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Big city excitement and small town charm make Portland, Oregon, one of the favorite destinations in the West. Situated 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Portland is nestled in a magnificent setting between the sparkling waters of the Columbia and Willamette rivers. Portland's historic Old Town, galleries and museums, Saturday Market, and theater companies will keep you busy! Its lush green parks are perfect for a picnic or an afternoon stroll.  

Several exciting and thought-provoking events will occur in the Portland community during the same dates as NCORE. We will highlight these and encourage you to check them out while you are in town!


image of My People's Market logo June 3-5, 2022

June 3-5, 2022, marks the return of My People's Market, where you can connect with more than 140 BIPOC entrepreneurs, makers, artists, culinary wizards, and more each day. Experience the sounds of local Portland artists and performers curated by YGB Portland.

NCORE attendees who go to My People's Market can show their badges to receive a $10.00 gift card (while supplies last) to spend at the market, courtesy of Travel Portland. Event times and location are below:

Location: 1125 SE Water Avenue

Friday, June 3 | 4p - 8p

Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 | 11a - 5p


My People's Market

The Vanport Mosaic, a memory-activism platform, will host its 7th Festival May 20-June 7, 2022, in the Portland community. The Vanport amplifies, honors, presents, and preserves the silenced histories in order to understand our present, and create a future where we all belong.

Vanport Mosaic Festival logo May 20-June 7, 2022

Vanport Mosaic Festival

photo of Alberta Neighborhood mural

Portland's award-winning mass transit system is one of the most extensive and advanced in the U.S. The transit system includes buses, streetcars, historic trollies, and the MAX, an urban light rail line. Take a ride and watch the world slide by while exploring all Portland has to offer!

Portland was built with walking in mind. The short blocks, combined with public art, colorful murals, fountains, bridges, and parks offer opportunities for leisure and contemplation for the casual stroller. Walking tours of the downtown area focusing on the best of the city's art, architecture, urban parks, and fountains are available. Along the way, shops offer unique, handmade creations - tax free! 

As a special offer, the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store is extending discounts to NCORE participants through June 19, 2022. Location: 14100 NW Science Park Drive, Portland, OR, 97229. Learn More

Nightlife in Portland is excellent. Performing arts in the area offer ballet, Shakespeare, Broadway musicals, the internationally-known Oregon Symphony, modern dance, and much more. Portland is home of the Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers football clubs, plus baseball, hockey, and the Trail Blazers NBA team.

A splendid location, relaxed respectability, and an urban lifestyle that is unsurpassed for its livability makes Portland a city to visit and remember.