NCORE returns to Portland, Oregon, May 31-June 4, 2022! This popular city is full of fun things to do, neighborhoods to explore, and restaurants and food carts to try. From hiking to biking to tax free shopping at some of the world's most unique bookstores, #ThisIsPortland.
Know Before You Go: As of March 12, 2022, the Oregon statewide mask mandate has been lifted. However, masks are still required in health care settings and on public transportation, such as buses, trains and in airports / airplanes. Some businesses may continue to require masks and/or proof of vaccination or negative COVID test. Check with individual businesses before visiting and carry a mask with you just in case.
Visit the Oregon Health Authority website for more information. Please continue to be patient, flexible and kind, especially if asked to mask up or share your vaccination status. These measures are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Close proximity to natural bounty defines Portland cuisine, and hyper-local offerings are nearly as common at food carts as they are at fine restaurants. Click for a guide to the city’s eateries. Many offer carryout options and outdoor seating.
Leave room in your suitcase and prepare to take home new treasures! Spanning a full city block, Powell’s is a legendary, four story, must-visit Portland establishment. You are guaranteed to find something special in one of its ten rooms stacked floor to ceiling with new and used books. Head downtown to the flagship location at NW 10th and Burnside, check the store map (!), and shop to your heart's content.
The only black owned brick and mortar bookstore in the state of Oregon, Third Eye Books, Accessories, and Gifts is located at 2518 SE 33rd Avenue. Featuring African Centered items, this community-focused shop just made the news and would welcome your business. As a proud 100% Black owned and operated business, owners Michelle Lewis and Charles Hannah practice cooperative economics by giving back to the community and supporting community based organizations that uplift and empower Portland residents.
Go beyond traditional literature with graphic novels and all things comics. Discover small, independent publishers such as Oni Press and Dark Horse Comics as works from large companies such as Marvel and DC. Located in the Mississippi Neighborhood in North Portland, this is a can't miss for all avid readers!
In bloom March through November
In the heart of downtown Portland, this calming, peaceful Suzhou-style garden fills an entire city block! It is open and accessible to visitors year-round. Experience magic around every turn and delight in the relaxing, rejuvenating sights and sounds.
Find beauty and inspiration in—and around—the lush gardens and landscapes of Portland and Multnomah County. Shown above: Heavenly Falls in the Strolling Pond Garden.