Portland, OR

Things to do in Portland, OR

A visit to Portland is an absolute must for lovers of the arts. With its wealth of museums, galleries and festivals brimming with colorful offerings from world-renown masters and local legends, your itinerary will be brimming with artistic things to do in Portland. Visit the Pearl District to explore trendy galleries located in renovated warehouse spaces, or visit the Portland Arts Center for to see works by international masters. Foodies should likewise visit the Pearl District for some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, many serving up the organic, farm-to-table fare that’s become a huge part of the city’s culinary scene. And then there’s the beer: With dozens of local breweries, you’ll never run out things to do – or beers to try – in Portland. Visit Hair of the Dog Brewing to sample unique, unusual beer flavors, then stop by Amnesia Brewery and Hopworks Urban Brewery to try more familiar microbrews and mingle with the locals.

Travelers looking for outdoorsy activities will find plenty of things to do in Portland, from a low-key cycling tour through the city – you can even take a bike tour of the city’s many breweries – to a demanding hike up Mount Hood. Nature lovers will want to check out some of Portland’s many parks, including the International Rose Test Garden, which is resplendent with hundreds of varieties of roses, or Forest Park, home to more than 5,100 acres of dense, temperate rainforest. To relax after a long day of hiking, grab a bite at one of Portland’s many groundbreaking restaurants, like Asian-fusion Pok Pok or French-inspired Higgins, and read a book from Powell’s City of Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world.

Once a collection of hulking early-20th-century warehouses, this area just north of downtown is now Portland’s trendiest neighborhood, chockablock with high-end loft condos, see-and-be-seen lounges and restaurants, and natty shelter shops and fashion boutiques.

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Portland Institute for Contemporary Art resides in the trendy Pearl District and presents this 10-day festival that dates to 2003 and celebrates the global performing arts community. Actors, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, and more all descend on Portland.

Since the construction in 2005 of a new wing, the Pacific Northwest’s oldest art museum has really become two facilities in one.

Original Debut: In 1927, Universal Studios spent $100,000 (big bucks in those days) bankrolling the Bagdad Theater in Portland’s Hawthorne District.

Take an afternoon or evening walk along the roughly six-block, gallery-and-café-dotted stretch of the Mississippi Avenue Arts District.

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Clarinetist and Avery Fisher Prize co-winner David Shifrin has been CMN’s artistic director for more than three decades, overseeing a five-week, non-profit program of classical music concerts that populate southeast Portland venues like Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, Catlin Gabel School, and Lin

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Far more than a sweet shop, this chocolate boutique just a couple blocks away from Powell’s City of Books serves saucers of warm “drinking chocolate” made from melted, epicurean-quality solid chocolate.

Kevin Ludwig’s spirited restaurant and bar in Southeast Portland’s glass-fronted 720 BLDG has earned a reputation for its cocktail program since opening in 2009.

First-rate vintage clothes with high-end prices.

Thoughtful urban planning has turned Portland’s relatively compact, park-studded downtown into far more than just a business district. Home to most of the city’s hotels and major arts institutions, it’s vibrant and abuzz seven days a week.