Hello, weekend! The summer solstice is finally here. While Portland has been celebrating summer’s unofficial start during Memorial Day weekend, now it really counts. It starts on Friday with hot air balloons and music performances. Then, it slowly transitions into very “Portland-centric” events and activities on Friday. Keep reading to join the fun!
Festival of Balloons – June 22nd – 24th
Hot air balloons? Yes please! The 2018 Festival of Balloons in Tigard is the featured attraction, but there’s plenty of other activities to do if you cannot make if for the pre-dawn balloon launches. The afternoon brings everything “funtastic”. There will be food, craft and vendor booths, carnival rides, and live music.
Oregon Music Festival – June 18th – July 14th
Each year, the Oregon Music Festival highlights 2-3 composers who are rising stars that want to share their work. If you’re a musician yourself, you can also form meaningful connections with other artists who are looking for inspiration and collaboration too! The shows and social mixers are taking place for 4 weeks, so if you are a classical music enthusiasts who wants to connect with others who share you same passion, this event will not disappoint.
Bey vs. Gaga Pedalpalooza Ride – June 22nd
Beyonce vs. Lady Gaga… How will you choose which musician you appreciate the most? Pedalpalooza wants you choose your queen so you can ride your bike to their music on Friday night. Team Gaga will be at the Colonel Summers Park, and Team Bey will be at Laurehurst Park. We also hear there will be lipsync battles…
Portland Saturday Market 45th Anniversary – June 23rd & 24th
It’s been 45 years since Portland Saturday Market was introduced, and needless to say, it’s become a must-see part of the city’s culture. This weekend, the market is celebrating its anniversary by presenting you with more live-entertainment and giveaways. Plus, all activities are free to the public!
Concrete Planter Class – June 24th
Plants and planters are a huge hit in the Greater Portland area. Concrete planters can be purchased at several home-decor stores, but what if you can learn how to make your own? Assembly PDX is offering a hands-on workshop where you’ll be able to create and customize a concrete planter of your own. Then, you’ll be able to pick a succulent or cacti of your own to plant inside.