Art gallery wanderers, theater lovers and those with a curious eye will find something to marvel at in Portland. Read on to learn more about the city’s arts offerings, then check out our events calendar to plan your next trip to The Rose City.
Monthly Art Walks in Portland
Explore Portland's art gallery scene with three regular art walks, held in different creative neighborhoods around town.
Portland Film Festivals
Portland hosts more than 20 film festivals every year. Here's an overview of some of the city's top cinematic events.
Live Storytelling Events in Portland
Hear true stories about love, sex, history, movies and even middle school at six regular live storytelling events in Portland.
The Portland Book Festival
Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns every November with an impressive (and extensive) lineup of local and national authors.
Portland Saturday Market
Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
Fertile Ground Festival
See Portland's newest theater and dance works every January at Portland's Fertile Ground Festival.
Portland Open Studios
For two weekends every October, Portland Open Studios invites visitors to explore the houses and offices of artists across the city.
Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival
Portland's Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival, returning Sept. 5–15, 2019, unites visual artists, musicians and performers from around the world every year.
The Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival
Portland saxophonist Jim Pepper's "Witchi Tai To" is the only song based upon a Native American chant to break into the Top 40.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.
Design Week Portland
This annual springtime festival showcases Portland's creative community, with a week full of lectures, design events and open houses.
All Jane Comedy Festival
Portland's five-day comedy festival showcases nearly 50 female comedians each October.
Portland Jazz Festival
The Portland Jazz Festival returns every February with a stellar series of concerts and events celebrating Black History Month.
The Portland Art Museum is central to the city's cultural district, housing a large and wide-ranging collection of artworks.
The North Portland art center's offerings range from visual art installations to collaborations with bands like the Shins.
The Portland Art Museum's Center for Contemporary Native Art showcases the work of modern-day Native American artists.
Portland has a well-established network of venues and theater companies and an increasingly dynamic and diverse small theater scene.
Portland dance has an inventive spirit that welcomes collaborations and often spills beyond the generally accepted boundaries of “dance.”
Portland's children's theater companies introduce kids to live theater and teaches them people in costumes are fun, not scary.
Take a deep dive into the past, present and future of Portland's hip-hop scene with our expert guide to the best performers, showcases, stores and more.
Portland's opera, symphony and other companies offer an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.
In Portland, it's pretty easy to find small venues hosting intimate combos of world-class talent, or bigger, more boffo live shows.
“A rock musical that really rocks, the audacious and affecting “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” tells the tale of a young East German “slip of a girly boy” who has a sex-change operation in order to marry a U.S. soldier and pursue a rock ‘ n’ roll dream in America. Things don’t go smoothly. The…
“Two women in love — kissing, even! That was controversial stuff a century ago when the Sholem Asch play “God of Vengeance” made its English-language premiere on Broadway. Paula Vogel’s 2017 Tony nominated play “Indecent” tells the tale of Asch’s iconoclastic approach to the stage, his play’s worldwide success (in the original Yiddish) and the…
“In this 2017 drama by Dominique Morisseau, a MacArthur “genius grant” winner best-known for her play “Skeleton Crew,” the title refers not a conduit for oil but the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” — educational policies that criminalize minor infractions and disproportionately punish students of color. Addressing the topic through the story of an inner-city teacher who…
“In 2010, Oregon Ballet Theatre added to its repertoire of great Tchaikovsky story ballets, with then-artistic director Christopher Stowell choreographing a version of the classic fairytale “The Sleeping Beauty,” modeled after Marius Petipa’s 1890 original. Now, under current artistic director Kevin Irving, the company returns to the land of 19th century classical splendor.” – Oregon…
“Portland’s Corrib Theatre continues its fruitful focus on contemporary Irish plays with writer and Dublin City Councilor Gerard Mannix Flynn’s one-man show about the abuse and neglect of Irish children at the hands of both church and state. Performed here by the reliably remarkable Darius Pierce, with Corrib founder (and former Dubliner) Gemma Whelan directing.”…
Concertmaster Sarah Kwak takes center stage in opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s sensuous and expressive Violin Concerto. Dmitri Shostakovich’s cinematic Eleventh Symphony depicts the struggle and drama of the Russian Revolution of 1905 in vivid detail. “These concerts feature a pair of mid-century compositions: an American violin concerto and a Russian symphony. Oregon Symphony concertmaster…
Bury the Hatchet is artist John Hitchcock’s mixed-media, cross-disciplinary, multisensory installation. Hitchcock combines his interests in printmaking, rock ’n’ roll, and Kiowa and Comanche history into one visual expression that offers a retelling of the narrative of the American frontier. Bury the Hatchet explores issues of assimilation, acculturation, and indoctrination through oral history and music….
Relive the 1920s in all its decadence. The Oregon Symphony will take you through the dark cabarets and speakeasies of New York, Paris, Berlin, London and Atlantic City, featuring the top hits of the decade, from Rudy Vallée to Josephine Baker and from Kurt Weill to King Oliver. This concert will feature vintage imagery and…