Portland Area Cultural + Food Festivals

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NOTE: Due to the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, most events from Spring 2020 until the end of the year are on hold.

Welcome to Bridgetown Bites’ list of Portland Area Cultural + Food Festivals & Events. This page will be updated regularly, and when it seems helpful we have linked to the previous year’s event details when the current year’s are not yet available. If we have missed an event  you think should be on this list, please contact us.

2020

JANUARY 

O-Shogatsu, Japanese New Year
Sunday, January 5, 2020
11am-3pm
Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland
Seasonal Japanese celebration with a Lion Dance, a New-Year’s style tea ceremony, a Koto harp concert, and sharing Mochitsuki, a pounded rice cake.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2590488417725880

Three Kings’ Day Celebration
Sunday, January 5, 2020
4-6pm
Portland Mercado,7238 SE Foster Road, Portland
Rosca de Reyes, Champurrado, music, raffles and presents for the little ones.
https://www.facebook.com/events/437096640292495

Japanese New Year
January 15, 2020
6-9pm
Irving Street Studio, 721 NW 9th Avenue, Portland
Japanese New Year Celebration (Shinnenkai) includes New Year’s foods (osechi), sushi, dessert, beer, sake, and traditional music.
https://japanamericasocietyoforegon.wildapricot.org/event-3651110

Fête des Rois
Saturday, January 18, 2020
2:30-3:30pm
The Kamm House, 1425 SW 20th Avenue Portland
Celebration featuring tasty galettes des rois, in recognition of the traditional French holiday, la Fête des Rois (Feast of the Kings).
https://www.afportland.org/index.php?option=com_zcalendar&view=event&id=2396&calid=2

Chinese New Year Cultural Fair
Saturday, January 25, 2020
10am-5pm
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Way, Portland
Chinese folk dance, instrumental music, martial arts, and Chinese food.
http://portlandchinesetimes.com/2020newyear

Mochitsuki Japanese American New Year Celebration
Sunday, January 26, 2020
11am-4pm
Portland State University Viking Pavilion, 930 SW Hall Street, Portland
Entertainment, hands-on activities, ikebana, calligraphy, games, rice pounding, mochi, and Japanese foods.
https://mochipdx.org

FEBRUARY 

Hōʻike Hawaiian Night
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Matinee show at 1pm, evening show at 6pm
Portland Community College Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland
Live music, Polynesian dancing, and a silent auction; the evening show has an optional dinner at 4:30pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2295050964127081

Volksfest Sausage & Beer Festival
Friday-Sunday, February 21-23, 2020
10am-midnight Friday and Saturday; 10am-6pm Sunday
Mt. Angel Sausage Company, 105 S Garfield Street, Mount Angel, OR
Handmade sausage, local and German beer, and German music; artisan market, a kids’ area, and a Saturday 5K/10K Wurst Run.
21+ $5; $10 with specialty stein or glass (limited availability). Under 21 FREE is accompanied by an adult.
https://www.mtangelvolksfest.com

Fastelavn
Saturday, February 22, 2020
4-6pm
Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleseon Road, Portland
Nordic Carnival tradition. Kids in costumes singing to collect treats, and eating traditional fastelavnsboller buns, barrel-bashing (kids hit a candy-filled barrel to scare away evil spirits).
https://www.nordicnorthwest.org/fastelavn

Portland Mardi Gras Day Parade
Saturday, February 25, 2020
6-10pm
Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Costume contests before the parade, food & drink specials at nearby venues afterward.
https://www.facebook.com/events/419094662361576

MARCH

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Saturday, March 14, 2020
noon-5pm
St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 SE 15th Avenue, Portland
Family parade at noon, carnival ($1 tickets) until 4:30pm, plus Irish music, dancing, food vendors, and a beer garden until 5 pm.
https://www.stagathaschoolpdx.us/st-patricks-day

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
3-8pm
Aquinas Hall, 340 NE Clackamas Street, Portland
Traditional music, dancing, food and drink, children’s activities at the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration by All-Ireland Cultural Society.
http://oregonirishsociety.org/schedule-of-events

APRIL

New Year in the Park
Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:30am-6pm
Glenhaven Park, 7900 NE Siskiyou Street, Portland
Celebrating Cambodian, Lao, Thai and Burmese cultures.
https://www.newyearinthepark.com

Pacific University Annual Lū’au
Saturday, April 11, 2020
4:30-8pm
Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR
Lū’au of Nā Haumāna O Hawai’i includes a meal (kālua pig, teriyaki chicken, rice, poi, coconut cake) followed by a dance show.
https://www.pacificu.edu/arts/l%C5%ABau

MAY 

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday, May 2, 3 & 5, 2020
11am-11pm
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland
Live entertainment, authentic food, carnival rides, an artisan village, and family fun.
http://www.cincodemayo.org

MAY Syttende Mai Celebration: Norway’s Constitution Day
Sunday, May 17, 2020
4-10pm
Sons of Norway’s Grieg Lodge Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Avenue, Portland
Introduce your friends and neighbors to the rich and unique Norwegian culture; socialize, enjoy ethnic food in the dining room, and shop for Nordic treasures and flags in the Landhandel.
http://www.norsehall.org/may-17-syttende-mai

JUNE

Midsummer Festival
Saturday, June 13, 2020
11am-6pm
Oaks Amusement Park 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland
Games, traditional dancing, Scandinavian crafts, food, a beer garden, Maypole ceremony and dance.
https://www.nordicnorthwest.org/midsummer-festival

Delta Park Powwow
June 19-21, 2020
TIME TBD
Delta Park East, N Denver Avenue & Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland
Competition dancing, drumming, art and craft vendors, fry bread, food booths, and games.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1009989035863040 (2019’s event info)

Kalama Heritage Festival
Friday-Sunday, June 26-28, 2020
Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday, 11am-5pm
Port of Kalama Marine Park, 269 Hendrickson Drive, Kalama, WA
Hawaiian music, dance, craft vendors, workshops, and food trucks at on the Columbia River.
https://www.pacificohanafoundation.org/kalama-heritage-day-festival

World Beat Festival
Friday-Sunday, June 26-28, 2020
Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 11am-7pm
Riverfront Park, 200 Water Street NE, Salem
Experience the music, dance, food and traditions of over 70 nations and cultures.
https://www.salemmulticultural.org/festival/world-beat-festival

Good in the Hood Festival
June 26-28, 2020
Friday 6-10pm, Saturday noon-10pm, Sunday, noon-10pm
King School Park, NE 6th Avenue and NE Humboldt
Live entertainment, multi-cultural food, kids’ activities, and a beer and wine garden.
https://www.goodnthehood.org

JULY 

Portland International Muslim Cultural Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
Director Park, 815 SW Park Avenue, Portland
Cultural performances, food from around the world, international shopping experience, arts & crafts, henna, Islamic calligraphy, and resources and information.
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/707087 (2019’s event info)

Portland Scottish Highland Games
Saturday, July 18, 2020
8am-6pm
Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark Street, Gresham
Scottish pipes and drums, athletic games, taste whisky, and join Scottish Highland dancing. No smoking or pets.
https://www.phga.org

Viva Tualatin
Saturday, July 25, 2020
1-9pm
Tualatin Community Park, 8515 SW Tualatin Road, Tualatin
Visual artists, performance artists, and a variety of different cuisines.
https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/vivatualatin

Four Days of Aloha Hawaiian Festival – Ho`ike & Hawaiian Festival
Sunday, July 26, 2020
8:30am-7pm
Esther Short Park, 605 Esther Street, Vancouver, WA
Raffles, keiki (kids) activities, arts and crafts, business and delicious food vendors round out this three day long outdoor festival
https://4daysofaloha.com/schedule/

Bastille Day Festival
Saturday, July 11, 2020
noon-6pm
Jamison Square Park, 810 NW 11th Avenue, Portland
French food, wine, music, street performers, waiters’ race, and marketplace.
https://www.afportland.org/portland-featured-french-events/bastille-day

Fiesta Caribeña
DATE AND TIME TBD
Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland
Caribbean celebration with food, drinks, live music, kids activities, community and culture.
https://www.facebook.com/events/290706048551409 (2019’s event info)

Natsu Matsuri Oregon Summer Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
Uwajimaya Beaverton, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR
Live Japanese music, dance, traditional games for children, and authentic food & beer.
https://www.facebook.com/events/481282742630202 (2019’s event info)

Beaverton Night Market
Saturday, July 18, 2020
5-10pm
The Round, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR
Family-friendly event with vendors of ethnic food and crafts, performers from around the world.
https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/1570/Beaverton-Night-Market

AUGUST

Chinese Festival
Saturday, August 1, 2020
11am-8pm

Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland
Entertainment, Chinese food, fun activities, and much more.
http://pdxchinese.org/chinesefestival
https://www.facebook.com/events/491092801436957

Obonfest Japanese Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Avenue, Portland
Obonfest commemorates ancestors with Obon dance, lanterns, children’s booths, Japanese food, beer, and sake. https://www.oregonbuddhisttemple.com/obon-festival

Pan African Festival
Saturday, August 8, 2020
noon-8:30pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland
Live entertainment, cultural foods, a fashion show, and an arts & crafts market.
http://www.panafricanfestivalor.org

India Festival
Sunday, August 16, 2020
11am-9pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland
Indian cultural performances, food, and vendors. http://www.icaportland.org/india-festival-2018

West African Homowo & Twins Festival (Festival of Ghana)
DATE AND TIME TBD
Da Vinci Middle School, 2508 NE Everett Street, Portland
Music, dancing, and vendors selling African food, crafts, and clothing. https://www.facebook.com/events/470852190148935 (2019’s event info)

Beaverton Night Market
Saturday, August 15, 2020
5-10pm
The Round, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR
Family-friendly event with vendors of ethnic food and crafts, performers from around the world.
https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/1570/Beaverton-Night-Market (2019’s event info)

St. Sharbel Lebanese Food Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, 1804 SE 16th Avenue, Portland
A showcase of Lebanese cuisine and music.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2876861295663700&set=a.215445481805308&type=3&theater (2019’s event info)

Jade International Night Market
DATE AND TIME TBD
PCC SE Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland
Asian food, dance, art, performances, crafts, music, and more. https://www.facebook.com/events/2526381567393886 (2019’s event info)

Venezuelan Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland
Venezuelan artists, performers, crafters, food vendors. https://www.facebook.com/events/514040186093644 (2019’s event info)

Portland Persian Party
DATE AND TIME TBD
Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland Live music, dance, Iranian food, and traditional costumes. https://www.facebook.com/events/535257450347310 (2019’s event info)

Brazilian Day Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland
Food vendors, live music, dancing, and art. https://www.facebook.com/events/326523541634917 (2019’s event info)

Ukrainian Cultural Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
Irving Park, 707 NE Fremont Street, Portland
Authentic Ukrainian food, music and dance performances, activities for children, Vyshyvanka contest and local merchants.  https://www.facebook.com/events/338832193686570 (2019’s event info)

Middle Eastern Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 NE 162nd Avenue, Portland
Food, dance and faith of the Middle East. https://www.facebook.com/events/2622658664428205 (2019’s event info)

Arab Festival
Saturday, September 5
11am-7pm
Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland
Middle Eastern food, music, dance, games, poetry, and art & crafts.
https://www.araboregon.org/index.php/en/events (2019’s event info)

Romanian Folk and Food Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church, 13505 SE Stark Street, Portland
Authentic Romanian cuisine, homemade pastries, Romanian beer and wine, kids activities, live music and performances, face painting, traditional Romanian dancing and more.
https://www.facebook.com/events/saint-marys-romanian-orthodox-church/romanian-folk-and-food-festival/623921238102360

SEPTEMBER

Slavic Culture Festival Heritage
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
10am-10pm
Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey Street, Portland
Traditional songs, dances, classic Soviet car show, fashion show, cooking class, food and much more.
https://www.slavicfestivalportland.org

Festival of Nations
DATE AND TIME TBD
14410 SE Division Street, Portland
Portland’s largest multicultural event east of I-205 featuring local performers and ethnic foods.
http://divisionmidway.org/festival

Taste of Latinoamerica
DATE AND TIME TBD
Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland
Food, drinks, and cultural activities from all Latinoamérica. Live music, dancing, art, kids’ activities, an open air bar, and more.
https://www.portlandmercado.org/taste-of-latinoamrica-2019 (2019’s event info)

Serbian Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 1447 SE 27th Avenue, Milwaukie, OR
Celebration of food, wine, dance and culture of the Serbian Orthodox people.
https://www.facebook.com/events/272445390318829 (2019’s event info)

Portland Polish Festival
September 2020
DATE AND TIME TBD
3900 N Interstate Ave, Portland
Experience the food, dance, and music of Poland.
https://www.polishfestivalpdx.org

Oaks Park Oktoberfest
DATE AND TIME TBD
7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland
German food and beer, live polka music and dancers, wiener dog races, Kinderplatz children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, and more.
http://oakspark.com/site/oktoberfest.html

OMSI After Dark: Oktoberfest
DATE AND TIME TBD
OMSI, 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland
Sample beers from local breweries while learning how beer is made; soft pretzels with beer cheese, pork schnitzel, Olympia Provisions bratwurst and more will be available in Theory restaurant.
https://omsi.edu/calendar/omsi-after-dark-oktoberfest (2019’s event info)

Oktoberfest
DATE AND TIME TBD
Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland
Live Alpine band on stage, samples of fall/German beverages from local breweries and cider houses, lawn games, ambassador animals for meet & greets.
https://www.oregonzoo.org/oktoberfest (2019’s event info)

Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest
DATE AND TIME TBD
Widmer Brothers Brewing, 929 N Russell Street, Portland
Live music, family friendly entertainment, German-inspired food, Widmer Brothers beers.
https://www.facebook.com/events/445943329336090 (2019’s event info)

Oktoberfest
DATE AND TIME TBD
McMenamins: Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey Street, Troutdale, OR
Food specials (bratwurst and more), live music and beer.
https://www.mcmenamins.com/events/210069-oktoberfest (2019’s event info)

OCTOBER

Greek Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan Street, Portland
Greek food, crafts, music, and dance.
http://portlandgreekfestival.com

Portland Argentinian Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
District East, 2305 Southeast 9th Avenue, Portland
Argentinian food, drink, music workshops.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/portland-argentinian-festival-tickets-62741932810

Oktoberfest!
DATE AND TIME TBD
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Avenue, Portland
Serving Jennifer Wiant’s famous wurst and sauerkraut, with beer on tap and music by Rose City Brass.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2419249471650401 (2019’s event info)

Authentic Lebanese Dinner
DATE AND TIME TBD
St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, 1804 SE 16th Avenue, Portland
Lebanese dinner fundraiser ($15/ticket for dinner). Home cooked Middle Eastern meal and a bake sale.
https://www.facebook.com/stsharbelpdx/photos/a.1530538997271610/2437470786578422/?type=3&theater (2019’s event info)

Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner
DATE AND TIME TBD
Visitation Church, 4285 NW Visitation Road, Forest Grove, OR
Traditional locally made Verboort Sausage Dinner and a nearby beer garden, bulk sales.
https://www.verboort.org/dinner

Hmong Oregon New Year 2019-20
DATE AND TIME TBD
Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central Street, Portland
Celebrate the Hmong New Year with food, performances and shopping.
https://www.facebook.com/events/371762763740751 (2019’s event info)

NOVEMBER

Cheers to Pilsner Czech Fest
DATE AND TIME TBD
Threshold Brewing & Blending, 403 SE 79th Avenue, Portland
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Revolution, pub food will be served by Tabor, famous for the Original Schnitzelwich.
https://www.facebook.com/events/427775071455018 (2019’s event info)

DECEMBER

Mt. Angel – Silverton Hazelnut Festival
DATE AND TIME TBD
500 Wilco Hwy NE, Mt Angel, OR
German style holiday market featuring authentic German and regional arts and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries and foods that feature Hazelnuts.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mt-angel-hazelnut-festival-tickets-66950638161 (2019’s event info)

Portland ScanFair
DATE AND TIME TBD
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Exhibit Hall at the Rose Quarter, 300 N. Winning Way, Portland
Celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of a Nordic Christmas.
https://www.facebook.com/events/49911281426671 (2019’s event info)

Juletrefest 
DATE AND TIME TBD
Sons of Norway – Grieg Lodge #15, 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland
An afternoon of food, fun and Christmas tradition for all ages—Lucias lighting of the Advent Wreath, hundreds of cookies and riskrem for all, a light lunch of savory foods available for purchase, and special holiday beverages from the Oslo Lounge.
https://www.facebook.com/events/442339200047739 (2019’s event info)

New Sweden’s Lucia Fest
DATE AND TIME TBD
First Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW Alder Street, Portland
Saint Lucia, a white-robed maiden with her crown of lighted candles, dispells darkness and welcomes light. Live music plus singing and dancing around the Christmas tree, and a visit by Tomten, glögg, coffee and beloved baked goods provided by New Sweden, SWEA and the Swedish Women’s coffee group. Adults $10, children 4-12 $5, family $25
https://www.facebook.com/events/445122993018856 (2019’s event info)


Past calendars: 2019