You guys, can you feel it? Summer is nearly here. Although the weather may be iffy for the next few weeks, we're ready to jump into our favorite summer activities, you'll see we have a thing for picnics and spending time outside in the sunshine.
Discover how the Rose City got it's name and enjoy a walk through the
International Rose Test Garden
in Washington Park that has been maintained by the Portland Rose Society for over 100 years and features over 7000 rose bushes. June is the optimal time to see (and smell) the blooms, but it's beautiful all summer long. Bring a picnic and stay a while, or walk through on your way up to the Portland Japanese Gardens
We love to hit up the Portland Farmers Market
, browse the various stalls, and stock up on all our favorite summer foods all while supporting local farmers. With 40 locations around town, there's one nearly daily. The market at PSU is the most expansive, with the widest variety of vendors as well as live music, but you'll find incredible goods at all the locations. We'll take all the heirloom tomatoes we can carry!
Farmer's market goodies.
Photo by Fanny Adams
We love an outdoor movie screening, and lucky for us, there's a couple ways to enjoy them around Portland. Flicks on the Bricks
- free, outdoor screenings of some of your favorite movies - take place at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Fridays starting in mid-July. Pre-movie music starts at 7 pm with movies starting after dusk. Bring your own food and comfortable seating. Starting July 6th, movies and concerts take place in various parks around Portland. Similar to Flicks on the Bricks, the Movies in the Park
series has musical entertainment starting at 6:30 pm with movies starting after dusk. A perk to this series, is you can pack beer and wine with your picnic dinner.
Berry picking at Kruger's Farm.
Photo by Fanny Adams
If you're looking for a family friendly activity, the Summer Concerts at Kruger's Farm
are magical. It's a great way to end a day at the beach on Sauvie Island or to simply kick off your weekend a little early. Kids and adults alike can wander the working farm, pick berries, or just chill on your while you enjoy live music from 6:30 to 9:30, every Thursday starting June 21st. Price is $20 per car, with food, wine and beer available to purchase.
But if you're like us, you'll probably pack a picnic.
There's very little that is more "Portland" than the Adult Soapbox Derby
at Mount Tabor park. On August 18th, pack some adult beverages (beer and wine are permitted during this event) and watch brave (i.e. crazy) participants fly down the winding paths - races take place every five minutes - normally limited to pedestrians.
Blue Skys at Gearhart Beach.
Photo by Caroline Miller
We can't include a summer activity list without a mention of our beloved beach. It may not be Portland proper, but in under 2 hours you can be beachside on the Oregon Coast, we swear the sky is just bluer out there. Long walks, bonfires, and just plain chill time. We always come back to town feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the week ahead. Our favorites are Gearhart, Cannon Beach and Pacific City.
We've got our fingers crossed that June will be warm and sunny, if not, bundle up and enjoy the above activities anyway! Summer will get here one of these days.