Things to Do in Portland Today

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. Scroll down to see our top picks. To find even more events, search the full events calendar and see our picks for Things to Do in Portland Tomorrow and Things to Do in Portland This Weekend.

Events in Portland Today

Tours

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Haunted Shanghai Tunnel Tour
Ongoing

Haunted Shanghai Tunnel Tour

Old Town Pizza & Brewing – Downtown $30 – $35

Haunted Shanghai Tunnel Tour – with beer tasting Book a tour in the heart of the legendary Shanghai Tunnels. Learn about Portland’s dark history and hear stories about the resident ghost, Nina. Finish up with three tasters and 1 pint of Old Town Brewery’s internationally award-winning beer. Named One of the Most Haunted Places in…

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Beer
Guided Tour
History
BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour
Ongoing

BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub $39

On this spine-tingling walking tour, you’ll uncover Portland’s dark side. In the early 1900s, unsuspecting sailors were often ruthlessly abducted and whisked away through the notorious Shanghai Tunnels. Be entertained by stories of how notorious criminals kidnapped thousands of people and why their ghosts still haunt Portland today. One hundred years ago, Portland was home…

Beer
Guided Tour
History
Morning or Afternoon Half Day Portland City Tour
Ongoing

Morning or Afternoon Half Day Portland City Tour

Various locations $85

More than just a basic Portland city tour, the half-day Portland City Tour will reveal the laid-back small city feel of this fun and thriving downtown. You will experience the best Portland sites, including the International Rose Garden, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, the South Park…

Guided Tour
Morning or Afternoon Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfalls Tour
Ongoing

Morning or Afternoon Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Various locations $85

Explore the beauty of the canyon walls and rock formations, breathtaking waterfalls and awe-inspiring visas that make the Columbia River National Scenic Area one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Our enthusiastic guides will introduce you to the most amazing places in the Gorge while providing a comprehensive narrative of this spectacular landscape and its…

Guided Tour
Sweet Treat Tasting Trail
Ongoing

Sweet Treat Tasting Trail

Various Locations Free

Treat yourself to something sweet and delicious, like ice cream, frozen yogurt, ice cream cake or bubble tea. So many creative, small businesses make fabulous, tasty delights. Explore some favorites today.

Food & Drink
Guided Tour
Mt. Hood Loop Tour including Multnomah Falls
Ongoing

Mt. Hood Loop Tour including Multnomah Falls

Pick up at all downtown Portland hotels $130

Join in on a full-day guided tour from Portland to Mt. Hood. By visiting Mount Hood with enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, you will have multiple opportunities to get the best photographs of the awe-inspiring scenery and to learn about the history and heritage of Portland’s iconic mountain. The tour will depart the hustle and bustle…

Guided Tour
Oregon Coastal Tour
Ongoing

Oregon Coastal Tour

Various locations $130

Maximize your beach time while at the Oregon Coast Oregon’s coastline is graced with unforgettable vistas: dramatic cliffs, offshore rocks and sea lions, wide sandy beaches, majestic capes, historic lighthouses, enchanted forests and lovely small beach towns which artists and artisans make their home. Locations we may visit include: Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock, Short Sand…

Guided Tour

Exhibitions

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Benson Hotel Annual Gingerbread Display
Nov. 30–Dec. 30, 2022

Benson Hotel Annual Gingerbread Display

The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton Free

The Benson Portland, a Curio Collection hotel by Hilton, invites the public back again for a live unveiling of the 2022 Gingerbread Masterpiece, a 50-year holiday tradition. This year’s theme celebrates a major Oregon attraction (to be revealed at the event). It honors the hotel’s founder and local designer, Simon Benson’s decade of public service…

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ZooLights
Nov. 21, 2022–Jan. 5, 2023

ZooLights

Oregon Zoo $21 – $29

Kids and adults agree: it wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights. In addition to the classic walk through a dazzling display of 1.5 million lights, you can bring your family and friends to explore the lights by car with a drive-through experience on select nights. Plus, enjoy delicious treats! From…

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Exhibition
For Kids
Outdoors
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 A Pittock Mansion Christmas
Nov. 21, 2022–Jan. 4, 2023

A Pittock Mansion Christmas

Pittock Mansion $11.50 – $15.50

Pittock Mansion Christmas rings in the holidays with this year’s Music Makes the Season exhibit. Experience this beloved Portland tradition and take in the sounds of the season through the volunteer decorators’ festive, music-themed displays. Pittock Mansion Christmas is a special event. General admission discounts do not apply.

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Art & Design
Exhibition
History
The Odyssey of the Historic Jantzen Beach Carousel
Nov. 18, 2022–Apr. 30, 2023

The Odyssey of the Historic Jantzen Beach Carousel

Oregon Historical Society Free

The Jantzen Beach Amusement Park officially opened on May 26, 1928. It added a new attraction in July of that year—an impressive four-abreast carousel built by C. W. Parker. The Odyssey of the Historic Jantzen Beach Carousel examines the carousel’s journey from Parker’s Leavenworth factory to California’s sunny shores to the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park,…

Art & Design
Exhibition
History
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
Nov. 15, 2022–Apr. 9, 2023

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) $24 – $30

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is a groundbreaking exhibition celebrating Marvel’s 80-year history, from the iconic characters to the creators who’ve told the stories. Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes features hundreds of artifacts, including original comic book pages, interactive displays, life-size statues of your favorite Super Heroes, and costumes and props from Marvel films and…

Art & Design
Exhibition
12" x 12" Art Show and Sale
Dec. 1–21, 2022

12" x 12" Art Show and Sale

Oregon Society of Artists Free

Over 200 pieces of art are for sale that will make wonderful gifts. The Oregon Society of Arts has been dedicated to the education and nurturing of talent in the visual arts since 1926. All are welcome.

Art & Design
Exhibition
Shopping
Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe
Oct. 29, 2022–May 14, 2023

Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe

Portland Art Museum $22 – $25

Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe introduces new generations to one of the twentieth century’s most innovative Native American painters. Howe (1915–1983) committed his artistic career to the preservation, relevance, and ongoing expression of his Yanktonai Dakota culture. He proved that art could be simultaneously modern and embedded in customary Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux) culture…

Art & Design
Cultural Communities
Exhibition
Human | Nature
Dec. 7, 2022–May 7, 2023

Human | Nature

Portland Art Museum $25

150 Years of Japanese Landscape Prints Selected from the Portland Art Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition explores Japan’s journey with and through nature during the 19th century and into the modern age through the lens of landscape prints, revealing the at-once reverential and playful spirit in which people held the trees, mountains, and rivers around…

Exhibition
Jeffrey Gibson: To Name An Other
Nov. 4, 2022–Feb. 26, 2023

Jeffrey Gibson: To Name An Other

Portland Art Museum $25

Community, empowerment, and visibility are at the heart of the ongoing performance work To Name An Other, by multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972), who is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent. The fifty pairs of matching tunics and drums in this large-scale installation are emblazoned with phrases…

Art & Design
Cultural Communities
Exhibition
Otis Quaicoe: (s)kin deep
Sept. 23–Dec. 31, 2022

Otis Quaicoe: (s)kin deep

Portland Art Museum $22 – $25

Since Otis Quaicoe’s move from Accra, Ghana, to Portland in 2017, his figural paintings have adjusted and shifted in congruence with a heightened cultural awareness of his relocated body. As he looked at Blackness and race in American society from the perspective of an African immigrant, Quaicoe became more interested in depicting the nuances of…

Art & Design
Exhibition
Shades of Light Korean Art from the Collection
June 4–Dec. 31, 2022

Shades of Light Korean Art from the Collection

Portland Art Museum $22-$25

Shades of Light brings together ceramics, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles from the Portland Art Museum’s permanent collection. Linking these objects is the subtle role of light across a broad range of Korean creative practices.

Art & Design
Cultural Communities
Exhibition

All Other Events

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Christmas Festival of Lights
Nov. 25–Dec. 30, 2022

Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto $6 – $14

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 a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the…

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Festival
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PDX Pop-Up Shops
Nov. 30–Dec. 31, 2022

PDX Pop-Up Shops

Various Downtown Locations

The pop-up shops are back this holiday season, turning Portland’s vacant retail space into temporary destinations for local designers and artists to “set up shop” Downtown. Downtown Portland Clean & Safe is pleased to announce this year’s holiday PDX Pop-Up Shops line-up. This year, there is added incentive – the chance to win two tickets…

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Shopping
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Small Shops Big Hearts
Nov. 17–Dec. 11, 2022

Small Shops Big Hearts

Shops Citywide Free

Portland’s small business community is coming together to put the fun back into holiday shopping. The annual Portland tradition, Shop Small Win Big, returns for the 2022 holiday season with an expanded three weeks to explore the city’s unique neighborhoods with more than 100 participating independent retailers and pop-up shops. Shop Local and Win Prizes…

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Shopping
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Unordinary Makers Market
Nov. 30–Dec. 30, 2022

Unordinary Makers Market

Commonwealth Building Free

Unordinary Makers Collective will transform the Commonwealth Building into a hub for social wellness. Shop locally and intentionally this holiday season at this supportive space surrounded by opportunities to engage with small and local businesses. Explore local vendors and makers such as: Birds and Bees NurseryVeeVee Victoria SkincareR&Arie Quality Life GoodsIshq Ancestral Healing for Skin…

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Shopping
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Omiyage Holiday Store
Nov. 25–Dec. 23, 2022

Omiyage Holiday Store

Japanese American Museum of Oregon Free

The Japanese American Museum of Oregon’s holiday pop-up shop features unique Japanese-inspired gifts and crafts by local artists, designers, and authors. They invite you to visit the Omiyage Museum Store for the holiday season and choose from jewelry, fashion and home accessories, cards, origami creations, art objects, books, and a selection of curated vintage items….

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Cultural Communities
Shopping
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Silverton Christmas Market
Nov. 25, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023

Silverton Christmas Market

The Oregon Garden $15 – $18

Come for the awe-inspiring light display and market at the Oregon Garden Resort. The Silverton Christmas Market offers a joyous and magical holiday experience for all ages. Stroll along immersive paths draped in more than one million lights. Explore the authentic German Christmas Market for gifts from artisan vendors and imported German nutcrackers, smokers and…

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Outdoors
Shopping
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Winter Wonderland
Nov. 25–Dec. 31, 2022

Winter Wonderland

Portland International Raceway Cost Varies

Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”, Winter Wonderland will grab your attention with glimmers and glows around every corner. Since 1993, a journey through Winter Wonderland has become a holiday tradition for many families, friends, and social organizations to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season….

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Festival
For Kids
Forces of Nature: Ecology in Japanese Prints
Ongoing

Forces of Nature: Ecology in Japanese Prints

Portland Art Museum $22 -$25

What is the relationship of humans to their environment? Japanese artists have considered this question in myriad ways, influenced as deeply by the tempestuous natural forces shaping life in this Pacific Rim island archipelago as by long-standing traditions of natural imagery in Japanese art, literature, and culture. The human connection to the natural world has…

Art & Design
Garden of Resonance: The Art of Jun Kaneko
Ongoing

Garden of Resonance: The Art of Jun Kaneko

Portland Japanese Garden Free with Admission

Portland Japanese Garden is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed artist Jun Kaneko (b. 1942-). Kaneko, recently honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, has made major contributions to the field of sculptural art on a global scale, exploring the relationships between art, nature, and people with the boldness and placement…

Art & Design
Cultural Communities
Holiday Performances at the Square
Dec. 8–23, 2022

Holiday Performances at the Square

Pioneer Courthouse Square Free

Enjoy a variety of free holiday performances at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland’s Living Room, where Portland comes together. In the heart of downtown Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square is the urban park at the center of events, community, and all things Portland.

Outdoors
Performing Arts
Symbiosis
Ongoing

Symbiosis

Portland Art Museum $30

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a plant? Perhaps a frog, a slug or an orchid-butterfly hybrid? Or maybe you’re not an organic lifeform at all. This November 2022 through February 2023, the PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow building at 934 SW Salmon Street will come to…

Art & Design
Film
Performing Arts
Traces
Ongoing

Traces

Portland Art Museum $22-$25

Traces presents poetic reflections on memory in contemporary art. Art has long played a role in aiding memory by depicting detailed stories in history painting, epic poems, or song cycles. It is also a space for artists to give physical forms to cerebral or emotional sensations. This exhibition, featuring recent acquisitions alongside artworks borrowed from…

Art & Design
Ugly Sweater Shopping Extravaganza
Nov. 18–Dec. 18, 2022

Ugly Sweater Shopping Extravaganza

St. Johns Business District Free

SHOP LOCAL THIS SEASON Win 1 of 4 Raffle Baskets Take a photo inside a St Johns Retail businesspost on Instagram with #lightupstjohns and tag the business.The more businesses you go into and enter, the more chances you have of winningWinners will be drawn and notified on 12/19 via Instagram.

Shopping
Mittleman Jewish Community Center Hanukkah Fair
Dec. 5–9, 2022

Mittleman Jewish Community Center Hanukkah Fair

Mittleman Jewish Community Center $10 General Admission, $8 Senior Citizens, $5 Students, Free for children under 6

The Mittleman Jewish Community Center Hanukkah Fair is the perfect chance to stock up on lovely gifts for days of giving. For over 100 years, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center has been the “living room” of Portland’s Jewish Community. In a typical year, 12,000 people come through the doors of the MJCC every year, and…

Cultural Communities
Rain Spark Gallery
Nov. 1–Dec. 24, 2022

Rain Spark Gallery

Rain Spark Gallery Free

Pop-up Gallery for two months starting November 1 – December 24, 2022, in downtown Lake Oswego. 40 local artists of the Pacific Northwest. Rain Spark Gallery is a group of professional artists who exhibit their work seasonally in person and year-round through this website. Member artists work cooperatively to curate, run, and maintain the gallery….

Art & Design
Shopping
A Century of BB Camp
Nov. 16, 2022–Jan. 29, 2023

A Century of BB Camp

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education $5 – $8

Take a journey through time and distance, along Highway 101 to Otis, Oregon. “We’re B’nai B’rith Campers, Rough and Ready!” greets you in singsong as you drive through the camp gate. It all began in 1921 with campers sleeping on old army cots in tents. After a century of growth, over 1,000 campers a summer…

Cultural Communities
Exhibition
PDX Urban Wineries Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Nov. 29–Dec. 31, 2022

PDX Urban Wineries Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Director Park $15

This unique Holiday pop-up brings wines from member wineries for tasting and purchase all in one location. Fifteen member wineries will feature three of their Portland-Made Wines. There will be a rotating list of Five wines each day to taste, with all wines available for purchase. Mix and match your favorite wines to get discounts…

Wine
Oregon Wine Tasting Tour
Ongoing

Oregon Wine Tasting Tour

Various locations $165+

The best wineries in Oregon lie just under an hour’s drive from Portland in the Willamette Valley, a thriving wine region known for its outstanding Pinot Noir. The Willamette Valley is one of the world’s leading Pinot producers, and with over 550 wineries and 22,000 vineyard acres planted, it is the largest and most important…

Guided Tour
Christmas on the Campground
Nov. 25–Dec. 31, 2022

Christmas on the Campground

Apostolic Faith Church Free

Drive by or take a stroll past the campground on Duke Street to enjoy thousands of lights, a life-size nativity, and the tallest decorated Christmas tree in Southeast Portland. Lights will be on daily from dusk to dawn, beginning Thanksgiving weekend through the end of the year. Seasonal music will also play from 4:30 p.m….

Outdoors
Boardgame Night
Ongoing

Boardgame Night

The 4th Wall Free

Boardgames, boardgames, boardgames Come out for an evening of games and goofing around. Bring your own or play one of theirs. 4th Wall strives to create a very casual, welcoming environment for anyone looking to get to know some new games and maybe some new friends. All ages are welcome; snacks and drinks are available….

Nightlife
Cosmic Bliss Scoop Shop Grand Opening
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022

Cosmic Bliss Scoop Shop Grand Opening

Cosmic Bliss Scoop Shop Free

The Pearl District is about to get the creamiest, dreamiest ice cream shop in the universe, serving treats made from the best ingredients on earth. Eugene-based Cosmic Bliss, formerly Coconut Bliss, officially opens its all-organic and gluten-free ice cream shop to the public in Portland’s Pearl District – and will be giving away free ice…

Food & Drink
Thursday Night TRIVIA
Ongoing

Thursday Night TRIVIA

EastSide Bar & Grill Free

Weekly free trivia hosted by Mike May Trivia. EastSide Bar and Grill on the corner of Russell and 82nd just got new owners. They have already started making some improvements to the property and menu. Come support them by coming out to one of many weekly concerts, comedy night Tuesdays or Trivia night on Thursdays….

Nightlife
Bag&Baggage Presents: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
Dec. 2–18, 2022

Bag&Baggage Presents: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

The Vault Theater $5 – $35

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is set in a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage…

Performing Arts
Classic Simpsons Trivia
Ongoing

Classic Simpsons Trivia

Tomorrow's Verse Taproom & Bottle Shop Free

Simpsons pub quiz featuring questions only from seasons 2-8. Every 2nd Thursday of the month at Tomorrow’s Verse Taproom. Free to play and prizes given.

Nightlife
Fungi Film Fest
Dec. 8–11, 2022

Fungi Film Fest

Cinema 21 $13

The Fungi Film Fest (FFF) is the world’s only film festival dedicated to the beauty, weirdness, and human influences of mushrooms, lichens, and microfungi. Films are submitted by people like you, with the only requirement for entry being that the film features fungi somehow. Each year brings a different mix of films, with the 2022…

Film
Oregon Public House Pub Trivia Thursdays
Ongoing

Oregon Public House Pub Trivia Thursdays

Oregon Public House Free

Join every Thursday for general knowledge pub trivia in the Community Room The Oregon Public House is a public benefit corporation that was founded with the belief that any business, any person can do more for their community. We invite our neighbors, friends, and visitors from afar to eat in the community and drink to…

Nightlife
Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets
Oct. 24–Dec. 8, 2022

Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets

Moda Center Cost Varies

Watch the Portland Trail Blazers take on the Denver Nuggets in this regular-season NBA Game. Cheer along with Rip City at the Moda Center and become part of a Portland tradition.

Sports
The Juicy Jam!
Ongoing

The Juicy Jam!

Parker's Hideaway Free

The Juicy Jam’s only goal is to jam, and The Juicy Jam’s only rule is no covers. Instrumentalists can blast off on space jams and be the backing band to songwriters from all over the place. Songwriters can find their band and explore new material in an environment that’s soaking wet with excitement. Parker’s Hideout…

Music
White Album Xmas
Nov. 30–Dec. 10, 2022

White Album Xmas

Alberta Rose Theatre $42.50 – $65

White Album Christmas has become a tradition — a way to keep Portland weird during the holiday season. The Nowhere Band (a full 15-piece Beatles orchestra) plays the White Album note for note, while the jugglers, aerialists, clowns and acrobats of the Rose City Circus present feats of remarkable strength, focus and dexterity. Guaranteed to…

Music
Performing Arts
Erma Bombeck: At Wits End
Dec. 1–17, 2022

Erma Bombeck: At Wits End

Triangle Productions $15 – $35

From the writers of the smash hit Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins comes a comic look at one of the country’s most beloved voices, who captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Discover the story behind…

Performing Arts
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Nov. 19–Dec. 24, 2022

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Portland Center Stage at The Armory Cost Varies

Reimagined for the stage as a live 1940s radio broadcast, idyllic Bedford Falls is brought to life with an exciting ensemble cast, gorgeous music, lavish costumes, and delightful foley effects. Small-town everyman George Bailey is having a Christmas Eve that can only be saved by a miracle. Enter George’s guardian angel, Clarence, who takes him…

Performing Arts
Our Town
Dec. 2–24, 2022

Our Town

Fuse Theatre Ensemble – The Back Door Theater Give As You're Able. Friends

Fuse Theatre Ensemble presents Our Town, a metatheatrical three-act play that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938. The play tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. An American theater classic, Our Town investigates the nature of life,…

LGBTQ+
Performing Arts

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