Music and wonder fill the air when the dog days of summer hit Portland. This summer is no different than any other with mermaids, jazz and an ice-cream festival taking over the city this weekend. That’s right, head to Merfest, Don’t miss Jazz Fest and you most certainly must make it to Scooperfest. Read on for all the details and more.

photo: Markus Spiski via flickr

SW Portland

See Elephant & Piggie Live at the Zoo
Join Northwest Children’s Theater at the zoo for a special performance! Meet “bestus friends” Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig. Together, they tackle friendship’s big questions: What happens when two friends want to play with ONE toy? What DO you wear to a fancy party? And will ANYONE say “Banana?”  Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Attend Bridge City Bash 2019
Book your calendars, get those builds set! Automatic, vintage, mopeds, minibikes all welcome and encouraged to attend! The event is wheelie and stunt friendly (as long as you aren’t being careless). The city rides will be somewhat 50cc friendly if you can ride fast and or have a modified scooter. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Detail.

NW Portland

Head to 39th Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
The Jazz Society’s Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is a free concert open to the public and held over three days in mid-July at Cathedral Park at the base of the St. Johns bridge in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of Portland. Now in its 39th year, the festival is the longest running jazz and blues festival west of the Mississippi River. The Festival is a major musical event in the heart of summer for the Portland Metro area, and features the region’s best local jazz and blues musicians.. The Festival begins Friday night with dynamic Blues, R&B, and Soul. Saturday and Sunday will feature multiple styles of Jazz in all their glory (see Performance Schedule). The lush, green, and beautifully-maintained festival grounds are the perfect place to bring a picnic or to purchase delicious offerings available from our food vendors. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

West Linn

Experience the 63rd Old Time Fair
This is West Linn’s signature annual event held in beautiful Willamette Park at the confluence of the Tualatin and Willamette Rivers. West Linn’s annual Old Time Fair attracts more than 13,000 people throughout the 3-day event. The Old Time Fair includes: Coronation of the Old Time Fair Queen, Old Time Baseball Game, Carnival, Parade. Car show, Musical Performers, Hands on Timber experience, Exhibitor Booths, Food Booths, Local organization performers, Beer Garden and much more. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss Oregon Northwest Merfest 2019
Eccentric and Magical Mermaid Conservation Warriors of Oregon, also known as the “Oregon Mermaids” are excited to share a day of Education and Fun with you! All of our vendors are offering eco friendly items for sale, their creations are spectacular and life changing. A festival for the entire family that teaches on our Mermaid Promise; Conserve, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle today for a better tomorrow. ~Mermaid Collette~ Giving back go our community, teaching on conservation and seeing through the eyes of a child has always been our driving force. instilling a life long lesson in our children today, will make an impact on finding a solution. Please be part of the solution and join our event for an epic day in spectacular proportions! Sat. Event Details.

All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream festival in the middle of downtown Portland! The ScooperFest is the best family-friendly event in the region. All-you-can-eat ice cream from the best manufacturers and shops…from 50 Licks, Portland Ice Cream Company and Brothers Desserts, to Turkey Hill, Tillamook and Cascade Glacier. Over 30 flavors to choose from. Plus there will be live entertainment, an inflatable 30 foot waterslide, an interactive photo wall, and surprises you have to see to believe. All in Portland’s living room, Pioneer Square. Parents, there is no beer or alcohol of any kind. No adult themes. It is the perfect way to enjoy the weekend with your family. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Check Out the Star Party: Lunar Viewing
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, the mission that landed the first humans on the Moon, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Rose City Astronomers, and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers have organized free Star Parties at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 9:00 pm. From beginners to experts of all ages, here’s your opportunity to view the moon and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the waning gibbous moon, several star clusters, and more! The angle of the sun will cause deep shadows to fall on the moon’s surface, making its highlands and craters more easily visible. Sat. Event Details.

Experience Fiesta Caribea
Get read for a Caribbean celebration with food, drinks, live music, kids activities, community and culture! Xavier Tavera and the Classic Band will perform Cuban music from the 40s and 50s in a unique style weaving together Son, Cha-cha-chá, Bolero, and Danzónl. Puertorican DJ Freddy will play a set of Caribbean vibes. Domino tournament, face painting, bouncy houses and more! Sat. Event Details.


Attend the Canterbury Renaissance Faire
Get dressed up and join the fun. Your family can live the majesty of a unique era! Featuring Queen Elizabeth, Jousting, Blacksmiths, Merchants & more, this fair will leave you wanting more! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

— Annette Benedetti