Who’s counting down to another school year? Not us! There is still plenty of summer fun to be had and August is the month for street fairs and festivals all over Portland. Read on for our must-do list of events that won’t disappoint.
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22nd Annual Bridge Pedal
The Providence Bridge Pedal Kids Pedal event is a three-mile bike ride across the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges. This is a kid-specific event, so adults must be accompanied by children 13 and under. Advanced registration is required even though the event is free, and space is limited. The family ride crosses 6 bridges, if your kids are up for a longer ride. Sun., Aug. 13, 10 a.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Alberta Street Fair
Grab your little fair fanatics and take them to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this vibrant and artistic street fair. The Alberta Street community is represented by the best of the best in food, drink, entertainment and artists for an all-ages good time. You’ll love perusing the the booths and you kids will love the games and kids’ activities. Sat., Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Free ($2 suggested donation), All Ages. Event details.
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PDX Adult Soap Box Derby
Pack some drinks and snacks, put the little one in a backpack and head up Mt. Tabor. Each year brave souls race their non-motorized vehicles down the curvy, paved road on in a variety of different races. Spectators are welcome but dogs are not, and strollers are discouraged. Sat., Aug. 19, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Hawthorne Street Fair
Shop over 100 businesses at this annual arts and crafts fair. In addition to the handmade goods, check out live music on the Main Stage all day, along with kids’ activities at Kids at Heart (35th Ave.) and three beer gardens at Bazi Bierbrasserie (32nd Ave.), Growlers Hawthorne (34th Ave.) and Hawthorne Hophouse (41st Ave.). Sun., Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Oregon Bigfoot Festival
Be a part of the Inaugural Bigfoot Festival in Troutdale. This whimsical event will take place in Glenn Otto Park and will have food, entertainment and Bigfoot-themed activities including mini golf, a photo booth and more. Sat., Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $5/person ages 12 and up, $2/children, All Ages. Event details.
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Multnomah Days at Multnomah Village
Head to the “biggest little parade in Portland” at Multnomah Village. It starts with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast (8 a.m.) and booths that open at 9 a.m. Hang around until the parade at 10 a.m. and then enjoy live music, food and art vendors in this quaint community. Sat., Aug. 19, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Sunday Parkways – Outer Northeast
Bike, walk, skate, run or take your wheelchair through 6.4 miles of car-free streets in outer Northeast Portland. Hit the parks for a break from the riding and to refresh yourselves with tons of food vendors, live music and bouncy houses. Parks on this route include Thompson, East Holladay, Hazelwood and Knott. Sun., Aug. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
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Oregon State Fair
Wrap up summer once and for all at the Oregon State Fair for some fond family memories. Thrill rides, entertainment for all ages, a free-range petting zoo and elephant ears are all part of the state fair experience for Oregonian kids, so don’t miss out and send summer out on a high note. Fri., Aug. 25 – Mon., Sept. 4, various start times (see website), $5-$8/person ages 6 & up, All Ages. Event details.
Which August event is your family’s favorite?? Tell us in the comments below!