With a never-ending roster of events in Portland, you’re sure to find plenty worth celebrating every month of the year. Here are dozens of our favorites.
- Fertile Ground Festival: This celebration of creativity spans 11 days of performances featuring brand new theater, dance, visual art and comedy works by local artists.
- Portland Old Time Music Gathering: Tap your toes to tunes by the Northwest’s best old-time Appalachian-style string bands at this concert series, going strong since 2000 at the Tiffany Center.
- Portland Folk Festival: Ditch the post-holiday doldrums at this cozy midwinter fest, which features three days of an all-ages celebration of Folk and American music at the historic Crystal Ballroom.
- Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden: Immerse yourself in the color and excitement of the Chinese New Year during this two-week celebration, which includes a lion dance and four glowing nights of lantern viewing at the stunning Lan Su Garden.
- Portland Winter Light Festival: Designed to bring light to the wintry darkness, this free two-week festival brightens several sites around town with imaginative works that combine light and technology to create interactive experiences.
- PDX Jazz Festival: This festival honors jazz legends, highlights local musicians and provides jazz education through films and lectures at top Portland venues.
- Cascade Festival of African Films: Celebrating African achievements and hopes fo rhte future since 1991 this festical aims to shar storis of Africa as told by actual africans, ruather than the Western-made narratives that Americans typically see.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.
Portland Jazz Festival
The Portland Jazz Festival returns every February with a stellar series of concerts and events celebrating Black History Month.
One Moto Show Brings Motorcycle Fans to Portland
Every year, the One Moto Show draws thousands of bikers and enthusiasts to Portland to celebrate all things motorcycle.
Portland’s Holiday Ale Festival
The Holiday Ale Festival, set beneath the region’s largest decorated holiday tree, returns every year with more than 50 big, bold beers designed to keep revelers warm on cold winter nights.
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.
- SheBrew: Start off Women’s History Month with a brewers competition that celebrates not only female brewers, cider and meand makers, but is also an ebent for all genders and ages honoring equality and supproting all womxn and the LGBTQ community with proceeds goining to the Human Rights Campaign and the Oregon Brew Crew.
- St. Patrick’s Festival: Kick off St. Patrick’s Day at the Portland’s oldest downtown Irish pub, Paddy’s Irish Pub where the holiday is celebrated with bagpipers, live Irish music, corned beef and cabbage and Guiness. Don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket for the charity fundraiser benefitting the Children’s Cancer Association.
- Kells Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival is a weekend packed full with local musicians playing Celtic favorites. Watch traditional Irish dancing and bagpipe players while drinking house-brewed beers. Donations benefit the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children.
- Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest: Ring in spring by frolicking in 40 acres (16 hectares) of rainbow-hued tulips at the picturesque Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, only 30 miles (50 km) south of Portland.
- One Moto Show: Thousands of motorcyclists (and moto-enthusiasts) roll into Portland to celebrate bikes and biker culture with dozens of motorcycles from around the world on display.
- UFO Festival: Alien-themed parades, pet costume contests and spaceship landing parties unfold at this long-running UFO fest, a destination for alien abduction survivors and those who want to believe. The otherworldly event is held in McMinnville, 38 miles (61 km) southwest of Portland.
- Portland Rose Festival: With more than 100 years under its belt, this civic celebration has it all, including fireworks, dragon boats and the second-largest all-floral parade in the United States.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
Colorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn.
POW Film Fest
Every March, POW Film Fest returns to showcase films by female and non-binary directors from the Portland area, inviting attendees to experience cinema crafted by seasoned and up-and-coming filmmakers alike.
Portland’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Shop for handmade crafts, snack on traditional recipes and enjoy entertainment straight from Guadalajara at this popular Cinco de Mayo festival.
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.
- Oregon Midsummer Festival: Get in the summer solstice spirit, Scandinavian-style, with bonfires, traditional Nordic tunes and, of course, a maypole all at Southeast Portland’s Oaks Amusement Park.
- Festival of Balloons: The mesmerizing Festival of Balloons in Tigard (a suburb 30 minutes southwest of downtown Portland by car) brings more than a dozen brightly colored, colossal hot-air balloons to the sky every June. Enjoy balloon rides and a fair-like atmosphere, including a beer garden, live music and kid-friendly activities.
- Latino Cultural Festival: Attracting more than 10,000 attendees this annual festival starts with a parade featuring elementary students, dancers and musicians. The event also includes cultural food and entertainment, an art village, and a competitive futsal tournament for more than 200 players.
- Waterfront Blues Festival: Crowds of more than 100,000 gather in downtown Waterfront Park to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend by grooving to a star-studded lineup of blues artists downtown.
- The Portland Craft Beer Festival: Only beers, plus ciders and wine, crafted within the city limits of Portland are featured at the PCBF which makes it unique and different from other beer festivals.
- Cathedral Park Jazz Festival: The longest-running free jazz festival west of the Mississippi honors blues, soul and R&B with three days of musical exuberance beneath the St. Johns Bridge at the scenic Cathedral Park.
- Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival: Grab a blanket and a bottle of wine and head to the lawn of Reed College to pregame top-caliber chamber music, with concerts spanning five weeks.
- Oregon Brewers Festival: Tapping some of the world’s best brews since 1988, this annual rite of summer in downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park draws more than 85,000 discerning drinkers with pours from more than 90 craft breweries over five days.
- Chinese Festival: Head down to Pioneer Courthouse Square on the first Saturday in August to celebrate Chinese American culture. Enjoy entertainment, delicious Chinese food and authentic arts and crafts.
- Pickathon: What started out as a small music festival has grown into one of Stumptown’s most anticipated weekends of the year, luring acts like Phil Lesh, Beach House and Mac DeMarco to nearby Pendarvis Farm.
- India Festival: Celebrate India’s Independence Day in Pioneer Courthouse Square, which encapsulates the tastes, sights and sounds of India through dance, musical performances and bites from Portland’s best Indian eateries.
- Dahlia Festival: The elusive dahlia takes center stage at the free Swan Island Dahlia festival, which allows visitors to stroll through almost 40 acres (16 hectares) of dahlias at the peak of their bloom and peruse more than 400 floral arrangements.
- PDX Adult Soapbox Derby: Creativity and horsepower are put to the test as 40 or so competing for handmade carts — many boasting whimsical designs — boldly whizz downhill at Mt. Tabor Park.
- Festa Italiana: Bringing the best of Italy to Gresham, including a bocce tournament, a loaded musical lineup and Mass held in Italian.
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.
Portland Beer Week
Portland Beer Week spotlights Portland’s breweries, high-quality brews and vibrant beer culture.
Every June, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.
Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival
Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.
Chamber Music Northwest’s Summer Festival
Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.
- Swift Watch: Looking for a magical way to spend a September evening? Watch in awe as hundreds of Vaux Swifts circle the chimney of Chapman Elementary School before descending for the night to roost.
- Rose City Comic Con: Comic culture reigns supreme at the Oregon Convention Center during this celebration, brimming with costume contests, expert panels and celebrity guests.
- Mt. Angel Oktoberfest: For over half a century, Mt. Angel, a small town about 36 miles (59 km) south of Portland, has celebrated the harvest season with street dancing, alpine folk music, an adult-only biergarten and other Bavarian activities.
- Portland Fashion Week: Independent designers exhibit their latest eco-couture styles on the catwalk at the world’s only comprehensively sustainable fashion week.
- Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival: The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art brings together artists from around the globe for the not-to-be-missed 10-day TBA Festival of contemporary performing and visual arts.
- Hood River Valley Harvest Fest: Held along the scenic Hood River waterfront, this is the Columbia River Gorge’s biggest celebration of the region’s incredible fall bounty.
- Portland Greek Festival: Folk dancing, cooking demonstrations, gourmet imports and more are all celebrated at the annual Portland Greek Festival hosted at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Don’t leave without loading up on specialty pastries like baklava and kadaifi.
- Portland VegFest: Come for hundreds of delicious (and healthy!) food samples at the Oregon Convention Center; stay for the plant-based speakers, films and cooking demos.
- Portland Film Festival: Named one of the coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker, this weeklong fest is packed with workshops, guest speakers, premieres and networking events.
- Portland Book Festival: Portland’s beloved book festival touts a vast book fair, writers’ workshops and readings by local luminaries like Cheryl Strayed and Ursula K. LeGuin.
- Holiday Food & Gift Festival: For those looking to get a head start on holiday shopping, this event at the Oregon Convention Center hosts more than 300 exhibitors peddling one-of-a-kind gifts. More holiday shopping events >>
Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival
Portland’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) returns every September with 10 days of boundary-pushing performances, visual art and projects that defy categorization.
Feast Portland Food and Drink Festival
This foodie festival, held every September, has cemented Portland’s reputation as a culinary capital of the world.
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.
All Jane Comedy Festival
Portland's five-day comedy festival showcases nearly 50 female comedians each October.
Portland Open Studios
For two weekends every October, Portland Open Studios invites visitors to explore the houses and offices of artists across the city.
- Festival of Trees: Local designers gather at the Oregon Convention Center to create pine-y magic with more than two dozen decorated and themed Christmas trees for this Portland holiday tradition.
- Christmas Festival of Lights: All are welcome to witness more than 160 choral performances inside the dazzling Grotto, which glows softly with 500,000 lights throughout December. More holiday events >>
- Holiday Ale Festival: Sip hearty mugs of holiday cheer in downtown Pioneer Courthouse Square at the annual Holiday Ale Festival, which proffers 50 strong ales and barley wines.
Portland’s Best Food Festivals
We’ve collected PDX’s best foodie events to help you make the most of what our sweet and savory city has to offer all year round.
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.
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.
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.
LGBTQ+ Festivals & Events
From film festivals to parties and pride parades, Portland's LGBTQ community celebrates all year 'round.
Portland Street Fairs
Come summer, many of Portland’s neighborhoods put on local parties with live music, food and fun.
Join bike-loving Portlanders in all sorts of everyday rides and events that fill the calendar with two-wheeled shenanigans.
Shopping Events in Portland
The shopping scene in Portland, Oregon offers colorful bazaars where visitors can score locally made goods at unbeatable prices, especially during these shopping events.
Portland’s Weirdest Events
Portland comes by its eclectic reputation honestly. From quirky to downright bizarre, here are some of our favorite "Keep Portland Weird" events.
The historic town of St. Helens, located 45 minutes from Portland, celebrates Halloween all month long with haunted tours, costume contests and more.
The 27th Annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival is coming back Oct 7-9, 2022. The current plan is to have a live in-person show at the Hollywood Theatre Oct 7-9, 2022 with a streaming component that may include several of the films in the theater and streaming-exclusive programs.
This old-fashioned fall festival brings together more than 125 vendors offering local produce and food products, plus arts and crafts, wine, cider and beer tastings. Held along the scenic Hood River waterfront, this is the Columbia River Gorge’s biggest celebration of the region’s incredible fall bounty. Festival-goers can load up on boxes of Hood River…
Portland Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences and to celebrating the power of a good story. The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to the public. The festival is anchored with outdoor screenings, offering its filmmakers…
The Portland Latin American Film Festival announces its XVI Season at the Hollywood Theatre, with a mix of seven feature films, documentaries, and short films from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay and the USA. Please visit the event website for information on additional screenings. PDXLAFF is a cultural promoter under…
This annual race series consists of paddlers piloting a gaggle of gigantic gourds through a watercourse.
Killer Pumpkin Fest is BACK FROM THE DEAD Rogue is so excited to bring back one of Rogue’s signature events celebrating all things Halloween, Dead Guy, storytelling, pumpkin beer, costume contests, ax throwing, and of course PUMPKIN SMASHING – and many more fun activities for a full day of spookiness and fun. Rogue is taking…
Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns every November with an impressive (and extensive) lineup of local and national authors.
The Christmas Ship Parade began in 1954 with one lone sailboat from Portland Yacht Club. Today, the Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the Columbia and Willamette River fleets, with displays that are brightly lit and can be seen from bank to bank on each river. The boats, 14 to 65…
An annual celebration of folk, Americana, and roots music in Portland, Oregon, hosted by McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom. Friday Lineup: Ron Artis IIEddie BermanHillstompGlitterfoxThe June BugsJacob WestfallKaryn AnnSaturday Lineup: Fox and BonesLo SteeleAdrian + MeredithDead LeeThe Singer and The SongwriterLaryssa BirdseyeSunday Lineup: Eddie BermanChristopher Worth and David Jacobs-StrainThe HacklesFlyover StatesRedray FrazierThe AM (Acoustic Minds)Jessica ManaloLane NorbergPFF…
Featuring some of the country’s hottest chefs, eateries, and food trucks in some of the favorite food cities, offering a unique taste of America’s favorite side dish to hungry crowds around the nation. The Mac + Cheese Festival National Tour celebrates America’s cheesiest dish while highlighting top chefs. Location is TBD
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