Ready to rejoin the world? July events are here to welcome you with open arms, and we've rounded up our picks for the whole month so you can plan ahead. Read on for options in every genre, from the 60th annual Rose Cup Races to Helium's Outdoor Comedy Series, and from Y La Bamba to the St. John's Art Walk.
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, presented by Oregonians Credit Union and Jazz Society of Oregon, returns for its 41st annual event. The 2021 lineup includes over 15 jazz musicians such as Melao de Cuba, Soul Vaccination, and more who will entertain crowds sprawled out on the park’s lawn.
Cathedral Park, St. Johns (July 16-18)
Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival
The 51st installment of this summer festival celebrates the richness and diversity of chamber music with a full month of performances from some of the most renowned musicians from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, both online and in-person. Don't miss Buster Keaton silent movie nights with Matan Porat!
Reed College and online (through Aug 7)
Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series
The Northwest Film Center's genre-spanning Cinema Unbound program will carry double duty this year with an open-air rooftop series at Lloyd Center (July 1-Sept 30) and a drive-in series at OMSI (July 8-30).
OMSI & Lloyd Center (through Sept 30)
JAW New Play Festival
What are the teens thinking about these days? Find out at JAW's New Play Festival showcasing high-school playwrights.
Gerding Theater at the Armory, Pearl District (July 23-25)
Oregon Bach Festival
The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance will hold its annual Oregon Bach Festival on the digital stage again this year, featuring pre-recorded performances and artist talks with the likes of the Emerson String Quartet, Matt Haimovitz, John Butt, and Dunedin Consort.
Online (through July 11)
Oregon Country Fair: Fair in the Clouds
Virtual and free to attend for the second year in a row, the 2021 Oregon Country Fair’s theme is “Fair in the Clouds.” Tune into the fair’s website throughout the weekend to enjoy music, vaudeville performances, art demos, and more.
Online (July 9-11)
60th Annual Rose Cup Races
For as much fun stuff as happens at Portland International Raceway, people sometimes forget actual racing happens there from time to time. Like, with big, super-fast cars. Returning after last year's hiatus, the Rose Cup Races will take advantage of PIR's track with the World Challenge professional GT racing series, the TC America series, and four additional race groups showcasing the finest amateur race car drivers in the region.
Portland International Raceway, Delta Park (July 9-11)
Third Angle New Music presents: Fresh Air Fest
Head to the Sauvie Island farm for a mini music fest that runs the gamut of steel pan (courtesy of Andy Akiho and Sandbox Percussion’s Ian Rosenbaum), classical (Debussy pieces revived by Team 3A), and more, presented by Third Angle New Music.
Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island (Sun July 11)
Madison Plaza Summer Series
Portland’s Black radio station The Numberz FM has teamed up with the Portland Art Museum and PBOT to curate weekend programming consisting of musical performances, workshops, and more at Madison Plaza in front of the museum.
Madison Plaza (Sat July 10-Sat Aug 28)
Live at the Lot: Y La Bamba
Led by singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza, the Portland-based “eclectic indie folk-pop” band makes bold political statements in their latest album Mujeres. As its title suggests, the album is a bilingual exploration of women’s experiences, and is dedicated to Mendoza’s mother. Y La Bamba will play two showtimes, and all tickets are sold as two-, four-, or six-person seating pods.
Zidell Yards, South Waterfront (Sat July 17)
Pink Martini Concert & Sing-Along
Genre-spanning Pink Martini returns to Portland’s living room for a lively concert and audience sing-along. Keep an ear out for the powerful pipes of co-lead singer Storm Large and frequent collaborator Jimmie Herrod who both made notable appearances on this season of America’s Got Talent.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (Sat July 24)
Outdoor Comedy Series: Lot Laughs
Bring your own chair to this Sunday comedy series on Helium's lot, where the likes of Gabriel Rutledge, Curtis Cook, and Bri Pruett will round out your weekend with laughs.
Helium Comedy Club, Southeast (through Sept 19)
The creator of Whitney, writer of 2 Broke Girls, and producer of the short-lived resuscitation of Roseanne, this comic has written I'm Fine and Other Lies and filmed The Female Brain.
Helium Comedy Club, Southeast (July 8-11)
FOOD & DRINK
3rd Annual Edgefield Brewfest
The imbiber’s version of a candy store, Edgefield is home to a winery, distillery, and brewery. Their 3rd annual Brewfest will showcase over 50 beers and ciders, so pick your poison and bring your own blanket or chair to enjoy it out on the lawn.
McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale (Sat July 10)
Zuckercreme presents: Summer Camp
Embrace your inner child at this summer camp-themed Saturday series, where you'll find purveyors of sugary sweets, a bakery and camp store with morning treats and craft supplies, Sunday brunches, and more.
Küchenhaus, Southeast (through July 31)
NW'S LARGEST Garage Sale and Vintage Sale
With over 600 indoor and outdoor booths, this mega garage sale kicks your neighbor's meager lawn setup out of the water. (No offense.) Come away with armfuls of things you need and desire.
Clark County Event Center, Ridgefield (Sat July 24)
PDX Moon Market
Created by the duo behind the Sellwood-Moreland boutique Little Rituals, the PDX Moon Market is a free monthly maker’s market featuring over 40 local vendors. Founded with the goal of creating a space to celebrate community and supporting small businesses, the market has a fun and inviting atmosphere.
Everett West, Pearl District (Sat July 17)
Portland Zine Symposium
If you've always wanted to go to the Portland Zine Symposium but can never find a ride, this year's event will put the best of Portland’s unique flavor of DIY creativity on display online. Registration is required, but most panels (and there's a lot of them) and programming are free of charge.
Online (July 24-25)
Slabtown Makers Market
Support over 40 regional makers of jewelry, housewares, body-care products, food sundries, and more. Each vendor will donate 5% of proceeds to a local nonprofit of their choice.
2516 NW 29th Ave, Northwest (July 24-25)
Aki Onda: A Letter From Souls of the Dead
"I'm fascinated by the idea of communicating with the spirits of the dead, the relationship of matter and spirit, and a form of séance to demonstrate the mediumship," writes artist Aki Onda on her first major U.S. solo exhibition, A Letter From Souls of the Dead. Centering collections of found objects such as bells, surplus electronics, photographs, and vintage slide projections, the show is set to a soundtrack curated by the artist alongside New Yorked-based vocalist Charmaine Lee and New Haven-based musician Zach Rowden.
PICA, Eliot (July 10-Sept 4)
Sharita Towne: APEX
See work by transdisciplinary Sharita Towne, whom you might know for her 2019 initiative A Black Art Ecology (a project dedicated to "creating, reclaiming, and redefining spaces for Black art and audiences in Portland"), in PAM's APEX gallery.
Portland Art Museum, Southwest (ongoing)
St. John’s Art Walk
Enjoy live music and admire work by local artists while strolling through the charming streets of St. Johns.
Various locations, St. John’s (Sat July 24)