Category Archives: Places to Go

Take TriMet to summer events

Festival at nightWhat are you planning to do this summer? Need ideas? Grab a 1-Day Pass (only $5 each) and let us take you to your next outing.

Add some of these exciting events to your summer to-do list:

Rose Festival events
Beginning May 25 and lasting through June 10, there’s a bunch of fun Rose Festival events to go to. Here are a few: CityFair (May 25-June 10), Rose Festival Starlight (June 2), Junior (June 6) and Grand Floral (June 9) parades, and the Dragon Boat Races (June 9-10).

Pioneer Courthouse Square events
Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts tons of events all summer long. A few of our favorites are: the Festival of Flowers (June 1-12), Noon Tunes (every Tuesday and Thursday, July 10-August 16), Yoshida’s Sand in the City (July 20-22), and Flicks on the Bricks (every Friday July 27-August 17).

Open markets
Fresh foods and meats aplenty can be found at the Portland Farmers Market (through December 15). And, did you know that the Portland Saturday Market (through December 24) is the largest outdoor arts and crafts market in operation? Cool, huh?

Game time
Our own Major League soccer team, the Portland Timbers, plays at JELD-WEN Field (through October 27).

See a full list of summer events
Check out the many other summer events you can go to this summer and make TriMet part of your summer adventure. Plan a trip today!

Vacationing?
If you are heading out of town, let us take you to Portland International Airport or Union Station.

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Spring Break Staycation Guide

Waterfront Park
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Are you planning on a “staycation” this year? Not sure what that means? It’s a vacation where you relax at home or take day trips to area destinations. Save on major travel expenses like airline tickets, lodging, gas and meals. The best part? Staycations can be planned to fit any budget. Let us take you to your next staycation destination. Pick up a 1-Day Pass (only $5 each) and head out to explore.

Here are some spring break staycation ideas that are fun and ideal for keeping change in your pocketbook.

Go old-school and become a tourist
Many tourists come to Portland as a vacation destination. Do what they do. Visit the Portland Art Museum, OMSI, the Portland Japanese Garden or the Zoo. Maybe it’s trying Dim Sum in Chinatown or roller skating at Oaks Park. Always sure to please is the Portland Saturday Market, with arts and crafts in its open-air marketplace.

Spend a day at a park
There are no shortages of parks in Portland. Pack a picnic, blanket and chairs. Spread out and let the kids run around while you sit back and relax. Take TriMet to one of many trails and parks in the area.

Swim day
Sure, spring break in Portland often means dodging rain, but it doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re in Maui and enjoy a day at the pool. Find an indoor community pool and dive in.

Buy fresh at a farmers market
Head to your local farmers market for some fresh and colorful fruits and veggies. Get the kids in on the fun and have them choose what to buy for dinner!

Get lost
In places such as Powell’s Books or Forest Park, it’s easy to wander and get lost. Bring the kids, dog, friends or family for an outing you’re sure to enjoy.

Plan your trip
If you’re keen on exploring Portland on TriMet over spring break, check out the many other destinations you can discover on buses, MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail and Portland Streetcar. Plan a trip today!

Paradise-bound
If you are heading out of town for spring break, let us take you to PDX or Union Station.

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I'm TriMet's marketing communications coordinator. I write content for TriMet's web and social media, and customer-facing print materials. When I'm not working, I'm spending time with my husband and two incredibly bright and funny kids.

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6 holiday events to celebrate with family and friends

Are you heading to any holiday events this month? Gather the family, grab some 1-Day Passes (just $5 each), and enjoy the festivities. From Santaland to the Grotto’s Festival of Lights to ZooLights, there’s an abundance of family fun happening all over town. Let us get you there and back, without the hassles of traffic, parking and gas.

A Broadway Rose Christmas Revue
November 23-December 18

Combining classic carols, holiday pop songs, and original offbeat material created especially for local audiences, Broadway Rose Theatre Company’s A Very Merry PDX-MAS pokes fun at our “ever green” city with the perfect mix of local humor and holiday heart. Plan your trip

Christmas Ship Parade
December 8-20

Check out the 57th annual Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.

The Lights on Peacock Lane
December 15-31

For many people, going to see the lights on Peacock Lane – Portland’s Christmas Street is a must during the holidays. The lane has been known for some of the most impressive Christmas decorations in Portland since the 1920s. Have you joined in on the tradition yet? Plan your trip

Santaland
November 25-December 24

Haven’t had time to fit in that visit to Santa yet? At Macy’s Santaland in Downtown Portland, not only can you take the kids to visit Santa, but you can also get a family photo taken in the Monorail Memory Room or the Train Village. Plan your trip

Festival of Lights at The Grotto
November 25-December 30

The Grotto has over 500,000 lights, 150 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows and hot chocolate for you and your family to enjoy. Plan your trip

ZooLights
November 25-January 1

More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Starting Friday, Dec. 16, the Oregon Zoo doubles its usual public transportation discount for ZooLights visitors. If you ride the MAX Light Rail or a bus to ZooLights, you can get $3 per person off ZooLights admission. Plan your trip

Marisa Scheidegger

I'm TriMet's marketing communications coordinator. I write content for TriMet's web and social media, and customer-facing print materials. When I'm not working, I'm spending time with my husband and two incredibly bright and funny kids.

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