Culture

People flock to Portland for a piece of its vibrant culture. Whether it's for the food and beer, arts, cultural communities, festivals or nightlife, Portland wants you to be a part of it.

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.

Know Before You Go

To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective Aug. 27, a statewide mask mandate is in place. Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor settings, as well as crowded outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. This rule does not apply to individuals actively eating or drinking.

Additionally, some event organizers and venues may require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test, for admission. Other events may be canceled, postponed or held virtually. Please check individual event websites for the most up-to-date information.

Portland's Music Scene

Portland’s musical offerings are diverse as the city itself, with options including indie rock, jazz, classical, pop and more.

Arts in Portland

From art walks to experimental theater in innovative spaces; galleries, public art, festivals and avant-garde institutions fill vibrant arts scene.

Cultural Communities

LGBTQ+ Community

Visitors to Portland can experience huge LGBTQ+ Pride parades, drag performances, queer film festivals, dance parties and more.

Portland by Bike

The most authentic local view of the city comes when you roll on two wheels.

Bicycle Maps & Where to Ride

With bike lanes and paths throughout the city, Portland has great places to ride for cyclists of all abilities.

Biketown Bike-Share in Portland

Introduced in 2016, Portland’s bike-share program brings 1,000 smart bicycles to the central city.

Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride

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

Explore the Outdoors

Portland is the perfect launchpad for outdoor activities and adventure.

Favorite Hiking Spots in Portland

Put on some comfortable shoes and start walking — you’ll be surprised how easy Portland makes it.

Make a Splash in the Willamette River

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.

Forest Park

Escape the city without leaving Portland; with 70 miles of trails within Portland city limits, 5,156-acre Forest Park is a popular escape for runners, equestrians and hikers alike and supporting more than 112 bird and 62 mammal species.

Portland's Food Scene

From James Beard Award-winning chefs to food cart pods and creative pop-ups, Portland's dining scene is as eccentric as the city itself.

Beer & Brewing

With nearly 70 breweries, Portland is a beer-lovers paradise. (No wonder we call it “Beervana!”)

Makers

Portland is a hub for artists, entrepreneurs and creators alike, with community studios, warehouses and makerspaces that let you DIY your way around town.

Nightlife in Portland

Dance clubs, karaoke and comedy all come out at night in Portland — as do late happy hours, swanky bowling and other unexpected delights.

Sports in Portland

From the soccer pitch to the skating rink to the basketball court, Portland athletes are dominating the game.

Portland Soccer: Timbers and Thorns

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.

Rose City Rollers Roller Derby

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.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers joined the NBA in 1970 and have always called Portland home — and they have the lifelong fans to prove it

Wine

With wine country in its backyard, Portland overflows with wine bars and urban wineries, offering special varietals from around the world.

Keep Portland Weird

For a true peek into the city's weirdness, start by heading to Portland's many eccentric annual events and attractions.

Craft Spirits

Powered by a collective of spirit makers, Portland's craft distilling era is coming of age.

Portland’s Distillery Row

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.

Woman-Run Distilleries in Portland

Discover Portland’s best woman-made spirits and bitters, one sip at a time.

Portland’s Signature Cocktails

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.

Cannabis

Learn all about legal marijuana in Portland with our coverage of the dos, don’ts and more.