In Portland, many of us live for the summer: blue skies, roses in bloom, craft beer on patios, and day hiking trips in the nearby mountains. Not to mention, the streets come alive with farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts, and – of course – our famous street fairs.
One of my personal favorites is the Mississippi Street Fair in North Portland which is held the second Saturday in July each year. It’s one of the city’s biggest, drawing about 30,000-plus visitors every year. Roughly 200 vendors line the streets of this historic neighborhood, offering everything from henna tattoos and gluten-free bread, to ice pops and handcrafted leather goods. Expect a mixture of free items and luxury goods to rub shoulders at vendor booths.
Take my advice and try not to eat your way through all the goodies offered from the food carts, although I won’t blame you if you try. Enjoy the live music from the 40-or-so bands who rotate the stages throughout the day. The street-side stores and bars open their doors, often with deals, discounts and competitions to try out.
You want want to arrive early to beat the crowds and try free samples before they run out. But stick around, find a cozy spot, and soak in the wonderful Portland music. I promise – you’ll have a blast.
Typical Schedule of Events
10:00 am Fair Opens
12:00 noon Mayor of Mississippi Awarding on the Main Stage
Main Stage and Beer Garden Opens (at Shaver)
Ecliptic Beer Garden Opens (at Fremont)
1:00 pm Dunk Tank Opens (at Mason)
3:00 pm Grandfather’s Rib-Off Competition Judging (south of Mississippi Pizza)
5:30 pm Dunk Tank Closes
9:00 pm Fair Closes