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Willamette River Festival

Willamette River Festival — To Support River CareThe Willamette River Festival is on hiatus in 2018


Please check back in 2019 to see what is new!

The festival is a celebration on the waterfront with live music, food carts,
an environmental fair, live fish displays, dance troupes,
walking tour of future npGREENWAY trail portions & more.

Live music:
Shanghaied on the Willamette
Norman Sylvester Band featuring LaRhonda Steele
Son de Cuba

Food Vendors and 50 Licks Ice Cream
Environmental Fair — Dance Troupes — Children’s Activities
Movie in the Park — Upriver showing at dusk

The mission of the event is to reconnect with and celebrate our river.

Willamette River Festival is grateful to the many sponsors who make this event possible!


St. Johns Neighborhood Association logo

The purpose for which SJNA is organized is to enhance the livability of the area by providing an open process by which all members of the neighborhood may involve themselves in the affairs of the neighborhood. General meetings are held the second Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m., most often at the St. Johns Community Center. All are welcome to join us!


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Working for clean rivers

The  Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Learn more at

St. Johns Center for Opportunity

We are working to strengthen the St. Johns & Cathedral Park neighborhoods in Portland, OR through people-centered economic development and community building. We envision a thriving, diverse, and just community where everyone has access to affordable housing, benefits from economic opportunity, and is civically engaged.


We are committed to putting our values in motion. From the products we make, to the actions we take, we inspire ourselves and others to live and work monumental every day. We seek to be a change engine for good business, as cause-leaders and difference-makers in an unapologetic pursuit of our values. We are working to leave the world a better place than we found it.

The Mainland Companies, LLC

Mainland Companies LLC, a real estate development firm, was formed to create high quality assets, create sustainable development platforms and to provide comprehensive development services to clients and investors with both large and small programmatic visions.

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The Port of Portland’s mission is to enhance the region’s economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets, and by promoting industrial development. The Port owns three airports, four marine terminals and five industrial parks supporting nearly 27,000 jobs.


Alder Creek

Aspire Project

Block Bikes

NDYUrban Living Property ManagementAlbina Community Bank


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RecologyWest Mult. Co.C G Larner General Contracting Inc.



Waterlink Web

Cascade Environmental Engineering & Consulting

Twilight Room

Guerrilla Development

Land-Based Synchronized Swimmers

Bridge City Kid

The mission of the event is to reconnect with and celebrate our river.

The Festival is fun day on the Willamette waterfront where you can relax with beautiful views of the river, St. Johns Bridge and Forest Park hills. It’s combining with Movie in the Park! The festival is a free, non-profit event on Sunday, July 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m. at Cathedral Park. The mission is to celebrate our connection to the lower river, offer cleanup information and promote stewardship.

The movie showing at dusk is Upriver, a locally made documentary about the Willamette. The river itself will serve as a scenic backdrop to the film.

The festival features live music: Shanghaied on the Willamette, Norman Sylvester Band featuring LaRhonda Steele, and Son de Cuba.

There will be free kayak tours, food vendors, 50 Licks ice cream, an environmental fair, a walking tour of the future Willamette Greenway Trail, raffles, bike registration, and a host of children’s activities including a salmon migration obstacle course.

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