Portland events July 2018. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events July 2018

Innovative variety show

July 1, 2018
(begins June 29)
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.

International festival

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.

Astoria Music Festival

July 1, 2018
(begins June 15)
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.

Inspirational conference

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.

Sightseeing Cruise

July 1 - 6, 2018
0.5 miles east
Take a narrated Sightseeing Cruise south on the Willamette River, with a full-service bar aboard the Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park at 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

Ticket deal $20

Classical music

July 1 - 14, 2018
(begins June 18)
Portland locations
Hear classical music written by the world’s greatest composers at Oregon Music Festival.

Bach music festival in Eugene

July 1 - 14, 2018
(begins June 29)
112 miles south
Oregon Bach Festival celebrates the music and legacy of classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Weird theater

July 1 - 22, 2018
(begins June 28)
1.7 miles NW
Summerfest is five innovative and irreverent shows on five weekends at CoHo Theater.

Chamber music

July 1 - 29, 2018
(begins June 25)
Portland locations
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.

Fourth of July at the fort

July 4, 2018
10 miles north
Independence Day At Fort Vancouver has fireworks at 10:05 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and food & drinks, but no alcohol. Free admission.

Fourth of July run

July 4, 2018
13 miles NW
The early morning Foot Traffic Flat on beautiful, flat Sauvie Island is a marathon, half marathon, 8K, and 5K.

Traditional Fourth of July

July 4, 2018
16 miles south
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.

Blues festival

July 4 - 7, 2018
0.5 mile east
Waterfront Blues Festival features 80 performers on multiple stages, with fireworks on July 4 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Beer festival

July 6 - 8, 2018
1.1 miles north
Portland Craft Beer Festival features 60 breweries, cideries, and wineries, plus food carts at Fields Neighborhood Park, for age 21+ except Sunday.

Bead fair

July 6 - 8, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Shop from exhibitors of bead-making supplies and millions of exotic beads from around the world at Bead Faire at the Oregon Convention Center.

Ticket deal $3

Concerts in the Park

July 6 - Sept. 7, 2018
Portland parks
Bring a blanket or chairs to hear music ranging from “classical to country, rock & roll to rhythm & blues” at Concerts in the Park. Free.

Movies in the Park

July 6 - Sept. 7, 2018
Portland parks
Movies in the Park begin with entertainment at 6:30 p.m. followed by movies at dusk. Bring coats. Free.

Steampunk convention

July 7 - 8, 2018
1 mile south
Gear Con includes panel discussions, evening entertainment, workshops, a costume content, a Friday burlesque show, and a Saturday cabaret at University Place Hotel. Some events are age 18+.

Lavender festival

July 7 - 8, 2018
71 miles east
Lavender Daze Festival has music, crafts, plant sales, and local wine at Hood River Farms. No pets. Free.

Run through wine country

July 8, 2018
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.

Concerts in the square

July 10 - Aug. 28, 2018
(Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m.)
0 miles
Hear concerts at the popular Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Concerts in Newberg

July 10 - Aug. 28, 2018
25.7 miles SW
Family-friendly Tunes on Tuesday presents a different band each night and has food and wine vendors outside Chehalem Cultural Center. Free.

Block party

July 11, 2018
(2 to 9 p.m.)
2 miles NW
Sponsored by Willamette Week, Best of Portland Party is an all-ages event with food carts, a bar, and local vendors on NW Quimby Street. Free admission.

Concerts on Main Street

July 11 - August 29, 2018
(Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.)
0.2 mile SW
Hear local musicians play jazz, country, salsa, and R&B at Music on Main next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.

Tribute-band concert

July 12 - 14, 2018
23 miles south
Hear 17 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.

Antique and collectibles show

July 13 - 15, 2018
(Friday costs more)
7 miles north
Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, this event has 1400 vendors selling furniture, movie memorabilia, glassware, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in March & Oct.

Sports-car races

July 13 - 15, 2018
8 miles north
Watch sports-cars race on a two-mile course at Portland 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.

French festival

July 14, 2018
0.9 miles NW
Bastille Day Festival has French food, wine, music, street performers, a costume contest, a waiters’ race, and a marketplace at Jamison Square Park. Free.

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.

Mystery show & dinner

July 14, 2018
(6 p.m.)
1.8 miles NE
A ticket to the The Dinner Detective includes hors d’oeuvres, a three-course meal, and an interactive show with a prize for whoever correctly identifies the culprit at Courtyard by Marriott on NE Wasco Street.

Ticket deal $50

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.

Garden tour

July 14, 2018
5 miles NE
Visit 7 gardens, watch seminars, and then attend a reception during Open Day in North Portland. Tickets.

Baseball and beer

July 14, 2018
(3 p.m.)
7 miles SE
A ticket to Picklefest includes live music, your first beer, and a baseball game (Portland Pickles vs. Kelowna Falcons) at Walker Stadium in Lents Park.

Ticket deal $15

Oregon City festival

July 14, 2018
13 miles SE
The First City Celebration has an art fair, food carts, vendors, live music, and a kids’ zone.

Hood River car show

July 14, 2018
78 miles east
Traffic Jam is a classic and vintage car show and swap meet that includes admission to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River.

Lavender weekend

July 14 - 15, 2018
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.

Zoo concerts

July 14 - Sept. 12, 2018
(begins June 14)
3 miles west
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers, and your ticket includes a same-day zoo pass. Lineup.

Elegant car show

July 15, 2018
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.

Pirate & gypsy festival

July 19 - 22, 2018
81 miles south
Calling all pirates and gypsies to SeaDog Nights and Gypsy Carnival to dance, play, compete, entertain, shop, party, and camp at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes.

Sour beer festival

July 19 - 24, 2018
2 miles east
Check out 50 sour, wild, and funky beers during Puckerfest at Belmont Station. Cash only.

Thursday afternoon cruise

July 19 - Sept. 27, 2018
(Thursdays 3:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Enjoy live music, river views, a cash bar, and bistro food for sale on Tribute Thursday Early Escape Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park at 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

Ticket deal $19

Gresham Arts Festival

July 20 - 21, 2018
17 miles east
Gresham Arts Festival has 150 artists, entertainment, music, and children’s activities in Gresham. Free.

Robin Hood Festival

July 20 - 21, 2018
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 (10 a.m. Saturday). Free.

Jazz festival

July 20 - 22, 2018
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.

Movies in the square

July 20 - Aug. 17, 2018
0 miles
Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square at dusk, preceded by music at 7 p.m. You are welcome to bring low-back chairs. Free.

Tea festival

July 21, 2018
2.9 miles west
Tea Fest PDX has tea tastings, vendor booths, classes, speakers, a Japanese tea ceremony, and British tea traditions at World Forestry Center in Washington Park. Children 12 and younger are free.

Visit artists’ studios

July 21, 2018
(3 to 9 p.m.)
2.9 miles NW
Meet 50 artists, tour their spaces, and explore the sprawling complex of vintage World War II buildings at North West Marine Ironworks during NW Marine Open Studios, with music and food vendors. Free.

Scottish highland games

July 21, 2018
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.

Kids’ obstacle race

July 21, 2018
19.5 miles SW
Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Sherwood Forest Equestrian Center. Parents can race for free.

PDX Pop Now! concert

July 21 - 22, 2018
1.3 miles SE
PDX Pop Now! is a concert by 35 up-and-coming Portland bands with a street fair and food carts at AudioCinema for all ages. Free.

Vegan festival

July 21 - 22, 2018
1.9 miles NE
The inaugural Vegan Beer and Food Festival promises food vendors, local bands, DJ music, and vegan-friendly clothing, skin-care, and artwork at Holladay Park. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Ticket deal $19

Slavic Festival

July 21 - 22, 2018
8.5 miles east
Portland Slavic Festival features art, music, dance, food, soccer, children’s activities, and vendors of Russia, the Ukraine, Serbia, and Armenia at Ventura Park. Free.

Night market in Beaverton

July 21 & Aug. 11, 2018
8.2 miles SW
Beaverton Night Market promises a family-friendly event with ethnic food and crafts, plus performers from around the world at The Round. Free.

People in the street

July 22, 2018
0 miles
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.

Bach festival

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.

Motocross Anniversary Race

July 26, 2018
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.

Hawaiian festival

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.

Oregon Brewers Festival

July 26 - 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.

Car race and show

July 26 - 29, 2018
8 miles north
Watch racers zip around the track in restored cars at Portland Vintage Racing Festival at Portland International Raceway.

County fair

July 26 - 29, 2018
15 miles west
Washington County Fair offers carnival rides, farm animals, a kid village, food booths, motorsport shows, and stage entertainment in Hillsboro. Free.

Wine event

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.

Reggae music festival

July 27 - 29, 2018
41 miles SE
Hear roots, rock, and reggae at the family friendly and sustainable Northwest World Reggae Festival held 13 miles east of Sandy. Camping. No dogs.

Book fair

July 28, 2018
0 miles
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+.

Division/Clinton Street Fair

July 28, 2018
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.

Japanese festival

July 28, 2018
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.

Craft market

July 28 - 29, 2018
1.2 miles NW
Renegade Craft Fair offers indie crafts, food trucks, and DJ music outside Pure Space. Free.

Basketball tournament

July 28 - 29, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Rip City 3-on-3 in the Rose Quarter is for age 8+.

Zine festival

July 28 - 29, 2018
7.4 miles SE
A zine is a cheap, self-published, underground publication. Portland Zine Symposium has tables for buying and selling zines, plus panel discussions and workshops at 9330 SE Harold Street. Free.

Steam-engine festival

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.

Montavilla Street Fair

July 29, 2018
5.1 miles east
Montavilla Street Fair is a neighborhood event with vendors, two music stages, and a kids’ area at SE Stark Street (from 76th Ave. to 82nd Ave.). Free.