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.
Know Before You Go
To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective Aug. 27, a statewide mask mandate is in place. Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor settings, as well as crowded outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. This rule does not apply to individuals actively eating or drinking.
Additionally, some event organizers and venues may require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test, for admission. Other events may be canceled, postponed or held virtually. Please check individual event websites for the most up-to-date information.
In the summertime, Portland pulls out all the stops, with festivals celebrating craft beer, music, contemporary art and the city’s culinary scene.
As the trees change color and the weather cools, Portland’s calendar fills with cultural, wine and autumnal events.
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 events.
From theater to roller derby, Portland kicks off the year with an eclectic assortment of events.
Shop, eat 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, Portland Pride Parade and Festival, plentiful outdoor concerts and celebrations of craft beer.
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.
Get cozy with downtown's holiday tree lighting, Willamette Valley wine or a good Northwest-made movie.
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.
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.
Portland isn't shy about its love of beer — the city has nearly as many beer festivals as it does breweries.
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’s great outdoors offers excellent adventures all year-round. Here are six Portland-area paths perfect for all-weather adventures.
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
Stay energized and hydrated with tropical acai bowls, octopus ceviche and organic frozen yogurt.
Only-In-Portland Summer Drinks
Treat yourself to boozy milkshakes, build-your-own bubble tea and other quintessentially Portland bevvies with our insider’s guide to the city’s best summer drinks.
Summer Events Round-Up
When the sun finally comes out, Portlanders celebrate their favorite things: 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.
Portland’s Best Spots for Fall Color
Autumnal beauty abounds in Portland, and there are plenty of prime places to revel in leaf-crunching relaxation.
The Cambia Portland Classic features the world’s top women professional golfers at The Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, OR. It is the longest-running non-major tournament on the LPGA Tour and has raised over $18 million for local organizations since its inception. The 72-hole tournament features a $1.4 million purse and 500 points for the…
Each June, do good while sipping delicious drinks during Portland’s Negroni Week, when proceeds benefit dozens of charities.
The Corn Maize, located on Sauvie Island north of Portland, offers visitors eight acres of physical and mental challenges in a cornfield.
Portland’s Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival, returning Sept. 16–Oct. 3, 2021, unites visual artists, musicians and performers from around the world every year.
Every September, spectators gather to see the world’s largest roost of Vaux’s swifts swarm and spiral into the chimney of a Northwest Portland school.
The historic town of St. Helens, located 45 minutes from Portland, celebrates Halloween all month long with haunted tours, costume contests and more.
Open every Saturday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
Please join us for the 14th Annual Serbian Festival to enjoy the flavors of traditional Serbian food. Due to unpredictable restrictions, we will be scaling down to one day (Sep. 18th) and only focus on the food presentation. We are hoping to bring back the full-scale festival with live music and other entertainment in September…
The Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series, running July, August, and September 2021, welcomes guests to safely gather and experience the power that truly radical and entertaining cinematic storytelling can bring. Unbound from the traditional movie theater setting, Cinema Unbound is creating new venues throughout the city starting with the Open-Air Rooftop Cinema at the Oregon…
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.
Come Thru Market is an incubator market centering on Black and Indigenous Farmers and Makers. The market supports BIPOC growers in taking their small business dreams to the farmers market environment.
The Portland Latin American Film Festival announces its season with a mix of feature films and documentaries featuring Mexico, Peru, Chile, U.S. and Venezuela from September to January. Please visit the event website for information on additional screenings. PDXLAFF is a cultural promoter under the guidance of Hollywood Theatre, dedicated to showcasing perspectives of Latin…
Portland’s original sewing and quilting festival returns every fall, providing attendees with creative inspiration and all the tools and classes to expand your quilting skills. There are hundreds of juried quilts to see, and thousands of dollars in award prizes.
Every May, thousands of visitors flock to the city’s famous UFO Festival, featuring four days of parades, costume contests and expert speakers.
Dust off the Lederhosen and Dirndls…. Oktoberfest is here. We have Commemorative Bier steins, a bunch of fest bier coming to put on tap and will be doing some new food specials. Although we won’t have live music, we will be playing some of your favorite German drinking songs, decorating the pub and will be…
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).
The Portland Flea + Food is a monthly market held on the last Sunday of the month in Portland, Oregon. Every market features 80+ local artists, makers, and curators of the best vintage, handmade and locally-sourced goods in town.
The 3rd annual Portland Mac & Cheese Festival, Take-N-Bake Pop-up offers an all-new takeout tasting experience. Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, this year’s festival offers guests a cheesy take & bake package loaded with gourmet and scratch-made mac-N-cheese offerings prepared by talented chefs from Portland’s popular food carts and eateries. Using a simple set of…
This boisterous street fair attracts independent artists, performers, local bands, troupes of acrobats, buskers, makers and more to celebrate their art on Northeast Alberta Street. Held year-round, the event is biggest from June through August, when the street is closed to traffic during the festivities from 15th Avenue to 30th Avenue.
The 26th Annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, is officially back in the Hollywood Theatre. In addition to in-person screenings, there will also be a streaming edition of the show to enjoy at home. Tickets will go on sale first through the annual Kickstarter fundraising campaign, then through the Hollywood Theatre website….
Portland Queer Film Festival returns every fall with an annual showcase of narrative and documentary films from around the world.
This annual festival features Oregon craft beers made with hops that are freshly picked off the vine and used within hours of harvesting. Taste collaborative beers from farmers and breweries, conversations with innovative brewers, live music and food carts, all paired with more than 50 fresh hop beers from Oregon.
The Wedge is a Farmers Market-style festival celebrating cheese and everything that goes with it. Sample and purchase local, artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider. This is a family-friendly event that’s open to all cheese lovers. Join more than 20 cheesemakers and 40 specialty food and beverage producers from Oregon and beyond at…
Taking runners along a loop of Portland along the east and west sides of the city’s Willamette River, the Portland Marathon is an excellent way to see a lot of Portland in one great run. The race starts and finishes at Waterfront Park, crossing four bridges and passing by some of the city’s most iconic…
FashioNXT is bringing a world-class runway showcase of extraordinary fashion and wearable technology designers both national and international to Portland. FashioNXT has been named TIME Magazine’s #1 production outside New York Fashion Week.
Started in 1986, First Thursday in the Pearl is a district-wide celebration that occurs 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 that includes art enthusiasts, wine aficionados, and scenesters looking to see and be…
For two weekends every October, Portland Open Studios invites visitors to explore the houses and offices of artists across the city.
Portland Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, and to celebrating the power of a good story. The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to the public. The festival is anchored with outdoor screenings, offering its filmmakers…
Portland Indigenous Marketplace supports indigenous artists and entrepreneurs by providing barrier-free, culturally respectful spaces that encourage cultural resilience and economic sustainability by promoting public education through cultural arts.
This old-fashioned fall festival brings together more than 125 vendors offering local produce and food products, plus arts and crafts, wine, cider and beer tastings. Held along the scenic Hood River waterfront, this is the Columbia River Gorge’s biggest celebration of the region’s incredible fall bounty. Festival-goers can load up on boxes of Hood River…
For lovers of the strange and unusual, enjoy Portland’s Oddities and Curiosities Expo. This annual event features local and national vendors with items such as: TaxidermyWet and dry preserved specimensAntiquesJewelry made from bones, skulls and insectsOriginal artworkSkulls and bonesCuriosities, and all around creepy, strange and bizarre itemsThere will be sideshow performances and live human suspension…
This annual race series consists of paddlers piloting a gaggle of gigantic gourds through a watercourse.
Pittock Mansion Christmas celebrates the wonderful world of animals with this year’s Critters Make Merry exhibit. From reindeer and polar bears to lions and mice and a few in between, volunteer decorators transform the Mansion’s rooms into enchanting animal havens. Tickets for this year’s event are limited due to capacity restrictions. All tickets must be…
Kumoricon showcases anime and Japanese culture every November in Portland. Gaining its namesake (kumori) from the Japanese word “cloudy,” Kumoricon embodies the best parts of fandom and what it is to live in the Pacific Northwest. Stretching across generations, anime fans have gathered together for an amazing annual event. The Kumoricon family is growing with…
Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns every November with an impressive (and extensive) lineup of local and national authors.
The Wild Arts Festival is Pacific Northwest’s premier art show and book fair celebrating the natural world. Held each November by the Portland Audubon, the festival attracts nearly 5,000 visitors each year. An anticipated 75 artists and authors will come together for the 41st annual event, all for the benefit of Portland Audubon.* *The health…
Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the…
Come celebrate Christmas with Portland’s favorite holiday tradition. Let the glory of Christmas come alive as the three hundred-voice choir creates a Christmas extravaganza for the whole family, featuring your favorite holiday songs, dancing Santas and a beautiful cinematic Nativity. It is an awe-inspiring presentation of the true gift of Christmas and an experience not…
At the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, you will find a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from many quality companies, along with make ‘n’ takes, free demos, daily door prize drawings and more.
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.
The Christmas Ship Parade began in 1954 with one lone sailboat from Portland Yacht Club. Today, the Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the Columbia and Willamette River fleets, with displays that are brightly lit and can be seen from bank to bank on each river. The boats, 14 to 65…
Portland’s biannual art and craft fair boasts unique handmade wares from 225+ local vendors.
Celebrate the joy of the season at the Gospel Christmas. Presented by the Oregon Symphony. This tradition just gets bigger and better, year after year. Clap your hands and stomp your feet along with the region’s premier gospel singers and the Oregon Symphony at this beloved annual concert.
TEDxPortland, the largest TEDx event in the world, celebrates its 10th anniversary. For its first time, the event heads to the Moda Center in North Portland (home of the city’s iconic NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers). Enjoy a day of notable and inspirational speakers and peruse local food vendors and businesses at a pop-up…
Since 1990, Champagne Ball has helped nearly 40,000 people ring in the New Year in a fun and safe environment. Every New Year’s Eve, Champagne Ball brings in top entertainers. The event features 18 bars because the Champagne Ball wants people out dancing, not standing in long lines. The party also includes a massive countdown…
After taking 2021 off, the Portland Folk Festival is coming back strong in 2022 with not two, but THREE days of an all-ages celebration of Folk and American music at the historic Crystal Ballroom. This carefully curated lineup will highlight some of the best folk and Americana acts that the West Coast has to offer….
The City of Roses boasts one of the best tango communities outside of Buenos Aires, with dances and lessons available almost every night.
Music is medicine. RX Fest is a multi-venue, multi-day festival is a large-scale benefit for organizations vital to our community, all centrally located in downtown Portland at Star Theater, Dante’s, Kelly’s Olympian and Valentine’s.
SheBrew is an all genders, all ages fundraising event to show support for female-identified members of our community, while supporting LGBTQ people here in Oregon and across the Nation. Come try local female craft beer and cider accompanied by musicians, comedians, games, raffle and community celebrities. Join us for our 3rd annual festival while celebrating…
Founded in 1979, the Shamrock Run Portland is the largest running and walking event in Oregon and is the third-largest running event in the western United States.
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