Free summer events and activities planned in our neck of the woods through Portland Parks & Rec

PHOTO COURTESY OF PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION - With Portland Parks & Recreation's Summer Free-For-All, parks lovers will enjoy free outdoor offerings such as Movies in the Park. Summer is here at last, which means a lingering evening sun, clearer skies and a seemingly endless array of summer activities in Portland. It's also the busiest season for Portland Parks & Recreation, as people head for communal green spaces to soak up the summer.

Each year starting in July, residents all over Portland take advantage of a slew of activities through Parks & Rec's Summer Free-For-All — two months of free entertainment and fitness activities hosted at area parks in each quadrant of the city. Because of budget cuts, the popular mobile rock climbing wall will not be touring this year, but there's still plenty of fun planned for all ages.

Here's what you'll find at Southwest Portland's city parks in the next few months:

Willamette Park Concerts

During the month of July, the City will host family-oriented concerts in Willamette Park, which is tucked alongside the Willamette River at the intersection of Southwest Macadam Avenue and Southwest Nebraska Street.

Concerts will be held each Wednesday of the month and will begin at 6:30 p.m., with free popcorn provided. Concert-goers should bring extra layers of clothes for when the sun goes down and are encouraged to bring extra snacks to enjoy alongside the free entertainment.

  • July 5: The National University of Natural Medicine presents Devin Phillips (New Orleans jazz)
  • July 12: The New Iberians (Stumptown zydeco)
  • July 19: Melao de Cuba Salsa Orchestra (vibrant Cuban music)
  • July 26: Oregon Health & Science University presents Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company (Native American dance)
  • Movies in the Park

    Movie mavens can once again enjoy free outdoor screenings of popular classics and blockbuster hits that all ages are sure enjoy.

    Pre-movie entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. with popcorn and live music from artists and groups from a variety of backgrounds. The movies will begin after dusk. Attendees should prepare by bringing their favorite treats, traveling chairs and blankets and coats for when the weather gets crisper after sundown.

  • Sunday, July 9: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" at Jackson Middle School, 10625 S.W. 35th Ave. Pre-movie entertainment: Iftin Band, Somali dance music.
  • Saturday, July 15: "The Princess Bride" at Dickinson Park, Southwest 55th Avenue and Alfred Court. Pre-movie entertainment: King Louie and LaRhonda Steel, soul music.
  • Saturday, July 22: "Moana" at Hamilton Park, Southwest 45th Avenue and Southwest Hamilton Street. Pre-movie entertainment: Mosimosi Koula, Tongan, Pacific Islander dance music.
  • Thursday, Aug. 24: "Fantastic Mr. Fox" at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 S.W. Moody Ave. Pre-movie entertainment: Jellyroll Society, blues/ragtime.
  • Sunday, Aug. 27: "Kubo and the Two Strings" at April Hill Park, Southwest 54th Avenue and Southwest Logan Court. Pre-movie entertainment: Rogue Bluegrass Band.
  • Free summer lunches, mobile playgrounds

    Free summer lunches will be available for kids on weekdays from June 20-Aug. 25 at two locations in Southwest. Organized sports, games and crafts will also be offered.

    This year, in addition to free lunches and play time, Parks & Rec will also offer mobile playground sites for children in areas where there aren't enough play spaces.


    Holly Farm Park, 10819 S.W. Capitol Highway: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; lunch served at noon.

    Stephens Creek Crossing, 6715 S.W. 26th Ave.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

    Free fitness classes

    From July 5 to Sept. 1, the City will offer free morning fitness classes in a variety of forms. Pre-registration is encouraged, and can be done at using the course number 1072775, but you can also drop in to sessions. Classes for Southwest Portland will all take place at Stephens Creek on Southwest Bertha Boulevard and Chestnut Street.

  • 8 a.m. Wednesdays: Tai Chi
  • 10 a.m. Thursdays: Yoga (7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17, 8/31 only)
  • 10 a.m. Thursdays: Peruvian Dance (7/13, 7/27, 8/10 and 8/24 only)
  • 11:00 a.m. Saturdays: Ujam
  • Contact Connection reporter Hannah Rank at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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