Free to low cost activities in Summer
July 9, 2016
0.9 miles north
The Bastille Festival features French food, music, street performers, art projects, and an outdoor market in Jamison Square.
Mississippi Street Fair
July 9, 2016
3 miles north
Mississippi Street Fair offers 200 local vendors and craft booths, six stages of entertainment, a kids’ corner, food carts, and a beer/wine garden on N. Mississippi Ave. from Fremont to Skidmore. Free.
Float down the river
July 10, 2016
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.
July 15 – 17, 2016
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.
Gresham Arts Festival
July 16, 2016
17 miles east
Gresham Arts Festival has 150 artists, entertainment, music, and children’s activities in Gresham. Free.
Movies in the Park
July 7 – Sept. 10, 2016
Movies in the Park begin with entertainment at 6:30 followed by movies at dusk. Bring coats. Free.
Concerts in the square
July 5 – Aug. 30, 2016 (Tuesdays)
Hear concerts at the popular Noon Tunes Summer Concert Seriesin Pioneer Courthouse Square on Tuesdays. Free.
Concerts on Main Street
July 6 – Sept. 7, 2016 (Wednesdays)
0.2 mile SW
Hear local musicians play funky soul to old-school country Wednesdays at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.
PDX Pop Now! concert
July 22 – 24, 2016
1.3 miles SE
PDX Pop Now! is a concert by 40 up-and-coming Portland bands with a beer garden and food vendors at 226 SE Madison St. for all ages. Free.
Movies in the square
July 22 – Aug. 19, 2016 (Fridays)
Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.
July 28 – 31, 2016
15 miles west
Washington County Fair offers carnival rides, farm animals, a kid village, food booths, motorsport shows, and stage entertainment in Hillsboro. Free.
July 30, 2016
One hundred authors display their latest books and sign autographs at NW Book Festival, which also has publishers at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.
Mermaid parade & swim
July 30, 2016 (assemble noon, parade 1 p.m.)
0.7 miles NE
Wear a costume that celebrates ocean mythology in the first family-friendly Portlandia Mermaid Parade & Poets Beach Mermaid Swim Party, which starts at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (end of Couch Street) and ends at Poets Beach. Free.
July 30, 2016
10 miles west
Beaverton International Celebration features the food, art, costumes, dance, and music of many countries at 15707 SW Walker Road in Beaverton. Free.