PDX Festivals and Events
Please check open/closure status for each auditorium and performance venue directly on their site.
Quirky events enliven the Portland calendar throughout the year, ranging from the seasonal Saturday Market to annual festivals that draw attendees from both near and far. Much of the excitement takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, located half a mile from the hotel on the west bank of the Willamette River. The hotel’s proximity to this historical site is just one of the many reasons that help designate Kimpton Hotel Vintage one of the best places to stay in Portland, especially during festival season.
Most popular Portland festivals and events:
Music + Arts Festivals
Rose Festival Events
For the annual multi-week Rose Festival, a Portland tradition since 1907, the Kimpton Hotel Vintage is a great home base. Nearby, catch the opening-night fireworks spectacular, the City Fair, the Grand Floral Float Showcase, and more.
Portland Comic Con
Rose City Comic Con is returning to Portland. Join this pop culture film, comics and more three-day extravaganza hosted at the Oregon Convention Center, only minutes from the hotel. Let your geek flag fly.
Waterfront Blues Festival
Listen to this: Four days of guitars, bass, harmonicas, trumpets, and hi-hats blaring the sounds of the blues from morning to night over the Fourth of July weekend. That’s what you’ll hear at this festival, which brings multiple stages to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Over the years, those stages have featured legendary crooners such as John Lee Hooker, Paul deLay, Blind Boys of Alabama, and many others, and better yet, it's all for a great cause.
Pickathon Music Festival
Located on Pendarvis Farm in nearby Happy Valley, Oregon, Pickathon is what Willamette Week calls “Portland’s biggest little music festival.” It’s evolved hugely since its start in 1999, growing from a tiny folk and roots show to a major event that attracts eclectic artists like Jeff Tweedy, Thee Oh Sees, and Feist.
PDX Jazz Festival
Every February, the Portland Jazz Festival gets the city’s toe tapping with upward of 100 performances over the course of 11 days. Internationally recognized icons play alongside local musicians in this celebration of Black History Month, which also involves outreach programs into the city’s neighborhoods and schools. Past performers include the Sonny Fortune Quarter, pianist Aaron Goldberg, rock-influenced ensemble Moongriffin, and harpist Brandee Younger.
Portland Pride Festival
Tom McCall Waterfront Park is the backdrop for the LGBTQ community and friends to enjoy a festival of acceptance, celebration, and inspiration. At this weekend event, there are tons of vendors, food, and beverages. Downtown, you can’t miss the Portland Pride Parade, a colorful affair with more than 100 festive groups marching.
Portland Film Festival
Celebrate good storytelling at the Portland Film Festival, organized by filmmakers for filmmakers. There’s plenty for the public, too, both on the entertainment and education fronts. A mix of outdoor screenings and films shown inside some of the oldest historic theaters in Oregon make this much more than just your typical movie night.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Free and open to the public, the Portland Winter Light Festival is an outdoor celebration along the Willamette River’s Eastbank Esplanade. Over four days, light-based art installations, engaging performances, and interactive activities for both kids and adults bring people together outside during a time of the year when many retreat indoors.
Food + Brew Festivals
Oregon Brewers Festival
Try more than 80 independent craft beers from all over the country at one of the longest-running craft beer festivals in the U.S. The five-day event also features live music, home brewing demos, and a variety of food. The festivities are a 9-minute walk from the hotel, or you can always hop on one of our complimentary bikes stationed in the lobby to cruise over.
During Feast Portland, the culinary community comes together to celebrate one of the most creative and bountiful food destinations on the planet: The Pacific Northwest. The four-day event has garnered accolades from all kinds of media, including Tasting Table, which called it “the food festival to beat.”
Holiday Ale Festival
Under a large clear-top tent in downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square (only minutes from the hotel), cozy up with gas heaters and your fellow enthusiasts as you taste the flavors of the season. The options include more than 50 winter ales created just for the festival — all sure to get you in the holiday spirit.