When to Visit
Portland is welcoming and lively year-round, with every month and season offering its own allures.
No matter what time of year you choose to visit Portland, there’s always something new to see, do, taste and experience in The Rose City. Explore the changing colors of fall, the gorgeous blooms of spring, the endless festivals of winter and outdoor adventure galore of summer. Year-round, tax-free shopping, thrilling theater debuts, live music, award-winning culinary experiences and more await any visitor to The Rose City. Read on to learn more about each individual season in Portland, then check out our events calendar to discover more things to do and help you plan your next visit.
Explore the Seasons
At any time of year, Portland is bursting with exciting seasonal fun.
Summer in Portland
In the summertime, Portland pulls out all the stops, with festivals celebrating craft beer, music, contemporary art and the city’s culinary scene.
Fall in Portland
As the trees change color and the weather cools, Portland’s calendar fills with cultural, wine and autumnal events.
Winter in Portland
Portland's arts and culture scenes are in full swing during the long nights of winter when the city comes to life with special activities and events.
Month by Month
Every month in Portland offers its own unique set of events and traditions.
From folk music to dog shows, Portland kicks off the year with an eclectic assortment of events.
February in Portland is the perfect month to explore live music, dancing, cultural festivals and more.
Shop, eat, dance and cheer your way through the last of winter with these March events in Portland.
Portland's "festival season" warms up every June with the Portland Rose Festival, plentiful outdoor concerts and celebrations of cultural heritage.
July in Portland is a busy time, with a variety of live music, beer fests and film events to take in.
Biking across bridges and cheering on soapbox racers are two of many great August events in Portland.
As summer winds down, Portland ups the ante with performance art, live music and dining events throughout September.
October events in Portland include a giant pumpkin race, "can't miss" film festival, corn mazes, haunted houses and other autumn and Halloween-themed events.
Portland in November gets cozy with downtown’s holiday tree lighting, Willamette Valley wine tasting and a festival to help you find a great book.
These beloved recurring events in Portland draw visitors year-round.
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. Here are 54 of our favorites.
Portland’s Best Food Festivals
We’ve collected PDX’s best foodie events to help you make the most of what our sweet and savory city has to offer all year round.
Beer Festivals in Portland
Portland isn't shy about its love of beer — the city has nearly as many beer festivals as it does breweries.
More Seasonal Fun
Taste, see and experience the many seasonal offerings to be found in Portland.
Winter Walks in Portland
Trade muddy trails for winter walks along the smooth, paved walkways of Portland's parks, then treat yourself to a warm mug of coffee or tea.
Winter Hikes in and Near Portland
Oregon is the perfect place for outdoor adventure, any time of year — explore our selection of all-weather paths and hikes in and near Portland.
Spring Hikes Near Portland
There’s something special about the first spring hike of the year. Enjoy wildflowers, bird watching and breathtaking scenery on these springtime rambles.
Best Spots for Spring Flowers
Find your favorite blooms, from roses to rhododendrons and tulips to trilliums, with our guide to spring flowers in Portland.
Spend Spring Break in Portland
Plan an epic spring break in Portland with our list of activities for families, friends, couples and solo travelers.
Refreshing Summer Snacks in Portland
Looking for the perfect meal to beat the heat? Stay energized and hydrated with tropical acai bowls, guacamole-covered cucumbers and organic frozen yogurt.
Only-In-Portland Summer Drinks
Treat yourself to creative cocktails, caffeinated milkshakes, creamy cold brew and other quintessentially Portland bevvies with our insider’s guide to Portland’s best summer drinks.
Summer Events Round-Up
When the sun finally comes out, Portlanders celebrate their favorite things: festivals, music, beer, art and food.
Fall Hikes Near Portland
These fall hikes near Portland prove that autumn is an ideal time to explore Oregon wilderness, admire seasonal flora and fauna, and visit nearby farms.
Top Upcoming Events
Plan your trip around one of these exciting upcoming events in Portland.
Portland’s cycling culture peaks during summer’s multi-week Pedalpalooza, featuring 200+ local-led, themed rides, all open to the public.
Portland Rose Festival
Portland Rose Festival features multiple parades, waterfront carnival rides, concerts, races, fireworks and plenty of roses.
Rose Festival CityFair
Considered the “hub” of the annual Portland Rose Festival, CityFair fills Waterfront Park with carnival rides, concerts, food and fireworks for multiple weekends during the festival.
Portland Night Market
The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators. With almost 200 hundred makers, the Night Market offers food carts, drinks, clothing, lifestyle goods, home goods, body care and…
Portland Saturday Market
Open every Saturday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
Portland Indigenous Marketplace
Grand Opening event at the new office space where Indigenous and Black vendors are ready to help with all your gifting needs. Portland Indigenous Marketplace (PIM) is a culturally-specific, community response organization. All members of PIM’s board and staff reflect the community served. As active Indigenous and Black Artists and Entrepreneurs, they utilize their extensive…
My People’s Market
My People’s Market showcases local entrepreneurs and makers of color, connecting them with industry professionals and consumers.
Portland’s most popular fun run, the Starlight Run, is the wacky warm-up act for the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade is starting and finishing on Naito Parkway at Rose Festival CityFair. The 46th Annual Starlight Run will start at 6:30 p.m. The traditional costume contest will be held at 5:30 p.m. The route will follow…
Rose Festival CareOregon Starlight Parade
For more than 40 years, Portland’s Starlight Parade has offered funky, eclectic fun for everyone. From traditional marching bands and flood-lit floats to glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and unique hand-built entries, you’ll see the best of Portland’s diverse community groups (and the surrounding Northwest region) together in one whimsical pageant. The CareOregon Starlight Parade is one of…
Rocky Butte Farmers Market
Rocky Butte Farmers Market, an iconic urban neighborhood market featuring affordable locally grown foods and artisan products, weekly children’s activities, live entertainment, and a dog-friendly, energetic block party vibe, is back for the 2023 Season. The market’s goal is to lower barriers to market participation for beginning and under-represented vendors and to strengthen connections within…
Latino Cultural Festival
Get ready to immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of Latin culture at the 17th Annual Washington County Chamber — Unitus Community Credit Union Latino Cultural Festiva. This culturally rich event provides a platform for sharing information, connecting with the community, and promoting local businesses and non-profits to more than 10,000 attendees. The festivities will…
Lents International Farmers Market
Lents International Farmers Market opens on Sunday, June 4, 2023, and is open every Sunday through November 19, 2023. The Lents International Farmers Market (LIFM) is the only one in Portland with an intentional international focus. LIFM provides fresh, affordable and culturally appropriate produce to the diverse community of Lents neighbors. Founded in 2006 by…
Woodstock Farmers Market
The popular Woodstock Farmers Market features fresh produce, baked goods, fresh juices, sweets, cheese, meat and more from 30+ vendors, along with artisan-made products like jewelry, ceramics and art.
Rose Festival Fleet Week
Since 1907, visiting ships have made their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Roses is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors, as Portland’s citizens thank them and make them feel welcome. The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S. Ports of…
Rose Festival Fred Meyer Junior Parade
From the moment the lovable Fred Bear cuts the ribbon to kick off the Fred Meyer Junior Parade, fun reigns. Children come from all parts of the city to join in: dressing in costume, transforming wagons into floats, decorating their bikes with colorful flowers, or just parading with their pets (and parents!). Elementary and Middle…
Kenton Farmers Market
The Kenton Farmers Market is located in the heart of the historic Kenton neighborhood in North Portland. Founded in 2012, the market’s live music and the festive street-fair atmosphere thrive in this growing business district. Proximity to a MAX station and easy access for bicyclists and those on foot make this market a lively and…
Spring Rose Show
The Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show is the largest and longest-running rose show in the nation. The exquisite beauty and fragrances of this yearly show emanate from more than 4,000 blooms. Entry is open to anyone, and all entrants are encouraged. Rose growers from across the Pacific Northwest participate, and some 6,000 spectators…
Rose Festival Queen’s Coronation presented by Unitus Community Credit Union
Who will become the next Queen of Rosaria? One of Portland’s most time-honored traditions continues as the 2023 Rose Festival Court is presented, and the new reigning Queen is named during this special investiture ceremony. The Queen represents Portland and the Rose Festival for one year at appearances throughout the country and abroad. When choosing…
Sip of Spring
Sip of Spring is a gathering on a farm where you and your friends can celebrate the spring season by tasting beers and cider. Spring is finally here, and Sip of Spring is a small gathering of select breweries sharing beers so you and your friends can relax and take in the spring weather tasting…
Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races
The Rose Festival is proud to host the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races, an event that has been bringing an exciting Chinese tradition to Portland for more than two decades, beginning in 1989. Held on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, the races feature exciting four-team heats held every nine minutes. More than…
Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade
A cherished highlight of the Portland Rose Festival, this popular procession is more than just a spectacular floral-filled parade — it’s a beloved annual tradition. For more than 115 years, Portland families, visitors and community groups have been making memories at the Grand Floral Parade. A colorful reflection of local, regional and international communities, the…
Alberta Street Fair
The annual Alberta Street Fair offers three blocks of vendors, crafts, artists, live music, farm fresh produce and hot foods. Shop for unique hand-made items, listen to local music and taste the offerings from local food producers at this lively street fair.
Delta Park Powwow and Encampment
All are welcome and invited to the Annual Delta Park Powwow and Encampment at East Delta Park in Portland, Oregon. The event is a free and family-friendly celebration of Native American culture. The Delta Park Powwow and Encampment is an annual Portland tradition that draws Native American, and non-native participants and spectators from across the…
PDX Beer Week
Portland Beer Week spotlights Portland’s breweries, high-quality brews and vibrant beer culture.
Enjoy magical summer nights in Portland with live music while relaxing among the lush gardens and wildlife at Zoo Nights.
GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft market specializing in handmade, “geek”-themed crafts of all kinds; clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art . . . if it’s geeky and made by hand, it can be found at a GeekCraft Expo. Cosplay is highly encouraged and admission is free (you just need to pre-register).
Water Lantern Festival
Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the U.S. include food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflected upon the water. As the sun begins to set on the evening sky,…
Festival of Balloons
The mesmerizing Festival of Balloons in Tigard brings more than a dozen brightly colored, colossal hot-air balloons to the sky every June.
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
For more than 50 years, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts has proudly presented unique art exhibits including more than 600 local, national, and international artists. Visitors can also experience live music on two stages, performances, kids’ activities, artist demos, and a variety of food. It’s free to the public (donations encouraged) and attracts…
Oregon Midsummer Festival
Decorate the Midsummer pole and make flower crowns, watch two stages of live music and performers, indulge in Nordic summer delicacies, play games and make crafts, shop vendors, experience Vikings, and enjoy – this is Midsummer. Oregon Midsummer Festival is proud to host The League of Swedish Society’s 96th annual raising of the Midsummer pole,…
Come to The Redd on Salmon Street for the region’s largest hard cider-tasting event, featuring 150 selections from more than 40 producers. Among the selections will be local, regional and international favorites, mead, cider cocktails, apple spirits and maybe even a few surprises. This will be an indoor-outdoor format. Festival Features > Oregon Fruit Products…
Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival
Chamber Music Northwest’s annual summer festival combines high-caliber classical music with a laid-back atmosphere.
Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival
The Good In The Hood (GITH) is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 by the parents and staff of Holy Redeemer Catholic School with a vision to raise funding for the school and to celebrate diversity. The GITH staff of volunteers has continued that tradition. It provides a viable venue to maintain ‘Unity in the…
Portland Flea + Food
The Portland Flea + Food is a gathering place for the creators, curators and collectors held the last weekend of the month from April to October in Portland, Oregon. Every market features 80+ local artists, makers, and curators of the best vintage, handmade and locally sourced goods in town. Saturdays at Ecotrust: 721 NW 9TH…
Join in on a brew-tiful time at Edgefield to celebrate all things hoppy, malty, fruity and delicious. Raise a pint (or several) from over 100 of the Pacific Northwest’s finest craft beers and ciders, and cheers to a summer of vibrant fun. In between tastings, wander through the lush gardens and explore the quaint buildings…
Red Dress Party
The Red Dress Party is finally back this year. Get your masks and costumes ready for MasqueRED At Portland’s annual Red Dress Party, all attendees are required to wear a red dress or pre-approved attire. Tickets to the event include entrance to the party, entertainment, dancing, as well as food and drinks all evening. All…
Portland Beer and Cheese Festival
Portland Beer and Cheese Festival will be held on Sunday, June 25, as part of Portland Beer Week with three different sessions. VIP early entry admission is limited to 100 people from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. General Admission Session #1 from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., and General Admission Session #2 from 3–5 p.m….
Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways
In 2023 Portland Sunday Parkways, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will celebrate its Sweet 16th. At these accessible, family-friendly events, streets on the route are closed to car traffic so that you can bike, walk, roll and play in Portland’s largest public space, its streets. Sunday Parkways routes highlight Portland’s network of neighborhood greenways and other…
Portland Sunday Parkways
This family-friendly bike ride features local vendors and live entertainment.
Rose Festival Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race
A classic Rose Festival event and family-friendly community tradition dating back to 1973, the Milk Carton Boat Race is a spectacle you won’t want to miss. Children and adults race and show off their handmade, human-powered boats that float only employing recycled milk cartons and jugs. Creatively constructed watercraft will compete in nine categories, with…
Last Thursday is a community-grown event, free for all artists and art vendors, musicians, performers & visitors. Alberta Street is closed to traffic for the Last Thursdays in June, July and August. However, every Last Thursday of the month galleries hold their opening parties, and performance venues and bars often host live music and performances….
Portland Craft Beer Festival
The Portland Craft Beer Festival brings a huge outdoor party to The Fields Neighborhood Park, along with a huge selection of local beers, ciders and wine, originating from Portland, Oregon breweries. Only beers, plus ciders and wine, crafted within the city limits of Portland are featured at the PCBF which makes it unique and different…
Waterfront Blues Festival
Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.
Tanabata, the Star Festival
The Star Festival commemorates the one day a year the star-crossed lovers Orihime, the Weaver Star (Vega), and Hikoboshi, the Cowherder Star (Altair), meet in the sky. Visitors can write a wish to add to the colorful display of tanzaku, or wish strips, hanging from bamboo in the Garden’s Crumpacker Bamboo Allee. Visitors will also…
First Thursday in the Pearl District
Starting in 1986, First Thursday in the Pearl is a district-wide celebration on the first Thursday of each month. Originally a gathering of art collectors and dealers, the celebration has grown to a monthly event of over ten thousand people, including art enthusiasts, wine aficionados, and scenesters looking to see and be seen. Art galleries…
Rose Cup Races
Join this summer for the 2023 Rose Cup Races presented by Avant-Garde Collection on July 8th and 9th at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Fans from across the country will gather to enjoy high-speed racing by seven different race groups, special salutes to the cars, exhibits, displays, vendors and more. Presented by Friends of PIR, the…
Summer Free For All
Portland Parks & Recreation offers over 400 free events including free movie screenings, concerts and rock climbing.
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
“Billed as the longest-running jazz-and-blues festival west of the Mississippi, this annual summer favorite is a prime showcase of Portland’s homegrown talent, natural beauty and neighborly charm. Picnicking families relax on a grassy slope nestled by the foot of the majestic St. Johns Bridge to enjoy the likes of trumpeter Farnell Newton (sideman to the…
The annual Harefest music festival in Canby presents the Northwest’s best tribute bands performing on three stages over two days. The Harefest experience has been described by many attendees and performers as an “adult summer camp,” not only for the fun-loving, good-natured attendees but also because of its rustic location and tent camping around the…
Portland Highland Games
For over 60 years, the Portland Highland Games have delighted participants with a unique Scottish experience featuring incredible Scottish pipe bands, bagpipers and drummers, dancers and athletes. Enjoy a full day of this Scottish festival. Explore Scottish clan tents and learn about your Scottish history (you may be surprised to find a little Scottish in…
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