Embracing the Tualatin Valley’s temperate summer season, visitors find reasons to linger outside for a few extra hours. Your sun-kissed shoulders will not be earned solely by beach days and outdoor adventures. Instead, bring the sunscreen to a concert or theater event close to Portland.
Five places for outdoor summer shows
Experience Theatre Project at the Beaverton Round
Located mere steps from the Beaverton Central MAX stop, the Experience Theatre Project presents a free theatrical experience of The Tempest (show times through July 9: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m.). The characters of The Tempest exist in an industrial, steampunk world. Get into the steampunk mindset with high tea—that’s right, tea!—at the nearby Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium. In theme, a traditional high tea playfully interacts with steampunk décor.
Concerts at the Washington County Fair
In addition to the rides, games and funnel cake of the Washington County Fair, the four-day event also includes a roster of free outdoor summer shows to satisfy your music-loving heart (July 27-30). The lineup includes music from Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Superdiamond, and Wolfstock featuring Jake Owen. Whether you love country music or an excuse to dance in a crowd, tap your toes at the fair.
Faerieworlds at Horning’s Hideout
A short drive from Portland, a great stage nestles itself into a lush forested retreat. Most noteworthy, Horning’s Hideout is considered one of the best venues in Oregon. During Faerieworlds, the stage’s performers balance the line between concert and performative theater with spectacular music, costumes and dance (August 25-27; varying admission and camping costs).
Farmhouse Theatre AT Lawless Farmhouse
On six acres just 30 minutes outside of Portland, the Lawless Family Farm opens its property for outdoor summer shows. The series includes soothing music from the Cellato Cello Trio (July 28 at 6 p.m.; $15-$20), as well as an evening with the Portland Story Theater, which breathes new life into the true stories of amazing people (July 22 at 6 p.m.; $15-20).
Toast to the Tunes at Oak Knoll Winery
For many, a winery is the ideal backdrop for a summer concert. Oak Knoll Winery is a welcomed sight with its summer concert series: Toast to the Tunes ($5 entry). Bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs to the winery’s open greenery. Then, set up camp for an evening of lively music. Come hungry for barbecue as James Gang’s smoked spare ribs are not to be missed.
While there are great outdoor summer events everywhere, nowhere else has a lineup of outdoor summer shows as diverse and unique as the Tualatin Valley. From the farmhouse to the fairies, from vino to the vagabond performers of the county fair, our summer concerts and theater are ready for you.