Activities on the Portland Events Wall Calendar
Beaches on Sauvie Island
When those dog days arrive, it's time to hit the Sauvie Island beaches—public, nudist, or lakeside.
See up to 60 unique species within a few hours. Smith and Bybee Wetlands and Forest Park are ideal birding spots.
Put on your beer goggles and see Portland with this local tour company specializing in microbreweries.
Few places on earth have the unspoiled natural beauty of the NW: Explore the great outdoors!
Cascade Festival of African Films
See Africa through the eyes of African filmmakers. Films on select dates in February. Free.
Each spring brings a flowery wonderland to Portland, and Waterfront Park is one of the highlights.
Concerts in the Park
Bands play music of all genres in parks throughout Portland all summer long. Concerts begin around 6:30pm. Free.
Cosmic Tubing on Mt. Hood
When the sun sets, Mt. Hood Skibowl cranks up the disco lights and music for snow tubing with a family-friendly twist.
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
More than 2,500 rhodies, azaleas, and companion plants begin to bloom in early spring. Take advantage of weekly free days throughout the year.
Culinary Classes at Middleground Farms
At this family-owned hobby farm, cooks of all skill levels learn new techniques and cuisines in a variety of hands-on classes.
A “Platinum Level Bike Friendly Community,” today’s the day to enjoy hundreds of bike paths.
This homemade Milwaukie graveyard is even creepier than the real deal. Open all October. Weekends hold special terrors.
Dine the Couve
In Vancouver,, 30+ restaurants are offering three-course meals for one low price all month long.
Ever played chess with a queen over 2 feet tall, on a board 16 feet across? The Director Park public piazza has this and more. Free.
DIY Coffee Roasting
Learn how to roast your own coffee at Mr. Green Beans. Portland really does seem to have everything sometimes...
Spend quality time with your pooch at one of these Portland parks.
Drive the Historic Columbia River Highway
First, waterfalls and hiking trails abound; then, just after the town of Hood River, the beautiful desert begins.
This promenade, part of which floats in the Willamette River, provides a panoramic view of Portland.
Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
McMenamins' 74-acre venue in Troutdale has a brewery, winery, and distillery and hosts outdoor concerts June-September.
Fall Color at Portland Japanese Garden
For a few weeks each autumn, this serene garden explodes into shades of yellow, orange, and red.
Flicks on the Bricks
Watch classic blockbusters for free in the Square. Many Fridays, July-August.
Experience therapeutic sense deprivation—liquid meditation, if you will—at Portland's largest float tank center.
5170 acres of shaded trails within walking distance of Downtown. How lucky is that?
Get Out and Enjoy the Snow
Whether or not it snows in Portland, the slopes and snowy terrain lie just an hour away at Mt. Hood.
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
What’s not to love? Retro arcade games, good food and drinks, and reasonable prices.
Halloween Fantasy Trail
Fright for the whole family: 1000 feet of eerie sounds and sights, including a spooky tunnel and suspension bridge, all month.
Portland’s are some of the best in the nation, whether martinis, microbrews, or sushi.
See over 6000 varieties of trees and plants. Something's always in bloom. Free.
Interactive Fountains & Splash Pads
From man-made waterfalls to wading pools, these splash-tastic parks are a great way to beat the heat.
A winning combination of historic homes and rose garden's, this neighborhood is ideal for an urban hike.
Last Thursday on Alberta
If you haven't seen it, go! Artists and artisans and their fans take over NE Alberta on the last Thursday of each month.
Leach Botanical Garden
Johnson Creeks runs right through this whimsical and serene estate garden, home to 4.5-acres of trails, woodlands, stone structures, and sculptures. Free.
McMenamins Soaking Pools
Melt the winter blues away in one of McMenamins' heated saltwater pools, several of which are open daily to the public. Don't forget a towel!
Mondays on the Mall
From chocolate chip cookie giveaways to silent discos, there's free fun happening downtown most Mondays throughout the year.
Movies in the Park
Whichever neighborhood you call home, it probably has a park, where you can watch beloved movies for free all summer long.
Catch excellent views of the city while hiking one of the only extinct inner-city volcanos in the US.
One of the tallest waterfalls in the nation is just 45 minutes away.
Music on Main
Time to dance in the street! Each year, bands take over Main Street and rock out for free. Most Wednesdays.
National Hat Museum
Displaying a fashionable collection of over 1000 historical hats, this is the largest hat museum in the US. Reservations required.
New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden
This authentic botanical garden goes all out for Chinese New Year, with two weeks of cultural performances, lion dancing, folk art, lantern viewings, and more.
New Year's Day Skyline
Hello 2020! Celebrate the first sunrise of the year at 7:51am, or take in the sunset at 4:38pm.
Noon Tunes Concert Series
For 30 years, regional and local bands have brought the funk to this free event. Tuesdays, July-August.
OMSI Science Pub
Great for both brainiacs and laid-back lovers of ideas. Oh, and there's beer. Show up early.
Celebrate the holidays at the Oregon Garden with festive lights, candy canes, warm drinks, and artisan vendors. Open most days.
Oregon Lavendar Farms
When the scent of lavender fills the air, it's time to hit the countryside to find the source. Choose from numerous farms and activities.
Oregon Maritime Museum
Anchored at Waterfront Park, this museum is housed in the last steam sternwheeler in the country.
Oregon Wine Month
Wineries all over the state hold special events. A great excuse to sip wine, meet winemakers, and take in the beauty of wine country.
Find out what’s new at the zoo! After exploring the revamped primate forest, learn why foxes are sly, beavers are busy, and polar bears are just plain cool.
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
Support the zoo throughout the summer by hearing big-name musicians play beneath the stars. Past acts include Ziggy Marley and Cheap Trick.
Paul Bunyan Statue
The most famous Paul Bunyan statue in the nation stands 31 feet tall in North Portland.
Philip Foster Farm
Experience 19th-century life firsthand on these historic grounds, including a 1860 barn. Special events during summer months, like a family history day and cider pressing.
Incorporating English, Turkish, and French designs, this mansion was built by Henry Pittock, onetime publisher of The Oregonian.
Portland Children’s Museum
Educational fun provided by the professionals! Tap into workshops, readings, scavenger hunts, and more.
Portland Chinatown Museum
Immerse yourself in Chinese-American history and culture at this powerful new museum, located in the heart of Portland’s Chinatown district.
Portland Dining Month
Get to know the food scene on the cheap. Restaurants citywide serve up 3-course meals for one low price.
Portland Farmers Market
There's nothing like a lazy morning spent wandering the farmers market, followed by a delicious lunch of local ingredients.
Portland Festival Symphony Free Concerts
Hear Mozart and Beethoven performed in Portland parks for free. It's a 35+ year tradition.
Portland Flea + Food
Central Eastside market brings together 40+ local makers, vintage decor, and food purveyors the last Sunday of most months.
Love soccer? Play all year long, rain or shine, at this dynamic 5-against-5 version of Portland’s favorite game.
Portland Saturday Market
Local artisans, from jewelry and clothing makers to potters and brewers, gather in Waterfront Park on Saturdays and Sundays through December.
Portland Spirit River Cruises
From Oregon City to the Bonneville Dam, sightseeing cruises tell the story of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.
Portland Street Murals
Get to know Portland’s avant-garde artsy side with a self-directed tour of its 35+ public murals. Maps available online.
One of the largest of its kind, this hammered copper sculpture has to be seen to be believed.
Join fellow bibliophiles and patronize the largest used and new bookstore in the world.
An exercise in balance, creativity, and courage, rock climbing just plain rocks. Popular and nearby sites include Broughton Bluff and Rocky Butte.
Roller Skating at Oaks Amusement Park
For some old school fun, head to this large disco-era rink for classes, open skate, and roller dances. Open most days year round.
Disc golf, swimming, nude and regular beaches, picnic areas, and so much more, this recreational park is one of the best in the Gorge.
Rowena Crest Viewpoint
For a bird’s-eye view of the Gorge, as well as spectacular wildflower displays, head to this trailhead in 231-acre Tom McCall Preserve.
Dust off those running shoes and take in the scenes and scents of Portland spring.
Russian Tea Experience
The Heathman's revamped high tea service blends Russian treats with Steven Smith teas. Weekends, reservations required.
Simon Benson House
A piece of local history, this restored Queen Anne-style home in downtown was built by influential businessman Simon Benson.
Burlesque at its best! Every Sunday night, Dante’s risqué cabaret show features music and fire-dancing.
Stark’s Vacuum Museum
Recently renovated, this unique museum explores the history of the vacuum and showcases 25 of the most iconic models.
Storytimes at the Portland Library
Share the world of books with your kids, at regularly scheduled storytimes in libraries around the city.
Summer Arts on Main
Most Wednesdays through the end of August, enjoy art, music, kids activities, and creative performances in downtown.
On select Sundays when the weather's warm, Portland closes neighborhood streets and celebrates biking with classes and fun rides.
Each September, watch 1000s of chimney swifts perform amazing acrobatics at dusk at the Chapman School in NW Portland.
The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
With offerings that range from alien autopsies to bug candy, this place almost makes the rest of Portland seem normal.
Built into the side of Rocky Butte, this shrine is stunning. Stroll the quiet paths and enjoy the botanical gardens.
The Lovecraft Bar
A horror-themed bar, it worships H. P. Lovecraft with movie nights, live shows, and the notorious late-night "unhappy hour."
The Miracle of a Million Lights
Historic Victorian Belle mansion gets decked out for Christmas and throws open its doors for tours. Check the website for admission discounts.
The Oregon Coast
The Oregon coastline is pristine and stunning year-round. Hike, eat, and always hit the beach.
The Portland Thorns
Portland's professional female soccer team seriously knows how to kick... soccer balls. The season starts this month.
The Portland Timbers
We're not known as one of the loudest stadiums in the US for nothing. Join the Timbers Army!
The Portland Trail Blazers
Time to root for Rip City! The Blazers begin another season this fall.
This all female-identified mini-bike dance troupe has been promoting Portland bike culture through summer camps and acrobatic performances since 2004.
For family fun and a bird’s-eye view of cheese making, head to the newly rebuilt visitors center of this award-winning creamery. Ice cream and cheese curds optional.
Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park
Try out the newest adrenaline activity. This aerial obstacle course provides thrilling fun for most ages.
You don't have to board a train to be transported. With travertine marble and art deco design, this piece of living history takes you back in time.
Don comfortable shoes and pack a picnic, this park is full of recreational areas, hiking trails, and museums.
Willamette Falls Heritage Area
This State Heritage Area centers on a natural waterfall 2nd only to Niagara Falls in terms of sheer volume. Visit by boat to see wildlife, from jumping sturgeon to sea lions.
Willamette Jet Boat Tour
Get to know the Willamette just a little bit better, from wildlife to military vessels. Prepare to get soaked!
The "largest light show in the Northwest” can be toured in the comfort of your car. Open Christmas Eve, too.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest
When the flowers are in bloom (late March through early May), pick tulips on this massive farm at the base of Mt. Hood.
World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
A unique opportunity to learn all about forests! Expect loads of hands-on activities.
More than a million lights transform the zoo into another world. Select days all month.