Thinking about a summer trip to Portland, Oregon? Consider scheduling your visit around one of the many summer festivals for a true taste of the city. Festivals that celebrate the city’s most beloved beverage are quite common in Portland, but it isn’t all about beer.
May 27–June 19: Now more than 100 years old, the Portland Rose Festival has two parades, carnival, fireworks, and dragon boat races.
June 17–19: From the pet parade to the Pride Parade, Portland Pride Festival and Parade is never dull.
June 24–26: The North American Organic Brewers Festival really kicks off summer in Portland the last weekend in June, pledging to "save the planet one beer at a time." This ode to sustainability spotlights beers and ciders made with organic ingredients from across the globe.
July: Oregon Craft Beer Month means more than 120 beer events throughout the state.
July 1–4: Help stock the local food bank and listen to top headliners from around the nation each July at the Waterfront Blues Festival, the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi.
July 15–17: Portland pays tribute to the world’s most legendary brewing styles at the Portland International Beer Festival.
July 28–29: The beertastic climax of the month-long celebration is the Oregon Brewers Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running craft-beer festivals, on the banks of the Willamette River. This sun-soaked celebration features more than 80 craft breweries, live music, and Mount Hood as the backdrop.
August 12–14: In early August, support the Special Olympics while stuffing your face with delectable foods at Bite of Oregon.
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