Even though it’s the dog days of summer, you can always find something to do in Oregon or Washington. We’ve typically got great weather for the next month – get out and enjoy it while it lasts! 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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August Events in Oregon & Washington
Spokane Brewers Festival – August 4-5
Support Feeding Washington and taste some exceptional craft beer and cider from over 40 local breweries at the Spokane Brewers Festival. Learn about and sample the craft beer being created in the Inland Northwest area, hear great live music, and enjoy food from local vendors. Admission for the entire weekend is just $30, which includes a wristband, souvenir mug, and 13 tasting tokens.
Rice Northwest Museum Summer Festival – August 5-6
This year marks the 14th Annual Summer Festival at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. The whole family can enjoy this event for just $5 admission (kids under 5 are free). Rock clubs and vendors from around the area will be on-hand with education displays, demonstrations and activities.
Portland Hot Sauce – August 5-6
The PDX Hot Sauce Expo is back for the 2nd year and is better than ever! This expo is truly as unique as it’s host city, with events like a Chihuahua Beauty Pageant, wrestling, a Guinness Book of World Records eating contest, Spicy Taco of Hell Challenge, and the Booze and Infuse National Cocktail Competition. Plus, there will be plenty of spicy foods and hot sauces on hand to try – and some local brews to wash them down with.
Children’s Film Festival Seattle – August 6
The Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane hosts the annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017. This event comes to Spokane through a collaboration with Children’s Film Festival Seattle and features 16 award-winning short films for children. This international showcase includes both live-action and animated films, which are sure to be fun for the whole family.
Oregon Trail Game 5K & 8K – August 6
The Oregon Trail Game 5K is back this year with an inaugural 8K race to add to the fun. Race on the fun and challenging course in Oregon’s first city and, just like in the classic 1980s computer game, make decisions along the way to find out if you will make it all the way to Oregon or die tragically of dysentary. Each decision you make determines your fate!
Vancouver Brewfest – August 11-12
The summer edition of the Vancouver Brewfest is one of three annual events in Esther Short Park. With over thirty different breweries, this charity fundraiser is a great way to try some local craft beer and sider and support local organizations in need. Since 2012, the Vancouver Brewfest has donated more than $42,000 to local charities. Tickets start at just $17.00 when purchased online.
Elephant Garlic Festival – August 11-13
Fun stinks at the annual Elephant Garlic Festival! The festival is celebrating it’s 20th year in North Plains at the Jessie Mays Community Park. Admission to the festival is free, and you can bet there will be plenty of garlic food vendors, live music, and fun for the whole family throughout the weekend.
Beaverton Night Market – August 12
The Beaverton Night Market is a fun celebration of community that lasts into the long summer evening. Visit The Round, right off the Beaverton Central MAX stop, for a night of fun. The Night Market features local food and crafts vendors, and live entertainment and performances.
Providence Bridge Pedal – August 13
Celebrate the community of Portland and the special way that it’s bridges connect us all at the 22nd Annual Providence Bridge Pedal. The Bridge Pedal is a fun cycling event for the whole family which offers four different rides for all abilities of riders – including a Kids Pedal on the Hawthorne and Steel bridges.
Oregon Bigfoot Festival – August 19
The mystery and legend surrounding Bigfoot is brought to life at the annual Oregon Bigfoot Festival in Troutdale. The festival features unique food vendors, merchandise, carnival-style games, and more for just a $5 suggested donation admission.
Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival – August 25-27
The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival combines great wine, art, food, and local jazz music into one award-winning event. With advance tickets starting at just $18/day, you won’t want to miss it.
August Street Fairs in Portland
Who doesn’t love a good street fair? Celebrate your favorite Portland neighborhoods throughout August at the street fairs listed below. All feature fantastic local food, live entertainment, and the chance to get to know your neighbors and community. Click each link to learn more.