Last summer, we missed out on some of our favorite community events in Lake Oswego, as the city was advised to cancel all large gatherings from May through September.
But this year, the City of Lake Oswego is carrying on in a unique way, offering a number of small-scale, capacity-monitored outdoor events in place of some of the more massive gatherings we are accustomed to. So, while this means our annual Fourth of July parade/celebration and summer concert series may be on hold once again, there are still several fun events to attend all summer long.
We’re talking kid-friendly afternoon teas, drive-in concerts, farmers’ markets, arts festivals, outdoor movies, and more. All events will adhere to Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 guidance based on county risk level and are subject to change. And many events require advance registration so they can monitor crowd levels and maintain social distancing.
These events are important to the community for several reasons. They promote wellness, support the arts, help with economic development and foster a sense of community amongst residents. We are excited to return to some sense of normal this summer!
Saturdays May 8—October 2, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Encounter some of the region’s finest products at the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market. The market boasts an average of over 80 vendors each week, selling a wide variety of produce, meat, nuts, cheeses, jams, baked goods and more. Due to the pandemic, additional safety measures have been implemented — and you can even shop for your favorite market products on their Virtual Marketplace!
June 19, 2021 | 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Each year, Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. Co-presented with Respond to Racism, a neighborhood effort to interrupt racism in Lake Oswego, this Juneteenth Celebration will be held at Millennium Plaza Park from 4:30–6:30 p.m. as an opportunity to continue the conversation on anti-racism and social justice.
June 26–27, 2021
For more than 50 years, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts has showcased artwork from more than 600 local, national and international artists. Alongside the artwork, visitors experience live music and performances, kids’ activities, artist demos, and plenty of food. This year, the festival will feature a two-day sales event that focuses solely on showcasing talented artists. But one thing hasn’t changed — the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is completely free to the public!
June 27, 2021 | 3–5 p.m.
Your kids will be captivated by the magic and whimsy at Petals & Punch, a delightful afternoon tea party at Millennium Plaza Park! Explore dreamy flower displays and an afternoon of tea, savory bites, sweet patisserie, and live entertainment from Angel Ocasio Comedy and music from Mr. Hoo. Tickets are priced per child-adult pair at $30 for residents and $45 for non-residents, with a sibling discount for additional children. Click here to register!
Thursdays in July and August, 2021 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Every Thursday in July and August, Millennium Plaza Park will come to life with a concert featuring your favorite PNW performers and dinner from a local vendor. Oregon Health Authority guidance will be implemented at this capacity-monitored event, which will operate on a lottery basis. If you are interested in attending one (or all!) of the Picnic in the Park events, register for each individual show here; the lottery will be drawn on June 15 for the July concerts and July 13 for the August concerts. If selected in the lottery, you may purchase up to six tickets, which cost $14 each and include a meal. Please bring your own low sand chairs or blankets for your assigned space, which will be distanced from other groups.
Flicks at the Farm
July 30 + 31, 2021 | Approximately 7:30–11 p.m.
Enjoy a night under the stars at Luscher Farm for Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation’s Flicks at the Farm. On July 30, they are showing Raya and the Last Dragon and on July 31, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, starting at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.). Registration is required for a parking space at this event; tickets are $39 for residents and $45 for non-residents. Each ticket includes a complimentary bag of kettle corn from Klassic Kettlecorn. The maximum number of people per vehicle is six.
Movies in the Park
August 10 + 17, 2021 | Approximately 8:45 p.m.
Lake Oswego’s Movies in the Park is a free movie event designed for kids, featuring a special showing of Disney’s Moana on August 10 at Millennium Park and The Croods: A New Age on August 17 at Westlake Park. Blankets, pillows and low sand chairs are welcome! Registration is required for contact tracing and capacity monitoring, and group size is limited to six per pod.
Drive-In Concert at Luscher Farm
August 21, 2021 | 6:30–9 p.m.
Experience an epic evening under the stars with a drive-in concert at Luscher Farm. The concert includes an opening performance from CJ Mickens followed by headliner Hit Machine, who plays hits from all eras and incorporates synchronized dance moves and exciting crowd interactions. Tickets are $40 per parking space for residents and $49 for non-residents, with a maximum of six people per car. Registration is required!
August 28, 2021 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Barnyard Bolt is a special fun run at Luscher Farm perfect for the whole family! Dress up as your favorite barnyard animal and make your way through the fields, encountering sprinkler splashes, bubbles, obstacles and more. This event is open to ages 5 and up and registration is required. Early bird registration is $15 per person through July 1 and $18 per person after August 1. Race start times will be staggered for capacity monitoring and social distancing.
What event(s) are you most excited about this summer? Let us know in the comments below!