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 outdoor 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.
Questions About Portland in the Spring
How much does it rain in Portland during spring?
When do cherry trees bloom in Portland?
What is the average springtime temperature in Portland?
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 the city getting progressively warmer as June approaches. 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. Old-school Portlanders tend to shun umbrellas, but they can come in handy to shield glasses and faces from heavier showers. Waterproof boots will come in handy on muddy spring hikes and for splashing through Portland’s puddles.
Today is a beautiful day to explore all that Portland has to offer. This page lists the best Portland events, festivals, concerts, tours and exhibitions that are happening today.
Are you going to be in town and looking for something to do tomorrow? There are so many fun things to do in Portland and tomorrow is the perfect day to explore.
Looking for what to do in Portland this weekend? This page lists the best Portland events, festivals, concerts, tours and exhibitions that are happening this weekend.
St. Patrick's Day
Celebrate all things Irish, including beer, food and live music, at these local pubs – on St. Patrick's Day, or any time of year.
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.
Whale Watching Week
Up to 20,000 gray whales migrate along Oregon's coast every winter and spring. Spot them from these five locations.
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.
Show your love for Mother Earth by participating in one of these Earth Day events in Portland.
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.
Portland’s biannual art and craft fair boasts unique handmade wares from 225+ local vendors.
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.
Portland Sunday Parkways
This family-friendly bike ride features local vendors and live entertainment.
Portland Rose Festival
Portland Rose Festival features multiple parades, waterfront carnival rides, concerts, dragon boat races, fireworks and plenty of roses.
You can do good while sipping delicious twists on a classic cocktail during Portland's Negroni Week, when proceeds benefit dozens of charities.
Portland Beer Week
Portland Beer Week spotlights Portland’s breweries, high-quality brews and vibrant beer culture.
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.
Spring is the harbinger of Easter festivities in Portland. Check out our favorite kid-friendly Easter egg hunts, annual picnics and candy-centric events.
Enjoy vacation-level-fun events during Memorial Day weekend in Portland.
There’s something special about the first spring hike of the year. Enjoy wildflowers, bird watching and breathtaking scenery on these springtime rambles.
Find your favorite blooms, from roses to rhododendrons and tulips to trilliums, with our guide to spring flowers in Portland.
Feast your eyes on the many wildflower patches around the region for natural beauties you won't find anyplace else.
With its carts and vendors selling delicious meals under a lush green canopy of trees, this downtown farmer’s market at Shemanski Park is a popular lunch spot for good reason. Portland residents and visitors also use this shaded destination to buy locally grown groceries for dinner — or supplies for an alfresco picnic. (Wednesdays 10…
Open every Saturday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
The popular Woodstock Farmers Market features fresh produce, baked goods, fresh juices, sweets, cheese, meat and more from 30+ vendors, along with artisan-made products like jewelry, ceramics and art.
Parkrose Marketplace is a new outdoor market in NE Portland located at 10750 NE Sandy Blvd, across from Parkrose Hardware. Over 60 vendors bringing extraordinary art and craft, jewelry and clothing and things that are just hard to describe – but very cool. Great food, a family-friendly beer garden, live music and just friendly people…
My People’s Market showcases local entrepreneurs and makers of color, connecting them with industry professionals and consumers.
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 FREE quarterly event and open to all ages. See the latest health…
This event has been postponed until 2023. Please see website for details Multnomah County Master Gardener™ Association Incredible Edibles Plant Sale Join the campaign for healthy eating with organic veggies, fruit and herb starts at the ninth annual Multnomah County Master Gardener Association’s Incredible Edibles Plant Sale. Plant starts from the Incredible Edibles Plant Sale…
Sip of Spring is a gathering on a farm where you and your friends can celebrate the spring season by tasting beers and cider in a picturesque venue. Sip of Spring was held at the historic Rossi Farms in NE Portland, just a short distance from downtown, in a picturesque barn on a working farm…
Was this page helpful?