On a Budget

There’s plenty to eat, drink, see and do in the Rose City — all without overspending.

Affordable Attractions

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

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.

  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park

    This downtown riverfront park offers a 1.5-mile stretch of green along the Willamette River. Waterfront Park is home to many signature Portland events, along with Salmon Street Springs and the Japanese American Historical Plaza.

  • 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.

Free & Nearly Free

Year-round, Portland's calendar is overflowing with affordable (and sometimes free!) events.

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.

Free Upcoming Events

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Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Nov. 29, 2019

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

Every year, thousands of Portlanders gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square to celebrate the lighting of the spectacular 75 Douglas-fir tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company. Join up for a community sing-a-long (limited edition holiday songbooks will be available at the event or for download on our website). Pre-show entertainment begins at 5 p.m. With a…

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BikeCraft
Nov. 30–Dec. 1, 2019

BikeCraft

DoubleTree by Hilton Free

Find unique handmade bikey gifts for your whole crew at this year’s BikeCraft Holiday Gift Fair. When you’ve checked off your list, stick around for food, drinks, music and a comfy place to hang on a winter day. BikeCraft brings together the area’s best and brightest designers, artists, authors and crafters in a fun and…

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Christmas Ship Parade
Dec. 5–22, 2019

Christmas Ship Parade

Willamette & Columbia Rivers Free

The Christmas Ship Parade started in 1954 with one lone sailboat from Portland Yacht Club. Bows of green with some ribbon where tied along the rails and it paraded on the rivers. The next year the parade started to grow Today, the Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the Columbia and…

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Exhibition
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Gifted Holiday Night Market
Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

Gifted Holiday Night Market

ADX Free

ADX and Portland Made invite you to celebrate the holidays at Gifted: A Holiday Night Market. Local artists and makers include Ayumi Angel, Animal.Plant.Mineral, Sticker Ninja, Blendily, Clay Factor Ceramics, Otter Wax, Just Joey Rose, High Society Collection, Bitter Housewife, Sweet Body Laboratories, Mad Sass Soap, New Deal Distillery, Renee Staeck, Cat Odell, Midnight Pacific,…

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Shopping
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First Caturday
Ongoing

First Caturday

Laurelhurst Park Free

First Caturday is a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends. It is a day for delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing, and where cat owners can freely exchange information, friendship and joy to help make their cats happy and healthy. Some cats actually like leash walks; others like stroller walks…

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Outdoors
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Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market
Dec. 13–15, 2019

Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market

Oregon Convention Center Free

Portland’s biannual art and craft fair boasts unique handmade wares from 225+ local vendors.

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Events
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The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

Together, Pioneer Courthouse Square and Portland Mall Management, Inc. are hosting the Sixth Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition that was originally held throughout Downtown in the early ’90s. The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition is a fun and festive event that will bring caroling groups of all ages to the heart of downtown.

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Music
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Tuba Christmas Concert
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019

Tuba Christmas Concert

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

Downtown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as nearly 300 tubas play in unison for the 29th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert in the heart of downtown. This event is free and open to the public.

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On the Cheap

Delve into your passion without delving into 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.