During the COVID-19 pandemic, Portlanders have been finding innovative ways to connect and keep each other entertained. Check out our round-up of things those who live in and love Portland can do, watch and experience while at home.
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- America’s Hub World Tours: Explore video teasers for popular tours on this operator’s website.
- City Brew Tours: This beer tour operator is now offering experiences online, including a homebrewing tutorial and a virtual beer and cheese pairing happy hour.
- Envi Adventures: Take an aerial tour of Portland by visiting Envi Adventure’s YouTube channel, where videos give you a bird’s-eye view of iconic regional landmarks and Portland’s city skyline.
- Fitness classes: The Portland Mercury has a list of Portland yoga studios offering free or low-cost fitness classes online.
- Lan Su Chinese Garden: Check out these short virtual visit videos from this beloved landmark.
- Oaks Amusement Park: Virtually experience the park’s many roller coasters and other exciting rides.
- Oregon Historical Society: The history museum reopens July 11. Peruse the museum’s online exhibits and “Dear Oregon” blog, which is updated twice a week with “dispatches from professional time travelers.” (You can also sign up for the museum’s biweekly, fun fact-packed newsletters here.)
- Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB): Watch their “Virtual Music Festival,” featuring videos of live performances by acts like Black Belt Eagle Scout, Blossom and Y La Bamba.
- Oregon Zoo: The zoo reopens July 12. Adorable animal videos are posted almost daily to their YouTube, Facebook and Instagram channels, along with live streams with the zoo’s animal caretakers.
- Pittock Mansion: The historic mansion reopened July 9, but you can still take a virtual tour of this historic Portland home.
- Portland Art Museum: The museum reopens on July 16, but you can still explore the museum’s online collection, download arts activities made by teachers and visit their YouTube channel for virtual tours of exhibits, conversations with artists and more.
- Portland Craft Bar: Get crafty at home with this service, which includes home delivery of supplies and online classes. More craft supplies are available in the Portland Craft Bar shop.
- Portland Japanese Garden: The garden reopened July 11, but you can still head to their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for a daily “One-Minute Moments of Serenity.”
- Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals: Take a virtual tour of this nonprofit museum.
- Slabtown Tours: Kids in quarantine can learn and virtually visit Portland through this tour company’s YouTube videos, while folks of all ages will enjoy the peculiar Portland tidbits in the Trivial Fun History Facts Blog.
- Timberline Lodge: Go on a virtual tour of Timberline Lodge (famously the filming location of the “Overlook Hotel” exteriors in The Shining), then check out their live webcams.
- Washington Park: Take a virtual visit to Portland’s iconic park.
All times are Pacific Daylight Time.
- Pickathon Concert-a-Day | Daily at 1 p.m.: The beloved music festival is sharing a full concert from its archives every day.
- Artslandia Happy Hour | Daily at 5 p.m.: Tune in for a daily dose of Portland performances from this local arts publisher, live on Facebook and archived on the Artslandia website.
- Virtual Singalong With Low Bar Chorale | Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Join local music troupe Low Bar Chorale for their weekly singalong sessions, streamed live from their Facebook page. Lyrics to the week’s songs are available to download on their website. (Learn more about Low Bar Chorale and Portland’s unconventional choir scene.)
- ART.V from ADX | Fridays at 6 p.m.: The Art Design Exchange is broadcasting ART.V, featuring Portland artists and their work the first Friday of every month, live on Instagram (@adxportland).
- Portland Made Happy Hours | Fridays at 4 p.m.: This collective celebrating local goods and Portland’s entrepreneurial makers hosts a weekly happy hour with a Portland maker on their Instagram page.
- Streaming Concerts by Portland Musicians: Vortex Music Magazine has a full calendar of streaming concerts.
- Bike Movie Nights Online: Portland’s Filmed by Bike festival is presenting a series of bike-related films on YouTube.
Livestreamed Cooking Classes
Several iconic Portland chefs are taking to their social media channels to offer free, livestreamed cooking classes, teaching viewers how to cook some of their most famous dishes and answering questions along the way. Here are a few livestreamed cooking classes you can attend:
- Chef Vitaly Paley | Fridays at 5 p.m. PDT: James Beard award-winning Chef Vitaly Paley (of former restaurant Paley’s Place ) is hosting weekly live cooking classes on his Instagram (@vit0bike) with a focus on using non-perishable ingredients. Bring questions, as Paley will do a question-and-answer session with viewers at the end of the class.
- Chef Gabriel Rucker | Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 6 p.m. PDT: Lauded Chef Gabriel Rucker (Canard, Le Pigeon) is hosting live cooking classes three times per week on his Instagram (@ruckergabrial), showcasing recipes for some of his most requested dishes (including Canard’s beloved steam burgers).
Escape your home quarantine by streaming these shows and movies set and/or filmed in and near Portland.
TV Series Set in and Near Portland
- Shrill on Hulu
- Trinkets on Netflix
- Grimm on NBC
- Portlandia on Netflix
- The Librarians on Hulu
- Stumptown on ABC
Movies Set in and Near Portland
- Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made on Disney+
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix
- To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You on Netflix
- The Edge of Seventeen on Netflix
- I, Tonya on Hulu
- The Goonies on Amazon
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