13 Fun and Cheap Things to Do in Portland

Summer is the best time to be in Portland. It’s warm (we say hot when temperatures get above 80, which I know is weird for most of you out there), it’s clear, and it stays sunny well past 9pm. You visit in the summer and think, okay, jerks, you are all lying about how crappy your weather is, and you start thinking about living in Portland.

I call it “move to Portland weather” and it’s real. It’s like when you’re first dating someone and you’re on your best behavior all the time, trying not to show the other side of you. Or when you take your sick kid to the doctor and all of a sudden they seem fine and want to play on the structure in the office. Portland in the summer is like that.

If you’re visiting this time of year, hello! Welcome! You can move here, too, it’s cool. Just remember, the weather isn’t always like this. But that’s actually good. It means us Portlanders are WAY better about appreciating a good thing when we have it. When the sun’s out, we’re out.

What are we doing? So glad you asked! Here are 13 fun and cheap things to do in Portland when you come to visit.

13 Fun and Cheap Things to Do in Portland

Eat Brunch

13 things to do in portland eat brunch

It seems most weekends in Portland revolve around eating brunch. If you don’t mind an extended wait, consider Tasty & Alder or Broder. For those less patient, there are tons of hidden gems with little or no wait- try Irving Street Kitchen or Verde Cocina.


  1. says

    Ha! My first visit to Portland was in May and it was SO pretty that of course I fell in love! I made a point of visiting the following March to make sure I could handle the crappy weather though :)

    • Kathleen O'Malley says

      Good call! I met someone the other day who had just moved here. She was blown away by our amazing weather lately!

  2. says

    Haha, sounds just like Auckland. You cannot beat it on a good summer day, but on one of our many rainy days, it’s like GTFO.

    Portland…we’ll make it there someday to visit!

  3. says

    Honestly, I have never been to Portland. But after reading this post, I might as well consider it on my Go-To list this summer. I am aiming to visit their Rose Garden and Farmers’ Market and would definitely try their Voodoo Donuts!! :D

  4. says

    I’d like to visit Portland some day. It’s really not that far by plane ride for me (from SoCal). I think I’d really love it in the summer (but perhaps not in the winter ;) )

  5. says

    We just got back recently from our trip there, and now I want to know when the WORST time is to visit :)

    (If you’re curious about Arizona, it’s now :P)

    • Kathleen O'Malley says

      HA yeah it is. When it is awesome in AZ, it is particularly crappy in Oregon. Which makes Phoenix a great place to visit for Christmas!

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