Historically an affordable city for the arts, as it has grown so has the visibility of its deep culture. Whether you’re a fan of theater, live music, craft beer, funky foods or just being outside, Portland has something for you. Read on for our favorite cultural offerings in Portland, then check out our events calendar to help you plan your next trip to The Rose City.
Music Festivals in and Near Portland
Looking for a tuneful way to enjoy your time in Portland? Get your tickets now for these exciting annual celebrations.
Live Music Venues in Portland
From gritty rock to velvety jazz, Portland’s live music scene offers tunes for all types.
In Portland, it's pretty easy to find small venues hosting intimate combos of world-class talent, or bigger, more boffo live shows.
Classical Music in Portland
Classical music in Portland isn't just the classics. Classical musicians offer new and innovative works, and an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.
Black Community in Portland
With a diverse range of organizations and businesses, Portland’s Black community provides visitors with resources and a friendly welcome. Explore the city's Black history and cultural events, as well as Black-owned businesses and restaurants.
Native American Community
Learn about Portland Native American culture and history through these collections, galleries, events and institutions.
Hispanic & Latinx Community
Oregon’s growing Hispanic and Latinx population is concentrated in the Portland region and offers rich resources for visitors.
Japanese American Community
Japanese Americans have been a vital part of Portland's history for generations.
Portland is home to more than 40,000 Jewish people and has kosher dining options throughout the city.
Indian American Community
The Indian American community in Portland and its neighboring suburbs consists of a thriving and growing population of almost 10,000 Indians.
With bike lanes and paths throughout the city, Portland has great places to ride for cyclists of all abilities.
Introduced in 2016, Portland’s bike-share program brings 1,000 smart bicycles to the central city.
Portland's cycling culture peaks during summer's multi-week Pedalpalooza, featuring 200+ local-led, themed rides, all open to the public.
Put on some comfortable shoes and start walking — you’ll be surprised how easy Portland makes it.
When summertime heats up in Portland, cooling off is as easy as heading to one of the city's many riverfront beaches or docks for a refreshing dip or getting the gear for water sports such as kayaking, or SUP.
With an emerald backdrop and riverside paths, outdoor adventure awaits from bird-watching on Scappoose Bay, or exploring the historic community of St. Helens, Columbia County offers countless family-friendly activities.
Portland is home to breweries galore and some of the finest beer on Earth. Combine this robust brewery scene with the many bustling brewpubs and the abundance of beer-themed events, and you have a true must-visit beer destination.
Kid-Friendly Breweries in Portland
In a city with so many excellent breweries, parents don't have to choose between spending time with their kids and enjoying a great pint of beer.
Beer Festivals in Portland
Portland isn't shy about its love of beer — the city has nearly as many beer festivals as it does breweries.
Portland Beers by Style
In a city with more breweries than any other on earth, the simple act of ordering a beer is not always so simple. Our insider’s guide is here to help.
Portland Beer Week
Portland Beer Week spotlights Portland’s breweries, high-quality brews and vibrant beer culture.
Alcohol-Free Fun in Portland
Just because you're older than 21, doesn't mean you have to act like it. Portland has a wide range of events that require no alcohol whatsoever to enjoy.
Comedy in Portland
There's always something funny happening in Portland. From stand-up comedy to improv comedy, comedy classes Portland has any kind of comedy you may be looking for. Portland boasts many stages to bring you fresh, up-and-coming, and touring comedians.
Portland may be best known for its indie music, but with a wide variety of dance clubs, the city has a rhythm that'll get just about anyone moving.
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.
With a fervent following, every Portland Timbers and Thorns match has a festive atmosphere that's enjoyable whether you're a soccer fan or not.
The all-female, volunteer-run roller derby team battled its way to the top of Portland’s sports fandom, and a world championship, in recent years.
The Portland Trail Blazers joined the NBA in 1970 and have always called Portland home — and they have the lifelong fans to prove it.
Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride
Every June, thousands of cyclists cruise commando through Portland streets as part of the World Naked Bike Ride.
UFO Festival in McMinnville
Every May, thousands of visitors flock to the city’s famous UFO Festival, featuring four days of parades, costume contests and expert speakers.
Portland Adult Soapbox Derby
The PDX Adult Soapbox Derby at Mt. Tabor Park pits grown-up kids against each other every August in pursuit of speed and laughs.
The Venderia: Portland’s Wacky, Whimsical Vending Machines
Tarot decks, coloring books and VHS tapes of classic ‘80s films? Buy them all from a “Venderia,” a quirky vending machine created by Portlander Taylor Valdes.
The epicenter of the emerging craft distillery movement, Distillery Row is home to independent, small-batch distillers who have put Portland on the spirits map.
Discover Portland’s best woman-made spirits and bitters, one sip at a time.
Take your happy hour to the next level with one of these classic Rose City cocktails, from a sophisticated Negroni to a group-sized Tiki bowl.
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