Moving to Portland - Culture & Recreation

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Portland is a vibrant and dynamic place, combining big city excitement and small town charm. With an unofficial motto of "Keep Portland Weird," Portland is also one of the most unique cities in which to live. Below is just a taste of what makes Portland...well...uniquely Portland. 


Portland has an expansive array of options in both the visual and performing arts. From large theater and dance companies, to a network of small venues, there is plenty to satisfy a variety of performing arts interests. Visual art lovers will enjoy Portland's monthly art walks, and a number of art museums.

Performing Arts in Portland
Portland Center Stage
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Portland Monthly Art Walks

Visual Arts in Portland


For postdoc foodies, Portland is your paradise. In 2015, Travel + Leisure magazine rated Portland in the top 10 of the best cities for foodies. Whether you're a vegan or a carnivore, the Portland restaurant scene appeals to all palettes.

Portland Yelp
Portland Eater
Portland Food Carts


From an intimate small venue with local musicians, to big-ticket concerts at the Moda Center, Portland's year-round music scene is eclectic and thriving. In the summer, Portland is host to music festivals that occur on a nearly weekly basis.

Portland Music - An overview of the Portland music scene
Portland Opera
Oregon Symphony
Vinyl Shopping - Vinyl records live in Portland
MusicfestNW - Portland's annual two-stage, three-day festival featuring big name and local acts

Sports Teams

Though lacking local baseball and football teams, Portland is home to NBA basketball, major league soccer, and hockey.

Portland Trail Blazers - NBA Basketball team
Portland Timbers - Men's Major League Soccer team
Portland Thorns - National Women's Soccer League team
Portland Winterhawks - Western Hockey League team

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