You won’t find a Fisherman’s Wharf or a Space Needle in Portland — our tourist attractions are quintessentially local spots beloved by residents and visitors alike. (See our first-time, top sights and attractions page for some favorites.) By your fourth trip, you’ve probably checked biggies like Powell’s and the Portland Japanese Garden off your list, so it’s time to dig deeper. Visiting these lesser-known treasures will help you become a Portland pro.
This Northwest Portland destination isn’t your typical gallery-slash-ice cream shop; The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium is packed with creepy but fun features, including a bigfoot display, Al Capone’s safe, an alien autopsy table and an exhibit on spontaneous combustion. Don’t miss the “Church of Ice Cream,” which is watched over by a figurine of the blue, many-armed “god of ice cream and real estate.”
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
Already seen the epic galleries at Portland Art Museum? It’s time to head to Disjecta, a can’t-miss nonprofit contemporary art center in North Portland, right on the MAX Yellow Line. The 12,000-square foot (1,115 sq m) space is home to performing arts programs, community events, four artist studios and an artistic open space that showcases some of the best contemporary artists working locally and nationally.
Keep your eyes peeled for a pirate skeleton on Southwest Taylor Street because otherwise, Glowing Greens could be easy to miss. Hidden behind a discreet door and down two flight of stairs, you’ll discover a glow-in-the-dark, pirate-themed indoor miniature golf course, perfect for a rainy day (or night).
You could visit Portland every month and still not keep up with the staggering selection of great places to eat. This time around, delight your taste buds with Indian street food from Bollywood Theater. Feast on bites like vada pav (spicy potato dumplings dipped in chickpea batter, fried and served on a roll) or kati rolls (meat or paneer, egg, pickled onion and green chutney rolled in flatbread).
Diverse dining options, gorgeous gardens and unexpected attractions make Portland one of a kind.
Like the city itself, Portland attractions are a little unexpected and always inspiring.
From food carts to farmers markets and award-winning restaurants, Portland is a culinary haven for foodies of all stripes.
Bring your own ideas or leave it to your manicurist — either way, you’ll leave with 10 digits bedecked with edgy, unique and incredibly detailed nail art. Choose a Portland theme for the ultimate souvenir (and Instagram shot). Located in Northeast Portland’s micro-restaurant project The Zipper, Finger Bang is super-popular, so book your appointment online ahead of time.
This world premiere is a beautiful, humor-filled excavation of our shared history. When Steve Durbin sets out to chart his Black family’s ancestry online, his revelations unwittingly throw his entire family into turmoil. Chiefly: his niece, Meg, is forced to consider her relationship with Drew (her white boyfriend) in an unsettling new light. Guided by…
Oregon Ballet Theatre enriches the community with beautiful, exhilarating and athletic dance. This exhibit celebrates Oregon Ballet Theatre’s (OBT) first 30 years with vibrant film footage and photographs, costumes and theatrical artifacts that highlight the Company’s excellent performances, school and education outreach programs. For those who love OBT and the art of dance, the exhibit…
During the month of November, Lan Su Chinese Garden will be packed with more than 750 potted chrysanthemums artistically displayed throughout the garden. More than 75 different chrysanthemum varieties will unfurl in all colors, shapes and sizes including: spiders, quills, spoons, regular incurves, irregular incurves, reflexes, semi-doubles, anemones, brush, thistle, exotics and more. Take in…
Portland Japanese Garden presents the art of Noritaka Tatehana in his first-ever North American solo exhibition. Installed in the Pavilion and Tanabe Galleries located within the manicured grounds of the renowned Gardens, Tatehana enchants through his use of traditional symbols of sophistication and beauty with the inclusion of new, never-before-seen artworks created especially for this…
Shakespeare’s infamous tale of political gluttony and supernatural vengeance finds refreshing new life in this piercing, stripped-down adaptation that creates a taut, contemporary thrill ride. Three women tackle all the roles, with captivating shape-note singing lending a haunting soundtrack to the rise and fall of Scotland’s most notorious royal assassin. Perennially relevant and breathtaking, Macbeth…
Come and enjoy the magic of Scrooge during the Christmas Holiday. This kid-friendly show will have you laughing, crying and fully interacting with the characters on stage. There’s dancing and singing, along with some very fun audience participation. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this show on its 13th year.
A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ,…
PDX Pop-Up Shops return to downtown Portland ever winter, making it easy to find locally made gifts for your holiday shopping list.