See the skies light up over Portland tonight with the following fireworks displays, all beginning just after dark about 10 p.m.: Fort Vancouver, $7 at gate; Waterfront Park, $10 (for Waterfront Blues Festival); Oaks Park, $2-$5. For information of the many other Portland-area fireworks displays, go to


First Thursday

The gallery walk was held July 3 because of Independence Day, but openings continue through July. Check for information.

Noontime Showcase

Along with the “Music on Main Street” series, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts puts on a variety of free music shows — along with a children’s veggie derby and crafts, artisan and farmers market — at noon Wednesdays next to its building at Southwest Main Street and Broadway. The lineup: The Grantet, July 10; Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band, July 17; The Beat Goes On Marching Band, July 24; Pendulum Aerial Arts, July 31; Festival Brass, Aug. 7; Zimba!, Aug. 14; Marti Mendenhall, Aug. 21; Train River, Aug. 28. For complete info, go to

Mississippi Avenue Street Fair

Make your plans for the annual event, run by the Historic Mississippi Avenue Business Association and Boise Neighborhood Association. It takes place between north Fremont and Skidmore streets on Mississippi, with about 275 vendors and booths, five stages of entertainment, food carts, beer gardens and more.

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Mississippi Avenue,, free


Vagabond Opera

The eclectic group’s themed “The Pocket Watch” tour closes with an all-ages show in Portland. It features the whole ensemble and the Sepiatonic Dancers and others.

8 p.m. Saturday, July 5, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.,, $13, $15 at door

BachFest PDX

The classical concert series returns to explore Bach’s genius in three musical forms: the majesty of his organ work; the wizardry of his dance-inspired instrument music; and his crowning achievement of choral music, the “B Minor Mass.” For complete info, go to Concerts are:

Paul Jacobs All-Bach organ recital, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 N.W. 19th Ave., $21, $28 at door; Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, Trinity Episcopal Church, $10; Portland Baroque Orchestra (with Monica Huggett), 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave., $29-$49; Bach’s “B Minor Mass,” with Helmuth Rilling concluding role of artistic director of Oregon Bach Festival, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12,

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, $29-$78

Glenn Miller Orchestra

The big band has toured since 1956, after the late musician’s estate formed the ensemble, averaging about 300 dates per year.

8 p.m. Monday, July 8, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, $47-$90

Noon Tunes

The summer concert series at Pioneer Courthouse Square gets under way, featuring musicians from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. The lineup: Moody Little Sister, July 9; Redwood Sun, July 11; Brian Copeland Band, July 16; Small Souls, July 18; Jesse Layne, July 23; Freewill Band, July 25; The Sale, July 30; Twangshifters, Aug. 1; Just Lions, Aug. 6; Sunderland, Aug. 8; Strange Tones, Aug. 13; Catherine Feeny, Aug. 15. For info:

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