15 Ways to Entertain Summertime Guests

Thanks to Lake Oswego’s natural beauty and fabulous weather, chances are if you live here, you’ll have a lot of out-of-town guests asking if they can come for a visit this summer. For ideas on how to entertain them, check out one of my previous blog posts. And here’s some additional info on events coming up in Lake Oswego and the Portland Metro area that might just fit into your plans.

Portland Beer Week, June 7-17. Portland shows up in every top 10 list of craft beer capitals in the U.S. so have fun showing it off to the beer lovers in your group. Beer Week is filled with activities including the Beer Quest and Mini Beer Fest on June 16 in north Portland where you can earn free beer pours by visiting participating breweries, and the Portland Beer and Cheese Fest also on June 16 which features 10 pairings of beer and cheese at Culmination Brewing.

Portland International Beerfest, June 22-24. Just to prove we’re not snobs, Portland also gives a nod to world class beers, like some of the Belgian ones I recently tasted on a trip to Bruges with my wife and son.

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, June 22-24. Make it easy and stay home while treating your guests to the sights and sounds of this major regional arts event. In its 53rd year, the festival features a juried craft fair, music, dance, theater, and multiple arts exhibits including a special focus on “Layering: The Evolving Art of 3D Printing.”

Festival of Balloons, June 22-24. Tigard hosts this annual event that features hot air balloon launches at 5:45 a.m., glowing balloons at dusk, along with a carnival, vendors, craft show and more.

World Naked Bike Ride, June 23. Portlandia fans may enjoy this quirky event that shows up on “Keep Portland Weird” roundups. What they’ll see are naked cyclists. What they may not realize is they are using nudity as a way to protest our dependence on oil and to promote all things cycling. They just happen to have found a way to have good, goofy fun while doing so.

St. Paul Rodeo, July 3-7. In its 83rd year, St. Paul’s is considered one of the nation’s top rodeos with nearly a thousand competitors. Rodeos are help every evening at 7:30 with a 1:30 matinee on July 4th.

4th of July in Lake Oswego, July 4. Our small town is not to be missed on this national holiday. Beginning with a pancake breakfast in George Rogers Park, followed by a children’s parade, pie eating contest, boat parade, and fireworks show, visitors will be entertained from morning ‘til night.

Waterfront Blues Festival, July 4-7. Featured artists this year include The Revivalists, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Beth Hart and The Mavericks. It’s considered the largest celebration of blues, soul, funk and rhythm and blues west of the Mississippi all happening on four stages. Food, vendors and fireworks round out the fun.

Portland Craft Beer Festival, July 6-8. In case your beer loving friends couldn’t make it last month, here’s another chance to taste what all the fuss is about when it comes to Portland craft beer. Held at Fields Neighborhood Park.

Howl at the Moon 5K Adventure Run, July 27. Give them something to write home about! Participants make their way through 3.1 miles of natural terrain tackling a variety of obstacles like monkey bars, plank walk, a mud pit and more before celebrating at the Barn Bash after party. Luscher Farm.

International Pinot Noir Celebration at Linfield College, July 27-29. The Willamette Valley has earned bragging rights when it comes to its Pinot Noir and seems a fitting place to host this world-class event filled with seminars, walk-around tastings, winery tours, and farm-to-table cuisine. There are three ticket choices: the full weekend (at $1,295), Passport to Pinot ($125) and Salmon Bake ($225).

Third Annual Portlandia Mermaid Parade, July 28. If any of your guests include a mermaid loving youngster, then they may want to time their visit for this family-friendly event that culminates with a beach party at Poets Beach.

Hot August Night, August 4. If you have lake access, you’ll probably have to create a waiting list for guests who want to attend this event. Entertainment this year features The Hit Machine.

Providence Bridge Pedal, August 12. File this event under “cool.” Take advantage of this chance to bike or walk on Portland’s car-free streets and bridges. Depending on the stamina of your riders there are different routes to choose from that range from 3, 5, 12 and 18 miles and cross two to nine bridges.

Collector Car and Classic Boat Show, August 18-19. This is another Lake Oswego homegrown event that takes advantage of its setting on water with a display of not only classic cars but rare classic boats. Check out one of my earlier posts on the event.

Of course, this doesn’t include Lake Oswego’s Movies in the Park, Summer Concert Series and more so be sure to sign up for weekly updates from my blog. Click the “Sign me up” button in the top right hand column.

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at kevin.costello@cascadehassonsir.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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