At the Hostel
Portland is a great city with a multitude of mini-cultures and a colorful history. We organize activities to help our guests meet other travelers and explore parts of Portland that they may otherwise not see on their own.
Every Tuesday, from mid-June through August, we showcase a singer/songwriter. Travelers and locals can sign up for open mic spots. Continue reading»
Activities at the Hostel or Around Town
Click on the event names in the calendar to find out more information. Below the calendar are descriptions of our most common activities.
Experience Portland’s natural beauty as well as the efficient public transportation system. Take the Train, Trail, Tram and Trolley from Washington Park up to the incredible views from Council Crest, the highest point in Portland, down to the South Waterfront and back into downtown. Transportation cost: $4.75. Wear appropriate shoes for steep trail.
Join us on a guided walking tour through the Pearl District. All art galleries are open late and free on the first Thursday of each month. Celebrate an evening with art galleries, street performers, and more. We’ll take you to the hot spots!
Last Thursday on Alberta
Alberta street is famous for funky galleries, trendy vintage stores, and unique bars. Join in for their monthly Last Thursday event and experience the art, the music and the food! Bring money and ID for to purchase goods, food and drinks.
Put your trivia skills to the test while enjoying some of Portland’s finest beer! Even if you don’t win a prize you come away with plenty of random facts and new friends. Must be 21+. Trivia is free, but bring money for food and drinks.
Brew Pub Tour
Go out for a night on the town and experience one of Portland’s greatest novelties: our many local Brewpubs! Join other travelers and hop around the Northwest neighborhood sampling delicious micro-brews at a number of our favorite watering holes. Must be 21+ Bring Photo ID (Passport for international guests) and money for food and drinks.
There’s nothing better than a homemade meal on the road. Meet other guests and enjoy a delicious dinner in the main kitchen of the hostel. Menu varies, but includes spaghetti night, make-your-own burritos, curry and rice, authentic Greek cuisine, crepes and more.
Walking Tour of Nob Hill
Take a tour of Portland’s most historic neighborhood while learning interesting facts about the neighborhood architecture, history, and culture.
Music in the Secret Garden
Every Tuesday in the summer, enjoy live music by a featured singer/songwriter, open mic and BBQ dinner in the Secret Garden just off the main kitchen.
Ice Cream Social
Meet hostel volunteers and other guests over an all-you-can-eat ice cream sundae bar in the main kitchen.
Free Play Night at Ground Kontrol
Experience Portland’s classic “barcade” with an impressive variety of arcade games, pinball, and beer. For a $5 cover, you can play as many games as you want until 2am.
Take a free tour of one of Portland’s finest microbreweries and learn the ins and outs of brewing world-class beer.
Free Movies in the Park (Summer only)
Watch a movie under the stars in one of Portland’s city parks. Bring a blanket, some snacks, and enjoy the free popcorn! Live music will entertain you before the movie begins. See the activities calendar for the movie schedule.
Other Festivals and Events
The hostel takes groups to a variety of special events happening around the city throughout the year. Some events include the Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Fest, Zoolights, Cinco de Mayo festival, the Rose Festival and many more.