Free to low cost activities in Spring 2016

Oregon Rail Heritage Center

Portland is home to more working steam locomotives than any other city in the country, and you’ll find them at the volunteer-run Oregon Rail Heritage Center, opened in 2012. Guided interpretation, presentations, exhibits and events tell the story of Pacific Northwest railroads and, during the holiday season, light-adorned “Holiday Express” trains tour passengers along the Willamette River. Located near OMSI and accessible via Portland Streetcar. Read more >>

Complementing First Thursday is Northeast Alberta Street’s Last Thursday event, which falls on the last Thursday evening of each month. This event offers plenty of gallery shows, plus sidewalk vendors, live music and a street-fair vibe. Held on Northeast Alberta Street between 15th and 30th avenues. Participating venues include AmpersandAntlerGuardino GalleryScreaming Sky GalleryTalisman Gallery and others.

Portland Saturday Market

Even though the Portland Saturday Market shuts down in January and February, this is still a great fall and early-winter attraction. You don’t have to buy anything, just browse through booth after booth of handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing and artwork. Street musicians, local performers, tarot card readers and international food kiosks round out the scene. The best thing about Saturday Market is that the people staffing the booths and selling the items are the same artists who created the crafts for sale. The market is open Sundays too. Read more >>

Portland Art Museum
Free – fourth Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m.; always free for ages 17 and under.

Portland Children’s Museum
Free – first Friday of every month, 4-8 p.m.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
$2 – first Sunday of every month.

Oregon Zoo 
$4 – second Tuesday of every month.

Guided Nature Hike at Columbia Springs

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