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

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Flicks on the Bricks
July 17–Aug. 14, 2020

Flicks on the Bricks

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. On five Friday evenings in July and August, the Square will be transformed into Portland’s largest outdoor movie theater for the entire community to enjoy! Flicks on the Bricks will kick-off on Friday, July 17 and continue through August 14 on Friday nights. IKEA will…

Canceled
Film
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Multnomah Days
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020

Multnomah Days

Multnomah Village Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Portland’s Multnomah Village is filled with character – as well as dozens of unique shops, galleries, restaurants, arts and more. The annual Multnomah Days Parade (dubbed “the biggest little parade in Portland”) is the neighborhood’s old-school street fair, starting with a parade and featuring vendors…

Canceled
Shopping
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Portland Adult Soapbox Derby
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby

Mt Tabor Park Free

The PDX Adult Soapbox Derby at Mt. Tabor Park pits grown-up kids against each other every August in pursuit of speed and laughs.

Canceled
Sports
Summer
Weird
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Portland Saturday Market
Ongoing

Portland Saturday Market

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.

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Food
Makers
Shopping
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Portland Flea + Food
Aug. 16–30, 2020

Portland Flea + Food

Portland Flea Free

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Portland Flea + Food is not running on its usual schedule and the location will vary for every market. Please check Portland Flee + Food’s website before visiting. The Portland Flea + Food is a monthly market held on the last Sunday of the month in Portland, Oregon. Every market…

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Food & Drink
Shopping
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India Festival
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020

India Festival

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

LIVE EVENT CANCELED. This event will now be held virtually, please visit the event website for current information. India Festival brings India to downtown Portland! This festival is a celebration of India’s Independence Day with live music, dance, food and other entertainment. India Festival is hosted by the India Cultural Association, a non-profit dedicated to…

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Cultural Communities
Festival
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Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series
July 7–Aug. 18, 2020

Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series will return for its 30th year on Tuesdays in July and August! From noon-1:00pm enjoy music from some of Portland’s best regional and local musical talent. With eight FREE concerts, dancing, some of Portland’s favorite food vendors at Carts…

Canceled
Music
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Portland Sunday Parkways
Ongoing

Portland Sunday Parkways

Various Routes Free

This family-friendly bike ride features local vendors and live entertainment.

Canceled
Biking
Events
For Kids
Summer
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Sunday Parkways: Green Loop
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020

Sunday Parkways: Green Loop

Green Loop Free

The 2020 Sunday Parkways bike rides have been canceled and events will be digital-only due to the coronavirus pandemic. See the Sunday Parkways Facebook page for details. Sunday Parkways heads to the historic North Park Blocks for a 7-mile route along Portland’s Green Loop. This ride will pass by multiple cultural hotspots, including the Portland…

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For Kids
Outdoors
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Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Sept. 5–7, 2020

Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

North West Park Blocks Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Art in the Pearl annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival occurs every year on Labor Day weekend in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. The Festival is free and requires no tickets for entry. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the…

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Art & Design
Festival
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Portland Dragon Boat Festival
Sept. 12–13, 2020

Portland Dragon Boat Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Enjoy Portland’s annual Dragon Boat Festival, featuring dragon boat racing along with food vendors, a beer garden and more. The event features as many as 96 dragon boat teams from all over the world who race in Taiwan-style dragon boats.

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Festival
Outdoors
Sports
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Sunday Parkways: Northeast Portland
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020

Sunday Parkways: Northeast Portland

Northeast Portland Free

The 2020 Sunday Parkways bike rides have been canceled and events will be digital-only due to the coronavirus pandemic. See the Sunday Parkways Facebook page for details. Come out and enjoy the last Sunday Parkways of the season with this 7.6-mile ride in Northeast Portland! Enjoy the walking/biking boulevard of Ainsworth along with the neighborhood…

Canceled
For Kids
Outdoors
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Portland Greek Festival
Oct. 2–4, 2020

Portland Greek Festival

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Free

The Portland Greek Festival is celebrated as the largest Greek Festival on the west coast with more than 15,000 people attending. This cultural experience features Greek food, music, dance and shopping! The Agora – the Greek marketplace features imported merchandise, clothing, jewelry, icons, flokati rugs and cookbooks. Among the fabulous food, exclusive cooking demonstrations, and…

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Cultural Communities
Festival
Food & Drink
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West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

Lake of the Commons Free

This annual race series consists of paddlers piloting a gaggle of gigantic gourds through a water course.

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Events
Fall
For Kids
Halloween
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Veterans Day Parade
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

Veterans Day Parade

Northeast 40th Avenue & Northeast Tillamook, Portland, Oregon Free

Honor Veterans Day with Portland’s annual Veterans Day Parade. The Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Northeast 40th and Northeast Sandy Boulevard and travels down Sandy, ending at Sandy & 48th in front of Ross Hollywood Chapel, which is the site of the Veterans Memorial Flag pole. At the conclusion of the parade, there is…

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Postponed
GeekCraft Expo
Nov. 14–15, 2020

GeekCraft Expo

Oregon Convention Center Free

GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft market specializing in handmade, “geek”-themed crafts of all kinds; clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art . . . if it’s geeky and made by hand, it can be found at a GeekCraft Expo. Cosplay is highly encouraged and admission is free (you just need to pre-register).

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Art & Design
Conventions
For Kids
Shopping
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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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Shopping