Events

Showing History Events during July 20, 2024–July 19, 2025

Tours

Editor's Pick
Haunted Shanghai Tunnel Tour
Ongoing

Haunted Shanghai Tunnel Tour

Old Town Pizza & Brewing – Downtown $38

Old Town Pizza & Brewing is built directly above Portland's infamous Shanghai tunnels. The same tunnels that were used to  house kidnapped sailors during the early 1900s. Book a tour and explore the rich history of Portland, and the legacy of Old Town.

Guided Tour, Beer, History
Weird Portland Pub Tour
Ongoing

Weird Portland Pub Tour

Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery $25 - $30

Experience the eccentricity of Portland, Oregon and visit one of its quirkiest neighborhoods on this walking pub tour. This tour is a must-do for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the fascinating history of the city, including stories of UFO sightings, Bigfoot sightings, exploding whales, wacky bike rides, strange locals, hijackings, hipsters, artists, and...

Beer, Guided Tour, History
BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour
Ongoing

BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub $39

Uncover Portland’s dark side on this spine-tingling walking pub tour. In the early 1900s, unsuspecting sailors were often ruthlessly abducted and whisked away through the notorious Shanghai Tunnels. Tour guides will tell you how notorious criminals kidnapped thousands of people and why their ghosts still haunt Portland today. This is Portland’s longest-running ghost tour with...

Guided Tour, Beer, History
Historic Homes of the Alphabet District
Ongoing

Historic Homes of the Alphabet District

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Northwest Portland’s Alphabet District owes its existence to Captain John Couch, his family and his in-laws. Development in the area includes everything from fairly modest homes to mansions — not to mention vibrant commercial areas. This tour will examine the wonderful historic homes that define a large portion of this National Register Historic District.

Guided Tour, History
Lair Hill Neighborhood Tour
June 25–Aug. 3, 2024

Lair Hill Neighborhood Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Named for early Portland lawyer and newspaper editor William Lair Hill, this residential neighborhood is one of Portland’s oldest. Lair Hill contains a fascinating mix of historic homes, along with notable buildings significant for their connections to the city’s early immigrant populations. It’s also a neighborhood that was heavily impacted by urban renewal and freeway...

Guided Tour, History
The Buckman Neighborhood
Ongoing

The Buckman Neighborhood

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Stroll through one of the oldest eastside residential neighborhoods while learning about house types common to late 19th — early 20th-century Portland.

Guided Tour, History
Historic Ladd's Addition Neighborhood Tour
Ongoing

Historic Ladd's Addition Neighborhood Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

With its central park, rose gardens, and web of diagonal streets, Ladd's Addition is one of the most unique neighborhoods in all of Portland. Please join a stroll through this leafy enclave of early 20th-century homes, churches, and businesses. You'll get an overview of neighborhood history while strolling past examples of just about every popular...

Guided Tour, Outdoors, History
Downtown's West End Tour
Saturday, July 20, 2024

Downtown's West End Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Learn about the history and culture of this district while viewing masterworks from some of the city's most notable 19th and 20th century architects.

Guided Tour, Outdoors, History
Piedmont Neighborhood Tour
July 25–Sept. 21, 2024

Piedmont Neighborhood Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

In addition to the well-known neighborhoods of Irvington, Ladd's Addition, or Laurelhurst, Portland is also home to the lesser-known but architecturally rich neighborhood of Piedmont. This area contains many fine examples of familiar styles such as Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts but also the less frequently seen forms of Byzantine, Jacobean and Prairie styles....

Guided Tour, History
Broadway and Mid-Town Tour
Ongoing

Broadway and Mid-Town Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Beginning in the 1890s, the area downtown between Southwest Broadway and Ninth Avenue, underwent a dramatic change from a residential neighborhood on the edge of town to a bustling commercial and cultural district. This tour takes a look at what are today, some of the most well recognized and architecturally significant buildings in the city....

Guided Tour, History
East Portland / Grand Avenue Historic District Tour
Ongoing

East Portland / Grand Avenue Historic District Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Grand Avenue was the main commercial street in the once separate city of East Portland and remains a busy thoroughfare to this day. Often missed by those zipping through to somewhere else, the commercial area near the Architectural Heritage Center contains an amazing mix of building styles from Italianate to Art Deco, and the history...

Guided Tour, History
Oregon City Tour
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2024

Oregon City Tour

McLoughlin House $15 - $25

  Join Denyse McGriff to tour Historic Oregon City: The McLaughlin Promenade, Municipal Elevator and Willamette Falls. Join Oregon City's mayor and learn the histories of Oregon City's two newest National Register of Historic Places properties: the 7.8 linear trail McLaughlin Promenade and the Municipal Elevator. The tour will pass historic homes and views of...

Guided Tour, History
Bridge Tour
Ongoing

Bridge Tour

Various Locations $20 - $30

This downtown Portland walking tour will take participants around, across, under, and inside the unique and storied spans that shape the experience of those living and visiting Portland. The route will include several bridges (with specific spans TBA), and on one of those, the tour will plan to meet a Multnomah County bridge operator to...

Guided Tour, Outdoors, Science & Tech, History
Merchants and Markets Tour
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2024

Merchants and Markets Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Portland’s late-19th-century commercial district offers a plethora of interesting architecture and a fascinating history. This tour is packed with stories of Portlanders who made their mark as merchants and developers, as well as their buildings. You’ll learn about the Willamette’s first bridge, the first public market, and the first Chinatown, as well as the notable...

Guided Tour, History
Downtown Temples of Commerce Tour
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2024

Downtown Temples of Commerce Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

After repeated Willamette River flooding in the late 19th century, Portland's central business district began to move west of 2nd Avenue, embarking on an era of building construction that utilized popular new materials, often coupled with classical design motifs. The results included some of the city's first "skyscrapers," and by the 1910s, Fifth and Sixth...

Guided Tour, History
Willamette Heights Neighborhood Tour
Ongoing

Willamette Heights Neighborhood Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Willamette Heights in Northwest Portland offered the epitome of modern residential design in 1905 during the nearby Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. Back then, tourist streetcars hauled throngs to see the innovative new homes, but now Willamette Heights is unknown to nearly all but its residents and mountain bikers heading to the Lief Erickson Trail....

Guided Tour, History
Historic King's Hill Neighborhood Tour
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2024

Historic King's Hill Neighborhood Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Many of Portland’s most notable late 19th and early 20th century architects designed homes in this hilly National Register Historic District. The neighborhood is also known for its wonderful landscape architecture, serving as a gateway to Washington Park.

Guided Tour, History
Portland Heights and Vista Avenue Tour
Aug. 31–Oct. 19, 2024

Portland Heights and Vista Avenue Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

This tour explores Portland Heights — a mostly residential Southwest Portland neighborhood with Vista Avenue running through its center. It was once a very difficult area to build in or even get to. As transportation options increased in Portland during the late 19th century, it soon became a popular residential district. Today, the mixture of...

Guided Tour, History
Belmont-Sunnyside Neighborhood Tour
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2024

Belmont-Sunnyside Neighborhood Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Explore the Southeast Portland neighborhood where our founders, Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan, once lived. The Sunnyside neighborhood along SE Belmont contains a wonderful mix of late 19th and early 20th-century homes, fantastic streetcar-era commercial buildings and a historic fire station. 

Guided Tour, History
Historic Eastmoreland Neighborhood Tour
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2024

Historic Eastmoreland Neighborhood Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2022, the Eastmoreland neighborhood is known throughout Portland for its undulating pattern of dense, tree-lined streets and landscaped yards. Once farmland, the housing in Eastmoreland was largely constructed between 1925 and 1940. Along this walk you’ll see not only some fantastic architect-designed houses in period revival...

Guided Tour, History
Historic Old Town Tour
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2024

Historic Old Town Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

  Explore the oldest part of downtown while learning about notable early Portlanders and architects, and see up close the beautiful cast-iron ornamentation that adorns many of the building facades.

Guided Tour, History
Colonial Heights Neighborhood Tour
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2024

Colonial Heights Neighborhood Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

See a variety of residential architectural styles and learn about some of the early residents in this close-in southeast neighborhood near Ladd's Addition.

Guided Tour, History
Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Tour
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2024

Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Tour

Architectural Heritage Center $15 - $25

This tour rambles through a stunning neighborhood on the west side of Mt. Tabor Park. From the former Baseline Road, now Stark Street, you’ll meander past numerous fine residences, as well as a school, church, and hospital. The area retains much of the freshness and beautiful views today that made it a popular place to...

Guided Tour, History

Exhibitions

Because of Bill: William Sumio Naito’s Legacy in Portland
May 4–Sept. 1, 2024

Because of Bill: William Sumio Naito’s Legacy in Portland

Japanese American Museum of Oregon $0 - $8

Because of Bill: William Sumio Naito’s Legacy in Portland at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon offers visitors an in-depth look at all that Bill Naito built in Portland and the personal motivations that drove his success. Bill Naito was a force of nature whose infinite imagination, unbridled determination and limitless persistence transformed Portland during...

Exhibition, Cultural Communities, History
Bong Wai Chen: Reframing Tradition
May 16–Oct. 27, 2024

Bong Wai Chen: Reframing Tradition

Portland Chinatown Museum $0 - $8

The Portland Chinatown Museum presents BONG WAI CHEN: Reframing Tradition, a retrospective on the art and life of Portland Chinatown artist Bong Wai Chen (1911-1968), who influenced generations of Oregon artists and the practice of calligraphy in the U.S. This exhibition is the third of a series of retrospectives organized by Portland Chinatown Museum and...

Exhibition, Cultural Communities, History, Art & Design

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