Mississippi Street Fair; photo by LaValle PDX via Flickr
Every summer, Portland’s neighborhoods — from east to west, north to south — put on their own hyper-local parties. You could spend nearly every weekend exploring these retail districts while enjoying live music, food and local color.
Mississippi Street Fair – July 14
Featuring live music on five stages, this is one of the city’s biggest street fairs, drawing 30,000+ visitors to the close-in North Portland street.
Division/Clinton Street Fair – July 28
2012 marks the 20th annual celebration of this southeast neighborhood — close to downtown and bursting with top-rated eateries.
Alberta Street Fair
Alberta Street Fair – Aug. 11
With three music stages, a beer garden and 250 local vendors, this fair is expected to attract 20,000 visitors to Northeast Portland’s Alberta Arts District. Also check out Last Thursday — the district’s monthly street fair.
Multnomah Days – Aug. 18
This festival in Southwest Portland’s Multnomah Village is really just one day, but it’s jam-packed with a small-town-style parade, live music and food and craft vendors.
Hawthorne Street Fair – Aug. 26
One of Portland’s favorite streets pulls out all the stops with multiple music stages, two beer gardens and blocks of sidewalk sales — plus, this year, the event coincides with Sunday Parkways, so many other nearby streets will be car-free, and there will be activities, food, vendors and music in Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers and Mt. Tabor parks.
Art in the Pearl – Sept. 1-3
Technically, this is a fine arts and crafts festival, but with live music, hands-on activities and food vendors, this Labor Day weekend party in the North Park Blocks of the Pearl District certainly belongs on the list of summer street fairs.
Belmont Street Fair – Sept. 8
The street fair season winds down with a party in another popular Southeast retail and dining district.