Music

Have the End of Summer Blues? Check Out These Concerts at the Oregon State Fair

Want to catch an end-of-summer groove? This year's lineup at the Salem fairgrounds includes the Beach Boys, TLC, and Shaggy.

08/24/2022 By Michelle Harris and Dalila Brent

Trend

Recess Therapy Got You Craving Corn? Have a Corntastic Day in PDX!

From corn pizza at Lovely’s Fifty Fifty to corn fritters at Oma’s Hideaway, these Portland spots are serving up corntastic treats.

08/19/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton and Matthew Trueherz

Outdoors

Shady Hikes and Picnic Spots for Hot Days in and around Portland

From the fir frenzy of North Portland’s Columbia Park to a tree-lined trail on Sauvie Island, here are a few places to celebrate the shadows.

08/11/2022 By Cassondra Bird, Michelle Harris, and Margaret Seiler

Heat Wave

Are Oregonians Learning to Love Air Conditioning?

As temperatures rise , new data from the federal government suggests that the answer is yes.

07/27/2022 By Julia Silverman

Heat Wave

A Heat Wave Is Coming for Portland This Week

A number of overnight cooling shelters are opening across the Portland area this week, with temperatures expected to top out at around 100 degrees.

07/25/2022 By Michelle Harris

Vacation

Still Looking to Book that Summer Getaway?

Act fast on these Oregon rentals which include a cozy lodge in Lakeside, a rustic farmhouse in McMinnville, and an alpaca farm retreat in Portland.

07/25/2022 By Michelle Harris

Summer Picks

Our Favorite Patios for Drinking & Soaking Up Sun

From luxe cocktail hideaways to dive bar patios, there’s an outdoor drinking spot for everyone.

07/21/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Summer

5 Oregon-Made Sunscreens for the Dog Days of Summer

From Portland to Bend, these brands from the Beaver State have you covered when it comes to sun protection.

07/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Summer Fun

The Big Float Is Bringing the Party to the Willamette River for One Last Hurrah

A summer tradition in Portland, this year is both the 10th anniversary and the final installment for the flotilla of unicorn floaties, big yellow ducks, and more.

07/05/2022 By Michelle Harris

Heat Wave

Portland's Program to Install Air Conditioning in Low-Income Homes Lags behind Initial Plans

Fewer than 100 units are currently up and running.

06/24/2022 By Michelle Harris

Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Summer 2022 Playlist

From Portugal. the Man to Yeat to Pink Martini, give this list of summer songs from Portlanders—old and new—a spin this season.

06/24/2022 By Conner Reed

Swimming

6 Portland Hotels with Outdoor Pools for Your Summer Staycation

Book a room with cable and AC and lounge by the pool at University Place downtown, the Holiday Inn at Jantzen Beach, the Monarch in Clackamas, and more.

06/24/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Concerts

McMenamins Has Launched a New Concert Series in Forest Grove

Imagine Edgefield on Xanax and you're most of the way there.

06/17/2022 By Conner Reed

Swimming

Not Signed Up for Swim Lessons in Portland Yet? There’s Still Hope

Expect to see "full," "waitlist," and "members only" messages, but there are still some spots available or coming online soon at Portland parks, gyms, and more.

06/10/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Pride

The Queen’s Head and Rebel Rebel Are Keeping Old Town Queer

Two new LGBTQIA Portland bars offer a queer twist on the English pub and a neon-bathed hideaway.

06/08/2022 By Thom Hilton Photography by Thom Hilton

Pride

What Does the Future Look Like for Darcelle’s?

Checking in on what lies ahead for the standby Old Town drag club.

06/08/2022 By Conner Reed

Pride

All-Ages Pride Events for Families and the Under-21 Crowd

Gay Skate at Oaks Park, the big party at Waterfront Park, plus more Pride 2022 events in Portland and beyond

06/08/2022 By Conner Reed Illustrations by Dorothy Siemens

Events

A Rundown of Portland’s Biggest Summer 2022 Concerts and Events

An incomplete guide to Portland’s best summertime cultural offerings: Pickathon, Chekhov, Waterfront Blues Fest, and more

06/08/2022 By Conner Reed

Editor’s Note

From the Editor: Why You Should Heed the Oregon Coast’s Invitation to Dive In

A dip in the Pacific Ocean is better in summer. Let our guide to the Oregon Coast, including Seaside, Astoria, Manzanita, and more, help you explore.

06/07/2022 By Fiona McCann

Swimming Holes

Columbia River Swim Spots and Beaches Under 90 Minutes from Portland

From Jones Beach to Rooster Rock to the Hood River waterfront, the Columbia River is big enough for everyone to find a beach and take a dip.

05/31/2022 By Margaret Seiler, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Julia Silverman