With 37,000 acres of green space covering some 288 public parks, Portland seems like one giant playground. And no park is loved quite like Washington Park. Just minutes from downtown, this urban oasis boasts trees, trails, gardens and attractions like the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Japanese Garden, and more.
From Aug. 2-12, the Washington Park Summer Festival will feature concerts and other entertainment nightly at 6 p.m. in the park’s Rose Garden Amphitheater. As colorful as the park itself, these family-friendly acts bring cultural surprises to the outdoor stage — and each is a great way to cap off an afternoon of picnicking in the grass.
The celebration kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 2, with a performance by BodyVox, the local movement troupe whose mind-bending dances leave audiences breathless. Nationally recognized vocalists bring classic opera to the stage Saturday, Aug. 4, with a performance of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Portland’s Wanderlust Circus ambles into the amphitheater Thursday, Aug. 9, delighting crowds with a collection of aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and clowns. The festival wraps up with an 8 p.m. performance on Sunday, Aug. 12, by Filmusik, a local collaborative of musicians who’ll perform the score to Plan 9 from Outer Space against the backdrop of the classic sci-fi flick.
These are just some of the festival’s various acts, each echoing Washington Park’s assortment of beauty, culture and entertainment.