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.
Portland's Music Scene
Portland’s musical offerings are diverse as the city itself: indie rock, jazz, classical and more.
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.
Read about Portland’s many cultural communities and discover ways to find connection when you visit.
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.
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.
Pedalpalooza Bike Festival
Portland's cycling culture peaks during summer's multi-week Pedalpalooza, featuring 200+ local-led, themed rides, all open to the public.
Explore the Outdoors
Portland is the perfect launchpad for outdoor activities and adventure.
Hikes in and Near Portland
With easy access to the great outdoors, Portland is a perfect destination for hikers — explore the city’s urban walks, verdant parks and lush gardens, or escape to the nearby gorge and mountains.
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.
Outdoor Adventure in Columbia County
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.
Beer & Brewing
With nearly 70 breweries, Portland is a beer-lovers paradise. (No wonder we call it “Beervana!”)
Pint-Sized Portland Nanobreweries
You might know microbreweries, but have you visited a nanobrewery? Take a sip of these tiny breweries delivering big flavors in Portland.
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 is home to breweries galore and some of the finest beer on Earth. With its vibrant brewery scene, bustling brewpubs and abundance of beer-themed events, Portland is a must-visit beer destination for any zythophile.
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.
Portland Beer Tours
Explore “Beervana” with the help of local expert tour guides on these Portland beer tours.
Portland Beers by Style
Ordering a pint in a city with 70+ breweries can be intimidating — use our insider’s guide to Portland beer styles to sip your way through Beervana’s best IPAs, saisons, stouts and other brews.
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.
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 or even 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.
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.
Keep Portland Weird
For a true peek into the city's weirdness, start by heading to Portland's many eccentric annual events and attractions.
Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride
Every summer, 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.
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
Portland is home to expert mixologists and one of America’s most vibrant craft cocktail scenes — sip your way through the city’s signature drinks.
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