We all love Portland, and it’s a lot of fun to sometimes laugh at ourselves which is one of the many reasons why Portlandia on IFC is so popular!
Now in it’s 4th season, Fred Armison and Carrie Brownstein are back and funnier than ever. Maybe it’s because they are so spot on!
If you are a fan of the show like we are, consider taking your own tour of “Portlandia” with Travel Portland as your guide. Since our hotel is located just 20 minutes from downtown where many of the scenes are shot, this is an easy trip to make.
Travel Portland breaks down their “Portlandia” itinerary by season’s 1-3. Here are a few of the suggested locations you can find in their guide:
- “The Dream of the ‘90s is Alive in Portland” was shot at Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade in Southeast Portland. Click here to see this sketch.
- “Put a Bird on It” was filmed at Land Gallery on North Mississippi Avenue where you will find plenty of eclectic art, gifts, clothes and of course birds. Click here to watch it.
- “Mixologist” (hilarious sketch featuring Armison’s SNL castmate Andy Samberg) was filmed at North Portland’s Mint/820, a swanky spot known for their happy hour and a tempting food menu to complement it’s dynamic cocktail list. Click here to watch it.
- Toni and Candace’s “Women and Women First Bookstore” sketches are filmed at In Other Words, a volunteer-run, nonprofit, feminist community center and bookstore, on Northeast Killingsworth Street.
These are only a few of the fun locations you will find on Travel Portland’s Portlandia tour! Click here to visit them and plan your Portlandia trip today!
About Travel Portland
Travel Portland works to maintain the vibrancy of the region by promoting the Portland metropolitan area as a preferred destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel. A private non-profit destination marketing organization with more than 1,000 partner businesses, Travel Portland operates a busy visitor information center, supports a climate of year-round hospitality, and helps our city, state and region reap the rewards of a thriving visitor industry.
Portlandia is a follow up to the Fred Armisen (SNL)/Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney) comedy collaboration, Thunderant. In the IFC series (executive- produced by Lorne Michaels), the pair lovingly skewer the people and values of Portland, Ore. by introducing us to Portland archetypes like a militant bike messenger, feminist bookstore owners and an arts & crafts couple who “put birds on things.”
Fall is just around the corner, and the local festivals and fun is just getting started! Here is a local round up of some of the many events happening Labor Day through the end of September! Let us help you plan your trip! Please feel free to contact us and inquire about one of our many hotel packages and specials.
Late Summer/Early Fall Events in Portland
Art in the Pearl – Labor Day weekend
Beginning August 31 through September 2, 2013 more than 130 artists will gather in the North Park Blocks, with food vendors, musicians and family activities rounding out the offerings. Considered one of the nation’s premier art festivals, Art In The Pearl features the jury-selected work of artists from across the USA and Canada.
Musicfest NW – September 3-8, 2013
Now in it’s thirteenth year, MusicfestNW will showcase local musicians, bring in national acts and benefit children’s music education in Portland.
Feast Portland – September 19-22, 2013
Portland’s own world-class celebration of food, drink and everything else that makes Portland awesome. At the heart of the festival is a mission to end childhood hunger in Oregon and in our country. This international culinary festival taps into the wealth of renowned Portland chefs — and welcomes noted culinary stars from around the world — to make the most of Oregon’s bounty.
Coming up at Bridgeport Village
Very Engaging Bridal Event Sept. 29 from 11am-4pm. Presented by Portland Bride & Groom magazine and Bridgeport Village.
More than 100 retailers and wedding professionals for all your wedding needs…Shop, sip, and savor your way through Bridgeport Village as you connect with over 100 retailers and wedding professionals.
Late Summer/Early Fall Events in Oregon’s Washington County
Just minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon’s Washington County offers events ranging from wine tasting and farmers’ markets to live music and community festivals. Enjoy unique festivals every season in Washington County, guaranteed to offer seasonality, community and entertainment. The autumn months give way to a host of agricultural harvest, wine and food festivals.
Oregon Renaissance Festival Open Weekends & Labor Day August 24 – September 29, 2013 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
The village of Hillsboro recreates a 16th century European village for 13 days of merriment weekends beginning in August through September. Enjoy talented artists, non-stop amazing stage entertainers, food, crafts, pageantry and more. History comes alive with this renaissance of the Renaissance!
First Wednesday Wed, September 4, 2013 in Forest Grove, OR
First Wednesday on Main Street in Forest Grove offers fun, community events, vendors, and activities to enjoy. Shop the Farmers’ Market, view the works of artists, taste wines and be entertained with live music. It’s great way to celebrate Forest Grove!
Apple Harvest Festival September 28, 2013 Tigard, OR
The Apple Harvest Festival comes alive at The John Tigard House Museum with live music, quilt evaluations, a display of historic farm tools and, of course, traditional apple cider. The band, Fadedblue, will be performing and Amelia Endorf, a quilt evaluator, will be on hand answering quilt questions. If you have a favorite historical quilt, bring it along and she will tell you when it was stitched, with what materials, what occasion and even how many people worked on it.
Whole Farm Dinner at Alloro Vineyard Sat, September 7, 2013 Sherwood, OR
Award-winning Chef Jason Barwikowski, Executive Chef of the Woodsman Tavern, will prepare a feast with over 90% of the ingredients sourced from the Alloro Vineyard. This intimate candlelit dinner will be centered around Spring Lamb and glorious summer vegetables and fruits, paired with estate wines. The dinner is $125/person and seating is limited to 30 people. Contact the winery to sign up for this delicious event.
Springtime is here, which means- sunshine (on some days), Easter, Mother’s Day, warmer weather, and Portland comes alive with fun events and festivals. Here are just a few event highlights from Travel Portland to check out during your visit this spring:
Portland Farmers Market Saturdays, March 17 through December 15
Celebrating its 20th season, Portland Farmers Market operates vibrant farmers markets that contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, strengthen the food economy and serve as community gathering places.
18th Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 6-7, 2012
A Taste of the Best! Sample from over 100 brewers, vintners, cheese makers and chocolatiers on April 6-7, 2012 at the Oregon Convention Center. The festival also features great food and music.
2012 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, April 12-15
The Pacific Northwest’s premier comedy festival, returning for its fifth year! Local comedians and fans banded come together at one of the nation’s funniest and fastest-growing comedy festivals.
Stumptown Comics Festival April 28 & 29, 2012
The annual Stumptown Comics Fest is the largest comic book convention in Portland, Oregon, dedicated primarily to the artists, writers, and publishers who make everyone’s favorite comics! “Best. Comic book festival. Ever.” -Travel Portland
28th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta May 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2012
Waterfront Park will be transformed into a Mexican Fiesta for the weekend and features live entertainment, authentic food, rides, family fun, and much more!
Presented by Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA).
Taste of the Nation Portland, OR Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Held at JELD-WEN Field, this is one of the city’s premier food and wine-tasting events. The best part is ticket sales support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger. This event features food from the finest Oregon chefs and restaurants, wine, microbrews, local music, and a silent auction.
Crafty Wonderland SPRING SHOW - Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Portland’s Art + Craft Extravaganza features 200+ artists selling their amazing handmade goods!
Portland Indie Wine Festival May 14, 2012
Join the independent producers that represent the heart and soul of Oregon’s world-class wine industry as they pour their wines on May 14th at the Bison Building.
Sure it is the middle of winter, but that does not mean you can’t plan a fantastic trip to Portland! There is always something to do in Portland; here are just a few fun festivals to check out during your stay:
Fertile Ground Festival through January 29, 2012
This is a 10-day, citywide arts festival presented by Portland Area Theatre Alliance. This event showcases play premieres, art installations and events, all created by local artists.
Chinese New Year January 23-February 6, 2012
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon! This is a two-week celebration at the Lan Su Chinese Garden and includes lion dances, children’s activities, martial arts and cultural and historical demonstrations. The festival culminates with a traditional lantern-viewing ceremony. Events are free with garden admission.
Portland Seafood and Wine Festival February 3-4, 2012
This festival celebrates both the bounty harvested from the Pacific Ocean and the state’s vineyards (and scheduled smack dab in the middle of the Dungeness crab season!). Festival-goers enjoy great food, wine and live music at Oregon Convention Center.
Portland Jazz Festival February 17-26, 2012
Timed to coincide with Black History Month, the Portland Jazz Festival features performances around the city, including ticketed headline concerts, free shows and a range of educational opportunities.
Want more? Visit travelportland.com for a great list of art galleries, museums and other attractions (like Powell’s City of Books) to explore this winter.
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I recently came across this fantastic video highlighting Portland, Oregon from Travel Portland and had to share on our blog. This fast paced video demonstrates the diverse activities in this area- from the hustle and bustle of downtown Portland to the serene natural surroundings in areas like the Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge and more. TravelPortland.com is a great resource for visitors to plan their trips to Oregon with a wealth of information on events, attractions and other tips.
If you have not visited Portland before, this piece shows you what you are missing and will likely entice you to check it out! Portland and the surrounding area is actually a great place to visit AND live (a rare combination!) Enjoy!