Summertime is Portland’s prime festival season! Starting now until the beginning of September you can find all types of parades, street fairs, festivals, and community celebrations anywhere from 2 blocks to 2 hours away. Pick from flowers, hot air balloons, sails, and Maid Marian! Read on to map out your family’s summertime celebrations.

photo: Don LaVange via flickr

Lake Oswego arts festival
The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is a fantastic craft fair with over 110 booths! They have a music stage, a food court, and a wine and beer pavilion for those over 21. This year the 55th annual Lake Oswego festival falls on June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park. This year you can expect hands-on art activities, demonstrations, educational displays, live music, and lots of opportunities to meet and chat with new friends! If you don’t often drive the 9 miles to Lake Oswego take a peek at the directions before you head out!

June 22-24
368 S. State Street Lake Oswego

Sherwood Robin Hood Festival
In the historic and picturesque town of Sherwood, Oregon you can find one of the most unique community events in the state! The annual Sherwood Robin Hood Festival attracts nearly 20,000 revelers of all ages. You can expect modern and medieval activities to fill the streets of Old Town Sherwood on Friday and Saturday July 20th-21st. The old fashioned community parade takes place on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and will wind its way through Sherwood. Featured in the parade will be Maid Marian and her Court, Robin Hood and his Merry Men in addition to over 70 imaginative entries. Come for the dancing, entertainment, live music, interactive performances, swordplay, magicians, comedians, and so much more! There will be over 100 booths with a large variety of shopping, crafts, and unique activities. The festival is free including the entertainment on both the Main and Family stages however please note that some vendors charge fees for various activities.

July 20-21
Sherwood Old Town, near the City Hall
22560 SW Pine St., Sherwood

photo: Randy Kashka via flickr

Festival of Flowers
The festival of Flowers has been one of Portland’s most renowned for over 30 years. The festival takes place in Pioneer Courthouse Square from June 1-12th where guests are invited to meander through the landscape. The square works in collaboration with a local artist or design firm to create a floral masterpiece often totally approximately 20,000 flowers and plant materials! This year’s flower installation is expected to also include ornamental grass and Douglas fir seedlings to bring in elements of the Columbia River Gorge. There will be pathways that will allow visitors to stroll through the path of a river or traverse the Gorge itself. After the festival ends the public is invited to purchase the plant materials and flowers from June 13th until June 15th.

June 1- 12
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Ave

Bite & Brew of Salem
The Bit & Brew of Salem is the city’s premier summer event! It takes place in Salem’s downtown Riverfront Park for 5 days of carnival rides, games for the kids, live music, food vendors, and a large variety of beer, cider, and local wine. This year the festival will also include a 4th of July fireworks show that is free for the whole family! Bring the entire family, a few blankets and lawn chairs, and come for a day of relaxation, fun, people watching, and unforgettable musical performances!  There will be free admission all day on Wednesday July 4th and Sunday July 8th. On Thursday General Admission is $5 per person. Friday and Saturday the rates bump up to $9 per person with a maximum of $20 per family. Senior, Anyone with a Military ID, and kids 6-17 will be $5 per person.

July 4-8
Riverfront Park
200 Water St. NE, Salem

photo: Molly Stark via flickr

Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Every year the Midsummer Festival is a pretty special but this year you can expect it to be particularly remarkable! For the first time the Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival has received the designation of an Oregon Heritage Tradition Day! This designation is for events that are more than 50 years old and represent what it means to be an Oregonian. Nordic Northwest dates back to 1858. You can learn much more about this program during the 90th anniversary festival this summer. There will be games, food, live music, and opportunities for kids and adults to craft floral wreaths and crowns. There will also be face painting and a chance to dance around the maypole! The event takes place on June 9th from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Oaks Amusement Park. It costs $17 a family, or $8 per adult, and $7 for students. Kids under 11 enter for free.

June 9th
Oaks Amusement Park
7805 SE Oaks Park Way

Festival of Sail
The Festival of Sail takes place on the breathtaking Puget Sound. This year they will be featuring ship tours, day sails, educational programming, food and beverage, historic ships, and entertainment for the whole family. There will be approximately 23 historical ships in the Parade Sail. Read about each one here. Ticket prices range from $9 for a single day festival pass to $150 for a Parade of Sail Day Sail. See the full list of ticket options here. In addition, don’t forget to check out the World’s Largest Rubber Duck! This Mama Duck is not available to ride, just enjoy with your eyes!

June 15 -18
Foss Waterway
579 Dock St., Tacoma, Wa

photo: dee & tula monstah via flickr

Northwest Art & Air Festival 
From August 24th -26th you can enjoy a weekend full of hot air balloons, artists, live music, and delicious food! What a great combo! Every morning at 6:45 a.m. you can watch the hot air balloon lift-off. Lift-off takes place on the south end of Timber Linn Park. Some of you may even want to try and catch a ride on one of those beautiful balloons. Rides cost $250 per person and require pre-registration. Find more information here. You won’t want to miss out on the Night Glow! The Night Glow takes place on Friday evening right at dusk where brilliantly colored balloons tower over the crowd and light up the sky!

August 24-26
Timber-Linn Memorial Park
900 Price Rd. SE, Albany, Or

What are your favorite summer festivals and parades? Let us know in the comments!

—Elissa Cirignotta