Portland events calendar for June 2016. 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.

Glee star sings

June 1, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

8 miles SW

Jane Lynch sings show tunes with ironic humor, backed by a five-piece band at Newmark Theatre. Discount tickets $36.

Compassionate play

June 1 - 5, 2016 (begins May 18)

0.5 miles east

Set in a New York soup kitchen that’s run by a nun and motley kitchen crew, Grand Concourse “unravels the intricacies of need, the vagaries of compassion, and limits of forgiveness” with humor and empathy at Morrison Stage. Discount tickets $24.

Comedy festival

June 1 - 5, 2016

1.5 miles east

Bridgetown Comedy Festival showcases hilarious local and nationally known comedians in bars and theaters in the East Burnside area.

Classic comic satire

June 1 - 12, 2016 (also May)

0.5 miles NW

Thornton Wilder won a Pulitzer Prize for The Skin of Our Teeth, a bizarre comedy about a New Jersey family living both today and in the age of dinosaurs. It’s an allegory about human life at Artists Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $24.

Escape game

June 1 - July 27, 2016

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).

CityFair & fireworks

June 2 - 12, 2016 (dates below)

0.5 mile east

CityFair has carnival rides, exhibits, beer, a food fair, and fireworks on May 27 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. No pets. Open May 27-30, June 2-5 and 9-12.

Scrapbook convention

June 3 - 4, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention at Oregon Convention Center.

Used book fair

June 3 - 4, 2016

2 miles NE

Browse thousands of independent booksellers’ books at the Rose City Book & Paper Fair at DoubleTree Hotel.

Cornhole weekend

June 3 - 4, 2016

26 miles west

Cornhole is a game of tossing beanbags filled with corn. You’re welcome to attend the pre-tournament festival Saturday or the tournament Sunday of the Oregon State Championships in Forest Grove.

The Legend of Pocahontas

June 3 - 5, 2017 (begins May 27)

24.8 miles north

Journey Theater Arts Group uncovers the real story behind the famous Native American princess in The Legend of Pocahontas at Ridgefield, WA.

Discount tickets $5.

Canby taste

June 3 - 5, 2016

25 miles south

Buy samples of wine, beer, and food; hear live music; and see vendors at Canby Wine, Food & Brew.

Macabre musical

June 3 - 11, 2016

0.6 miles south

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is Sondheim’s dark comedy about a barbaric barber and a beastly baker performed by Portland Opera at Keller Auditorium. Discount tickets $44.

Festival of Flowers

June 3 - 14, 2016

0 miles

See a giant design made from 20,000 flowers during Festival of Flowers in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Starlight Parade & Run

June 4, 2016

0.7 miles NW

Join 325,000 spectators at the 8:30 p.m. Starlight Parade, or wear a costume and run past them in the Starlight Run 5K that begins at Lincoln High School track.

Craft show

June 4, 2016

1 mile NW

Shop from 200 artists and craft makers at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale at the Oregon Convention Center. Repeats in Dec. Free.

Vampire’s Masquerade Ball

June 4, 2016 (9 p.m.)

1 miles east

Vampire’s Masquerade Ball is a formal gala at the Melody Ballroom with gothic and industrial music, a classic midnight waltz, full bars, and a catered meal.

Buddhist festival

June 4, 2016

2 miles east

A bell rings 108 times to open the Portland Buddhist Festival, which has workshops, speakers, singing, dance, and a kids’ area at Colonel Summers Park. Free.

See modern homes

June 4, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

multiple locations

Portland Modern Home Tour is a drive-yourself visit to eight houses in the greater Portland area, including a houseboat. Tickets are $35 in advance.

Kids’ run

June 4, 2016

13.4 miles south

The Blender Dash for children from 6 to 15 years old includes color, mud, foam, obstacles, and zombies at Tualatin Community Park.

Meteorite festival

June 4, 2016

16 miles NW

Meteorite and Family Fun Day includes cutting open geodes, kids’ games, scavenger hunts, and talks by a meteorite expert at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro.

Dog walk

June 4, 2016

23 miles NE

Hike on the Dike offers food, music, K9 demos, a 2.77 mile walk, a 5k run, or a 10k run along the Columbia River in Washougal, WA to aid the Humane Society.

Kids’ rodeo

June 4 - 5, 2016

30 miles SW

Watch children perform barrel racing, goat tying, bareback and saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, calf riding, and more at the Youth Rodeo. Free.

Green living fair

June 4 - 5, 2016

68 miles south

Learn about sustainable lifestyles, renewable energy, organic gardening, small-scale farming, and green construction at Mother Earth News Fair in Albany.

Las Vegas show

June 4 & 18, 2016 (also May)

1.5 miles east

Tony Starlight Showroom offers the closest thing in town to a Las Vegas variety show, including music, comedy, and dinner. Discount tickets $35.

Barbecue, beer & berries

June 4 - 19, 2016 (weekends)

32 miles south

Enjoy strawberries, craft beer and wine, live music, hayrides, and farm animals at Berries, Brews & BBQs at French Prairie Gardens in St. Paul.

Classic American drama

June 7 - 19, 2016 (also May)

0.6 miles NW

Tennessee Williams won a Pulitzer Prize for A Streetcar Named Desire, set in the steamy New Orleans’ French Quarter at Gerding Theater. Discount tickets $35.

Silent-film awards

June 8, 2016 (7 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Watch the best silent films made by kids under 21 accompanied by live music at the International Awards Show of the International Youth Silent Film Festival at the Hollywood Theatre. (See May 23 for NW regional.)

Children’s parade

June 8, 2016 (1 p.m.)

4.5 miles NE

The Junior Parade has 32 bands, mascots like Fred Bear, kids in animal costumes, and decorated bicycles at NE Sandy and 52nd in the Hollywood District. Free.

Free piano concert

June 8, 2016 (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

12.5 miles NW

The two women of XXDigitusDuo play music ranging from Frank Zappa to Radiohead at Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus. Free.

Tour military ships

June 8 - 12, 2016 (U.S. Navy arrives June 9)

0.5 mile east

Tour military vessels at Tom McCall Waterfront Park during Fleet Week. Free.


Tex-Mex music

June 9, 2016 (8 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

Austin-based Carrie Rodriguez sings a bilingual blend of folk, country, Tex-Mex, and Americana at Alberta Rose Theatre. Discount tickets $10.

Flower show

June 9 - 10, 2016

3 miles NE

The Portland Rose Society’s Spring Rose Show at the Lloyd Center Ice Rink is billed as America’s largest and longest-running rose show.

Beer week

June 9 - 19, 2016

Portland locations

Bars and breweries host dozens of beer-tasting and food-pairing events during Portland Beer Week.

Saxophone concert

June 10, 2016 (8 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

Grammy-winning saxophonist Chris Mitchell plays a combination of Latin jazz tracks, Turkish toe-tappers, and contemporary pop classics at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. Discount tickets $15.

Adventure race

June 10, 2016

12.8 miles east

Questival is a 24-hour adventure that begins with a party at Gresham Skate World. Your team completes challenges via smartphone app to win an exotic trip.

Fruit beer festival

June 10 - 12, 2016

1 mile NE

Buy a ticket to try 40 fantastically fruity beers and ciders from 25 breweries outdoors at Portland Fruit Beer Festival at E Burnside St. & NE 7th Ave.

Family musical

June 10 - 12, 2016

5.2 miles SW

Young actors from Journey Theater Arts Group perform Disney’s High School Musical Jr., a story that revolves around a first love at Alpenrose Opera House. Discount tickets $5.

Beer & wine festival

June 10 - 12, 2016

9 miles north

The Craft Beer & Winefest of Vancouver features 150 wines, 50 craft beers, food for sale, live music, and vendors at Esther Short Park.

Sandcastles at the beach

June 10 - 12, 2016

79 miles NW

See dozens of elaborate creations on the Pacific coast at the Sandcastle Contest in Cannon Beach. Free.

Floral parade & walk

June 11, 2016

1.5 miles NE

The 10 a.m. Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade has floral floats, marching bands, and optional indoor seating (discount seats $20) where it begins in Veterans Memorial Coliseum. To participate, register for the 9:30 a.m. Grand Floral Walk.

Vegan festival

June 11, 2016 (12 to 7 p.m.)

1.6 miles south

Vegan Beer and Food Festival features more than 50 breweries plus food vendors, a vegan marketplace, and live music at Zidell Yards for age 21+.

Sangria party

June 11, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

4 miles SE

Enjoy a tasty drink made with wine and fruit, plus wine tasting, light appetizers, and live music at the Summer Sangria Party at Hip Chicks do Wine.

Scandinavian festival

June 11, 2016

6 miles SE

Celebrate summer solstice with games, traditional dancing, Scandinavian crafts, food, a beer garden, and a Maypole raising at Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park.

Men’s soccer

June 11, 2016 (7 p.m.)

6.7 miles NW

Watch the Portland Timbers play San Antonio on Merlo Field at the University of Portland. Discount tickets $9.

Car show

June 11, 2016

17 miles SW

See 500 hot rods, classics, collector & custom cars, a burnout contest, vendors, a kids’ zone, and a beer garden with live music at Cruisin’ Sherwood.

Dragon boat races

June 11 - 12, 2016

0.5 mile SE

Watch 80 teams compete in a series of races on the Willamette River at Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race at Tom McCall Waterfront Park south of Hawthorne Bridge. Free.

Geeky art fair

June 11 - 12, 2016

1.7 miles NE

GeekCraft Expo is a curated market of handmade geeky crafts at DoubleTree by Hilton. Photos. Free.

Track meet

June 11 - 12, 2016

7 miles south

Portland Track Festival is a high-performance track-and-field meet for athletes preparing for the summer championship season, at Lewis & Clark College.


June 14, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles NW

Rising-star jazz vocalist and pianist Anthony Strong performs jazz standards, classic soul, and self-penned originals with youthful energy at Jimmy Mak’s. Discount tickets $10.

Jewish film festival

June 15 - 29, 2016

0.5 mile SW

Portland Jewish Film Festival explores themes of spirituality and Jewish identity worldwide at the Portland Art Museum.

Beer & food pairings

June 16, 2016 (7 p.m.)

43 miles south

Enjoy courses of small plates paired with beer from local breweries at Brewer’s Tasting Dinner at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.

Cider tasting

June 17 - 18, 2016

1.1 miles north

Taste 150 artisan ciders from the NW and around the world, eat restaurant food, and hear live music at The Fields Neighborhood Park during Cider Summit Portland. Must be 21 due to alcohol content.

Innovative show

June 17 - 19, 2016

0.5 mile NW

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

Indian powwow

June 17 - 19, 2016

7 miles north

City of Roses Delta Park Powwow & Encampment features competition dancing, drumming, a silent auction, a fun run/walk, art and craft vendors, food booths, and games at Delta Park East. Free.

Marathon & beer festival

June 17 - 19, 2016

9 miles north

Vancouver USA Marathon has a health and fitness expo Friday & Saturday; a 5K and kids’ run Saturday; a marathon & half marathon Sunday, and a Summer Brewfest all three days in Esther Short Park.

Berry festival

June 17 - 19, 2016

15 miles south

The Strawberry Festival at Lee Farms features food (pies, shortcake, milkshakes) and kids’ activities that require a wristband (pony rides, bounce house, hay maze, pedal carts).

Beer in the garden

June 17 - 19, 2016

43 miles south

Try beer from 70 breweries, enjoy good food, and hear live music on Father’s Day weekend at Oregon Garden Brewfest at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.

Outdoor electronic music festival

June 17 - 20, 2016

109 miles east

In addition to music, What the Festival offers the charms of a “summer camp for adults” with tents, bathing suits, a giant wading pool, beautiful views, spiritual gatherings, and a friendly Portland vibe on a ranch in Dufur.

Astoria Music Festival

June 17 - July 3, 2016

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.

Beer with cheese

June 18, 2016 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

1.1 miles east

Taste fine cheese paired with local beers at Portland Beer and Cheese Fest at Wayfinder Beer.

Ideas conference

June 18, 2016

1.6 miles east

Hear 13 fascinating speakers talk about a variety of subjects at TEDxMtHood in Revolution Hall.

Run in your underwear

June 18, 2016 (9 a.m.)

6.4 miles north

Portland Undy Run/Walk is a family and pet friendly 5K and 1-mile event for charity at Portland Meadows.

Pride festival & parade

June 18 - 19, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

0.5 mile east

Portland Pride Festival and Parade are both the same weekend. The parade begins 11 a.m. Sunday at NW Park Ave. & W Burnside Street (map). The festival is both days at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Renaissance fair

June 18 - 19, 2016

21.2 miles south

Mingle with medieval knights, jesters, peasants, and artisans at the Oregon Renaissance Faire in Canby.

Classical music

June 18 - July 2, 2016

Portland locations

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

Father’s Day cruise

June 19, 2016

two locations

Board a Portland Spirit river cruise for brunch, dinner, or no meal in Portland or Cascade Locks in the gorge.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 19, 2016

Portland area

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

Zoo concerts

June 19 - Sept. 9, 2016

3 miles west

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

Yoga day

June 21, 2016 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

0 miles

Register for a free class, or stop by to learn more on International Yoga Day at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Sake festival

June 22, 2016

0.1 miles south

Try 130 samples of sake, plum wine, and beer paired with food at Sake Fest PDX at Hilton Portland & Executive Tower.

Doctors playing music

June 23, 2016

0.6 miles NW

Hear three bands competing to win the Battle of the Doctor Bands at Lola’s Room.

Sun festival

June 23 - 26, 2016

43 miles NW

SunFest Summer Solstice Festival celebrates the longest day of the year with workshops, drumming, rituals, and dancing around the fire near Vernonia.

Bach music festival

June 23 - July 10, 2016

Eugene & Portland

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

Weird theater

June 23 - July 17, 2016

1.7 miles NW

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

Festival in the Gorge

June 24 - 25, 2016 (begins Fri. 6 p.m.)

45.4 miles east

Gorge Blues and Brews Festival features locally made beer and wine, live music, and great scenery in Stevenson, WA for age 21+.

International beer festival

June 24 - 26, 2016

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 Lloyd Center. Free parking.

Multi-cultural festival

June 24 - 26, 2016

2 miles north

Good in the Hood Festival has live entertainment, multi-cultural food, kids’ activities, a beer and wine garden, and a Sat. parade at Lillis Albina Park. Free.

Lake Oswego arts festival

June 24 - 26, 2016

8 miles south

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is a juried craft fair with 110 booths, a music stage, food court, and wine and beer pavilion in Lake Oswego. No pets. Donation.

Hot-air balloon festival

June 24 - 26, 2016

13 miles SW

The Festival of Balloons has balloon launches at 5:45 a.m., glowing balloons Fri. & Sat. at dusk, a craft show, carnival, vendors, food, soccer tournament, beer garden, and a Sunday car show at Cook Park in Tigard.

Naked bike ride

June 25, 2016

2 miles SE

Thousands participate in World Naked Bike Ride to promote bicycling, safe streets, and body positivity, gathering in Col. Summers City Park at 8 p.m. for a 9 p.m. ride.

Gourmet bike ride

June 25, 2016

43 miles south

Petal Pedal is a scenic long-distance bicycle ride from Silverton that includes meals and beer.

Wine & jazz festival

June 25, 2016 (4 to 9 p.m.)

48 miles south

Meet local winemakers, sample their wine, and listen to jazz while you stroll the gardens during Deepwood Wine & Jazz Fest at Deepwood Estate in Salem.

Green arts festival

June 25 - 26, 2016

9 miles north

See works by 130 artists who use at least 75% recycled material, and enjoy music, juggling, and family activities at the Recycled Arts Festival at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Free.

International festival

June 25 - 26, 2016

47 miles south

Billed as Oregon’s largest multicultural event, World Beat Festival has 81 performers on nine stages, and international foods and crafts in Salem. Donation.

Kite festival

June 25 - 26, 2016

90 miles SW

Both days of the Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival include a kite-making workshop, kids’ parade, and professional shows at the beach. Repeats Oct. Free.

Chamber music

June 25 - July 31, 2016

Portland locations

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

People in the street

June 26, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Located 4 miles north

Walk, bike or roller-skate on 9.5 miles of streets when most cars are banned for North Portland Sunday Parkways. Nearby parks offer activities & music. Free.

Milk Carton Boat Race

June 26, 2016 (11 a.m.)

4.5 miles SE

Watch human-powered watercraft made from milk jugs & cartons compete at the Portland Rose Festival Milk Carton Boat Race in Westmoreland Park. Free.

Windsurfing festival

June 27, 2016

69 miles east

Check out gear, see demos and races, play games, hear live music and eat at Beach Bash in Hood River.

Bull riding

June 30, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

30 miles SW

Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at St. Paul Rodeo Arena.
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