Top Events

In Portland, there’s always something happening. Check out our picks for the week, month and season, and scroll down to explore more events organized by topic. Find more events in the calendar.

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

  • Folk musicians perform on unique stages at Pickathon.

    July 31, 2015 – Aug. 2, 2015
    Camp out and enjoy all kinds of music in a unique, verdant venue.

  • PDX Adult Soapbox Derby at Mt. Tabor Park

    Aug. 15, 2015
    Grown-up kids make inventive vehicles in this classic and quirky summer race.

  • Girl Talk performs at MFNW

    Aug. 21–23, 2015
    Portland's largest music festival showcases local and national acts.

    • Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park
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  • Erasistratus Discovers the Cause of Antiochus’s Disease by Jacques-Louis David, 1774.

    July 1–Sept. 13, 2015
    Exhibitions include a who's who of European art history and an examination of the current state of art.

  • Musicians perform on Northeast Alberta Street during Last Thursday.

    May–September
    Take to the streets for Portland's many neighborhood street fairs.

Events by season

  • 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 Christmas Ships are a Portland holiday tradition.

    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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Events by month


Events by theme

  • 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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  • Photo by Jonathan Maus

    Cycling events

    Bike-loving Portlanders have come up with all sorts of rides and events that fill the calendar with two-wheeled shenanigans.

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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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  • February's Jazz Festival celebrates Black History Month.

    African American events

    From music festivals and film screenings to political and neighborhood gatherings, Portland's African American community hosts events throughout the year.

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  • Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race

    Chinese American events

    Around the New Year (usually in late January or early February), there are lots of activities organized by various local Chinese organizations.

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  • Carnival rides are among the attractions at Portland's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.

    Hispanic American events

    North America's largest Cinco de Mayo celebration is the centerpiece of Portland's Latino events.

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  • The Portland Japanese Garden hosts cultural events nearly every month.

    Japanese American events

    Featuring many events at the gorgeous Portland Japanese Garden, the local Japanese American community offers a full calendar of celebrations and activities.

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