Top Free Things to Do in Portland, Oregon

If you're low on cash but you still want to get out of the house, you're in luck. Here's a list of parks, attractions, and neighborhoods you can visit for free.

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Portland Farmer’s Market

hot chili peppers at the farmer's market

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1831 SW Pedestrian Trail, Portland, OR 97201, USA
+1 503-241-0032

What: Local farmers and food vendors sell the goods they’ve grown or made locally. In addition to excellent produce, you’ll find baked goods, meats, cheeses, and a variety of gourmet foods.

Where: Saturdays in the south park blocks between SW Harrison and Montgomery. Wednesdays in the south park blocks between SW Salmon and Main.

When: Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., April - October

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Forest Park

Footpath in forest park
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Portland, OR 97231, USA
+1 503-823-4492

Where: Because the park is so large, there are many entrance points. Check the maps at the Friends of Forest Park website

When: Daily 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Saturday Market

2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA
+1 503-222-6072

Where: Underneath the Burnside Bridge on the west side of downtown Portland.

When:Saturdays and Sundays from March – December 24. The market is also open for an entire week leading up to Christmas Eve for what’s called “The Festival of the Last Minute.”

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Pioneer Courthouse Square

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701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
+1 503-223-1613

What: A public square in the center of downtown, known as “Portland’s living room.” The square hosts hundreds of events each year, including concerts and cultural fairs. In the warmer months, it’s a great place to sit and people watch.

Where: The block between SW 6th and Broadway and between SW Yamhill and Morrison

When: The square never closes. 

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International Rose Test Garden

400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
+1 503-823-3636

Where: 400 SW Kingston Ave., (inside Washington Park)

When: Daily from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. The roses begin blooming in early May and peak around the first week of June.

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Powell’s City of Books

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1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114, USA
+1 800-878-7323

What: A must-see bookstore that takes up an entire city block and holds more than a million volumes. Every Portlander must get lost here at least once. Beyond books, Powell’s also has a coffee shop and an art gallery in the Pearl Room.

Where: Enter at the Corner of W. Burnside and 10th Ave.

When: Daily 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with shorter hours on holidays. 

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Hoyt Arboretum

4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221-2706, USA
+1 503-865-8733

Where: 2 miles west of downtown near the zoo. See the website for directions.

When: Grounds: Daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visitor Center: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. M – F, closes at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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Tom McCall Waterfront Park

98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA
+1 503-823-7529

Where: Naito Pkwy between SW Harrison St and NW Glisan St.

When: 24 hours a day

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Brewery Tours

929 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227, USA
+1 503-281-3333

What: Learn about the brewing process and see the inner workings of Portland's best breweries. You might even get to taste the suds.

When: Call ahead to schedule your tour.

Where: There are lots of breweries to choose from. The most popular are:

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