A Cheat Sheet to the Coolest Summer Fairs & Festivals
Three of our favorite things to do in Portland are to eat locally, shop locally and enjoy live music. Having the kiddos in tow only sweetens the deal. We’ve got the lowdown on where to be and when, because this summer is full of awesome street fairs and festivals, per usual! Here’s a line-up of some of the festivals you can look forward to enjoying this summer.
Oregon Berry Festival - Friday-Saturday, July 12-13 It’s berry mania! There are berry tastings, local berry vendors selling berry goods, berry bake-offs, kiddo activities and even a berry gala at the end of the weekend. Located in the parking lot of the EcoTrust Building, this is where you and your kidlets can also rock out on Wednesday evenings in July.
Hood River Cherry Days - Saturday-Sunday, July 20 – 21 Don’t forget about all the fruit-flavored festivals in Hood River. The cherry celebration is an adventure with activities for the entire family. Farms offer many varieties of fresh-picked and u-pick cherries, wines, lavender, jams and picnic areas. The apple extravaganzas kick off in August followed by pear parties in September and October. Hood River Cherry Days also overlap with the Lavender Daze Festival this year. Woot woot!
Division/Clinton Street Fair & Parade - Saturday, July 27 Exuberance abounds at this street fair and parade that features kid-friendly contests, dancing ‘til dark, people-watching, face painting, crafts, shopping, eating, and music. With a motto like Meet Me at the Music, how can we not?
Party in the Park - Saturday, July 27 Beaverton’s largest community event of the year includes favorite events like the classic car show, Family Triathlon, giant inflatable play structures, climbing walls, arts and crafts, face painting, the popular K-9 Unit demonstration and a full-scale international celebration with music, dance, arts & crafts and food.
Fremont Festival - Saturday, August 3 The event kicks off with a bike and pet parade, and participants are welcome to decorate their bikes, wear costumes and dress their pets up to compete for prizes. Activities include a kids zone featuring bounce houses, face painting, art and craft tables, cake walks and pie-eating contests! Several stages rock with live music, too.
Alberta Street Fair - Saturday, August 10 Be one of the over 20,000 visitors expected at this vibrant street fair! Music performances, artisans, local vendors and eclectic businesses and crafts all in one place equal lots of new experiences and family fun.
Multnomah Village Days - Saturday, August 17 Kick off this fantastic fair with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast and parade. Then enjoy live music, more food, art vendors and best of all, the company of fellow festival goers in this quaint community.
Hawthorne Street Fair – Sunday, August 18 Running from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm and from SE Hawthorne Street from about SE 12th – 52nd this event is a fab one for families. Check out live music, food vendors galore, crafts, art, and lots of merriment.
Festa Italiana - Thursday – Saturday, August 22-24 Pioneer Courthouse Square is transformed into “Piazza Italia” for this nonstop three-day event which celebrates all things Italian. Kids will love watching the Carter Family Marionettes, and they’ll get a kick out of the grape stomp and the pizza toss! Full days of adventures await with action from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm each day.
Belmont Area Street Fair – Saturday, September 14 This event may be late in the season but is a winner just the same. Enjoy a Kids Fun Center, including a bouncy house and mini-golf course, and juggling with Do Jump. A free Ecoshuttle will link special events along Belmont between 20th to 48th Avenues.
Portland Juggling Festival - Friday-Sunday, Sept 27-29 Celebrating its 20th year, the Portland Juggling Festival is one of the largest juggler’s gatherings in the entire nation! Kids will love checking out all the different props (fire juggling, anyone?) and the experts are happy to help new little jugglers get started. There will also be special guest performers to enjoy and vendors for picking up juggling supplies!
Which of these summer festivals will you be attending?
– Liz Overson
Thank you for the photos Portland Juggling Festival, Alberta Street Fair, and Clinton Division Facebook pages and botanicalbird.blogspot.com!