Portland events, festivals, things to do – July 2018
July 2018 best events in Portland
July 1, 2018 (begins June 30)
47 miles south
Billed as Oregon’s largest multicultural event, World Beat Festival has ethnic foods, crafts, demonstrations, performances, parades, children’s activities, a beer & wine garden, and dragon boat races in Salem. Donation.
July 1 - 2, 2018 (begins June 26)
0.2 miles south
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 Newmark Theatre.
Hear world-renowned artists at the Summer Festival of Chamber Music Northwest. Repeats in Jan.
Fourth of July early
July 3, 2018
43 miles south
Food vendors and bars open at 4 p.m., live music is 7 to 11:30 p.m., and the fireworks are at 10 p.m. during July 3rd Fireworks at Oregon Garden in Silverton.
St. Paul Rodeo
July 3 - 7, 2018
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 carnival, art show, July 4 BBQ, and nightly fireworks. Schedule.
Watch sports-cars race on a two-mile course at Portland Rose Festival Rose Cup Races at Portland International Raceway. Friday features practice and qualifying races, with final races Sunday afternoon.
Tualatin art fair
July 13 - 15, 2018
12 miles south
ArtSplash is an art show and sale with live music and kids’ art activities (Sat.) at Tualatin Commons. Free.
Alternative music festival
July 13 - 15, 2018
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.
Float down the river
July 14, 2018
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.
Visit artists’ studios
July 14, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)
2.9 miles NW
Meet artists, tour their spaces, learn techniques, and explore the sprawling complex of vintage World War II buildings at North West Marine Ironworks during the NW Marine Ironworks Summer Showcase. Free.
Mississippi Street Fair
July 14, 2018
3 miles north
Mississippi Street Fair offers 200 local vendors and craft booths, five stages of entertainment, a kids’ corner, food carts, and a beer/wine garden on N. Mississippi Avenue (from Fremont to Skidmore). Free.
Walk, bike, or roller-skate on miles of streets when most cars are banned for Sunday Parkways in Green Loop, Downtown, and Central Eastside, with activities and music along the way. Free.
July 25 - 27, 2018
39 miles south
Abbey Bach Festival features singers and musicians in the church, a catered picnic outdoors, and an evening indoor concert at beautiful Mount Angel Abbey in Saint Benedict.
Oregon Brewers Festival
July 25 - 29, 2018
0.5 mile east
Try 80 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 soda garden. No pets.
July 26 - 28, 2018
Portland and Vancouver
Three Days of Aloha offers workshops, hula dancing, a 5K run/walk, and a free one-day Hawaiian festival Saturday in Esther Short Park. Events vary by day.
Washington County Fair offers carnival rides, farm animals, a kid village, food booths, motorsport shows, and stage entertainment in Hillsboro. Free.
July 27 - 29, 2018
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.
Sixty authors display their latest books and sign autographs at NW Book Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.
Mermaid parade & party
July 28, 2018
1 mile Ne
Wear a costume that celebrates ocean mythology for family-friendly Portlandia Mermaid Parade. It starts with a noon ceremony at Japanese American Historical Plaza (north of Burnside Bridge), and heads south at 1 p.m. to Poets Beach for swimming and a beach party. Free. Siren’s Masquerade Ball at 8 p.m. is for age 21+.
The Slavic Festival features art, music, dance, food, soccer, children’s activities, and vendors of Russia, the Ukraine, Serbia, and Armenia at Ventura Park. Free.
July 28 - 29 and August 4 - 5, 2018
39 miles south
Watch a parade of vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles at 1:30 p.m. each day; take train and trolley rides; see steam saw milling, tractor pulling, and machinery demos; and visit a blacksmith, country store, and flea market during Steam-Up in Brooks.
Star Spangled 4th of July includes the raising of the flag, the national anthem, patriotic speeches, games, a country band, picnic or food for sale, and fireworks at dusk at Willamette Park in West Linn. Free.