Events

16 Can’t-Miss PDX Events This July

Flickr/Tom Borton

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Jul 2 Thu

Waterfront Blues Festival This year’s celebration of music and loosely using the term blues includes legendary bluesman Buddy Guy, plus Greg Allman, Galactic, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and other not-blues legends.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Waterfront Blues Festival Tom McCall Waterfront Park This year’s celebration of music and loosely using the term blues includes legendary bluesman Buddy Guy, plus Greg Allman, Galactic, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and other not-blues legends.

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Jul 3 Fri

Weed The People Marijuana prohibition is over. You can finally smoke weed for the first time! And at this event, you can score free samples from some of Oregon’s best growers.

MCF Craft Brewing Systems

Weed The People MCF Craft Brewing Systems Marijuana prohibition is over. You can finally smoke weed for the first time! And at this event, you can score free samples from some of Oregon’s best growers.

Flickr/Allison Park

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Jul 3-5

Portland Craft Beer Festival Summer gets yet another beer fest, and this one’s keeping it local. Held at The Fields Neighborhood Park in the Pearl, it stands out from other beer festivals by only pouring beers brewed within the Portland city limits.

The Fields Neighborhood Park

Portland Craft Beer Festival The Fields Neighborhood Park Summer gets yet another beer fest, and this one’s keeping it local. Held at The Fields Neighborhood Park in the Pearl, it stands out from other beer festivals by only pouring beers brewed within the Portland city limits.

Ben Kopetti

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Jul 6-30

Concerts in the Park This year, the city put together quite a lineup, including Freak Mountain Ramblers and Tony Ozier & the Doo Doo Funk All Stars. All month, the shows are free and most start at 6:30pm.

Various locations

Concerts in the Park Various locations This year, the city put together quite a lineup, including Freak Mountain Ramblers and Tony Ozier & the Doo Doo Funk All Stars. All month, the shows are free and most start at 6:30pm.

Flickr/Samuel Ramkalawan

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Jul 10 Fri

Worldwide Waffles: Make Breakfast In Bed History! Eat waffles in bed with 600 people in Pioneer Courthouse Square for a Guinness World Record. The most important record of them all, in fact. 

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Worldwide Waffles: Make Breakfast In Bed History! Pioneer Courthouse Square Eat waffles in bed with 600 people in Pioneer Courthouse Square for a Guinness World Record. The most important record of them all, in fact. 

Flickr/alex

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Jul 11 Sat

Mississippi Ave Street Fair With a parade, 200 vendors, six stages, 40 bands, and the Ecliptic Beer Garden, the Street Fair basically turns the neighborhood into a day-long party. Just stay out of the dunk tanks.

N Mississippi Ave from N Fremont to N Skidmore

Mississippi Ave Street Fair N Mississippi Ave from N Fremont to N Skidmore With a parade, 200 vendors, six stages, 40 bands, and the Ecliptic Beer Garden, the Street Fair basically turns the neighborhood into a day-long party. Just stay out of the dunk tanks.

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Jul 11 Sat

Bastille Day Festival Put on a beret and celebrate French freedom! Always on the move, this year's festival serves up French culture, from Bordeaux blends to Brie, on the grounds of the Portland Art Museum.

Portland Art Museum

Bastille Day Festival Portland Art Museum Put on a beret and celebrate French freedom! Always on the move, this year's festival serves up French culture, from Bordeaux blends to Brie, on the grounds of the Portland Art Museum.

Flickr/Ipwines

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Jul 12 Sun

Fueled By Fine Wine One-Half Marathon Love running and wine? This is your half marathon! The challenging course winds through vineyards and it all ends with a big, sweaty wine-country party.

Dundee Hills

Fueled By Fine Wine One-Half Marathon Dundee Hills Love running and wine? This is your half marathon! The challenging course winds through vineyards and it all ends with a big, sweaty wine-country party.

Flickr/brad.

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Jul 14-20

Puckerfest Held at Portland's most renowned bottle shop, Belmont Station, this festival serves up excellent and hard-to-find sour beers every day for a week, beginning at noon.

Belmont Station

Puckerfest Belmont Station Held at Portland's most renowned bottle shop, Belmont Station, this festival serves up excellent and hard-to-find sour beers every day for a week, beginning at noon.

Flickr/RL potograpiya

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Jul 16-30

Top Down: Rooftown Cinema Get to the Hotel deLuxe rooftop for food, movie-themed cocktails, and NW Film Center-curated movies like Song of the Thin Man, Sexy Beast, and The 10th Victim. Having the Portland skyline in the background isn't so bad, either.

Hotel deLuxe

Top Down: Rooftown Cinema Hotel deLuxe Get to the Hotel deLuxe rooftop for food, movie-themed cocktails, and NW Film Center-curated movies like Song of the Thin Man, Sexy Beast, and The 10th Victim. Having the Portland skyline in the background isn't so bad, either.

Flickr/Redfishingboat (Mick O)

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Jul 17-19

Cathedral Park Jazz Fest It's three days of free jazz performances in Cathedral Park beneath the St. John's Bridge. And it's also one more reason why Portland is absurdly amazing.

Cathedral Park Place

Cathedral Park Jazz Fest Cathedral Park Place It's three days of free jazz performances in Cathedral Park beneath the St. John's Bridge. And it's also one more reason why Portland is absurdly amazing.

Project Pabst

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Jul 18-19

Project Pabst Last year, PBR thanked the city whose hipsters gave it a comeback with a crazy great music fest. This year, they’re back to top it, bringing in Weezer, Blondie, Ghostface Killah, and, of course, a bunch of tallboys.

South Waterfront District

Project Pabst South Waterfront District Last year, PBR thanked the city whose hipsters gave it a comeback with a crazy great music fest. This year, they’re back to top it, bringing in Weezer, Blondie, Ghostface Killah, and, of course, a bunch of tallboys.

Flickr/mike

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Jul 22 Wed

Oregon Brewers Festival This festival has taken over Portland for nearly 40 years, and it's pouring roughly 90 craft beers in 2015. This is basically the granddaddy of beer fests.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Oregon Brewers Festival Tom McCall Waterfront Park This festival has taken over Portland for nearly 40 years, and it's pouring roughly 90 craft beers in 2015. This is basically the granddaddy of beer fests.

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Jul 24 Fri

PDX Pop Now! Don’t miss this huge conglomeration of Portland's top musical acts in a variety of genres under the Hawthorne Bridge. Oh, and it's all free and all ages are welcome.

AudioCinema

PDX Pop Now! AudioCinema Don’t miss this huge conglomeration of Portland's top musical acts in a variety of genres under the Hawthorne Bridge. Oh, and it's all free and all ages are welcome.

Flickr/Matthew Nenninger & Tracie Andrews

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Jul 26 Sun

The Big Float For four years, the folks at The Big Float have told us that the Willamette River water is safe. Since none of them have come out glowing green, they're clearly onto something. Decorate your best floating device and dive in!

Willamette River

The Big Float Willamette River For four years, the folks at The Big Float have told us that the Willamette River water is safe. Since none of them have come out glowing green, they're clearly onto something. Decorate your best floating device and dive in!

Flickr/Redfishingboat (Mick O)

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Jul 31 Fri

Pickathon Independent Music Festival Portland's most nationally acclaimed music festival is back! Head out to Pendarvis Farm for a weekend of camping and one of the most diverse lineups of musicians in the country.

Pendarvis Farm

Pickathon Independent Music Festival Pendarvis Farm Portland's most nationally acclaimed music festival is back! Head out to Pendarvis Farm for a weekend of camping and one of the most diverse lineups of musicians in the country.