EVENTS IN PORTLAND:
County: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas
Population (2010): 583,776
Climate: Cool-summer Mediterranean, with dry summers that average in the upper 70s (F) and wet winters that average in the mid 30s (F).
Time Zone: Pacific / Pacific Daylight
Portland's Top Venues: Moda Center, Keller Auditorium, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Teams in Portland: Portland Trail Blazers, Portland Timbers
Featured Events in Portland:
This famous Oregon city is known for far more than eco-friendliness and rich forests, as many people don't realize how heavily-populated Portland is in comparison to other Northwest cities. Nicknamed Rose City because its cold and moist environment is suitable for growing the flower, Portland is considered one of the greenest cities in the world. It's also home to dozens of popular breweries and microdistilleries, as well as several coffee distributors. Lying at the mouth of two major rivers (Willamette and Columbia), Portland is also known for its harbors and international commerce, making it a natural breeding ground for some of America's most cherished sports.
The two major sports teams in Portland are the Timbers of Major League Soccer and the Trail Blazers of the National Basketball League. The city is also home to several minor league teams. Those who prefer to become more involved in athletic endeavors can sign up for the Portland Marathon or jog a significant portion of the Hood to Coast Relay, which is one of the nation's largest running events. Runners will appreciate the fact that the city sponsors the prominent Oregon Track Club, which is sponsored by Nike and supported by American record holders like Chris Solinsky, Alan Webb and Shalane Flanagan. Bicycle racing is also prevalent in this area, which provides plenty of nearby cross-country tracks. Weekly biking events occur at the Alpenrose Velodrome and Portland International Raceway during the summer and fall.
Those who would rather experience the cultural aspect of Portland can enjoy the diverse art scene that the city is known for, as American Style magazine ranked it 10th in the Best City Arts Destination in the U.S. The Portland Art Museum has the city's most expansive art collection, presenting a wide variety of touring exhibitions each year. Visitors can also enjoy many of the music festivals and shows that occur throughout the year, as well as the Oregon Brewers Festival and the Portland International Beerfest.
Anyone who thinks Seattle or Vancouver overshadow this West Coast city will truly be surprised by how much Portland has to offer, especially since there are so many nearby natural recreational areas and historical towns to explore.