Fireworks and parades are on their way, but why wait until the fourth to the festivities underway? Portland has filled its weekend calendar with festivals and fun for the whole family. Check out the Oregon Music Festival, head to the rodeo, or check out the My People’s Market? Got ya curious? Read on to find out more!

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Head to the Oregon Music Festival
Oregon Music Festival is a composer-focused international festival of classical music located in Portland, Oregon. An annual event, the festival focuses on two or three composers whose works provide the centerpieces of performance activities. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Check Out the My People’s Market
Bring your friends and family to explore the diverse entrepreneurial talent of Portland at this FREE annual event. Support the community and shop at over 80 local multicultural businesses, talk with vendors, and network with local business owners of color. There will be live music, art, performances, and of course, plenty to eat and drink from some of Portland’s best eateries. Sat. Event Details.


Head to Wanderfest 2018
Summer 2018 brings the 2nd Wanderfest. This All-Ages traveling music festival featuring the finest American Roots Music, local food, craft beverages the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Held at the nearly 100 year old Dundee Lodge in Gaston, OR this weekend long Festival is less than an hour from down-town Portland, but a Wander out to this forested site will allow for an opportunity to refill as we Camp-Cavort-Commune

Friday and Saturday features music on an outdoor stage where you can get close to the music or enjoy the incredible view of the forested coastal mountain range. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Attend the Special Celebrations Independence Day Festival in Vancouver
Special Celebrations Independence Day Festival is fun for the whole family! All ages and abilities welcome. No Booms. No Fireworks. Sensory Friendly.

Activities include: picnicking with family and friends, outdoor activities, games, crafts, face painting and our 2nd Annual Celebrators Parade! Sat. Event Details.


Attend World Oceans Day
The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 30. The event highlights the importance of the ocean and its inhabitants through interactive activities, raffles, and animal presentations.

The event will encourage guests to take part in everyday solutions to plastic pollution and marine litter. The best part? The Aquarium animals will help demonstrate how! Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Check Out BodyVox Dance at Elk Cove Vineyards 
Led by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton & Ashley Roland, BodyVox is known for its visual virtuosity, distinctive wit, and unique ability to combine dance, theater, and film. Elk Cove and winery Pike Road are proud supporters of BodyVox and Elk Cove founder Joe Campbell sits on the dance company’s board of directors. This year they are bringing BodyVox into the vineyard with an outdoor performance – bring your picnic! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Check Out POP Club (Power of Produce)
Power Of Produce (POP) Club is a free kids program that will run at Hollywood Farmers Market in 2018, from Saturday June 9 through Saturday September 1. POP Club is designed to empower kids to make healthy food choices, introducing them to where their food comes from through fun activities. Sat. Event Activities.

St. Paul

Check Out the St. Paul Rodeo
Get a taste of the wild, wild west at the St. Paul Rodeo this Fourth of July. Escape the rush and madness of the city and head an hour southwest to St. Paul where you can enjoy your holiday country style. Now in their 83rd year, this annual rodeo is packed with events including a carnival for little ones, barrel racing, professional bull riding, roping, music and fireworks every single night after the shows. On the Fourth of July, there is an additional patriotic surprise with a parade at 10 a.m., a carnival beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting all day, rodeo performances at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Rodeo tickets are $16-$26 depending on the day, and carnival wristbands are $25. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss SW WA Tamale Festival in Washougal
The SW WA Tamale Festival promotes the richness of the Latino culture, food, & community engagement in SW WA! The festival will include tamale contests for homemakers & professional food entrepreneurs, live music, food & drink available for purchase, & local craft vendors that will showcase the Latin & tamale vibes! Sat. Event Details.


Check Out the 95th Annual Molalla Buckeroo
Don’t miss the most exciting, spontaneous, and uniquely American sporting event that you can ever experience, the 95th Annual Molalla Buckeroo! Join us in celebrating our nation’s birthday with non-stop rodeo action, mutton bustin’, a huge carnival midway, great food, and vendors. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, live music, and dance following each evening performance. Sun. Event Details.