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Portland Summer Picks

Summer in Portland may be one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Days are long and dry, temperatures are comfortably warm, and the city makes the most of these conditions with outdoor celebrations and exciting things to do running well into October. From cars to craft beer, contemporary art and music, to cultural celebrations, Portland packs the sunniest season with festivals and events that celebrate the best of the Rose City. Here’s our top picks for things to do, see and experience during a summertime visit to Portland.

Grand Opening Sunday, August 20th
Portland’s oldest and largest food cart pod has been refreshed and transformed into a family-friendly outdoor oasis. Midtown Beer Garden features over 25 new and legacy food carts, picnic table seating for 300 people, a central beer cart by Fracture Brewing, live music and entertainment.

Portland’s cycling culture peaks during summer’s multi-week Pedalpalooza, featuring 200+ local-led, themed rides, all open to the public.

August 26
The 6th Annual Taste of Motorsports Experience is a day filled with fast cars, fine food, fantastic scenery and fabulous friends. The art of motoring will be celebrated by the automakers, dealers, clubs and enthusiasts. Celebs and motorsports royalty will mingle with fellow enthusiasts on and off the track.

September 10-11
Portland’s annual Dragon Boat Festival features dragon boat racing along with food vendors, a beer garden and more. The event features as many as 96 dragon boat teams from all over the world who race in Hong Kong-style dragon boats.

September 22-24
Portland’s premier pop culture event, Rose City Comic Con is produced locally with a focus on creating a fun and friendly event for everyone showcasing comics, comic creators, and the creative process. Rose City Comic Con also provides access to gaming, sci-fi, cosplay, anime, fantasy, and everything in between.

October 1
The fast and beautiful Portland Marathon, presented by OHSU Health, is the best way to experience the Rose City. With four epic bridge crossings, a downtown start and finish, and a tour through some of the most iconic landmarks and neighborhoods in town, the Portland Marathon presented by OHSU Health offers the most unique race experience to be found.

October 22
Turn your dream wedding into a reality at the Portland Bridal & Wedding Expo. Find the perfect gown, DJ, photographer, venue, honeymoon destination and more.

Make the most of Portland’s epic summer season right in the heart of the city. The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton offers you comfort, luxury and proximity to your best summertime picks. Enjoy family fun in the sun and take advantage of incredible savings, plus free overnight valet parking here.

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