In Portland, it’s an annual tradition to complain about how late summer is. What can I say? It takes a lot of clouds to make the rain that keeps our trees green and our flowers abloom, so by July, we’re all more than ready for a long string of warm, sunny days. Luckily, summer always comes, and when it does, it’s glorious.
Maybe that pent-up desire for summer explains our skill at making the most of the long days and warm nights with outdoor concerts. Get to as many as you can, and be sure to check out the smiles of gratitude on the faces all around you. We’ve been waiting a long time for this!
July 10 through Aug. 16, noon-1 p.m.
Downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts free lunchtime concerts every Tuesday and Thursday.
Tuesdays by Twilight
July 10 through Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.
These ticketed performances include the unparalleled perk of evening admission to Lan Su Chinese Garden. Beer, wine and dinner boxes are for sale (and you can pre-order dinner).
Portland Festival Symphony
July 28 through Aug. 19, 6 p.m.
Free weekend concerts, performed by a full symphony orchestra, in a half-dozen of Portland’s most gorgeous parks.
Music on Main Street
July 11 through Aug. 29, 5-7 p.m.
Free Wednesday-evening concerts in the plaza next to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Food and drink for sale; limited seating available.
Sundown at Ecotrust
July 5-26, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Every Thursday evening in July, head to the rooftop of the Ecotrust building in the Pearl District for a free concert — plus local pizza and beer for sale, and environmentally themed displays.
Pickin’ on Sundays at Doug Fir
July 1-Aug. 26, 3-7 p.m.