It may be August already, but summer in the city is only hitting its stride. Summer in Portland is always the best time of the year here. The days are long and almost invariably sunny. Not to mention, the city comes alive with all different kinds of events both intimate and festival-sized. Whether your idea of a perfect summer night is dancing away by the waterfront while listening to hot alternative bands, shopping for the latest sustainably designed local goods, or simply playing a few holes of mini golf with friends and a craft beer in hand, there is truly something for everyone in Portland.
The Latest Portland Summer Events
UPCOMING AUGUST EVENTS IN PDX
The 19th Hole Mini Golf at Hotel deLuxe
Wednesday - Sunday, 3 p.m. - close, SW 15TH & YAMHILL
Teeing off on the corner of SW 15th and Yamhill, The 19th Hole is a new 9-hole mini golf pop-up from the Hotel deLuxe team. Gracie's Chef Mark Hosack serves gourmet food cart fare alongside local beers, wines, and ciders in true Portlandia fashion.
Music Fest NW
August 21st - 23rd, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Portland's musical event of the summer, Music Fest NW, kicks off at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Friday, August 21st. Not-to-miss headliners include Foster the People, Misterwives, Beirut, Belle and Sebastian, Modest Mouse, The Tallest Man on Earth, and more. General admission and 3-day passes are available online.
EAT & DRINK
Pairings! Pre- Oregon State Fair Event
August 21st, 4 - 9 p.m., Oregon State fairgrounds, salem
It's a short field trip to Oregon's capital city for Pairings! The celebration of the best craft beers, wines, and dishes kicks off the 150th Oregon State Fair in Salem on August 21st. Stroll through the 2-acre gardens before the fair and nibble on delicious bites from local restaurants, breweries, and wineries such as Base Camp Brewing, Willamette Valley Vineyards, and more. Tickets are $35 per person, and guests of Pairings! will receive free entry to the Oregon State Fair running August 28th - September 7th.
Dîner en Blanc Portland
August 2015 (Rumored)
Mysterious and elegant, this August marks the 3rd year of Portland's ultimate picnic. Guests create their own picnic basket, dress to the nines and gather at a secret location for a pop-up summer dinner party. This year's date is to be determined but tentatively penciled in for August. Keep a close eye on the Dîner en Blanc - Portland Facebook page for updates.
August 27 - 29th, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Pioneer Courthouse Square
Festa Italiana is a once-a-year celebration of
la bella vita. Held at Pioneer Courthouse Square, the all-ages summer festival will feature favorite Italian dishes and drinks accompanied by live music and dancing. Pop-up art galleries, speaker events, and Italian film screenings are also set to occur throughout the week. Admission to Festa Italiana is free.
URBAN AIR MARKET
AUGUST 30TH, 11 A.M. - 6 P.M., NW 13TH & HOYT
Sustainable design meets shopable street fair at the Urban Air Market on Sunday, August 30th. Over 100+ cutting edge designers, musicians, artists come together in the streets of Portland's Pearl District for a day featuring the area's best innovative creations. Tickets are free and currently available on EventBrite.