Free (and Cheap) Stuff in and around Portland

The Portland Passport is a great way to entice out-of-town visitors to come to Portland. Book and stay in a Portland hotel before April 1 and get a passport for free stuff all over the city, including a Portland cream donut from Voodoo and a scoop of ice cream in a waffle cone from Salt and Straw.

Salt and Straw

Spend a Sunday night at Skamania Lodge for only $89. They are rolling back their prices to 1993 levels.

The Portland Children’s Museum is free the first weekend of each month to Bank of America cardholders. Same goes for the Portland Art Museum. And as I’ve mentioned before, second Tuesdays at the Oregon Zoo are only $4 (adult entry, children 2 and under free). OMSI is only $2 the first Sunday of every month.

The Oregon Symphony has partnered with local Portland libraries to present free Symphony Storytimes. Musicians from the symphony will play their instruments and after story time, audience members can try their hands at playing the instrument too!

Are you 35 or younger? You can “pay your age” at select shows by the Oregon Ballet Theatre.

And there’s always the free and cheap author events and Powell’s and local libraries.

If I haven’t convinced everyone I know to at least come visit me (or move here?), I am doing something wrong!


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