Portland might not get a lot of sunshine throughout the year, but when the sun does come out, it stays out and so do Portlanders. With plentiful sunshine, comfortable temperatures, and low humidity, summer is a great time to be outside in Portland. There’s a multitude of things to do, not the least of which is to see some live music. The city has a great music scene year-round and many Portland concerts move outside when the weather gets fine.
Portland Parks play host to live music performances throughout the summer, with a concert taking place in one of the city’s parks nearly every night from July 5 to the end of August. The Portland Festival Symphony plays in various neighborhood parks for two weeks starting around the end of July, while the Oregon Symphony generally kicks off its season at McCall Waterfront Park around Labor Day. Although not a public space, the Doug Fir Lounge also hosts a popular summer concert series on its outdoor patio.
Not only is summer a great time to catch a concert in Portland, but it’s also prime for exploring the city via local tours. Brewvana Portland Brewery Tours offer a few fun options for learning more about the city’s renowned microbreweries and the nationwide movement they spawned. Pedal Bike Tours offer a few different ways to see Portland, such as a tour of Downtown, a food tour, or a tour of giant Forest Park, all taken from the seat of a bike.
Other outdoor activities in Portland include running on trails throughout the city, kayaking and canoeing on the Willamette River, playing golf on courses that host professional tournaments, and visiting the city’s splendid parks and gardens. Foremost among these are the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Then, of course, there are the outdoors adventures that beckon just beyond the city limits.
Not only is summer a great time to catch a concert in Portland, but it’s also prime for exploring the city via local tours.