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Portland Oregon Guide

Our Portland Oregon Guide will help you learn about the great city of Portland, whether you are just visiting Portland, or are a local looking for specific information.  Visit some of the most popular Portland neighborhoods listed below, and create your own itinerary of fun things to see and do.  Or mix things up a bit, and select from several popular Portland events, such a viewing a show or Portland dance event, or visiting a Portland club for some live Portland music, and visiting one of our popular Portland gardens and parks.  Of course no Portland guide is complete without information about our popular Portland coffee shops, and of course you will want to check Portland Oregon weather conditions before planning your day.

Popular Things to Do in Portland Oregon

Of course one of the best things to do in Portland is to go to a major show or event.  Rose Quarter Sports and Entertainment   Also, this is where you can catch popular Portland sports events like the Portland Trailblazers and Winterhawks.

If you're in the mood for a show, visit our Live Portland music page.  

Don't miss the Portland Arts and Culture Art galleries in Portland, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, NW Film Center, shopping in the Pearl District, Alberta Arts District and more.

During the summer months, The Portland Farmers Market at PSU (downtown Portland)  is a wonderful way to spend a morning stocking up on  local organic produce, fresh flower, freshly baked breads, locally cultivated livestock, fish, plants, honey and more.

Located in Portland's Old Town China Town, the Portland Saturday Market is a must see and one of the most popular things to do in Portland for visitors and locals, alike. Stands of handcrafted, unique gift items and food carts make this a fun outing, and it's also a great place for people watching.  Now located along the waterfront in Old Town.  

Nestled right above downtown Portland, the Oregon Zoo is an easy trip via the Max light rail. Delightful old-style trains are a favorite zoo-transport option offering amazing views and relief for your tired feet. We love the elephants, the African rainforest and well, all of it! The kids (big and small) will be in heaven.

If you're visiting Portland, don't miss our Portland Attractions page for a huge list of local attractions and even more things to do.

Portland Dance Events

If you are in the mood for classical or modern dance performances, check these Portland dance events for some upcoming local performances.  

Oregon Ballet Theatre - OBT

White Bird


Portland Theater Events

Here is your Portland Oregon guide to theatres around town.  From the avant garde, to Broadway, to children's therater, in Portland, we have a wide range of theater events.  Purchase Event Tickets

Portland Center for the Performing Arts

Portland Center Stage

CoHo Productions

Brody Theatre


Oregon Children's Theatre

More Portland Arts and Culture

Portland Classical Music Events

This list covers the mainstream cultural Portland music events and doesn't even attempt to address our massive live music scene of fantastic Portland bands and musicians playing all over town.  If you enjoy the opera or symphony, then Portland won't disappoint you, and if your taste leans towards something less mainstream, then Portland has that too. Purchase Concert Tickets

Portland Opera

Portland Symphony

Portland Baroque Orchestra

Portland Symphonic Choir

Portland Taiko

Chamber Music Northwest


Portland Rose Garden Arena - Portland Rose Quarter

Portland Rose Quarter

The home to Portland sports events (the Portland Trailblazers) as well as big music venues, sports competitions, and other events.  Tickets to All Sporting Events


Most Popular Portland Neighborhoods

The top neighborhoods that visitors enjoy are listed below.  Of course we think all of our neighborhoods are special, so this list is by no means inclusive--there are wonderful things to do in Portland in every neighborhood.  Visit each neighborhood page to view maps and get some more ideas of things to do in Portland.  Put together your own Portland guide from several neighborhoods.

Downtown - The museums, theater district, Farmer's Market, Saturday Market, Powell's Bookstore, summer festivals on the Portland Waterfront (Rose Festival, Blues Festival, etc.), and easy transportation along the TriMet MAX light rail line.

Old Town China Town - Classical Chinese Garden and the Portland Saturday Market, as well as lots of late night clubs and dining.  Don't miss a visit to Portland's VooDoo Doughnut.

NW Portland - Nob Hill - Trendy little shops, boutiques, and good restaurants located along the popular strip of 23rd Ave and 21st Ave.  Accessible along the street car line.

Pearl District - Coffee shops, restuarants, upscale shopping, trendy home furnishings, this is a city lover's dream.

Alberta Arts District - Indie shops, unique restaurants, bars, art, and a fun creative vibe.  East of the river.

Lloyd Center - Home of the Rose Quarter with tons of great Portland events year round.

Sellwood - Cute neighborhood features shops, antique shops, and independent restaurants.

Hawthorne - Fun Southeast Portland neighborhood with fun shops, restaurants, and the Bagdad Theater.

Don't forget to check our Portland Events Calendar and blog for more ideas on things to do in Portland.  Become a member and each week you will get the "This Week in Portland" newsletter on the blog so you will always have new ideas.


Portland Oregon Guide - General Info and City Information

Our Neighborhood Pages - Learn about all of the Portland neighborhoods and what makes each one unique.

City of Portland Website - A great Portland guide about our city and what is going on in each neighborhood.

Portland Parks and Recreation - This Portland Oregon guide to Portland parks is valuable in finding parks all over town, and you can even search by amenities.

Portland Police Bureau

Portland International Airport

Portland Weather - Monthly Climate Information

Portland Hotels from

Portland Oregon Events - Additional Portland guide in finding more events around town.

Portland Amtrak - Take the train.

Oregon Humane Society

Portland Pet Boarding

Portland Volunteer Opportunities - Hands-On Portand

Portland Oregon Guide - Portland Public Transportation and More

Our Transportation Page

Portland Oregon Map

Tri-Met Website

TriMet - Interactive Maps and Schedules for Bus, Max and Streetcar

Portland Transportation - Walking Maps

Portland Transportation - Biking Maps

Access and Mobility in Portland

Oregon Biking

Portland's ZipCar Program

Portland News Media

Our News Page

St. Johns Sentinel

The Bee (Southeast)

The Multnomah Village Post

The Portland Observer

Willamette Week

Portland Mercury

Just Out

Portland Tribune

The Oregonian

Street Roots

PDX Magazine

The Skanner

Portland Business Journal

Portland Family Magazine


Portland History

History of the City

Oregon Historical Society

Portland Trivia

Ghosts of North Portland

Portland Ghosts

Portland's Underground - Shanghai Tunnels


More Things to Do in Portland

Our Visiting Portland Pages

Portland Saturday Market - No Portland Oregon guide is complete without mention of the Portland Saturday market.

Official Website for Portland, Oregon

Portland Coffee Shops

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Rose Quarter Sports and Entertainment

Oregon Coast Travel Guide

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

Oregon Wine Board

Powell's City of Books

Portland Off-Leash Dog Parks

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides - April's Carriage and Wagon Rides, Downtown Portland

Japanese Garden

Classical Chinese Garden


Portland Guide for Businesses

Starting a Business - Portland Oregon Small Business Administration

New Business Wizard

Portland Business License Bureau

Moving to Portland?  Want to make new Portland friends or ask questions about your Portland neighborhood?

Visit our Portland Social Network pages and get connected!

Maps - View Neighborhoods and Boundaries

To locate specific Portland neighborhoods on the map, view one of the links below:

Clickable Neighborhood Map

Portland Neighborhood Boundary Map 

Individual Neighborhood Maps

NOTE:You may need the "Adobe Acrobat Reader" software installed on your computer to read some map files. The Adobe Reader is available free from Adobe. If you cannot view the maps, download and install Adobe Acrobat reader, then try again.

Featured Neighborhood

Boise / Mississippi Avenue

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