Things to Do in Portland, OR

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This curious strip of avant-garde art galleries, funky boutiques, and affordable ethnic eateries has recently sprung up in an otherwise quiet section of... Read More

A black awning and sidewalk tables greet visitors to Sarah Hart’s Spanish-inspired chocolate shop, promising “(mostly) sin free chocolate.... Read More

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

Nancy Hunt and husband Randy Goodman opened Bar Avignon in Southeast Portland in 2008, naming their restaurant and wine bar for a French city where they... Read More

Sit by the fire pit on the patio and have a homemade beer; the S'mores Stout actually comes with a toasted marshmallow. Read More

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

A high-ceilinged, airy spot set amid the loading docks and chic galleries of the Pearl District, Bluehour is run by the same team behind chic eatery... Read More

Kristine Cheeseman started fusing stained glass for a living in 1994, and currently sells completed pieces online and at the Portland Farmers Market,... Read More

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... Read More

Clarinetist and Avery Fisher Prize co-winner David Shifrin has been CMN’s artistic director for more than three decades, overseeing a five-week,... Read More

Since the mid ’80s, Steve McCarthy has been harvesting fruit from his brother’s orchards in Parkdale, near the base of Mt. Hood, to produce... Read More

The huge flagship store of this Portland-based outerwear and sportswear company sells durable, rugged gear, clothing, footwear (the Titanium Daska Pass... Read More

This brick-fronted restaurant and nightclub in Southeast Portland has a stage for performers, a shimmering disco ball, and rows of artistic panels that... Read More

A great urban winery where you can pair your glass of Oregon pinot noir or Syrah with a meat platter or cheeseboard. Read More

Get a "passport" to do a tasting at the seven distilleries at Distillery Row for vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and aquavit. Read More

Booming since 2014, this several-block stretch is filled with eateries, from inexpensive food trucks to high-end eateries like Ava Gene's. Read More

Part of the retro-hip Jupiter Hotel, this dark and quirkily furnished music club and lounge has been one of the key cultivators of Portland’s... Read More

Part of the retro-hip Jupiter Hotel, this dark and quirky music club/lounge has been one of the key cultivators of Portland’s white-hot indie-music... Read More

Thoughtful urban planning has turned Portland’s relatively compact, park-studded downtown into far more than just a business district. Home to... Read More

Thanks to a growing colony of trendy bars and terrific restaurants around the intersection with 28th Street, this formerly industrial area has become... Read More

Part of Mike and Brian McMenamin’s growing restaurant and brewpub chain, this distillery just south of Portland’s Troutdale Airport occupies... Read More

Much beloved by locals, this park is one of the largest natural areas in any city in the U.S. Filled with fiddlehead ferns, take your time wandering... Read More

Tim Wilson and Luan Schooler opened Foster & Dobbs in 2005, naming their specialty shop in Northeast Portland for Tim’s grandfather, Wilbur... Read More

An offbeat mix of students, progressive political activists, hippies, and young professionals inhabits this East Side neighborhood. Its main drag,... Read More

This multi-spirit distillery started in Corvallis, Oregon, in 2004 and relocated to Southeast Portland the following year. They make Aviation Gin,... Read More

This spirit producer dates to 2007 and is part of Southeast Portland’s Distillery Row. The green-fronted space with a criss-crossed dragon logo is... Read More

Sniff 500 varieties of roses that are being developed and evaluated for scent and color and can't be seen anywhere else in the world. You can walk... Read More

This jazz-fueled supper club in the trendy Pearl District contains yellow, art-lined walls, a mezzanine lounge, and tables and counters overlooking... Read More

A dark little wine bar where diners eat baked chèvre and chicken-liver-and-currant mousse paired with Muscadet. Read More

Expecting parents Sara Chun and Ben Cavalcanti opened their Portland-based online shop in 2008 to sell kitty-shaped crayons that are easy for infants to... Read More

This weekly happening benefits charity and is broadcast over airwaves in Oregon and southwestern Washington courtesy of the Oregon Public Broadcasting ... Read More

Take in an indie, foreign, or artsy film in the comfort of your own plush recliner chair at the Living Room Theater downtown. Order salad, pizza,... Read More

This downtown shop with a single floor is fronted by a wavy orange and green sign and sells all manner of vintage clothing for men and women. Todd... Read More

In 1927, Universal Studios spent $100,000 (big movie bucks in those days) bankrolling the Bagdad Theater in Portland’s Hawthorne District. It was a... Read More

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

Mount Tabor is a volcanic cinder cone that's now home to a city park, where you can walk on paved or dirt trails, picnic, or take kids to the playground... Read More

This prosperous, leafy neighborhood across Interstate 405 from the Pearl District (and straddled by Northwest 23rd and Northwest 21st avenues) is home... Read More

Wedged between the Willamette River, downtown, and the Pearl District, the city’s slightly roguish Old Town is the site of the Portland Saturday... Read More

Tour the planetarium—and a retired Navy fast-attack submarine, the USS Blueback—at OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which also hosts... Read More

The oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi, the Oregon Symphony was founded under the name Portland Symphony in 1896. The orchestra moved to its... Read More

Located three miles southwest of downtown Portland, the 64-acre Oregon Zoo is the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi. Founded in 1887 when Richard... Read More

This classic Oregonian blanket is making a comeback in the company’s hundredth year in business. Pick up a brightly patterned tribal throws (the... Read More

“Keep Portland Weird” read bumper stickers around town. Spend any time in Pioneer Courthouse Square and you'll find that it's ground zero... Read More

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

The theater is housed in the LEED-certified Platinum Armory building. Read More

Plenty of passersby walk by this tranquil sanctuary (which was built in 2000 atop a parking lot) without even noticing it’s there; one doesn&rsquo... Read More

On the campus of Portland State University, with 140 vendors, Portland Farmer's Market is the best place in the city to stock up on local meats, fruits,... Read More

Held once a month at Union/Pine, browse a variety of vintage furniture, art, jewelry, clothes, and records at reasonable prices. Read More

Five gardens—Flat, Strolling Pond, Natural, Tea, and Sand & Stone—span 5.5 acres, set to expand in late 2015, of this Japanese garden located near the... Read More

Created by PDX Jazz, the US Bank Portland Jazz Festival showcases local and Pacific Northwest jazz talent as well as widely known musicians and singers... Read More

The Portland Opera is known for presenting not only supertitled operas but also Broadway shows on tour. Additionally, their creative and skillfully made... Read More

On Saturdays, the nation’s largest ongoing outdoor arts and crafts market unfolds. Here you’ll find artisans selling beeswax candles, blown-glass... Read More

Join "RIP City" to watch Portland's NBA team, the Trail Blazers, at the Moda Center, formerly the Rose Garden. Read More

A collectively run coffeehouse lousy with laptop beatniks conforming in their devotion to the fight-the-power manifestos the management has posted on... Read More

Along with bar snacks like rock shrimp hushpuppies, Red Star has a great selection of single-malt Scotches and small-batch bourbons. Its menu showcases... Read More

Ristretto Roasters founder Din Johnson first contributed to the city's booming specialty coffee scene in 2005 by opening this Beaumont coffeehouse with... Read More

The West Coast’s largest blues festival dates to 1987 and draws internationally renowned musicians like Buddy Guy and Lucinda Williams to the... Read More

Take a tasty stroll to sample from the fabulous food carts—serving Thai, Lebanese, Italian, and Japanese snacks, among others. Read More

Dozens of local winemakers collaborate in this space, which also stocks an impressive international wine list with lesser-known bottles like Chenin... Read More

For much of the year (not just winter), there’s great skiing just an hour away from Portland on the slopes of 11,239-foot Mount Hood. This peak,... Read More

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art resides in the trendy Pearl District and presents this 10-day festival that dates to 2003 and celebrates the... Read More

The detail-obsessed bartenders at this Pearl District destination make their own bitters, tonic water and specialty liqueurs. One night a month they... Read More

Once a collection of hulking early-20th-century warehouses, this area just north of downtown is now Portland’s trendiest neighborhood, chockablock... Read More

The TriMet transport system even serves trendy areas like "The Pearl." Read More

Living-room vibe. This local art-filled bar in the Pearl District is a popular stop on Portland's monthly first Thursday Artwalk. Read More

Occupying a forested ridge high above downtown Portland, this park has enough sights and attractions that it’s easy to spend a full day here. If time is... Read More

Waterfront Bicycles in downtown Portland is across the street from a main greenway trail and has hybrid, road, tandem, and children’s bikes for rent. Read More

Founded in 1997 by Walter Jaffe and Paul King, White Bird is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local dance companies while also bringing... Read More

...now handles more than 60 gardens and offers monthly lessons on tasks like staking tomatoes for clients who want to take a more active role. Read More

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