Fun Things to Do
Recently voted #5 in Forbes magazine’s “best Hipster Neighborhoods” The Pearl is a vibrant district that offers plenty of opportunities to eat, shop and play. Whether its retail therapy, culinary delights, or just a beautiful day out exploring, this reinvigorated part of town will dazzle you with its polished rustic charm and wide selection of offerings. From its galleries, to its parks, to its coffee shops, and live entertainment venues, there is something to satisfy every taste and craving here on the northwest side of the city.
The Park Blocks:
NW Park Ave from Ankeny St to Glisan St
The six block stretch from NW Park Ave from Ankeny St to Glisan St Guarded over by 12-foot bronze elephant and baby sculpture, Da Tung & Xi’an Bao Bao, are known collectively as the Park Blocks. A promenade runs the length of this majestic tree-lined stretch, that is dotted with park benches, basketball hoops, bacci courts, and a rubber-floored jungle gym.
NW Johnson, between 10th and 11th
A popular oasis, especially in the summer, with its ebbing tidepool and cascading fountain creating a place for children to splash and a tree-shaded lawn for lounging.
Tanner Springs Park
NW Marshall & Northrup, between 10th and 11th
A serene spot intended to emulate wetlands that once existed in the area.
“First Thursdays” –
The fine galleries of downtown Portland open their doors for an evening of Art, music and refreshments the first Thursday of every month.
The art galleries in downtown Portland, Oregon, invite you to join them on the “First Thursday” of every month for an evening of art, wine and music. Walk from gallery to gallery to view all of the new art exhibits.
Generally the hours are 6pm to 9pm, but please check each gallery’s website for more information and to view all the artists works that they represent.
Some of the finest retailers in the nation have shops residing in the Pearl. From home goods to fine food and fashion, to the home of one of the greatest independent book sellers in the nation, the Pearl has something for you no matter what your taste or inclination.
Sur la Table
Eat & Drink:
Deschutes Brewery & Public House
Henry’s 12th Street Tavern
Irving Street Kitchen
Noodles & Co.
Paragon Restaurant and Bar
Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House
Sinju Sushi Bar & Grill
The North Face
House of Lolo
Design Within Reach
French Quarter Linens
Hunt & Gather
Portland Center Stage
Gerding Theater at the Armory
Founded in 1988, PCS is the city’s leading professional theater and one of the 25 largest regional theater companies in the U.S. PCS produces a blend of classical, contemporary and premiere works, and our annual playwrights festival, JAW. In our home at the Portland Armory we also offer a variety of education and outreach programs, including classes, workshops and partnerships with organizations throughout the Portland area.
Downbeat magazine calls this one of the “top 100 places to hear Jazz”. Come find out why.
McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom
The McMenamins have a number of establishments throughout the city. This venue, wth it’s 750 foot dance floor hosts some of the best musicians touring the nation today.
Living Room Theaters:
Art house movie theater with an adjacent restaurant/lounge/bar
The Brody Theater
Improv comedy. Performances as well as classes.
Circle Studio Pilates and Gyrotonic
Kim Reis Pilates
24 Hour Fitness
The Foot Bar
Bike – Portland is one of the country’s friendliest bike cities. Motorists are generally friendly to the cyclists with whom they share the road and bike lanes and lock-up stations abound. Many bike shops offer rentals and it’s a great way to experience the Pearl and the city at large.
Don’t want to pedal yourself?
Consider a pedicab tour –
Public Transportation –
TriMet buses serve people from Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. Many bus lines connect with the MAX Light Rail.
TriMet’s MAX Light Rail system connects Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro and the Portland Airport. The five lines are:
The Portland Streetcar, one of the most modern systems in the country, is owned and operated by the City of Portland. The fleet of streetcars connects Northwest Portland, the Pearl District, Portland City Center, PSU and the South Waterfront District.
12, 000 Portlanders a day utilize the 4.8-mile route that loops from NW 23rd Avenue through the Pearl District, and along 10th and 11th Avenues to Portland City Center.