Events in Portland For May 2023

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Portland is in full bloom with a ton of exciting events happening this May! From the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta to Portland Rose Festival and everything in between, get ready for a month full of fun and adventure in the City of Roses. There’s so much to do: here are six of Shawn Realty’s picks.

1. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

πŸ“… May 5-7, 2023 | πŸ“ Tom McCall Waterfront Park | πŸ’΅ $8-$25

Come experience the spirit of Mexico in this multicultural event hosted by the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association. The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta features dance, music, arts, and sport . Don’t miss this three-day fiesta jam-packed with culturally immersive programs and activities.


Tom McCall Waterfront Park
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

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2. Kodomo no Hi, Children’s Day

πŸ“… May 7, 2023 | πŸ“ Portland Japanese Garden | πŸ’΅ Included with admission

The Komodo no Hi (also known as Children’s Day), is a festival which is commemorated annually in Japan to “celebrate children’s growth and good fortune”[1]. The event features family-friendly activities you can enjoy and learn from such as making origami, treasure hunting, and watching koinobori or cloth carp streamers. Celebrate Komodo no Hi with the whole family!


Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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3. St. John’s Bizzare and Parade

πŸ“… May 13, 2023 | πŸ“ St. Johns Portland | πŸ’΅ Free

Kick off the summer with the St. John’s Bizzare and Parade! Join in on the annual St. John’s Parade and keep the party going at the Bizzare filled with music, games, crafts, and food from over 135 vendors along the business district in St. Johns. Best of all, this event is free!


St. Johns Portland, OR 97203

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4. UFO Festival

πŸ“… May 19-20, 2023 | πŸ“ McMenamins Hotel Oregon | πŸ’΅ Cost Varies

Get ready for an out-of-this-world experience at the famous UFO Festival. This annual event held at McMinnville, southwest of Portland, is attended by thousands of non-extraterrestrial visitors. Dress up in your best alien suit for a fun-filled event which features parades, costume contests and expert speakers.


McMenamins Hotel Oregon
310 NE Evans St, McMinnville, OR 97128

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5. Mt. Tabor Art Walk

πŸ“… May 20-21, 2023 | πŸ“ Mt. Tabor Neighborhood | πŸ’΅ TBD

Traditions connect us to our past and in this Portland tradition, you get to see quality art works and meet the artists behind them. The Mt. Tabor Art Walk features visual arts represented in diverse media such as painting, mosaics, photography, prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metal arts, book arts, and jewelry. Walk, talk while experiencing the neighborhood art!


Mt. Tabor Neighborhood
Portland, OR

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6. Portland Rose Festival

πŸ“… May 26-June 11, 2023 | πŸ“ Various Locations | πŸ’΅ TBD

This annual festival officially hosted by the City of Roses since 2010 is a massive city-wide party in Portland, Oregon! Everyone is invited to its 60+ events, which includes parades, carnival rides, art shows, dragon boat races, fun runs and more! Come join in on the fun and celebrate with the whole family!


Various Locations

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Events in Portland for April 2023

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Spring into a month of food, drinks, treasure hunts, and celebrating mother earth. There’s so much to do: here are five of Shawn Realty’s picks.


πŸ“… Apr. 6, 2023 | πŸ“ Revolution Hall | πŸ’΅ $25

Meet fellow brewers, beer lovers and the most exceptional beers in the Oregon Beer Awards! This annual event dubbed the “Academy Awards of Beer” is joined by over 100 experts judging beers of all kinds and in over 31 categories. If you have an appreciation for the drink and craft of beer, grab your tickets and drop by Revolution Hill on April 6th.


Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St #203, Portland, OR 97214

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2. Forest Park Trail Treasure Hunt

πŸ“… Apr. 8, 2023 | πŸ“ Forest Park | πŸ’΅ Free

Get ready for treasures and trails at this adventure-filled event! Forest Park Trail Treasure Hunt is not your ordinary backyard easter egg hunt. Seek treasures along one of the three trails available at the event:

  • Leif EriksonTrail at the Thurman Lane Trailhead
  • Springville Road Trailhead
  • Birch Trailhead

Pick up treasures among bushes and trees using GPS coordinates. On April 8th at Forest Park, try this bonding and learning experience that’s perfect for the whole family!


Forest Park
4099 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210

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3. Celebrate Earth Day at Tryon Creek

πŸ“… Apr. 21, 2023 | πŸ“ Tryon Creek State Natural Area | πŸ’΅ Free

Celebrate Earth Day through a one-hour workshop hosted by local small business Poppy and Finch. The workshop features the following:

  • Native plants short presentation
  • Basic planting
  • Floral design composition techniques
  • Centerpiece decoration

Get creatively soiled at this Mini-Habitat Centerpiece Workshop happening at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area on April 21st.


Tryon Creek State Natural Area
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 97219

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4. Baker’s Dozen Coffee, Beer & Doughnut Fest

πŸ“… Apr. 22, 2023 | πŸ“ John’s Marketplace – Powell | πŸ’΅ $40-$65

This festival puts a twist to the popular coffee and donut combo – it adds beer! In the 7th Annual Baker’s Dozen, admission gets you 13 coffee beers, specific coffee samples, 13 morsels of doughnuts and a souvenir glass. Discover a fusion of flavors at the Baker’s Dozen Festival to be held on April 22nd at John’s Marketplace – Powell.


John’s Marketplace – Powell
3560 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

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5. Portland Flea + Food

πŸ“… Apr. 29-Oct. 29, 2023 | πŸ“ Various Locations | πŸ’΅ Free

It’s your chance to #SupportLocal at the Portland Flea + Food in Portland, Oregon. The event features 80+ local artists, makers and curators of local products. It will be held every last weekend of the month starting this month until October 2023.


721 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
SundaysNova Building
240 SE Clay St, Portland, OR 97214


From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

April 29 & 30, May 27 & 28, June 24 & 25, July 29 & 30, August 26 & 27, September 23 & 24 and October 28 & 29

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Events in Portland for March 2023

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Here are our top five favorite events for the month of March that we think you’ll love. Check them out below!

1. Portland Seafood & Wine Festival

πŸ“… Mar. 3-4, 2023 | πŸ“ Portland Expo Center | πŸ’΅ TBA

Discover a mix of fresh Oregon seafood, especially at the peak of Dungeness Crab season, and an assortment of alcoholic beverages at the Portland Seafood & Wine Festival. Come with your friends and family to this event which features over 60 of Oregon’s finest wineries, craft beers, cider and distilled spirits. No need for the usual seafood-white wine pairings in this festival!


Portland Expo Center
2060 Marine Dr W Portland, OR 97217

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2. Portland Saturday Market

πŸ“… Mar. 4 – Dec. 2, 2023 | πŸ“ Tom McCall Waterfront Park | πŸ’΅ Free

What do you call an art show, live street concert and open-air bazaar in one? The Portland Saturday Market! This event will be held from March 4th to December 2nd. Plenty of chances to come check it out one Saturday of the year. When you do, don’t forget to support our local artists at this event!


Tom McCall Waterfront Park
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

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3. Shamrock Run

πŸ“… Mar. 12, 2023 | πŸ“ Tom McCall Waterfront Park | πŸ’΅ Cost Varies

This year, Shamrock Run celebrates 45 years of running and features races with multiple distances. Have your kids run around a one-mile Leprechaun Lap or put on your gear for a half-marathon. All races will start and finish at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. After a tiring run, you’ll still cross the finish line with a smile at the ‘Finish Line Festival’, filled with green beer and live music!


Tom McCall Waterfront Park
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

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4. Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

πŸ“… Mar. 17 – Apr. 30, 2023 | πŸ“ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm | πŸ’΅ $5-$60

With the coming spring, The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival blesses us with acres of tulip fields in full bloom. Take advantage of this gift from nature that we can witness once a year!


Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
33814 S. Meridian Rd, Woodburn, OR 97071

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5. Worst Day of the Year Ride

πŸ“… Mar. 19, 2023 | πŸ“ Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – Hawthorne | πŸ’΅ Cost Varies

The Worst Day Of The Year Ride features a 15-mile Urban course and a 42-mile Hill Climb Challenge course. Breakfast, half-time party, photo booth, costumes, lunch, five-story chocolate fountain, maps for the courses, mechanical support and on-course transport are what’s in store when you register and participate for this event! This might be the best way to turn around the worst day of the year!


Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – Hawthorne
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

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Events in Portland for February 2023

Events in Portland, Oregon for February 2023

It’s February! The month we dedicate to Black History and a little thing called L-O-V-E. In the hopes of getting into a mood of celebration and appreciation this month, we’ve picked out a selection of Portland events just for you!

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

πŸ“… Nov. 15, 2022 – Apr. 9, 2023 | πŸ“ OMSI | πŸ’΅ $24 – $30

Come celebrate Marvel’s 80-year history with an exhibition that takes you on a journey to the universe of the characters that we know and love. Discover behind-the-scenes stories from the creators themselves. Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes features a long list of interesting artifacts, interactive displays and life-size statues of Marvel’s iconic Super Heroes. Never-before-seen props and costumes from Marvel movies and series will be on display as well.

You can also enjoy OMSI’s four science labs as your ticket includes access to OMSI’s Turbine Hall, reimagined Science Playground, and Natural Sciences Hall.


OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214


Jan. 31 – Feb. 59:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 – Feb. 129:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 – Feb. 179:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Portland Winter Light Festival

πŸ“… Feb. 3-11, 2023 | πŸ“ City Wide | πŸ’΅ Free

Get entranced with the Instagram-worthy light displays at the Portland Winter Light Festival. The pop-up light installations will be scattered across the city and can be viewed at no charge! More chances of viewing these light art when you drive along the North, Northeast, Downtown and Southeast Portland areas. Check out the Portland Winter Light Festival website for a map of the installation locations.

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Biamp Portland Jazz Festival

πŸ“… Feb. 16-25, 2023 | πŸ“ Various Venues | πŸ’΅ Cost Varies

The Biamp Portland Jazz Festival celebrates Black History Month with some jazz music. A series of concerts and events will be held for over two weeks this month. Watch the live performances of up-and-coming and legendary Jazz musicians. Here’s a list of performers for the Biamp Portland Jazz Festival:

  • Hubert Laws
  • Dave Holland
  • Bill Frisell plus Hiatus Kaiyote
  • Charlie Musselwhite and Curtis Salgado
  • AngΓ©lique Kidjo, 5-time Grammy winner
  • Storm Large
  • Jon Cleary with funk-fusion export Dumpstaphunk
  • .. and many more!

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NW Black Comedy Festival

πŸ“… Feb. 16-19, 2023 | πŸ“ Curious Comedy Theater | πŸ’΅ Cost Varies

The NW Black Comedy Festival is back with eleven showcases, two live podcasts, and over sixty Black comics from around the world to bring you hours of fun and laughter. This event was awarded in 2020 by The New Your Times as one of The Best Black History Month Events in the country.


Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211

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Portland Mardi Gras Parade

πŸ“… Feb. 21, 2023 | πŸ“ Mississippi Avenue | πŸ’΅ Free

Watch out for Portland’s family-friendly Mardi Gras Parade along Mississippi Avenue. Everyone is invited to dress up and dance along! Some lucky participants may even get a chance to receive a signature mini-umbrella from hosts Krewe. Food and beverage specials will be available all day at Mississippi Avenue and even after the parade. Who knew Portland had its own Mardi Gras parade?


The parade starts at Victoria Bar and proceeds down Mississippi Avenue to Cook St. near Ecliptic Brewing (source:

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Events in Portland for January 2023

January 2023 Events in Portland, Oregon

Check out some of Portland’s events for this month!

January 2023 Events in Portland, Oregon


Portland Boat Show

January 11-15 (Time Varies) | Portland Expo CenterΒ | $15

Portland Boat Show from January 11-15, 2023

Sixty-third annual Portland boat show featuringΒ fishing boats, ski, wakeboard and wake surfing boats, yachts, cruisers, sport fishers, kayaks, personal watercraft, boating electronics, accessories, marine canvas, propellers, boat towers, boat trailers, and more.

January 11-13, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
January 14, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
January 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Portland Folk Festival

January 13-15 (Time Varies) | McMenamins Crystal Ballroom | $35 – $90

Portland Folk Festival from January 13-15, 2023

An annual celebration of folk, Americana, and roots music in Portland, Oregon, hosted by McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom.

Friday Lineup:

  • Ron Artis II
  • Eddie Berman
  • Hillstomp
  • Glitterfox
  • The June Bugs
  • Jacob Westfall
  • Karyn Ann

Saturday Lineup:

  • Fox and Bones
  • Lo Steele
  • Adrian + Meredith
  • Dead Lee
  • The Singer and The Songwriter
  • Laryssa Birdseye

Sunday Lineup:

  • Eddie Berman
  • Christopher Worth and David Jacobs-Strain
  • The Hackles
  • Flyover States
  • Redray Frazier
  • The AM (Acoustic Minds)
  • Jessica Manalo
  • Lane Norberg
  • PFF Song Contest Winners

Part of the 2023 2nd Annual Portland Music Month. ticket includes a donation to MusicOregon’s Echo Fund, which provides creative project grants for local independent musicians. Your check-in at the show will also enter you into sweepstakes to win prizes.

January 13, 6 p.m.
January 14, 6 p.m.
January 15, 2 p.m.

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Rose City Classic Dog Show

January 19-22 (Time Varies) | Portland Expo Center | Cost Varies

Rose City Classic Dog Show from January 19-22, 2023

More than 170 AKC breeds are judged in competitions such as Best of Breed and Best in Show. Other events include agility, obedience, Trick Dogs, Temperament Testing and more are also featured in the Rose City Classic Dog Show.

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Candlelight: Classical Concert Series

January 16, 25 & 26 (Time Varies) | Location Varies | $40 – $60

Candlelight: Classical Concert Series from January 12-26, 2023

Candlelight concerts featuring From Back To The Beatles,Β Holiday Special andΒ The Best of Beethoven.


Candlelight: From Bach to The Beatles

Location:Β World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
Schedule: January 16, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.


Candlelight: Holiday Special

Location:Β Alberta Rose Theatre
Schedule: January 25, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


Candlelight: The Best of Beethoven

The Old Church Concert Hall
January 26, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


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Star Wars vs. Star Trek

January 21–22 (Time Varies) | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | $25+

Star Wars vs. Star Trek from January 21-22, 2023

The Oregon Symphony plays John Williams’ iconic Star Wars main theme and the “Imperial March” to music from The Wrath of Khan to the newest Star Trek films.

Jeff Tyzik, Conductor
Oregon Symphony

January 21, 7:30 p.m.
January 22, 2 p.m.

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Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing

January 26-29 & February 2-3 (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.) | Lan Su Chinese Garden | $15 – $45

Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing from January 26 - February 3, 2023

The Lan Su Chinese Garden celebrates the Year of the Rabbit with traditional lantern viewing, which also is accompanied by an illuminated dragon precession by Portland Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team. Also, there is a Year of the Rabbit Chopstick Challenge.

January 26-29, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
February 2-3, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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