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Your Guide to the Biggest Summer 2022 Festivals Around Portland

Oregon Brewers Festival, Pickathon, and More
June 22, 2022
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Gear up for Pickathon's four-day festival in the woods. (Pickathon)
Now that summer is officially upon us, festival season is back in full force. It’s time to make the most of it by celebrating anything and everything under the sun. Whether it’s beer, a particular music genre, or a cultural celebration, get out there and fest with the best at events from Oregon Brewers Festival to Pickathon and from the 24th Annual Elephant Garlic Festival to Pedalpalooza


Although
Oregon’s statewide mask mandate has been lifted, venues may have their own health guidelines in place. We advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.

ARTS

Portland Horror Film Festival 2022 Add to a List
Get your spook on at this horror festival of fresh shorts and feature-length films to die for. With in-person screenings and virtual options, it's kinda like Halloween in June—you'll find monsters, hauntings, creepy killers, and more, with offerings from BIPOC, women, and queer filmmakers.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (June 29-July 3)

La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival
Hillsboro's La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival invites attendees to engage directly with prominent and upcoming artists as they create daring, vibrant chalk drawings (each piece will be a whopping 10'x10' on average when completed). Don't run off once you've seen the main attraction—the free festival also boasts jazzy performances by local musicians, bites and beverage options, art vendors to browse, and kid's activities. 
Downtown Hillsboro (July 16-17)

Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival 2022 Add to a List
A longstanding Portland favorite, Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Craft Festival is the city's largest art fair. On Labor Day weekend, thousands of visitors will gather to celebrate the winding-down days of summer under the shady canopy of the North Park Blocks, engaging directly with local artists at over 100 freestanding exhibits. Seasoned art collectors and newbies alike will find stunning creations up for grabs, and an Education Pavillion will offer hands-on art activities for children and adults.
North Park Blocks, Pearl District (Sept 3-5)

COMMUNITY

Pedalpalooza Add to a List
This summer-long festival of bikey fun is an annual Portland highlight, and this year will mark its 20th anniversary! Riders of all ages are welcome to join hundreds of events independently organized by community members like you. From a David Bowie and Queen Add to a List -themed ride to the famous World Naked Bike Ride Add to a List , there's plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded bikers.
Various locations (June 1-Aug 31)

20th Annual Bastille Day Festival Add to a List
Liberté, fraternité, egalité! That's French for liberty, fraternity, and equality, three values that France holds dear as their revolution "marked the birth of the modern French nation." This Bastille Day fête thrown by the Alliance Française de Portland celebrates that momentous occasion with live music, delicious food ranging from pastries to charcuterie, a wine garden, a used book sale, a costume contest, and more.
Jamison Square, Pearl District (Sat July 16)

Oregon Bigfoot Festival and Beyond Add to a List
The Oregon Bigfoot Festival and Beyond includes a Monsters & Mayhem celebrity guest show with host Mel Skahan of Expedition Bigfoot, talks from paranormal experts, live music, a beer garden and food carts, vendors, and more. Get as weird as you like comparing possible sightings and conspiracy theories with fellow cryptozoologists.
Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby (Sat July 30)

Chinese Festival Add to a List
Immerse yourself in Chinese culture during this celebration which will feature performances, an art show, craft activities, Chinese food, public health outreach, and more.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (Sat Aug 6)

Obon Fest 2022 Add to a List
Observed in the summertime, Obon Fest is a Japanese/Japanese American festival that pays tribute to one's ancestors: "In their honor, lanterns are hung, Bon Odori (Obon dance) is performed, memorial visits are made, and food is offered at home butsudans (altars) and temples." The hosts of Portland's Obon Fest emphasize that their Bon Odori is not a performance, but rather a joyous community dance where everyone is welcome. Additionally, you can learn about Buddhism at the event's temple talk, partake in food and drinks, and more.
Oregon Buddhist Temple, Creston-Kenilworth (Sat Aug 6)

India Festival Add to a List
Spearheaded by the India Cultural Association of Portland, this outdoor festival brings India's vibrant culture to Portland's living room with music, dance, fashion, art, history, and tasty food. Now in its 28th year, the annual event is always held in mid-August to celebrate India's independence day.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (Sun Aug 14)

Festa Italiana Add to a List
Come early to spectate or play in the festival's bocce ball tournament. Afterward, feast on Italian food, wine, and beer al fresco. Once you're in fine spirits, try your luck at the auction and raffle, or admire the featured Wall of Wine.
Cedarville Park, Gresham (Sun Aug 21)

FOOD & DRINK

Portland Craft Beer Festival Add to a List
After a two-year hiatus, the Portland Craft Beer Festival is making a triumphant return in 2022, with plenty of craft beer from local brewers, plus cider, wine, spritzes, beer/cider slushies, table tennis, cornhole, hula hoops, giant Jenga and Connect Four, and more.
The Fields, Pearl District (July 1-3)

Oregon Brewers Festival Add to a List
The state's biggest beer festival offers a plethora of choices, with 40 beers and two ciders from Oregon producers. To stoke your FOMO, 80% of the featured beers are either exclusive to the festival or brand-new releases.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (July 28-30)

24th Annual Elephant Garlic Festival Add to a List
The city of North Plains’ flagship event pays tribute to all things elephant garlic with a parade, vendors, music, and more. One needn’t worry about their breath while attending this festival, as the pungent smell of garlic is sure to permeate the air.
Jessie Mays Community Park, North Plains (Aug 12-14)

MUSIC

Chamber Music Northwest 2022 Summer Festival Add to a List
Chamber Music Northwest will flex a wide-ranging repertoire of concerts for a five-week festival with highlights including Opening Night Celebration, Colors of Debussy & Crumb, and Folk Ingenuity.
Kaul Auditorium, Reed (June 25-July 31) 

Waterfront Blues Festival Add to a List  
While the fest is no longer free or offering admission for cans of food like in the good ol’ days, it’s cool to see the festival stepping up their lineup by adding eclectic newer acts alongside stalwart veterans. Performers include Grammy-winning artist Taj Mahal, gothic blues singer Adia Victoria, New Orleans act Galactic (featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph, formerly of Tank and the Bangas), R&B musician Son Little, powerhouse singing (and husband-and-wife) duo The War and Treaty, Nigerian musician Femi Kuti, The Phantom Blues Band, and many more. JENNI MOORE
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (July 1-4)

East Portland Summer Arts Festival Add to a List
A new addition to Portland Parks and Rec's (PP&R) Summer Free For All programming, the first-annual East Portland Summer Arts Festival is themed "music and expression." Get hands-on with daytime arts activities and free drop-in mini music lessons before evening performances. Saturday's headline performance of reggae fusion and live painting comes from Aaron Nigel Smith and 1 World Chorus + Sora Shoda while Sunday brings Portland daughter and multi Grammy Award-winning bassist and singer/songwriter Esperanza Spalding.
Ventura Park, Hazelwood (July 9-10)

Wild Hare Music Festival Add to a List
This country music fest will have you stompin' your boots between three stages with over twenty musicians, alongside delicious food trucks and a scenic campground. Look forward to performances from Oklahoma-born alt-country gem Zach Bryan, western songsmith Vincent Neil Emerson, rising country star Morgan Wade, and many more. 
Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby (July 15-16) 

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Add to a List
Crowds will sprawl out on Cathedral Park's sloping lawn for the 42nd annual edition of this jazz festival presented by the Jazz Society of Oregon. Pack a picnic or enjoy food from onsite food carts as swingin' sounds waft through the summer breeze from the likes of Portland jazz greats Mel Brown Trio, Brown Calculus, The 1905 Orchestra, Bridge City Soul, Pura Vida Orquesta, and more.
Cathedral Park, St. Johns (July 15-17) 

Pickathon Add to a List
After a dark, two-year, COVID-induced hiatus, Pickathon will finally return to its iconic Pendarvis Farm location. The festival will showcase a plethora of excellent, wide-ranging acts: indie rock mainstay Built to Spill, NYC hip-hop duo Armand Hammer, folk/blues/gospel artist Valerie June, Australia-based hip-hop artist Sampa the Great, English jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia, electric blues guitarist Cedric Burnside, San Diego soul band Thee Sacred Souls, experimentalist/multi-instrumentalist L’Rain, psychedelic alt-rockers Inner Wave, and many more. JENNI MOORE
Pendarvis Farm, Happy Valley (Aug 4-7)

Vanport Jazz Festival Add to a List
The 5th Annual Vanport Jazz Festival is adding a lil' somethin' new this year, kicking things off with an opening night event featuring Musiq Soulchild and Kandace Springs. Then, spend the better part of your Saturday taking in some of the smoothest jazz the Pacific Northwest and beyond have to offer with Eric Benét, Marcus Miller, EFX All-Stars, and more.

Colwood Golf Course (Aug 5-6)

Here and There Festival Add to a List
Australian indie-rock sensation Courtney Barnett will host this one-day, one-stage, "boutique touring festival" with a rotating cast of indie royalty. For this date, Barnett will be joined by legendary PNW rockers Sleater-Kinney, folk-rock maestro Waxahatchee, and former SNL and Portlandia funnyman Fred Armisen. 
Edgefield, Troutdale (Sat Aug 20) 

PDX Pop Now! 2022 Add to a List
PDX Pop Now! is your annual reminder of the vibrant music scene that exists within our city. The free festival will spotlight local musicians across eleven venues, with a lineup that will be announced in the upcoming weeks (but you can go ahead and clear your schedules now). 
Various locations (Aug 22-28) 

Lose Yr Mind Fest 2022 Add to a List
Lose Yr Mind brings Portland acts, ex-Portland acts, and more together along with regional food trucks, booze suppliers, and beer peddlers. Bands across eras, such as '90s psych-pop heavies The Dandy Warhols, contemporary “'sad rock”' stars Soft Kill, trailblazing '80s post-punk outfit Bush Tetras, and manry more are guaranteed to deliver memorable sets.
Various locations (Sept 2-3)

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