EVENTS ON THE PORTLAND EVENTS WALL CALENDAR
80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party
This spooky extravaganza is the ultimate 80s dance party. Expect lights, music, and a costume contest.
82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
This parade always comes with a free carnival for kids and ends with a classic car cruise-in.
A Festival of Quilts
For over 40 years, Northwest Quilters has brought quilting workshops and beautiful quilts to inspire and admire.
Abbey Bach Festival
An evening event, it starts with vespers and ends with a Bach performance.
Abby's Closet Prom Gown Giveaway
This local nonprofit has been giving away free prom dresses for 16 years. Just bring a student ID.
Adult Soapbox Derby
Only in Portland would adults lovingly build soapbox racers and hurl themselves down a cinder cone. Free.
Alpenrose Dairy Easter Egg Hunt
One of Portland's biggest Easter events, now in its 58th year. Take your kids, ages 3-8, to hunt for Easter eggs at a beautiful dairy. Free.
Art In The Pearl
This massive fine arts and crafts festival in the North Park Blocks includes world music, hands-on activities, and artist demonstrations. Free.
Banks Bar-B-Que, Truck and Tractor Pull
This historic, country-style BBQ in Banks celebrates the good life with truck and tractor pulls and a farming-equipment destruction derby.
Bastille Day Festival
Vive la France! Delight in a French marketplace, street performers, and kids' activities.
Berries, Brews & BBQs
Experience the good life on French Prairie Gardens' farm, with BBQ, brews, pick-your-own strawberries, and loads of activities for kids.
Stroll the Oregon Zoo and admire the festive 1.6 million lights with a glass of wine or beer in hand. 21+ only.
Show us just what you can create with LEGOs, and check out the impressive constructions of others, too, at the convention center.
Bridge of the Gods Kitefest
100+ pro and amateur kiteboarders race 17 miles down the Columbia River.
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
For 3 days, jazz and blues greats lay it down while fans lounge beneath the Gothic arches and columns of St. Johns Bridge. Now in its 40th year. Free.
The Oregon Potters Association puts on the largest ceramics show in the nation. Buy, admire, and talk shop. Free.
Get tickets early for this wild New Year's party, which touts 1400 guests, 4 dance floors, 17 bars, and one epic countdown.
Is chardonnay Oregon's next big grape? Taste and decide for yourself at this wine-country festival.
Chinese New Year Cultural Fair
Celebrate the Year of the Rat and learn about Asian cultures, both abroad and in Portland, at this huge Chinese New Year fair.
Start that diet tomorrow — run for chocolate today! Choose from a 5K run/walk or a 10K run.
Christmas at Fort Vancouver
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas within the reconstructed fort, with costumed volunteers, hands-on crafts, caroling and live demos galore.
Christmas Ships Parade
Quite a sight! Boats decorated with holiday lights parade along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Check the website for a schedule with locations.
Cider Rite of Spring
Ring in spring than with over 30 NW cidermakers and their fermented wares. Many are seasonal or limited edition pours.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
It's one of the nation's most spectacular celebrations, with fireworks, mariachis, dancing, and lucha libre wrestling, in Waterfront Park.
Clackamas Down the River Clean Up
A great excuse to hit the Clackamas River with a gang of trash-collecting do-gooders. Have fun sustaining Oregon rivers.
Crafty Wonderland Art + Craft Markets
Over 250 artisans gather to share and sell their handmade products. Free admission and tons of gift ideas. There's also a holiday market held in December.
Dancing in the Square Pow-Wow
Celebrate American Indian Day at this free, dazzling dance with traditional attire, singing, and drums.
Hop a double-decker bus and tour Sellwood-Moreland's retailers and restaurants. 100s of festive games, sales, and crafts. Free.
Design Week Portland
Enter the world of design and be amazed by 100s of visually mesmerizing events across the city.
Dirty Leprechaun 5K Mud Run
An alternative to the Shamrock Run, it takes place on Lee Farms in Tualatin with mud, obstacles, bonfires, food, and brews.
A huge, worldwide event, everyone turns their lights off for one hour (that's 8:30-9:30pm in Portland).
It's a perfect snapshot of Oregon cuisine: all-star chefs, lots to eat and drink, and proceeds go toward ending hunger in the US.
From theater and dance to literature and visual art, 75 local artists unveil new works in venues citywide. Workshops, too.
Festival of Balloons in Tigard
It's a beautiful image: Hundreds of hot-air balloons taking to the skies at sunrise. Then the festivities kick off, with cotton candy, a car show, a beer garden, and much more.
Festival of Flowers
In a city famous for flowers, this huge art installation in Pioneer Courthouse Square takes the cake.
Festival of the Last Minute
Procrastinators rejoice! This gift-filled festival hosted by Portland Saturday Market has your back. Even Santa has been known to make an appearance.
First Day Hike
Kick the new year off right with a ranger-guided hike at participating parks across the state. Free.
These city-hosted events are all about home improvement, with cost-saving tips and more. Look for a 2nd fair in February.
Welcome sailors and members of the navy to Portland, and take free tours of their ships.
Foot Traffic Flat
This Sauvie Island race offers a 5K and an 8K as well as full and half marathons, all known for their flat, scenic terrain.
Foot Traffic Holiday Half Marathon
This flat half marathon and 5K in North Portland is all about having fun, ending with seasonal ales and eggnog, warm food, and carolers.
Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance
Head to Pacific University's Forest Grove campus to see seriously beautiful vintage cars. Raises money for students and the community. Now in its 48th year.
Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
Spend a spirited evening listening to (or participate in) this all-ages caroling competition. Free.
Great Train Show
All aboard! It has a huge LEGO train display, 40+ train exhibitors, and more. Discounts on the website.
Since 1952, this popular festival has opened the door to Greek culture, with Greek food, dances, vendors, and cultural crafts.
Hagg Lake Mud Run
Ranked one of the best trail races in the state, it's all about getting muddy. Choose 25K, 50K, or both.
Hawthorne Holiday Stroll
Expect singing, decorations, special store offers, and more when this Southeast boulevard decks the halls.
Hawthorne Street Fair
See Hawthorne like you've never seen it before, as local artists, musicians, and vendors take over the boulevard.
Helvetia Half Marathon & 10K
This popular run/walk offers a half marathon, a 5K, or a 10K through scenic farmlands. Races begin and end at Hillsboro Stadium.
Hippie Chick Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K
This all-women race is all about inspiring women to reach their goals. Flat, with a supportive environment and great after-party.
Ho Ho 5K
Tis the season to give and get in shape at this holiday run in Tigard. Bring food and clothing donations for a reduced registration fee.
Holiday Ale Festival
Celebrate the holidays in Pioneer Courthouse Square with fellow beer lovers and more than 50 potent winter ales.
Holiday Concert Series
Hear new takes on classic holiday songs at the First Congregational Church. Previous performers include a Fijian superstar and a rock violinist.
Holiday Food & Gift Festival
Get your shopping done early while supporting local craftspeople and businesses. Gourmet food, tea, and coffee tastings, too.
Hood River Valley Blossom Time
Experience one of the country's most fertile fruit-growing regions. The 35-mile Hood River Fruit Loop blooms with farm stands and festivities on various dates throughout the month.
Hood to Coast Relay
Register a 12-member team to run day and night from Mt. Hood to Seaside. Expect an epic beach party at the end of the 199-mile route.
Trick-or-treaters collect candy while learning about animals and their habitats. Scavenger hunts and hands-on activities, too.
Now’s your chance to eat traditional curries and learn about Indian music and dance.
International Cat Show
It's all about cat love! Admire pure breeds, buy cat toys, and maybe add a new cat to the family. Bring canned goods for a discount.
International Pinot Noir Celebration
One of the most prestigious wine events in the world, it features top pinot noirs, seminars, and the famous salmon bake. Buy tickets early.
Kells St. Patrick’s Irish Festival
May the luck of the Irish be with you! It's Portland's largest St. Patrick's Day party, with a good mix of traditional entertainment for families and revelers.
It's a festival designed for parents and their kids! Storytelling, innovative games, healthy and delicious foods, and lots of fun.
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
This huge regional art show features established and emerging artists, from dancers to painters and sculptors, all around town. Most shows free.
Lights on Peacock Lane
Head to Southeast's Belmont neighborhood to tour an entire street of Tudor homes elaborately decorated for the holidays. Look for pedestrian-only nights.
McMenamins UFO Festival
In McMinnville, the nation's 2nd-largest UFO festival is truly out of this world, with a parade, a costume ball, and lectures by alien specialists.
Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country
The vineyards are beautiful in May, and even small wineries throw open their doors for special tastings, discounts, and entertainment.
Milk Carton Boat Race
From Sellwood Park, watch a race involving everything from a pirate ship to a tank—all made from milk cartons! Free.
This family-oriented, community-building event celebrates Japanese culture, with mochi pounding, live performances, and tasty mochi.
Mondo Croquet World Championships and Mad Hatter Picnic
This surreal version of croquet involves bowling balls, sledgehammers, and fun costumes. 2020 is its 23rd year!
Mount Angel Oktoberfest
Mount Angel becomes Munich: The whole town dresses up to partake of alpine food, wiener dog races, free concerts, and traditional Biergartens.
Mount Angel Volksfest
Oktoberfest in the spring! Loads of first-rate German beer, sausage, polka, and family fun.
Mt. Tabor Art Walk
Grab a map and tour this artistic neighborhood's art studios and artists' homes.
Museum Day Live
One-day, Smithsonian-sponsored event provides free admission to museums across the country. Find participating locations and download tickets online.
My Muddy Valentine
You will definitely find true mud at this race in honor of Valentine's Day, featuring brunch, mimosas, beer, and music.
National Bike to Work Day
Promote a healthy body and environment by joining fellow bikers and riding to work.
Northwest Art & Air Festival
Find hot-air balloon launches, textile arts, and live shows galore at this free fest in Albany. Bring $ for parking.
Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
Now part of the Portland International Film Festival, this nationally significant event finds, selects, and shows the best new films by NW filmmakers.
Northwest Food & Wine Festival
Enjoy near-endless pairing options at this epic foodie event, bringing together 600 West Coast wines and 50 restaurants.
Northwest String Summit
Banjos, fiddles, violins, guitars—a music fest dedicated to stringed instruments, with optional camping, in North Plains.
The image of hundreds of candlelit lanterns ascending skyward is a beautiful way to commemorate one's ancestors. Purchase and decorate your lantern in advance.
Oktoberfest at Oaks Amusement Park
Head to Sellwood for authentic German sausages and beers in a classic American amusement park.
Old House Revival Tour
Tour some of Portland's most historic and beautiful homes with an eye to renovation and preservation. The self-guided tour offers opportunities to talk with homeowners and craftspeople.
Oregon Brewers Festival
Now in its 33rd year, it brings Oregon beer lovers and brewers from around the world together in Waterfront Park.
Oregon Cider Week
The cider revolution is now! Expect lots of tap takeovers, special releases, themed tastings, and cidermaker meet-ups.
Oregon Country Fair
Perhaps Oregon's most famous fair, with attendance nearing 50,000. It's worth the 2-hour drive for free-spirited fun on 280 acres.
Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival
In Canby, sign up for workshops and watch competitions to learn all about fiber arts, such as knitting, and raising livestock.
Oregon Garden Barn Dance
A chance to go honky-tonkin' in the garden in Silverton. Live music, line-dancing lessons, and good eats.
Oregon Orchid Show & Sale
Admire and purchase orchids native to locales from Africa to Thailand, at the Northwest's largest orchid show.
Oregon Star Party
Marvel at the stars in the dark skies of eastern Oregon at one of the nation's largest star parties.
Oregon State Fair
Amateur home-brew and chocolate-cake competitions take their place alongside bigger carnival rides and musical acts. In Salem.
Oregon State Parks Day
Get out of town... and into the country! For one day, enjoy free camping and day-use parking in all state parks.
Oregon Truffle Festival
Who knew Oregon is home to one of the world's rarest gourmet ingredients? Find a 2nd event in February.
Oregon Winter Half Marathon
Run 13 miles and 192.5 feet on a mostly flat course through The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club. Quarter marathon and 5K runs, too.
Oregon Zoo Rabbit Romp
Free with zoo admission, candy-egg hunts are held every 15 minutes for kids and toddlers. Don't forget a basket!
Oregon turns 161, and she's never looked better. It's a great day to be an Oregonian. Enjoy it!
Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show
Lovers of the outdoors, find everything you'll need for an adventurous 2020. Past years included a massive indoor river and free trout-fishing for kids.
PDX Jazz Festival
For almost 2 weeks, some of the best jazz musicians on earth play shows in venues across the city. Now in its 17th year.
Perseid Meteor Shower Watch
It's one of the most dramatic star shows all year. OMSI even throws a party at both L.L. "Stub" Stewart and Rooster Rock State Parks (bring $5 for parking).
Head out to Happy Valley's Pendarvis Farm for this music festival with camping and top indie musicians.
Portland Arts & Lectures
Get inspired by some of the world's most famous authors. Dates in February and May, too.
Portland Beaujolais Nouveau Festival
Celebrate the release of a new vintage of beaujolais, with French and local beaujolais—a tradition begun in France. Get tickets early.
Portland Boat Show
Check out boats of all sizes and styles in a 250,000-sq-ft space. Kids 12 and under attend free.
Portland Book Festival
In this revamped version of Wordstock, Portland becomes an open book, with author readings, workshops, and book signings at venues across the city.
Portland Bridal Show
Planning your dream wedding? Meet with local pros and see if the perfect dress catches your eye on the runway.
Portland Craft Beer Festival
This well-attended beerfest is seriously local, pouring beers, ciders, meads, and wines crafted almost exclusively within the city limits.
Portland Dining Month
Get to know the food scene on the cheap. Restaurants citywide serve up 3-course meals for one low price.
Portland Erotic Ball
Portland's largest costume contest and Halloween party gets risque, with DJs, dancing, and performances.
Portland Highland Games
Before it was plaid, it was tartan. Gresham gets into a Scottish state of mind with kilt races, bagpiping, and dancing.
Portland International Auto Show
Admire the world's most advanced and exotic cars and test-drive the latest models. Find family-pass deals on the website.
Portland International Beerfest
Get a global perspective: Drink high-end beers from over 10 countries in the North Park Blocks.
Portland International Film Festival
The largest filmfest in Oregon brings 100s of critically acclaimed movies, by both celebrated and under-the-radar directors, to theaters citywide.
Portland International Raceway Auto Swap Meet
This huge classic-auto swap has 1500 vendors and everything from vintage car sales to rare auto parts.
Portland Mardi Gras Ball
Get into a New Orleans state of mind, with party-on costumes, big bands, and dancing galore.
Portland Old-Time Music Gathering
This traditional-music festival is bound to get your toes tappin', with more fiddles, banjos, and square dancing than you can shake a stick at.
Portland Open Studios
Support and engage with local artists by visiting 100+ jury-selected studios throughout the city.
Portland Pride Festival & Parade
Portland's largest celebration of diversity encompasses numerous events, including a wild Saturday-night dance party, leading up to Sunday's big parade.
Portland Roadster Show
This long-running car show delivers celebrity builders, the model car contest, rockabilly shows, and lots of "automotive art."
Portland Rose Festival
The best city on earth knows how to get down, with parades, runs, and concerts for an entire month.
Portland Rose Society’s Spring Rose Show
Prepare to astound your senses: For nearly 130 years, it's showcased 1000s of beautiful roses. There's usually a fall show in September, too.
Portland Saturday Market Presents Spiritsfest
Take in a live show while sampling a variety of local spirits. Free. For 21+ crowd. Holiday-themed fest in December, too.
Portland Seafood & Wine Festival
Timed with the peak of Dungeness crab season, it brings you local seafood and wines from more than 50 Oregon wineries for upscale fun at a good price.
Portland Spring Home & Garden Show
Get inspired! The show shares the most up-to-date garden designs, color trends, rockwork, and more. There's a show in the fall, too.
Portland Startup Week
Connect with the local entrepreneurial community through talks, classes, and more. Free.
Portland Swap Meet
Tour over 3500 vendor stalls to find the rarest and most random car parts. Vintage cars on display, too.
Portland Tree Lighting Ceremony
A choir kicks things off and talented musicians lead sing-alongs, all in honor of the illumination of Portland's 75-ft, 14,000-light tree.
Indulge in the vegetable-based diet, with national chefs, best-selling authors, and lots of food.
Portland Veterans Day Parade
Thank veterans, active military, and their families at this 2000-strong parade in NE.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Inspired by light festivals around the world; Art installations and brilliant performances illuminate hubs throughout the city. Free.
POW Film Fest
Watch more than 60 new and critically acclaimed films by women filmmakers.
Proper Thanksgiving Feast-ival
Everyone is welcome at this Kenton neighborhood tradition, which serves up free Thanksgiving dinner to hungry families. To volunteer, check the website for details.
Providence Bridge Pedal
Explore Portland's bridges by bike, at one of the largest rides all year. Routes span a variety of bridges and include a ride for kids. This year is its 25th anniversary.
Providence Festival of Trees
View creatively decorated trees with themes, from bicycles to the Trail Blazers. Proceeds benefit Providence Health & Services.
Race for the Roses
Run half marathon, 10K, 5K, or 1K races, all starting at the convention center, to raise funds for Albertina Kerr.
Reach the Beach
Whether a pro or amateur cyclist, ride to the beach and raise money for the American Lung Association.
Recycled Arts Festival
Supporting the environment has never been funnier: jugglers, clowns, and awesomely inventive artworks made from recycled materials.
Red Dress Party
At this fundraiser, everyone wears a red dress and dances into the wee hours. Proceeds go to gender-equality organizations.
Rice Northwest Museum’s Summer Festival
Teach your kids that rocks rock, with colorful geodes and cool Oregon fossils at this Smithsonian-supported museum.
Rose City Book & Paper Fair
Find 1000s of well-priced used books sold by independent West Coast bookstores at this friendly book fair.
Rose City Classic
A must for dog lovers, it's one of the largest dog shows in the nation, with over 185 breeds and numerous competitions.
Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race
Here's your chance to ride a dragon! Join a team or watch as nearly 100 decorated boats charge between the downtown bridges. Free.
Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade
It's our city's parade! Flower-bedazzled floats, spectacular costumes, marching bands, and more.
Rose Festival Starlight Parade
Its whimsical floats have illuminated downtown Portland since the early 1900s. Go early! Many stake out seats hours in advance.
Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim
Join this daring group in Hood River, and swim 1.1 miles across the Columbia. Now in its 77th year.
Run Like Hell!
What makes running even better? Costumes! Dress for Halloween and run a 5K, 10K, or half marathon downtown. Check the website for this year's theme.
Run Mama Run
Moms of all stripes will dig this noncompetitive race around Mt. Tabor Park. 5K, 10K, and a kids’ fun run. Proceeds benefit Mother & Child.
Join pros in constructing the best sand castles ever! This classic event has taken place on Cannon Beach for more than 55 years.
Sandy Mountain Festival
Prepare for a massive weekend of family fun at Sandy's #1 festival, with a parade, carnival, artist showcase, and kid-friendly activities.
Enjoy Scandinavian tradition, with a Finnish Santa Claus, the Pippi Longstocking Room, and lots of dancing and food.
The largest running event in the state always sells out and always ends with brews. Choose half marathon, 5K, 8K, or 15K.
Sherwood Robin Hood Festival
One of Oregon's oldest and most unique events includes a parade, knightings, Vendor Village, and an international archery competition. Free. 2020 is its 66th year!
Sherwood Winter Festival
This community celebration includes a parade, tree lighting, and lots of free activities for kids.
Sip of Spring
Sample craft brews and ciders amidst the fields and farm animals at historic Rossi Farms. No minors or pets.
SIP! The McMinnville Wine & Food Classic
Touring the Evergreen Space Museum is amazing in itself, never mind adding over 150 fine wineries, restaurants, and artists.
SkiFever & Snowboard Show
Get ready for winter: Sell or swap old gear and buy new gear at discounted prices, at this huge snow-sport event.
SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup
Help keep Oregon beautiful! Choose from over 100 litter cleanup or restoration projects across the state.
SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup
Help to keep Oregon's beaches pristine at this beach-cleaning event. Join 1000s coastwide.
Soul'd Out Music Festival
Bringing the funk from far and wide, it's a huge showcase of hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and beats. 2020 is the 11th anniversary edition.
Spring Whale Watching Week
See and learn about gray whales with help from knowledgeable volunteers at 24 coastal locations.
St. Johns Bizarre
Cheer on the St. Johns Parade, and then check out live bands, local artisans, and food carts. Keep St. Johns bizarre!
St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival
March with families through the streets of Sellwood-Moreland. Parade ends with a carnival and various Irish goodies.
St. Paul Rodeo
Take the family to a truly traditional rodeo, now in its 85th year, for barrel-racing, bull-riding, fireworks, BBQ cook-offs, and more.
Wait... is it a 5K race or a costume-themed street party? Both? It's Portland's largest fun run! Now in its 42nd year.
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Roll yer Rrrs and shiver yer timbers—there be pirates afoot in Porrrtland today!
Sister to MusicfestNW, it inspires with big-name speakers and the latest gadgetry.
Listen to inspiring talks by Portland's most creative and influential people.
The Big Float
Swap hot pavement for cool Willamette waters. This visually stunning float in Waterfront Park is all about showing off inflatable style.
The Catio Tour
Investigate the cuddly world of cat patios, and maybe even walk away with plans to build your own.
The Christmas Revels
Partake in a traditional winter solstice celebration, with over 10 holiday performances that combine medieval, Victorian, and Celtic themes with songs, dance, poetry, and drama.
The Portland Bazaar
Enjoy food trucks, live music, cocktails, and shopping at over 70 high-quality local artisans.
Northwest artisan cheesemakers are doing incredible things. Sample and buy cheeses and beverages. Cheese-wheel bowling, too!
Thrill the World Portland
See the most influential music video in history reenacted downtown. Feel free to don your best zombie makeup and join in!
Time-Based Art Festival
Acclaimed artists, from international dancers to boundary-pushing sculptors, bring creative energy to venues citywide.
A Thanksgiving-day 5K walk/run for crazily costumed plant eaters! Vegan food and prizes await at the finish line.
Buy native Oregon plants in Tryon Creek Park, where experts and enthusiasts are on hand to offer advice. In 2020, look for a large 40th anniversary celebration.
Let’s face it—life’s just better with a tuba. And 250 tubas, all playing holiday songs for free in Portland's Living Room, is exceptional.
Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo
How better to make room for mashed potatoes and gravy than by participating in these fun Thanksgiving-morning runs?
Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival
Dance your blues away, accompanied by jazz and wines from more than 50 wineries.
Verboort Sausage & Sauerkraut Festival
Since 1934, it has made other sausage events blush, with 30,000 lbs of sausage and bulk-purchase lines beginning hours before sunrise.
Village Building Convergence
Join your neighbors in making Portland more beautiful. Hands-on projects at more than 35 sites citywide.
Washington County Fair
Free to attend, this classic county fair offers carnival rides, animal and car shows, and plenty of fried oddities.
Washington State International Kite Festival
Voted the best kite festival in North America; 100s of colorful kites soar over Long Beach, Washington.
Waterfront Blues Festival
Blues and rock musicians lay down the jams on dueling stages in Waterfront Park, at this Oregon Food Bank fundraiser.
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
Watch costumed competitors row across Tualatin Lake in boat-sized pumpkins. Funny-looking fun for everyone.
West Coast Haunters Convention
Join fellow horror enthusiasts at this huge convention, with haunt tours, seminars, a costume ball, and vendors selling creepy novelties.
Wine Country Thanksgiving
Whether holiday shopping or just tasting with friends and family, you'll find discounts and festivities in the Willamette Valley.
World Domination Summit
Want to kick your life up a notch? This week of workshops, keynotes, and meet-ups are here to help.
Over 100 of Oregon's 200+ breweries open their doors, with special events, free tastings, and tours.