: Jade International Night Market 2023 by Lumae Photography, courtesy of APANO

Oregon’s Blissful Summer Events

Catch a music or flower festival, attend a powwow or rodeo and chase your sunshine-fueled passions.
May 25, 2021 (Updated June 13, 2024)

Lazy days by the river, outdoor music, family picnics, campouts with stargazing and s’mores — summer in Oregon is about finding your bliss and chasing your sunshine-fueled passions. Whether you’re ready to enjoy live music or theater outside or attend a fair or rodeo, here’s a look at what summer events are on tap statewide. 

Beachgoers watch a corgi run on the sand
Corgi Beach Takeover in Seaside, courtesy of Oregon Humane Society

All Summer

Iconic events like Portland Saturday Market and Come Thru: Black & Indigenous Market are summertime favorites, along with unique experiences like art and comedy shows, LGBTQ+ nightlife and more in Old Town Chinatown. In Portland you can be part of Bike Summer events all season long, all of which are free, organized by individuals and open to all with a goal of providing fun and bike inclusivity.

June

Pride Month Events, Statewide: Let your colors fly at parades, local businesses, parties and other events in celebration of Pride Month in Oregon. Two major events are the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade (July) and Wine Country Pride, with promotions and festivities throughout the Willamette Valley all month long.

Portland Rose Festival, all month long (Portland): This iconic Rose City tradition honors the city’s diversity, floral heritage and unity with marquee events like the Grand Floral Parade, Starlight Parade, Junior Parade, CityFair and Fleet Week, and a continuation of the Rose Festival Court and Queen’s Coronation. Check the website for the full schedule and find a way to be part of the action.

Ride the Dirt Wave, Oregon Coast: This series showcases some of the best mountain bike trails on the Oregon Coast, and highlights the work of the active bike clubs and trail builders in the area. You can ride at three coastal trail systems, each with its unique set of trails for all levels of riders: Klootchy Creek Trails in Seaside (June), Whiskey Run Trails in Coos Bay (July) and Big Creek Trails in Newport (August).

Sisters Rodeo, Sisters: Celebrate “The Biggest Little Show in the World,” a show that’s been entertaining visitors in this Central Oregon town since 1940. Witness the pros bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and more incredible feats.

Waldport Beachcomber Days, Waldport: This friendly coastal community welcomes visitors for its annual summertime tradition, featuring a three-day timber/logging event, car show, parade, vendors’ fair, live entertainment and other activities.

Juneteenth Celebrations, Statewide: Celebrate and learn more about the history and culture of Juneteenth in Oregon at the annual Portland Juneteenth event, Juneteenth Central Oregon or another event near you.

Corgi Beach Takeover, Seaside: This playful event benefiting the Oregon Humane Society is sure to bring smiles all around. Bring your beach gear and your corgis (or just come as you are) for costume contests, raffles, races and a day of sand, sun and fun in Seaside.

Tigard Balloon Festival, Tigard: Head to the Tualatin Valley for a spectacular sight, as about 20 hot-air balloons launch in the pre-dawn hours (weather and pilot permitting). Bring the family for afternoon shopping at craft and vendor booths, food from local vendors, carnival rides and games as well as a night-time event and beer garden.

Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene: The Oregon Bach Festival has presented the masterworks of Bach and composers inspired by his work for more than 50 years. The festival also showcase award-winning choruses and vocal performances in partnership with the University of Oregon.

Latino Cultural Festival, Hillsboro: Hosted by the Hillsboro Hops, this free daylong event is held at Hillsboro Ballpark (formerly Ron Tonkin Field), drawing more than 10,000 attendees in a celebration of Latin culture. Dancers, musicians and local youth talent will provide entertainment along with a bustling art village, Latin cuisine from a variety of food vendors and a futsal tournament with over 200 players.

Cathedral Park River Fest, Portland: The Human Access Project is throwing a party to celebrate a new Willamette River dock at Cathedral Park in North Portland, and the removal of 150 tons of concrete from the river’s edge by the community. Come for live music, free swimming lessons by the Black Swimming Initiative, free kayak rentals, a life jacket giveaway by Metro, a barbecue, community booths and more. The Human Access Project has been working to encourage community access to the river through events, cleanup initiatives and more.
Three women hold glasses of wine and smile in front of a vineyard
Courtesy of Alt Wine Fest / Cheryl Juetten

July

Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland: Celebrating more than three decades of music, the Waterfront Blues Festival is Portland’s largest and longest-running music festivals and one of the most renowned in the world. Rock out to top local, regional and national blues artists on four stages at Tom McCall Waterfront Park; watch the fireworks extravaganza; and enjoy family-fun activities (kids 12 and under are free). 

St. Paul Rodeo, St. Paul: An Oregon Fourth of July tradition for more than 80 years, the St. Paul Rodeo is one of numerous summertime rodeos in Oregon, along with Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo, Chief Joseph Days Rodeo and others. Oregon’s rodeos are largely volunteer-run and support dozens of local nonprofit organizations and community groups. These rural communities welcome visitors. The St. Paul Rodeo is also partnering with the Autism Society of Oregon to welcome neurodiverse attendees and families.

La Pine Rodeo, La Pine: The “Greatest Little Rodeo in Oregon,” part of the Northwest Pro Rodeo Association, is one of numerous summertime rodeos in Oregon, 

Alt Wine Fest, Carlton: There are two rules at this wine festival: Grapes must be Oregon-grown, and the spotlight is on everything except for pinot noir — from chardonnay and gamay to other uncommon varieties that are hard to find elsewhere. The walk-around tasting focuses on laid-back vibes and features 30-plus wineries pouring 100+ wines, with DJ music, lawn games and a portion of ticket proceeds benefiting AHIVOY, a nonprofit that empowers and mentors Latinx and Hispanic vineyard stewards.

Oregon Country Fair, Veneta: Join longtime festival fans and newcomers for three days of whimsical performances and demonstrations by a full spectrum of local artists. 

Pendleton Whisky Music Fest, Pendleton: Nationally known artists will headline this lively event that makes the top of many concert-goers’ annual trips. See the website for info on food trucks, on-site camping, a pre-concert party and more.

Stoller Pacific Northwest Eggfest, Dayton: Ten celebrity chefs from across the U.S. will showcase their talents at this celebration of food, wine and outdoor grilling. Enjoy live grilling demonstrations, sample bites prepared by each chef and paired with Stoller wines, and enter a raffle to win your own Big Green Egg, a ceramic grill, oven and smoker. It’s the largest gathering of its type in the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon Star Party, Ochoco National Forest and other locations: If you love stargazing, plan your trip now to one of Oregon’s summer star parties — a time for amateur and pro astronomers alike to gaze up to the night sky and appreciate the celestial wonders. Sign up for a night-time canoe or snowshoeing tour or a free ranger-led stargazing event at various Oregon State Parks.

Tamkaliks Celebration, Wallowa: Open to all, the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland invite guests to enjoy three days of song and dance, food and craft vendors capped — all with a traditional service and friendship feast with Native descendants, local residents and visitors. Camping and dancer registration is free, and raffle items include a buffalo hide and a Pendleton blanket.

Paseo, Portland: Inspired by the Spanish custom of the evening walk that re-awakens the city, the Portland Parks Foundation has partnered with arts and social justice leaders from many Portland communities to create a festival of emerging talent designed to not just help “bring downtown back,” but also bring it forward. There will also be a strong presence and focus on BIPOC vendors, parks, health and wellness, and outdoor recreation. It will be held at Portland’s downtown’s South Park Blocks and Directors Park.

Sneaker Week PDX, Portland: This week-long festival is dedicated to connecting the global sneaker community to Portland’s thriving footwear industry. A variety of passes are available to check out different elements of sneaker culture: music, art, media and content creation, innovation and technology, science, music, food and more.

Woman sings into microphone against dark sky and purple lights in background
Courtesy of Mark Stein / Pickathon

August

Pickathon, Happy Valley: It’s a rite of passage for many music fans: A 4-day outdoor concert in the idyllic setting of Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, with a cutting-edge lineup of artists. The seven music venues are embedded in the forests, hills, meadows and farm buildings of the iconic farm, with venues rotated during the day to keep everyone in the shade. Organizers take pride that the festival is zero-waste with almost no trash, and the food and beverage reflects the PNW culinary scene. It’s a family-friendly festival with free tent camping included in a weekend pass, and a focus on mind and body wellness.

Englewood Forest Festival, Salem: Love art, music and environmental education? Spend the day at this festival and enjoy dance, art vendors and hands-on activities for all ages — centered on environmental education and what you can do in your own backyard to help wildlife, trees, bees, flowers and streams. Salem’s Englewood Park offers lots of shade as well as two playgrounds, a horseshoe court, picnic tables and a summer splash fountain. It also highlights a 7-acre native remnant forest with hundreds of towering Oregon white oak and Douglas fir trees.

Theater in the Park, Bend: Experience theater for the first time or the 50th at this beloved live event at Drake Park. Check the website for latest performances and tickets, and look to visit in the midweek for the fewest crowds. 

Dahlia Festival, Canby: Stroll through a 40 acres of rainbow-colored dahlias featuring over 370 varieties and purchase a bunch of cut dahlias to take home. Visit the gift shop, sign up for a flower-care class and and enjoy the food carts and live music. The season runs through September, with free admission and parking.

Wild Rivers Film Festival, Brookings: Enjoy some of the best independent films from around the world, with a focus on films that were created in and around Oregon’s coastal communities. The immersive four-day experience includes four dozen film screenings, industry panels and workshops geared toward indie filmmakers and adventurous movie lovers.

Jade International Night Market, Portland: Founded by APANO, this decade-old multicultural community celebration has grown to attract 20,000 attendees each year. With free attendance, come for one evening to celebrate and support the food vendors in Portland’s Jade District and enjoy a robust lineup of live entertainment including taiko drumming and lion dancing, plus face painting and more family activities.

Beaverton Night Market, Beaverton: Enjoy grand performances and interactive experiences during one evening to mark this event’s tenth anniversary. Past events have attracted about 14,000 attendees over two nights. The spotlight is on global foods, communities and family-fun activities.

Airshow of the Cascades, Madras: This unique family-friendly event draws both car and plane enthusiasts with classic cars, vintage aircraft and thrilling aerobatic performances all weekend long. Top it off with live music each day, a fireworks show and a variety of food and retail vendors, all with the scenic backdrop of the Cascade Mountains.

Klamath Music Festival, Klamath Falls: This benefit event for nonprofit music efforts in the Klamath Basin draws an exciting lineup each year. See local and regional bands with a major headliner on two stages at the Ross Ragland Theater with food, drink and kids’ activities.

Sunflower Festival at Lee Farms, Tualatin: Wander the 120-plus acres of family farmland and pick your own fresh flowers at this festival, with 30 varieties of sunflowers to explore. One bloom is included in admission. Ride the scenic hayride to and from the sunflower maze, dance to live music, visit the farm animals and buy treats from the farm market and bakery. Bonus: This is the perfect place to take sunflower field selfies.

Art on the Coast Festival, Brookings: Arts lovers converge on Oregon’s South Coast each summer to enjoy painting, woodworking, pottery, jewelry, textiles and contemporary re-purposed artwork. Bring the family for children’s art booths, live entertainment, food and drink, with all proceeds going to support children in the foster care system.

About The
Author

Jen Anderson
Jen Anderson is a longtime journalist and travel writer/editor who is now Travel Oregon’s Content & Community Manager, helping to align content for visitors via social media, print and web. She’s called Oregon home for 25 years and loves finding the latest places to eat, drink and play around the state with her husband and two boys. Brewpubs, beaches and bike trails top the list.

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