On a Budget

There are so many things to do in the Rose City — all without overspending.

A trip to Portland doesn’t require emptying your wallet. Along with plenty of free-to-visit attractions and things to do and see throughout the city, Portland also hosts dozens of no-cost events and festivals throughout the year. Read on for our picks of budget-friendly fun in The Rose City, and check out our events calendar to discover upcoming free events.

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Affordable Attractions

All of these great local attractions are all either free or offer affordable admission.

Free & Nearly Free

Sample food and beverage and plenty of the famous "Keep Portland Weird" spirit at these free and almost-free attractions.

Year-Round Free & Nearly Free Fun

All year long, Portland's calendar is overflowing with affordable (and sometimes free!) events.

5 to Try

Free Attractions

These local destinations are all free to explore, making them a favorite stop on any budget itinerary.

  • Forest Park

    Portland's 5,200-acre urban forest, just minutes from the central city, stretches seven miles in length and contains more than 80 miles of trails.

  • Portland Saturday Market

    Combining an arts show, a live street concert and an open-air bazaar, this riverside market has been a beloved Portland tradition since 1974. The largest arts-and-crafts fair in the country is open Saturdays and Sundays from March to Christmas Eve.

  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University

    Free art museum featuring works by Northwest artists and Portland State University faculty and students, along with special events and exhibitions by national and international artists.

  • Powell’s City of Books

    From humble storefront beginnings in 1971, Powell’s has grown into an iconic Portland destination. Occupying an entire city block, the world’s largest new and used bookstore offers frequent author talks, a rare book room and a coffee shop.

  • Multnomah County Central Library

    The oldest public library on the West Coast boasts historic architecture, more than 17 miles of bookshelves and terrific artwork.

Budget-Friendly Fun

Discovering new things and having fun in Portland doesn't take breaking the bank.

Bird-Watching in Portland

Catch sight of 200+ types of birds at the Portland area's dozens of prime bird watching destinations, including sanctuaries, refuges and urban parks.

Portland Karaoke Bars and Nights

Choose from private suites, pop-up events, tiki drinks and Chinese food as you select your ideal Portland karaoke venue from among the city’s top spots.

Free Live Music and Comedy in Portland

Discover a new favorite comic or musician at Portland's free concerts and comedy nights, scattered across the city and scheduled throughout the week.

Explore On a Budget

Delve into your passions without emptying your wallet.

Cheap Things to Do in Portland for Weekend Adventurers

Bring your walking shoes, water bottle and day-pack for an affordable urban adventure that highlights several things locals love about Portland.

Cheap/Affordable Things to Do in Portland for Arts Lovers

Experience Portland’s stellar music scene, ample museums and galleries, arts walks and festivals — all without busting your budget.

Cheap Things to Do in Portland for History Buffs

Experience Portland’s history without breaking your budget.

Free Upcoming Events

Editor's Pick
Fertile Ground Festival
Jan. 28–Feb. 7, 2021

Fertile Ground Festival

Virtual Free

See Portland’s newest theater and dance works every January at Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival.

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Cascade Festival of African Films
Feb. 5–Mar. 10, 2021

Cascade Festival of African Films

Virtual Free

VIRTUAL EVENT. Please visit the event website for current information. The 2021 Cascade Festival of African Films will be held virtually in 2021. The festival will remain free and open to the public, but films will be shown online. Visit the event website for more details and the list of films! Founded in 1991, the…

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Portland Winter Light (non)Festival
Feb. 5–13, 2021

Portland Winter Light (non)Festival

Various Locations Free

Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.

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St. Johns Bizarre & Parade
Saturday, May 8, 2021

St. Johns Bizarre & Parade

St Johns Portland, OR 97203 Free

The St. Johns Bizarre is a uniquely crafted celebration that kicks off the summer street fair season in Portland with music, kids’ activities and more. Held annually on the second Saturday in May, the Bizarre brings music, crafts and food to the crowds attending the St. Johns Parade. After the parade, the entire six block…

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