This past weekend I went to the Lake Oswego Art Festival. It was nice to get out in the community and see what others are passionate about in life. It reminded me that this time of year is full of festivals and fun events to get out and enjoy within our own communities. Reconnecting with where you live, and the surrounding communities, is an important aspect in our lives. We all get caught up in our day to day lives and tasks, with our technology of smart phones, iPads, and T.V.s, that we sometimes forget to stop and look at what is around us to enjoy. Community events are also a great way to connect with local people in your area and to immerse yourself in other activities.
After I got home from the lovely afternoon outing, I decided to hop online and see what else is coming up that we can enjoy this summer. Boy is there a lot! The Portland-Metro area is full of fun events and festivals to attend. Some are free. Some cost a little bit, but all are a great way to step out of your routine and reconnect with your community and even the arts.
Here are a few upcoming events and festivals that I found in the area:
This time of year is also popular for both concerts and movies in the park. Many local neighborhood parks host local bands & artists for concerts, as well as displaying movies to watch for the whole family. Here are a couple of quick links for you to check out:
Of course, you always have all the local Farmers Markets too! Here is the most expansive list of Farmer’s Markets for the Portland-Metro area that I found: https://www.pdxparent.com/farmers-markets-portland-oregon/
There are so many more things that you may attend this summer. Whether it is a county or state fair, the Highland Games in Gresham, or exploring wine country, I encourage you to get out this summer and explore what your community and the surrounding neighborhoods have to offer! Get outside and reconnect with others. Do you live in the area? What are some of your favorite summertime local events to attend?
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.