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Livin’ Summer in Portland

WHHOOO HOOOO!!! Flowers are blooming, we’re seeing more sun, and people are coming out to enjoy all that is awesome about this city. It’s nearly summer and never is there more to do in the City of Roses than this time of year. If you’re a long-time resident, you’ve likely got your favorite summer traditions and memorable places to chill out. Portland newbies are in for a treat! You’ll have a blast exploring the many festivals, events, outdoor recreation, and family activities our city offers.

We at Portland Home Team are locals too! We’re parents, outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, party-goers, and music lovers as well. To turn you on to just a few of the things you can do during summer, we bring you some of our favorites.

Festivals and Fairs

No question, the Portland Rose Festival is a time-honored tradition, now over 100 years old and counting. Starting May 22 and running through June 7, there are fireworks, the Waterfront City Fair, the Starlight Parade and Grand Floral Parade. Other festivals include Pride Portland (June 13-14), Waterfront Blues Festival (July 2-5), and MusicFestNW (August 21-23). Beer lovers can get their suds on with the Fruit Beer Festival (June 12-14), the hugely popular Oregon Brewers Fest (July 22-26), and the North American Organic Brewers Fest (August 13).

Fun Stuff with Kids

We can’t imagine a more kid-friendly city. Families with little tykes to teens can find something to entertain every day of the week. Spend a day (or more!) exploring museums like: OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), now showing its Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit; the Children’s Museum, super for young ones with summer camps available too; or the Rail Heritage Center, which celebrates trains of the past. There’s the Portland Zoo, Oaks Park and the World Forestry Center. Or simply take a hike…Hoyt Arboretum and Mt. Tabor are just a couple to get you started.

Walks, Runs & Marches

Ready to move? Lace up your shoes, grab a buddy, and join the hundreds–sometimes thousands–of Portlanders for a walk or run around town. Far too many to list here, but some of the more notable “Portland-esque” events include: The Starlight Run, part of the Starlight Parade during Rose Festival; Lung Love Walk/Run, a fundraising event for lung cancer; Red White and Blues during the Waterfront Blues Festival; Dirty Dash for all the mudders around town; and the incredibly popular (45,000+ participants) Hood to Coast. Looking for something less cardio-vascular? Check out the PDX Party March mobile dance party on June 13.

If that wasn’t enough…

Head to Pioneer Courthouse Square for Flicks on the Bricks (several dates) or Sand in the City (July 17-19). Cool off at one of the many public pools. Enjoy a street fest on Fremont (August 1), Alberta (August 8) or Hawthorne (August 16). Or catch the Redbull Flugtag flying machine competition (August 1) or The Bite of Oregon (August 7-9) down on the Waterfront.

Whew! So much to do. So little time.

For more details, check out these and more on our calendar of events.