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Everything You Need to Do in Portland This Summer

Published On 06/14/2018 Published On 06/14/2018
Spirit of 77
Spirit of 77
Thursday - Sunday
Jun 14-Jul 15
Various locations
So you’re keen on watching all the football action but don’t have the scratch to fly to Moscow or pay for cable? Worry not, comrade -- there are more than enough barstools to occupy while enjoying the World Cup. Serious soccer nerds will find safe harbor at spots like 442 Soccer Bar and the Toffee Club, but really, any bar that’s open for breakfast and early morning boozing will do. Here’s our complete guide to the best spots to watch the games in PDX.
Friday - Sunday
Jun 15-17
Oregon Garden (Silverton)
The Oregon Garden is no stranger to quality beer events that make the drive to Silverton well worth it, but this years Brew Camp handily tops it all off with a musical lineup that includes Blitzen Trapper and Dirty Revival, beers from big names like pFriem and Pelican, and the convenience of having a campsite that’s just a stumble away from the main event.
Cost: Prices range from $25 for a single-day ticket to $199 for an all-access VIP pass
Saturday
Jun 16
Culmination Brewing
Columination Brewing -- the same folks who’ve gifted us with the ever-popular Coffee, Beer & Doughnuts fest every fall -- have teamed up with Japanese-inspired whiskey-and-cheese bar Chizu for an event that puts everyone’s favorite indulgences on the same proverbial table. If anyone reading this is homebrewing their own Pepto Bismol, please do us a favor by setting up shop in the parking lot outside this event.
Cost: $36-46
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Saturday - Sunday
Jun 16-17
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ community or just an ally, there’s never been a better time than now to get off the couch and into the streets to take a stand for equality. Satellite parties like Blowpony and Drag Brunch abound, but the yearly Pride Parade is a great place to start for just about anyone and everyone who supports the cause.
Cost: Free, but a donation of $8 for the “Gay It Forward” program is suggested.
Saturday - Sunday
Jun 16-17
Clackamas County Fairgrounds (Canby)
Not to be confused with the raucous Renn Fayre held yearly at the end of the Reed College school year, the Oregon Renaissance Fair is a 100% legit event complete with jousting, jesters, mead, and massive turkey legs you and your buddies can pass around like joints. It’s essentially the birthplace of LARPing, and definitely the last known event where donning a chainmail vest is acceptable (aside from when the goth-themed boy band Orgy rolls through town on yet another reunion tour).
Cost: $16 for a single-day adult pass, or $28 for the weekend.
Friday - Saturday
Jun 22-23
McMenamins Edgefield
Pre-Portlandia Portland was a place filled with bespectacled troubadours using fiddles and English degrees to tell tales of deep-sea deceit and heartache, and The Decemberists are beyond a doubt the undisputed champs of the genre. That they’re still together is rather impressive now that the kids are mostly into EDM, but even more impressive is their ability to get all of Portland’s Gen X set to pony up for babysitters and an Uber trip to Edgefield to watch it unfold in person.
Cost: $45-50
Oregon Brewers Festival
Oregon Brewers Festival
Friday - Sunday
Jun 22-24
North Park Blocks
As much as beer drinkers in Portland are stricken with Oregon exceptionalism and fierce devotion to the city's many great breweries, any chance to depart the comfort zone and sample exciting beers from across the globe is is worth taking. Current trends favor Americanized versions of old world styles like gose, Helles, and brut, so there’s a good chance you’ll find plenty of beers from the past that are soon to be the future at the Portland International Beerfest.
Cost: Entry is free, but you’ll need tickets to trade for beer. $30 cash at the gate gets you 10 of them and a taster glass.
Saturday
Jun 23
Cathedral Park
Perhaps one of the last remaining vestiges of Old Portland’s “weirdness” that the bumper of every busted old Subaru in town speaks of keeping, the World Naked Bike is a world-class protest of sorts that doubles as an invigorating way to get to know your neighbors much more intimately than you ever thought possible. Remember to bring a comfy seat cover, twice as much booze as necessary, and a spare tire tube to prevent getting stranded in a far-off corner of town wearing nothing but a smile.
Cost: Free, unless you count your dignity.
Wednesday
Jun 27
Oregon Convention Center
If your exposure to saké mostly involves conveyor belt sushi joints in suburban strip malls, it’s high time you head to Portland Saké Fest for a proper introduction to Japan’s most woefully misunderstood beverage. Once considered a fad that ran parallel to Jagerbombs, saké is experiencing the same domestic renaissance as spirits like whiskey and tequila, and a variety of flavors profiles from sweet and fruity to sour and funky will be available to taste at this event.
Cost: $58-78
Friday - Saturday
Jun 29-30
Fields Neighborhood Park
There’s no denying the thirst-quenching refreshment of a glass of cider on a hot day, and it just so happens that the Portland stop on Cider Summit’s multi-city tour will touch down right when temperatures are expected to creep well above comfortable. Producers hailing everywhere from England to Washington State will be on hand to dole out the goods, so come thirsty and ready to enjoy the tangy juice of a bad apple or two.
Cost: 12 tickets and a tasting glass will cost you $30 in advance, or $35 at the gate.
Saturday
Jun 30
Oregon Zoo
If anyone could make a twee little ditty about watching an indie band in a zoo sound good, it’s Belle and Sebastian. Regardless of whether or not that feat of hyper-meta music happens or not, this is guaranteed to be a dandy evening of Pitchfork-approved pop music from Scotland.
Cost: $35-95
waterfront blues festival
Waterfront blues festival
Wednesday - Saturday
Jul 4-7
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
This years' bill features musical pyrotechnics courtesy of Robert Randolph, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and a handful of others, but everyone knows you needn’t shell out the cash for the festival in order to catch some real fireworks. Just stake out a spot up on on the Morrison Bridge and catch the tunes drifting up from the park, then stick around for an epic Fourth of July show the city shoots upriver at OMSI. God bless America!
Cost: $15 in advance or $20 day-of for single-day tickets, or $40 for a four-day pass.
Friday - Sunday
Jul 6-8
Fields Neighborhood Park
Are you tired of beer festivals yet? No? Good, because the pint-sized Portland Craft Beer Fest at the north end of the Pearl District is a veritable who’s who of local brewers, and we can’t safely say you’re a real nerd if you miss out on this chance to try obscure little guys like Labrewatory, Gateway, and Mount Tabor alongside giants like Modern Times, 10 Barrel, and Pyramid.
Cost: $30 for 10 beer tickets and a tasting cup
Thursday - Saturday
Jul 12-14
Pat’s Acres Racing Complex (Canby)
We’ve entered an era where no band can stay broken up, and anyone who’s recently watched what’s left of Mötley Crüe or Guns N' may conclude this is not necessarily a good thing. Lucky for us there’s Harefest: a three-day party in Canby that includes camping, beer, and spot-on renditions of the aforementioned party metal powerhouses along with many, many more.
Cost: $40-175
Friday - Sunday
Jul 13-15
Veneta, Oregon
Explaining the Oregon Country Fair to outsiders is futile; you’re better off just buying a ticket and going. It’s the only place you’ll see families of hula-hooping wooks in a folksy, mostly G-rated environment, so pack up the Subaru and take full advantage of the mild weirdness that makes Oregon great being briefly harnessed into one place for just a few days.
Cost: $28-70
Friday - Sunday
Jul 20-22
Cathedral Park
Portland has no shortage of recurring jazz events, but few are as chill and summery as the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. It’s a fine park to lounge in when there’s nothing happening, so consider this the perfect chance to take in some culture while you hacky sack or toss the ‘bee as you would have anyways on a sunny summer weekend day in St. Johns.
Cost: Free
PDX Pop Now!
PDX Pop Now!
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 21-22
Audio Cinema
It’s no secret Portland is home to one of the most vibrant indie rock scenes in the country, but the proliferation of young talent has been hard to keep up with now that the city seemingly triples in size on a yearly basis. The fine folks who run PDX Pop Now! corral almost every up-and-comer under one roof -- err, bridge -- each summer, so make your way to the Hawthorne Bridge and check out the next big thing before they blow up.
Cost: Free
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 21-22
Holladay Park
Those willing to shelve the “beer isn’t vegan because yeast is ‘alive’” argument will be rewarded handsomely for their armistice at the Vegan Beer & Food Festival, which features a greatest hits lineup of local and regional animal-free food talent along with a handsome array of beer vendors. With the proliferation of high-quality meat substitutes like the Impossible Burger on hand, omnivores will find plenty to love here, but please keep the clandestine jerky hits confined to the Honey Buckets if you absolutely must get your fix while within the festivals confines.
Cost: $25-45
Saturday
Jul 21
Oregon Zoo
The fusion of jazz and rap is having a resurgence of sorts in both indie and mainstream circles, but there’s no denying the Roots have been at the forefront of this joyous intersection long before acts like Anderson .Paak and Kamasi Washington were the new hotness. Head to the zoo to get down with the legendary Philadelphians with the hooting of zoo animals in the background, which is a huge upgrade over the limp commentary of Mr. Fallon.
Cost: $57.50-117.50
Saturday
Jul 21
McMenamins Edgefield
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Father John Misty’s blend of serene arrangements and self-deprecation hits a nerve with anyone under 40 who’s afraid they use the internet a tad too often. It’s impossible to explain on paper, so give his fantastic new record, God’s Favorite Customer, a spin to get a taste of the wine-soaked wit you’ll be delighted by while relaxing on the lawn at Edgefield.
Cost: $40-45
Thursday - Thursday
Jul 26-Aug 30
Parking Structure No. 2 at PSU
Top Down Rooftop Cinema has been showing a heady blend of classic and kitschy films from the rooftop of the Hotel deLuxe for 13 years now, but this year they’ll be migrating a few blocks east to a Portland State University parking structure to keep the party going. Bookended by Half Baked and Escape From New York, it’s a great way to feel fancy with fine cinema at the top of the city while the proletariat slums it in discount beer theaters down below.
Cost: $10 for general admission
Thursday - Sunday
Jul 26-29
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
The star power of the Oregon Brewfest grows leaps and bounds every year, and now that in-state breweries like Great Notion and Barley Browns have nailed down East Coast hazy IPA, it’s exciting to see what other hot new trends Oregonians will soon be able to have access to without having to travel outside the Pacific Wonderland.
Cost: $7 for a tasting mug and $1 per token
Friday - Sunday
Aug 3-5
Pendarvis Farm (Happy Valley)
Washington’s Sasquatch Festival may be the biggest name in Pacific Northwest music fests, but Pickathon is undoubtedly the musical heart and soul of the region. Held on a quaint little farm in the woods of Clackamas County, it’s the kind of place where dads in faded Wilco tees let their kids run free while they gently argue about guitar tone with the hipsters from the next campsite over. Acts like Phosphorescent and Broken Social Scene serve as a beacon for the loyal NPR set, while fiery youngsters like Sheer Mag, Milo, and Sunflower Bean cater to the crowd of 20-somethings who bought tickets under the incorrect assumption that Ty Segall and/or Thee Oh Sees would be back again for the umpteenth year in a row.
Cost: $320 for a three-day pass
Friday - Saturday
Aug 10-11
Esther Short Park (Vancouver, Washington)
It seems that every time you turn around there's yet another fantastic new brewery popping up in Vancouver. The sprawl of our out-of-state suburb makes it difficult (and dangerous) to cruise between them in search of the perfect pint, but luckily for us, there’s a summer edition of the Vancouver Brewfest to cram all the goodness of Clark County and beyond into one place for a weekend. Brewers like Brothers Cascadia and North Jetty are worth the trip alone, and you’ll find plenty of known greats like Modern Times and pFriem on hand if you’re not feeling adventurous.
Cost: $10 entry, $5 for a tasting glass, $1.25 per token
Sunday
Aug 12
SW Naito Parkway and Morrison
Simply driving across Fremont Bridge is a bit terrifying, so the idea of taking quality photos of the amazing view it provides should be scary enough to deter anyone from ever doing so. Lucky for you there’s the Providence Bridge Pedal ride, which shuts down the Fremont Bridge to auto traffic for just one Sunday morning, creating just the opportunity you need to get all kinds of selfies and panoramas of Downtown, Mount Hood, and beyond while you ride your bike across it. Remember to register early, leave your dog and home, and bring a helmet!
Cost: $25
Edgefield Concerts on the lawn
Edgefield Concerts on the lawn
Friday - Saturday
Aug 17-18
McMenamins Edgefield
Since Phish started regularly covering “Roses Are Free” in 1997, Ween has enjoyed an odd influx of crossover fans from the nitrous-huffing festival follower circuit. The two decades since have seen the Pennsylvania duo of Deen and Gene Ween break up, get back together, and fully embrace their status as cult heroes amongst the weirdos who’ve loved them long before the trustafarians joined the party, but all will be welcome when they take the stage at Edgefield for two days at the end of the summer. Security at the gate may be tight, but the lot will certainly be lit.
Cost: $49.50-$52
Saturday
Aug 18
Mount Tabor Park
Pundits often scoff at the infantilized nature of Portland’s legendary “weirdness,” but those people have never experienced the thrill of downing a six-pack of Rainier and piloting a soapbox racer down one of the city’s steepest inclines. The website of the Adult Soapbox Derby does little to cover up the fact that this event is best enjoyed under the influence, so if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
Cost: Free
Friday - Sunday
Aug 24-26
Horning's Hideout
Cosplay is so hot right now, and there’s no better place to go all-in on your faerie fantasies than at Faerieworlds, a magical event featuring camping, live music, and presumably a 2-ton cache of glitter hidden somewhere north of US-26. Be sure to bring an open mind, a handful of costumes and, most importantly, a Shop-Vac to rid yourself of all the sparkles at the end of the weekend.
Cost: $40-150
Friday - Monday
Aug 24-Sep 3
LB Day Amphitheatre (Salem)
If Oregon Country Fair is your family's hippy-dippy cousin who’d rather be hula-hooping than looking for a job, consider the Oregon State Fair that loud-mouthed in-law who doesn’t let his 9-5 job stop him from getting jacked up on Coors and fried Twinkies before doing donuts in his truck with Florida Georgia Line turned up to 11. If you’re convinced Oregon is as blue as it gets, just mosey on down to Salem to catch Styx, Old Dominion, or Roots & Boots in what’s now their natural habitat, which is a mid-sized amphitheater populated with an equal spread of city slickers with 503 area codes and dudes with Ford F-350s and two first names.
Cost: Varies by event