Yes, it does rain in the winter in Portland. (Not all the time, but plenty.) However, the rain and cooler temperatures provide the perfect excuse to do as locals do and indulge in Portland’s legendary culinary scene, sample craft beers from our 75+ breweries, drink a few extra cups of locally roasted coffee, check out live music performances, and get lost wandering aisles of Powell’s City of Books. (Plus, if you’re willing to dodge a few raindrops during your visit, you may see some serious savings on hotels.) Several locally beloved events return every winter, including the vibrant Portland Winter Light Festival (which fills the city with dozens of huge light installations and special events); the epic PDX Jazz Festival; and multiple art, film, music and theater festivals (like Fertile Ground Festival, Cascade Festival of African Films and the Winter Blues Music Festival).
Winter in Portland Quick Facts
What is the coldest month in Portland?
Does it snow in Portland?
Does it rain every day in the winter in Portland?
Winter in Portland (December 21–March 19) is the coolest season of the year, with frequent rain showers and mostly cloudy skies (significant snowfall is rare within Portland city limits). The drop in temperature makes for great conditions at Mount Hood, where locals love to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or just cozy up to a fireplace with a warm drink in hand.
What to Pack
For a wintertime visit to Portland, we recommend packing a coat, fleece jacket, and rain-friendly shoes (and if you’re a skier or snowboarder, don’t forget your gear since rain in Portland means plenty of snow on Mount Hood).
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January is Portland Music Month
January is officially Portland Music Month and MusicPortland has curated a lineup of 100+ local artists to support the music community. Get tickets to hear extraordinary live music that will light up the winters at venues all over Portland.
Fertile Ground Festival
See Portland's newest theater and dance works every January at Portland's Fertile Ground Festival.
Lunar New Year Celebrations
Portland's Asian communities celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional dances, lantern ceremonies and stunning performances.
Black History Month in Portland
Every February, Americans of all races and backgrounds celebrate Black History Month. Celebrate with these Portland events.
Portland Jazz Festival
The Portland Jazz Festival returns every February with a stellar series of concerts and events celebrating Black History Month.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.
New Year’s Eve Events in Portland
When the clock strikes midnight, you could be dancing to bhangra beats, solving a murder mystery or indulging in chocolate and Champagne.
Portland’s Holiday Ale Festival
The Holiday Ale Festival, set beneath the region’s largest decorated holiday tree, returns every year with more than 50 big, bold beers designed to keep revelers warm on cold winter nights.
Favorite December events in Portland include light displays, holiday shopping, seasonal traditions and a beer festival.
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February is the perfect month to take in fine Portland food, film, music and more.
Portland’s Coziest Fireplaces and Fire Pits
Portland winters are usually mild, but the city offers all sorts of welcoming places to warm up. Relax next to one of our favorite fireplaces in Portland.
Quiet Places Made for Reading
Pick up a winning read at one of Portland’s many independent bookstores and curl up in a cozy corner of one of these eight local coffee shops.
Live Music Venues in Portland
From gritty rock to velvety jazz, Portland’s live music scene offers tunes for all types.
Niche Live Music Venues in Portland
These hidden gems are havens for jazz, punk, bluegrass, funk and more.
Portland is known for its rich creative community, and DIY makers. From these established museums that showcase the greatest fine artists, to the mailbox-sized galleries of passions, Portland displays all kinds of art and curiosities.
Indoor Activities for Children
When Portland's weather prevents kids from running around outside, families can choose from dozens of indoor activities.
Open every Saturday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
The Portland Latin American Film Festival announces its XVI Season at the Hollywood Theatre, with a mix of seven feature films, documentaries, and short films from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay and the USA. Please visit the event website for information on additional screenings. PDXLAFF is a cultural promoter under…
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…
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. The boats, 14 to 65…
Meet the makers. Over 250 artists will be selling their goods at the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market. In an effort to control the crowds, there will be timed admission throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday in addition to the usual ticketed Friday Night Pre-Show Party. So everyone attending the event…
Bring joy to your holiday season with the 23rd annual performance of this beloved concert, featuring the region’s premier gospel singers alongside your Oregon Symphony. Special Concert Artists Charles Floyd, Conductor Gary Louis Hemenway, Choral Director Northwest Community Gospel Chorus Oregon Symphony
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