Summer Free for All
Kick off a summer of free outdoor fun with Portland Parks and Recreation's All-Day Party and Peninsula Park Centennial Celebration on June 27.
If you're looking to put your feet up and relax outside, while keeping the kids entertained, look no further. Starting with the Kick-off Party on June 27th, Portland Parks and Rec's Summer Free for All Series promises a jam-packed schedule of music, movies, and playground activities—some verdant-set activity almost every night through mid-September.
The summer kicks off with a party on June 27 at Peninsula Park that includes musical theater, circus acts, a bouncy house, rock climbing wall, "penguin parade," arts and crafts, and a free showing of Madagascar 3.
The wildly popular Series has plenty for adults too, featuring a lengthy roster of concerts in various parks around town. Some of this year's musical highlights include: Nancy King (July 23), Ashleigh Flynn (July 11), Brownish Black (July 22), Tony Starlight (July 12), and Dr. Theopolis (July 30) .
At the Washington Park Summer Festival (Aug 1-10), each day shakes things up with performances of dance, classical music, or opera, along with performances by bluegrass masters Black Prairie (Aug 6), vaudeville villains Vagabond Opera (Aug 7), and a tribute to the late legend Obo Addy (Aug 5).
The list of featured films includes modern crowd-pleasers and old-school standbys such as: Paranorman, The Goonies, Shrek, The Princess Bride, The Avengers, Casablanca, The Hobbit, and more. For a change of pace, check out the Russian film Ivan Vasilievich Changes Occupation on August 29 (don't worry, there will be subtitles and a performance by Balkan rockers Chervona, on August 6). And for a truly immersive experience, Filmusik's presents Planet of Dinosaurs (Aug 17) with live performance of all dialogue, sounds effects, and music.
And it's all free!
Check out this year's schedule of events here, and watch the video they've put together: