Free Summer Movies, Concerts, Supervised Playground Programs, Free Lunches and more in Portland parks across the City
(Portland, OR) –
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Summer Free For All, the wildly popular annual series of free outdoor concerts, movies, playground programs and more, is back for an exhilarating 2015 season. Summer Free For All is one of Portland’s most anticipated, innovative, and FREE annual activities.
Beginning in late June, Summer Free For All highlights include PP&R’s 49 nights of free Movies in the Park, 57 free Concerts in the Park, eight straight days of the free Washington Park Summer Festival, and 44 sites for the Summer Lunch and Playground program. This summer, PP&R expects to serve more than 111,000 free, healthy lunches to kids in our parks across the city. The Summer Lunch and Playground program is accompanied by sports, games, crafts and family activities, including our rock climbing wall.
“The Summer Free For All is the surest sign that this glorious season is upon us” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “I’m delighted that PP&R is once again bringing so many popular, much-anticipated activities to all areas of town – once again, at no cost to participants. I look forward to talking with neighbors at many Summer Free For All events this year.”
All Summer Free For All schedules are online at www.PortlandOregon.gov/parks/freesummer.
To better serve Portland’s diverse communities, and in partnership with East Portland Neighborhood Office with funding from the East Portland Action Plan, PP&R translated the Summer Free For All schedule into seven different languages this year: Spanish, simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Somalian, Burmese and Nepalese. Schedules are available here.
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“If you think about summer fun in Portland, you really have to think about the Summer Free For All,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “So many neighborhood associations, partners, sponsors and volunteers have pitched in to make possible the dozens of great movies, concerts, games, crafts and 111,000 free, healthy lunches. They make life better for all of us.”
Unique events this summer include:
- Wednesday, July 8: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Presents: Music-Community-Legacy - Remembering Janice & Linda. Famed musicians Norman Sylvester and LaRhonda Steele host a memorable performance to honor the musical and personal legacies of the late Janice Scroggins and Linda Hornbuckle. Both women, in addition to being extraordinary musicians, had a tremendous and lasting impact on the Portland music scene and their home community. Dawson Park, N. Stanton & Williams. 6:30pm.
- Sunday, July 12: A special Spanish-language showing of El Libro de La Vida (The Book of Life). The movie will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles, as part of our Festival Latino on Sunday, July 12! . LIVE music at 6:30pm with Cojunto Alegré, movie starts at dusk (approx. 8:45). Latin food for sale, free music, family fun, and of course the special free movie. Presented by 93.1 El Rey and the Latino Network. Glenhaven Park, NE 82nd and Siskiyou.
- Sunday, July 19: A special year for The Goonies! 2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the classic film. Live music from The Portland School of Rock and from Portland Teen Idols. Lents Park, SE 92nd and Holgate. Music at 6:30pm, movie starts at dusk (approx 8:45).
- Thursday, July 23: Kuky se vrací (2010) not rated. In Czech with English subtitles. A rare treat with this family-friendly Czech movie. Live music from Klezmocracy. Grant Park, NE 36th and Brazee St. Music starts at 6:30pm; movie begins at dusk (approx 8:45).
- Saturday, July 25: Wreck-it Ralph (2012) PG, in Russian with English subtitles. This Movie in the Park event coincides with the annual Slavic Festival at Lents Park! Show up early for an unforgettable experience of Russian food, music, and magnificent culture. Live music from Slavic Festival performers at 6:30pm; movie starts at dusk (approx 8:45).
- Sunday, August 2: Frozen (2013) PG, the SING-ALONG version! In 2014, this movie smashed attendance records for the Movies in the Park program. Kids, and adults who act like kids, can shout/sing at the top of their lungs to this special sing-along version of the film. We are pleased to showcase the popular film in conjunction with Sellwood Neighborhood's popular "Sundae in the Park" event. Sellwood Park, SE 7th Ave. & Bidwell St. Live music starts at 6:30pm; movie begins at dusk (approx 8:45).
- Friday, August 7: Brass OS. High-powered horns from Oregon’s own 234th Army Band in the Oregon National Guard. New Orleans-style jazz, military marches and popular tunes open the famous Washington Park Summer Festival. Brass Ops brings together 16 amazingly talented musicians, each with a compelling story that blends a commitment to service with a love of music. At the Washington Park Summer Festival, Washington Park outdoor amphitheater. 6pm.
- Sunday, August 9: Happy Gilmore (1996) PG-13. What better outdoor venue than the newly renovated Colwood Golf Center! Enjoy this salty Adam Sandler classic on the links. Live music starts at 6:30pm; movie begins at dusk (approx 8:45).
- Friday, August 21: Cinderella (1950, animated) G. The audience is encouraged to wear their best princess dresses and enjoy this Disney classic. Laurelhurst Park, SE 37th and Oak St. Live music starts at 6:30pm; movie begins at dusk (approx 8:45).
- Saturday, August 22: Napoleon Dynamite (2004) PG. The Summer Free For All #SFFA debut of this cult classic! Impress your friends: the low-budget movie initially only paid Jon Heder $1,000 for his role as the title character. But its sheer uniqueness has given this film a distinct following. If you like to "Keep Portland Weird", we'll see you at Sewallcrest Park, SE 31st and Market St. Live music starts at 6:30pm; movie begins at dusk (approx 8:45).
- Tuesday, August 25: 101 Dalmatians (1961, animated) G. A rare treat from the Disney vault! Don’t miss this opportunity to see this timeless classic on the big screen. Pets are very welcome… on a leash. Mt. Scott Park, SE 74th Ave. & Reedway St. Live music starts at 6:30pm; movie begins at dusk (approx 8:45).
- Thursday, August 27: Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods (2011) NR. In German with English subtitles! In collaboration with Zeitgeist NW. Live music from Hot Club Time Machine. Wallace Park, NW 25th and Pettygrove. Live music starts at 6:30pm; movie begins at dusk (approx 8:45).
Summer Free For All Facts:
In addition to our valued sponsors, Summer Free For All is made possible by the City of Portland and by our heroic neighborhood partners – grassroots committees across the City support a full one-third of the Movies in the Park program, as well as most of the Concerts in the Park series.
Summer Playgrounds & Lunch:
108th year, 44 playground sites in 2015; 111,000 free lunches to be served
57 outdoor concerts in 2015
Movies in the Parks:
49 movie showings in 2015
Rock Climbing Wall:
40 rock climbing sessions for 2015