Entertainment adds up quick in Portland. However, there are still plenty of things to do that are free and fun to keep you entertained in the City of Roses. If you are looking to save some cash, check out these 16 things around town that can keep you entertained while sparing your pocketbook.
1. Portland International Rose Test Garden
Head over to Washington Park to smell the roses. Take a stroll in the beautiful garden and find your favorite variety. While June is the peak, roses bloom here from April through October.
2. Hoyt Arboretum
While you are in Washington Park, head over to the arboretum and get lost in the expansive property with over 6000 trees. Featuring over 2000 species from around the world, this is an outdoor-lovers dream.
3. Portland Farmer's Market
The PSU Farmer's Market is year round entertainment. While stocking up on fruits and vegetables will cost you, samples are free and plentiful. Experience Portland food culture at its finest while tasting artisan cheese, wine, liquor and kimchi while enjoying a little local music or cooking demonstration.
4. Mt Tabor
Hike to the top of this extinct volcano for a great view of the city and a little fresh air.
5. Saturday Market
Head over to the Saturday Market on Saturday or Sunday to browse the local art and artisan scene.
6. Walk the Waterfront
Take the trek from the Eastbank Esplanade to the waterfront on this lovely pass that crosses the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges.
7. Last Thursday
Head over to Alberta for this monthly event aimed at promoting local art.
8. Forest Park
There are 5,000 acres to explore in this amazing park just waiting for you.
9. Audubon Society
Visit longtime resident Ruby and the other amazing birds at this Northwest Portland gem. After hanging out with the resident flock and maybe watching the volunteers treat a rescued bird or two, explore the hiking trails behind the center.
10. Stark's Vacuum Cleaner Museum
If you are into cleaning, the Stark Vacuum Cleaner Museum is a great place to indulge your interest.
11. Brewery Tours
Local breweries open their doors for free tours. Be sure to check times and availability before heading out, but BridgePort Brewing Company, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland Brewing Company, House Spirits Distillery, and Rogue Ales Distillery and Public House all have regular tours.
12. Central Library
Book lovers will enjoy this historical building just teeming with reading material. Get lost in the stacks at the city's main library for a free afternoon of fun.
13. Oregon Rail Heritage Center
Train lovers will enjoy a trip to this museum that preserves Oregon train history. With something for all ages at this museum, it is a great afternoon trip for the family.
14. First Thursday Gallery Walk
Another monthly art event, First Thursdays takes place in the Pearl District and includes many galleries opening their doors for this lively event.
15. The Grotto
In Northeast Portland, this Catholic sanctuary is a lovely place to explore. Gardens, statues and a lot of solitude await.
16. Leach Botanical Garden
Also in Northeast Portland, the Leach Botanical Garden is expertly manicured. Explore the children's gardens and many trails in this scenic low-key location.
Do you have any more favorite free entertainment in Portland? Let us know in the comments below.