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.
Springtime in Portland bring plenty of showers and new growth, along with only-in-Portland activities and celebrations of beer, food, fiestas and flowers.
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.
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.
Portland’s Top Winter Drinks
Portland’s award-winning brewers and mixologists help you beat winter's chill with beverages featuring seasonal flavors like eggnog and apple cider.
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.
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. 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…
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.
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you along the Willamette River in the heart of the city.
VIRTUAL EVENT. Please visit the event website for current information. Experience the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of a Nordic Christmas during the holiday season at an event reminiscent of Christmas markets in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik and Stockholm. Enjoy vendors, food, entertainment, games and more.
This year, experience ZooLights from the comfort of your car! It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights, and this year, there’s a new way to illuminate the season. A new drive-through experience lets visitors enjoy a dazzling display of 1.5 million lights from their cars. Visit the event website for…
Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”, the 26th annual Winter Wonderland will grab your attention with glimmers and glows around every corner. Since 1993, a journey through Winter Wonderland has become a holiday tradition for many families, friends, and social organizations to celebrate the spirit of…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Portland’s Singing Christmas Tree is back for a spectacular new holiday extravaganza with special guest artists Katie Harman and Georgene Rice and all-new show-stopping numbers. This is a Christmas celebration you will not want to miss.
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…
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 Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages. See the latest health…
VIRTUAL EVENT. Please visit the event website for current information. 2020 has been a one-of-a-kind year, and the 38th annual Safeway Providence Festival of Trees will welcome the holiday season with one-of-a-kind events. You are invited to join to celebrate “Home for the Holidays.” Attend the virtual gala auction. You’ll see stunning Christmas trees and…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Christmas Bazaar has 1000 booths, with half of those being handcrafted vendors. The other half of the show consists of selected commercial items geared towards holiday shopping. The Christmas Bazaar started in 1982, and to this day remains small and local, with three employees….
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. Join as thousands gather along…
Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
Portland’s biannual art and craft fair boasts unique handmade wares from 225+ local vendors.
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Downtown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as nearly 300 tubas play in unison for the 29th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert in the heart of downtown. This event is free and open to the public.
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Each house in this quaint Southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty. Come see the lights…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Join Renegade Craft for a festive holiday weekend celebration in Portland featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Get your holiday shopping done while supporting emerging and established makers, all while enjoying rarities and remixes from local DJs, workshops, exceptional food trucks and…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest presents the 34th Annual Sobriety Powwow! The NARA New Years Eve Sobriety Powwow is one of the largest sobriety new year powwows in the country, and is certainly the largest New Year’s pary in Portland, where thousands…
EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. The Governor’s Ball came to fruition to fufill a need for a more high-end and discerning, premier clientele. With its vaulted ceilings experience the most beautiful hotel in the city with a three-course dinner by Jake’s included with every reserved ticket. Come to the truly…
The St. Johns Bizarre is a uniquely crafted celebration that kicks off the summer street fair season in Portland with music, kids’ activities and more. Held annually on the second Saturday in May, the Bizarre brings music, crafts and food to the crowds attending the St. Johns Parade. After the parade, the entire six block…
Every May, thousands of visitors flock to the city’s famous UFO Festival, featuring four days of parades, costume contests, expert speakers
NOTE: The 2020 event has been postponed until May 29, 2021. TEDxPortland, the largest TEDx event in the world, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2020. 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…
Enjoy Nordic music, dancing, games, food, vendors, a beer garden, a kids’ area and more at Portland’s annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Enjoy delicious Nordic cuisine, try traditional beverages and scrumptious sweets. Spend the day with us and make your own colorful flower crown and other crafts. Play “Viking Chess”, Nordic Jenga and other fun games….
Every Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park.
Portland hosts dozens of beer festivals every year, but none compares to the Oregon Brewers Festival. With offerings from 80 craft brewers, the event draws nearly 70,000 attendees to the downtown waterfront every July.