50 Things to Do in Portland

Do you love microbreweries, distilleries or street food? Have you ever wondered why residents want to “keep Portland weird” or wanted to try a bacon maple bar for yourself? While Portland seems most famous for Powell’s Books, Voodoo Donuts and recently Portlandia, there are at least 47 other great reasons to visit Portland and many seasonal activities for families and adults to take part in.

For even more of what is happening in Portland, see the Northwest Events Calendar on the Clipper Vacations Blog. To plan a trip to Portland, visit our Portland vacation packages page.

Upcoming Events

  • February 1-May 4
  • Tony Hawk | Rad Science at OMSI
  • February 15-May 11
  • Portland Art Museum presents Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music
  • March 28-May 4
  • Cirque du Soleil “Totem”
  • March 29-May 4
  • Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
  • April 18-19
  • Spring Beer and Wine Fest
  • April 25-27
  • Portland Fashion Week
  • May 3-4
  • Naimuma Traditional Powwow
  • May 3-5
  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
  • May 15-18
  • QDoc Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival
  • May 30-June 10
  • Festival of Flowers

Year-Round Activities

  • Explore the Pearl District
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Powell’s Books
  • Tax free shopping
  • 24 Hour Church of Elvis
  • Take a brewery or distillery tour
  • Portland Farmer’s Market or Saturday Market in winter
  • McMenamins Kennedy School
  • Voodoo Donuts
  • Try one of Portland’s many food carts
  • Portland Aerial Tram
  • Rent a bike or walk over some of Portland’s bridges
  • Columbia Gorge Tour (includes Multnomah Falls)
  • Willamette Valley
  • Portland Children’s Museum
  • Widmer Brewing Company
  • Oreonta Gorge
  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Washington Park
  • 3D Center of Art & Photography
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Portland Spirit Cruise
  • Finnegan’s Toys
  • Columbia River
  • Oaks Amusement Park
  • Central Library
  • Take a City Tour
  • Hoyt Arboretum
  • Ground Kontrol Arcade
  • Visit the Hat Museum
  • Visit Old Town/Chinatown
  • Portland Craft Breweries Tour
  • Ocean Beaches (about 90 minutes from downtown Portland) or the Oregon Coast Adventure day trip
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory (about 90 minutes outside Portland)
  • See a Portland Trailblazers game
  • Simon Benson House
  • Watch a movie at one of Portland’s many Brew ‘n’ View movie theatres
  • Wells Fargo History Museum
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Architectural Heritage Center
  • Hike in Forest Park
  • Visit the Oregon Holocaust Memorial
  • See Shakespeare in the Park
  • Portland Marathon
  • Oregon Maritime Museum
  • Go golfing
  • Oregon Wineries Tour