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EVENT CANCELED: The 2020 Holiday Ale Festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the event website.
It’s the most wonderful time for a beer!
It’s the hop-happiest season of all!
There’s a buzz in the air of Pioneer Courthouse Square
when mugs flow with ales …
Uncork a beer-inspired carol of your own during downtown Portland’s annual Holiday Ale Festival. This annual celebration of winter suds is set beneath the region’s largest decorated Christmas tree. Revelers can sample from more than 50 featured beers, each designed to keep drinkers warm on cold winter nights.
The Holiday Ale Festival also includes delicious, holiday-themed foods, live music and a Sunday brunch with exclusive beers. Wear some Santa pants, because you’re going to need a bigger waistline. As a bonus — and on the off chance that the strong beers aren’t enough to keep you warm — the festival’s clear-top tent and gas heaters ought to do the trick.
Holiday Light Displays in Portland
Portland is full of bright ways to embrace the shorter days of winter; here are some of the stars in the city’s constellation of holiday light displays.
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.
Lunar New Year Celebrations in Portland
Portland hosts its own Japanese Mochitsuki Festival, Vietnamese Tet Festival and multiple Chinese New Year events.
Whale Watching on the Oregon Coast
Up to 20,000 gray whales migrate along Oregon's coast every winter and spring. Spot them from these four locations.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.
Fertile Ground Festival
See Portland's newest theater and dance works every January at Portland's Fertile Ground Festival.
Wine Country Thanksgiving
During Oregon’s premier tasting and cellar-stocking event, more than 150 wineries open their doors to the public, offering samples of favori
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Christmas Bazaar has 1000 booths, with half of those being handcrafted vendors. The other half of the show consists of selected commercial items geared towards holiday shopping. The Christmas Bazaar started in 1982, and to this day remains small and local, with three employees….
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you along the Willamette River in the heart of the city.
VIRTUAL EVENT. Please visit the event website for current information. Experience the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of a Nordic Christmas during the holiday season at an event reminiscent of Christmas markets in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik and Stockholm. Enjoy vendors, food, entertainment, games and more.
Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages. See the latest health…
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. Join as thousands gather along…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Oregon Ballet Theatre’s season would not be complete without Portland’s Favorite Holiday Tradition, the 17th annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Filled with swirling snowflakes, glorious scenery and lavish costumes, this production gets better and better with each passing year. Join Marie, the…
The annual holiday hit concert by the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus returns in a virtual format in 2020.
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Each house in this quaint Southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty. Come see the lights…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Join Renegade Craft for a festive holiday weekend celebration in Portland featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Get your holiday shopping done while supporting emerging and established makers, all while enjoying rarities and remixes from local DJs, workshops, exceptional food trucks and…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest presents the 34th Annual Sobriety Powwow! The NARA New Years Eve Sobriety Powwow is one of the largest sobriety new year powwows in the country, and is certainly the largest New Year’s pary in Portland, where thousands…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Governor’s Ball came to fruition to fufill a need for a more high-end and discerning, premier clientele. With its vaulted ceilings experience the most beautiful hotel in the city with a three-course dinner by Jake’s included with every reserved ticket. Come to the truly…