Summer might be the Northwest’s best-kept secret. In this series, we’ll share our top recommendations for events and activities that you won’t need a car to enjoy.
July 17–19 at Hillsboro Airport
For the first time in eight years, the Blue Angels will grace the West Coast’s biggest air show. Which means you’ll see something like this:
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(but from a more comfortable distance)
One Blue Angels member that isn’t an F/A-18 Hornet will get its own show, as “Fat Albert,” the team’s support C-130T Hercules, demonstrates surprising agility in a solo performance. Plenty of other aircraft will be on static display, in addition to 20 aerial exhibitions scheduled across the weekend. Be sure to check the schedule before you go!
(Bringing your bike? Free parking is available on-site!)
July 25 in Downtown Oregon City
As its name implies, Oregon City was the first city in the Oregon Territory, established in the mid-1800s. This year’s First City Celebration is centered around Marketplace Oregon City, which features more than 80 local artists and merchants, but there’s a lot more to it:
- Seven live music acts throughout the day
- Craft beer and wine garden featuring local brews, wine and spirits
- Kids’ Activity Zone
- History actors and period music in the Heritage Village
- Food carts
- And, most awesomely: an Oregon Trail Game-themed 5K fun run — yes, it’s based on the classic 1980s computer game — in which participants make decisions like whether to ford a river or go hunting, all to avoid a terrible fate like death by dysentery.
July 30–Aug. 2 at the Washington County Fair Complex
County fairs exemplify summer, and this one’s been around over 150 years. And while you can still buy livestock at auction or get tips from a master gardener, these days you can also try 30 different midway rides and catch a Flo-Rida concert. So it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone.
It’s already convenient to get to the fair grounds on transit, but a free shuttle from the Fairplex MAX Station to the gates makes hopping on the Blue Line an easy choice — unlike whether to ride The Zillerator or The Freak Out first, or which food you’d like deep-fried from the concession stand.
Every Friday in August at Beaverton City Park
This year’s movie lineup is flawless — and that includes the foreign film you may not have heard about, Song of the Sea, which received a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Aug. 7 – Big Hero 6
- Aug. 14 – Song of the Sea
- Aug. 21 – Guardians of the Galaxy
- Aug. 28 – Jurassic Park
Each movie begins at dusk, so check this handy page and get there early, just in case.