Summer 2016 Events and Happenings

Oregon Berry Festival

It’s a comment made often by Portland newcomers and visitors upon first sampling local blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and other jewels of Oregon’s bounty of berry-growing farms and fields: “I didn’t know berries could taste so sweet!” Whether you’re a casual raspberry muncher or a marionberry aficionado, you’re sure to have a blast at this fruit-forward celebration—now in its sixth year—held on the grounds of the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, a.k.a. the Ecotrust Building.

Highlights of this family-friendly festival include live music on the Bluesberry Stage, the chance to sample myriad berry-infused products ranging from vodka to ice cream, and a blackberry pie baking contest that includes a demo by Pacific Pie Company owner Sarah Curtis-Fawley. You can also talk with dietitians at the Healthy Berry Pavilion about the virtues of these sweet treats and learn from master gardeners how to grow your own berry batch. The festival kickoff event is both fun and delicious: a Plate & Pitchfork dinner on the evening of Thursday, July 14, prepared by Bluehour chef Anthony Wilkie and Gourmet Century Events chef Chris DiMinno, with vino from Andrew Rich Vintner.  July 15, noon–6 pm; July 16, 11 am–5 pm.

Pints in the Pearl

Portland has a new beer festival for the calendar. Pints in the Pearl is a one-day craft beer festival that will showcase some of the best beers Pearl District breweries have to offer. The event will take place on June 4 from Noon to 9pm at NW 13th and Everett. Read full article here.


Cider Summit PDX

The 6th annual Cider Summit Portland, featuring over 150 ciders including regional favorites and international classics returns to Fields Neighborhood Park at NW 10th & Overton Street in the Pearl on Friday, June 17 & Saturday, June 18.

Art in the Pearl

This impressive showcase of creative endeavor, featuring 130 juried U.S. and Canadian artists working in every medium from ceramics and metal jewelry to printmaking and digital art, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. This free three-day exposition takes place along the tree-shaded Northwest Park Blocks between Davis and Flanders streets and includes first-rate music performances, great food, and ample opportunities to talk with artists about their works. Sept. 3–4, 10 am– 6 pm; Sept. 5, 10 am–5 pm.

Elsewhere in Portland

A short walk from the Pearl District, the artisans of Portland Saturday Market (Sat. and Sun. through the end of year) display their wares all summer, and the Portland Farmers Market takes place on Thursday afternoons (2–6 pm) just west of the neighborhood, at the corner of NW 19th and Everett. Other prominent summer events throughout the city include Portland Gay Pride (mid-June), World Naked Bike Ride (late June), Waterfront Blues Festival (early July), the Big Float (early July), Oregon Brewers Festival (late July), Bite of Oregon (mid-Aug.), and MusicFest NW (late Aug.). Visit for more information.