Portland events calendar for June 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 June 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.

Festival of Flowers

June 1 - 9, 2015 (begins May 29)

0 miles

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

Children’s parade

June 3, 2015 (1 to 2 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.


June 3 - 7, 2015 (begins May 22)

0.5 mile east

CityFair features carnival rides, exhibits, a food fair, beer, and Rozone music concerts (for an extra fee) at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. No pets.

Tour military ships

June 3 - 7, 2015

0.5 mile east

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

Flower show

June 4 - 5, 2015

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.

Floral parade & walk

June 6, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade has floral floats, marching bands, and optional indoor seating where it begins in Veterans Memorial Coliseum. To join, register for the pre-parade Grand Floral Walk.

Child athletes

June 6, 2015

17 miles south

Kids swim, bike, and run in age groups 6-8, 9-11 & 12-15 rain or shine at Tualatin Tryathlon, with family activities and BBQ lunch at Tualatin High School.

Dragon boat races

June 6 - 7, 2015

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.

Kids’ rodeo

June 6 - 7, 2015 (10 a.m.)

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 6 - 7, 2015

68 miles south

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

Milk Carton Boat Race

June 7, 2015 (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.

Beer week

June 11 - 21, 2015

Portland locations

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

Used book fair

June 12 - 13, 2015

2 miles NE

Shop thousands of books from independent booksellers at the Rose City Used Book Fair at the DoubleTree Hotel.

Fruit beer festival

June 12 - 14, 2015

1 mile NE

Try 40 fantastically fruity beers and ciders from 25 breweries outdoors at Portland Fruit Beer Festival at E Burnside St. & NE 7th Ave. Friday by reservation only.

Sports-car races

June 12 - 14, 2015

8 miles north

Portland Rose Festival Rose Cup Race features modern and vintage sports-car racing on a two-mile road course. The weekend highlight is the annual Rose Cup, at Portland International Raceway.

Astoria Music Festival

June 12 - 28, 2015

95 miles NW

Hear a wide range of classical music from heavy (Wagner’s Die Walküre, Verdi’s Otello, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring) to light (classics for kids, intimate chamber music, informal happy hours) at Astoria Music Festival in historic Astoria.

Buddhist festival

June 13, 2015

2 miles east

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

Scandinavian festival

June 13, 2015

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.
June 2015

Car show

June 13, 2015

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.

Pride festival & parade

June 13 - 14, 2015

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.

Track meet

June 13 - 14, 2015

7 miles south

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

Barbecue, beer & berries

June 13-14 & 20-21, 2015

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.

Jewish film festival

June 14 - 28, 2015

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 18, 2015 (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 19 - 20, 2015

1.1 miles north

Taste 120 artisan ciders from the NW and around the world, eat restaurant food, and hear live music at The Fields Neighborhood Park during Cider Summit NW Festival. Must be 21 due to alcohol content.

Indian powwow

June 19 - 21, 2015

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 19 - 21, 2015

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.

Beer in the garden

June 19 - 21, 2015

43 miles south

Try beer from 65 breweries, enjoy good food, and hear live music on Father’s Day weekend at Oregon Garden Brewfest at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.

Obstacle race

June 20, 2015

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.

Discount tickets.

Scavenger hunt

June 20, 2015 (5 to 7 p.m.)

8.6 miles north

Summer Solstice - Urban Obstacle Race is an urban adventure race of 3 to 6 miles with clues, a costume contest, and a ticket to brewfest in Vancouver.

Sandcastles at the ocean

June 20, 2015

79 miles NW

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

People in the street

June 21, 2015

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.

Chamber music

June 22 - July 26, 2015

Portland locations

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

Sake festival

June 25, 2015

0.3 mile NW

Try 130 samples of sake, plum wine, and beer paired with food at Sake Fest PDX at the Sentinel Hotel.

Sun festival

June 25 - 28, 2015

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.

International beer festival

June 26 - 28, 2015

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.

Lake Oswego arts festival

June 26 - 28, 2015

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.

Hot-air balloon festival

June 26 - 28, 2015

13 miles SW

Festival of Balloons in Tigard has balloon launches at 5:45 a.m., glowing balloons Fri. & Sat. night, a craft show, car show, carnival, vendors, food, beer, 5K, and soccer tournament at Cook Park in Tigard. [Their website may show the wrong dates for 2015.]

Naked bike ride

June 27, 2015

0.5 mile SW

More than 10,000 people participate in World Naked Bike Ride to promote bicycling and environmentalism. Learn more by watching the 17-minute video.

Gourmet bike ride

June 27, 2015

43 miles south

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

Wine & jazz festival

June 27, 2015 (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.

Windsurfing festival

June 27, 2015

69 miles east

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

Green arts festival

June 27 - 28, 2015

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 27 - 28, 2015

47 miles south

Billed as Oregon’s largest multicultural event, World Beat Festival has 125 performances on 9 stages, and international foods and crafts in Salem. Donation.

Kite festival

June 27 - 28, 2015

90 miles SW

Both days of the Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival include a $5 kite-making workshop, kids’ parade, and professional shows at the beach. Repeats Oct. Free.

St. Paul Rodeo

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

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.

Art comes alive

June 2015 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Shine a Light is an evening of artist-driven installations, interactive performances, and interventions in the Portland Art Museum.

Beer with cheese

June 2015 (undated)

1.6 miles east

Taste fine cheese paired with local beers at Portland Beer & Cheese Fest at Commons Brewery.

Swing-music dance party

June 2015 (undated)

2 miles NE

All ages are welcome to hear music and dance at the Anniversary Bash at the Secret Society. Free.
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June 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.fox@events12.com