Portland Performing Arts

Portland is quite the creative town. Every night top-ranked dance, theater, and musical performers take the stage somewhere in the city. Expect to find never-ending choices for things to do, from taking in true independent films, performance art, and plays, to checking out some of the Northwest's (and the country's) hottest bands at one of the city's many nightclubs or concert venues.


the city’s unabashed passion for craft cocktails and beer, local wines, and artisanal coffee, it makes sense that Portland abounds with cool lounges, coffeehouses, and bars. Hard-core clubbing and dancing has a bit less of a following here than more casual bar-hopping, and Portlanders do like to combine noshing and sipping—you’ll find an abundance of nightspots serving exceptional food (and often offering great happy hour deals on victuals and drinks), and quite a few full-service restaurants with popular side bars and lounges. Nightlife and dining really overlap in the Rose City.

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Antoinette Hatfield Hall

Home to the Portland Center for Performing Arts, this hall contains Dolores Winningstad, Newmark, and Brunish theaters and is across...

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The 2,776-seat Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, built in 1928 in an Italian rococo revival style, hosts rock concerts, choral groups, lectures...

Artists Repertory Theatre

The theater company performs seven to nine productions a year including regional premieres, occasional commissioned works, and classics.

Bagdad Theater

Built in 1927, the stunningly restored, eminently quirky Bagdad Theater shows first-run Hollywood films on a huge screen and serves pizza,...

Bite of Oregon

Held in early August as a benefit for Special Olympics Oregon, this festival features a number of popular restaurants and wineries with...


Led by Emmy Award–winning choreographers, BodyVox performs energetic contemporary dance–theater works at its state-of-the-art space...

Chamber Music Northwest

Some of the most sought-after soloists, chamber musicians, and recording artists from the Portland area and abroad perform here during...

Cinema 21

An old-school, one-screen movie theater in Nob Hill, Cinema 21 shows independent and foreign films and hosts the annual Portland Queer...

Hollywood Theatre

A landmark movie theater that showed silent films when it opened in 1926, the not-for-profit Hollywood Theatre screens everything from...

Imago Theatre

One of Portland's most outstanding innovative theater companies, the Imago specializes in movement-based work for both young and old.


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