Portland events, festivals, things to do – July 2018

July 2018
best events in Portland

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.

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.

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.

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 includes music and activities at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 10:05 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free this year.

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.

Blues festival

July 4 - 8, 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.

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)

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

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 Street 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 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.

Oregon City festival

July 14, 2018

13 miles SE

The First City Celebration has an art fair, food carts, vendors, live music, 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.

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 - 23, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Gresham Arts Festival

July 21, 2018

17 miles east

Gresham Arts Festival has 150 artists, entertainment, music, and children’s activities in Gresham. Free.

People in the street

July 22, 2018

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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+.

Basketball tournament

July 28 - 29, 2018

1.5 miles NE

Rip City 3-on-3 in the Rose Quarter is for age 8+.

Slavic Festival

July 28 - 29, 2018

8.5 miles east

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.

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.

Concerts in the Park

July 2018 (undated)

Portland parks

Bring a blanket or chairs to hear a variety of Concerts in the Park. Free.

Electric vehicle day

July 2018 (undated)

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See electric vehicles and get information at the EV Fest in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Movies in the Park

July 2018 (undated)

Portland parks

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

Movies in the square

July 2018 (undated)

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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.

Spanish food festival

July 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

La Ruta PDX celebrates Spanish cuisine with a series of dinners, a film, a sherry seminar, a Saturday trade show, and a Sunday tasting event at Director Park.

French festival

July 2018 (undated)

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.

PDX Pop Now! concert

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Craft market

July 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles SE

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

Weird theater

July 2018 (undated)

1.7 miles NW

Summerfest is five innovative and irreverent shows on five weekends at CoHo Theater.

Steampunk convention

July 2018 (undated)

1.8 miles NE

Gear Con includes panel discussions, evening entertainment, workshops, a costume content, a Friday burlesque show, and a Saturday cabaret at DoubleTree by Hilton. Some events are age 18+.

Block party

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Division/Clinton Street Fair

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Sour beer festival

July 2018 (undated)

2 miles east

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

Zoo concerts

July 2018 (undated)

3 miles west

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers, and your ticket includes a same-day zoo pass.

Art among roses

July 2018 (undated)

4 miles north

See works by dozens of local artists on display at Art in the Rose Garden at Peninsula Park. Free.

Montavilla Street Fair

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Zine festival

July 2018 (undated)

6 miles east

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 8114 SE Division Street. Free.

Japanese festival

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Refugee celebration

July 2018 (undated)

7.5 miles north

Portland World Refugee Day promises a “fun, family-friendly event to welcome and show support for refugees in our state” with food, music, dance, and soccer at Delta Park - Owens Sports Complex. Free.

Motocross Anniversary Race

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Night market in Beaverton

July 2018 (undated)

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.

River festival

July 2018 (undated)

11.1 miles NW

Willamette River Festival is a celebration with live music, food carts, an environmental fair, live fish, dance troupes, and kayak & walking tours at Cathedral Park. Free.

Concerts in Newberg

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Kids’ obstacle race

July 2018 (undated)

28 miles east

Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Rooster Rock State Park in Corbett. Parents race for free.

Lavender festival

July 2018 (undated)

71 miles east

Lavender Daze Festival has music, crafts, plant sales, and local wine at Hood River Farms. No pets. Free.

Traditional Fourth of July

July 2018 (undated)

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.