Activities on the Portland Events Wall Calendar


Abiqua Falls
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.
oregonhikers.org

Architectural Heritage Center
Learn about Portland's notable architecture through exhibition galleries, a research library, events, and educational programs.
visitahc.org

Brick or Block Lego Tournaments
Lego trivia! Hosted by ShanRock's Triviology, this regular trivia night combines cunning, changing themes, and 1000s of Legos.
shanrockstrivia.com

Cherry Blossoms
Each spring brings a flowery wonderland to Portland, and Waterfront Park is one of the highlights.
portlandoregon.gov

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.
fantasytrail.com

Christmas Festival of Lights
Magical beyond belief, The Grotto's megalithic cave gets decorated with lights and nativity scenes. 150 choral performances, too.
thegrotto.org

Comedy Clubs
Portlandia isn't the only local comedy. Hilarious comics can be found in every neighborhood – no joke.
heliumcomedy.com
harveyscomedyclub.com

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Community Gardens
Join Portland's Community Gardens program for tasty fun. Submit a request online; plots are awarded February-April.
portlandoregon.gov

Cosmic Tubing
When the sun sets, Mt. Hood Skibowl cranks up the disco lights and music for snowtubing with a family-friendly twist.
skibowl.com

Council Crest
Portland's highest point is still a secret. Hike or drive for incredible views.
portlandonline.com

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
Flowers begin to bloom in early spring. Take advantage of weekly free days throughout the year.
rhodies.org

Darcelle XV Showplace
Female impersonation at its best! Great for bachelorette parties and evenings when you're looking for something different.
darcellexv.com

Davis Graveyard
This homemade Milwaukie graveyard is even creepier than the real deal. Open all October. Weekends hold special terrors.
davisgraveyard.com

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.
pdga.com/course-directory/course/pier-park

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Distillery Row
Visit this cluster of distilleries in the Central Eastside, all within walking distance, to taste and purchase local handcrafted spirits.
distilleryrowpdx.com

Eastbank Esplanade
This promenade, part of which floats in the Willamette River, provides a panoramic view of Portland.
portlandoregon.gov

Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
McMenamins' 74-acre venue in Troutdale has a brewery, winery, and distillery and hosts outdoor concerts June-September.
edgefieldconcerts.com

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.
historicoregoncity.org

Escapism Portland
Test your cunning with this new trend: You and your friends get locked in a room with 60 minutes to find a way out.
escapismportland.com

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.
evergreenmuseum.org

Farm-to-Fork Dining
For a true farm-to-table experience, partake in a specialty dinner at a local farm or vineyard.
plateandpitchfork.com
fieldandvineevents.com

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First Thursday Art Walk
Join fellow art lovers at this monthly art-gallery walk in downtown. See website for participating galleries.
firstthursdayportland.com

Fishing
Whether looking to catch trout or salmon, you'll find excellent fishing spots just a short drive from the city.
dfw.state.or.us

Flicks on the Bricks
Watch classic blockbusters for free in the Square. Many Fridays, July-August.
thesquarepdx.org

Float On
Experience therapeutic sense deprivation – liquid meditation, if you will – at Portland's largest float tank center.
floathq.com

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.
nps.gov/fova

Gardening Classes at Portland Nursery
Get inspired with one-day courses, often free, led by gardening experts.
portlandnursery.com

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.
glowinggreens.com

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Halloween Fantasy Trail
Fright for the whole family: 1000 feet of eerie sounds and sights, including a spooky tunnel and suspension bridge, all month.
fantasytrail.com

Haunted Houses
No peeled-grape eyeballs and spaghetti brains here. These elaborate haunted houses will scare you silly.
frighttown.com
fearpdx.com

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.
hoodriverfruitloop.com

Jamison Square Wading Pool
Fed by a man-made waterfall, this huge wading pool is a great way to beat the heat.
portlandonline.com

Kidd's Toy Museum
Check out amazing historic toys, some dating back to the 1860s, in inner Southeast. Free.
facebook.com/Kidds-Toy-Museum-113578118676868/

Kiteboarding
Strap on a board, a harness, and a kite to see why the Columbia River is a world-class kiteboarding destination.
hoodriver.org/kiteboarding

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.
lansugarden.org

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Mount Hood Railroad
Tour Oregon on a classic train. Theme rides include the Polar Express, the Western Train Robbery, and a champagne brunch.
mthoodrr.com

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.
moviemadnessvideo.com

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.
portlandoregon.gov

Music Millennium
Portland's music mecca frequently presents free, in-store performances. See a show, then shop through countless titles.
musicmillennium.com

Music on Main
Time to dance in the street! Each year, bands take over Main Street and rock out for free. Most Wednesdays.
portland5.com

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.
thesquarepdx.org

Oaks Amusement Park
With free admission and parking, this amusement park serves up classic fun for a good price. Purchase ride tickets inside.
oakspark.com

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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.
zooconcerts.com

Pittock Mansion
Incorporating English, Turkish, and French designs, this mansion was built by Henry Pittock, onetime publisher of The Oregonian.
pittockmansion.org

Pop-Up Dinners and Supper Clubs
Whether on a farm or in someone's home, these under-the-radar dinners are the place to find many of Portland's boundary-breaking chefs.
tournantpdx.com
eatfeastly.com/pdx

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.
portlandbikepolo.org

Portland Farmers Markets
There's nothing like a lazy morning spent wandering the farmers market, followed by a delicious lunch of local ingredients.
portlandfarmersmarket.org

Portland Festival Symphony Free Concerts
Hear Mozart and Beethoven performed in Portland parks for free. It's a 135+ year tradition.
portlandfestivalsymphony.org

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.
japanesegarden.com

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Portland Mercado
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.
portlandmercado.org

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.
portlandsaturdaymarket.com

Portland Spirit River Cruises
From Oregon City to the Bonneville Dam, sight-seeing cruises tell the story of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.
portlandspirit.com

Portland Urban Wineries
Get to know your neighborhood winery. Visit during harvest to see winemaking in action.
pdxurbanwineries.com

Portlandia
One of the largest of its kind, this bronze sculpture has to be seen to be believed.
racc.org

Powell's Book Signings and Readings
Attend readings and meet your favorite authors. Show up early for big names. Free.
powells.com

QuarterWorld Arcade
Retro arcade games, good food and drinks, and reasonable prices. What's not to love?
quarterworldarcade.com

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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.
riverdrifters.net/clackamas
blueskyrafting.com/clackamas.htm

Rimsky-Korsakoffee House
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.
facebook.com/Rimsky-Korsakoffee-House-338229242705/?rf=1395108637388970

Rose City Rollers
Now's the time to witness this savage and beautiful sport. Women roller skaters compete as rock 'n' roll plays.
rosecityrollers.com

Sauvie Island
Drive 10 miles north and enjoy Portland's backyard island: beaches, hiking trails, and U-pick galore.
sauvieisland.org

Sauvie Island Corn Mazes
Watch out for ghosts and ghouls at these massive corn mazes.
krugersfarm.com
portlandmaze.com

Shakespeare in the Parks
Get thee to a park! Each summer, 2 troupes perform Shakespeare's plays free of charge.
portlandactors.com
opsfest.org

Shanghai Tunnels
Learn the city's history while navigating creepy tunnels. Book a tour with one of these popular companies.
portlandwalkingtours.com
shanghaitunnels.info

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Snowshoeing on Mt. Hood
Multiple rental shops and numerous trails make it easy to step into the winter wilderness.
fs.usda.gov

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
It's more challenging and fun than you might think! Take a class to explore this rising sport.
gorgeperformance.com
bigwinds.com/sup-yoga

Stark's Vacuum Museum
Recently renovated, this unique museum explores the history of the vacuum and showcases 25 of the most iconic models.
starks.com/vacuum-museum

Sunset Kayak Tour of Ross Island
Learn to kayak or show off your skills on the Willamette River.
portlandkayak.com

Swift Watch
Each September, watch 1000s of chimney swifts perform amazing acrobatics at dusk at the Chapman School in NW Portland.
audubonportland.org

Swimming Holes
When it's sweltering, dive into one of the region's cooling waterways. Swim safe. Leave no trace.
outdoorproject.com

The Alibi Lounge
This Portland fixture serves tropical drinks in a funky tiki setting. Prepare to use karaoke as a verb.
alibiportland.com

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The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
With offerings that range from alien autopsies to bug candy, this place almost makes the rest of Portland seem normal.
peculiarium.com

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.
victorianbelle.com

The Portland Thorns
Portland's professional female soccer team seriously knows how to kick... soccer balls. The season starts this month.
timbers.com/thornsfc

The Portland Timbers
We're not known as one of the loudest stadiums in the US for nothing. Join the Timbers Army!
timbers.com

The Portland Trail Blazers
Root for Rip City! The Blazers begin another season this month.
nba.com/blazers

The Sprockettes
This all female-identified mini-bike dance troupe has been promoting Portland bike culture through summer camps and acrobatic performances since 2004.
thesprockettes.com

Tilikum Crossing
Portland's newest bridge is "the largest car-free bridge in the US," and thereby deserving of its nickname, Bridge of the People.
trimet.org/tilikum

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Tour and Taste at SakéOne
Oregon's only craft saké maker offers daily guided tours and tastings.
sakeone.com

Vegan Mini Strip Mall
Fulfill all your vegan needs, from food to tattoos, at this row of shops located at SE Stark and 12th.
foodfightgrocery.com
herbivoreclothing.com

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.
wfheritage.org

Wine and Painting Cafés
Unleash your inner artist while sipping adult beverages at these laid-back paint nights. No experience needed.
paintnite.com
loadedbrushpdx.com

Winter Wonderland
The "largest light show in the Northwest” can be toured in the comfort of your car. Open Christmas Eve, too.
winterwonderlandportland.com

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.
woodenshoe.com

World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
A unique opportunity to learn all about forests!
worldforestry.org

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Writing Classes and Workshops
Whether you've written for years or are just starting out, these workshops are a great way to hone your craft and get feedback.
atticinstitute.com
pdxwriters.com

ZooLights
More than a million lights transform the zoo into another world. Select days all month.
oregonzoo.org