June 27th, 2011
Summer is the season of free. Use this guide to help you plan your next two months of free entertainment: movies, concerts, theatrical performances, festivals, and more. But first an announcement.
After much thought, I have decided to discontinue my weekly “free event” posts. I will continue to write about awesome deals and freebies in Portland, but I’ll do so in a less scheduled way for the near future.
On Twitter, I will be just as active as I have been @aroundthesun.
Thank you so much for reading, and may you enjoy every moment of summer!
Free Events Guide, Summer 2011
Fairs and festivals
Sunday Parkways: July 24, August 28
Mississippi Street Fair: July 9
Sherwood Robin Hood Festival: July 15 and 16
West Linn Old Time Fair: July 15–17
Milwaukie Daze: July 22 and 23
Washington County Fair: July 28–31
Oregon Brewers Festival: July 28–31
Ho’ike and Hawaiian Festival: July 28–30
Obonfest: August 6
Portland Twilight Criterium: August 12
Alberta Street Fair: August 13
Portland Adult Soapbox Derby: August 13
India Festival: August 21
Festa Italiana: August 25–27
Hawthorne Street Fair: August 28
Portland parks: Assorted evenings through September 10.
“Flicks on the Bricks” at Pioneer Courthouse Square: Friday evenings from July 22 to August 19.
Multnomah Arts Center: “The Social Network” on July 1.
Beaverton City Park: August 12 and 19 in the evening.
Vancouver parks: Friday evenings in July.
Mary S. Young Park in West Linn: Saturday evenings in August.
Memorial Park in Wilsonville (check under “Annual City Events”): July 8 & 29; August 5 & 19.
Tualatin Commons: Saturday evenings from July 2 to August 27.
North Clackamas Parks: Friday evenings from July 1 to August 12 (except August 5).
Gresham Center for the Arts Square: Friday evenings in August.
Portland Neighborhood Concerts: Assorted days in July and August.
Washington Park Summer Festival: August 4 to 13 at 6:00 pm.
Portland Festival Symphony: July 30, 31; August 6, 7, 14.
Tryon Creek State Park: Sundays, July 31 to August 28, 2:00 pm.
Noon Tunes in Pioneer Courthouse Square: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 5 to August 18, noon.
Music on Main Street Sponsored by Portland Center for the Performing Arts: Wednesdays, June 29 to August 31, 5:00 pm.
Lunchbox Concerts at the Oregon Square Courtyard (in NE Portland): Wednesdays at noon through August 24.
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival: July 15, 16, and 17.
PDX Pop Now: July 22 to 24.
Ecotrust: Thursdays, June 30 to July 28, 5:30 pm.
Doug Fir: Sundays, July 10 to August 28, 3:00 pm. Ages 21+.
Happy Valley Park: Thursdays, July 14 to August 25, 7:00 pm.
Lake Oswego parks: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, Fridays at noon, and Sundays at 6:00 pm from July 6 to August 26; assorted parks.
Stella Olsen Park in Sherwood: Wednesdays, July 6 to August 17, 6:30 pm.
Tualatin Hills Park District: Assorted days in July and August.
Tualatin Commons: Fridays, July 1 to August 26, 6:30 pm.
Vancouver parks: Assorted days in July and August.
Tanner Creek Park in West Linn: Thursdays, July 21 to August 25, 6:30 pm.
Bridgeport Village: Thursdays, July 7 to August 25, 6:30 pm.
Ardenwald Park in Milwaukie: Thursdays in August, 7:00 pm.
Carnegie Park in Oregon City: Thursdays, July 7 to August 25, 6:30 pm.
The Round Fountain Plaza in Beaverton: June 28, July 26, and August 30, 5:00 pm.
“The Tempest” by Portland Actors Ensemble: Lovejoy Fountain Park on most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through July 16. Also, Meinig Memorial Park on July 3.
“Much Ado About Nothing” by Portland Actors Ensemble: Most Saturdays and Sundays from July 30 to September 5, assorted outdoor locations.
Opera in the Park: ”Carmen,” August 5 and 7.
JAW: A Playwrights Festival: Portland Center Stage’s festival of new plays and works-in-progress. July 11 to 25, Gerding Theater at the Armory.
Star Trek in the Park: A live performance of the classic Star Trek episode, “Mirror, Mirror.” Saturdays and Sundays in July at Woodlawn Park, 5:00 pm.
Need more ideas?
Visit these fine websites:
- PDX Pipeline
- Dave Knows Portland
- PDX Kids Calendar
- Concert Co-op
- Portland on the Cheap
- Frugal Living NW festival listing
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