As I've mentioned before folks in the Pac. NW go a little nuts in the summertime. The weather is typically glorious and you can pretty puch live outside (yes, we have one of the highest population of homeless in the nation. It's a non-so-little known secret that a good % of them are actually there by choice). Give us any excuse to eat great food, listen to great music, drink great booze, people/dog watch and buy/sell handmade arts & crafts under a canvas roof and we're there.
To that end there are a near infinite variety of civic-sponsored festivities every weekend from June - October. And most weeks something going on weekdays as well. Every berg with a population over 1000 has at least one "official" town fest (some version of "Pioneer Days..." with requisite royal court, parade, carnival and softball tournament &/rodeo ) and any number of farmer's markets, Saturday markets, street fairs, art fairs, fun runs, charity races, tournaments, music festivals, film festivals, beer festivals, seafood festivals and ethnic heritage festivals. The largest and most famous of which is Portland's Rose Festival. These are all in addition to the county and state fairs.
Then as the days get shorter and a lot colder they move inside for Oktoberfests, Harvest Fests, Halloween Fests, Holiday Fests, Winter Fests.... soon to move back outside in the spring with the Flower Fests. One big, year-round party, that's us.
Which is to say - that's what we've been up to. I'd post pics but I've temporarily misplaced my nifty camera card reader doohicky.