Summer Cultural Festivals

Portland is home to communities of people from all over the world—communities with unique and rich heritages, perspectives, and traditions. This summer, at cultural festivals throughout the city, your family can celebrate and learn about other cultures, taste new foods, and take part in dancing, singing, and other entertainment.

3 Days of Aloha in Vancouver
Over 20,000 visitors have swayed to the rhythm as hula dancers and Polynesian singers filled the park with the heartbeat of their cultures. Raffles, keiki (kids) activities, arts and crafts, business and delicious food vendors round out this two-day outdoor festival. Free, all ages.

Thurday, July 26- Saturday, July 28; see website for times
Esther Short Park at 301 W 8th St, Vancouver, WA 98660

Portland Iranian Festival in SW PDX
The Festival’s theme is to honor the amazing women and artists that have contributed so much to this rich cultural heritage. This year the stage will feature the world-renowned Rahim Shahriari, the Eshta Divas dance group, DJ Nima, and the fantastic artists and business owners of our own community. There will be lots of Persian cuisines, dancing, and activities, so bring your friends and family and party with Portland Persian-Style! All ages and free.

Saturday, August 4; 3 pm-9 pm
South Park Blocks at 800 Southwest Market Street, Portland, OR 97201

Obon Festival in SE PDX
Obonfest (Obon) is a summertime Japanese (and Japanese-American) festival commemorating one’s ancestors. In their honor, lanterns are hung, Bon Odori (Obon dance) is performed, memorial visits are made, and food is offered at home butsudans and temples. All are welcome! Families, non-Buddhist neighbors, and fun-loving food lovers will enjoy this annual Portland tradition. There is no entrance fee to come and enjoy.

Saturday, August 4; 11 am-4 pm
Oregon Buddhist Temple: 3720 SE 34th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97202

Venezuelan Festival in SE PDX
This is the first Venezuelan Arts & Culture Festival in the PNW, with Venezuelan traditional dance, classical, folkloric and traditional music, a Tears of Joy Theatre bilingual puppet show based on a Venezuelan folktale,  artists and crafters and cultural displays. All ages and free.

Sunday, August 5; 1 pm-5 pm
Oaks Park at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202

Pan Africa Festival in SW PDX
This festival is a great opportunity to learn about the cultures and realities of the vast and diverse societies of Africa, and to build bonds of understanding, respect, and mutually beneficial relationships between people in the Pacific Northwest and people of Africa. All ages and free.

Saturday, August 11; 12 pm-8 pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square at 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

India Festival in SW PDX
Head back down to Pioneer Square to experience a day of back-to-back dances, musical performances, and food from Portland’s finest Indian restaurants. All ages and free.

Sunday, August 12; 11 am-9 pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square at 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Polynesian Festival at Uwajimaya Beaverton
Two fun filled days of live performances, hula, Hawaiian style food, shave ice, eating contests and much more!

Sunday and Sunday, August 18-19; 11 am-5 pm
Uwajimaya Beaverton at 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale HWY Beaverton, OR 97005

Festa Italiana Portland in SW PDX
Festa Italiana Portland features nonstop Italian culture including local food, wine/beer gardens, vendors and entertainment. Plus, don’t miss the grape stomp competition and cannoli eating contest. Children will love the marionette show and the princess theater and parade. All ages and free.

Thursday, August 23-Saturday, August 25; 11 am-11 pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square at 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

3rd Annual Brazilian Day Festival in Portland in NE PDX
Come celebrate the Brazilian culture with music, food, art, dance and much more! Free for all and family friendly.

Sunday, August 25; 11 am-5 pm
Carioca Bowls at 827 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211

41st Annual Middle East Festival in NE PDX
Experience the food, dance and faith of the MiddleEast. Free Cappella Romana concerts at 2 pm and 4 pm. Traditional dance at 3 pm and 5 pm. Church tours, food, children’s activities, bookstore and silent auction throughout the day. Chicken kabab, gyros, falafel, Italian soda and many other pastries will be available including Baklava. All ages and free.

Sunday, August 26; 12 pm-7 pm
St George Antiochian Orthodox Church at 2101 NE 162nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230

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. The Festival will include a variety of multi-cultural entertainment from Native American, Asian, Hispanic, Latin, Jazz and African performers.

Saturday, September 1; 9 am-9 pm
Downtown Ridgefield at Downtown Ridgefield, WA 98642

13th Annual American Indian Day in SW PDX
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board presents the 2018 American Indian Day Celebration. This event features vendors, educational booths, food, entertainment and more.

Saturday, September 7; 12 pm-7 pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square at 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Serbian Fest 2018 in Milwaukie
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. All ages and free.

Saturday, September 8; 11 am-10 pm and Sunday, September 9; 11 am-6 pm
Saint Stephans Serbian Orthodox Church at 11447 Southeast 27th Ave., Milwaukie, OR 97222

El Grito Festival 2018 in Hillsboro
This festival will include family activities, regional LatinX food options, a concert, and a traditional “Grito” Ceremony. Thousands are expected to participate in the event, which kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month.

Saturday, September 15; 1 pm-8 pm
Shute Park at 799 Southeast 10th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Click here to find more summer festivals, or if you’d like to browse our Kids Calendar for daily events across the Portland-metro area.

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