Annual Events in Portland

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Events in Portland happen throughout the year. See what's coming up during your trip, and start planning your vacation. 

The Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights - Held during the month of December every year. The Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights in Portland Oregon will be held November 25th - December 30th, 2016. The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. 

Chocolate Fest - Held in mid-January every year.  The Chocolate Fest & Wine allows visitors to sample the best chocolate made in the Northwest. The fest is a benefit for the World Forestry Center that educates people about the importance of the world's forests and the cacao tree and how chocolate is made. The next Chocolat Fest is scheduled for January 20-22, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. 

Portland Jazz Festival - Held mid-February every year.  The 10-day jazz festival takes place in various locations throughout Portland. The Portland Jazz Festival is considered as one of the most important jazz festivals in the United States.  The next Portland Jazz Festival is scheduled for February 16-26, 2017.  

Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta - Held in early May every year.  Portland has been celebrating Cinco de Mayo for over 30 years with a fiesta that includes dancing, food, live music, artwork, rides and a Mariachi Mass.  The 33rd Annual Portland Cinco de Mayo Festival is scheduled for May 5-7, 2017 held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. 

Waterfront Blues Festival - Held in early July every year.  The 5-day Waterfront Blues Festival is the 2nd largest blues festival in the United States featuring many top national and international musicians.  Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, live music, educational workshops, food vendors, beer/wine vendors, shopping vendors, and much more.

Oregon Brewers Fest - Held in late July every year.  The Oregon Brewers Fest is the longest running such event in the country.  Enjoy a vast array of craft and rare specialty beers, live music, beer products, home-brewing demonstrations, and food from all over the USA. The 30th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival will be held July 26-30, 2017 along the banks of the Willamette River in Portland.

Pickathon - Held in early August every year.  A three-day weekend festival presenting nationally mixed Roots musical styles on six stages.  Enjoy a great variety of foods, three beer gardens, musical workshops, and several activities for both adults and children. 

Portland Pirate Festival - Held in early September every year.  A great family event turning Portland into the old world of pirates.  Tour the tall pirate ships, watch canon firings, sword fights, shop the pirate market, live music, great food and more. 

Portland Greek Festival - Held in early October every year.  The largest Greek Festival of its kind, celebrating for over 50 years in Portland.  Enjoy Greek food, music, dance and cultural traditions.  

Portland Marathon - Held in early October every year.  The Portland Marathon has been going on for over 40 years and is considered one of the top 10 local road race events in the USA.  The 45th Annual Portland Marathon will be held on October 9th, 2016.  Enjoy the Best Marathon In The Pacific Northwest.