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Portland in May – Events, Best Things to Do, and Weather

May 1, 2021

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May in Portland can feel downright summery and great shoulder season travel-wise. Depending on the year, it feels like a summer preview with way less spring rain and growing daylight hours. The average high temperature in May is 68°, but there are always a few 80° days scattered throughout the month. But be warned, it can still drop down to freezing at night! May is a month to be ready for all weather in Portland. So here’s more info about visiting Portland in May – weather, events and my favorite things to do in Portland at the end of spring!

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Portland May Events

May brings the start of summer event season. Portland starts to get busier, and Waterfront Park is usually event-central during this time, in “normal” years.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – This three day event at Waterfront Park takes place the weekend closest to May 5 and brings music, food, and festivities.

Rose Festival – The next big event at Waterfront Park is the Rose Festival which starts at the end of May and goes into June. With events, music, rose court, CityFair and finally the Grand Floral Parade with floats.

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Things to Do in Portland in May

One of the best things about May, is that all throughout the city roses are blooming. The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is flooded with roses, and my local favorite is the Peninsula Park rose garden in North Portland.

Another bonus, most of the Portland tourist crowds haven’t descended upon the city yet for summer. So there are a lot of fun Portland things to do without having to wait in line. So get out on the trails, get ice cream, go biking, do a coast day trip, smell the roses. Enjoy the last bits of springtime and the beginning of prime farmers market season!

Portland Weather in May

Note: If you want to know about the weather you can always 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 May is like the light at the end of the winter and spring tunnel. Days are in the high 60s, and nights around 50. And only 30% of May days will rain! For a total of only 2.5″ of total rainfall. May also brings 15 hours of total daylight, starting the month with a 8:15pm sunset and ending the month with an almost 9pm sunset. Sunrise moves from about 6am to 5:30am. Hello, daylight.

Source: Google & NOAA

Portland Historical Average May Weather by Day

Here are the High & Low Temperatures by average for May in Portland.

Source: Accuweather historical averages

Happy May friends!

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