Portland events calendar for July 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 in July 2015 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.

St. Paul Rodeo

July 1 - 4, 2015 (begins 4 p.m. June 30)

30 miles SW

Watch fearless cowboys and cowgirls ride bucking broncos, rope and wrestle steers, and even ride bulls at the St. Paul Rodeo [sound]. Also enjoy a barbecue, carnival, art show, and nightly fireworks. Schedule.

Chamber music

July 1 - 26, 2015 (begins June 22)

Portland locations

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

Blues festival

July 2 - 5, 2015

0.5 mile east

Waterfront Blues Festival features 125 performances on four stages, plus fireworks on July 4th, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River.


July 4, 2015

Best Fourth of July fireworks:

Fourth of July at the fort

July 4, 2015

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, 2015

13 miles NW

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

Concerts in the square

July 7 - Aug. 20, 2015 (Tues. & Thurs.)

0 miles

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

Concerts on Main Street

July 8 - Aug. 26, 2015 (Wednesdays)

0.2 mile SW

Hear local musicians play funky soul to old-school country 5 to 7 p.m. at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.

Car race and show

July 9 - 12, 2015

8 miles north

Portland Vintage Festival replaces Portland Historic Races this year at Portland International Raceway.

Non-conformity conference

July 9 - 13, 2015

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.

Bead fair

July 10 - 12, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Shop from 80 exhibitors of bead-making supplies and millions of exotic beads from around the world at Bead Faire at the Oregon Convention Center.

Innovative show

July 10 - 12 and 17 - 19, 2015

0.5 mile NW

Risk/Reward Festival is a micro-festival of 20-minute live dance, theater, and music performances by six artists at Artists Repertory Theatre.

French festival

July 11, 2015

0.1 mile west

Celebrate all things French, including food from top chefs, a wine garden, art, books, crafts, and music at Bastille en Ville at Director Park. Free entry.

Mississippi Street Fair

July 11, 2015

3 miles north

Mississippi Street Fair offers 275 local vendors and craft booths, five stages of entertainment, a kids’ corner, food carts, and a beer garden on N. Mississippi Ave. from Fremont to Skidmore. Free.

Kids’ obstacle race

July 11, 2015 (uncertain)

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 11, 2015

78 miles east

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

Antique and collectibles show

July 11 - 12, 2015

7 miles north

Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, 1300 vendors sell furniture, glassware, movie memorabilia, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in March and Oct.

Lavender festival

July 11 - 12, 2015

Oregon locations

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

Run through wine country

July 12, 2015

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 16 - 20, 2015

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.
July 2015

Scottish highland games

July 17 - 18, 2015

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 17 - 18, 2015

17 miles SW

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 Saturday parade in Sherwood. Free.

Sand in the City

July 17 - 19, 2015

0 miles

Fifteen teams begin carving giant sculptures from tons of sand at 10 a.m. Friday for Sand in the City at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

PDX Pop Now! concert

July 17 - 19, 2015 (uncertain)

1.1 miles SE

PDX Pop Now! is a concert by 40 up-and-coming Portland bands and artists with indoor/outdoor stages and food carts at Audio Cinema for all ages. Free.

Dog show

July 17 - 19, 2015

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.

Jazz festival

July 17 - 19, 2015

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.

Air show

July 17 - 19, 2015

17 miles west

Oregon International Air Show features planes up close and in the air, aerobatics, parachutists, and a kids zone at Hillsboro Airport. Wear sunscreen.

Gresham Arts Festival

July 18, 2015

17 miles east

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

Zine festival

July 18 - 19, 2015

2 miles NE

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

Elegant car show

July 19, 2015

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.

Oregon Brewers Festival

July 22 - 26, 2015

0.5 mile east

Try 80 different craft beers (or visit the root beer garden), eat pub food, hear live music, and learn about home brewing at Oregon Brewers Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River.

Motocross Anniversary Race

July 23, 2015 (uncertain)

8 miles north

Expect an exciting time at the biggest MX of the year, the Motocross Anniversary Race at Portland International Raceway.

Hawaiian festival

July 23 - 25, 2015

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.

Pinot Noir Celebration

July 24 - 26, 2015

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.

Movies in the square

July 24 - Aug. 21, 2015

0 miles

Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square. July 24, 31 and Aug. 7, 14, 21. Free.

Book fair

July 25, 2015

0 miles

Fifty critically acclaimed authors show their latest books and sign autographs at NW Book Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Division/Clinton Street Fair

July 25, 2015

2 miles SE

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

Heritage Home Tour

July 25, 2015

Portland locations

Visit five distinctive Portland homes and learn about their history, architecture, and craftsmanship on the Heritage Home Tour.

International festival

July 25, 2015

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 25 - 26, 2015

1.5 miles NE

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

Craft market

July 25 - 26, 2015

1.5 miles SE

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

Float down the river

July 26, 2015

1 mile SE

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

Street fair

July 26, 2015

7.6 miles SE

Lents Street Fair has a 12:15 p.m. family parade, food, beer, root beer, live music, and live goats.

Bach festival

July 29 - 31, 2015

39 miles south

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

County fair

July 30 - Aug. 2, 2015

15 miles west

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

Crawfish festival

July 31 - Aug. 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.

Indie roots music festival

July 31 - Aug. 2, 2015 (uncertain)

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.

Electric vehicle day

July 2015 (undated)

0 miles

See electric vehicles and get information at EV Celebration Day in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Movies in the Park

July 2015 (undated)

Portland parks

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

Concerts in the Park

July 2015 (undated)

Portland parks

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

Zoo concerts

July 2015 (undated)

3 miles west

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

Sour beer festival

July 2015 (undated)

2 miles east

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

Films under the bridge

July 2015 (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.

Lavender festival

July 2015 (undated)

71 miles east

Missed the state lavender festival July 12-13? Visit Lavender Daze Festival at Hood River Farms. Free.

Movies on a rooftop

July 2015 (undated)

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.

Reggae music festival

July 2015 (undated)

79 miles NW

Enjoy roots, rock, and reggae on two stages at the family friendly and sustainable Northwest World Reggae Festival near Astoria.

People in the street

July 2015 (undated)

Located 3.8 miles NE

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 8 miles of streets when most cars are banned for Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways. Nearby parks offer activities & music. Free.
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July 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.evans@events12.com