Activities on the Portland Events Wall Calendar
Reaching this stunning waterfall near Silver Falls State Park requires a high-clearance vehicle and a sense of adventure, but just look at that view.
Architectural Heritage Center
Learn about Portland's notable architecture through exhibition galleries, a research library, events, and educational programs.
Brick or Block Lego Tournaments
Lego trivia! Hosted by ShanRock's Triviology, this regular trivia night combines cunning, changing themes, and 1000s of Legos.
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.
Join Portland's Community Gardens program for tasty fun. Submit a request online; plots are awarded February-April.
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
Flowers begin to bloom in early spring. Take advantage of weekly free days throughout the year.
Darcelle XV Showplace
Female impersonation at its best! Great for bachelorette parties and evenings when you're looking for something different.
This homemade Milwaukie graveyard is even creepier than the real deal. Open all October. Weekends hold special terrors.
Disc Golf at Pier Park
Grab a disc 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, to taste and purchase local handcrafted spirits.
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.
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.
Whether looking to catch trout or salmon, you'll find excellent fishing spots just a short drive from the city.
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.
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.
Gardening Classes at Portland Nursery
Get inspired with one-day courses, often free, led by gardening experts.
Glowing Greens Blacklight Miniature Golf
Glow in the dark? Check. 3D? Check. Pirate theme? Check. And underground, too? Yes! This mini-golf course is 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.
Hood River County Fruit Loop Celebrations
Farms hold a series of agricultural celebrations each summer and fall. Pick your own fruit, taste jams, drink ciders, and get to know your local farmers.
Jamison Square Wading Pool
Fed by a man-made waterfall, this huge wading pool is a great way to beat the heat.
Kidd's Toy Museum
Check out amazing historic toys, some dating back to the 1860s, in inner Southeast. Free.
Strap on a board, a harness, and a kite to see why the Columbia River is a world-class kiteboarding destination.
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.
Mount Hood Railroad
Tour Oregon 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.
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.
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.
Incorporating English, Turkish, and French designs, this mansion was built by Henry Pittock, onetime publisher of The Oregonian.
Portland Bike Polo
One of the best bike polo clubs in the world is based in Portland. Spectate, or grab a mallet and join in.
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 135+ 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.
From handmade piñatas 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
(SKIP) Buy local! Local artisans, from jewelry and clothing makers to potters and brewers, gather in Waterfront Park on Saturdays, March-December.
Portland Spirit River Cruises
From Oregon City to the Bonneville Dam, sight-seeing 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.
One of the largest of its kind, this bronze sculpture has to be seen to be believed.
Powell's Book Signings and Readings
Attend readings and meet your favorite authors. Show up early for big names. Free.
Retro arcade games, good food and drinks, and reasonable prices. What's not to love?
Rafting on the Clackamas River
There are loads of rafting options within a 2-hour drive, and the Clackamas River is one of the best for intermediates.
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
Now's the time to witness this savage and beautiful sport. Women roller skaters compete as rock 'n' roll plays.
Drive 10 miles north and enjoy Portland's backyard island: beaches, hiking trails, and U-pick galore.
Snowshoeing on Mt. Hood
Multiple rental shops and numerous trails make it easy to step into the winter wilderness.
Stark's Vacuum Museum
Recently renovated, this unique museum explores the history of the vacuum and showcases 25 of the most iconic models.
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 Alibi Lounge
This Portland fixture serves tropical drinks in a funky tiki setting. Prepare to use karaoke as a verb.
The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
With offerings that range from alien autopsies to bug candy, this place almost makes the rest of Portland seem normal.
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 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
Root for Rip City! The Blazers begin another season this month.
This all female-identified mini-bike dance troupe has been promoting Portland bike culture through summer camps and acrobatic performances since 2004.
Portland's newest bridge is "the largest car-free bridge in the US," and thereby deserving of its nickname, Bridge of the People.
Tour and Taste at SakéOne
Oregon's only craft saké maker offers daily guided tours and tastings.
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.
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 (mid-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!
More than a million lights transform the zoo into another world. Select days all month.