We’re welcoming June with open arms! There is nothing like summer in the Northwest – the weather is perfect and there’s plenty of fun things going on like classic Rose Festival events, outdoor festivals, celebrations of food, culture, and art, and much, much more! Check out our list of favorite happenings around the Greater Portland area, Vancouver, and Spokane. And, be sure to check our calendar for updated event dates and times.
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June Events in Oregon & Washington
ArtFest Spokane – June 2-4
Mark the unofficial start to summer at the 32nd Annual ArtFest! This free festival celebrates both visual and musical artists in the Spokane community. Sponsored by the Northwest Museum of Arts + Culture, ArtFest features over 150 regional artists, live music, local food, and a beer and wine garden.
Starlight Parade & 5K Run – June 3
Experience Portland’s diversity at one of the most popular Rose Festival traditions – the Starlight Parade & 5K Run. The evening begins with the costumed competition fun run, which is Oregon’s largest fun run, drawing over 5,000 participants and 250,000 spectators. The run is followed by the Starlight Parade, complete with glowing floats. With a theme of “Brilliant” the run and parade should be a bright spectacle and fun for all.
Craft Beer & Wine Fest of Vancouver – June 9-11
The Craft Beer & Wine Fest of Vancouver stays true to the meaning of “craft”. The festival only features vendors who practice skilled craftsmanship when creating beer, wine, and cocktails. The Craft Beer and Wine Fest has something fun in store for all adults 21 and over, featuring live music, food, games, and more. Proceeds go to benefit Evergreen School District Foundation and Share House.
Cruisin’ Sherwood – June 10
Les Schwab’s Cruisin’ Sherwood is a popular event located in the heart of Old Town Sherwood. This isn’t just a classic and custom car show, it’s fun for the whole family with food, beer garden, music, burnout and engine blow competitions, a Kid’s Zone, and much more. If you’re looking for a small town atmosphere that takes you back to simpler times and celebrates all things automotive, head to Sherwood for this fun day of classic cars.
Oregon Renaissance Faire – June 10-11, 17-18
It’s hard to believe that 2017 marks only the second annual Oregon Renaissance Faire in Canby. The faire takes visitors back to Renaissance era Scotland – a whimsical time of queens, knights, lords, ladies, and mythical creatures. Oregon Renaissance Faire has a lot to offer, including artisans, merchants, entertainers, jousting competitions, and more.
Crave! Northwest – June 15-18
Crave! Northwest is Spokane Valley’s premier food and drink celebration. Held at CenterPlace, Crave! features some of the most unique culinary and craft-drink talents of the region. The main Grand Touring events include demonstrations by a panel of internationally renowned chefs. Don’t miss the special evening celebrations like the Seafood Bash and Street Food Market, as well as a Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday afternoon.
Berry Festival – June 16-18
The Berry Festival at Lee Farms is an entire celebration dedicated to berries and the treats they produce. With the purchase of a wristband, you will get access to fun Berry Festival activities like hay mazes, barrel wagon rides, and more. Don’t forget the berry picking and delicious treats available for purchase, like strawberry shortcake, berry bowls, pies, and donuts. Yum!
Oregon Garden Brewfest – June 16-18
Experience over 120 beers, ciders, and meads from breweries throughout Oregon, all while touring the 80-acre botanical garden. The Oregon Garden Brewfest is kid-friendly and includes performances from local musicians, food, and more. Spend Father’s Day weekend at the Oregon Garden and run with dad in the Father’s Day Fun Run. New this year at the Oregon Garden? On-site camping!
Portland Pride Festival – June 17-18
The Portland Pride Festival at Waterfront Park is a fun, two-day festival celebrating the LGBTQ community. The festival is part of the larger Portland Pride Week, which includes events all around Portland, such as the popular Pride Parade. Check out the 2017 Entertainment Schedule for more information on events during the festival.
Gorge Blues & Brews Festival – June 23-24
With unforgettable scenery, great music, and fantastic food and drink, the Gorge Blues & Brews Festival is the place to be this June. This festival, which benefits Washington Gorge Action Programs, features 13 acts with an incredible scenic backdrop of the Columbia River Gorge. Visit their website for a full line-up of performers.
Festival of Balloons – June 23-25
The fun-filled Festival of Balloons in Tigard provides the rare opportunity to watch magnificent hot air balloons launch in the morning hours and light up at the Night Glow at dusk. The festival, which takes place throughout the day, also includes a carnival, live music, food and craft vendors, a soccer tournament, and much more fun for the whole family.
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts – June 23-25
The 54th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is put on by the Lakewood Center for the Arts. This regional arts event draws a crowd of 25,000 people per year and features exhibits, fine art crafts, food, music, hands-on activities, and more. Be sure to check out Art in the Park located at George Rogers Park which features over 110 artists and a juried craft fair.
Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival – June 24-25
The year’s Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival takes place at the D-River Wayside State Park. With a theme of “X-Kitement”, both kids and adults can find plenty of fun during the kite parade on the beach, kite making workshops, and kite performances.
World Beat Festival – June 24-25
The 20th Annual World Beat Festival has been named one of the best cultural and performing arts festivals in the state of Oregon. This two-day celebration features international music, dance, song, ethnic food, crafts, and dragon boat races. Put on by the Salem Multicultural Institute, the mission of the festival is to promote intercultural understanding through community engagement.