When to visit

Portland is welcoming and lively year-round, and every season offers its own allures. (And, yes, a couple of seasons offer a little bit of rain, too.)


  • Ducks in Crystal Springs Lake


    In spring, Portland 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, sunbreaks and dry days are common, though, and spring visitors are rewarded with lovely vistas, bountiful outdoors adventures and the city's signature event, the Portland Rose Festival, which runs from late May through early June.

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  • Maple trees at Pittock Mansion


    Summer in Portland may be one of the world's best-kept secrets. Days are long and dry, temperatures are comfortably warm, and the city makes the most of these conditions with outdoor celebrations running well into September. There's no better time for hikes, and events include the epic Oregon Brewers Festival in July, Pickathon music fest in August and the Time-Based Art Festival and Feast Portland in September.

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  • Autumn leaves in Portland


    The city's arts offerings come into full swing in fall, with offerings including independent theater, big musical productions, opera, ballet and the symphony. The city gets festive for the holidays, and the lack of sales tax means built-in savings when you shop. This is also the time for Portland Trail Blazers NBA basketball, celebrations of craft spirits and winter ales — and, yes, a bit of rain.

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  • A rainy day in downtown Portland


    It does rain in the winter. But 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 the city's 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 hotel rates.

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