Don’t Miss these Annual Festivals and Events

4th of July Family Festival – Happy Valley, Oregon
Each 4th of July Happy Valley holds their annual Family Festival at Happy Valley Park. Festivities run throughout the day. A parade with floats, wagons and bikes, music, games, crafts, slides and bounce houses are also featured in the park.  The much anticipated fireworks begin at dusk.

Day in Damascus
End of July each year – Day in Damascus is a community building, self-sustaining event which provides fun, affordable, kid-focused activities and creates a family-oriented, solicitation-free zone where community members can enjoy a day together.  The event benefits Damascus Centennial Park improvements and community projects.  Local businesses and organizations help the community by volunteering to co-ordinate, staff and sponsor activities and are rewarded by being positively recognized through this community-building event. Details can be found on their website.

Pickathon Roots Music
August – Experience the annual Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival at the amazing 80 acre festival grounds of Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. Pickathon provides one of the best summer festival lineups. The continuous three day weekend of music is presented on 6 stages that includes workshops taught by the performing artists. The indoor Galaxy Barn stage becomes a late-night (21+) venue at 9pm until 2am.

Pendarvis Farm provides 80 acres of lush meadow and forested campgrounds with hiking, audience views of Mt. Hood, food and craft vendors, beer gardens, picking galore, beautiful site and stage design, fresh water, an array of shade and venue covering, and much more.  Kids under 12 are free when the family comes to Pickathon and will be greeted by a continuous array of planned kid activities and performances throughout the weekend.  If you are a beginning to advanced musician plan on bringing your instrument as plenty of other folks will be doing the same. For line-up, tickets and info visit their website.

Celebration in Boring
The annual celebration in Boring takes place each September. It will be held at the Boring Middle School athletic fields. They will have 2 bands, a Classic Car Show along with business and service booths as well as market vendors.

Milwaukie Umbrella Parade & Tree Lighting
Frist weekend in December – Decorate an umbrella in the theme of your choice and join in the fun. Participants are asked to assemble in the Waldorf School parking lot by 3:30pm (Monroe Street and 21st). The parade will march at 4:00pm. The Milwaukie High School Marching band will lead the procession up Main Street and back to City Hall where the festivities will be capped with the Tree Lighting and refreshments. City Hall is located a 10722 SE Main Street. Santa Claus will join the festivities and treats will be served! Details can be found on this website.

Happy Valley’s Annual Tree Lighting Event
First weekend in December – Gather at City Hall,  16000 SE Misty Drive for horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas carolers, cocoa and cookies – and of course, a visit with Santa! Details can be found on the website.

Winter Solstice Bonfire & Christmas Ships Saturday held in December
The Milwaukie Winter Solstice event has been a cherished tradition for years. Come down to the Milwaukie Riverfront park and watch the Christmas Ship fleet cruise the Willamette River! Warm by bonfire, enjoy yummy treats (for sale) and listen to carols performed by the Dickens Carolers. The ships will pass by Milwaukie around 5:45pm, subject to weather and river conditions. The ships will go as far as George Rogers Park and then turn back to Portland. This annual event draws hundreds of people and is a fun time for the whole family. This event is free and all ages are encouraged to participate! Due to parking restraints, please park on the east side of McLoughlin and walk to the event. For more information about either event please call Beth Ragel at 503.786.7568.  Details can be found on this website.

The Sounds of Summer
Scott Park Concerts
On Wednesdays from mid-June to the end of August concerts will take place from noon to 1:00pm. in Scott Park amphitheater located next to the Ledding Library, 10660 SE 21st Avenue in Milwaukie. Papa Murphy’s will have food on site. Call 503-654-2493 for more information.

Ardenwald Park Concerts
Thursdays in August – concerts take place starting at 7:00pm at Ardenwald Park, 3667 SE Roswell Street in Milwaukie.

First Friday in Milwaukie
May through October
Milwaukie’s main street businesses present the First Friday.  Art and open businesses, a treasure hunt for children, and a variety of music at various stops that will resonate with a wide variety of listeners. Many of the businesses in the downtown Milwaukie area participate and are offering specials on those Friday evenings. Bring the family and plan on great evenings in downtown Milwaukie. Details can be found on this website.