Summer in the City - Girl of Cardigan

Long story short: Every year, I spend a few (okay, several) hours putting together a list of free or cheap or fun events around Portland, because summer in Portland is straight up drunk with awesome free stuff to do.  So, for the months of June, July, and August, tune in here every Friday for a list of what’s happening for the next 7 days.  I’m not going to link things – Google what looks interesting to you!  I’m also not listing shows and concerts with a cover – free things only, with the exception of a few all-day festivals and events. Here we go!


This Weekend:

Saturday, June 8th

All Day Happenings: 

Go see the Festival of Flowers in Pioneer Courthouse Square FREE, also FREE Kind Bars

The City Fair is up and running on the Waterfront (Fee to enter, also to ride rides)

Grand Floral Float showcase is on after 3, also at the Waterfront.

Family Fun Day at Cowboy Jerry’s in Oregon City, $7 per car, ponies and facepainting and bbq fun times

8AM Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race, Waterfront Park, FREE to look at the water

8:30AM PSU Farmer’s Market opens, downtown PSU Park Blocks, FREE to roam

10AM Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade, all over the place, man.  FREE

10AM Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Burniside Brewery, no idea what it costs

10AM Wheels & Wings Bike Ride, meet at Holladay Park, FREE

12:45PM Never Nude Bike Ride, meet at Coe Circle 3900 NE Glisan, FREE

10PM (doors at 8PM)World Naked Bike Ride, meet at Portland Art Museum, FREE but ya gotta be nekkid.


Sunday, June 9th

All Day:

City Fair and Festival of Flowers still going strong

11AM Puppypalooza (ride with dogs), meet at Normandale Park, FREE

11AM Milk Carton Boat Race, Westmoreland Park, FREE

12:30PM Bikeelujah! Biblical costumed ride, meet at The Tall Bike on the Sidewalk @ 28th, Voodoo Donuts provided, FREE
3:30PM Baby Animal Ride, meet at Urban Farm Store 2100 SE Belmont, totally kid friendly, FREE
8:30PM Zoobomb.  Look it up.  FREE

Coming this Week:

Monday, June 10th:

10:30AM Avery Hill at Cafe au Play, FREE

12:00PM Muvhuro Marimba Band, Pioneer Courthouse Square, FREE

Tuesday, June 11th:

11:00AM Storytime at Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta, FREE

12:00PM East Sullivan Middle School Band, Pioneer Courthouse Square, FREE

Second Tuesday $4 admission at the Oregon Zoo

Wednesday, June 12th

8:00AM Flower sale, Pioneer Courthouse Square.

4:30PM Mr. Lizard at the Moreland Farmer’s Market, snakes and stuff, FREE

Thursday, June 13th

10:30- 11:30AM Story Time with Olive and Dingo, Cafe au Play, suggested donation $3-5

11:15AM Book Babies at Holgate Library, FREE

7PM Merchant of Venice in Terry Schrunk Plaza park, FREE

Friday, June 14th

7PM Merchant of Venice in Terry Schrunk Plaza park, FREE


Stay tuned!  This list will get longer as Flicks on the Bricks, Movies, Trek, and Shakespeare in the Park, and other festivals begin!


  • Nina June 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Farmers Market and Naked Bike Ride, here I come!!!! 🙂