Yes, it does rain in the winter in Portland. (Not all the time, but plenty.) However, temperatures are mild, and the rain provides 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 some live music and get lost in the aisles of Powell’s City of Books. Plus, if you’re willing to dodge a few raindrops during your visit, you may see some nice savings on hotels.
What to Pack
Pack a coat, fleece, rain-friendly shoes and your ski gear. (As locals will tell you, rain in Portland means snow on nearby Mount Hood.)
Wine Country Thanksgiving
During Oregon’s premier tasting and cellar-stocking event, more than 150 wineries open their doors to the public, offering samples of favori
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.
Whale Watching on the Oregon Coast
Up to 20,000 gray whales migrate along Oregon's coast every winter and spring. Spot them from these four locations.
Fertile Ground Festival
See Portland's newest theater and dance works every January at Portland's Fertile Ground Festival.
Lunar New Year Celebrations
Portland hosts its own Japanese Mochitsuki Festival, Vietnamese Tet Festival and multiple Chinese New Year events.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.
The One Moto Show
Every February, the One Moto Show draws thousands of bikers and enthusiasts to Portland to celebrate all things motorcycle.
Portland Jazz Festival
The Portland Jazz Festival returns every February with a stellar series of concerts and events celebrating Black History Month.
Portland Dining Month
Every March, more than 100 Portland restaurants serve up three courses for just $33 nightly. There's no better time to visit this top culinary destination.
Favorite December events in Portland include light displays, holiday shopping, seasonal traditions and a beer festival.
From theater to roller derby, Portland kicks off the year with an eclectic assortment of events.
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.
Eight Coffee Shops 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.
Museums & History
Delve into the roots of the Portland region and enjoy the art of yesterday and today.
Indoor Activities for Children
When Portland's weather prevents kids from running around outside, families can choose from dozens of awesome indoor activities.
Like an Advent calendar loaded with sugary treats, the days leading up to Christmas in Portland hold an abundance of sweet memories.
Portland is full of bright ways to embrace the shorter days of winter; here are some of the stars in the city’s constellation of holiday light displays.
Do your holiday shopping for locally made gifts at hip parties, makers' fairs, sprawling sales and garden grounds filled with handcrafted items.