Activities In Portland Metro Area To Beat The Summer Heat

Activities In Portland Metro Area To Beat The Summer Heat

Summer is here and the mercury is rising. Take advantage of our research, and enjoy this list of activities for summer 2015.


Concerts in the Park/ Washington County

The summer 2015 event schedule is set!

Bring a picnic or buy food and beverages at the park. Leashed dogs are also welcome.

If you’re worried about the heat, you’re in luck. Most of these parks have shaded ares. Plus, events go until 8 pm, when the air has already started to cool down.

Thurs Jul 2
6 to 8 pm
Arnold Park
Ants in the Kitchen: ’70s funk, blues and soul

Thurs Jul 9
6 to 8 pm
Greenway Park
Sabroso: fresh and flavorful Latin funk

Sun Jul 12
6 to 8 pm
Schiffler Park
Songs for a New World: a two act pop/rock revue

Thurs Jul 16
6 to 8 pm
Cedar Mill Park
Tony Starlight: a love letter to the bygone days of live stage entertainment

Thurs Aug 6
6 to 8 pm
Raleigh Park
Petty Fever: a Tom Petty tribute band playing three decades of hits


Looking for fresh organic fruit? Head to U-Pick at Bella Organic

2015 U-Pick Season Now Open!

Bella Organic is a farm on Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon. In the summer, they open their U-Pick fields, where you can enjoy the sunshine and pick berries and other delicious organic fruit to take home with you.

The farm store is open May 15-November 15, 2015! If you’re wondering when to stop by, it’s open daily from 9am to 6pm (last call into the U-Pick fields at 5:30pm).

The farm also makes it easy to pick as much as you want and bring your fresh fruit home with you.


  • They provide buckets to carry picked fruit in and bags to bring your berries home in.
  • If you want, you can bring your own containers for picking and to bring your berries home.


Want to stock up on blueberries for homemade blueberry pie? Are you holding out for fresh tomatoes? See when U-Pick expects each of their crops to be available this summer!

Use this tentative schedule as a frame of reference. These dates aren’t guaranteed, but they should help you decide when to plan your trip if you have a favorite fruit in mind.

Mid-May to End of May

  • Strawberries


  • Strawberries
  • Cherries (Rainier, Bing, Sour Pie Cherries)
  • Raspberries
  • Marionberries (Early for the 2015 season)
  • Early Variety Blackberries (starts end of June)


  • Strawberries (may be done by now)
  • Blueberries
  • Marionberries (check above crop update for info for this crop in July)
  • Raspberries (check above crop update for info for this crop in July)
  • Early Variety Blackberries


  • Strawberries
  • Thornless Blackberries
  • Tomatoes (They’ll have a variety of options for U-Pick tomatoes, including a selection of heirlooms, romas and more!)


  • Strawberries
  • Thornless Blackberries
  • Pumpkins (end of the month)


Flick on the Bricks




In the evening, when temperatures finally start to drop, why not head Downtown for an outdoor movie on the big screen?

When: Friday evenings at dusk, July 24 and 31, August 7, 14 and 21
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, 715 SW Morrison St.
The Scoop: For five Friday nights over the summer our collective living room, Pioneer Square, is turned into an outdoor movie theater. Throw your chairs in the car, bring blankets and make a night of it — picnic basket and all. Pre-show entertainment will be on hand as well.
Online: 2015 Flicks on the Bricks


Festivals in the Portland Area

In July, summer is in full swing. What could be better than ice cold drinks, great music and fun activities to take your mind of the heat?

Waterfront Blues Festival

When: July 2-5
Where: Waterfront Park, SW Naito Pkwy, Portland
The Scoop: The Waterfront Blues Festival might just be Portland’s ultimate summer concert. It’ll feature the likes of Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman and Macy Gray.

Sherwood Robin Hood Festival

When: July 17-19
Where: Old Town Sherwood, near Sherwood City Hall, 22560 SW Pine St., Sherwood
The Scoop: How cool is an entire weekend festival based around the original Robin Hood? There’s a parade, archery contests, castle building competitions, a knighting ceremony and tons more to do at this weekend-long festival.


There you have it! These are a few of our favorite activities from around the Portland Metro area. I hope they help you have fun and beat the heat this summer.

What local activities are you planning this year? Share them with us in the comments!

Allen Tankersley