Activities on the Portland Events Wall Calendar
Architectural Heritage Center
Learn about Portlandís notable architecture through exhibition galleries, a research library, events, and educational programs.
Back Fence PDX
Local storytellers share mind-bending tales rife with wit in this uproarious literary series.
Put on your beer goggles and see Portland with this local tour company specializing in microbreweries.
Cascade Festival of African Films
See Africa through the eyes of African filmmakers. Films on select dates February-March. Free.
Each spring brings a flowery wonderland to Portland, and Waterfront Park is one of the highlights.
Christmas Fantasy Trail
A 1000-ft wooded path takes you through a winter wonderland, complete 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.
Christmas in the Garden
Celebrate the holidays at the Oregon Garden with festive lights, warm drinks, snowless tubing, and artisan vendors. Open Wednesdays through Sundays all month long.
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.
Cosmic Tubing on Mt. Hood
When the sun sets, Mt. Hood Skibowl cranks up the disco lights and music for snowtubing with a family-friendly twist.
Portland's highest point is still a secret. Hike or drive for incredible views.
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.
This homemade Milwaukie graveyard is even creepier than the real deal. Open all October. Weekends hold special terrors.
Visit this cluster of distilleries in the Central Eastside, many within walking distance of one another, to taste and purchase local handcrafted spirits.
Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
McMenamins' 74-acre venue in Troutdale has a brewery, winery, and distillery and hosts outdoor concerts June-September.
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Visitors of all ages experience life on the Oregon Trail through the eyes of the pioneers and natives who lived it.
Test your cunning with this new trend: You and your friends get locked in a room with 60 minutes to find a way out.
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Check out historic planes, including the Spruce Goose, or slide out of a Boeing 747 into the water park. There's an IMAX theater, too.
First Thursday Art Walk
Join fellow art lovers at this monthly art-gallery walk in downtown. See website for participating galleries.
Flicks on the Bricks
Watch classic blockbusters for free in the Square. Many Fridays, July-August.
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 $7 to tour (free for kids 15 and under), and many areas are accessible for free.
Gardening Classes at Portland Nursery
From veggie gardening to bonsai for beginners, get inspired with one-day courses, often free and led by gardening experts.
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.
Glowing Greens Blacklight Miniature Golf
Glow in the dark? Check. 3D? Check. Pirate theme? Check. And underground, too? Yes! Newly remodeled, this indoor mini-golf course is still serious Portland weird.
Halloween Fantasy Trail
Fright for the whole family: 1000 feet of eerie sounds and sights, including a spooky tunnel and suspension bridge, all month.
International Rose Test Garden
Stop and smell the roses at our fair city's iconic 4.5-acre rose test garden, one of the oldest in the nation, and home to 8,000 bushes and 600 varieties. Free.
Jamison Square Wading Pool
Fed by a man-made waterfall, this huge wading pool is a great way to beat the heat.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
The combination of botanical garden and Chinese architecture and art provides a serene escape from the city. Complete your visit with tea in the traditional teahouse.
McMenamins Soaking Pools
Melt your cares away in one of McMenamins' heated saltwater pools, several of which are open daily to the public. Don't forget a towel!
Mount Hood Railroad
Tour the Hood River Valley on a classic train. Theme rides include the Polar Express, the Western Train Robbery, and a champagne brunch.
Movie Madness 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.
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.
Noon Tunes Concert Series
Regional and local bands have laid down the funk at this free event for over 25 years. Most Tuesdays, July-August.
Oaks Amusement Park
With free admission and parking, this amusement park serves up classic fun for a good price. Purchase ride tickets inside.
OMSI After Dark
Explore Portland's science museum with a beer in hand on these adult-only nights.
Oregon Craft Beer Month
An entire month of beer festivals, tastings, and events at breweries statewide.
Oregon Historical Society Museum
Free for Multnomah County residents, it tells the Northwest's earliest history and the rise of Portland.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
See giant locomotives and learn about the history of the railroad for free. Train rides available Saturdays: $5 for kids and $10 for adults.
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.
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 Art Museum
Spend a day hanging with the masters. Exhibits change regularly and the permanent collection is huge.
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 Markets
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 50+ local makers, vintage dÈcor, and food purveyors the last Sunday of most months.
Portland Japanese Garden
Authentic and serene, these gardens transport you. Visit the new Cultural Village, stroll the tea garden, or attend a workshop or lecture.
From handmade piÒatas to artisan chorizo, this festive market brings together more than a dozen shops and food carts inspired by Latino foods and culture. Open daily.
Portland Saturday Market
Local artisans, from jewelry and clothing makers to potters and brewers, gather in Waterfront Park on Saturdays and Sundays through December.
Kick off 2019 with a stroll along the east bank to admire the city's winter skyline.
Portland Spirit River Cruises
From Oregon City to the Bonneville Dam, sightseeing cruises tell the story of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.
Portland Urban Wineries
Get to know your neighborhood winery. Visit during harvest to see winemaking in action.
Powellís Book Signings and Readings
Attend readings and meet your favorite authors. Show up early for big names. Free.
Located in an old house that's rumored to be haunted, it's known for its desserts and live music. So old-school it doesn't even have a website.
Rose City Rollers
Nowís the time to witness this savage and beautiful sport. Women roller skaters compete as rock íní roll plays.
Drive 10 miles north and enjoy Portland's backyard island: Beaches, hiking trails, and U-pick galore.
Silver Falls State Park
Wanna take a walk on the waterfall side? Catch a peek behind stunning South Falls, a 177-foot curtain of water, while trekking the Trail of Ten Falls at this beloved state park.
Smith and Bybee Wetlands
Proof that you can see loads of wildlife within the city limits, these teeming lakes come with a canoe launch, too.
Spanish Coffee at Huberís
Put on your best flame-retardant clothes and experience the famous Spanish Coffee at Portland's oldest restaurant.
On select Sundays when the weather's warm, Portland closes neighborhood streets and celebrates biking with classes and fun rides.
Sunset Kayak Tour of Ross Island
Learn to kayak or show off your skills on the Willamette River.
Each September, watch 1000s of chimney swifts perform amazing acrobatics at dusk at the Chapman School in NW Portland.
When it's sweltering, dive into one of the region's cooling waterways. Swim safe. Leave no trace.
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.
Tour and Taste at SakÈOne
Oregonís only craft sakÈ maker offers daily guided tours and tastings.
Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park
Try out the newest adrenaline activity. This aerial obstacle course provides thrilling fun for most ages.
Waterfront Bike Loop
Get some fresh air while taking this mostly off-street bike path from the Steel Bridge to the Sellwood Bridge. For more fun, continue on the Springwater Corridor.
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 light show in the Northwestî 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.
More than a million lights transform the zoo into another world. Select days all month.