There’s always something happening in the city of Portland, the city of roses. An ever-active city full of fun and exciting events, great food, timeless music, booze and a weird culture. With so many events and festivals every month, we have decided to narrow down the list of the events for those people who want to know the best events in this amazing city.
Let’s start off with the Chocolate Fest which happens every January. This is a weekend dedicated to chocolate lovers and if you’re one then you sure don’t want to miss this festival. Since 2006, The world Forestry Center created Chocolate Fest not only as a fundraiser for local business owners but also to educate visitors how chocolate is made from cacao. Ten thousand chocolate fans go to the Oregon Convention center to gorge on many different cacao products from more than 80 exhibitors.
Next is the Chinese New year at Lan Su Chinese Garden which happens late in January and Early February. A two-week celebration, it features lion dances, cultural and historical demonstration like martial arts and calligraphy, local school performances, parades and many more.
The Portland International Film Festival held by the Northwest Film center is another famous festival. It draws and audience of more than 38,000 making it the biggest film event in Oregon. Audiences experience captivating short films and other featured films from all over the globe from various artists and film makers.
Every March is Portland’s Dining Month. This food living city has dedicated a whole month to their delicious food. With more than a hundred of the top restaurants of the city participating in the event every year, they offer three-course meals at great prices which makes it the best time to experience their mouthwatering delicacies.
Celebrating your St. Patrick’s day at Kell’s Irish Pub is something you don’t want to miss. The Kell’s Irish Festival is held in this large Irish pub with plenty of music, great food, pipers, boxing, Irish dance performances and plenty more. It’s just something everybody enjoys.
Not only is the city known for its roses but also for its vibrant colorful tulips too. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival held in the month of April is a month long festivity that showcase 40 acres of tulips including daffodils at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Experience the stunning beauty of these flowers with the expansive views of their vineyards and distant mountains and even catch a bouncy ride on their famous cow trains! Its fresh flowers, great food, and a marvelous view for the entire family.
The next festivals are full of entertainment and family fun both held in the month of May. Portland’s Cinco de Mayo Festival held at the beautiful Tom McCall Waterfront Park, is the largest Latino event. It features lively Mexican music and dances, authentic spicy foods, carnival rides and loads of attractions.
Portland Rose Festival is the city’s official festival. Held since 1907, the festival is world famous for its amazing and award-winning events which includes a Grand Floral Parade, Dragon Boat Races, Concerts, Games, Races, Treasure Hunts, Prizes many more!!!
The city is known for its weirdness and World Naked Bike Ride is a proof. This naked bike ride is the world’s largest with more than 10,000 cyclists joining the ride. This bike ride made especially for bike enthusiasts has one motto- Safe, Comfortable and Fun. The ride is dedicated to our environment and to make people realize how the fumes from their cars destroy our world as well as to make people be aware of their body image.
The Portland International Beer Fest also held in June is a three-day specialty beer festival. Hard-to-find beers from all over the world with more than 150 different brews will be available in the famous snack pots of Portland.
Celebrating Fourth of July at the Waterfront Park during the Waterfront Blues Festival will be a good idea. Listen to various singers of the blues along with 100,000 others and spectate a breath taking fireworks display.
Listen to both Jazz and Blues at the Cathedral Park during the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. Founded in 1981, this festival is the oldest in celebration of jazz, and blues including soul and R&B. Together with the music and picturesque Cathedral Park, the combination is simply sensationally ravishing!
Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival is Stumptown’s most awaited weekends every year held during the first week of August. A three-day event held at the flourishing Pendarvis Farm, your family will enjoy the company of distinct artists with music that touches the soul of every listener.
Time-Based Art Festival is like a switch that triggers the artistry of Portland. Experience a vibrant community through its live performances, music, workshops, visual arts installations. This festival alone makes its visitors be in love with the city!
The International Culinary Festival Feast Portland is a food and drink festival hosted by renowned restaurants across the city. Feast on scrumptious plates made by distinguished chefs from all over the world as Portland takes on the center stage once again in the food world.
End your year with the Christmas Festival of Lights! More than 500,000 Christmas lights aglow at the Oregon Zoo and The Grotto and the view captivates everyone that sees it. Another happening is Christmas Ship Parade, which features dazzling and brilliantly decorated boats on the rivers of both Willamette and Columbia.
What are you waiting for? Portland is a city full of wonderful events! Check out the rental listings at Portland rental property management and move in to our city!