Here’s a selection of May events. For a full search, visit the events calendar.
Portland Farmers Market
Most of the area’s farmers’ markets open in May. Among the items featured are fresh produce, flowers, seafood, breads and berries. There are three Portland Farmers Markets in downtown Portland: Saturdays, in the South Park Blocks at Portland State University; Mondays, at Pioneer Courthouse Square; and Wednesdays, in the South Park Blocks at Salmon Street. In addition to shopping, the markets feature chef demonstrations and other entertainment.
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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Portland’s largest Latino event, offers authentic Mexican music, crafts and entertainment in Waterfront Park, including performers from Guadalajara, one of Portland’s sister cities.
Bridgetown Comedy Festival
The popular Bridgetown Comedy Festival draws top comics like Reggie Watts and Janeane Garofalo, and was voted the nation’s best comedy festival in the 2010 Punchline Magazine readers’ poll. Spanning a weekend, the fest includes shows at multiple Southeast Portland venues, including Doug Fir Lounge. Full article>>
Taste of the Nation Portland
Treat your taste buds to the very best at the Taste of the Nation Portland, one of the city’s premier food and wine-tasting events. This annual adults-only gourmet extravaganza features more than 70 Oregon chefs and restaurants, plus 40 wineries and microbreweries. Add local music and a silent auction for food, wine and travel packages, and you’ve got one unforgettable culinary experience.
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Sale
This biannual sale from the popular purveyor of local crafts, Crafty Wonderland, turns the Oregon Convention Center into a true wonderland of all things handmade each spring and winter. The May event is scheduled so you can find the perfect made-in-Portland gifts in time for Mother’s Day.
Memorial Weekend in Wine Country
Portland Rose Festival
Since 1907, the Portland Rose Festival has been the city’s quintessential event. The family-friendly fest kicks off Memorial Day weekend and includes the Grand Floral Parade, dragon boat races, concerts and more. Full article >>