Your go-to splash pads, museums and drop-in classes can only last you so long this summer. Change up your routine by checking out our 25 picks for summer fun around Portland. The best part? It won’t cost you a thing.
photo: Division/Clinton Street Fair by Howard Lewis Ship via flickr
2. Take in the aroma and check out the ladybug release at Lavender Daze in Hood River, July 2-3.
3. It’s a wild west celebration at North Plains’ Fourth of July, with fireworks when night falls.
4. Check out the family stage and renaissance vibes at the Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood, July 15-17.
5. Listen to free jazz concerts under the beautiful St. Johns Bridge at the Cathedral Park Music Festival, July 15-17.
6. Get the kids some earplugs and rock out at PDX Pop Now!, July 22-24.
7. Music, dance, food, and art from many different cultures will be on display at the Beaverton International Celebration on July 30.
8. See Taiko drum and dance performances abound at Obon Festival at the Oregon Buddhist Temple on August 6.
9. The Garlic Festival August 12-14 in North Plains is free, but how could you resist the vendors and food?
10. Dig for shark teeth at the Northwest Fossil Fest on August 8.
11. Delight in dance and music at the India Festival on August 14.
12. August 25-27 sees Festa Italiana dance its way through Pioneer Courthouse Square.
13. Romp through the Portland Children’s Museum with Free Fridays and explore their outdoor area (almost every week, but check the calendar) from 4-8 p.m.
14. Learn all about the vintage trains at Oregon Rail Heritage Center.
15. Music, balloons, face painting, and a great photo opportunity make Sauvie Island’s Dahila Festival a family affair, August 27-29 and September 3-5.
16. Grab a picnic dinner for free movies in the park, a local favorite.
17. Free concerts in the park range from mariachi to classical to bluegrass and more.
18. Swim for free on certain days and times this summer.
19. The Adult Soap Box Derby is a sure-fire dose of fun and ingenuity.
20. Actors will put on Love’s Labour’s Lost all over town for this year’s Free Shakespeare in the Park.
21. Grab a seat in Portland’s Living Room for Flicks on the Bricks at the Square.
22. An annual favorite is the Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert, complete with cannons the 1812 Overture, on Sept. 1 (or the next day in case of rain).
23. Tuesdays bring Noon Tunes downtown to the Square.
24. And on Wednesday nights, Main closes down by the Schnitz for Music on Main.
25. Grab your bikes, trikes, scooters and roller skates for Sunday Parkways, which include fun kid activities (some have bouncy castles!) along the routes.
What’s your favorite free summer activity? Let us know in the comments!