Rosy Days Ahead Portland Events You Don't Want To Miss
The live music scene is legendary in Portland on virtually any day of the year. But there are certain festivals that pump the volume up to 11! One of the most popular moments is summertime’s Waterfront Blues Festival. The Waterfront at Tom McCall Park loads up with revelers and picnic blankets for four straight days of down-home tunes featuring everything from Delta traditions to zydeco. But winter stays warm with music in Portland when the PDX Jazz Festival lights up as part of the Black History Month celebrations. International stars keep the tradition alive as audiences swing to the rhythms!
If you’re more into soccer, the MLS’ Portland Timbers strike against opponents in Providence Park from February to October. This team won the 2015 MLS Cup and was the runner-up in 2018. A recent renovation of Providence Park added 4,000 seats to accommodate the swelling crowds coming to watch them play. Sharing that venue with them is the NWSL’s Portland Thorns, who score goals from spring to fall. Want your own chance to compete? Join the Hood to Coast Relay. It’s the largest running and walking relay race in the world. It features almost 20,000 participants relaying from the slopes of Mount Hood through downtown Portland and all the way to the ocean!
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
If you’d rather kick back and relax at a Portland event, you may want to opt for one of these two local favorites. First and foremost is the Portland Rose Festival. Going strong for over a century, this June happening includes two separate parades, fireworks, floral float showcases, Dragon Boat races (really!) and incorporates a Fleet Week featuring some of the US Navy’s premier vessels. Expect the chance to sign up for athletic events and art expos. Suds lovers summering in Stumptown should also watch local taps for the Oregon Brewer’s Fest. This is when the state’s best craft brewers and cider makers congregate at the Tom McCall Waterfront for serious tastings of IPAs, Pilsners and more.