The dwellers of Portland will find every and any reason to celebrate with each other. Whether it be beer, cultures, UFOs, or the city itself; we will make any event into a party. Here’s a list of some of the best festivals in Portland:
1. Portland Rose Festival
Now celebrating over 100 years, this Portland tradition features dozens of events throughout the community. With parades, entertainment, and food, you can't go wrong with attending this classic festival.
2. Starlight Parade
Located in MW Portland, the Starlight Parade is only a portion of the Rose Festival, but seems like a singular event all on its own. With illuminated floats competing to be the most elaborate, this is an event you cannot miss. Not to mention, 2016 marks its 40th anniversary.
3. Oregon's Brewers Festival
Every July over 80,000 craft beer enthusiasts come to Tom McCall Waterfront Park to enjoy over 80 different independent brews: all magnificent.
4. Portland Pride Festival
Needless to say, this is one of the most gleeful and fun festivals of the year. Starting on ______, come join the festivities to show your love and appreciation.
5. McMenamins UFO Festival
For 17 years, Portlanders have been gathering to attend the nations second largest UFO festival. With live music and outrageous alien costumes, this event is for skeptics and believers alike.
6. Oregon Berry Festival
When in Oregon, it is only the smart thing to do to try some of our freshly picked berries in the summer. Come to this festival for some of the most delicious berries in all fashions (plain, pies, jams, and more!).
7. PDX Pop Now!
Every summer we are blessed with some of the best local artists and bands around. Better yet, it's run by 100% volunteers!
8. Portland Food Cart Festival
It wouldn't be Portland if we didn't have our very own food cart festival. These three days in such and such park are heaven for those of you that doesn't want to (or can't) make a decision when it comes to delicious food options.
9. Portland Greek Festival
For those of you that grew up in Portland, you know of the annual Greek Festival in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. For wild dancing and delicious food and drinks, you will not want to miss this classic event.
10. Cinco de Mayo Portland
Celebrating Mexico's independence and enjoying the cultural art and dance on the waterfront isn't the only part of this festival worth going for. The best part is that the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) transforms this fiesta into a fundraiser for charitable events.
11. Musicfest NW
Music lovers, rejoice! This multi-day festival in August is filled with amazing bands and more. Head to Waterfront Park to enjoy all things music and entertainment. It's the perfect way to end your summer on a high note.
There are so many awesome and obscure festivals out there! What are some of your favorite festivals in Portland?