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Riverside Revelry Throughout the Year


Festivals and fanfare take over Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Waterside happenings enliven the Portland calendar throughout the year, ranging from the seasonal Saturday market to annual festivals that draw attendees from near and far. Much of the excitement takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, located adjacent to the hotel on the west bank of the Willamette River. (The name of the park was changed in 1984 to honor former Oregon Governor Tom McCall.) The large space currently hosts events like the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, LGBTQ Pride Festival and many Rose Festival events.

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Tom McCall Waterfront Park

If you love to run, sunbathe or enjoy a nice stroll along the waters edge, you're in luck. Tom McCall Waterfront Park is located right outside our doorstep helping to designate Kimpton RiverPlace as the best place to stay in Portland especially during the summer festival season. This historical site is filled with joggers, bike trails, riverfront views, local performers, and a host of seasonal events that take place year round.

Portland Bike Path

Waterfront Blues Festival

Four days of guitars, bass, harmonicas, trumpets and hi-hats blaring the sounds of the blues from morning to night over the 4th of July weekend. The festival transforms Tom McCall Waterfront Park every year into multiple stages that have featured legendary crooners such as John Lee Hooker, Paul deLay, Blind Boys of Alabama and many others, plus it's all for a great cause.

Guitars Playing Blues Festival

Oregon Brewers Festival

Beer, beer and more beer! One of the longest running craft beer festivals in the US. Try over 80 independent craft beers from all over the country during this five-day event that also features live music, home brewing demos and a variety of food. The event is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel or hop on one of our complimentary bikes stationed in our lobby.

Beer Pint

Portland Pride Festival

A weekend event including a parade, and many main stage acts from singers to comedians. Tom McCall Waterfront is the backdrop for the LGBTQ community and friends to enjoy a festival of acceptance, celebration and inspiration.

Pride Festival Portland

Rose Festival Events

Catch the opening night fireworks spectacular, the City Fair, the Grand Floral Float Showcase and the Dragon Boat Race, an event that has brought an exciting Chinese tradition to Portland for more than 26 years.
Dragon Boat Race

Summertime Fests in the PNW

Still want more? We got you covered with this list of our festival favorites across the Pacific Northwest covering the sounds of Waka Flocka Flame to John Fogerty.

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