Free Things to Do in Portland, OR

Free Things to Do in Portland, OR
There are hundreds of free entertainment and cultural activities offered in Oregon's largest city, Portland---with the list changing each month. From local talent art exhibits, to cook-offs, to the city's scenic beauty, Portland, Oregon, has an abundance of free choices for the entire family. If you enjoy the outdoors, then explore the 5,000 acres of Forest Park or the splendor of the arboretum. Music aficionados will appreciate the ever changing menu of talent at "Portland's Living Room." Whatever your taste, Portland has enough to satisfy everyone.

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Known as "Portland's Living Room", Pioneer Courthouse Square offers hundreds of free events every year, including cultural fairs, dances, musical concerts and Wii on the Mall. Located between Broadway and Sixth and between Morrison and Yamhill, the Pioneer Courthouse Square never closes.

Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW Sixth Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

International Rose Test Garden

Located at 400 SW Kingston Ave., inside Washington Park, over 6,800 rose plants are on display from all over the world. The garden is open daily, starting in early May; free tours, led by trained volunteers, run from June through September. Drink in the fragrant beauty while you enjoy a picnic lunch---and remember to bring your camera.

Portland Parks & Recreation
1120 SW Fifth Ave., #1302
Portland, OR 97204

Powell's City of Books

Even if you are not an avid reader, you need to visit Powell's City of Books. Taking an entire city block, Powell's not only holds over 1 million books, but includes a coffee shop and art gallery. Located on the corner of West Burnside and 10th Avenue, Powell's is open daily.

Powell's City of Books
1005 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209

Hoyt Arboretum

Enjoy over 21 miles of trails as they wind through more than 1,100 species of trees and plants. Stop by the visitor's center for maps, trail guides and detailed plant information. The arboretum, open daily, is located 2 miles west of downtown Portland, near the zoo. Admission is free.

Hoyt Arboretum
4000 SW Fairview Blvd.
Portland, OR 97221

Brewery Tours

Learn the process of brewing from Portland's best breweries. There are several brewery tours to choose from, including Widmer, BridgePort Brewing, McMenamins, Portland Brewing and Edgefield. Call ahead to schedule your free tour---you may even get to do some tasting.

Annual Southeast Area Art Walk

Local artists exhibit and sell their wares in studios, homes and businesses during Portland's annual art walk.

Annual Southeast Area Art Walk
3534 SE Main St.
Portland, OR 97214

First Thursday Gallery Walk

Portland's art galleries invite you to enjoy an evening of wine, music and art, the first Thursday of every month. Take an evening stroll from gallery to gallery to view a variety of original art exhibits.

Downtown Art Gallery Association
c/o Shaffer Fine Art Gallery
308 SW First Ave., Suite 158
Portland, OR 97204

Portland Farmers Market

The Portland Farmers Market has more to offer than healthy, local food; fun and activities await the entire family including music, games and learning the cooking secrets from top chefs. The Portland Farmers Market is located between Southwest Montgomery and Southwest Harrison at Portland State University. Admission is free.

Portland Farmers Market
240 N. Broadway St.
Portland, OR 97227

Portland Saturday Market

Portland's Saturday Market is the biggest outdoor arts and crafts marketplace in the nation. Since 1974, the market has been a popular shopping forum for local handcrafted goods. Located in the center of Portland's historic "Old Town," the market is open Saturdays and Sundays, March through December, and admission is free.

Portland Saturday Market
Waterfront Park near Ankeny Street and Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97209

Article Written By Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott

Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott is lead graphic designer and owner of OneWay Advertising & Design and founder, owner of Unruly Guides DIY ePublishing. Parrott provides professional advertising, graphic design and book formatting services including book-cover design, website design, Internet marketing strategies, as well as tips, how-to tutorials and videos on ebook formatting, marketing and promotion.

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