Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to the most common questions we hear from planners.

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I see on the map that the Oregon Convention Center is across the river from downtown and most of Portland’s hotel inventory. How will this impact my event?

Yes, the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is directly across the Willamette River from downtown Portland. Locals don’t see the river as a barrier; it’s just a slice of nature in the middle of the city — and it takes mere minutes to cross. Most meeting attendees simply hop on our award-winning MAX Light Rail line, which travels from the heart of downtown to the doors of the OCC in a little over 10 minutes, all while enjoying the city and river views.

Locals don’t see the river as a barrier; it’s just a slice of nature in the middle of the city — and it takes mere minutes to cross.

How does MAX work? Will it be easy for my delegates to get around?

MAX Light Rail is at the heart of Portland’s award-winning public transportation system, which connects Portland International Airport (PDX), convention center and downtown hotels. It’s easy, inexpensive and convenient. Here are some quick facts:

  • Trip times:
    • PDX to downtown Portland: 38–43 minutes
    • PDX to OCC: 30–33 minutes
    • OCC to downtown Portland: 10–13 minutes
  • An adult ticket good for 2.5 hours costs $2.50.
  • You can roll your luggage on board the MAX Red Line, which serves the airport.
  • MAX trains run about every 15 minutes most of the day, every day. Service is less frequent in the early morning, midday and evening. Trains run from approximately 5 a.m. through midnight.

For complete schedules and more information, visit

Maps and Transit

Whether by light rail, streetcar, bike or ride-share — it’s easy for delegates to get around in Portland.

What is there to do right around the OCC?

The OCC is located in the Lloyd District, which is experiencing vigorous growth and exciting new developments; from the plentiful activity and entertainment options, and a variety of shopping, or savor a delicious dish within minutes of the convention center.


Just across the river from downtown, the Lloyd neighborhood in Northeast Portland caters to convention attendees, sports fans and shoppers.

Do you have a list of the major annual events and festivals in Portland?

Yes, the top annual festivals page on our consumer site has details on all the major events, broken down by month. Our events calendar is a great tool to see what’s going on during specific date ranges.

Festival Fun in Portland

Portland's calendar is packed year-round with exciting events and festivals.

Portland’s Best Annual Festivals

With a never-ending roster of events in Portland, you’re sure to find plenty worth celebrating every month of the year.

Portland’s Weirdest Events

Portland comes by its eclectic reputation honestly. From quirky to downright bizarre, here are some of our favorite “Keep Portland Weird” events.

Music Festivals in and Near Portland

Looking for a tuneful way to enjoy your time in Portland? Get your tickets now for these exciting annual celebrations.

Could you provide me with a list of restaurants?

Read about our award-winning restaurants, or find broader recommendations (including culinary options like food carts and farmers’ markets) in the Food & Drink section of our consumer site. You can also check Yelp for information on hundreds of Portland restaurants.

Could you provide me with a list of restaurants with private dining?

To find restaurants with private dining, visit our Hotel & Venue Finder, select “Offsite Spaces” and check the box next to “Do you need private dining?”

Hundreds of restaurants are located within easy walking distance of MAX light rail lines in Portland’s central city.

Could you provide me with a list of restaurants on the MAX line?

There are hundreds of restaurants located within easy walking distance of MAX Light Rail lines in Portland’s central city. Search our consumer site or contact your services rep for recommendations.

What are some restaurants near the OCC?

Check out our article on Lloyd District dining or see our consumer site.

Portland Restaurants

Both sides of the river overflow with delicious dining options.

Dining Near the Oregon Convention Center

Lloyd offers a full menu of dining options, whether you’re spending the day at the Oregon Convention Center or an exciting night at The Moda Center.

Restaurants With a View

Whether atop the city’s tallest buildings or nestled next to a river, these Portland restaurants with a view offer a feast for the eyes (as well as the appetite).

Downtown Restaurants

Downtown Portland restaurants run the gamut — you’ll find everything from budget lunch options at a multitude of food carts to delicious fine dining at acclaimed dinner spots in central city.

Where can I find some local photos for my conference marketing materials?

Travel Portland offers a selection of rights-free images to promote your event. You can also check out our Promotional Materials section, which includes short videos, still images and copy you can post to your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube channels.

What is being done about homelessness in Portland? Will my delegates be safe in the central city?

Homelessness is a national issue that is impacting Portland and many other cities. Portland has fewer homeless people than other large cities, but, due to a lack of shelter availability for those in need, our unsheltered population is more visible. 

Portland seems to be adding a lot of new hotels. Can you give me some more information?

Portland is in the midst of an unprecedented hotel boom; the central city’s inventory is approaching 10,000 rooms. Learn about new hotels in development, like the Hyatt Regency, which opened in December 2019.