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 with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

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Beer, BBQ, and Bowser

August 1, 2015

1 mile NW

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

Japanese festival

August 1, 2015

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 1, 2015

4.5 miles NE

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

Blues, jazz & funk

August 1, 2015

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+.

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 outdoors at Marylhurst University.

Crawfish festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

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 entry.

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.

Shakespeare romance

August 1 - 8, 2015

1.2 miles east

Cymbeline is the story of a brave princess: full of comedy, drama, action, and romance, live at Milagro Theatre. Synopsis.

Discount tickets $11.

Shakespeare comedy

August 1 - 16, 2015 (8 p.m.)

4.6 miles SE

Much Ado about Nothing is the original battle of the sexes with passionate and humorous verbal sparing, set this time in a 1950s vineyard, at Post5 Theatre. Discount tickets $10.

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.

Las Vegas show

August 1 - 28, 2015

1.5 miles east

The Tony Starlight variety act is the closest thing in town to a Las Vegas show, featuring music, comedy, and optional dinner. Discount tickets $13 to $35.

Idiosyncratic films

August 1 - Sept. 5, 2015

0.5 miles SW

See 7 movies by director Paul Thomas Anderson and 14 more that influenced him at The Art of Reinvention at Portland Art Museum.

Discount tickets $4.

Movies in the Park

August 1 - Sept. 11, 2015

Portland parks

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

French art

August 1 - Sept. 13, 2015 (closed Mondays)

0.5 miles SW

See 140 paintings, sculptures, and drawings from a Paris art museum while Gods and Heroes is at the Portland Art Museum.

Discount tickets $11.

Fashion & Music on the Square

August 2, 2015 (12:30 p.m.)

0 miles

Shop from vendors, meet local designers, visit the beer garden, and hear live music when PDX Fashion Expo comes to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Arabic festival

August 2, 2015

6.4 miles SW

Enjoy Arabic music, dance, poetry, food, art and crafts at the Arab Festival at Alpenrose Dairy. Free.

Pizza & pie festival

August 4, 2015 (5 to 9 p.m.)

2.5 miles north

Enjoy samples of artisan pizza and fruit pie, with ice cream, live music, and beer for sale at Pie Hard at Ecliptic Brewing.

Concerts in the square

August 4 - 25, 2015 (begins July 7)

0 miles

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

Concerts on Main Street

Aug. 5 - Sept. 2, 2015 (5 to 7 p.m.)

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. (Not Aug. 19.) Free.

Movies on a rooftop

August 6 - 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.

Giant music concert

August 7, 2015

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.

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, wine, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park. This event requires age 21 ID.

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.

Mary Poppins live

August 7 - 16, 2015

7 miles NW

Hear catchy songs and watch a nanny fly in Mary Poppins at University of Portland.

Discount tickets Aug. 14, $15.

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.
  • Aug. 7 - Grease
  • Aug. 14 - The Breakfast Club
  • Aug. 21 - Mrs. Doubtfire

Church festival

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.

Track meet

August 8, 2015 (4:30 to 10 p.m.)

1 mile south

The Festival of Fast has food, beer, music, and feats of athletic strength and skill at Duniway Park.

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. Donation.

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 include a same-day zoo pass.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 9, 2015

Portland locations

Bridge Pedal is a 6-mile walk or 3 to 37 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.

Women’s soccer

August 9, 2015 (6:30 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Watch the Portland Thorns play the Chicago Red Stars at Providence Park.

Discount tickets $12.

Quilt show

August 13 - 15, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Quilt! Knit! Stitch! offers classes, workshops, exhibits, and fabric vendors at Oregon Convention Center. Discount tickets $8.

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 the EV Fest 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., mostly from 31st to 41st. Free.

Art in the Rose Garden

August 16, 2015 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

4 miles north

See works by 20 local artists on display at Art in the Rose Garden at Peninsula City Park. Free.

Wine tasting

August 16, 2015

6 miles SW

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


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.

Tasting in Salem

August 21, 2015 (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, plus a free ticket to the state fair opening Aug. 28.


August 21 - 23, 2015

0.5 miles east

MusicfestNW is a large music festival with 22 performances 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.

Free fireworks

August 22, 2015 (9 p.m.)

1.8 miles south

MAX Orange Line Fireworks Spectacular celebrates the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge opening Sept. 12. Waterfront viewing area is at 2573 SW Moody Ave.

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 (7 p.m.)

2 miles SE

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

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 28, 2015 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)

28 miles west

Farm Fresh is a $75 dinner with locally grown food, wine, and live music at Unger Farms in Cornelius.

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 28 - 29, 2015 (sold out)

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.

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.

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.
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August 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.