: Joey Hamilton

Oregon’s Blissful Summer Events

May 25, 2021 (Updated April 19, 2022)

Lazy days by the river, 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. 

A child eats berries in a cart.
Early summer is prime time for strawberries and blackberries in Oregon. (Photo by Clayton Cotterell)

June

U-picks and farmers markets open (Statewide)

Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade, June 4, 2022 (Portland)

Drive-up movies at Sunshine Mill Winery, weekends through summer (The Dalles): Pack the popcorn and treats, and enjoy nostalgic family favorites on the big screen from the private bubble of your own car. 

Waldport Beachcomber Days, June 17-19, 2022 (Waldport): This vibrant coastal community welcomes visitors to its 66th annual summertime tradition, featuring a three-day timber/logging event, car show, parade, vendors’ fair, live entertainment and other activities.

Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship, June 18-19, 2022 (Reedsport): Stop by for the day or buy a four-day pass to see all of the events at this annual tradition, unique to the Southern Oregon Coast. Face coverings are required (and good protection from the sawdust, too) as talented woodcarvers shape logs into animals, totem poles and other fun designs. 

Oregon Bach Festival, June 17-July 5, 2022: After a 2-year hiatus, the Oregon Bach Festival returns to Eugene with “A Celebration of Voice,” a series of events at Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the historic Beall Concert Hall on the University of Oregon campus, and local churches. The festival will showcase its award-winning choruses and vocal performances.

Hayward Field

July

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, April-December, 2022 (Ashland): The world-class Oregon Shakespeare Festival continues its run of vital new works, relevant classics, transformative digital work and a joyful and inclusive festival atmosphere. This season visitors can also enjoy drastically lowered ticket prices, with tickets ranging from $35 to $75. Check out the performance lineup and grab your tickets for a classic Oregon experience.

Waterfront Blues Festival, July 1-4, 2022 (Portland): Celebrating 35 years 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). 

La Pine Rodeo, July 2-3, 2022 (La Pine): The “Greatest Little Rodeo in Oregon” is back in action this year as part of the Northwest Pro Rodeo Association. It’s one of numerous summertime rodeos in Oregon, along with Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo (July 20-23 in Madras), Chief Joseph Days Rodeo (July 26–July 31 in Joseph) and others. 

Oregon Country Fair, July 8-10, 2022 (Veneta): For the second year in a row, this iconic event will be held virtually. This year’s theme is “Fair in the Clouds,” three days of whimsical performances and demonstrations by a full spectrum of local artists. 

The Big Float, July 9, 2022 (Portland): Bring your inner tubes, rafts, paddleboards and other floaty devices for some summertime fun at The Big Float on the Willamette River. Part parade, part party, the event is a celebration of the river that benefits the Human Access Project, a local volunteer-driven nonprofit dedicated to helping people connect with their river. Enjoy live music, wild costumes and community connections forged.

Pendleton Whisky Music Fest, July 9, 2022 (Pendleton): Country artists Toby Keith, Cole Swindell and Clay Walker 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.

World Athletics Championships Oregon22, July 15-24, 2022 (Eugene): The city of Eugene, aka TrackTown USA, will welcome the world to the reimagined Hayward Field at the University of Oregon for the track and field championships, a major global event being hosted in the United States for the first time. Spectators can tune in to cheer for the 2,000 athletes competing from more than 200 nations across the globe, vying for 49 gold medals. Book your tickets soon and if you’re in town, consider joining a free road event on the streets of Eugene and neighboring Springfield.

Paseo, July 15-17, 2022 (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.

A hand holds a glass of white wine.
This year the Oregon Wine Experience is a hybrid of virtual and limited in-person events. (Photo by Justin Briggs / Oregon Wine Experience)

August

Pickathon, Aug. 4-7, 2022 (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 2022 lineup includes British jazz artists like Sons of Kemet and Nubya Garcia, fast-rising indie artists like Faye Webster and Goth Babe, and returning roots music greats like Valerie June, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Cedric Burnside. Also find some of the best up-and-comers, from Canadian country singer Bella White to experimentalists L’Rain and Emma-Jean Thackray and beyond. Buy tickets right away, as they won’t last long.

Scandinavian Festival, Aug. 12-15, 2021 (Junction City): Celebrate 61 years of tradition with live trolls, international dance troupes, costumes, food, stories, cultural craft demonstrations and more.

Theater in the Park, Aug. 26-27, 2022 (Bend): Experience theater for the first time or the 50th at this beloved live event at Drake Park. This year’s production is Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” which retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The outrageous, uproarious and entertaining story will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

Oregon Wine Experience, Aug. 17-21, 2021 (Jacksonville): Wine lovers can look forward to this immersive adventure.

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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