Your Destination Guide to Portland

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Cultural Activities

Cultural Activities
Cultural Activities

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World renowned as an outdoor haven for hikers and waterfall sightseers, Portland also overflows with a cascade of cultural and historical attractions. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall welcomes local and international performers while the Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Center for the Performing Arts embrace the local performing arts community. Portland is earning worldwide recognition for its classical institutions and boasts a downtown Cultural District and the trendy Pearl District, a place for artists and art lovers alike to explore the arts.

The Pittock Mansion, high in the hills of the City of Roses, is a grand historical home and typifies Portland's commitment to preserving its natural and manmade history. Discover Portland's prominence in America's historic migration to the Pacific Northwest, or drive the Historic Columbia River Highway as it weaves through the Gorge and past waterfalls.

Portland | Cultural Activities

Chamber Music Northwest
  • Chamber Music Northwest
  • The fragile notes of a piano, the rising cry of a violin, and the sweeping range of a practiced voice entwine together in the intimate setting of the Chamber Music Northwest (CMNW).
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Jamison Square
  • Jamison Square
  • Even on the off chance that it isn't raining in Portland, water still splashes from all directions in Jamison Square. Located in the posh Pearl District, this popular town square is built around a fountain with water cascading from stone fixtures into various pools.
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Museum of Contemporary Craft
  • Museum of Contemporary Craft
  • In this funky city, art is a staple of life and provides a direct link to economic stability. Portland's DIY community has been thriving since the 1970s and continues to grow as artists, craftspeople, architects, and designers make their aesthetic mark.
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Old Town / Chinatown
  • Old Town / Chinatown
  • It's impossible to miss the ornamental, seemingly ancient Chinese arches welcoming visitors to Portland's Chinatown. The city's oldest neighborhood is more than a borough for those of eastern descent, however, and is also referred to as Old Town.
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Oregon Ballet Theatre
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre
  • Hypnotizing patrons in a swirl of tulle skirts and the ethereal beauty of the human form in motion, the Oregon Ballet Theatre is quickly becoming a mainstay of Portland culture.
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Oregon Historical Society Museum
Oregon Korean War Memorial
  • Oregon Korean War Memorial
  • Standing soberly beneath flags of the United States Armed Forces, a tall black slab of stone immortalizes the names of Oregon's Korean War veterans. Etched in white, each name stands as a testament to the bravery and sacrifice that helped to found and protect the state.
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Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
  • Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
  • Located in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is a Japanese American museum that preserves and shares the history and culture of the Japanese American community.
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Oregon Symphony Orchestra
  • Oregon Symphony Orchestra
  • Aglow under a 65-foot high marquee emblazoned with more than 6,000 theatrical lights, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is one of the last remaining relics of vaudeville-style theater houses.
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Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Pearl District
  • Pearl District
  • Portland's Pearl District is an eclectic neighborhood made possible by the city's urban renewal agenda.
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Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Portland's foremost outdoor venue, Pioneer Courthouse Square, is fondly referred to as Portland's "living room"and plays host to more than 300 events annually. Situated in the heart of downtown Portland close to popular shopping and hotels, it's one of the city's main attractions.
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Pittock Mansion
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Portland's Pittock Mansion directly transports visitors back to the Rose City of the early 20th century. The three-story mansion includes nearly 23 rooms, each complete with ornate and worldly d├ęcor influenced by an eclectic mix of classic Turkish, English and French styles.
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Portland Opera
  • Portland Opera
  • Opera has existed for hundreds of years for the sole reason of providing unparalleled entertainment for audience members through powerful unmediated performance. No wonder its breadth and intrinsic beauty were historically reserved for society's upper class or more privileged members.
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Powell's Books
  • Powell's Books
  • The largest bookstore in the world and an institution in Portland since 1971, Powell's Book Store anchors an entire city block in the popular Pearl District, succeeding in its widely advertised...
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The Grotto
  • The Grotto
  • Founded by Fr. Ambrose Mayer, OSM, in 1924, "The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother" or "The Grotto," as it is commonly referred to by locals, is one of the most beautiful Marian sanctuaries in the world.
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