February is still one of Portland’s colder months. And with the grey and drizzle stretching on for what feels like ages, it can leave your spirits feeling pretty low! If you live in the PNW, February is a great time to escape to a warmer area. These days with COVID, that might just mean a day trip to a sunnier area. Or investing in a sun lamp. And making use of any sunny days. So here’s more info about visiting Portland in February – weather, events, and the best things to do in Portland, Oregon in mid-winter.
February is also usually blessed with a few marvelous days or weekends of balmy sunshine. We call it February Fakeout. Yep, it even has a name. Suddenly everyone is out in t-shirts with faces pointed to the sun. And then it usually snows a little or rains or is terribly windy the next week just to remind us it’s most certainly still winter.
Portland February Events
The winter months in Portland aren’t the busiest for events. I mentioned this in my When to Visit Portland post about January. Thankfully, February has a little bit more when it comes to events. Here are a few:
Zwickelmania – I’m guessing this one is going to be canceled for 2021. It’s usually the 2nd weekend of February in Portland and the following weekend statewide. This annual brewery festival is all about the breweries – with tours and free samples and is a really fun winter activity.
Portland Winter Light Festival – This is one of my favorite February events! This event has been running for a few years by Willamette Light Brigade. It lights up the Central Eastside and near OMSI and Tilikum Crossing Bridge with light – lights, fire, technology, music. So fun! But be warned, it gets super crowded.
Chinese New Year – Depending on the year – January and February. There are always Chinese New Year festivities happening in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown and the Lan Su Chinese garden. For 2021, these are be February events.
Things to Do in Portland in February
Since February is just barely warmer and slightly less rainy than January it’s still very much wet winter time. This leaves you with rainy hikes, what used to be cozy restaurants – and is now cozy takeout. It’s a balancing act of being outside rain or shine and escaping back indoors after.
February can also feel like your last chance to enjoy some of those wintery things before things just get slushy up at Mt Hood with snowboarding, skiing, or snowshoeing. Rainy hikes to waterfalls or through the gorge like Latourell Falls. February is also one of the best months for hotel deals (here are my fav cool hotels in Portland). Combine that with tax-free shopping, great brunch spots, restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries. One great thing in non-COVID times is winter months are a nice chance for locals to enjoy latest restaurants and things without all the lines that the summer season brings.
Portland Weather in February
Note: If you want to know about the weather you can visit a weather website. But one of the most frequent texts I get from friends about to visit Portland is about the weather. So that’s why I include this weather section. It’s how to interpret Portland weather forecasts by a local. :)
The weather in Portland [Oregon] in February is STILL cold and wet! With average highs at 50 and low temps in the high 30s, February is just a slightly warmer month that proves spring is coming! Add in an almost 50/50 chance of rain, but February is only the 4th rainiest month of the year, so not as bad as the months prior, and about 5″ of rainfall, almost an inch less than January! On the daylight front, February averages 10.5 hours of total daylight, starting the month with a 5:15pm sunset and ending the month with a 6pm sunset. Sunrise moves from 7:30am to 6:50am. So finally back to life where it’s not dark when you wake and come home from work. Portland spring is on its way! January is also the third wettest month of the year and averages 14 days of rain and 5.8″ of rainfall. And February also has a chance for snow, with about an inch of snow dusting the ground at some point.
Portland Historical Average February Weather by Day
Here are the High & Low Temperatures by average for February in Portland.
And with that, I wish you a happy February (or planning for)!