Best time to visit Portland

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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 (AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 07)

Dahlia Festival

Dahlia Festival

unconfirmedAugust–September 2022 • event

The largest dahlia festival in the United States

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

late August–mid-April • nature

Top spots in Oregon to see the amazing aurora borealis

Oregon State Fair

Oregon State Fair

August 26–September 5, 2022 • event

Don't miss the signature attraction in Oregon

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

Abiqua Falls

Abiqua Falls

January–February | April–October • nature

A hidden gem of Oregon is especially beautiful in winter

Ramona Falls

Ramona Falls

May–October • nature

A beautiful waterfall on the west side of Mount Hood

McKenzie Pass

McKenzie Pass

July–October • activity

Wildly contrasting landscapes make this pass unique

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

Tumalo Falls Hike

Tumalo Falls Hike

June–October • activity

Picturesque falls in West Oregon are especially impressive during the summer

Cape Falcon

Cape Falcon

May–October • activity

Spectacular coastal views just two hours away from Portland

Mt Hood

Mt Hood

mid-May–early October • activity

A snowy peak with eleven glaciers is seen from miles away

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

29 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Portland Winter Light Festival

Portland Winter Light Festival

out of rangeFebruary 4–12, 2022 • event

A major winter festival in Portland showcases cutting-edge technology

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride

out of rangeAugust 22, 2021 • event

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

Lincoln City Kite Festival

Lincoln City Kite Festival

unconfirmedJune 26–27, 2021 • event

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

Tigard Festival of Balloons

Tigard Festival of Balloons

out of rangeJune 24–26, 2022 • event

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

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

Patriotic weekend is packed with fun events for all ages

Portland Rose Festival

Portland Rose Festival

out of rangeMay 27–June 26, 2022 (on selected dates) • 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

out of rangeMay 20–22, 2022 • event

The largest air show of the West Coast

Oregon Brewers Festival

Oregon Brewers Festival

unconfirmedJuly 2022 • event

One of the most popular beer festivals on the West Coast

Oregon Fall Colors

Oregon Fall Colors

out of rangelate September–early November • nature

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

Oregon Truffle Festival

Oregon Truffle Festival

unconfirmedFebruary 2022 • event

One of the best food festivals in the United States

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon

out of rangeMarch 18–May 1, 2022 • event

One of the most photographed spring destinations in Oregon

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

unconfirmedmid-October 2022 • event

One of the most funny Halloween festivals in Oregon

Cherry Blossoms in Portland

Cherry Blossoms in Portland

out of rangemid-March–mid-April • nature

Portland has a bunch of beautiful places with cherry blossoms. Read on to make your bucket list richer!

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 26–December 30, 2021 • event

A must-see Portland Christmas season attraction

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 1–15, 2022 • event

Take part in the festivities in Portland's Lan Su Garden during the day or enjoy its glowing lanterns at night

Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls

out of rangeall year round | best March–May  • nature

A gorgeous plunge waterfall, flowing from basalt cliffs

Columbia Gorge Marathon

Columbia Gorge Marathon

out of rangeOctober 16, 2022 • event

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

Portland Fall Colors

Portland Fall Colors

out of rangemid-October–early November  • nature

Explore one of the largest municipal parks in the United States and more

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

Lebanon Strawberry Festival

unconfirmedearly June 2022 • event

An annual community celebration of the favourite local crop

Portland International Auto Show

Portland International Auto Show

out of rangeFebruary 24–27, 2022 • event

The largest auto show of the Pacific Northwest

White Pass Winter Carnival

White Pass Winter Carnival

out of rangeMarch 5, 2022 • event

One of the most popular winter events in the Cascades

Wild Hare Country Fest

Wild Hare Country Fest

out of rangeJuly 15–16, 2022 • event

Country music and camping a short drive from Portland

Teddy Bear Toss

Teddy Bear Toss

out of rangeearly December • event

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

White River West Sno-Park

White River West Sno-Park

out of rangeDecember–March • activity

Spectacular views of Mount Hood and lots of snow activities

Bite of Oregon

Bite of Oregon

overSeptember 1–4, 2017 • event

The largest food festival in the state of Oregon

Portland Marathon

Portland Marathon

out of rangeOctober 3, 2021 • event

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

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

The city offers numerous ways to welcome the New Year

Halloween in Portland

Halloween in Portland

out of rangemid-September–October • event

Celebrate Funtober in Portland with festivals, competitions, and haunted events

Christmas Lights in Portland

Christmas Lights in Portland

out of rangelate November–early January  • event

Immerse yourself in holiday magic during long winter nights

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