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Things To Do in Portland

While Portland may be a relatively small city (just 145 sq miles and a population of 650,380) it has no shortage of activities and attractions. Not to mention the outdoor adventures are endless with the city’s proximity to the mountains, ocean, wine country, and breathtaking gorge. 

Top Activities and Attractions

Portland Saturday Market is nationally recognized as the largest continuously operating open-air arts and crafts market in the country. The market is open every Saturday March 5 – December 24.

The International Rose Test Garden is located in Portland’s beloved Washington Park, is open daily, and admission is free. Over 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom from late May through October. 

Portland Japanese Garden encompasses 12 acres with eight separate garden styles featuring meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. Admission is $18.95 for adults and includes access to the Garden, the Garden Gift Shop, the Umami Café, and Art Exhibitions.

The Portland Art Museum is one of the leading cultural institutions in the Pacific Northwest and has a collection of over 42,000 objects and has been host to exhibitions featuring Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo. General admission tickets are $25 for adults.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a science and technology museum featuring three auditoriums, large-screen theater, planetarium, and exhibition halls focused on natural sciences, industry, and technology. General admission tickets are $15 for adults.

Annual Events

Portland hosts many annual events throughout the year. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below.

Portland Rose Festival is an annual civic festival held throughout June. It includes three separate parades, along with a number of other activities including the CityFair, Rose Festival Parade, Fleet Week, and more.

Oregon Brewers Festival is held towards the end of July and is one of the nation’s longest-running craft beer festivals. Enjoy craft beers and ciders with friends along the banks of the Willamette River!

Waterfront Blues Festival is Portland’s longest running music celebration that fills each Fourth of July weekend with the sound of exciting and dynamic blues, soul, funk and R&B artists. 

Christmas Festival of Lights is where you can view some of the city’s most spectacular Christmas lights. The walk-thru event is held in The Grotto. In addition to mesmerizing lights, you can also enjoy a variety of all-ages entertainment. 

Day Trips from Portland

The Columbia River Gorge is just 30 miles east of Portland and offers a breathtaking scenic drive, hiking, bike trails, and over 90 waterfalls. Prominent stops include Hood River and Multnomah Falls.

Mt. Hood is 70 miles from Portland and has something for everyone – cozy up in a log cabin, enjoy nearly year-round skiing or snowboarding, hike, fish, or take a scenic drive.

The Oregon Coast spans 363 miles, with some of the most popular beach communities less than 100 miles away. Explore tidepools, kayak, ATV, hike, or enjoy local eats.

The Willamette Valley is home to more than 500 wineries and is known for its world class Pinot Noir. Drive an hour for the perfect day trip or make a weekend out of it!

Looking for more activities? Our team of Portland-locals would be happy to offer their recommendations! Reach out today.