The city comes alive in July
I will be vacationing for most of the month, and after looking at the events coming our way, I’m beginning to regret that I can’t be in two places at once. The month starts off with the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. What a great tradition this has become. We get to hear the best national and local blues musicians perform for an entire weekend capped off by a 4th of July fireworks celebration. Plus, the enormous donation of food to the Oregon Food Bank feeds those in need into the summer.
The following weekend the Bastille Festival will be held from noon to 8pm at Jamison Square in the Pearl. This is a much smaller deal, but promises to be an interesting and fun event featuring lots of food and wine, a waiters’ race around the square, and music for the entire day.
Then there is the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. This annual free weekend of jazz is as American as you can get. The park is below the St. John’s Bridge with its cathedral-like structure, hence the name. There is a great band shell facing out to a ball-field shaped grassy hillside where you, the listener, and a great number of your best friends and neighbors sit or lie on the grass enjoying the sun and the view, listening to incredibly talented musicians do their thing.
As if that weren’t enough to keep you busy, the Portland Parks and Recreation free Concerts in the Park series begins July 5th.
Top this off with the year-round great music we get to experience at the local clubs and you will find it impossible to avoid an eventful and memorable July.