Life in Portland

July 2014 Picks

Craft beer festivals, waterfront concerts, movies and plays in the park - is there anything that gets Portlanders more excited to be out in the open air during the summertime? July plays host to some of our city's biggest outdoor events, but we're not forgetting all the important stuff that needs to be done indoors, as well. Thinking of selling? Looking for your own character-filled piece of Portland? Urban Nest can show you the way.

13th Annual Mississippi Street Fair
June 12th | Mississippi Ave.
A community-building festival celebrating the residents, businesses, and organizations from N. Fremont to N. Skidmore, this neighborhood event offers food and fun, and supports great local enterprises. mississippiave.com

America's Largest Antiques Show
July 12th - 13th | Portland Expo Center
Celebrating its 33rd year, exhibitors are arriving from all over the country with their most interesting and collectable vintage items. With more than 1,400 booths on display, this is the perfect gathering for the passionate treasure hunter, decorator, and vintage collector. christinepalmer.net

Laurelhurst Shakespeare Festival
July 18th - 26th | Laurelhurst Park
Original Practice Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to bringing a new style of Shakespearean performance to Portland - their actors use the same techniques as in the Bard's own time, which means limited rehearsal, an onstage prompter, fast-paced and energetic acting, and lots of audience interaction! opsfest.org

27th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival
July 23rd - 27th | Tom McCall Waterfront Park
One of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals, there's no better place to sip suds with friends on a sun-soaked July afternoon than the Oregon Brewers Festival. Nearly 85,000 beer fans will travel from around the world to take part! oregonbrewfest.com

The Big Float
July 27th | Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Bring your own inner-tube and lifejacket, and join Portland's grandest pool party! This 2,000+ participant flotilla celebrates how safe and swimmable the Willamette River is for recreational use, and is designed to "give our river a hug", inspiring positive aspirations for the river's protection and improvement. Viva la Riverlution! thebigfloat.com