Things to Do in Portland

  • Shopping for boots at Solestruck in downtown's West End.

    Tax-free shopping

    Whether you're in the market for a big purchase from a major brand or a handcrafted souvenir, Portland has it — with zero sales tax.

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  • Playing in Portland's Washington Park

    Portland with kids

    Families will find lots to enjoy in Portland, from hands-on science at OMSI to baby elephants at the zoo, with plenty of parks and free attractions, too.

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  • Many tours originate at downtown's Pioneer Courthouse Square.

    Tours & Itineraries

    Let local experts, and our targeted itineraries, offer inspiration for your time in — and around — Portland.

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  • Lan Su Chinese Garden is a respite in the heart of the city.

    Parks & gardens

    In a city as green as Portland, it's only fitting that some of the top attractions are outdoor spots that appeal to home gardeners and hikers alike.

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  • Portland's Forest Park has 70 miles of trails.


    You don't have to venture far from town to find yourself paddling on a secluded bay, hiking a forested trail or observing native wildlife.

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  • Soccer fans cheer on the Portland Timbers.

    Spectator sports

    From seeing a soccer match with the Timbers Army to rooting for Rip City and the Trail Blazers, Portland loves its sports.

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  • Dancers at Southeast Portland's Holocene


    Dance clubs, karaoke and comedy all come out at night in Portland — as do late happy hours, swanky bowling and other unexpected delights.

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  • Meriwether's Skyline Farm in Northwest Portland

    Farm-to-fork dining in Portland

    Close proximity to natural bounty defines Portland cuisine, and hyper-local offerings are nearly as common at food carts as they are at fine restaurants.

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  • Clyde Common features an open kitchen and communal seating.

    Downtown dining

    Downtown, you'll find everything from budget food cart lunches to fine dining at acclaimed restaurants — nearly all emphasizing local, seasonal ingredients.

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  • Nong Poonsukwattana, owner of Nong's Khao Man Gai

    Food carts

    Portland’s selection of food carts — the city has more than 600 — has drawn global acclaim (CNN declared Portland home to the world’s best street food). Most carts are grouped in “pods” all around town, making it easy to sample several carts at a time.

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  • Alma Chocolate

    Chocolate & sweets

    Portland's fondness for sweet stuff goes way beyond Voodoo Doughnut to include artisan chocolates, inventive ice cream, and more.

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  • A group samples beer at The Commons, one of Portland's dozens of breweries.


    Beer lovers, look no further — in Portland, you’ll find over 60 breweries, scads of annual beer fests, brew ‘n’ view movie theaters, beer pairings at fine restaurants and tap lists galore.

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  • Sampling spirits at Southeast Portland's New Deal Distillery

    Cocktails & craft spirits

    Inspired by their forerunners in the beer and wine scenes, industrious distillers are making the city the center of a new artisan distillery movement.

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  • Enso Winery

    Urban wineries in Portland

    Driven by winemakers motivated to move their operations closer to where they live and socialize, Portland has nearly a dozen urban wineries.

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  • The Woodsman Tavern on Southeast Division Street

    Restaurant round-ups

    These round-ups will help you find a brunch spot, a table with a view of an acclaimed chef at work, a source for kid-pleasing vittles and more.

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  • Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft was founded in 1937.

    Museums & historic sites

    At these monuments and museums, you can explore Portland’s pioneer origins and Native history, as well as exceptional collections of art, crafts and more.

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  • First Thursday opening at Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

    Visual arts

    Famously creative Portland has a wealth of offerings for art lovers, from elite galleries to DIY artisan retailers to fascinating splashes of public art.

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  • McMenamins Crystal Ballroom hosts a range of musical acts.


    Portland's musical offerings are diverse as the city itself, with options including indie rock, jazz, classical, pop and more.

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  • A production at Portland Center Stage

    Performing arts

    Portland's performing arts community includes musical, dance and theater offerings — often combined in unexpected ways.

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  • The Portland International Film Festival fills the house at the Hollywood Theatre.


    Packing an impressive array of theaters, Portland almost always seems to have a film festival (or two) going — and the fact that many movie houses also serve delicious local beer doesn’t hurt, either.

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  • The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival runs from late March - May.

    Spring events

    April, May and June bring spring showers, blooming flowers and lots of only-in-Portland activities.

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  • The Oregon Brewers Festival is held every July.

    Summer events

    Portland pulls out all the stops, with festivals celebrating craft beer, music, contemporary art and the city’s internationally acclaimed culinary scene.

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  • The Corn Maize at The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island

    Fall events

    As the weather cools, Portland's calendar fills with cultural, wine and holiday events.

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  • February's Jazz Festival celebrates Black History Month.

    Winter events

    In January, February and March, Portland offers plenty of activities to while away the cool days and long nights.

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  • The Portland Farmers Market at PSU runs March-December.

    Food & drink events

    With lush farms, rivers and the ocean all nearby — and with masterful chefs and artisan producers in the city — it's no wonder Portland has so many events centered around food and drink.

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  • The Deschutes Brewery Street Fare is held every August.

    Beer festivals in Portland

    Portland isn't shy about its love of beer — the city has nearly as many beer festivals as it does breweries.

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  • Portland's Red Dress Party attracts thousands of revelers every April.

    LGBT festivals & events

    From film festivals to parties and pride parades, Portland's LGBTQ community celebrates all year 'round.

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Neighborhoods & regions

  • Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown's Cultural District

    Downtown Portland

    Portland’s compact, walkable downtown offers easy access to great food, green spaces, cultural offerings and tax-free shopping at the city’s most diverse mix of retail brands.

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  • The Portland Oregon sign is an Old Town landmark.

    Old Town Chinatown

    The city's original downtown is now a bustling entertainment district, home to the famous Portland Saturday Market, Voodoo Doughnut and Lan Su Chinese Garden.

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  • Boardwalk seating outside Lovejoy Bakers

    Pearl District

    Loading docks and cobblestone streets hint at this former warehouse district’s past, while stylish bars and gleaming lofts point toward the future.

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  • The Lloyd District's Oregon Convention Center, with downtown in the near distance

    Lloyd District

    Easily accessible via light rail and streetcar, the Lloyd District contains the convention center, Oregon's largest mall, and the Moda Center, which hosts NBA games and concerts.

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  • Shoppers stroll along Northwest 23rd Avenue.

    Northwest Portland / Nob Hill

    Boutiques, restaurants and Victorian houses line the streets of this neighborhood that's ideal for leisurely strolls, while adjoining Forest Park was made for hikes.

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  • Rooftop dining in the Central Eastside

    Central Eastside

    Just across the Willamette River from downtown, this district blends warehouses, train tracks and a rising tide of restaurants, breweries and clubs — plus river access.

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  • Dining at Tasty n Sons on North Williams Avenue


    North Mississippi Avenue features a long stretch of stores, bars and restaurants; the acclaimed eateries and bars on up-and-coming North Williams are just half a mile away.

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  • A shopper tries on handcrafted accessories during Last Thursday.

    Alberta Arts District

    Lined with shops, galleries, restaurants and bars, Northeast Alberta Street erupts into a colorful street fair on the last Thursday of every month.

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  • Renowned eateries like Andy Ricker's Whiskey Soda Lounge line foodie favorite Division Street.


    This pair of close-in Southeast Portland streets features block after block of must-see — and must-eat — destinations.

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  • McMenamins Bagdad Theater serves beer and flicks in the heart of Hawthorne.


    Eclectic is the norm on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, a walkable street with block after block of vintage shops, boutiques and cafés.

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  • A young customer at Belmont's Good Food Here food cart pod


    Located a few blocks from Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Belmont boasts its own mix of vintage and indie shops, coffee houses, bars and food carts.

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  • Oaks Pioneer Church, in Sellwood, was built in 1851.


    Historic Sellwood-Moreland boasts an array of shops, vintage vendors and restaurants, as well as a rambling wildlife refuge — all just minutes from downtown.

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  • Wahclella Falls is one of more than 90 waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge.

    Columbia River Gorge

    Starting 30 miles east of Portland, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area offers amazing vistas, hiking trails, dozens of waterfalls and world-class windsurfing.

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  • Mount Hood with Trillium Lake in the foreground

    Mount Hood

    Just over an hour from Portland, Oregon's tallest peak offers scenic recreation ranging from camping, hiking and fishing to nearly year-round skiing.

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  • Meredith Mitchell Vineyards

    Wine Country

    Less than an hour from Portland, the gorgeous Willamette Valley boasts more than 250 wineries, quaint towns and rolling farmland ripe for touring.

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  • Cannon Beach's Haystack Rock is an Oregon Coast landmark.

    Oregon Coast

    Where Oregon meets the Pacific Ocean, you'll find rocky vistas, mile upon mile of public beaches, artistic enclaves, working fishing towns, family attractions, seafood and, yes, even surfing.

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  • Smith Rock State Park at night.

    Central Oregon

    Whether you're fly-fishing, rock climbing or skiing, Central Oregon's unspoiled terrain offers the perfect setting.

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  • Crater Lake, the deepest lake in America, is Oregon's only National Park.

    Southern Oregon

    With landscapes as varied as the wild, wooded Rogue River and serene Crater Lake, Southern Oregon is no mere day trip.

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  • Tree to Tree Adventure Park west of Portland

    Nearby attractions

    From zip lines to whitewater rafting and horseback riding to pioneer history, these attractions are worth the (short) trips.

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  • Oregon City's Willamette Falls with Mount Hood in the distance

    Nearby towns

    Visit these burgs to explore the region's rich pioneer history and to immerse yourself in nature.

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