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

0.5 miles SW

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

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.

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.

Short-film winners

August 4, 2016 (7 & 9:30 p.m.)

4 miles NE

The 48 Hour Film Project gives teams 2 days to make short films. See the best results at Hollywood Theatre.

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.

Spirits festival

August 5 - 7, 2016

Downtown Portland

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

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., jet shows Sat. & Sun., and 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, with food vendors and camping. It also promotes ecology and recycling. No pets.

Dancing in the moonlight

August 5 - 14, 2016 (7:30 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.

Movies in the square

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

0 miles

Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square at dusk, preceded by music at 7:30 p.m. Free.

Zoo concerts

August 5 - Sept. 11, 2016 (begins June 19)

3 miles west

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

Church festival

August 6, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

0 miles

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

Japanese festival

August 6, 2016 (3 to 9 p.m.)

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 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

4.5 miles NE

Fremont Street is closed from 41st to 49th for Fremont Fest, including a 10 a.m. Kids Bike & Pet Parade, music stages, a kids’ zone, and 125 vendors.

Music & food 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+.

Hot Sauce Expo

August 6 - 7, 2016

1.2 miles SE

Portland Hot Sauce Expo has hot and spicy food vendors, craft beer, eating contests, and a Chihuahua beauty contest at 1 p.m. Sat. in the OMSI parking lot.

Crawfish festival

August 6 - 7, 2016 (concert Aug. 5)

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.

Minerals festival

August 6 - 7, 2016

16 miles NW

Rice Northwest Museum Summer Festival includes educational games, gold panning, jewelry & fossil vendors, exhibits, a visit from the Flintstone vehicle, live music, and food 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.

Inspirational 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.

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 includes an 11 a.m. kids’ parade, a kids’ corner, a beer garden, and three stages of entertainment.

Giant music concert

August 13, 2016 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

7 miles north

Hear 90 bands play alternative rock, pop-punk, hip-hop, electronica, and hardcore at Warped Tour in the Portland Expo Center parking lot. Gates open 10:30.

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 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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 5-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.

Jazz in a vineyard

August 14, 2016 (1 p.m.)

23.3 miles south

Hear seven Portland artists perform in the country, with wine, beer, and food for sale at Aurora Colony Vineyards Jazz Festival in Aurora.


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

0.5 miles NE

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

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 19, 2016

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. Includes admission to the fair.

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.

Wine tasting in Forest Grove

August 20, 2016 (4 to 9 p.m.)

27 miles west

Forest Grove UnCorked features local wineries, artisan distilleries, micro-breweries, fine arts, and live music on Main Street in Forest Grove.

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 during Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways when most cars are banned. Nearby parks offer activities and music. Free. Brochure.

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 (3 p.m., VIP 1 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 , which includes live music and a children’s area at Overlook Park. Free entry.

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 26 - 27, 2016 (SOLD OUT)

Located 7 or 62 miles SE

Hood to Coast Relay is a 198-mile relay of 12,000 runners from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. Portland To Coast Walk Relay is a 129-mile relay of 4,000 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, outings, 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 Fest 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, eat fair food, drink local beer and wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.


August 27 - 28, 2016 (1 to 10 p.m.)

0.5 miles east

MusicfestNW is a music festival with 18 acts and food vendors at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Nearby bars have performances Aug. 25 to 28.

Dahlia Festival

August 27 - Sept. 5, 2016 (Sat., Sun., Mon.)

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 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

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 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

8 miles south

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