2014

1.5 miles NE

Rip City 3-on-3 is for all ages at the Rose Quarter.

Dahlia Festival

Aug. 23 - 25, and Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

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.

People in the street

August 24, 2014

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.

Anime convention

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

8.7 miles north

Kumoricon offers cosplay, gaming, dancing, panels, DJs, and karaoke Labor Day weekend in Vancouver.

Pirate festival

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

81 miles south

Tortuga Pirate Festival offers outrageous activities and games for adults in pirate attire at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon on Labor Day weekend.

Doll and teddy bear show

August 30, 2014

10 miles north

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Kliever Memorial Armory on Labor Day weekend. Repeats in Feb.

Pearl District art festival

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

0.5 mile north

Art in The Pearl has 100 booths of fine art, music, food, and hands-on art activities along NW 8th Ave in North Park Blocks on Labor Day weekend. Free.
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