August 2021 Events Roundup

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 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

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