Enjoy this summer in the city with a return of the Rose Festival, plus so many other cool events.

PMG FILE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Blues greats such as Buddy Guy, seen here at the 2015 Waterfront Blues Festival, will be returning to downtown Portland this summer. This years lineup includes Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, and Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph, among many others. The return of popular events is part of an effort to revitalize the region.Festivals, parades, and more are returning to downtown Portland — and your community — this summer.

Starting in June, programs are going on in downtown Portland such as The Welcome Dome in Pioneer Courthouse Square, featuring everything from DJ sets to guided meditation, to theatrical readings and acoustic bands. In addition, the Waterfront Blues Festival will come back to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and the Portland Rose Festival has Fleet Week, parades and dragon boats on the docket for the summer of 2022.

You can read all about these and more in Pamplin Media Group's Summer Fun Guide, which publishes the week of June 20. Readers can learn all about the best events, activities and day trips that are reopening and returning this summer throughout Oregon on the "events" tab on your local Pamplin website, which includes a full calendar of local events happening across the metro area.

We already are seeing the positive effects of this: businesses come back to life, as people come back to downtown and main street. So come on out to the festivals, support local Oregonians, and enjoy the summer here in our city.

As American-Canadian journalist and urban influencer Jane Jacobs outlines in "The Death and Life of American Cities," having people returning to downtown sidewalks and shops is an important step in revitalizing safe activity back on our downtown streets.

Bringing foot traffic back to downtown Portland and our other communities' Main Streets, and supporting our farmers' markets and locally owned businesses keeps local money local, and our economy growing in a way that benefits our whole region.

After two years of few new openings and many of our favorite places boarded up, the number of businesses returning to downtown Portland is noteworthy. Recent additions include California-based jewelry store Gorjana, Cotopaxi outdoor gear, Bend-based vegan Next Level Burger, and the Portland Business Alliance's return to its downtown office and reopening of its community room.

Pamplin Media Group is the only locally owned media outlet in Oregon that covers hyperlocal communities and offers readers coverage for their local community and regionally across the state. A regional source of news, readers will find a balance of trends from downtown Portland and from the suburbs, from Uptown to the Jade District, from Forest Grove to Prineville.

Keep informed with PMG on all things going on around Oregon this summer, and choose to support our local community by coming out to your favorite returning events. Remember to check out our Pamplin Media Group Summer Fun Guide, in your newspaper the week of June 20.

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