Susie Knows Free PDX Summer Festivities

As summer winds down and the temperature clicks ever upward, it’s a great time to take refuge under the trees of one of Portland’s dreamy parks and take in a show. This and every summer, our city offers an awe-inspiring array of free concerts, movies and performances for all. So bring your blanket and your happy hour Yeti and get ready to admire dozens of Portland’s cutest dogs while PDX performers serenade us! Here are a few of the remaining events of summer I’m most looking forward to:

Kickstand Comedy in the Park at Laurelhurst Park | Friday (Aug. 19, Sept. 2, Sept. 16 & Sept 30) | 6:00 pm

Arrive early to claim a close spot on the Laurelhurst grass because this mega-popular event featuring local and visiting comics has been drawing thousands of people!


“Date Night in the Park” Eldon T Jones + Friends at Columbia Park Annex | Friday (Aug. 19) | 6:30 pm

“Romantic sounds of saxophone jazz and love songs, featuring Arietta Ward, Rich Layton, Rae Gordon, and Ronnie Wright.”

Park dog appreciation #1 (Hi Bella!)

Adult Soap Box Derby at Mt. Tabor Park | Saturday (Aug. 20) | 10 am – 4 pm

Some race to win, others to wow but everyone has a great time on this annual display of Art and Science in action on Mt. Tabor. Soapbox races zoom all day from the top of Tabor down to the finish line at the upper reservoir. Bring a chair, a cold beverage or two and wear some SPF!


Opera a la Cart at the Hampton Opera Center | Thursday (Aug. 25) | Noon

It seems rarer to see free opera than other music forms and this is a really cool concept: Operatic performances inspired by PDX’s food cart culture where the singers perform on a fold-out stage built by architecture students from PSU. There’s one performance left!

Photo from PortlandOpera.com

Sunday Aug 28 | Providence Stage Band at Laurelhurst Park | 6:00 pm

Bring a picnic and a parent (or grandparent!) who will get a kick out of the big band sounds from the 40s to the 70s!

Park dog appreciation #2

The Oregon Symphony Annual Waterfront Concert | Saturday Sept. 3 | 7:00 pm

The cannons are being loaded! Celebrate the end of summer (and the oppressive heat?!) with the Oregon Symphony as they serenade us with Mozart, Morricone, Brahms and many more. And as always, the concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with LIVE cannon fire!


Free local PDX comedy shows can always be found here. (Ongoing!)


And … One week left to enjoy Original Practice Shakespeare in the Park all over PDX.

Friday, Aug 19, 7:00pm – Romeo and Juliet – Washington Park Amphitheatre
Saturday, Aug 20, 7:00pm – A Midsommer Nights Dreame – Washington Park Amphitheatre
​Sunday, Aug 21, 2:00pm – Twelfe Night – Mt Tabor Amphitheatre
Sunday, Aug 21, 7:00pm – Apprentice/Intern Showcase – Mt Tabor Amphitheatre
Thursday, Aug 25, 7:00pm – The Tempest -Luwwit View Park


Park dog appreciation #3

The remaining Summer Free For All festivities:

Friday,      August 19Luuwit View Park
NE 127th Avenue and Fremont Street
MOVIE: Hook (1991) PG7:30pm
Friday,      August 19DATE NIGHT IN THE PARK
Columbia Park Annex
, N Woolsey Avenue and N Willamette Boulevard
CONCERT: Eldon T Jones + Friends – Romantic sounds of saxophone jazz and love songs, featuring Arietta Ward, Rich Layton, Rae Gordon, and Ronnie Wright.6:30pm
Saturday, August 20April Hill Park
SW 58th Avenue and Miles Street
MOVIE: In the Heights (2021) PG-137:30pm
Saturday, August 20Gates Park Property
SE 136th Avenue and SE Holgate Boulevard
CONCERT: The Jack Maybe Project – Pacific NW folk and blues6:30pm
Thursday, August 25The Fields Park
1099 NW Overton Street
MOVIE: The Frisco Kid (1979) PG7:30pm
Thursday, August 25Kʰunamokwst  Park
5200 NE Alberta Street
CONCERT: King Louie & Sean Holmes –  Dynamic sounds of jazz and soul blues 6:30pm
Friday,      August 26Glenhaven Park
NE 82nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street 
MOVIE: Moana (2016) PG 7:30pm
Friday,      August 26George Park
N Burr Avenue and Fessenden Street
HIP HOP FESTIVAL: The Kidz Outside – Inaugural family-friendly hip-hop festival featuring youth performer, J Prodigy and St. Johns rapper Mat Randol6:30pm
Saturday, August 27Irving Park
NE 7th Avenue and Fremont Street
CONCERT: Kimberly Monique – Singer, songwriter of old and new school R&B, soul, and funk6:30pm
Saturday, August 27Sewallcrest Park
SE 31st Avenue and Stephens Street
MOVIE: Raya and The Last Dragon (2021) PG7:30pm
Sunday,    August 28Laurelhurst Park
SE 37th Avenue and Oak Street
CONCERT: Providence Stage Band – Big band sounds from the 40s to the 70s6:00pm
Thursday, September 1Overlook Park
N Interstate Avenue and Fremont Street
MOVIE:West Side Story (2021) PG-137:30pm
Saturday, September 3Woodstock Park
SE 50th Avenue and Steele Street
MOVIE: Soul (2020) PG7:30pm

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