With summer well under way it may be time to mix things up. Fortunately, Portland has a wide array of unique activities and events to keep things interesting.  Hang out with Harry Potter, attend a guide dog’s graduation, or check out the Mind + Body festival. Sound intriguing? Read on to find out more.

photo: Tommy Wong via flickr 

N Portland

Don’t Miss A Very Potter Celebration
Life In Arts Productions and Torchsong Entertainment are proud to announce a fundraising event for family and friends of all ages!!!

 These two up and coming theatre companies are coming together to celebrate all things Harry Potter, and to offer a variety of games, crafts, trivia and costume contests, as well as music and exerpts performed from The Cursed Child. Sat. Event Details. 

NE Portland

Attend Friday Lunchtime Music
Head to Holladay Park for a free lunchtime concert. Bring your own low back chair or blanket to enjoy the free music event. Holladay Park programming is held from June 1st through Labor Day. And this lunch time activity gives your family and opportunity to get down together and do summer the Portland way. Fri. Event Details.

Head to the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic 2017
Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is back in Holladay Park for 2017. Riders will be finishing the STP in Holladay Park on Saturday and on Sunday. Come visit the many sponsoring booths, listen to music, eat at the food vendors, and enjoy the beer garden. This event is a rental and is produced by Cascade Bicycle Club/PWTC. Sun. Event Details.


Holladay Park is located on the corner of NE 13th & Multnomah, adjacent to the Lloyd Center. Regular Holladay Park Partnership programming will not be held Fri, July 15th, Sat, July 16th, & Sun, July 17th

SW Portland

Check out Julius Caesar by Original Practice Shakespeare
Experience a free performance of Julius Caesar by Original Practice Shakespeare, who will perform using the same techniques as performers during the Elizabethan era. The show will be fast-paced, energetic, and interactive. Bring a jacket and a low lawn chair, and be prepared for a night of laughter! Fri. Event Details.

Hit the Mind+Body Festival
Spend the day at a festival celebrating Mind+Body, with activities for children and adults. Learn about the importance of nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and body image with fun activities and fitness classes. Media literacy projects by Girls Inc. girls will also be on display. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Make Beach Bucket Planters
Summer is here and what better time to reminisce about the beach. Join in the fun with a colorful beach bucket, planted and designed by you with beautiful flowers. You won’t want to miss this Al’s exclusive class! Sat. Event Details.

Catch the Guide Dogs for the Blind Public Graduation
Portland area dog lovers, kids, Kleenex, and cameras are welcome every other Saturday at Guide Dogs for the Blind’s heartwarming public graduation ceremonies at the organization’s campus in Boring.
These public events honor the independence and companionship that GDB’s exceptional guide dogs provide for the people they will serve, but they also allow GDB clients to meet the committed puppy raisers who cared for their canine heroes until they were old enough to begin formal training at the campus. Sat. Event Details.

Attend Mary Charlotte’s Garden Party
Join the celebration of Philip Foster’s wife Mary Charlotte and the many pioneer women who joined her in Oregon. There will be a display of over 50 hand sewn quilts, pioneer fashion , photo opportunities, craft activities, games and our usual farm fun. Sat. Event Details.


Join the Hop Fest Fun Run
Get ready to run at this fun, family-friendly event. All of the money raised goes to support north marion primary school and repairing and making primary school sound system functional. Sat. Event Details.


Celebrate Hillsboro
The 13 annual Celebrate Hillsboro, presented by Tuality Healthcare, brings Hillsboro together on the streets of downtown to honor our thriving community Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Hillsboro embraces and invites everyone from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and interests to celebrate innovation, hometown values, green spaces and family-friendly traditions. Be entertained with live music, arts and crafts, free health screenings, eco-friendly activities, and Saturday Farmers’ Market all while gaining access to valuable community information. Sat. Event Details.

What is your favorite mid-July family event? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti