Explore the annual summer events in Portland, OR

It’s heating up in Portland, and that means it is time to explore the various events being held around the city. Owning real estate in Portland provides you with access to numerous festivals and celebrations on the evenings or weekends. So after moving into your new Portland home, invite friends and family out for a day of exploration. Here are a few of the events scheduled to happen this summer:

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
As the largest blues festival on the West Coast and second largest in the nation, this musical celebration is wildly popular with locals. The festival attracted more than 120,000 people in 2011. In addition to promoting the soulful music genre, the event’s proceeds benefit the Oregon Food Bank in an effort to eliminate hunger. Last year's attendees contributed 110,454 pounds of food and $748,000 in donations through ticket purchases at the gate and advanced special passes, which exceeded the festival’s goal.

The event is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and is from July 4, 2012 to July 8, 2012. Artists scheduled to play this year include James Cotton, Cedric Burnside Project, Bettye Lavette and more. If you’re a fan of music or just want to support a worthy cause, consider checking out the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.

Oregon Brewers Festival
Whether you enjoy stout or pale ale, there are plenty of beer options at the Oregon Brewers Festival - over 80 different craft beers from around the country alone! From July 26, 2012 to July 29, 2012, brewers will be welcoming local residents and tourists to sip suds at this annual City of Roses event. This is the 25th anniversary of the craft beer festival, and it is held at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The main entrance is at Southwest Oak Street and Naito Parkway.

Portland Highland Games
Get your Scottish on, or watch others do it, in a celebration of everything from the Highlands. The World-Class Athletics, Piping, Drumming and Dance 60th anniversary of the Portland Highland Games will commence on July 21, 2012. Located on the green of the Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, this is a fun, family-friendly event. Competitions in traditional highland dance, solo drumming, running, fiddling and heavy lifting will take place throughout the day. There will also be shopping, genealogy tracking, broadsword presentations and sheepdog demonstrations.