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

  • October-April
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • October 3-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-30 & November 1
  • FrightTown
  • October 10-21
  • Reel Music Festival
  • October 18-November 1
  • Dreamgirls at Portland Center Stage
  • October 24-25
  • Great American Distillers Festival
  • November 7-15
  • Northwest Filmmakers Festival
  • November 15
  • Northwest Food and Wine Festival
  • November 22-23
  • Wild Arts Festival
  • November 27
  • Turkey Trot at the Zoo
  • November 28
  • Christmas Tree Lighting
  • November 28-30
  • Thanksgiving Open House Weekend and Wine Country Thanksgiving
  • December 3-7
  • 19th Annual Holiday Ale Festival
  • Through December 20 (Saturdays)
  • Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University

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)
  • 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