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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.
VIRTUAL EVENT. Please visit the event website for current information. The 2021 Cascade Festival of …
Established in 1977, The Portland International Film Festival is a creative, multi-media feast spotl…
POW Film Fest is Portland’s premiere film festival showcasing films made by women and non-binary f…
Every May, thousands of visitors flock to the city’s famous UFO Festival, featuring four days of p…
- 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.
- Reel Music Film Festival: Celebrate the connection between image and sound at Whitsell Auditorium with this music-fest-meets-film-fest hybrid, which features archival concert footage and biopics of famous artists.
- 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.
- Chamber Music Northwest Winter Festival: Ditch the post-holiday doldrums at this cozy midwinter fest, which features four nights of timeless classical music.
- 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 four-day 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.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.
POW Film Fest
Every March, POW Film Fest returns to showcase films by female and non-binary directors from the Portland area.
Portland’s Best Annual Festivals
With a never-ending roster of events in Portland, you’re sure to find plenty worth celebrating every month of the year. Here are 54 of our favorites.
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 February, the One Moto Show draws thousands of bikers and enthusiasts to Portland to celebrate all things motorcycle.
- POW Film Festival: This annual film festival takes place at the Hollywood Theatre and seeks to inspire the next generation of female and nonbinary media makers.
- Cider Rite of Spring: Named the Best Northwest Cider Festival by Sip Northwest Magazine, Cider Rite of Spring brings together the top regional cider makers for a sweet, tart and bubbly afternoon at downtown Portland’s Tiffany Center.
- Portland International Film Festival: Founded in 1977, this storied fest spans three weeks and captivates cinephiles with feature films and shorts from around the world.
- Kell’s Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kells Irish Pub at the largest St. Paddy’s celebration in Stumptown, which fills four days with traditional pipers, Irish dancing, boxing and plenty of beer.
- Japanese Currents: Whitsell Auditorium hosts Nipponese films of all varieties offer viewers intimate looks at issues relevant in contemporary Japanese society.
- Design Week Portland: Touting design as the City of Roses’ most promising cultural resource, this weeklong event is jam-packed with installations, panels and after-parties.
- 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.
- 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 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: The largest multicultural festival in Oregon, Portland’s annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta held at Waterfront Park features a wide breadth of live music, dancers from sister city Guadalajara, rides, amateur boxing and an artisan village.
- 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.
Design Week Portland
This annual springtime festival showcases Portland's creative community, with a week full of lectures, design events and open houses.
Soul’d Out Music Festival
Whether you’re a lifelong soul fan or hunting for your new favorite band, Portland’s annual Soul’d Out Music Festival delivers.
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.
- Festa Italiana: Festa Italiana brings the best of Italy to Southeast Portland’s historic Oaks Amusement Park, including a bocce tournament, a loaded musical lineup and Mass held in Italian at The Grotto. 1181
- PDX Beer Week: The region’s top brewers join forces with some of Portland’s best- known snack spots for limited-edition pints and plates, plus way more than 7 days of beer-filled events.
- Scandinavian 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.
- Waterfront Blues Festival: Crowds of more than 100,000 gather in downtown Waterfront Park to celebrate Fourth of July weekend by grooving to a star-st\udded lineup of blues artists in downtown.
- 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.
- 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 30 acres (12 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 handmade carts — many boasting whimsical designs — boldly whizz downhill at Mt. Tabor Park.
Pedalpalooza Bike Festival
Portland's cycling culture peaks during June's multi-week Pedalpalooza (returning June 1–30, 2019), 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.
- Feast Portland: Founded in 2012, this renowned food fest rapidly cemented Portland’s unique and important place on the national food scene. Gorge on plates handcrafted by big-name chefs at events like the Brunch Village and Night Market.
- 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 Pure Space catwalk at the world’s only comprehensively sustainable fashion week.
- The Wedge: Cheese gets its due at this farmers’ market-style event, where local cheeses are peddled alongside choice pairings. Guests can even try their hand at cheese wheel bowling!
- 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 (TBA) Festival, returning Sept. 5–15, 2019, unites visual artists, musicians and performers from around the world every year.
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 held inside the dazzling Grotto, which glows softly with 500,000 lights throughout the month of December. More holiday events >>
- Holiday Ale Festival: Sip hearty mugs of holiday cheer in downtown’s 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.
Bike-loving Portlanders have come up with all sorts of rides and events that fill the calendar with two-wheeled shenanigans.
Shopping Events in Portland
Portland's shopping scene offers colorful bazaars where you can score locally-made goods at unbeatable prices. Better bring an extra suitcase!
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.
VIRTUAL EVENT. Please visit the event website for current information. The 2021 Cascade Festival of African Films will be held virtually in 2021. The festival will remain free and open to the public, but films will be shown online. Visit the event website for more details and the list of films! Founded in 1991, the…
Established in 1977, The Portland International Film Festival is a creative, multi-media feast spotlighting artists both around the corner and across the globe—embracing bold, original, future-forward storytellers making cinema in all its forms. March 5 – 14, 2021. The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is a community celebration of the stories that bind us—whether told…
POW Film Fest is Portland’s premiere film festival showcasing films made by women and non-binary filmmakers. The festival features the work of some of today’s top women and non-binary directors, while honoring the true pioneers and recognizing the next generation of leading filmmakers. Over the years POW has striven to encourage thoughtful and engaged discourse…
Every May, thousands of visitors flock to the city’s famous UFO Festival, featuring four days of parades, costume contests, expert speakers
Midsummer continues to be a fun, family friendly and important day with centuries-old traditions and everyone is invited! Enjoy delicious Nordic cuisine, try traditional beverages and scrumptious sweets. Spend the day making your own colorful flower crown and other crafts. Play Kubb and other fun games, take a break in the beer garden before dancing…
Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.
Portland hosts dozens of beer festivals every year, but none compares to the Oregon Brewers Festival. With offerings from 80 craft brewers, the event draws nearly 70,000 attendees to the downtown waterfront every July.
After taking 2021 off, the Portland Folk Festival is coming back strong in 2022 with not two, but THREE days of an all-ages celebration of Folk and American music at the historic Crystal Ballroom. Visit the event website for the latest lineup!
The City of Roses boasts one of the best tango communities outside of Buenos Aires, with dances and lessons available almost every night.
Music is medicine. RX Fest is a multi-venue, multi-day festival is a large-scale benefit for organizations vital to our community, all centrally located in downtown Portland at Star Theater, Dante’s, Kelly’s Olympian and Valentine’s.
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