About Portland, OR
While the government doesn’t collect data to determine which city has the most hipsters per capita, you can bet Portland, Oregon, consistently ranks in the top 10. This has nothing to do with Portlandia and its exaggerated take on Portland’s amusing eccentricity; it’s just that Portland does almost everything right, and who doesn’t want to be cool? Even though the depressing, cloudy weather can be a drag, the constant drizzle is no match for all the excitement the Rose City offers. PDX boasts more breweries within city limits than any other city in the world. If that doesn’t appeal, the legions of tasty food carts and craft coffee shops will surely rev your taste buds. Its proximity to the stunning Oregon coastline, the Columbia River Gorge, and Mount Rainier also makes Portland an outdoor recreational hot spot. Every year, dozens of Portland festivals pop up on the Oregon itinerary of exciting things to do. From the renowned Oregon Brewers Festival to the widely celebrated Northwest String Summit, festivals in Portland offer a unique glimpse into the glorious Pacific Northwest.
Top Portland Festivals Portland Rose Festival
The Rose Festival goes back more than a century. Here’s to another century of stunning floral parades, action-packed dragon boat races, fun runs and dazzling firework shows. Go see what summertime in Portland is all about! Waterfront Blues Festival
World-class blues while overlooking the Willamette River at Tom McCall Waterfront Park? It doesn’t get much better than that. Over 100,000 people visit the Waterfront Park to groove to a stellar lineup of blues musicians and celebrate the perfect Portland summers. In addition, the community bands together to raise money and donate food to the Oregon Food Bank. What The Festival
Nestled just outside of Portland near Mt. Hood National Forest, What the Festival is an offbeat musical adventure featuring a varied lineup, wading pools, the expansive Oregon forest, relaxing yoga and beautiful art installations. It’s billed as a “summer camp for adults,” so you know you’re going to have a blast here. Oregon Brewers Festival
Portland has more microbreweries within city limits than any other city in the country. If that doesn’t rev your taste buds, go to this long-running festival to sample delicious brews from more than 80 craft breweries while taking in views of the Willamette River and Mt. Hood. All styles of beer pour from the taps here, so don’t worry, your taste buds won’t be left to dry. Bridgetown Comedy Festival
For a gut-busting good time, hit up the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. This star-studded event takes place in various venues around Portland, which has seen the likes of Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress and Eric Andre, among hundreds of others. Prepare for non-stop hilarity in the City of Roses. Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Portland’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is the largest multicultural festival in the state of Oregon. Taking place at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette, the fiesta is chock-full of colorful entertainment from mariachi groups, carnival rides, Mexican artwork and authentic cuisine. MusicfestNW
Teaming up with Project Pabst, MusicfestNW packs in a lot of variety across its multiple stages. Whether you want to jam to hip-hop, rock n’ roll, garage punk or any other popular genre, you’ll likely find it here. Look forward to two days’ worth of awesome music, ice cold beer and unforgettable vibes on the waterfront. Portland Seafood & Wine Festival
Portland is only an hour and half drive from the Pacific Ocean, so you can expect the city to reel in only the best catch from the sea. The Seafood & Wine Festival offers a tasty combination of fresh seafood and the finest wines to pair with your dinner. There’s also live music performances to help set the mood. Art in the Pearl
The Pearl District in downtown Portland is already for renowned for its extraordinary art galleries, so it’s no surprise that there’s a bustling art festival like Art in the Pearl in the area. Over 100 artists showcase their original paintings, sculptures, digital art, jewelry, photography and many other styles of art. Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival
Over the course of five weeks during the summer is the Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival, a spectacular series of concerts featuring prominent chamber musicians. Hit up one of several venues around Portland to hear the most extraordinary compositions in the Pacific Northwest.