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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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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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
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Trillium Festival
Saturday, Apr. 4, 2020

Trillium Festival

Tryon Creek State Park Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…

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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

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…

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

Easter Sunday at The Grotto

The Grotto Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Mass suspended until 4/14. 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…

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Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza
Sunday, Apr. 12, 2020

Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza

Pix Patisserie Free

This Easter Egg hunt features no hard boiled eggs — just cash prizes! There will be 50 eggs, each containing a golden ticket for up to $50 in Pix Patisserie treats. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday at this all-ages event. (Limit is one egg per guest.)

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Earth Day with Forest Park Conservancy
Saturday, Apr. 25, 2020

Earth Day with Forest Park Conservancy

Forest Park Free

EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. Join Forest Park Conservancy’s celebration of the 50th annual Earth Day! Saturday, April 25, volunteers will be meeting up at trailheads throughout Forest Park, working to mend the trails and protect the forest from future invasive species. (Bringing friends and family is strongly encouraged!) After…

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Party for the Planet
Saturday, Apr. 25, 2020

Party for the Planet

Oregon Zoo Free

Celebrate wildlife everywhere with the Oregon Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet! With fun educational activities, up-close experiences with ambassador animals, roaming entertainment and more, Party for the Plannet offers something for everyone who wants to celebrate the Earth’s biodiversity and take action to protect wildlife.

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Tryon Creek Earth Day Birthday Celebration
Saturday, Apr. 25, 2020

Tryon Creek Earth Day Birthday Celebration

Tryon Creek State Natural Area Free

Join Friends of Tryon Creek at this annual Earth Day and Birthday celebration at Tryon Creek State Park. Come help the park’s “Eco Crew” remove invasive species and tidy the trails, then enjoy birthday cake, family-friendly activities and prizes for participants.

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

St. Johns Bizarre & Parade

St Johns Portland, OR 97203 Free

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…

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Shopping
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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.

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Biking
Events
For Kids
Summer
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Sunday Parkways: Southeast Portland
Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Parkways: Southeast Portland

Southeast Portland Free

Get ready for the first Sunday Parkways ride of the year! Join bicyclists as they cruise along inner Southeast Portland and enjoy a delicious dose of summer time magic. This 7-mile route will explore the neighborhood greenways of Ankeny, Clinton, Lincoln, Salmon, Taylor streets and more, passing by Laurelhurst Park, Ivon Park, Colonel Summers Park…

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Festival of Flowers
May 20–June 2, 2020

Festival of Flowers

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

For more than 30 years, the Festival of Flowers at Pioneer Courthouse Square (in the heart of downtown Portland) has been one of city’s most renowned festivals. Every year, the Square works with a local artist or design firm to create a masterpiece of vibrant color utilizing more than 24,000 flowers and plant material, filling…

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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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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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Portland Rose Festival
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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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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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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
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Sunday Parkways: North Portland
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday Parkways: North Portland

North Portland Free

Join Sunday Parkways in this 9.5-mile loop of North Portland, which will pass by Arbor Lodge Park, Peninsula Park & Rose Garden, Kenton Park, McCoy Park and Columbia Annex. An accessible ride (by EveryOne Rides) will return and be located at Arbor Lodge Park, adjacent to the universally accessible Harper’s Playground. To view the complete…

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

Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

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 on the Square and interactive activities, the Square is sure…

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

Flicks on the Bricks

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

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 offer movie-goers a chance to sit in the “Best Seat…

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Film
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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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Sunday Parkways: Gateway
Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday Parkways: Gateway

Northeast Portland Free

Head to Gateway in Northeast Portland for Sunday Parkways’ 4.8-mile loop of the neighborhood. One of the shorter routes of the summer, Gateway’s Sunday Parkways is a great option for families and friends who want to walk (instead of bike) at the event. Parks along the route include Hazelwood Hydro Park, Gateway Discovery Park, Knott…

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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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Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market
Saturday, July 25, 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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Montavilla Street Fair
Ongoing

Montavilla Street Fair

Montavilla/East Tabor Business District × Free

Stroll down Stark Street and enjoy district businesses, vendors, a farmer’s market and family-friendly entertainment and activities.

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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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Elephant Garlic Festival
Aug. 7–9, 2020

Elephant Garlic Festival

Jessie Mays Community Park Free

The 23rd Annual Elephant Garlic Festival is a three-day festival celebrating, you guessed it, elephant garlic! The family-friendly event includes a parade, 10K run, live music, kids play area, crafts vendors and more. Fun stinks!

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Food & Drink
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Pan African Festival
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020

Pan African Festival

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

Oregon’s annual Pan African Festival celebrates the presence, resilience, strength, and influence of Pan Africans (Africans, Caribbean and African Americans) in Oregon. We believe the festival is a cultural vehicle to galvanize, mobilize and empower Diaspora Africans in Oregon. It is a springboard to community capacity building, to increase understanding within and between communities and…

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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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PDX Adult Soapbox Derby
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020

PDX 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.

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Summer
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India Festival
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020

India Festival

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

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 enhancing Indian cultural awareness.

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Sunday Parkways: Green Loop
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020

Sunday Parkways: Green Loop

Green Loop Free

Sunday Parkways heads to the historic North Park Blocks forit s 7-mile route along Portland’s Green Loop. This ride will pass by multiple cultural hotspots, including the Portland Art Museum, North and South Park Blocks, Lovejoy Fountain, Portland State University and the city’s Central Eastside. To view the complete route (and find more rides), visit…

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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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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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Sunday Parkways: Northeast Portland
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020

Sunday Parkways: Northeast Portland

Northeast Portland Free

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 greenways of Going street, Holman street and Alberta Court. Parks along this route include Alberta Park, Woodlawn Park, Fernhill Park and Khunamokwst Park. To view the complete…

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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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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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For Kids
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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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