Pioneer Courthouse Square – Downtown Portland
Post #46 of 101 cool Portland places. Pioneer Square.
While walking around and enjoying the sounds of an afternoon concert in Pioneer Square I got challenged by a local who was playing chess on the sidewalk chess boards. The last thing I remember saying was…”Checkmate!”. Pioneer Square always has so many fun and interesting things going on that you are sure to catch something that will intrigue you. You might find some street performers, local artists and musicians, activists, a few friendly homeless folks and food carts selling the best that Portland has to offer.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, located in the heart of Downtown Portland, is a public space hosting more than 300 programmed events each year. With more than 26,000 people visiting the Square each day, it is the single most visited site in Oregon’s most visited city.
Pioneer Courthouse Square is an urban park affectionately known as the City’s “living room.” Prior to its grand opening in 1984, a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was created to manage programming and daily operations. Today the Square thrives with volunteer leadership and community support at every level through a unique management agreement with the City of Portland.
With tons of great shopping all around Pioneer Square, you can find most everything you are looking for. Pioneer Square Shopping is the link to view these sops, and from there you can get an updated schedule of events happening year round.
Not sure what to do on a weekend…check out Pioneer Square, you’ll be glad you did.