Portland in July
July is practically perfect in Portland. Summer is usually just getting started — as Portland summers are late starting and lapse into the fall. While tourist season is well underway in July, it is still one of the best months to visit the city. You’ll find summer concerts, endless breweries with outdoor seating, coffee shops & restaurants with their windows open and garage doors rolled up, and a festival of some kind happening almost every weekend in Waterfront Park along the river.
Temperatures in July are usually in the 70s, with average highs in the low 80s, and average lows in the mid 50s. With over 15 hours of daylight at your disposal, you’ll find the time to fit in more outdoor activities than you may have planned for. July is also one of the best times to visit the Oregon coast, a quick 1-2 hour drive from Portland.
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July is a busy month for festivals and events, including: Waterfront Blues Festival, Edgefield’s Summer Concerts series, 4th of July fireworks at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland International Beer Fest in the North Park blocks, the Oregon Berry Festival, Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts series, Oregon Brewers Festival in Waterfront Park, and The Big Float on the Willamette River.
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THINGS TO DO
While some cities have a “tourist track” of summer activities like museum-hopping and sightseeing, your best bet in Portland is to live like a local: rent a bike, take a blanket & drinks to the park, wander around the farmer’s market, check out a Timber’s game, spend a sunny afternoon at one of Portland’s breweries, or take a day trip out to the Oregon coast.
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The month of July has inspired many a summer visitor to pack their bags and move to our lovely city. So a fair word of warning — come February, you may not fancy the City of Roses as much as you did in July! But if you can get past the months of dreary weather, Portland is a fantastic place to both live and visit.
What’s your favorite thing to do in July?
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