The temperature has certainly dropped and the leaves are changing colors, but the fun doesn’t stop just because the summer weather is gone. The numerous city parks may be less full of sunbathers and the fountains may be empty of playing kids, but luckily there are plenty of other fun activities and sights to check out around Portland during the cooler months.
Bring out your inner child at this hands-on, interactive museum, planetarium and IMAX Theater. With rotating exhibits and an adults only after hours party once a month (OMSI After Dark), there is something for everyone! Also, be sure to check out Science Pub, at both the Bagdad and Mission Theaters twice a month. Get smarter while you drink! http://www.omsi.edu/
Any tourism guide to Portland lists Powell’s as a must-see, and for a good reason. The store offers a color-coded map, and now a mobile app, to navigate the many rooms, and its huge selection of new and used books makes it an affordable way to stock up your personal library. Open 9 till 11 everyday. http://www.powells.com/
Drop-in Yoga Classes
Yoga studios seem to be popping up on every corner, making it easy to stay fit while travelling. Most studios offer community drop in classes for a lower rate ($5-$10 per class). For studios near the hostel, check out Yo Yo Yogi, Core Power Yoga and Yoga Pearl.
Brew and View
Believe it or not, it is possible to see a movie on a big screen AND drink a beer for under $8! Portland has an array of movie theater brew pubs, which show second run movies at a low price, and offer beer, wine and food. A few of the theaters broken down by neighborhood: NW: Cinema 21, Mission Theater. Downtown: Living Room Theaters. Eastside: Laurelhurst Theater, Bagdad Theater, Cinemagic, and Hollywood Theater.
Looking for a fun way to get back all the brain cells you lose to the smooth, dark Oregon brews? Check out one of the many local trivia nights, happening almost nightly around the city. Whether you’re a competitive trivial pursuit enthusiast or just like to be quizzed on stuff you learned in middle school, Trivia Night is a great way to feel accomplished and more intelligent after a night at the bars! Nearby Trivia Hot Spots: New Old Lompoc (Tuesdays, 7:30pm), Slabtown (Tuesdays, 8:30pm), Thirsty Lion (Wednesdays, 7pm).
Free Live Music
Covers at bars and clubs are generally pretty inexpensive in Portland, but nothing beats seeing live music at zero cost. Two well-known venues in Portland offer free live music each Sunday night, and they happen to be a block away from each other. The Doug Fir Lounge, with it’s sixties era lounge and lincoln log design (rows of entire tree trunks make up the walls and ceiling), and Ron Toms, a hipster retro bar with newly-renovated back patio, are both located just across the river on East Burnside. In between sets, stop by Sizzle Pie for a slice of pizza (vegan or regular).
Winterhawks Games: Come cheer for Portland’s very own ice hockey team—the Winterhawks! It’s a great way to stay out of the rainy weather, and the people watching is not to be missed, both on the rink and off. They play at the Rose Garden Arena and Memorial Coliseum. See their calendar for game dates.