Your Guide to Summer Festivals in Portland

Here are 3 ways Portland is ready to make all of your summer dreams come true.


Soar Over the City in June

If you’ve ever wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, then you’ll have your chance at the Festival of Balloons happening June 23-25 at Cook Park in Tigard. There will be plenty of fun though if heights aren’t really your thing. A craft show, carnival, vendors, food trucks, and even a beer garden will help keep you busy.


All the Beer You Ever Wanted in July

The Portland Craft Beer Festival is July 1-2 at Fields Neighborhood Park. There will be beer from over 50 Portland breweries along with wine, cider, and more! Oh, and there will be cheese. Get tickets.


Get a Little Saucy in August

If you like it hot (your food, that is), then you’ll love the Portland Hot Sauce Expo that’s taking place from August 5-6 at the OMSI parking lot. There will be hot and spicy food vendors, craft beers, eating contests, and more. But trust us. You’ll really want to come for the Chihuahua beauty contest that will take place at 1 pm on Saturday. Get tickets.


A Festival for Your Memorial Day Weekend Plans

Do you know what your Memorial Day Weekend Plans are? If not, you can spend the weekend at the Multnomah County Fair and Art in the Park Festival which takes place from May 27-29 from Noon to 7:00 pm. It’s a great way to spend the day with your family and have some outdoor fun.


There will be plenty to do and see when you get there including activities like camel rides as well as a showcase of wild and rare mammals and reptiles that will delight audiences of all ages. The kids will love Professor Bamboozle and his many magic tricks, so don’t miss one of his many shows.


One of the best aspects of the Festival will be the Art in the Park extravaganza, complete with hundreds of vendors, artists, and more! The Multnomah County Fair and Art in the Park will take place at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way right here in Portland.

Get Crafty This Labor Day Weekend

Even the busiest workaholics will be enjoying their time off when it comes to this year’s Labor Day weekend. Oh yes, this Monday, September 5, you can expect to sit back, relax, and reap the benefits of all your hard work.


Along with this much-anticipated holiday, be sure to check out Art In The Pearl, Portland’s annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival. September 3-5, you can head over to the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks for this free event.


Named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country, you’ll experience art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for everyone. Don’t miss this Portland Labor Day tradition!

July Fairs and Festivals Near Your Portland Apartment

Oregon Berry Festival

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If there’s one thing you can always count on living in Portland, it’s that there’s always something fun to do. From fairs to festivals, we have a list of the top events happening in July that are sure to kick off your summer in the best way possible.


Oregon Berry Festival

Friday, July 15 from Noon to 6:00 pm | Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Even if you aren’t a berry lover, the Oregon Berry Festival is one experience that will get you in the mood for summer. Whether you want to find the juiciest berries for you pies, jams, or other treats, the festival will have a little something for everyone. You’ll be able to find cooking demonstrations, food booths, berry-themed crafts for the kids, and much more!


Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17th

The longest-running Jazz Festival west of the Mississippi is back! This free event hosts three days of world-class music. Friday will feature Blues, R&B, and Soul classics while Saturday and Sunday will feature multiple styles of good ol’ jazz. With a beer garden, a grassy picnic area, and food vendors galore, this Portland summer tradition could be the fun you’re looking for.


Renegade Craft Fair

Saturday, July 30 to Sunday, July 31

With over 200 vendors, this is the perfect fair to find something unique. Whether you’re looking for hand-crafted lotions, high-quality clothes, or unique art by local artists, you will definitely find it here. Go here for more information about this event.

Upcoming Weekend Events Near Your Portland Apartment

If you’re tired of the same old routine or wanting to get outside of your comfort zone this weekend, we have some events we think you’re going to love. What better way to ring in the new year by experiencing the best of Portland arts and culture?


Dueling Pianos Show

January 29, 2016

9:00 pm

Head out to Barrel Room located at 105 NW 3rd Avenue for a night you won’t soon forget. This 21 and up show will feature some of the best players in the business. The Barrel Room boasts having one of the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland with show highlights such as sing-a-longs, comedy, and Vegas-style themes.


2016 Fertile Ground Festival

January 21 – 31, 2016

The Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival is back for its eighth year of showcasing playwrights, actors, dancers, and various creative projects for all to enjoy. For a full list of venues, showtimes, and tickets, go here.


Upcoming Entertainment Near Your Portland Apartment

You probably don’t need us to tell you that there’s plenty to do in when you live in the Portland area. Fortunately, we’ve done our research so that you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something new to do this weekend, then check out some of these events near your Portland apartment.


Museum of Contemporary Craft

Thursday, September 3, 2015

11 am – 8 pm

Enjoy free admission this Thursday to one of Portland’s most interesting museums. Explore multiple exhibitions displaying the role of craft and design in contemporary culture and learn the history of the studio craft movement.

724 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209, (503) 223-2654


International Food Festival

Saturday, September 5, 2015

11 am – 5 pm

Come out to this amazing cultural experience where you’ll have the opportunity to try a variety of international food from Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Argentina, and more! This is an all-ages event that features a beer garden for adults and free face painting and rock climbing for the kids!

Blue Lake Regional Park, 21224 NE Blue Lake Road, Fairview, OR 97024

What to Do This Weekend Near Your Apartment

Living in Portland, there’s a little something for everyone when it comes to figuring out fun things to do. Whether you’re into theatrical performances or cultural festivals, Portland has you covered.



  • This weekend, Post5 Theatre is performing Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. You can get your tickets here.
  • Check out Art in the Dark this weekend for a magical, all-ages circus performance!



  • This Saturday, head to the waterfront for the Seaport Celebration. This free event will have games, prizes, live music, and much more!
  • Experience all that the farm life has to offer at Portland’s Sounds and Tastes of the Farm Harvest Festival. Every Saturday through August 22nd, this is great fun for the entire family!
  • Make time to head to the India Festival in Portland this Sunday to experience Indian culture and a enjoy a variety of vendors and entertainers.



  • Hop on board Portland Spirit for a night that will take you back in time to the 90s. It’s a dance cruise every Friday and you don’t want to miss it! This 21 & over dance party will have you coming back for more! Be sure to also check out their 80s nights on Saturdays!
  • Head over to the Streetcar Bistro & Taproom for their Live Music Nights where you can enjoy the best live entertainment while sipping on your favorite beverage.