Updated: Sep 2, 2021
Curbside Press is debuting an all-new month-long version of our events roundups. This new format should help you get better advanced notice of some great events happening in Oregon, and it will allow us to focus on other content more throughout each month. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
While most of these are outdoor or entirely online events that help reduce the spread of Covid-19, it’s important to note that the mask requirements and capacity limits of any of these events could change in the days leading up to the event. That makes it even more important to secure tickets, plan ahead and do your own research into what you need to know ahead of showtime.
With that disclaimer out of the way, we’ve got a wide range of events happening all throughout August. The other benefit of these longer event roundups is that we may be able to add events, especially more locally organized fare that isn’t posted weeks in advance, as the month progresses. That’s why you should check back on www.curbsidepress.org regularly if you’re ever looking for art to spice up your weekend!
We’ve got cultural showcases, small-town music festivals and big name concerts happening near you. Be sure to read to the end to find some of the recurring or all-month shows, as well as some of the megastars making their way to The Beaver State (Smash Mouth is playing a free show in Albany, *cough, cough*). Be sure to SHARE this events roundup with all your friends to help spread the word about art happening in Oregon.
Have a safe and fun weekend, Curbsiders.
Vanport Jazz Festival ($75+)
Saturday, Aug. 7 - Starts at noon
Colwood National Golf Course - 7313 NE Columbia Blvd - Portland, OR
The annual Vanport Jazz Festival, like so many musical showcases, had to go virtual last year. But it’s back with in-person and online showcases for the first weekend of August. This concert is more than just about great smooth jazz music, it’s a celebration of the rich cultural history of the lost city of Vanport. If ya don’t know what we’re even talking about, here’s your chance to learn more.
Multicultural Day Reimagined - Free
Saturday, Aug. 7 - 10 am to 2 pm
Oregon State Capitol - Salem, OR (Online)
Multicultural Day is an annual celebration of people from around the world, which have left their mark on Oregon. We may not be known as a huge immigration hub compared to other states, but Oregon has been shaped by people from all over and this event captures the music, fashion, food and dance of many of them. It returns with an even more bolstered online lineup than last year’s event, so be sure to check out all the fun happening through the Oregon Capitol.
Beer, Brats & Music Festival
Saturday, Aug. 14 - 11 am to 10 pm
Plectrum Music Company - 29 W Washington St. - Burns, OR
This summer music festival will feature 10 straight hours of live music, from all kinds of genres and highlighting local artists. As the name suggests, it’s not just about the music. There will also be great food, including bratwurst, as well as beer and other beverages both hard and non-alcoholic.
Oregon City Festival of the Arts - Free
Aug. 14 & Aug. 15 - 10 am - 5 pm
End Of The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center - 1726 Washington St. - Oregon City, OR
Presented by the Three Rivers Artist Guild, this annual festival of all kinds of art is back on in Oregon City. There’s music, vendors, live classes and demonstrations and it’s all outdoors. It’s also free and family-friendly.
Not Our First Goat Rodeo: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile ($80+)
August 18 - 5 pm
Edgefield Hotel McMenamin’s - 2126 SW Halsey St. - Troutdale, OR
While world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma could certainly land in the “Big Names” section at the end of this roundup, this show also includes some excellent string musicians that you may not have heard of before. This dynamic and expert performance will make the hills of the Edgefield sing, so seize tickets now while they last.
Oregon Children’s Music Festival Workshop
Saturday, Aug. 21 - Noon to 1 pm
Public Beach Access - 825 SW 51st St. - Lincoln City, OR
The community of Lincoln City loves educational art showcases for children, and the entire Oregon Coast celebrates this annual workshop event. This year’s will focus on the ukulele, and participants will be able to sing, dance and learn some cool new tunes. It’s not just for kids, this is fun for all ages.
American Music Fest - Free
Sunday, Aug. 22 - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Azalea Park - 640 Old Country Road - Brookings, OR
This afternoon of music really showcases a lot of diverse genres, from jazz and swing to Celtic folk and pop genres of all kinds. Not only is this a free afternoon of music in a charming coastal town, it’s also a recurring feature of summer in the community of Brookings. If you find yourself on the Southern Oregon Coast and looking for some live music, this event is worth your time.
Oregon State Fair - $5+
Aug. 27 through Sept. 6
Oregon State Fairgrounds - 2330 17th St. - Salem, OR
The Oregon State Fair is sure to look different than it has in previous years, with Covid protocols still in place and not all attendees likely to be vaccinated. Even still, the state fair didn’t happen at all last summer, so this provides Oregonians the chance to have some fun while supporting local vendors and artists. It runs through the first week of September, so you’ve got plenty of time to make it to our state’s capital.
Blackberry Arts Festival
August 28 & 29
Coos Bay, OR
Did you know that the coastal town of Coos Bay is known for its blackberries? Well, now ya do. And you’ve got a chance to see what all the buzz is about by visiting at the end of August. Not only are you guaranteed to find all things blackberry, there will also be live music, art vendors of all kinds and food, food, food. That’s a lot of reasons to pop over to Coos Bay if you feel so inclined.
On The Ledge Art Show
Aug. 1 - Aug. 27
Online Auction & Events
This annual art show and auction is remaining virtual this summer in order to help flatten the curve of new Covid-19 cases. But that doesn’t mean there’s any less to enjoy with this collection of awesome local artistic works. Half of the proceeds go to benefit the Blanchet House, a Portland nonprofit that provides meals, clothes and housing for those who need them.
Oregon Crafter’s Market
Every Saturday starting at 1 pm
Downtown Silverton, OR
The Oregon Crafter’s Market is an ongoing destination for artisans from all over the state, and it happens every Saturday for most of the year. That means you have the entire month of August to plan a trip over to charming little Silverton to support some local vendors. There is also live music all afternoon, with entirely local acts turning in long and lively sets.
2021 Summer Festival ($40+)
Aug. 14 - 23 - Showtimes at 6 pm
Sunriver Resort Besson Commons - 57091 Great Hall Ln - Sunriver, OR
It’s not exactly all month, but this week-plus showcase of musicians of all kinds will return to the Sunriver Resort this year. The outdoor summer orchestra series is in its 44th season and will provide all kinds of showcases, from nights of piano music to full symphonies. There’s plenty of other things to enjoy in the resort town of Sunriver, too, so you can really make a weekend or vacation trip out of this.
Thursday, Aug. 5 - 7 pm
Monteith Riverpark - 489 NW Water Ave. - Albany, OR
The band who wrote the anthem of a generation in “All Star” is playing a free show (a $1 donation is suggested) in downtown Albany. The annual River Rhythms concert series tends to always be a good time, but it rarely pulls in a name as big as Smash Mouth, so how the small river park is going to handle the demand remains to be seen. That means we recommend getting there plenty early to reserve a patch of grass. Be prepared for a LOT of people to be singing along.