Free Summer Fun 2011, and an announcement

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

Fourth of July fireworks displays, compiled by Dave Knows Portland

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

Bastille Day Block Party at Pix Patisserie: July 16

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. 

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. KostasNi  |  June 27th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Oh no, I’m really bummed to read you are stopping your weekly posts! This blog has been a great resource for the Portland area.

    Thanks for all the time and effort you’ve put into your posts and hopefully one day you’ll start again.

  • 2. Jimena  |  June 28th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I’ll be sad to see you go!
    I can understand wanting to dial back, I just want you to know that I really appreciate all the work you’ve done over the years. I’ve truly enjoyed the lists that you’ve created, and appreciate all the time and energy that goes into creating them.
    thank you so much for all your work!

  • 3. Robin  |  June 28th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I so enjoy the info you give. I suffer from anxiety and depression. With your updates weekly I am able to enjoy some really great times with my grand children. Thank you!

  • 4. heather  |  July 14th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Hi thanks so much for your information it really helps. I’ve started a web series about funky stuff in portland you might like it. there are 2 episodes so far the ufo fest and the naked bike ride. this saturday i’m filming the robin hood fest.

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