Drupal Association blog: 5 Unmissable Attractions to Explore Around DrupalCon Portland 2024

Portland, Oregon – the Rose City, home to an array of charming experiences that extend beyond the walls of this year's much-anticipated DrupalCon. While knowledge sharing and the industry buzz at the Oregon Convention Center will undoubtedly be the main draw, the locale offers a diversity of attractions, from serene parks to bustling markets. For those fortunate enough to attend DrupalCon, it would be a miss not to maximize your time and immerse yourself in the unique culture Portland has to offer. Here are five more local attractions, in addition to our previous recommendations, that promise to enrich your DrupalCon experience and provide unforgettable memories.

1. Cruise the City on E-Scooters around Peace Memorial Park

SW corner of NE Oregon St and, NE Lloyd Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

Arriving in Portland, the first thing visitors often notice is the city's commitment to sustainability and the vibrant outdoor lifestyle. What better way to experience this than by gliding through the renowned bike paths and urban green gardens on an E-Scooter? A stone's throw away from the Oregon Convention Center, Peace Memorial Park provides a picturesque setting that is perfect for a leisurely ride. With the Willamette River flowing alongside and the skyscrapers beyond the riverbank, this sanctuary of serenity is a stark contrast to the bustling city center.

2. Discover the charm of Portland’s most historic rose garden

400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, United States

Known as the City of Roses, Portland proudly hosts the International Rose Test Garden, the oldest of its kind in the United States that has been in continuous operation. With the arrival of spring, there's no better moment to witness the garden's vibrant first blooms. Showcasing over 10,000 roses across 610 varieties, the garden not only offers a breathtaking display but also serves a crucial role in the cultivation and testing of new rose species. As a sanctuary for hybrid roses from across the globe, the garden continues its legacy of innovation and preservation in the heart of Portland.

3. Savor Artisanal Coffee at Roseline Coffee Cafe & Roastery

321 NE Davis St, Portland, OR 97232

Portland is known for its craft coffee culture, and Roseline Coffee Cafe & Roastery stands as a testament to this. Just moments from the convention center, this local favorite offers a welcoming reprieve from the conference crowds. Here, you can try blends and single-origin roasts that represent the pinnacle of Portland's coffee craft. Whether you’re an espresso aficionado or simply in need of a caffeine hit, the experience at Roseline will elevate your DrupalCon visit.

4. Explore Exhibitions At The Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Just a brief drive from the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland Art Museum stands as Oregon's largest and one of the nation's oldest art institutions. Nestled within two historic buildings in Portland’s South Park Blocks, a key part of the city's cultural district, the museum boasts an extensive and diverse art collection. Visitors can purchase Portland Art Museum tickets online or at the museum, with adult admission priced at $25. The Museum offers a wide array of exhibitions, from in-depth retrospectives of individual artists to comprehensive historical surveys and significant traveling exhibitions from across the globe. These exhibitions showcase pieces from the museum's own collection alongside masterpieces loaned from other museums and private collections worldwide.

5. Immerse Yourself in the Quirkiness of the Portland Saturday Market

2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

If your stay in Portland includes the weekend, the Portland Saturday Market offers a vibrant immersion into the local eccentricity and artisanal zeal that define the City of Roses.

A visit to this lively gathering can be enriching and is just a short drive away from the Oregon Convention Center. Wandering through the maze of stalls, you’ll find an array of handcrafted delights – from jewelry to leather goods, pottery to fine art – all lovingly crafted by the city’s talented makers. The sounds of live music and the aroma of delectable local cuisine will captivate your senses, while the palpable sense of community will remind you of the inclusive spirit that saturates Portland's identity. Whether you're making a purchase or simply taking in the scene, the Saturday Market encapsulates the heart and soul of the city, making it a must-visit destination.


With these five enriching experiences, your DrupalCon excursion will extend far beyond the convention doors. You'll build lasting connections with both the Drupal community and the diverse tapestry of Portland. Whether you're charting a solo adventure or teaming up with fellow tech enthusiasts, these local highlights are poised to enhance your trip with a delightful blend of tranquility, creativity, and community.