Best time to visit Portland

Portland

Best time of year to visit Portland

Although the Rose City is attractive all year round, the peak season from June to August is the best time to visit Portland. It shows sunny weather, clear blue skies, and street fairs galore. Explore the Oneonta Gorge or take part in the World Naked Bike Ride—a bevy of outdoor activities are here for you. Just make sure you book your room in advance. The fall sees a gradual drop in temperatures and tourist flow. September in Portland still can be quite busy, but October is pure heaven for bargain hunters. Winter in the city means the weather at its chilliest and rainiest but also excellent deals on accommodation. Choose White River West Sno-Park if you’re a passionate winter sports lover. Pack some layers and rain gear if you’re coming to Portland in spring as it comes with rising temps and occasional rain. March through May also means fantastic flower blooms, so don't miss Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn.

14 THINGS TO DO IN PORTLAND (SEPTEMBER 01 - SEPTEMBER 10)

Oregon State Fair

Oregon State Fair

August 27–September 06, 2021 • event

Don't miss the signature attraction in Oregon

Dahlia Festival

Dahlia Festival

August 28–30, 2021 | September 04–06, 2021 • event

The largest dahlia festival in the United States

Thor's Well

Thor's Well

all year round • nature

A seemingly bottomless sinkhole on the coast of Oregon

Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Gorge

June–mid-October • activity

A picturesque hike where the river is the trail

McKenzie Pass

McKenzie Pass

July–October • activity

Wildly contrasting landscapes make this pass unique

Ramona Falls

Ramona Falls

May–October • nature

A beautiful waterfall on the west side of Mount Hood

Abiqua Falls

Abiqua Falls

January–February | April–October • nature

A hidden gem of Oregon is especially beautiful in winter

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

March–October • nature

Two of the seven best waterfalls in the Cascades and Eugene area

Opal Creek

Opal Creek

April–October • activity

A beautiful destination with dozens of waterfalls along the hiking trails

Cape Falcon

Cape Falcon

May–October • activity

Spectacular coastal views just two hours away from Portland

Tumalo Falls Hike

Tumalo Falls Hike

June–October • activity

Picturesque falls in West Oregon are especially impressive during the summer

Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

June–October • activity

A peak with an unusual name provides a perfect view of Mount Hood

Mt Hood

Mt Hood

mid-May–early October • activity

A snowy peak with eleven glaciers is seen from miles away

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

late August–mid-April • nature

Top spots in Oregon to see the amazing aurora borealis

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Portland Winter Light Festival

Portland Winter Light Festival

February 06–08, 2020 • event

A major winter festival in Portland showcases cutting-edge technology

Lincoln City Kite Festival

Lincoln City Kite Festival

October 03–04, 2020 • event

See some of the most colourful and creative kites in the world

Portland Rose Festival

Portland Rose Festival

May 22–June 07, 2020 • event

The second largest floral parade in the USA and the largest single-day event in Oregon

Oregon International Air Show

Oregon International Air Show

May 21–23, 2021 • event

The largest air show of the West Coast

Tigard Festival of Balloons

Tigard Festival of Balloons

June 26–28, 2020 • event

A colourful festival of hot air balloons in Tigard, close to Portland

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

March 20–May 03, 2020 • event

One of the most photographed spring destinations in Oregon

4th of July

4th of July

July 03–06, 2020 • event

Patriotic weekend is packed with fun events for all ages

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

October 16, 2021 • event

One of the most funny Halloween festivals in Oregon

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride

June 27, 2020 • event

How to attract attention to dependence on pollution-based transport? The naked bike ride is an answer from Portland

Columbia Gorge Marathon

Columbia Gorge Marathon

October 18, 2020 • event

One of the most scenic marathons in U.S.A.

Oregon Fall Colors

Oregon Fall Colors

late September–early November • nature

From the Pacific Coast to the Cascade Range, there's a lot to see in Oregon every autumn

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

November 27–December 30, 2020 • event

A must-see Portland Christmas season attraction

Oregon Brewers Festival

Oregon Brewers Festival

July 28–31, 2021 • event

One of the most popular beer festivals on the West Coast

White River West Sno-Park

White River West Sno-Park

December–March • activity

Spectacular views of Mount Hood and lots of snow activities

Bite of Oregon

Bite of Oregon

September 01–04, 2017 • event

The largest food festival in the state of Oregon

Oregon Truffle Festival

Oregon Truffle Festival

February 14–16, 2020 • event

One of the best food festivals in the United States

Portland Marathon

Portland Marathon

October 03, 2021 • event

A historical race offers a grand tour of Portland's landmarks

Teddy Bear Toss

Teddy Bear Toss

early December • event

Bring stuffed toys to hockey matches to support a heart-melting charity activity

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

June 04–07, 2020 • event

An annual community celebration of the favourite local crop

Portland International Auto Show

Portland International Auto Show

February 20–23, 2020 • event

The largest auto show of the Pacific Northwest

Wild Hare Country Fest

Wild Hare Country Fest

on hiatus • event

Country music and camping a short drive from Portland

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