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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Cascade Festival of African Films
Jan. 31–Feb. 29, 2020

Cascade Festival of African Films

PCC Cascade Campus & Hollywood Theatre Free

A free popular Portland event for 29 years, this year’s film festival features five weeks of more than 30 feature, documentary and short films by established and emerging African directors from 18 countries. The Cascade Festival of African Films shows us Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for…

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Black History Month
Cultural Communities
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Film
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Natan Dvir: Platforms
Feb. 6–Mar. 1, 2020

Natan Dvir: Platforms

Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts Free

“New York-based photographer Natan Dvir brings a bit of the big city to Portland’s Blue Sky Gallery with his series of subway portraits, “Platforms.” The pictures capture New Yorkers in between places, waiting for the next train to arrive and whisk them to their destination. Some read books, some scroll through social media, some engage…

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Art & Design
Exhibition
Readings & Talks
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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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Black Arts Festival
Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020

Black Arts Festival

Reed College Free

Join Reed College in celebrating its third annual Black Arts Festival! Family-friendly, free and open to all, this festival offers a full concert experience with performances by: BbymuthaMaarquiiZsa ZsaBnickFather FannieHouse of OliverThese musical performances are accompanied by a BIPoC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) Community Marketplace, featuring local vendors and food and drink purveyors,…

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Black History Month
Cultural Communities
Food & Drink
Music
Shopping
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Womxn's March & Rally For Action
Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020

Womxn's March & Rally For Action

Portland State University Park Blocks Free

The Womxn’s March & Rally For Action returns in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Take to the streets on a day that honors womxn and their long history of marching, organizing and speaking out for social justice. Educate. Engage. Empower.

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Cultural Communities
LGBTQ+
Women’s History Month
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Brain Fair
Saturday, Mar. 7, 2020

Brain Fair

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) Free

Discover the amazing things our brains can do at the free annual OHSU Brain Fair! Science fans of all ages will be fascinated by hands-on exhibits, displays and more. Casey Eye Institute will have a booth at the fair, where you can learn about different parts of the eye, how our vision works and how…

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For Kids
Science & Tech
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Pi Nee Waus Elders Pow Wow
Saturday, Mar. 28, 2020

Pi Nee Waus Elders Pow Wow

Jackson Armory Free

The Pi Nee Waus (A Place To Come) Elders respectfully invite you, along with your friends and family, to this annual Powwow. Grand Entries will be at 1 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.

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Cultural Communities
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Portland Flea + Food
Ongoing

Portland Flea + Food

Portland Flea Free

The Portland Flea + Food is a monthly market held on the last Sunday of the month in Portland, Oregon. Every market features 80+ local artists, makers, and curators of the best vintage, handmade and locally-sourced goods in town.

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Food & Drink
Shopping
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Rhododendron & Daffodil Show & Sale
Apr. 4–5, 2020

Rhododendron & Daffodil Show & Sale

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Free

This annual show and sale returns every April to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. See gorgeous rhododendrons and daffodils on display, then stroll through the garden in full bloom — one of the city’s most iconic and beautiful natural areas.

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Outdoors
Shopping
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Trillium Festival
Saturday, Apr. 4, 2020

Trillium Festival

Tryon Creek State Park Free

Join us for the 40th annual Trillium Festival! MEMBER BENEFITS ‘Early Bird’ Entrance to plant sale 9 – 10am BUY 1 get 1 FREE Trillium Brunch 8-10am PLANT SALE Boskey Dell Natives will be selling plants in various sizes, including Trillium and other specialty native plants that support native wildlife. Specific Questions about your yard?…

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Outdoors
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Hippity Hop Bunny Hop Through the Pearl
Saturday, Apr. 11, 2020

Hippity Hop Bunny Hop Through the Pearl

Jamison Square Park Free

Join us in the Pearl to celebrate Spring with fun activities, treats and a hug and picture with the Easter Bunny. Smiles, laughter and some sweet treats will bring a burst of energy to the streets throughout the day as the Easter Bunny goes out and about taking photos and giving out candy and hugs….

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For Kids
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Easter Sunday at The Grotto
Sunday, Apr. 12, 2020

Easter Sunday at The Grotto

The Grotto Free

Celebrate Easter Sunday at The Grotto, a serene woodland sanctuary in Northeast Portland featuring 62 acres of botanical gardens. Mass celebrating Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord will occur at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. April 12, 2020. Main entrance is located at NE 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.

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Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Crafty Wonderland Spring 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
Makers
Shopping
Winter Holidays
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Camas Plant and Garden Fair
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Camas Plant and Garden Fair

NE 4th Ave Camas, Washington 98607 Free

Held the day before Mother’s Day, the Camas Plant and Garden Fair draws in thousands of people to enjoy and explore an amazing selection of plants, trees, garden art and supplies, and much more provided by local growers and vendors. Kids’ activities, live music, entertainment, fresh food, and the shops and restaurants of Downtown Camas…

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Shopping
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St. Johns Bizarre & Parade
Saturday, May 9, 2020

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
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Portland Sunday Parkways
Ongoing

Portland Sunday Parkways

Various Routes Free

Sunday Parkways is an annual summertime event series that’s offered on one Sunday a month from May–September. Perfect for riders of all skill levels, these community rides let cyclists take their time and roll through the neighborhoods that make up the heart of the city. Southeast Portland, May 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7…

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For Kids
Sports
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Pedalpalooza
June 1–30, 2020

Pedalpalooza

Multiple locations Free

Every year, Pedalpalooza brings over four weeks of biking fun with special rides and events throughout Portland. With over 100 different events (most organized by individuals), bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest. Nearly all events are free.

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Festival
Pedalpalooza
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Fleet Week
June 3–7, 2020

Fleet Week

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of…

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Portland Rose Festival
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Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show
June 4–5, 2020

Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show

Lloyd Center Free

This annual rose show is the nation’s largest and long-running rose show, bringing more than 4,000 blooms to Lloyd Center in Northeast Portland. Explore a huge variety of roses, from the quarter-inch micro-minis to the 8 inch standard blooms.

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Portland Rose Festival
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Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races
June 6–7, 2020

Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

The Rose Festival is proud to host the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races, an event that has been bringing an exciting Chinese tradition to Portland for more than two decades, beginning in 1989. Held on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, the races feature exciting four-team heats held every nine minutes. More than…

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Outdoors
Portland Rose Festival
Sports
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Grand Floral Float Showcase
June 6–7, 2020

Grand Floral Float Showcase

1020 S.W. Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR 97204 Free

Take a closer look at this year’s Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade floats at the Grand Floral Float Showcase on Southwest Naito Parkway, adjacent to CityFair. These unique floats are meticulously decorated with natural materials like seeds and coconut flakes in addition to live flowers.

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Art & Design
For Kids
Portland Book Festival
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Portland Pride
June 13–14, 2020

Portland Pride

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

Every June, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.

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Spring
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GeekCraft Expo
June 20–21, 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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World Naked Bike Ride
Saturday, June 27, 2020

World Naked Bike Ride

Secret Location TBD Free

Every June, thousands of cyclists cruise commando through Portland streets as part of the World Naked Bike Ride.

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Biking
Weird
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Portland Picnic Wine Tasting Festival
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Portland Picnic Wine Tasting Festival

Westmoreland Park Free

Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the fourth annual Portland Picnic in Westmoreland Park. Featuring tastings from an array of 100 wines from around the world. There will also be beer available from Level Beer and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy. A great selection of local vendors will be offering tasty food, live music, and…

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Beer
Festival
Wine
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Fete de la Bastille & Waiters Race
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Fete de la Bastille & Waiters Race

Jamison Square Park Free

The Fete de la Bastille is the West Coast’s largest Bastille Day celebration. The festival is free and open to the public and attracts as many 8,000 participants. A fun tradition during this festival is the Annual Waiters Race. The popular Portland Waiters Race returns to Bastille Day and will start at 2 p.m. Racers…

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Food & Drink
For Kids
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Oregon Northwest Merfest
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Oregon Northwest Merfest

Director Park Free

Oregon Northwest Merfest is a festival for the entire family that brings awareness to conservation with a fun “under the sea” theme. Join Oregon Mermaids for a day of mermaids, pirates, sea-themed entertainers, puppet shows and ocean-themed yoga. Oregon Mermaids impart their love of the briny deep, its wildlife, the ocean beaches and conservation information…

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For Kids
Outdoors
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Division/Clinton Street Fair and Parade
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Division/Clinton Street Fair and Parade

Division & Clinton Streets × Free

Celebrate the funky charm of one of Southeast Portland’s oldest neighborhoods at the Division/Clinton District’s annual Street Fair and Parade. The morning parade along Division and Clinton Streets will kick off a full day of live music, family fun, children’s events, great food, interesting art, craft and community booths, sidewalk sales for bargain hunters, and…

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Shopping
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Chinese Festival
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020

Chinese Festival

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

Join the Oregon Chinese Coalition for the city’s annual Chinese Festival in the Square! Celebrate Chinese American culture and enjoy nonstop entertainment, delicious Chinese food, authentic arts, crafts and much more.

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Cultural Communities
Festival
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Multnomah Days
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020

Multnomah Days

Multnomah Village Free

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 and performers from throughout the city (and beyond) the rest…

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Shopping
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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

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 top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country and…

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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

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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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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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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