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If you are looking for the best ways to enjoy your time in the City of Roses, our news and events section is a great way to stay up to date. With so much going on throughout the city and region, let the

Benson be your home away from home, and your base to explore all that we have to offer. Below are a few select opportunities that will make your stay with us that much more exceptional.

Waterfront Blues Festival

A weekend filled with blues, soul, funk, and rhythm & blues across four stages, with food, vendors, fireworks and more! July 4-7


Portland Craft Beer Festival

Helping to kick off Oregon Craft Beer Month, the Portland Craft Beer Festival is held at the Fields Neighborhood Park featuring the broadest selection of local beers, ciders and wine crafted from Portland breweries. July 4-7


The Big Float

A float & beach party in celebration of the Willamette River benefiting the Human Access Project. Tom McCall Waterfront Park July 13 10am – 6:30pm


Antiques & Collectibles Show

Billed as America’s largest antiques & collectibles show, this event features 1,400 vendors with furniture, movie memorabilia, estate jewelry, paintings, toys and more! Portland Expo Center July 13-14


Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

The Jazz Society’s Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is a FREE concert open to the public at the base of the St. Johns bridge in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of Portland. Now in its 39th year, the festival is the longest running jazz and blues festival…



Portland’s very own all-you-can-eat ice cream festival! The Scooperfest is a collection of the best ice cream manufacturers and shops in the region. Over a dozen different companies serving over 40+ flavors of the best ice cream you have ever tasted. At least 25% or…


Oregon Brewers Festival

Enjoy 80 different craft beers, cider & wine, pub food, and live music at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. July 24-27


Vintage Racing Festival

Prototype, formula cars, sports racing and production/GT cars from marques such as Lotus, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Porsche and Corvette, principally from the 1950s, through the 1980s, will converge on the Portland International Raceway for safe and fun vintage racing during SVRA’s annual Portland Vintage Racing…


Flicks on the Bricks

On five Friday evenings in July and August, Pioneer Square will be transformed into Portland’s largest outdoor movie theater for the entire community to enjoy! The movie series will kick-off on Friday, July 26 and continue through August 23. Pre-movie music begins at 7 pm…


July Sipping Hour

Join us each evening from 5-6pm for Sipping Hour at the Benson Hotel! Featuring a new local winery or distillery, these nightly tastings will be offered complimentary to guests and the public.  


Jazz at the Benson

Enjoy live jazz entertainment at the longest continuously running jazz venue in Portland Wednesday through Saturday while dining at the Benson Hotel.


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