In addition to being nicknamed “Soccer City, U.S.A.” (thanks to the thriving fútbol culture fostered by Portland’s Timber and Thorns), Portland is proudly home to NBA team the Portland Trail Blazers, the Winterhawks hockey league, multiple minor league baseball teams and the international championship-winning Rose City Rollers roller derby team. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just looking to enjoy the city’s sports culture, Portland guarantees a winning time. Read on to learn more about the city’s many sports teams, their surrounding cultures and places to enjoy a game — then head to our events calendar to find even more things to do in Portland.
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 Portland Trail Blazers joined the NBA in 1970 and have always called Portland home — and they have the lifelong fans to prove it.
The Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks may not boast big-name talent, but make no mistake — the NHL starts here.
The Portland Pickles and Hillsboro Hops are two local baseball teams pitching summery good times.
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 Columbia River Gorge is a recreational biker’s paradise, with options including car-free blacktop, smooth single-track flows and canyon trails with tricky switchbacks.
Winter Sports on Mount Hood
Just a 90-minute drive from downtown, Mount Hood sits right in the city’s backyard and makes for a heck of a winter playground.
Whitewater Rafting Near Portland
Conquer rapids, spot wildlife and experience nature in a new way at these favorite spots for whitewater rafting near Portland.
Kayaking in and Around Portland
When the weather heats up, folks flock to the water. For paddlers, that typically means hitting one the many rivers in and near Portland.
Windsurfing in the Columbia River Gorge
Grab your board and head to the Columbia River Gorge, the windsurfing capital of the world, located a short drive east of Portland.
Snowshoeing on Mount Hood
Snowshoeing is a peaceful way to enjoy Mount Hood with friends and minimal gear and expense.
Where to Stand-Up Paddleboard Around Portland
Find out where to stand-up paddleboard in Portland, as well as where to find SUP lessons, paddleboard rentals, guided lake tours and SUP yoga classes.
Fishing Near Portland
These four waterways — all less than an hour away from Portland — provide the perfect setting for your next fish tale.
Every fall since 2018, Portland International Raceway has hosted the celebrated open-wheel racing with the Grand Prix of Portland.
Portland International Raceway hosts a spectrum of exciting events, including cycling, drag racing and motocross, auto shows and obstacle course events.
Every February, the One Moto Show draws thousands of bikers and enthusiasts to Portland to celebrate all things motorcycle.
ESPN Events and the Rose Quarter are excited to unveil the Phil Knight Invitational (PKI), returning to Moda Center. This year’s men’s basketball matchup will feature Brigham Young University (BYU) and the University of Oregon. Fans can anticipate an excellent game as both teams are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance, with Oregon advancing to…
Founded in 1979, the Shamrock Run Portland is the largest running and walking event in Oregon and is the third-largest running event in the western United States.
The Hippie Chick half marathon, quarter marathon, 5k and kid’s half-mile race returns for Mother’s Day weekend. This female-focused event is designed to celebrate how amazing women are. Grab your mom, your sister, your friend, or your co-worker and register to run through Oregon’s scenic countryside. The route finishes back at Ron Tonkin Field with…
Taking runners along a loop of Portland along the east and west sides of the city’s Willamette River, the Portland Marathon is an excellent way to see a lot of Portland in one great run. The race starts and finishes at Waterfront Park, crossing four bridges and passing by some of the city’s most iconic…
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