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

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July 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.

Classical music

July 1 - 2, 2016 (begins June 18)

Portland locations

Hear classical music written by the world’s greatest composers at Oregon Music Festival.

Beer festival

July 1 - 3, 2016

1.1 miles north

Portland Craft Beer Festival features beer from 44 Portland breweries, plus cider, wine, and cheese with food carts nearby at Fields Neighborhood Park.

Astoria Music Festival

July 1 - 3, 2016 (begins June 17)

95 miles NW

Hear a wide range of classical music that includes Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and chamber music at Astoria Music Festival in historic Astoria. David Bowie is memorialized in a symphony this year.

Blues festival

July 1 - 4, 2016

0.5 mile east

Waterfront Blues Festival features 50 performers on four stages, plus fireworks on July 4th at 10:10 p.m., at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Science fiction/fantasy convention

July 1 - 4, 2016

1.8 miles NE

West Coast Science Fantasy Conference (Westercon) comes to Portland this year, with art, panels, costume contests, and vendors at DoubleTree by Hilton.

St. Paul Rodeo

July 1 - 4, 2016

30 miles SW

Watch fearless cowboys and cowgirls ride bucking broncos, rope and wrestle steers, and even ride bulls at the St. Paul Rodeo, which includes a barbecue, carnival, art show, and nightly fireworks.

Bach music festival

July 1 - 10, 2016 (begins June 23)

Eugene & Portland

Oregon Bach Festival celebrates the music and legacy of classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Weird theater

July 1 - 17, 2016 (begins June 23)

1.7 miles NW

Summerfest is four innovative and irreverent shows at CoHo Theater. Discount tickets $10.

Chamber music

July 1 - 31, 2016 (begins June 25)

Portland locations

Hear world-renowned artists at the Summer Festival of Chamber Music Northwest. Repeats in Jan.

Lavender festival

July 2 - 3, 2016

71 miles east

Lavender Daze Festival, has music, crafts, plant sales, and local wine at Hood River Farms. No pets. Free.

Zoo concerts

July 2 - Sept. 9, 2016 (begins June 19)

3 miles west

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


July 4, 2016

Best Fourth of July fireworks:

Fourth of July at the fort

July 4, 2016

10 miles north

Independence Day At Fort Vancouver includes music and activities at noon and fireworks at 10:05 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Fourth of July run

July 4, 2016

13 miles NW

The early morning Foot Traffic Flat on beautiful, flat Sauvie Island is a marathon, half marathon, 8K, and 5K.

Concerts in the Park

July 5 - Aug. 28, 2016

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.

Concerts in the square

July 5 - Aug. 30, 2016 (Tuesdays)

0 miles

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

Escape game

July 6 - 27, 2016 (also June)

6 miles west

British Redcoats lock you and 9 others in a room in the game American Revolution, which requires you to solve clues and escape within 60 minutes or face the firing squad, in Cedar Hills. Discount tickets $15 (Wednesdays).

Concerts on Main Street

July 6 - Sept. 7, 2016

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.

Car race and show

July 7 - 10, 2016

8 miles north

Watch racers zip around the track in restored classic cars including Trans Ams at Portland Vintage Racing Festival at Portland International Raceway.

Movies in the Park

July 7 - Sept. 10, 2016

Portland parks

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

Bead fair

July 8 - 10, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Shop from 70 exhibitors of bead-making supplies and millions of exotic beads from around the world at Bead Faire at the Oregon Convention Center.

Alternative music festival

July 8 - 10, 2016

118 miles south

Oregon Country Fair fills woods and meadows west of Eugene with sweet music, magicians, jesters, hippies, art, and food and craft vendors in Veneta. No pets.

French festival

July 9, 2016

0.5 miles SW

The Bastille Festival features French food, music, street performers, art projects, an outdoor market, and free admission to the Portland Art Museum.

Mississippi Street Fair

July 9, 2016

3 miles north

Mississippi Street Fair offers 200 local vendors and craft booths, six stages of entertainment, a kids’ corner, food carts, and a beer/wine garden on N. Mississippi Ave. from Fremont to Skidmore. Free.

Kids’ obstacle race

July 9, 2016

14 miles SW

Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Lee Farms in Tualatin.

Hood River car show

July 9, 2016

78 miles east

Traffic Jam is a classic and vintage car show that includes admission to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River.

Lavender weekend

July 9 - 10, 2016

Oregon locations

Enjoy the beauty and aroma of lavender fields, and attend special events at farms and nurseries around the state during Oregon Lavender Farm Tour.

Zine festival

July 9 - 10, 2016

multiple locations

A zine is a cheap, self-published, underground publication. Portland Zine Symposium has tables for buying and selling zines on Saturday at Ambridge Event Center, plus panel discussions and workshops Sunday at IPRC. Free.

Women’s soccer

July 9 & 30, 2016

0.7 miles west

Watch the Portland Thorns play at Providence Park.

Discount tickets $13.

Float down the river

July 10, 2016

1 mile SE

Jump in the Willamette River with a lifejacket and an inner tube for The Big Float downstream to a beach party with a music barge, food carts, and beer garden.

Run through wine country

July 10, 2016

26 miles SW

Run the Fueled by Fine Wine Half-Marathon on vineyard trails through the beautiful Dundee Hills, and then taste wines at the post-race party.

Pirate & gypsy festival

July 14 - 18, 2016

81 miles south

Calling all pirates and gypsies to SeaDog Nights and Gypsy Carnival to dance, play, compete, entertain, shop, and party at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon.

Movies on a rooftop

July 14 - Aug. 25, 2016

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. Cash only.

Berry festival

July 15 - 16, 2016 (dinner July 14)

1 mile north

Oregon Berry Festival [sound] features berry vendors, berry products, music, cooking demonstrations, and kids’ crafts at Ecotrust parking lot. Free. The $135 Gala Berry Dinner is Thursday in Hillsboro.

Scottish highland games

July 15 - 16, 2016

14 miles east

Hear Scottish pipes and drums, see athletic games, taste whisky, and join Scottish Highland dancing at Portland Highland Games at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. No smoking or pets.

Robin Hood Festival

July 15 - 16, 2016

17 miles SW

The Robin Hood Festival has medieval re-enactments, a knighting ceremony, Maid Marian and Robin Hood, archery, castle building, 100 craft and food vendors, a beer and wine garden, a kids’ area, and a Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Parade Sat. at 10 a.m. Free.

Tribute-band concert

July 15 - 16, 2016

23 miles south

Hear 16 tribute bands play songs by Tom Petty, Van Halen, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Heart, Led Zeppelin, etc. at Harefest for age 21+ in Canby. Camping available.

Jazz festival

July 15 - 17, 2016

7 miles NW

Hear local and international jazz and blues heroes in a beautiful setting under the historic St. Johns Bridge at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. Free.

Men’s soccer

July 16, 2016 (2 p.m.)

6.7 miles NW

Watch the Portland Timbers play LA Galaxy II on Merlo Field at the University of Portland. Discount tickets $9.

Obstacle race

July 16, 2016

7 miles north

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3-mile race with 20 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Portland International Raceway.

Gresham Arts Festival

July 16, 2016

17 miles east

Gresham Arts Festival (formerly Gresham Art Walk) has 150 artists, entertainment, music, and children’s activities in Gresham. Free.

Antique and collectibles show

July 16 - 17, 2016

7 miles north

Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, 1400 vendors sell furniture, glassware, movie memorabilia, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in March and Oct.

Elegant car show

July 17, 2016

30 miles west

Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance has more than 300 antique, classic, sport, race, and collector cars to browse plus live music, beer, wine, and fine food on the beautiful Pacific University campus.

Sour beer festival

July 19 - 25, 2016

2 miles east

Check out 50 sour, wild, and funky beers during Puckerfest at Belmont Station. Cash only.

Motocross Anniversary Race

July 21, 2016

8 miles north

Expect an exciting time at the biggest MX of the year for off-road motorcycles, the Motocross Anniversary Race at Portland International Raceway.

PDX Pop Now! concert

July 22 - 24, 2016

1.3 miles SE

PDX Pop Now! is a concert by 40 up-and-coming Portland bands with a beer garden and food vendors at 226 SE Madison St. for all ages. Free.

Dog show

July 22 - 24, 2016

7 miles north

Stumptown Cluster - Portland Kennel Club Dog Show has specialty breeds on Friday and all breeds on Saturday and Sunday at Portland Expo Center. Free.

Reggae music festival

July 22 - 24, 2016

70 miles south

Enjoy roots, rock, and reggae on two stages at the family friendly and sustainable Northwest World Reggae Festival near Albany. Camping. No dogs.

Movies in the square

July 22 - Aug. 19, 2016 (Fridays)

0 miles

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

Electric vehicle day

July 23, 2016

0 miles

See electric vehicles and get information at the EV Fest in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Division/Clinton Street Fair

July 23, 2016

2 miles SE

Division/Clinton Street Fair holds a wacky parade starting at 10:45 a.m., and it has arts & crafts booths, live music, food, sidewalk sales, and children’s events. Free.

Oregon City festival

July 23, 2016

13 miles SE

The First City Celebration has an art fair, food carts, vendors, live music, a beer & wine garden, a 5K trail game, a kids’ zone, and a heritage village. Free.

Pints to Pasta 10K

July 24, 2016

2 miles south

Pints to Pasta 10K & Half Marathon is a run/walk that includes crossing two bridges, a free shuttle, and a finish party at OMSI with pasta, salad, bread, beer, and music.

People in the street

July 24, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Located 4 miles NE

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 8 miles of streets when most cars are banned for Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways. Nearby parks have activities & music. Free.

Bach festival

July 27 - 29, 2016

39 miles south

Abbey Bach Festival features singing monks, a choir or organ presentation, a catered picnic outdoors, and an evening indoor concert at beautiful Mount Angel Abbey in Saint Benedict.

Oregon Brewers Festival

July 27 - 31, 2016

0.5 mile east

Try 90 different craft beers, eat pub food, hear live music, and learn about home brewing at Oregon Brewers Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Children accompanied by a parent are welcome and will enjoy the root beer garden. No pets.

Hawaiian festival

July 28 - 30, 2016

Portland and Vancouver

Three Days of Aloha offers workshops, hula dancing, a 5K run/walk, and a free Hawaiian festival in Esther Short Park. Events vary by day.

County fair

July 28 - 31, 2016

15 miles west

Washington County Fair offers carnival rides, farm animals, a kid village, food booths, motorsport shows, and stage entertainment in Hillsboro. Free.

Sports-car races

July 29 - 31, 2016

8 miles north

Watch sports-cars race on a two-mile course at Portland Rose Festival Rose Cup Races. The highlight is the annual Rose Cup on Sunday at Portland International Raceway.

Pinot Noir Celebration

July 29 - 31, 2016

40 miles SW

The International Pinot Noir Celebration attracts world-renowned winemakers, chefs, epicures, and wine lovers to Linfield College in McMinnville to taste Pinot noir, savor fine food, and tour a vineyard.

Book fair

July 30, 2016

0 miles

One hundred authors display their latest books and sign autographs at NW Book Festival, which also has publishers at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Mermaid parade & swim

July 30, 2016 (assemble noon, parade 1 p.m.)

0.7 miles NE

Wear a costume that celebrates ocean mythology in the first family-friendly Portlandia Mermaid Parade & Poets Beach Mermaid Swim Party, which starts at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (end of Couch Street) and ends at Poets Beach. Free.

International festival

July 30, 2016

10 miles west

Beaverton International Celebration features the food, art, costumes, dance, and music of many countries at 15707 SW Walker Rd. in Beaverton. Free.

Basketball tournament

July 30 - 31, 2016

1.5 miles NE

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

Craft market

July 30 - 31, 2016

1.5 miles SE

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

Japanese festival

July 2016 (undated)

6.8 miles SW

Enjoy live Japanese music, dance, traditional games for children, and authentic food at Natsu Matsuri outside the Uwajimaya store in Beaverton. Free.
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