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Know Before You Go
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Oregon’s governor has limited large events based on the current risk level.
Some events may be cancelled, postponed or held virtually. Please check the event website for the most up-to-date information.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, presented by The Skanner Foundation, typically includes a national speaker talking about a current issue and is always held on the King holiday. Later that day, the World Arts Foundation hosts the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute celebration at Highland Christian Center.
Portland Jazz Festival
In celebration of Black History Month, the PDX Jazz Festival is a citywide celebration of the art form created by Black Americans.
Portland Trail Blazers: Celebration of Black History
Every year during Black History Month, the NBA’s Trail Blazers host a Celebration of Black History at the Moda Center, featuring a pre-game celebration, special performances, unique retail items and fundraising efforts to support local nonprofits.
Cascade Festival of African Films
Winter Music Festival
Beat the winter doldrums at the Winter Music Festival, an annual indoor music festival featuring Northwest. Safe from any inclement weather, the all-day festival features two stages, a huge dance floor, plenty of food and multiple bars.
Oregon Black Political Convention
In presidential election years, the Oregon Black Political Convention, hosted by the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs, examines issues affecting the state’s black community and endorses primary candidates.
Celebrate Juneteenth with a freedom parade and a picnic in North and Northeast Portland on the Saturday closest to June 19. This uniquely Black holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas received word that Lincoln had abolished slavery. In Portland, observation of the holiday began in the shipyards in 1944 by Clara Peoples.
Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival
The last weekend in June, the three-day Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival features live music, foods, games and arts that showcase the rich culture of North and Northeast Portland.
Waterfront Blues Festival
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Black & White Ball
Eat your way through North or Northeast Portland to find Southern food dishes that taste like they were flown in from the Mississippi Delta.
Enjoy flavorful dishes from Ethiopia, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire and beyond at these local eateries.
A Portland chef hosts scrumptious pop-up dinners, brunches and Black Feast events.
The 2021 festival will be a hybrid event, including virtual events, in-person tours, pop-up performances, a museum, an altar and video installations. In these times of collective amnesia, remembering is an act of resistance. For the fourth year, Vanport Mosaic invites you to explore the many silenced histories that surround us, in order to better…
Every June, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.
EVENT CANCELED FOR 2021 . Please visit the event website for current information. Bring family and friends to enjoy non-stop Italian food, entertainment, dancing, vendors, wine and beer gardens at the annual Festa Italiana.
Note: This festival is taking place virtually in 2021. The Good in the Neighborhood Multicultural Music & Food Festival features live music, a parade, an information Village, marketplace, beer and wine garden and a youth venue, along with a kids’ space. The mission of Good in the Hood is to promote the cultural aspects of…
VIRTUAL EVENT. Please visit the event website for current information. Portland Indigenous Marketplace is organized by the group Indigenous Come Up, a local organization selling Indigenous-made and -designed art, crafts and jewelry at local Powwows and Portland events.
The Vanport Jazz Festival is scheduled to return Aug. 7, 2021. See website for details. The Vanport Jazz Festival honors the city of Vanport and the voices who formed Portland’s jazz community. Near the site of the historic 1948 flood, the event transforms Colwood Golf Course into a cultural revival, welcoming nationally renowned artists and…
El Grito Fiestas Patrias celebrates the independence of Mexico and other Latin American countries from Spain. As the Mexican President presents the nation’s traditional El Grito in Mexico City, so too will Portland commemorates Mexico’s independence at the Moda Center/Rose Quarter Commons. Join in the most important holiday celebrated by the Hispanic community in Oregon….
Internationally beloved artists Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) and Diego Rivera (1886–1957) played a crucial role in defining and establishing the Avant-Garde cultural movement in Mexico in the early 20th century. Their famously stormy marriage reflected their diverging artistic styles: While Rivera’s art projected itself outward, often in vast murals and concerned itself with the construction of…
Juneteenth Oregon celebrates the date in 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger read “General Order No. 3,” in Galveston, Texas, declaring that all slaves were free. This year live stream this annual celebration at pdxjazz.com or juneteenthor.com.
A public labyrinth walk held on the third Monday of every month on the beautiful wood labyrinth at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. No prior experience needed, and there is no wrong way to walk.
The best new outdoor marketplace in Portland! Over 60 vendors offering art, crafts, clothing, jewelry, culinary and medicinal herbs, and other plants, lotions, and potions. Come and enjoy local food vendors and live music! Masks are recommended. Well behaved dogs are welcomed.
Join the Vanport Mosaic for the culminating event of this annual Vanport Mosaic Festival to Remember Repair Reclaim Re-imagine our collective story. Gather in the North Park Blocks for live music, performances, conversations, vendors, the History is Now pop-up exhibit and a Zine Machine offering free memory activism resources. With: Albina Music Trust, American Music…
“Billed as the longest-running jazz-and-blues festival west of the Mississippi, this annual summer favorite is a prime showcase of Portland’s homegrown talent, natural beauty and neighborly charm. Picnicking families relax on a grassy slope nestled by the foot of the majestic St. Johns Bridge to enjoy the likes of trumpeter Farnell Newton (sideman to the…
Sneaker week curates organic experiences that bring together sneaker enthusiasts, industry influencers, and aspiring creative professionals to Portland, Oregon, the sneaker capital of the world. Working with a core group of directors, Sneaker Week can program a series of events that help the mission of highlighting the diverse culture and community amongst global sneaker enthusiasts…
The Beaverton Night Market exists to create a vibrant, intercultural, family-friendly space that is reminiscent of night markets internationally. The market offers a culturally relevant evening activity and gathering space with ethnic food and crafts for families of all backgrounds in Beaverton.
Portland, Oregon’s anime, cosplay, and gaming convention returns with two days of celebrity guests, local artists, exhibitors, gaming, panels, contests, and much more. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22, 2021, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel.
Lents International Farmers Market opens on Sunday, June 2, 2019 and is open every Sunday through November 24, 2019. The Lents International Farmers Market (LIFM) is the only one in Portland with an intentional international focus. LIFM provides fresh, affordable and culturally appropriate produce to the diverse community of Lents neighbors. Founded in 2006 by…
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