There are a TON of awesome things to do in Portland in the fall. The Rose Gardens with a few straggling late bloomers, the Japanese Gardens with turning foliage and the Aerial Tram with it’s views of the every whitening Mt. Hood are some SW favorites.
Moving to NW we head into cozy and bustling 23rd with its packed in shopping making it so you only have to duck into the rain for a second between stores. 21st is just a stones throw away with lots of cute bars and eateries, coffee shops and lunch spots that can cater to every dietary need. A few of our favorites are Dick’s Kitchen (for the vegan, veg, paleo, GF individual) and Bamboo Sushi specializing in craft sustainable sushi. Kells Brewery is good for a sports game and a local brew while McMenamins Blue Moon has got you covered for cozy seating around their indoor fireplaces.
The Peal has many cute and worthy stops as well. Plan your trip for the beginning of the month to hit First Thursday where all the art galleries stay open late and you can meet artists, snack away the hours and check out the latest exhibits. Portland’s downtown art museums stay open late as well and often have free admission on that night. Stroll around the street fair aspect of the event, grab some cart food and talk about art with friends. The Pearl really is a hub for the Arts in Portland. Home to Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Portland Jewish Museum as well as the Museum of Contemporary Craft as well as almost 20 galleries.
Food carts are open and there are a few good places to duck into after you have grabbed your meal. The Big Pink building has an open area where you can step in, take a seat and eat your meal. Another great spot is the covered area in Director Park. As cart culture develops in Portland you find more and more carts with seating areas for their patrons to use! We love it.
Old Town has the Chinese Gardens, a beautiful space, year round! The original Voodoo Donuts and the Saturday Markets are within a stone’s throw of one another as well as lots of fun clubs and venues. These make for great indoor fun while still experiencing local culture.
What is your favorite fall thing to do in Portland?