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Visiting Us in Portland

Bridgetown. Portlandia. The City of Roses. Stumptown.

With an unparalleled arts and culture scene, Portland is among the most exciting cities in the world – right now.

At the core of Portland’s vibrant cultural community is the Oregon Symphony. Presenting adventurous, exhilarating programs in every genre, the Symphony is a can’t-miss stop during your visit to Portland.

Fortunately, it couldn’t be easier to make us a part of your trip. You’ll find us in the heart of downtown Portland, surrounded by some of its most incredible restaurants, parks, coffee shops, food carts, hotels, and shopping. Plus, from our home at the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (“the Schnitz”), it’s only:

  • A 10-minute walk to the world’s ultimate independently owned bookstore, Powell’s City of Books

  • A 30-minute drive to the stunning waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge

  • A 45-minute drive to the world-class wineries of the picturesque Willamette Valley

  • A 90-minute drive to the breathtaking Oregon Coast – or to Mt. Hood’s pristine slopes

The Oregon Symphony presents nearly 100 concerts every year, so it’s easy to find one during your stay in Portland. Our orchestra performs every genre of music you can think of – pop, classical, soul, rock, jazz, and more – so there’s something on our calendar for you, no matter what music you love.

 

Find concerts during your visit

 

Tips for Visitors

Keep it casual

Can’t make it back to the hotel to change before the concert? Not to worry – Portland audiences tend to dress on the casual side, so jeans are just fine at our concerts.

Shop ‘til you drop – tax-free!

You can find everything from trendy boutiques to oddities and antiques in Portland’s myriad shopping districts. Since Oregon has no sales tax, you can shop all day – and buy your Symphony tickets – without breaking the bank.

Join the festivities

Plan your visit during one of Portland’s fun-filled annual festivals, from January’s Chocolate Festival to December’s Christmas Festival of Lights.

Learn to love the rain

It’s no secret: rain is a part of life in Portland. Be like the locals and embrace the comfort of a sturdy rain jacket – and dry off with a cozy concert at the Schnitz! 

Learn more

Getting to the Hall

A comprehensive guide for getting to the Schnitz – public transportation, biking, and more.

First-Timer’s Guide

New to the Symphony? We've compiled everything you need to know to make the most of your first concert experience.

Recommended Restaurants & Hotels

Top off your evening at one of our favorite restaurants and hotels near the Schnitz.