One of the coolest things about getting to know Portland is exploring all the different neighborhoods, cultures and — of course — foods. You only have to walk a few blocks to feel like you are in a totally different city. A great way to get a taste of how each neighborhood and the people in them is unique is by visiting a fair. Not only do you get a chance to see the shops and taste the foods, but you can enjoy carless streets, music, vendors and lots more.

Below you’ll find a lineup of the fairs and festivals taking place in Portland and its surrounding neighborhoods.

June

June 1 and June 7-9
Rose Festival’s City Fair. Music, carnival rides, exotic animals, arts & crafts, kids zone, food, and lots more await at this highly-anticipated yearly festival.

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Weekends of June 1, 8, and 15
French Prairie Garden’s Berries, Brews & BBQ. The family-friendly festival includes berry picking, animals, pig barrel train rides, a giant slide and lots more.

June 8
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park. Music, dancing, games, Nordic food, a beer garden and lots more.

June 21-23
Good in the Hood. This multicultural music, arts and food festival in North Portland also has a kids area with fun and educational games.

June 21-23
Festival of the Balloons in Tigard. In addition to the spectacular hot air balloons, check out the carnival fun center, music, clowns, cotton candy and more.

June 21-23
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Check out art exhibits, food booths, music and fine art crafts.

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June 22
PDX Parent Celebrates the City. Join us for a free festival featuring family fun, giveaways, music and community spirit.

June 22
Taste of Parkrose. Enjoy food, vendors, a play area with carnival games, prizes and craft-making activities, and music.

June 29-30
Recycled Arts Festival at Esther Short Park (Vancouver). Peruse artists’ wares, have your kids make their own art, listen to music and more.

June 30
Sunday Parkways North Portland. Streets close to cars, so you can explore the neighborhood by bike or foot with ease. Vendors stretch along the route.

July

July 4-July 7
Waterfront Blues Festival. Three days filled with some of the country’s greatest musicians.

July 12-14
McMinnville Turkey Rama. The world’s largest turkey BBQ, a carnival, turkey trot, food court, beer garden, vendor village, music and demos.

July 13
Mississippi Ave. Street Fair. A kids stage and kids zone provide extra family-friendly incentive to check out this vibrant fair.

July 13
Oregon City First City Celebration. Check out music, craft vendors, kids activity zone, and lots of food, too.

July 19-20
Gresham Arts Festival. The 18th Annual Gresham Arts Festival will have art, music, food and fun, and an entertainment lineup and kids village.

July 19-21
Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood. There will be dancing in the streets as well-known bands from the Pacific Northwest and featured entertainers perform. The Family Stage specializes in creative, interactive performers to delight young and old, plus a traditional Knighting Ceremony, medieval reenactments, swordplay, jugglers, magicians, comedians, music & dance, and appearances by Maid Marian and her Court, Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

July 19-21
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. The longest-running free Jazz Festival west of the Mississippi returns for another year of blues, soul, R&B and multiple styles of jazz. And it’s free!

July 20
Portland Highland Games. The Scottish highlands comes to Gresham with dancers, bagpipe bands, athletes and Scottish food and activities for the whole family.

July 20
Beaverton Night Market. One of two night markets aimed at fostering cross-cultural exchange with ethnic food and crafts for families of all backgrounds.

July 21
Sunday Parkways Outer Northeast. Streets close to cars, so you can explore the neighborhood by bike or foot with ease. Vendors stretch along the route.

July 25-28
Three Days of Aloha in Vancouver. Celebrate all things Hawaii at this multi-day festival. Raffles, keiki (kids) activities, arts and crafts, business and delicious food vendors round out this two-day outdoor festival.

July 27
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Party in the Park. A family-friendly event showcasing many cultures through music, dance, interactive activities, food, art and more!

July 27
Division-Clinton Street Fair. Check out a parade before heading over to check out the shops and vendors.

August

August 1-4
Galaxy Dance Festival. Check out this outdoor summer dance festival in Directors Park showcasing a wide array of dance genres, including aerial, ballet, hip hop, ballroom, belly dancing, contemporary, modern and jazz. Don’t expect to just spectate – there are free classes in addition to performances for the whole family!

August 2-4
Gladstone Community Festival. The Gladstone Community Festival is an opportunity for residents to come together to share music, food and fun. The festival includes a parade, a car show, Movie in the Park, Bingo, dodge ball, vendor booths, food and fun events for all ages!

August 3
Obon Festival. Obonfest is a summertime Japanese festival commemorating one’s ancestors. There’s bon odori (dancing), live music, community, and memorializing. Families, non-Buddhist neighbors, and fun-loving food lovers will enjoy this annual Portland tradition.

August 3
Fremont Fest. Check out the kid, bike and pet parade, then check out the kid activities, restaurants and street shopping.

August 3
Summerville. Explore Sellwood and Westmoreland with 100 games, demonstrations, and crafts, plus specials & sales at local retailers, restaurants and drinking establishments. Free trolley rides!

August 3
Portland Iranian Festival. There will be Persian cuisines, dancing, and activities, so bring your friends and family and party with Portland Persian-Style.

August 9-11
Elephant Garlic Festival in North Plains. This three-day festival includes crafts, music, food, a car show and lots more fun for the whole family.

August 10
Pan Africa Festival. There will be food, vendors, live entertainment, fashion show and much more! The goal beyond that day is to empower, mobilize and organize the Pan African community. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

August 10
Alberta Street Fair. Offering an eclectic mix of activities and events that could only be found on Alberta!

August 11
Lents Street Fair. Check out what this up-and-coming neighborhood has to offer. Fair includes live music and a chicken beauty contest.

August 11
India Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square. This celebration in honor of India’s Independence Day delights with live music, dance, food and entertainment throughout the day.

August 17
Beaverton Night Market. One of two night markets aimed at fostering cross-cultural exchange with ethnic food and crafts for families of all backgrounds.

August 17
Multnomah Days. Explore this lovely SW neighborhood and take advantage of the playground and kids zone at the MAC.

August 18
Venezuelan Festival. Venezuelan traditional dance, classical, folkloric and traditional music, artists and crafters and cultural displays. At the Oaks Park Pavilion. All ages and free.

August 25
Sunday Parkways – Green Loop. Streets close to cars, so you can explore the neighborhood by bike or foot with ease. Vendors stretch along the route.

August 23-25 – To be confirmed
Festa Italiana at Pioneer Courthouse Square. This three-day festival features movies, bocce and – of course – food!

August 25 – To be confirmed
Hawthorne Street Fair. A music stage, kid activities, art, and lots more.

August 31-1 September 2
Art in the Pearl. The Northwest Portland Park blocks close and are filled with art, theater and activities for people of all ages.

September

September 7
Multicultural Festival in Ridgefield, WA. Experience cultures from around the world through live music, dance performances, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, sporting events, kids activities and a wide range of ethnic vendors.

September 14
El Grito Festival in Hillsboro. This festival will include family activities, regional Latin food options, a concert, and a traditional “Grito” Ceremony. Thousands are expected to participate in the event, which kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 14
Belmont Street Fair. Streets close to traffic and are filled with lively sights that can only be seen on Belmont, plus a kids area with a bounce house.

September 14-15
Serbian Fest. This is a celebration of food, wine, dance and culture of the Serbian Orthodox people. Delicious Serbian food, live music, national dance, beer and wine, kids’ activities, and much more.

September 22
Sunday Parkways Northeast. Streets close to cars, so you can explore the neighborhood by bike or foot with ease. Vendors stretch along the route.

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