Located on the banks of the Willamette River in downtown Portland, Tom McCall Waterfront Park is the city's gathering place. Waterfront Parks features a boat dock, historic sites, memorials, public art, fountains, running/biking paths, and unique attractions, including Battleship Oregon Memorial, Japanese American Historical Plaza, Salmon Street Springs, Sternwheeler Portland, which houses the Oregon Maritime Center and Museum, and the Portland Saturday Market.
Waterfront Park hosts The Bite of Oregon Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, and Portland Rose Festival. See the 100 cherry trees blooming in the spring around the plaza.
5:00am - midnight
Free admission to the park.
Portland Saturday Market
The Bite of Oregon Festival
Waterfront Blues Festival
Oregon Brewers Festival
Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival
Portland Rose Festival
Portland Dragon Boat Race
Shopping at Portland Saturday Market
Running & Biking
Festivals & Events
Exploring Historic Landmarks
Recreation & Activities -
A peaceful greenway along the river, Waterfront Park is downtown’s recreational hotspot with paved running and biking paths, a boat dock, and cascading fountains. Cool off in the Salmon Street Springs, an artistic fountain with a changing pattern of jets that’s popular in the summer. Enjoy shopping for arts and crafts at the Portland Saturday Market on the weekends from March through December. Explore the park’s attractions, including Battleship Oregon Memorial, Japanese American Historical Plaza, and the Sternwheeler Portland, which houses the Oregon Maritime Center and Museum, and the Friendship Circle with a pair of 20-foot stainless towers that emit electronic tones.
Waterfront Park Events -
Waterfront Park hosts Portland’s most exciting events and festivals, including The Bite of Oregon Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival, and Portland Rose Festival. Waterfront Park is also home to the Portland Dragon Boat Race.
What time does the park close?
Waterfront Park closes daily at midnight.
Are there nearby places to get food to bring to the park?
Waterfront Park is surrounded by dozens of restaurants and cafes, where you can grab food and drinks to take to the park. Stop by Anne’s Deli, Sake Deli & Market, Great Harvest Bread Co., Kaffee Kaba, Chipotle Mexican Grill and James Bean Café. One block from the riverfront, you’ll find wonderful restaurants like Art Bar & Bistro, Santorini, Sungari and H50 Bistro & Bar.