EVENTS ON THE PORTLAND EVENTS WALL CALENDAR
82nd Avenue of Roses Parade & Carnival Days
This parade just gets bigger! Ending with a classic car cruise-in and a carnival with free fun for kids.
A Festival of Quilts
For over 40 years, Northwest Quilters has brought quilting workshops and beautiful quilts to inspire and admire.
Adult Soap Box Derby
Only in Portland would adults lovingly build soap box racers and hurl themselves down a cinder cone. Free.
AIDS Walk Portland
Join forces with others to raise money and awareness for local HIV/AIDS services and outreach programs.
Alberta Street Fair
It's one of the city's largest street fairs; art installations, performance art, live music, and vendors stretch for blocks.
All Jane Comedy Festival
Laugh until you burst! The best female comics in the industry perform in comedy clubs around the city.
Alpenrose Dairy Easter Egg Hunt
Now in its 55th year. Take your kids, ages 3-8, to hunt for Easter eggs at a beautiful dairy. One of Portland's biggest Easter events for over 50 years. Free.
America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar
Get gift ideas from 1000 vendors, many selling handmade gifts. Find free days and admission discounts on the website.
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.
Banks Bar-B-Que 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! At the Portland Art Museum, delight in a French marketplace, street performers, and kids' activities.
Belmont Street Fair
Get funky with a day of kids' activities, live music, vendors, and lots of dancing.
Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt
Form a costumed troop of 3-5 bikers and scour the city for treasure, prizes, and glory!
Bites for Rights
Eat statewide at participating restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and bakeries to raise funds for local LGBT organizations.
Adults and youth show just what you can create with Legos, at the convention center.
Bridgetown Comedy Festival
Get ready to laugh at over 100 performances. It attracts the biggest and newest names in comedy, including hilarious locals.
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
For 3 days, jazz greats lay it down while fans lounge beneath the St. John Bridge. 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.
Chinese New Year Cultural Fair
Celebrate the year of the rooster and learn about Asian cultures, both abroad and in Portland, at this huge Chinese New Year fair.
Join the chocolate revolution! An adults-only opening-night chocolate party, followed by all-ages tastings of amazing chocolates.
Bring the family to sample New England-style clam chowders and vote for the best. Beer garden, live music, kids' area, raffles, and Lompoc Brewing food and beer.
Christine Palmer Antique Shows
Find out how much that old vase is really worth: professional appraisals and 1000s of antiques sold. Shows in July and October, too.
Christmas in Dairyville
This complete Christmas town boasts vintage storefronts and holiday scenes replete with live animals, Santa, and over 300 decorated trees. Free.
Christmas Revels Show
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.
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 Summit Portland
The cider revolution is now! Taste 200+ gluten-free ciders from around the world.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
It's one of the nation's most spectacular celebrations, with fireworks, fire 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.
Code Orange Egg Drop
Whoa! A helicopter drops 20,000 plastic Easter eggs in Brentwood City Park. Around 2000 kids partake in the hunt. Free.
This free classic and custom car show draws 1000s, with 500+ cars, the Burnout competition, and kids' activities. Elvis has even been known to stop in!
It's out-of-the-box fun with boxes! Admire curious cabinets decorated with exotic items, from bones to botanicals, and learn to make your own.
Dancing in the Square Pow-Wow (or American Indian Day Celebration???)
Celebrate the indigenous peoples of the Northwest at this free, dazzling dance with traditional attire, singing, and drums.
Division/Clinton Street Fair and Parade
A parade kicks off a day of vendors, street food, live music, and family fun.
Who's faster, you or your pet? Hosted by the Oregon Humane Society, it's "Portland's biggest party for pets and people." Proceeds help Oregon pets.
Experience the future of fashion. Four evenings of cutting-edge designs by US and international designers.
It's a perfect snapshot of Oregon cuisine: all-star chefs, lots to eat and drink, and proceeds go toward ending hunger in the U.S.
From theater and dance to literature and visual art, 75 local artists unveil new works in venues citywide. Workshops, too.
Festival of the Last Minute
Procrastinators rejoice! This gift-filled festival hosted by Portland Saturday Market has your back.
Filmed by Bike
This festival has gone international! With an opening-night street party, director panels, and about 40 short films dedicated to the art of biking, it's easy to see why.
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 & 5K
This flat half marathon 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 45th year.
Fremont Holiday Fest
Santa and Mrs. Claus ride in on a fire engine with a parade in tow, and stores stay open late for holiday shoppers.
Global Cannabis March
Join cannabis proponents worldwide in marching for the global legalization of marijuana. Speakers and live music in downtown.
Global No Pants Day
For more than a decade, pantless people have boarded the Max and celebrated... cold knees?
Since 1952, this popular festival has opened the door to Greek culture, with Greek food, dances, vendors, and cultural crafts.
Choose to run or walk from a variety of courses in Aloha. Costumes encouraged.
Helvetia Half Marathon & 10K Run/Walk
The half marathon and 10K begin and end at Hillsboro Stadium.
Hippie Chick Quarter & Half Marathon
This all-women race is all about inspiring women to reach their goals. Flat, with a supportive environment and great after-party.
Holiday Ale Festival
Celebrate the holidays in Pioneer Courthouse Square with fellow beer lovers and 100s of 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 198-mile route.
There's no better time to take your kids to the zoo: Trick-or-treaters collect candy while learning about animals and their habitats.
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.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Great for families, this fun and easy event raises money to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.
Kells St. Patrick’s Irish Festival
May the luck of the Irish be there 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.
Something for everyone! These Aloha races range from a 15K relay to a quarter-mile run for kids and always end with lots of food.
Mardi Gras Ball in Portland
Get into a New Orleans state of mind, with party-on costumes, big bands, and dancing galore.
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.
Mississippi Avenue Street Fair
This huge street fair has something for everyone: 40+ bands, local art, beer gardens, and more. Free.
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 Wurstfest
Oktoberfest in the spring! Loads of first-rate German beer, sausage, polka, and family fun.
MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst
For days, the who's who of the independent music scene, from national stars to underground bands, rocks Waterfront Park.
My Macy’s Holiday Parade
Head Downtown to herald the start to the holiday season, with over 20 floats, 600 costumed characters, and the big man in red.
National Bike to Work Day
Promote a healthy body and environment by joining fellow bikers and riding to work.
National Night Out
Each year boasts 120-200 community parties. Get together with your neighbors to show solidarity against crime.
Northwest Animation Festival
Travel into the world of animation at the nation's largest animated-film festival, featuring jury-selected international shorts.
Northwest Quilting Expo
View warm, artistic quilts at this long-running expo, which offers classes, competitions, and sales.
NW Book Festival
This free event in the Square features book sales and 100s of authors of everything from children's books to mysteries.
NW Pet Fair
Free to attend, it has a pet fashion show and other pet competitions, as well as vendors and adoption opportunities.
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.
Oregon Berry Festival
In the Pearl, enter the berry pie contest, check out cookbooks, or just eat lots of berries. Attend the Gala Berry Dinner for even more gourmet fun.
Oregon Brewers Festival
Now in its 30th year, it's brought Oregon beer lovers and brewers from around the world together in Waterfront Park.
Oregon Country Fair
Perhaps Oregon's most famous fair, with attendance nearing 50000. It's worth the 2-hour drive for free-spirited fun on 280 acres.
Oregon Fall Half Marathon
Run this half marathon or 10K before those winter rains arrive.
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 Brewfest
What could be better? Tour the gardens with delicious beers in hand. Bands and food, too.
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
After 150 years, 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 rarest gourmet cooking ingredients on earth?
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 158, 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 2017. Past years included a massive indoor river and free trout-fishing for kids.
PDX Beer Week
A Portland beer week could never last just 7 days. Sample beers from around the nation at themed tastings and parties galore.
PDX Bridge Festival Block Party
2017 marks the 100th birthday of Interstate Bridge. Celebrate at this free-to-attend block party.
PDX Pop Now!
Get into the local music scene at one of Portland's most beloved music events. Free, all-ages, and grassroots.
PDX Urban Wine Experience
See who's making wine in your neighborhood by tasting through dozens of wines made by urban wineries.
Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival
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 April, 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 250000-sq-ft space. Kids 12 and under attend free.
Portland Bridal Show
Planning your dream wedding? Meet with local pros and see if the perfect dress catches your eye on the runway.
Portland Buddhist Festival
Partake in workshops, sing-alongs, and discussions facilitated by Buddhist leaders. A fun, free way to connect.
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 Home & Garden Show
Get inspired! The show has shared the latest garden designs, color trends, rockwork, and more for 70 years.
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 Film Festival
Now in its 40th year. 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 Jazz Festival
For almost 2 weeks, some of the best jazz musicians on earth play shows in venues across the city.
Portland Old-Time 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
A great way to support and engage with local artists. Go behind the scenes while visiting 100 jury-selected artists' studios throughout the city.
Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival
Watch more than 60 new and critically acclaimed films by women filmmakers.
Partake in all-out pinball war at this Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade tournament. Over 100 professionals compete.
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 Festival Grand Floral Parade
It's our city's parade! Flower-bedazzled floats, spectacular costumes, marching bands, and more.
Portland Rose Society’s Spring Rose Show
Prepare to astound your senses: For nearly 130 years, it's showcased 1000s of beautiful roses. Look for a fall show in September, too.
Portland Seafood & Wine Festival
Timed with the peak of Dungeness crab season, it brings you 50 Oregon wineries and local seafood for upscale fun at a good price.
Portland Swap Meet
Tour over 3500 vendor stalls to find the rarest and most random car parts. Vintage cars on display, too.
Portland Track Festival
See many of the nation's fastest young runners compete in a range of distance events at Lewis & Clark College.
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, 14000-light tree.
This time there's no curfew. Relive high school prom at this hip benefit for Planned Parenthood.
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.
Providence Festival of Trees
View creatively decorated trees with themes, from bicycles to the Trail Blazers. Proceeds benefit Providence Health & Services.
It's the only U.S. festival dedicated to LGBT documentaries. Films have profiled such greats as Susan Sontag and more.
Race for the Roses
Run half marathon, 10K, and 5K 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.
Record Store Day
Here's extra incentive to rock Portland's record stores: free in-store shows, free memorabilia, and discounts all day long.
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.
Red, White, & Blues 5 & 10K
The HTC Race Series' fastest course winds mostly downhill. Wear patriotic colors and prepare for food, drink, and live music at the finish line.
Rice Northwest Museum’s Summer Festival
Teach your kids that rocks rock, with colorful geodes and cool Oregon fossils at this Smithsonian-supported museum.
Live music, activities for kids, and brews and ciders from McMenamins and other regional breweries, all on the sprawling Cornelius Pass Roadhouse grounds.
Rose City Classic
A must for dog lovers, it's one of the largest dog shows in the nation, with over 175 breeds and numerous competitions.
Rose City Comic Con
Meet comic-book writers and sci-fi actors and enjoy all things pop culture at Portland's Comic Con.
Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race
Here's your chance to ride a dragon! Join a team or watch the decorated boats charge between the Downtown bridges.
Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Day Parade
Thank veterans, active military, and their families at this 2000-strong parade in NE.
Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim
Join this daring group, now in its 75th year, in Hood River, and swim 1.1 miles across the Columbia.
Join pros in constructing the best sand castles ever! This classic event has taken place on Cannon Beach for more than 50 years.
Here's your chance to dress like Santa, hang with 100s of Santas, and partake in a holiday bar-hop.
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. 2017 is its 64th year!
SHOC Walk & Run for Ovarian Cancer
In Gladstone, join over 700 others running or walking for the Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
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.
SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup
Help to keep Oregon's beaches pristine at this beach-cleaning event. Join 1000s coastwide.
Spring Whale Watching Week
See and learn about gray whales with help from knowledgeable volunteers at 24 coastal locations. Look for a 2nd week in December.
St. Johns Bizarre
Cheer on the St. Johns Parade, and then check out live bands, local artisans, food carts, and more. Keep St. Johns bizarre!
St. Paul Rodeo
Take the family to a truly traditional rodeo, now in its 81st 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!
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Walk, run, cheer, or volunteer to beat breast cancer. Portland's is one of the most successful Komen races in the country.
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Roll yer Rrrs and shiver yer timbers—there be pirates afoot in Porrrtland today!
Listen to inspiring talks by Portland most creative and influential people.
The Bite of Oregon
A tour de force of the local culinary scene, it spotlights celebrity chefs and well-known restaurants, wineries, and breweries and raises money for Special Olympics Oregon.
The First Run & Walk
Hit 2017 running. This beloved race and walk kicks off right after midnight.
The Gathering of the Guilds
Admire and buy handcrafted art at this massive gathering of Oregon craftspeople. Free.
The Northwest Food & Wine Festival
Enjoy near-endless pairing options at this epic foodie event, bringing together 600 West Coast wines and 50 restaurants.
The Portland Marathon
Excellent organization and friendly staff make this one of the best marathons in the nation. Sign up early to ensure a spot.
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.
Top Down: Rooftop Cinema
Watch movies on the Hotel deLuxe rooftop with the skyline in the background. Food, beverages, and NW Film Center-curated movies.
Life's just better with a tuba. And 225 tubas, all playing holiday songs in Portland's Living Room for free, is exceptional.
Turkey Trot at the Zoo
How better to make room for mashed potatoes and gravy than by participating in these fun Thanksgiving-morning runs?
Run 5K, 10K, and "Kidathon" races at Bridgeport Village, Clackamas Town Center, or Downtown Portland.
Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival
Dance your blues away, accompanied by jazz and wines from more than 45 wineries.
Verboort Sausage & Kraut Dinner
Since 1934, it has made other sausage events blush, with 30000 lbs of sausage and bulk-purchase lines beginning hours before sunrise.
Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk
Head to Camp Withycombe in Clackamas to run or walk a flat 5K race. A great way for Vets and neighbors to connect.
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.
What The Festival
Experience huge art installations, bands, and gigantic wading pools while camping in the middle of nowhere, east of Mt. Hood.
Wild Arts Festival
Raise money for the Audubon Society of Portland by admiring or buying fine artworks inspired by nature.
Wine Country Thanksgiving
Whether holiday shopping or just tasting with friends and family, you'll find discounts and festivities in Willamette Valley.
World Naked Bike Ride in Portland
Of all naked bike rides, Portland's is the largest. It raises awareness of the vulnerability of cyclists on busy roads.
Worst Day of the Year Ride
It may or may not be the worst day weather-wise, but the costumes are always the best! Choose between 15- and 42-mile bike rides.
Worst Day of the Year Run
Indulge winter wackiness! Put on your best costume and run through the streets; beer and hot soup await you at the finish line.
Over 100 of Oregon's 200+ breweries open their doors, with special events, free tastings, and tours.