Spring in Portland

Portland celebrates spring with beer and food festivals, fiestas and flowers.

Rain showers, blooming flowers and lots of only-in-Portland things to do hit the calendar every spring in Portland. The city bursts into bloom, as gorgeous rhododendrons, azaleas, cherry trees and roses come into full flower in parks, gardens and yards all over town. Amidst spring showers, sun-breaks and dry days are common, though, and spring visitors are rewarded with lovely vistas, bountiful outdoors adventures and the city’s signature event, the Portland Rose Festival, which runs from late May through early June. Read on for our top things to do, see and experience during a springtime visit to Portland.

Spring Weather

Rain showers continue in spring, along with plenty of cloud-breaks and dry spells. Spring days often start rainy and end up with clear blue skies and sunshine. With such a temperate climate, many flowers start blooming in Portland in early March.

What to Pack

For a springtime visit to Portland, we recommend packing layers and a light rain-proof jacket. Waterproof boots will come in handy on muddy spring hikes and for splashing through Portland’s puddles.

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Spring Activities

Don't let rain showers keep you from enjoying this verdant season in Portland.

Spring Hikes Near Portland

There’s something special about the first spring hike of the year. Enjoy wildflowers, bird watching and breathtaking scenery on these springtime rambles.

Best Spots for Spring Flowers

Find your favorite blooms, from roses to rhododendrons and tulips to trilliums, with our guide to spring flowers in Portland.

Wildflower Viewing in Greater Portland

Feast your eyes on the many wildflower patches around the region for natural beauties you won't find anyplace else.

Favorite Spring Events

The spring season in Portland overflows with exciting events and festivals.

Spring Holidays

Celebrations a season of renewal and rebirth with these annual celebrations around Portland.

Mother’s Day Events in Portland

Myriad Mother's Day events in Portland make it easy (and fun!) to celebrate moms, grandmas and all of the other important women in your life.

Easter Events in Portland

Spring is the harbinger of Easter festivities in Portland. Check out our favorite kid-friendly Easter egg hunts, annual picnics and candy-centric events.

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Enjoy vacation-level-fun events during Memorial Day weekend in Portland.

Spend Spring Break in Portland

Plan an epic spring break in Portland with our list of activities for families, friends, couples and solo travelers.

Events by Month

Each month of Spring in Portland offers its own unique selection of events and things to do.

March Events

Shop, eat and cheer your way through the last of winter with these March events in Portland.

April Events

Spring in Portland brings festivals dedicated to wine, tulips and tunes.

May Events

From farmers' markets to fiestas, there's plenty to do in Portland in May.

Upcoming Spring Events

Portland comes to life every spring with these special events and festivals.

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CityFair
May 22–June 7, 2020

CityFair

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. Considered the “hub” of the annual Portland Rose Festival, CityFair fills Waterfront Park with carnival rides, concerts, food and fireworks for multiple weekends during the festival.

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Cultivation Classic
May 29–30, 2020

Cultivation Classic

The Redd East Event Space Tickets will be on sale in early 2019.

EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. Cultivation Classic, produced by Willamette Week, is the only competition for craft cannabis produced in Oregon with a regenerative approach, paired with an exceptional public education event curated especially for thought leaders, policymakers, producers, bud tenders and consumers.

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Festival of Flowers
May 20–June 2, 2020

Festival of Flowers

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

For more than 30 years, the Festival of Flowers at Pioneer Courthouse Square (in the heart of downtown Portland) has been one of city’s most renowned festivals. Every year, the Square works with a local artist or design firm to create a masterpiece of vibrant color utilizing more than 24,000 flowers and plant material, filling…

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Portland Saturday Market
Ongoing

Portland Saturday Market

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.

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Rose City Rollers Hometown Throwdown
May 29–31, 2020

Rose City Rollers Hometown Throwdown

Oaks Amusement Park & Roller Skating Rink

Join Portland’s roller derby team, The Rose City Rollers, for their annual Hometown Throwdown, featuring two double-headers every day. Hometown Throwdown Games in 2020: Friday, May 29:7pm Axles of Annihilation (PDX) vs. The Wall Street Traitors (NYC);9:00pm Wheels of Justice (PDX) vs. Mile High Club (DEN)Saturday, May 30: 7pm Bruising Altitude (DEN) vs. The Wall…

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Rose Festival Starlight Parade
Saturday, May 30, 2020

Rose Festival Starlight Parade

Downtown Portland

EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. For more than 40 years, Portland’s Starlight Parade has offered funky, eclectic fun for everyone. From traditional marching bands and flood-lit floats, to glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and unique hand-built entries, you’ll see the best of Portland’s diverse community groups (and surrounding Northwest region) together in one…

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Portland Brunch Festival
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Portland Brunch Festival

Rose Quarter Commons General Admission $30 Advance, $45 at the Door, VIP $80

Join us in celebrating Portland’s favorite meal at the 3rd annual Portland Brunch Festival, benefiting The Jerome Kersey Foundation. This year’s festival will include local restaurants, cafes, popups, food trucks, local artists and designers. Enjoy multiple bars, a photo booth, live music, and games. Bars will be serving your favorite brunch cocktails and entertainment will…

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Fleet Week
June 3–7, 2020

Fleet Week

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors…

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Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show
June 4–5, 2020

Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show

Lloyd Center Free

EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. This annual rose show is the nation’s largest and long-running rose show, bringing more than 4,000 blooms to Lloyd Center in Northeast Portland. Explore a huge variety of roses, from the quarter-inch micro-minis to the 8 inch standard blooms.

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Portland Night Market
Ongoing

Portland Night Market

Central Eastside Industrial District

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.

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Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races
June 6–7, 2020

Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Rose Festival is proud to host the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races, an event that has been bringing an exciting Chinese tradition to Portland for more than two decades, beginning in 1989. Held on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, the races…

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Portland Rose Festival
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Grand Floral Float Showcase
June 6–7, 2020

Grand Floral Float Showcase

1020 S.W. Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR 97204 Free

EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. Take a closer look at this year’s Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade floats at the Grand Floral Float Showcase on Southwest Naito Parkway, adjacent to CityFair. These unique floats are meticulously decorated with natural materials like seeds and coconut flakes in addition to live flowers.

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Art & Design
For Kids
Portland Book Festival
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Oregon Tattoo Expo
June 12–14, 2020

Oregon Tattoo Expo

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront $20-$35

Come out and get tattooed at the third annual Oregon Tattoo Expo at our all new downtown location. This year‘s event will take place at the Oregon Ballroom at the Riverfront Marriott in downtown Portland. Our new venue has a full service hotel and restaurant on site, valet parking and has an amazing river view.

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Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Oaks Amusement Park & Roller Skating Rink Varies – children 11 and under enter free

Enjoy Nordic music, dancing, games, food, vendors, a beer garden, a kids’ area and more at Portland’s annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Enjoy delicious Nordic cuisine, try traditional beverages and scrumptious sweets. Spend the day with us and make your own colorful flower crown and other crafts. Play “Viking Chess”, Nordic Jenga and other fun games….

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Water Lantern Festival
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Water Lantern Festival

Laurelhurst Park Varies

Portland’s annual Water Lantern Festival is a beautiful experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns as they light up the water at Laurelhurst Park. This family-friendly event includes food trucks, pre-made floating lantern kits, markers, ascavenger hunt and more.

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GeekCraft Expo
June 20–21, 2020

GeekCraft Expo

Oregon Convention Center Free

GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft market specializing in handmade, “geek”-themed crafts of all kinds; clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art . . . if it’s geeky and made by hand, it can be found at a GeekCraft Expo. Cosplay is highly encouraged and admission is free (you just need to pre-register).

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Oregon Book Awards
Monday, June 22, 2020

Oregon Book Awards

Portland Center Stage at The Armory $12-$65

Join Literary Arts’ annual celebration of the state’s most accomplished writers in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers and graphic literature. Hosts in 2020 are Elena Passarello and Omar El Akkad.

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Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
June 26–28, 2020

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

Lakewood Center for the Arts

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. For more than 50 years, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts has proudly presented unique art exhibits including more than 600 local, national, and international artists. Visitors can also experience live music on two stages, performances, kids activities, artist demos, and a variety of…

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Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival
June 26–28, 2020

Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival

King School Park

EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. Come to the Good in the Neighborhood Multicultural Music & Food Festival features live music, a parade, an information Village, marketplace, beer and wine garden and a youth venue, along with a kids’ space. The official parade is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June…

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Portland Rose Festival
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Inner City Blues Festival
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020

Inner City Blues Festival

Aladdin Theater $25 in advance; $30.00 door; $75.00 VIP

Soul Queens & Blues Kings A benefit for HEALTH CARE FOR ALL- OREGON “Healing the Healthcare Blues” This very special showcase will celebrate icons of Soul and the Blues pioneers that helped shape the history of music. Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester brings together some of our local R&B favorites: Lenanne Miller, Renato Caranto, LaRhonda Steele,…

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UFO Festival
Sept. 15–17, 2020

UFO Festival

Hotel Oregon $20 and up

Every May, thousands of visitors flock to the city’s famous UFO Festival, featuring four days of parades, costume contests, expert speakers

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St. Johns Bizarre & Parade
Ongoing

St. Johns Bizarre & Parade

St Johns Portland, OR 97203 Free

EVENT CANCELED FOR 2020. Please visit the event website for current information. The St. Johns Bizarre is a uniquely crafted celebration that kicks off the summer street fair season in Portland with music, kids’ activities and more. Held annually on the second Saturday in May, the Bizarre brings music, crafts and food to the crowds…

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TEDxPortland
Saturday, May 29, 2021

TEDxPortland

Moda Center $79-$250

NOTE: This event has been postponed until May 29, 2021. TEDxPortland, the largest TEDx event in the world, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2020. For its first time, the event heads to the Moda Center in North Portland (home of the city’s iconic NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers). Enjoy a day of notable and…

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