May 29, 2018 | Lara James
Experience Summer for Free in the Portland Metro Area
Summer in the Portland Metro area is full of fun opportunities, some setting you back a paycheck or so, while others are free for the taking.  I have gathered together a handful of fun free activities for you and your family to enjoy.  Websites are included for your ease.  Gather up your friends and your kids’ friends and try out some of these ideas.

Farmer’s Markets
Portland Metro is home to over 25 Farmer’s Markets.  Fresh from the farm vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, refreshments, home goods, clothing, and more will overwhelm your senses as you make your way down the rows and rows of goods.
 
                               Portland:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/303417
                                Lake Oswego: https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/concerts/about-summer-concerts
                                Oregon City:  https://www.orcity.org/parksandrecreation/concerts-park-2018
                                Milwaukie:  https://www.milwaukieoregon.gov/citymanager/free-summer-concerts-milwaukie
                                Gresham:  https://www.greshamfarmersmarket.com/
                                Hillsboro:  https://www.orcity.org/parksandrecreation/concerts-park-2018
                                Tigard:  http://www.tigardfarmersmarket.org/
                                Beaverton:  https://www.beavertonfarmersmarket.com/
Summer Concerts in the Park
Enjoy the sounds of summer for free with one of these area shows.  Bring a blanket, picnic, and friends and relax to the hits.
                               Portland:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/69555
                                Lake Oswego:  http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/lake-oswego-farmers-market
                                Oregon City:  http://orcityfarmersmarket.com/
                                Milwaukie:  http://milwaukiefarmersmarket.com/new/
                                Hillsboro:  http://hillsboromarkets.org/
                               Beaverton:  https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/1381/Concerts-in-The-Round
                              Tualatin:  https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/concerts-commons

Portland Sunday Parkways
Portland Sunday Parkways promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening the city's largest public space - its streets - to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation.
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/58929

Summer Street Fairs
After a long winter, nothing screams summer more than a crazy neighborhood street fair!
http://www.portlandneighborhood.com/portland-street-fairs.html


Jamison Square Fountain
This park is a big hit with families on hot summer days.  Parents can sit on any of the numerous benches and sip on an iced coffee while kids race through the fountain.  There are numerous restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops in the area for post-fountain treats.
http://explorethepearl.com/place/jamison-square-park/


There is something for everyone on this list of fun, free activities that take place in our beautiful metro-area over the summer.  Enjoy!
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