The hottest, driest days of Portland’s beautiful summer weather is here, and with many of Portland’s Metro school districts starting this year before Labor Day, the days are counting down to back-to-school. Soak up every last minute of summer break with PMB’s annual August Events Guide!
Forest Grove First Wednesday Farmer’s Market (August 1)
The small town of Forest Grove does summer BIG with First Wednesday Farmers’ Markets. Downtown streets close for farm, artisan, and craft vendors, live music and delicious food and drink. Bring the whole family!
Regal Cinemas Summer Movies (Every Tuesday and Wednesday, August 1-22)
Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the summertime! Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies in most locations start at 10:00 am. More information here, but check with your theatre for exact showtimes. Each week both movies play on both days.
Legos @ the Library (August 1-29)
Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow. Build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11. For specific dates and locations see here.
Free Summer Bowling (Monday-Wednesday, August 1-29)
Punch Bowl Social is bringing back the popular free kids bowling this summer. Kids ages 15 and under can bowl free for one hour (shoes included) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details here.
Movies and Art in the Garden (Thursdays and Fridays, August 1-31)
Doors open 7 p.m. for movies in the Garden on Thursdays and Art in the Garden on Fridays. Specific movies and artists here. Parking available in the lower parking lot, across from the Pavilion. Please, no outside food or drink.
Caravan Campfires – Songs and S’mores (Wednesdays, August 1-September 5)
Music, bonfire, BBQ, and S’mores each week at the Tiny House Hotel each Wednesday 7-10 p.m.
Barbecue in the Grove (August 4)
A BBQ competition, multiple vendors, cornhole tournament, family games, live music, food, wine and beer gardens in Forest Grove. Proceeds benefit Forest Grove wrestling. Email [email protected] to enter a team!
Music on Main (Every Wednesday, August 1-September 5)
Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and the ArtBar & Bistro are proud to present the 13th annual Music on Main outdoor summer concert series in downtown Portland. The free concerts are held in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway & Park Avenue, next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Summer Arts on Main (Every Wednesday, August 1-September 5)
Every summer, the streets of downtown Portland become a popular destination for locals, including downtown-area workers, tourists and residents. One reason for the increased foot-traffic is the free Summer Arts on Main series produced by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts.
Movies in the Park (August 1-September 7)
Summer 2018 marks the 12th season of free Movies in the Park events throughout Portland. Evening after evening, summer nights in Portland parks offer families and friends the perfect backdrop to renew connections with live music at 6:30, and a movie at dusk. Find the full line-up here.
Oaks Park Summer Reading Discount Days (August 1-September 16)
Children who complete their library Summer Reading Program receive a discounted Deluxe Ride Bracelet for just $9.50 Wednesdays-Sundays in August and September! Participating library systems only; visit your local library for program availability, signup, and more information.
Target Free First Friday at The Portland Children’s Museum (August 3)
Free admission on the first Friday of every month from 4–8 p.m., courtesy of Target.
Tualatin Crawfish Festival (August 3-5)
The Tualatin Crawfish Festival offers a wide variety of food, entertainment, and activities with something for all ages! Live music, kids watermelon and adult crawfish eating contest, the CrawKID Zone, local vendors, and of course, crawfish! The first 50 in the gates on Friday will receive free admission on Saturday.
Kids Cook at The Market (August 5)
Kids Cook at the Market is a summertime program that gives junior chefs ages 7 to 11 the opportunity to learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers, and prepare ingredients purchased fresh from the Portland Farmer’s Market. See the line up of locations and activities here.
Columbia Slough Regatta (August 5)
Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Regatta, an on the water paddle festival like no other, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regatta celebrates recreation opportunities on Portland’s hidden gem of local waterways, with this family-friendly fun paddle event for experienced paddlers and novice paddlers alike.
Willamette Shakespeare (August 3-5, 10-12, 17-19)
Willamette Shakespeare, in partnership with Portland Actors Ensemble, will present THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged) for its 2018 season, at nearby wineries! The free performances can be seen at Stoller Vineyard, Montinore Vineyard, and Willamette Valley Wineries every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August.
Gardening for Kids at Al’s (August 4, 11, 18, 25)
Al’s Kids’ Club offers fun, educational classes designed to nurture children’s awareness, confidence and connections to the natural world, and foster hands-on learning at various clinics around the metro area. Check here for dates and locations.
Elephant Garlic Festival (August 10-12)
Fun stinks in North Plains with their annual Elephant Garlic Festival. Starting out with a morning 5k fun run, then a parade, and an all-day festival filled with a car show, music, food and fun for the entire family.
India Festival (August 12)
The India Cultural Association (ICA) brings the entire Indian community together with their annual India Festival, a celebration in honor of India’s Independence Day. The festival brings over 10,000 visitors to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, delighting them with the tastes, sights, and sounds of India. Free live music, dance, food and entertainment throughout the day.
Bridge Pedal (August 12)
Join your friends and neighbors for the one opportunity each year to bike or walk on Portland’s car-free streets and bridges, including the upper decks of both the Marquam and Fremont bridges. Register here.
Flicks by the Fountain (August 24)
A free outdoor movie on a giant inflatable screen at Beaverton City Park! Activities and live music begin at 6:30, and the movie Coco begins at dusk.
Hood to Coast (August 24-25)
Hood To Coast is 199 miles long with 12,600 runners and 3,600 volunteers. Come cheer them on, or participate yourself! Not a runner? Try the Portland to Coast walk!
Oregon State Fair (August 24-September 3)
Concerts, animals, rides, and carnival food. Oregon’s biggest and longest fair returns to the Salem Fairgrounds just in time for the end of summer vacation! Don’t miss it!
Our community calendar is a free resource for Portland families and businesses. Below, you can scroll through many mom- or family-friendly events in the area this month. Have something to add to the calendar? Please add your event here!