WICSEC 2023 | Hilton Portland Downtown | 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

 

Sights & Delights

WICSECing (now a verb) can be exhausting! We recommend you unwind by checking out Portland’s many sights and delights. To help you on your journey, Oregon Child Support Program staff have identified some of their favorite places. Browse the map or check out the list of locations below.

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Festivals/Events

  • Dahlia Festival: August 2 – September 30 - Annually the 40 acres of fields at Swan Island Dahlias (995 NW 22nd Avenue, Canby, OR) are open to the public. The display garden features over 370 varieties, and you can shop for locally handmade items at the Sunday Market or buy a treat from a food cart, take a flower arranging class or enjoy live music. The festival is open from 9:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m. and closed on Wednesdays.
  • El Grito Fiestas Patrias: September 15-16 - Hosted by the Mexican consulate in Portland, El Grito is a celebration of Mexican independence at the Moda Center (1 N Center Ct St, Portland). With mariachi bands, Aztec dancers, traditional food, drink and more, Portland’s fiesta is one of many celebrated at Mexican embassies worldwide.
  • MLK Dream Run: September 16-17 – Join the annual race as a participant or spectator (Portland Community College 705 N Killingsworth St, Portland). Enjoy live music, theater, food, drink, dancing, raffle prizes and a vendor’s fair. Events include: Free Saturday, 9/16 kids’ race, 5 kilometer fun walk and run, timed competitive 10K, timed 15K Geoff Hollister Tribute competitive race. Online registration closes Friday, September 15 at noon.
  • Portland Polish Festival: September 16 & 17 – Experience the food, dance and music of Poland while visiting Portland. Enjoy the Polka contest, watch dancers including Portland’s own Sobotka Polish dancers, listen to local bands, singers and musicians play Polish folk, classical, rock and polka music, and visit the exhibits to learn about Polish history and culture. 3900 N Interstate Avenue or take the MAX to Overlook Park (yellow line). https://www.polishfestivalpdx.org/schedule

Attractions

  • Chapman Swift Watch: Birders may want to visit the towering smokestack of Chapman Elementary School in Northwest Portland. The smokestack attracts as many as 16,000 Vaux’s swifts create the world’s largest roost. Hundreds of onlookers flock to a nearby grassy bank at sunset to watch the shadowy clouds of birds’ spiral flight into the chimney.
  • Rembrandt and the Jews: June 11-September 24 – Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (724 NW Davis Street, Portland). The exhibition will include 22 etchings by Rembrandt and one drawing by Pieter Lastman. The relationship Rembrandt had with the Jews of Amsterdam reveals a remarkable story. Cost: $5-8.
  • Powell’s Books: It’s one full city block and about 1.6 acres of floorspace, and there are nine color-coded rooms with over 3,500 different sections. They have both new and used books.
  • Oregon Zoo: Open Friday thru Monday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., cost $24. Tickets must be purchased in advance on the Oregon Zoo website.
  • Multnomah Falls: Located just outside of Portland. It is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon, and there are several footpaths/trails you can walk around the falls. The Columbia River Gorge Express provides multiple daily rides.
  • Hoyt Arboretum: Portland’s museum of living trees. The 189-acre arboretum is located atop a ridge in the Tualatin Mountains.
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): OMSI has a variety of hands-on exhibits that focus natural science, industry, and technology. Open Tuesday – Sunday 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m., cost $16 .
  • Portland Japanese Gardens: Located in Washington Park and has 5.5 acres of many styles of gardens, a waterfall, teahouse, mountain views. Open Wednesday – Monday 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost is $19.95.
  • Pittock Mansion: French Renaissance-style chateau built in 1914, the mansion tells the story of Portland’s transformation from pioneer town to modern, industrialized city through the history and legacy of one of its most influential families. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost $14.50.
  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park: The downtown riverfront park offers a 1.5-mile stretch of green along the Willamette River. It is home to many signature Portland events, along with Salmon Street Springs and the Japanese American Historical Plaza.
  • Portland parks and gardens: There are more than 200 parks and gardens in Portland. Check them out!
  • Portland Pioneer Square: Host to over 300 events annually, there's always something going on at this downtown Portland landmark.

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