Things To Do In Portland

Sesame Street Live! "Make a New Friend" – Up to 38% Off

Veterans Memorial Coliseum

$25.50 $17.50

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Grover, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster learn that friendship is universal when a foreign visitor arrives at Sesame Street

50% Off Sailing Tour or Class

Willamette Park Launch Ramp Dock

$118 $59

Groups relax during BYOB river tours and private charters down the Willamette River; classes introduce beginners to sailing

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

Blitz Pearl District

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

50% Off Entry to The Slime Run 5K

Portland International Raceway

$50 $25

Get slimed as you make your way along a 5K path rife with slippery obstacles

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 50% Off Kayak or SUP Rental, Class, or Tour

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Founded by local paddle-sports enthusiasts, this independent outfitter sells and rents watersports gear and leads tours and classes

50% Off BabyFest

Leftbank Annex

$20 $10

Weekend festival showcases top-of-the-line baby products and services alongside events such as educational workshops, games, and prizes

Harlem Globetrotters – Up to 40% Off Kids' Clinic

Multiple Locations

$110 $66

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Harlem Globetrotters players coach kids ages 6–12 on basketball fundamentals, drills, and off-the-court character development

Up to 61% Off Urban Scavenger Hunt

On Deck Sports Bar

$100 $40

Five-hour scavenger hunt takes participants through 12 challenges that encourage them to explore the city while testing their mettle

Up to 50% Off Improv at Curious Comedy Theater

Curious Comedy Theater

$38 $19

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Intimate comedy theater hosts weekend shows filled with sketch, standup, and improv

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

50% Off Ice Skating & Skate Rental

Lloyd District

$28 $14

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Rented skates lace snugly around ankles as duos glide across the indoor rink

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Kells Irish Pub

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to Half Off at Hiking Yoga

Washington Park

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

39% Off Golf Lessons with Golf Pro Michael Charles

Eastmoreland

$100 $60.99

Professional instructor breaks down swing mechanics and provides corrective advice on how to develop consistency

46% Off Segway Tour of Portland

Downtown Portland

$69 $37

Segways cruise through downtown Portland catching glimpes of historic landmarks or pass along the scenic Willamette River

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$130 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 85% Off at Oregon Martial Arts

Tigard Neighborhood Area 12

$268.50 $45

Programs taught by jujitsu, karate, and muay thai expert teach self-confidence and self-defense skills and help students stay in shape

Up to 45% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two

Downtown Portland

$179 $98

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Amateur sleuths dig into delectable four-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

Clinton Street Theater – Up to 51% Off Movie

Hosford - Abernethy

$26.50 $13

Enjoy classic and independent movies while munching popcorn or dress up as your favorite Rocky Horror character for a midnight screening

65% Off Fitness Classes

Portland

$150 $53

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Up to 50% Off Kids' Art Time

Portland

$11 $5.50

Kids make trips to a repurposed salad bar filled with paints, beads, and other art supplies to create any art project they can imagine

65% Off Personal Training

Buckman

$150 $53

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Up to 93% Off at One Taekwondo Academy

Multiple Locations

$220 $19

Students learn self-defense techniques, such as blocks, strikes,and kicks, while building discipline and confidence

Urban Wine Works – Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting

Sabin

$80 $40

Pairs can make their own blend, or sample wine flight

Up to 93% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$225 $19

Trained instructors teach kids and adults the basics of martial arts, improving their confidence, discipline, and agility in the process

Half Off Fitness Classes at Apex Bodyworks

Portland

$90 $45

Instructors lead small groups of exercisers through small group fitness classes

55% Off Fitness Classes

Portland

$130 $58

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Up to 72% Off Personal Training at Fit Oregon

Portland

$105 $39

Personal-training sessions rely on time-tested fitness techniques, focusing on weights, diet, and cardio

Up to 80% Off Lessons at Impressions Dance Club

Cedar Hills - Cedar Mill

$127 $25

Introductory, group, and private dance lessons cover styles including ballroom, country, swing, and Latin

55% Off Tai Chi Classes

Beaumont - Wilshire - Alameda

$55 $25

Instructor leads students through slow, controlled movements designed to increase flexibility and build strength

Up to 75% Off Kids' Tae Kwon Do Classes

Multnomah

$199 $49

Kids aged 3–16 kick, jab, and duck through one-hour classes geared to teach self-defense and discipline

55% Off Martial Arts

Mt. Scott - Arleta

$75 $34

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Up to 51% Off Wine Flights at WineUp on Williams

Eliot

$40 $20

Five-pour flights paired with a meat-and-cheese plate inside the building that once housed the famed Cleo-Lillian Social Club

55% Off Services

Portland

$120 $54

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 65% Off Private Training at Vital Body Studio

Portland

$195 $75

Certified trainers use Pilates Reformers and Gyrotonic pulley towers as they tone muscles and improve posture for balanced, healthy bodies

54% Off Music Lessons

Portland

$35 $16

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45% Off Services

Buckman

$78 $43

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 66% Off Personal Training

Portland

$325 $119

ISSA-certified trainer and nutrition specialist guides you through effective workouts while offering support and sharing knowledge

49% Off Ziplining

Raleigh Hills

$69 $35

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81% Off Women's Boot Camp

Portland

$200 $39

NASM-certified personal trainer Renea pushes women through high-intensity interval-training workouts

Up to 59% Off Capoeira Angola Classes

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

This hybrid dance and martial art from Brazil, set to music, teaches people how to express themselves using graceful movements

48% Off

Multnomah

$29 $15

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Half Off Pedicab Brewery Experience from PDX Pedicab

Madison's Bar & Grill

$50 $25

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Cyclists drive tandem passengers to up to three local breweries—some with discounted pints—on an eco-friendly adventure

Up to 88% Off Classes at CrossFit Immense

Southgate

$200 $29

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Students learn high-intensity, functional workout and strength-training techniques from skilled professional trainers

Up to 50% Off Membership to Hoyt Arboretum

Portland

$35 $17.50

Members receive complimentary tours and special-event invites at a ridge-top arboretum with more than 6,000 trees

Up to 75% Off Kickboxing Classes

Buckman

$100 $29.99

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Kickboxing classes cover self-defense and combat techniques while providing an intense workout

Up to 72% Off Fitness or Massage Package

Portland

$282.50 $79

Tackle fitness goals in a spa-like, boutique, women’s-only gym or relax with a custom massage and access to the sauna and light-therapy room

Up to 89% Off Classes at Yoga on Yamhill

Yoga On Yamhill

$250 $27.50

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Daily classes such as Vinyasa, yin, and power yoga accommodate yogis of all abilities and are held in studio with exposed brick

Up to 61% Off African-Drumming Classes

Viscount Dance Studio

$12.50 $6

Internationally accomplished instructor teaches students to play the drums during 60-minute African-drumming classes

Up to 52% Off at Harvey's Comedy Club

Old Town - Chinatown

$30 $15

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Cozy club hosts nationally touring standups, including upcoming shows from Rich Vos, Killer Beaz, and Sean Kent

Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studios – Up to 74% Off

Multiple Locations

$150 $39

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Highly trained and certified dance instructors guide students through fancy footwork in private and group lessons

Up to 75% Off Kids' or Adults' Yoga Classes

Eliot

$100 $25

Yoga classes aimed at kids or adults help build flexibility, core strength, and a sense of calm

Half Off an '80s Video Dance Party

McMenamins’ Crystal Ballroom & Lola’s Room

$10 $5

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A boisterous dance party bounces with nostalgic revelry as 10-foot screens project five hours of original '80s videos

Up to 55% Off Guitar Classes

Cedar Hills - Cedar Mill

$200 $99

Professional music teachers instruct students in guitar with lessons specifically designed for pupil's age and skill level

$4 for Round-Trip Aerial-Tram Ride for Two

Corbet - Terwilliger - Lair Hill

$8 $4

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Celebrating its 7th anniversary, tram travels 500 feet into air & provides breathtaking views of Portland before returning to ground.

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Foster - Powell

$180 $90

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Up to 83% Off Hot-Yoga Classes 

Multiple Locations

$125 $21

Certified instructors guide students through 26 Hatha yoga poses in more than 105-degree heat; windows light spacious new Tigard studio

Up to 69% Off Classes at CrossFit X-Factor

Northwest District

$150 $49

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Classes employ constantly changing functional movements to help build muscle mass and shed body fat

Up to 50% Off Dance or Fitness Classes

Sellwood - Moreland

$44 $22

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Students learn to move in dance styles such as tango and ballroom, or sweat through fitness classes such as capoeira and Zumba

50% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Foster - Powell

$120 $60

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 56% Off at Studio Modern Yoga

Downtown Portland

$100 $49

In small, student-centered yoga classes, students stretch their bodies and quiet their minds

Up to 58% Off Pilates at Studio Adrienne

Downtown Portland

$240 $100

Instructors teach Pilates mat and reformer exercises in private and semiprivate sessions focused on posture and clients’ personal goals

Up to 80% Off Personal Training

Foster - Powell

$210 $49

One-hour sessions involve exercises designed specifically for each client based on an individual fitness profile

Up to 65% Off Dance Classes at The Exotic You

Portland

$48 $20

Lisa Stark cultivates physical strength and confidence in female students through sizzling dance routines

73% Off Music Lessons at Every Family Needs Music

Brooklyn

$130 $35

In group music lessons, teachers emphasize importance of fun over technical skill, fostering a deep-felt love of song

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Hawthorne District

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Portland's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

Up to 80% Off Boot-Camp Classes at Live to be Fit

Live to be fit

$80 $29

Trainers lead energetic routines of functional exercises during boot-camp classes designed to jump-start fitness regimens

87% Off at Lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Northwest District

$375 $49

Experienced instructors lead individuals or partners through three introductory private, personalized lessons & two group practice sessions

Up to 86% Off Adult Ninjutsu Classes

Cedar Hills - Cedar Mill

$250 $59

Become more aware of your surroundings and yourself during ninjutsu self-defense classes utilizing methods that are 1,000+ years old

Half Off Guitar Lessons from Ryan Meagher

Hazelwood

$240 $120

Jazz guitarist Ryan Meagher uses his experience as a recording musician and composer to guide students in their own musicianship

Up to 70% Off Classes at Black Rose CrossFit 

SE Portland

$140 $49

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CrossFit builds strength and endurance through constantly varied workouts that can be scaled to your level of ability

78% Off Outdoor Boot Camp from Waterfront Fitness

Multiple Locations

$175 $39

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Beside the rushing river, exercisers shed sweat and calories in one-hour boot camps held by qualified fitness instructors

Up to 73% Off Outdoor Personal Training for 1 or 2

Multiple Locations

$180 $49

Certified personal trainers customize sessions to individual's fitness goals and abilities

Half Off Tasting at Blackbird Wine Shop

Beaumont - Wilshire

$20 $10

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Wine-and-cheese shop hosts tastings of five self-selected wines or instructs up to 10 patrons in tasty pairings of regional wine and cheeses

60% Off a Firefighter-Themed 5K Obstacle Race

Portland International Raceway

$88 $35

Unlike a typical mud run, this 5K features obstacles inspired by those a new firefighting recruit would have to negotiate at fire academy

Gymboree Play & Music—Up to 71% Off Enrollment Fee and Classes

Multiple Locations

$119 $35

Kids develop healthy habits and expand imaginations during age-appropriate music, art, and sports classes helmed by expert instructors

"Next Fall" – Up to 50% Off Drama

The Sanctuary

$35 $17.50

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Tony-nominated play follows what happens when Luke falls into a coma and his partner Adam isn't allowed to visit at the hospital

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From her days in the Navy to a love for yoga, Terri Chadney has always been into fitness. In 1994, she and her husband, Jay, opened West Coast Fitness to share that passion with her old neighborhood, which until then did not have a gym. "She wanted to reinvest in the neighborhood," Jay says. Here, the duo leads a staff of experienced trainers, who do everything from one-on-one training to group fitness classes such as yoga and spinning. As the yoga director, Terri requires that each yoga instructor have at least five years of teaching experience, thorough training, and a perfect letter B imitation. The rest of the staff boasts similar credentials, such as the Zumba instructor who has been dancing professionally for most of her life. And because they're not contractors, the trainers care about every aspect of the gym, not just making a sale. "They really invest themselves with the members," says Jay, "Our [trainers] come in, hang out, take classes, bring their dog."

For Jay and Terri, the most rewarding part of owning West Coast Fitness has been "seeing changes in the members," says Jay. He sees members who are in better shape than when they first joined 15 years ago—and Terri loves to see the seniors in her yoga classes up on their feet and doing strength-training exercises after coming in with crutches or walkers.

The St. John's location's spinning studio includes a 6-foot screen, sending riders on virtual trips via instructive DVDs even when a class isn't in session. Members can also log in to ActivTrax online or at the clubs' kiosks for custom workouts based on their goals and experience, as well as meal planning and progress tracking. The staff members engage parents' little ones with baby-sitting services in a colorful playroom. They have also stocked the gyms with tanning booths, and massage therapists help soothe stress and exercise-induced aches; the saunas and HydroMassage beds also help members unwind.

2640 NE Alberta St
Portland,
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The entire Earth spins inside of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It's as if visitors have launched into outer space, where they can see everything—clouds forming over North America, hurricanes churning in the tropics, and millions of animals in migration. Night falls, and the major cities light up Earth's continents like misshapen Christmas trees. Just then, the planet disappears, and in its place rises a spinning orb of fire and violent solar storms: the sun. The display, appropriately titled Science On a Sphere, is actually a 6-foot animated globe powered by a series of video projectors. It serves as the perfect centerpiece for OMSI's Earth Hall, which explores geology, tectonics, and everything else that makes Earth a living planet. The hall's exhibits let visitors control wind turbines and launch satellites into space.

Earth Hall is only one section of the museum, however. More hands-on activities wait within Turbine Hall, where kids design bridges and boats. Visitors can tour the USS Blueback, a U.S. Navy attack submarine that guarded the Pacific for 31 years, or gaze towards the heavens inside of Kendall Planetarium, which uses real-time 3D graphics to transport audiences into the very heart of black holes. Even Theory, the onsite eatery, has an educational focus. The restaurant's displays explore food sciences while Chef Ryan Morgan and his team use local ingredients to cook meals in full view.

Although every corner of OMSI sparks scientific curiosity, the museum's educational programs take things one step further. The faculty hosts astronomy camps and teaches 50-minute interactive labs in which kids might make soap or dissect a squid—a requisite skill for any future biologist or sushi chef.

1945 SE Water Ave
Portland,
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Known as the City of Roses, Portland has been annually celebrating its moniker for more than 100 years. Local publisher's wife Mrs. Henry Pittock and her friends held the first Portland Rose Festival in 1889, in the Pittock home's own garden. Fast-forward 120 years and this small gathering dedicated to the city's signature perennial has expanded into an annual month-long event, its centerpiece the massive rose garden that fills the entire Lloyd Center Ice Rink. Gardeners whisper sweet nothings to displays featuring more than 4,000 varieties of blooms, with a focus on that year's Official Rose and its fellow honorees.

The rose show isn't the Festival's only draw. Throughout its run, various public events take place downtown on both sides of—and in—the Willamette River. During the Dragon Boat Race, more than 80 local and international rowing teams pilot festive boats against each other in a heated dash down the river. About halfway through the festival, crowds gather in Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the start of the Grand Floral Parade. Following a different theme each year, this event gathers vibrant floats bedecked in floral displays and accompanied by dance ensembles, live a capella groups, and traditional marching bands. During the parade's launch, organizers crown that year's queen and unite her with the Festival's fun-loving mascot, the Clown Prince. The Grand Floral Walk gathers volunteer revelers to follow the same route as the downtown parade, and benefits the Home Builders Foundation, which constructs shelters and transitional housing for the homeless.

300 North Winning Way
Portland,
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The light of a projector first hit the Hollywood Theatre's screen in 1926. Since then, this cinema has changed with the times—at various points serving as a Cinerama and a second-run discount movie house. After a near-closure and a nearly 15-year renovation, the building re-emerged as a non-profit, independent cinema. Today, Hollywood Theatre screens about 300 films a year, ranging from classic Hollywood and genre films to newer independent movies and quirky blockbusters.

The core of the theatre's programming, however, is its signature series. Programs such as Kung Fu Theater and Sound + Vision aim to restore classic films' spectacle to the silver screen. Outside the auditorium, Hollywood Theatre hosts educational workshops on topics such as animation, documentary filmmaking, and chiseling your own star onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cinema's Spanish Colonial Revival building retains much of its historic charm. At the top of a curving staircase lies a lounge with plush antique furnishings and signage. Inside the main auditorium—the house's original orchestra level—films blaze to life on a 50-foot screen and a digital surround-sound system. On the theater's original balcony level, two smaller venues with just more than 110 seats provide a more intimate viewing experience.

4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland,
OR
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The inspiration behind Rise Dance+Lab, a dance school for children aged 3–14, isn't what you might expect. Evie Graham originally established Vega Dance Lab, a studio exclusively for adult students, when she noticed a glut of kids' dance studios in her search for classes she could take herself. Of course, Evie is a parent herself, and though she found plenty of dance studios her kids could attend, most were far away from downtown Portland. So with one successful dance studio under her belt, Evie and her husband Joe founded Rise Dance+Lab, a studio in the center of the city where kids could discover and hone skills in diverse styles of dance. There, younger dancers begin with classes such as Tutu Cute or Turn! Jump! Leap!, which explore movement and teach the basics of dance and class etiquette. As kids get older, they begin developing more polished moves in styles such as hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary, even working toward injecting the choreography with their own experiences and feelings to give their moves more emotional depth and find a method of expression that can't be stolen and read by a nosy sibling.

1322 SE Water Ave
Portland,
OR
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When artists from Suzhou set about creating a Chinese garden in Portland, they immediately knew their inspiration: the Ming Dynasty. Like the dynasty's gardens, Lan Su Chinese Garden was designed as a natural escape from the everyday world. In addition to the verdant plant life, the grounds overflow with pavilions, courtyards, and studies where guests can take in the sights, meditate, write a poem, or guard the garden's bamboo from devious pandas masquerading as groundskeepers. Lan Su showcases hundreds of China’s 30,000-plus plant species, including 90 specimen trees. Beneath those sprout collections of magnolias, camellias, and rhododendrons, to name a few.

Though browsing the garden could take up an entire day, Lan Su offers plenty of other soothing activities, as well. At the teahouse, snacks and sweets accompany traditional presentations of organic, fair-trade teas, whose flavors change to reflect each season in the garden. The space’s other events range from lectures on acupuncture to games of mahjong.

239 NW Everett St
Portland,
OR
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