Oregon’s Essential Summer Festival Guide
In the summer, Oregonians basically live outside. But that doesn’t mean they’re just sitting around whittling. Okay, there’s probably a whittling club somewhere. But for the rest of us, summer means music, food, and a ridiculous amount of beer. Here are the essential summer fests in the Beaver State.
Continuing its quest to re-masculate fruity beers, this year's PFBF includes one-offs by some of Portland’s best brewers. One year, there was even a beer made with fresh strawberry pie. Gauntlet, dropped.
Pride’s back and bigger than ever, taking over the Waterfront, bars, clubs, streets, and more for two days of love.
Jam bands and Bend go together like string cheese and overlong solos, and this festival is the region’s biggest music event.
Central Oregon’s biggest celebration of gluttony returns with food, barrel-aged cocktails, beer, music, and more. Extended guitar solos are not expected.
Offering a break from the bazillion beer fests this summer -- or, you know, just a change of pace -- the Cider Summit returns to show you what apples are truly capable of.
Part Coachella, part Burning Man, WTF has become Oregon’s go-to event for bugging out to EDM while partying in the woods until the sun comes up -- then continuing to party in the woods.
Silver Falls is a good reason to go to Silverton. Drinking 130 different beers at a small-town brewfest is an even better reason.
Holladay Park turns into the most debaucherous version of Mock UN possible, with 200 beers repping 16 countries, and at least one instance of struggling to pronounce a beer’s name.
It’s a tradition, dammit. One that includes fireworks, plus classic blues (Buddy Guy) and very liberal interpretations of “blues” (Macy Gray).
Amid all the recurring festivals, it’s easy for new ones to slip through the cracks. The PCBF doesn’t want to let that happen, so it’s bringing 57 of its brewer buddies along to make sure it makes an impression in its first year.
Less of a music festival and more of a hippie hangout, Country Fair is as the closest thing you can get to Burning Man without going to Black Rock City, complete with roving musicians and weird art.
Belmont Station unleashes a week’s worth of sour beers during its annual celebration of barrel-aged madness.
Sorry, this isn’t three days of classical quartets. But for anyone with even a passing interest in hippie-tinged bluegrass, it’s a must-see spectacle led by the great Yonder Mountain String Band.
Last year, PBR brought Portland a giant unicorn, GZA, and Violent Femmes. This year, it’s Blondie, Weezer, and probably a unicorn at Zidell Yards, plus pop-up shows throughout the city.
The state’s biggest beer fest returns to the Waterfront, with 90 different craft beers, live bands, food carts, and stimulating conversation with weirdos in line.
For the past 29 years, wine lovers from all over the world have hit the Valley to sample its trademark pinots. For the past 11, they’ve really beaten Sideways quotes into the ground.
Portland’s nonprofit music fest returns with three days of free shows by Portland’s finest bands, plus a Calvin and Hobbes-esque basketball tournament dubbed Rigsketball.
Oregon’s not all hipster indie rock. Half the state’s pure country. And in Sweet Home, Keith Urban and Big & Rich are here to show the state how to truly rock plaid shirts and goofy hats.
Crunchy? Well, yeah. The whole thing runs on renewable energy. But the name Pickathon belies a fest that’s less a bluegrass explosion than a sweet, cross-sampling mashup of every musical genre imaginable.
This funky little rural fest includes garlic ice cream, garlic beer, and probably absolutely no make-out sessions for about a week afterward.
It’s like the Oregon Brewers Fest, but with a lot more hugs, a lot fewer shoes, and considerably more hula hoops.
The Jamboree’s big brother, this country music festival consistently brings in top talent that attracts visitors from across the state and into Washington and Idaho. Said talent this year includes Rascal Flatts.
Small-batch beers make a huge-ass impact at this gathering celebrating one-off beers from around the region.
MFNW returns for a second round of Waterfront domination with headliners like Danny Brown, Foster the People, and Modest Mouse.
Pioneer Square becomes Little Italy, complete with grape stomping, opera singers, and enough Italian food to feed, like, half a Dom DeLuise.