Portland Events

Portland EventsPortland, Oregon, is a city that features an abundance of natural beauty, a thriving arts and music scene as well as an eclectic ambiance. The streets are brimming with locally owned coffee shops and craft beer pubs, and community events occur with regularity during all seasons. Visitors to Portland are never left languishing in their hotel rooms because of lack of activities. From quirky to classy, Portland residents and visitors have a large variety of community events to nourish their creativity and celebrate the unique culture of this one-of-a-kind city.

Those who live in Portland as well as those who visit there can't help but want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. More people use bikes as transportation here than any other city in the U.S. Once per year, Portland city streets play host to a unusual tribute to the world's bicycle riders when as many as ten thousand naked bicycle riders expose themselves to the city streets. Irreverent as it may seem, Naked Bike Ride night makes several compelling points. It underscores the vulnerability of bicycle riders who must navigate serious city traffic and brings home the point that a perfect body isn't a necessary prerequisite to riding a bike for transportation or for sport. The event begins at 10 p.m. on a summer Saturday night and is never forgotten by those who participate.

One or two days aren't enough for the residents of the city of Portland and her guests to celebrate the beauty of the rose, which is why the annual, world-renowned Portland Rose Festival lasts for over two weeks. Localized street fairs, fireworks, food, dances, music, art, theater, races and parades decorate the city for a period of over two weeks in late spring. Celebrants frequently frolic in the rain for the duration of the Rose Festival. Festivities are held during the latter part of May and the first week or so in June, and weather is unpredictable during those times.

Those looking for quality events in Portland can usually find something interesting simply by taking a stroll down to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The award-winning annual Waterfront Blues Festivals takes place during the first weekend in July and features top musical performers from all over the country as well as Northwest favorites. The weather in the early part of July is usually fabulous in Portland, and even if a little rain falls, it's never enough to dampen the spirits of blues enthusiasts.

Besides the large, well-known Portland events, visitors to the Rose City are encouraged to explore the numerous small, neighborhood-oriented happenings that occur in all parts of the city on a regular basis no matter what time of year.