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North Portland is the place to be this summer

By Eldridge Huntington, May 30, 2019

North Portland is the Place to Be this Summer


North Portland is great in any season, but in summer she really starts to shine. From movies in the park to the proximity to unclogged hiking spots, read on to learn what’s going on in the great North this summer.


Outdoor Recreation


Forest Park: Hundreds of miles of hiking trails are at your fingertips. Cross the St. Johns bridge and take a right and head up Germantown Rd. and you’ll pass several of North Portland’s favorite trailheads.


Sauvie Island: A mere 15 minutes from North Portland, enjoy countless public fruit and flower farms or get a day-pass for any of Sauvie Island’s River beaches. Park your car at the base of the Sauvie Island bridge and take your bike for a spin, or hike through the island lowlands. Check out the island lighthouse for an easy hike of 1.5 miles roundtrip.


Kelly Point Park: Skip the day pass just across the river from Sauvie and take your family out to Kelly Point for some less crowded beach time. Walk through the beautiful park with lovely old and new growth. Don’t forget to pack a picnic for an unforgettable day!


Bike North Portland Trails

Skyline Trail

Smith-Bybee Lakes

Columbia Slough Trail

Marine Drive

Learn more here.


Cathedral Park

Chill with friends along the waterfront at Cathedral Park. Wide open spaces are perfect for a game of ultimate frisbee or brave the water for some water sport action. SUPs and Kayaks available at Troll City Boathouse.




North Portland is home to some of Portland’s favorite summer events and festivals.


Free Yoga in the Park

June 8th, Cathedral Park

Learn more here


Vanport Mosaic Festival

May 21st-June 5th

Join the Vanport Mosaic Festival for two weeks of memory activism opportunities, to explore and confront local past and recent history of “othering, ” and its tragic consequences.  Through exhibits, documentary screenings, tours, theater, and dialogues VMF will celebrate the lessons of resilience and resistance as defined and told by historically oppressed communities.


Movies & Concerts in the Park:


Portland Parks and Recreation hosts free concerts and movies in dozens of Portland parks across the city all throughout the summer. Hit up any of the events happening in North Portland, or check out the full line-up here.


Wed July 10th

Dawson Park (2969 N Williams Ave)

Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group—Sensational jazz, blues, and soul


Thurs July 25th

McCoy Park, N Trenton Street & Newman Avenue

Rhythm Culture—Blues and jazz-infused reggae

Incredibles 2 (2018) PG


Fri July 26th

Denorval Unthank Park, 510 N Shaver Street

Geno Michaels & Soulcity—Joyous music that moves your body and soul

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) PG—English with Spanish subtitles


Sat July 27th , 6pm

Cathedral Park, N Crawford Street & Pittsburg Avenue

Portland Festival Symphony (Brass), music director Gregory Vajda


Fri August 16th

Dawson Park, 2926 N Williams Avenue

Mz. Etta’s World featuring Arietta Ward—Vast variety of soul, funk, and R&B

Captain Marvel (2019) PG-13


Sat August 31st

Overlook Park, N Interstate Avenue & Fremont Street

Sakumuna—Afro-fusion music with funk grooves, reggae roots

Moana (PG)


St. Johns Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday from now until the end of summer, starting at 7am. Enjoy fresh produce, locally baked goods,  delicious food vendors and live music.


Kenton Farmer’s Market

Every Wednesday starting at 12pm


Cathedral Park Jazz Festival 2019 –

July 19th-21st, 1pm-9:30pm

A free 3-day jazz festival under Portland’s best bridge. Enjoy dancing, local food vendors and a beer garden while watching Portland’s best jazz artists for free. A yearly favorite.




Free Yoga in the Park

June 8th, Cathedral Park

Learn more here


ShantiOm Yoga

ShantiOm Yoga has been in the community for a few years now and they offer drop-in donation-based community classes. Check them out at


St. Johns Clay Collective

Offering community space, classes, workshops and events around the ceramic arts, SJCC is an exciting opportunity for artists in the community.


This is just the beginning. North Portland is a vibrant community with so much to do, especially in the summer months. Come up north, walk the streets and talk to locals and within no time, you’ll have to much to do and not enough time to do it. See you there!


Eldridge Huntington


Eldridge Huntington


My name is Eldridge D Huntington III: a name I’m very proud to have even if it doesn’t exactly fit my personality. My family and friends call me JR. It’s a long story, but the short answer to the short name is Dallas. I was born in Fargo, raised in Detroit, lived in Chicago for 11 years, and now I’m truly home in Portland. Real estate was not my first career. I studied film at Columbia College. Although I was more interested in cinematography I found I was better suited as a Producer. Assembling and managing crews, scheduling, accounting and being a part of a project from the idea to the time it hits the screen was extremely fulfilling. After 7 years of producing I began working in the art department creating, designing and bringing sets to life.  I worked on Major motion pictures like Nightmare on Elm street, Public Enemies, Time travelers wife, Wild, Grimm and Librarians. With a background in design and long history of managing multiple high level projects I have found a perfect balance as a Realtor. I love multi-tasking, working with a team to pull off amazing feats and using an analytical approach creatively. I moved to Portland in 2009 with my wife Gina. We currently live in the Portsmouth neighborhood with our two daughters, Estelle and Etta. We purchased our first family home in 2011. We found a little yellow bungalow with a cedar fence and fell deeply in love with it at first sight. We attempt to be gardeners in the summer and rehab addicts during the winter. Most of my spare time is well spent making memories with these wonderful people and working on the house. My favorite things about Portland are the access to natural beauty, outstanding food, the kind and adventurous people and the beer.
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