This page lists the biggest and best Portland events, fun things to do, and free festivals in 2014.
Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.
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January 8 - 12, 2014
7 miles northSee the latest sailboats, sport boats, fishing boats, personal watercraft, and boating accessories at the Portland Boat Show at Portland Expo Center.
Fertile Ground art festival
January 23 - February 2, 2014
Portland locationsFertile Ground is a citywide festival of new works in theater, music, dance, comedy, film, and visual art.
Seafood & wine festival
January 31 - Feb. 1, 2014
1.5 miles NEPortland Seafood & Wine Festival brings Dungeness crab, oysters, local wine, live music, and a kids’ sand sculpture area to Oregon Convention Center.
Chinese New Year
January 31 - Feb. 14, 2014
0.5 mile northCelebrate Chinese New Year with lion dances, martial arts, cultural scenes, kids’ activities, and lantern viewing at Lan Su Chinese Garden. See schedule.
February 6 - 9, 2014
1.5 miles NESee new, classic, exotic, and eco-friendly vehicles at the Portland International Auto Show at the Oregon Convention Center.
February 6 - 22, 2014
0.5 mile SWSee 100 international shorts and feature films, meet visiting artists, and attend the opening night party at the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) at Portland Art Museum.
February 20 - March 2, 2014
Portland locationsWith 150 performances by local acts & jazz legends, Portland Jazz Festival has something for everyone.
Mardi Gras Ball
March 1, 2014
1.2 miles eastMardi Gras Ball is a Louisiana-style costume ball with beads, baubles, Cajun food, and all types of New Orleans music at Bossanova Ballroom.
Women’s film festival
March 6 - 9, 2014
4 miles NEPortland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) shows nearly 100 works of today’s top women directors, who often attend post-screening panels and answer questions at Hollywood Theatre.
Beer and wine festival
April 18 - 19, 2014
1.5 miles NESpring Beer & Wine Fest brings 80 Northwest beers, wines and spirits, gourmet food, chocolate, cheese, and chef seminars to Oregon Convention Center.
Rabbit romp at the zoo
April 19, 2014
3 miles westOregon Zoo Rabbit Romp features candy-egg hunts by age group every 20 minutes, pettable bunnies, bunny crafts, and games at the Oregon Zoo.
Food cart festival
April 27, 2014
1 mile SEBuy a ticket to taste samples from 50 food carts at Eat Mobile in the parking lot of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Sells out.
Taste of the Nation
April 29, 2014
0.5 mile NWEnjoy gourmet food from 30 restaurants, fine wine and beer from 25 wineries and breweries, cocktails, local music, and a silent auction at Taste of the Nation Portland in McMenamins Crystal Ballroom.
Giant art show
May 2 - 4, 2014
1.5 miles NELocal artists’ guilds join forces to sell art that is ceramic, metal, wood, glass, bead, and handwoven at the Gathering of the Guilds at Oregon Convention Center. Its Ceramic Showcase is billed as the nation’s largest show and sale of pottery. Free.
Cinco de Mayo
May 3 - 5, 2014
0.5 mile eastEnjoy live entertainment, authentic food, carnival rides, an artisan village, and family fun at Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
May 8 - 11, 2014
3.5 miles eastBridgetown Comedy Festival showcases hilarious local and nationally known comedians in bars and theaters near SE Hawthorne Boulevard.
May 10, 2014
1 mile NWShop from 200 artists and craft makers at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale at the Oregon Convention Center. Repeats in Dec. Free.
June 7, 2014
1.5 miles NEPortland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade has floral floats, marching bands, and optional indoor seating where it begins in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
June 20 - 21, 2014
2 miles southTaste 60 artisan ciders from the NW and around the world, eat restaurant food, and hear live music at Cider Summit NW Festival in Elizabeth Caruthers Park. Must be 21 due to alcohol content.
Lake Oswego arts festival
June 20 - 22, 2014
8 miles southLake Oswego Festival of the Arts is a juried craft fair with 110 booths, a music stage, food court, and wine and beer pavilion in Lake Oswego. No pets.
Hot-air balloon festival
June 20 - 22, 2014
13 miles SWFestival of Balloons in Tigard has balloon launches at 5:45 a.m., glowing balloons Fri. & Sat. night, a craft show, car show, carnival, vendors, food, beer, 5K, and soccer tournament at Cook Park in Tigard.
June 23 - July 27, 2014
Portland locationsChamber Music Northwest gathers a variety of the world’s distinguished artists for its Summer Festival.
Organic beer festival
June 26 - 29, 2014
3 miles northEnjoy organic beers and ciders from around the world at the North American Organic Brewers Festival, which includes live music and a children’s area at Overlook Park. Free entry.
June 2014 (undated)
Portland locationsBars and breweries host dozens of beer-tasting and food-pairing events during Portland Beer Week.
July 3 - 6, 2014
0.5 mile eastWaterfront Blues Festival features 125 performances on four stages, plus fireworks on July 4th, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River.
Car race and show
July 11 - 13, 2014
8 miles northSee 250 historic cars race, talk to drivers and crew, and see 700 collector cars and hot rods at Portland Historic Races at Portland International Raceway.
Mississippi Street Fair
July 12, 2014
3 miles northMississippi Street Fair offers 275 local vendors and craft booths, five stages of entertainment, a kids’ corner, food carts, and a beer garden on N. Mississippi Ave. from Fremont to Skidmore. Free.
July 12 - 13, 2014
2 miles NEA zine is a cheap, self-published, underground publication. Portland Zine Symposium has panel discussions, workshops, and tables for buying and selling zines at Ambridge Event Center. Free.
July 12 - 13, 2014
Oregon locationsEnjoy the beauty and aroma of lavender fields, and attend special events at farms and nurseries around the state during Oregon Lavender Festival.
July 17 - 20, 2014
7 miles NWHear local and international jazz and blues heroes in a beautiful setting under the historic St. Johns Bridge at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. Free.
Float down the river
July 27, 2014
1 mile SEJump in the Willamette River with a lifejacket and inner tube for The Big Float downstream to a beach party with music barge, food carts & beer garden.
Oregon Brewers Festival
July 23 - 27, 2014
0.5 mile eastTry 80 different craft beers (or visit the root beer garden), eat pub food, hear live music, and learn about home brewing at Oregon Brewers Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River.
July 24 - 27, 2014
15 miles westWashington County Fair offers carnival rides, farm animals, a kid village, food booths, motorsport shows, and stage entertainment in Hillsboro. Free.
July 24 - Aug. 28, 2014
0.5 miles NWTop Down: Rooftop Cinema is a Thursday film series on a rooftop at the Hotel deLuxe that includes local bands, cocktails, beer, and barbecue. Cash only.
Indie roots music festival
August 1 - 3, 2014
17 miles SEPickathon offers a large lineup of diverse music (indie/roots, garage rock, folk, alternative country, bluegrass) on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. Run with a focus on ecology and recycling. No pets.
Bite of Oregon
August 8 - 10, 2014
0.5 mile eastTaste the best of Oregon food, beer, and wine at the Bite of Oregon, which includes entertainment and a cooking competition at Tom McCall Waterfront Park south of Morrison Bridge. Friday is least crowded.
International beer festival
August 8 - 10, 2014
0.5 mile northEnjoy 150 world-class beers, including the rare and exotic, as you stroll around the park listening to music at the Portland International Beerfest along NW 8th Ave in North Park Blocks.
Alberta Street Fair
August 9, 2014
4 miles NEAlberta Street Fair focuses on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It has a beer garden, three stages of entertainment, and children’s activities.
Bike or walk the bridges
August 10, 2014
Portland locationsWalk 5 miles, or bike 3 to 36 miles to see stunning views from Portland bridges during Bridge Pedal. Register early due to new limits, and bring a helmet.
MusicfestNW & TechfestNW
August 15 - 17, 2014
Portland locationsMusicfestNW is a massive music festival of 150 concerts Aug. 16-17. TechfestNW is a technology conference at OMSI Aug 15-16.
Adult soapbox derby
August 16, 2014
5 miles eastWatch adults in bizarre gravity-powered vehicles race downhill at Mt. Tabor City Park to win awards at the annual PDX Adult Soapbox Derby.
Pearl District art festival
August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014
0.5 mile northArt in The Pearl features 100 booths of fine art as well as music, food, and hands-on art activities along NW 8th Ave in North Park Blocks.
Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel
September 11 - 14, 2014
38 miles southMount Angel Oktoberfest has beer and wine gardens, live music, singing, dancing, arts and crafts, and a car show in Mount Angel.
Food and drink festival
September 18 - 21, 2014
Portland locationsTaste Oregon’s bounty of wine, beer, cheese, and fine cooking; hear culinary stars speak on stage; and take cooking classes at Feast Portland.
Modern art festival
September 2014 (undated)
Portland locationsArtists from around the world display contemporary performance and visual art at the Time-Based Art Festival, which includes workshops & evening shows.
October 1 - 30, 2014
26 miles SEFamilies love the lighted Halloween Fantasy Trail, with its decorated castle, suspension bridge, tunnel, and maze at Wenzel family farm in Oregon City.
Portland Marathon & Health Expo
October 3 - 5, 2014
Downtown PortlandFriday and Saturday are registration and a free Sports and Fitness Expo at the Hilton Portland. Sunday is the famous Portland Marathon, which includes a half marathon and walk.
November 28, 2014
0.1 mile northMacy’s Holiday Parade at 9 a.m. has marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa Claus. Free.
Lights at the Grotto
Nov. 28 - Dec. 30, 2014 (closed Dec. 25)
8 miles NEChristmas Festival of Lights features 500,000 lights, 160 choral performances, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows, and hot chocolate at the Grotto.
November 2014 (undated)
3 miles westZooLights uses a million LED lights to transform the Oregon Zoo into a winter wonderland of lighted trees, animal silhouettes, and moving sculptures. Closed Dec. 24 and 25.
Christmas Ship Parade
December 5 - 21, 2014
Portland locationsWatch 50 boats with Christmas lights cruise the Columbia River and the Willamette River during the Christmas Ship Parade. (Camas area Nov. 30.) Free.
Holiday craft show
December 13 - 14, 2014
1 mile NWShop from 200 incredibly creative artists and craft makers at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale at the Oregon Convention Center. Repeats in May. Free.