Portland-Area Fairs and Festivals 2017

One of the coolest things about getting to know Portland is exploring all the different neighborhoods, cultures and — of course — foods. You only have to walk a few blocks to feel like you are in a totally different city. A great way to get a taste of how each neighborhood and the people in them is unique is by visiting a fair. Not only do you get a chance to see the shops and taste the foods, but you can enjoy carless streets, music, vendors and lots more.

Below you’ll find a lineup of the fairs and festivals taking place in Portland and its surrounding neighborhoods. You can easily find what you’re looking for by searching for these icons.

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May

May 5-7 Cinco de Mayo Festival. The largest multicultural festival in Oregon is held every year at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Experience food, entertainment, carnival rides, artisans, a children’s area, and more.
 

 

May 13 St. Johns Bizarre. Street fair season open up with the St Johns Bizarre. Explore the streets of St Johns as they are filled with music, crafts, and food.
 

 

May 18-21 McMenamins UFO Festival. Be transported to another world with live music, an alien costume parade content, costume ball, food and drink.
 

 

May 20 Crafty Wonderland. Hundreds of local artisans come together at the Convention Center to sell their handmade wares. 
 

 

 

May 21 Sunday Parkways Southeast. Streets close to cars, so you can explore the neighborhood by bike or foot with ease. Vendors stretch along the route. 
 

 

May 26-29 Rose Festival’s City Fair. Music, carnival rides, exotic animals, arts & crafts, kids zone, food, and lots more await at this highly-anticipated yearly festival. Continues for the first two weekends in June.
 

June

June 2-4 and
June 9-11
Rose Festival’s City Fair. Music, carnival rides, exotic animals, arts & crafts, kids zone, food, and lots more await at this highly-anticipated yearly festival.
 

 

Weekends of June 3, 10, and 17 French Prairie Garden’s Berries, Brews & BBQ. The family friendly festival includes berry picking, animals, pig barrel train rides, a giant slide and lots more.
 

 

June 10 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park. Music, dancing, games, Nordic food, a beer garden and lots more.
   

 

June 16-18 Lee Farms Berry Festival. Fun for the whole family including slides, hayrides, barrel wagon rides, farm animals and more.
   

 

June 23-25 Good in the Hood. This multicultural music, arts and food festival in North Portland also has a kids area with fun and educational games.
   

 

June 23-25 Festival of the Balloons in Tigard. In addition to the spectacular hot air balloons, check out the carnival fun center, music, clowns, cotton candy and more.
   

 

June 23-25 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Check out art exhibits, food booths, music and fine art crafts.
   

 

June 24 Taste of Parkrose. Enjoy food, vendors, a play area with carnival games, prizes and craft-making activities, and music.
   

 

June 24-25 Recycled Arts Festival at Esther Short Park (Vancouver). Peruse artists’ wares, have your kids make their own art, listen to music and more.
   

 

June 25 Sunday Parkways North Portland. Streets close to cars, so you can explore the neighborhood by bike or foot with ease. Vendors stretch along the route. 
   

 

June 30-July-4 Waterfront Blues Festival. Three days filled with some of the country’s greatest musicians.
   

July

July 7-8 McMinnville Turkey Rama. The world’s largest turkey BBQ, a carnival, turkey trot, food court, beer garden, vendor village, music and demos.
   

 

July 8 Mississippi Ave. Street Fair. A kids stage and kids zone provide extra family-friendly incentive to check out this vibrant fair.
   

 

July 14-15 Gresham Arts Festival. The 15th Annual Gresham Arts Festival will have art, music, food and fun, and an entertainment lineup and kids village.
   

 

July 14-16 Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood. There will be dancing in the streets as well-known bands from the Pacific Northwest and featured entertainers perform. The Family Stage specializes in creative, interactive performers to delight young and old, plus a traditional Knighting Ceremony, medieval re-enactments, swordplay, jugglers, magicians, comedians, music & dance, and appearances by Maid Marian and her Court, Robin Hood and his Merry Men.  
 

 

July 14-16 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. The longest-running free Jazz Festival west of the Mississippi returns for its 37th year with blues, soul, R&B and multiple styles of jazz. And it’s free!
   

 

July 15 Portland Highland Games. The Scottish highlands comes to Gresham with dancers, bagpipe bands, athletes and Scottish foods and activities for the whole family.
   

 

July 21-23 Tualatin’s Art Splash. Northwest artists will be showcasing their talents in watercolor, acrylics, photography jewelry and more.
   

 

July 22 Division-Clinton Street Fair. Check out a parade before heading over to check out the shops and vendors.
   

 

July 22 Oregon City First City Celebration. Check out music, craft vendors, kids activity zone, and lots of food, too.
   

 

July 22 Beaverton Night Market. One of two night markets aimed at fostering cross-cultural exchange with ethnic food and crafts for families of all backgrounds.
   

 

July 23 Sunday Parkways NE Portland. Streets close to cars, so you can explore the neighborhood by bike or foot with ease. Vendors stretch along the route. 
   

 

July 27-29 Three Days of Aloha in Vancouver. Celebrate all things Hawaii at this multi-day festival.
   

 

July 29 Sellwood Moreland Summer Sidewalks. Local merchants and restauranteurs will provide games, crafts, music, classes, art, demonstrations, food, prizes and a sidewalks sale. 
   

 

July 29 Beaverton Party in the Park.  A family-friendly event showcasing many cultures through music, dance, interactive activities, food, art and more!
   

August

August 3-5 Galaxy Dance Festival. Check out this outdoor summer dance festival in Directors Park showcasing a wide array of dance genres, including aerial, ballet, hip hop, ballroom, belly dancing, contemporary, modern and jazz. Don’t expect to just spectate – there are free classes in addition to performances for the whole family!
    

 

August 4-6 Gladstone Community Festival. The Gladstone Community Festival is an opportunity for residents to come together to share music, food and fun. The festival includes a parade, a car show, Movie in the Park, Bingo, dodge ball, vendor booths, food and fun events for all ages!
   

 

August 5 Fremont Fest. Check out the kid, bike and pet parade, then check out the kid activities, restaurants and street shopping.
   

 

August 6 Lents Street Fair. Check out what this up and coming neighborhood has to offer.
   

 

August 11-13 Elephant Garlic Festival in North Plains. This three-day festival includes crafts, music, food, a car show and lots more fun for the whole family.
   

 

August 12 Alberta Street Fair. Offering an eclectic mix of activities and events that could only be found on Alberta!
    

 

August 12 Beaverton Night Market. One of two night markets aimed at fostering cross-cultural exchange with ethnic food and crafts for families of all backgrounds.
   

 

August 13 India Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square. This celebration in honor of India’s Independence Day delights with live music, dance, food and entertainment throughout the day.
    

 

August 19 Multnomah Days. Explore this lovely SW neighborhood and take advantage of the playground and kids zone at the MAC.
    

 

August 20 Sunday Parkways Outer Northeast Portland. Streets close to cars, so you can explore the neighborhood by bike or foot with ease. Vendors stretch along the route. 
    

 

August 24-26 Festa Italiana at Pioneer Courthouse Square. This three-day festival features movies, bocce and – of course – food!
   

 

August 27 Hawthorne Street Fair. A music stage, kid activities, art, and lots more. 
    

September

September 2-4 Art in the Pearl. The Northwest Portland Park blocks close and are filled with art, theater and activities for people of all ages.
   

 

September 9 Belmont Street Fair. Streets close to traffic and are filled with lively sights that can only be seen on Belmont, plus a kids area with a bounce house.
    

 

September 24 Sunday Parkways Sellwood/Milwaukie. Streets close to cars, so you can explore the neighborhood by bike or foot with ease. Vendors stretch along the route. 
   

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at www.runknitlove.com.
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