Activities on the Portland Events Wall Calendar
Back Fence PDX
Local storytellers share mind-bending tales rife with wit at this uproarious literary series.
Beaches on Sauvie Island
When those dog days arrive, it's time to hit the Sauvie Island beaches—public, nudist, or lakeside.
Beer Tasting/Brewery Tours
We have more breweries than any other city in the world! Choose from 50+ locations.
Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden in Grant Park
Characters from the author’s books come to life in this sculpture garden.
A “Platinum Level Bike Friendly Community,” today’s the day to enjoy hundreds of bike paths.
See up to 60 unique species within a few hours. Smith and Bybee Wetlands and Forest Park are ideal birding spots.
Few places on earth have the unspoiled natural beauty of the NW: Explore the great outdoors!
Each spring brings a flowery wonderland to Portland, and Waterfront Park is one of the highlights.
Christmas Fantasy Trail
Stroll through a winter wonderland on a 1000-ft path with lights, glittering gingerbread houses, and a full-size Christmas castle.
Christmas Festival of Lights
Magical beyond belief, The Grotto's megalithic cave gets decorated with lights and nativity scenes. 150 choral performances, too.
Join Portland's Community Gardens program for tasty fun. Submit a request online; plots are awarded February-April.
Concerts in the Park
Bands play music of all genres in parks throughout Portland all summer long. Concerts begin around 6:30pm. Free.
Disc Golf at Pier Park
Grab a frisbee and some friends and play a round of disc golf on one of the city's best manicured courses. Free.
Visit this cluster of distilleries in the Central Eastside, all within walking distance, for local handcrafted spirits.
Spend quality time with your pooch at 33 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.
Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
McMenamins' 74-acre venue in Troutdale has a brewery, winery, and distillery and hosts outdoor concerts June-September.
Test your cunning with this new trend: You and your friends get locked in a room with 60 minutes to find a way out.
First Thursday Gallery Walk
Join fellow art lovers at this monthly art-gallery walk in Downtown. See website for participating galleries.
Experience therapeutic sense deprivation—liquid meditation, if you will—at Portland's largest float tank center.
Whether authentic Italian or experimental Russian, there's always new food to try. Dine out on the cheap!
5170 acres within walking distance of Downtown. How lucky is that?
Forktown Food Tours
See Portland as one giant meal! Tours are designed with the ultimate PDX foodie in mind and feature small and up-and-coming restaurants.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
A top historical site in our region, this wooden fort costs $5 to tour (free for kids 15 and under), and many areas are accessible for free.
From burlesque to improv and standup comedy, this SE lounge is 100% pure entertainment, Clown Room included.
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.
Grand Central Bowling
Lanes for bowling, leather couches for chilling, and fine food for dining: Enter the PDX bowling scene.
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.
See over 6000 varieties of trees and plants. Something's always in bloom. Free.
International Rose Test Garden Tour
Learn about the “testing” and the history of roses on a free tour, given while the garden blooms.
Jeff Morris Fire Museum
Explore the exciting history of NW fire fighting through antique fire engines and so much more.
One of McMenamins' most impressive restorations: Once an elementary school, it now houses a movie theater, restaurant, and six unique bars.
Kidd’s Toy Museum
Check out amazing historic toys, some dating back to the 1860s, in inner Southeast. Free.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Take in Chinese architecture with a pond and Chinese garden, followed by tea in a traditional teahouse.
Mill Ends Park
The world's smallest park is here in downtown. Watch closely. You might miss it.
Mondays on the Mall
From ice cream parties to concerts, there's free fun happening downtown most Mondays throughout the year.
Mount Hood Railroad
Tour Oregon on a classic train. Theme rides include the Polar Express, Western Train Robbery, and a champagne brunch.
Movie Madness Video Museum
Explore cinematic history while deciding which movie to rent: The shop displays 100+ costumes and props from Aliens, Citizen Kane, Psycho, and more.
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 forty-five minutes away.
Murder Mystery Dinners
The waiter may take more than your order. Multiple companies give performances, including Eddie May Mysteries and The Dinner Detective.
Portland's music mecca frequently presents free, in-store performances. See a show, then shop through countless titles.
Music on Main
Time to dance in the street! Each year, bands take over Main Street and rock out for free. Most Wednesdays.
National Bike Month
Hop on a bike and join your fellow cyclists in celebrating Portland's excellent bikeways.
New Year's Day Sunrise
Kick off 2017 right by celebrating the first sunrise of the year at 7:51 a.m.
Noon Tunes Concert Series
Regional and local bands have laid down the funk at this free event for over 25 years. Most Tuesdays and Thursdays, July-August.
OMSI After Dark
Explore Portland's science museum with a beer in hand on these adult-only nights.
OMSI Science Pub
Great for both brainiacs and laid-back lovers of ideas. Oh, and there's beer. Show up early.
Oregon Craft Beer Month
An entire month of special brewery tours, beer tastings, and all-around discounts.
Oregon Historical Society Museum
Free for Multnomah County residents, it tells the Northwest's earliest history and the rise of Portland.
Oregon Maritime Museum
Anchored at Waterfront Park, this museum is inside the last steam sternwheeler in the country.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
See giant locomotives and learn about the history of the railroad. Free. $5 train rides available Saturdays.
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.
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 ft tall in North Portland.
Portland Art Museum
Spend a day hanging with the masters. Exhibits change regularly and the permanent collection is huge.
Portland Children’s Museum
Educational fun provided by the professionals! Tap into workshops, readings, scavenger hunts, and more.
Portland Farmers Markets
There's nothing like a lazy Saturday morning at 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 Japanese Garden
Authentic and serene, these gardens transport you. Sit in the tea garden, stroll the moon bridge, or attend a workshop or lecture.
Portland Puppet Museum
Bring the kids for dazzling and inexpensive puppet shows, and tour the museum for free.
Powell’s Book Signings and Readings
Attend readings and meet your favorite authors. Show up early for big names. Free.
An exercise in balance, creativity, and courage, rock climbing just plain rocks. Popular and nearby sites include Broughton Bluff and Rocky Butte.
Rose City Rollers League
Now’s the time to witness this savage and beautiful sport. Women roller skaters compete as rock ’n’ roll plays.
Spanish Coffee at Huber’s
Put on your best flame-retardant clothes and experience the famous Spanish Coffee at Portland's oldest restaurant.
Stark’s Vacuum Museum
With more than 300 vintage vacuums dating back to the 1800s, this unique museum will suck you in.
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
Enjoy art, music, kids' activities, and creative performances downtown. Most Wednesdays, July-August.
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 Northwest Portland.
When it's sweltering, dive into one of the region's cooling waterways. Swim safe. Leave no trace.
The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
With offerings that range from alien autopsies to bug candy, this place almost makes Portland seem normal.
Built into the side of Rocky Butte, this shrine is stunning. Stroll the quiet paths and enjoy the botanical gardens.
The Hat Museum
Displaying a fashionable collection of over 1000 historical hats, this is the largest hat museum in the U.S. Reservations required.
The MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch
Watch out for ghosts and ghouls at this corn maze. Open daily.
The Miracle of a Million Lights
Victorian Belle mansion gets seriously decorated, with tours of its 10 historic rooms. Check the website for admission discounts.
The Multnomah Channel
Put in at the Sauvie Island Boat Ramp and enjoy a mellow paddle or motor with views of Mt. Hood.
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 U.S. for nothing. Join the Timbers Army!
The Portland Trail Blazers
Root for Rip City! The Blazers begin another season this month.
Tour the Davis Graveyard
This homemade Milwaukie graveyard is even creepier than the real deal. Open all October. Weekends hold special terrors.
Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park
Try out the newest adrenaline activity. This aerial obstacle course provides thrilling fun for most ages.
It forecasts the next day's weather by displaying one of three metal figures, every noon in The Square.
Willamette Falls Heritage Area
A natural waterfall in Oregon City, 2nd only to Niagara Falls in terms of sheer water 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!
Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley
Head to Oregon wine country during grape harvest to learn how wine is made. Tastings every day of the week.
The largest holiday "light show in the Northwest” can be toured in the comfort of your car. Open Christmas Eve, too.
Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest
Head into the countryside around Woodburn to pick pumpkins and enjoy hayrides, the Pumpkin Cannon, and more.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest
When the flowers are in bloom (mid-March through early May), pick tulips on this massive farm at the base of Mt. Hood.
Woodstock Mystery Hole
No one knows how deep the "World Famous" mystery hole goes—or what will happen to you if you visit.
More than a million lights transform the zoo into another world. Lasts select days all month.