Portland events calendar for August 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment 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. Run with a focus on ecology and recycling. No pets.

Vancouver film festival

August 1 - 17, 2014

9 miles north

See 300 films from around the world and guest speakers at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in Vancouver, WA.

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.

Fremont Fest

August 2, 2014

4.5 miles NE

Fremont Fest includes a 5K run, parade of vintage cars & bikes & pets, 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.

Zombie Run

August 2, 2014

22 miles south

Dodge zombies who try to pop your balloons (or be a zombie) at the Zombie Run 5K in Canby.

Art show

August 2 - 3, 2014

10 miles south

ArtBurst Northwest (formerly West Linn Fine Arts Festival) has juried artists, young artists, 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

Concerts on Main Street

August 6 - 27, 2014 (Wed., begins July 9)

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. Free.

Rooftop cinema

August 7 - 28, 2014 (begins July 24)

0.5 miles NW

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema is a Thursday film series on a rooftop at the Hotel deLuxe that includes local bands, cocktails, beer, and barbecue. 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.

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 Llloyd Center.

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

The Elephant Garlic Festival features garlic-flavored foods, arts and crafts, and live music in North Plains.
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Movies in the square

August 8, 15, 29, 2014 (begins July 25)

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Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square July 25 & Aug. 8, 15, 29. 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.

Vegan week and prom

August 9 - 17, 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.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 10, 2014

Portland locations

Walk 5 miles, or bike 3 to 36 miles to see stunning views from Portland bridges during Bridge Pedal. Register early due to new limits, and bring a helmet.


August 15 - 16, 2014

1.2 miles SE

TechfestNW is a technology conference at OMSI.

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, combine destruction, and car blow up in Banks.

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.

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.


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 the marine terminal so you can see the working waterfront, watch demos of big equipment, hear live music, play games, shop food carts, and take a $5 jet-boat tour at 7201 N. Marine Dr. Adults need ID. Free.


August 16 - 17, 2014

0.5 miles east

MusicfestNW is a massive music festival of 150 concerts at 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 52nd. Free.

Collector Car & Classic Boat Show

August 17, 2014

8 miles south

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

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

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.

Eugene festival

August 22 - 24, 2014

111 miles south

Eugene Celebration features entertainment, a Saturday parade, Sunday pet parade, car show, film festival, beer garden, food court, and kid zone in downtown Eugene. Cost.

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.

Air and vehicle show

August 23, 2014

23 miles NW

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

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 at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Free.

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.

Doll and teddy bear show

August 30, 2014

10 miles north

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

Pearl District art festival

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

0.5 mile north

Art in The Pearl features 100 booths of fine art as well as music, food, and hands-on art activities along NW 8th Ave in North Park Blocks.

High-powered music festival

August 2014 (undated)

0.3 mile north

Hear a great lineup of bands play garage rock, punk and power pop at Smmr Bmmr at Star Theater.

Beer, BBQ, and canines

August 2014 (undated)

1 mile NW

Bones and Brew includes barbecue, a charity dog wash, dog-supply vendors, and 30 microbreweries outside Rogue Distillery & Public House.

Films under the bridge

August 2014 (undated)

2 miles SE

Bring a car, blanket, or chair to see films at Drive-In at Zidell Yards under Ross Island Bridge. Cash only.

Zoo concerts

August 2014 (undated)

3 miles west

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

Short-film contest

August 2014 (undated)

4 miles NE

The 48 Hour Film Project gives teams 2 days to produce short films that compete for your votes at screenings at Hollywood Theatre.
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August 2014 calendar of events in Portland. What to do in downtown Portland today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in Portland, OR.