Keep Portland Weird
Perhaps you’ve seen the BuzzFeed page dedicated to “The 30 Most Portland Things That Have Ever Happened in Portland?” Keep Portland Weird is a bumper sticker slogan intended to promote local businesses. Those small businesses create a uniqueness to our city and the locals have further adopted the slogan to embrace their own idiosyncrasies. All of this culminates into making Portland an interesting place to visit.
UniPiper - Did you see Portland’s Unipiper on Jimmy Kimmel Live?
Voodoo Doughnut & Wedding Chapel - Rumor has it that Voodoo Doughnuts loves to visit Portland science fiction conventions with their doughnut truck. But if a delivery to the convention hotel isn’t enough for you, visit the holy gateway of sugary confections yourself. You can even indulge in a wedding ceremony there (legal and non-legal options are available).
The Lovecraft Bar - A horror themed dance bar complete with tarot readings, sci-fi theme DJ sets, and horror movie nights.
Peculiarium - Famed and yet unknown Portland adventurer Conrad Talmadge Elwood had a dream, but forgot it when he woke up. Still he spent a lifetime traveling the globe in search of the inexplicable and the freaky. Established in 1967, The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium is a one-of-a-kind store and snack bar devoted to Elwood's blurry vision.
Kidd's Toy Museum - A toy collection consisting mainly of toys from the period encompassing 1869 to 1939, but includes a generous display of later die-cast vehicles. For local interest, banks, signs, trays, and other items pertaining to the Northwest are included.
Faux Museum - A conceptual art museum that houses rotating exhibits. The Faux Museum claims to be “the oldest museum in the world, first begun in the plains of Alaska over ten thousand years ago!”
Rimsky-Korsakoffee House - From Atlas Obscura: "A point of interest as much for its ghostly atmosphere and reverence for live classical music as for its to-die-for desserts made in-house. With zero advertising and limited hours, Rimsky’s unmatchable “casually threatening atmosphere” has kept the late-night dessert and coffee emporium busy for over 25 years. Accordingly, each table is named for deceased composers. Some have been known to exhibit strange behaviors, like growing and shrinking by 18 inches, or rotating so slowly that, deep in conversation, one reaches down to find that his torte has defected to the person on his left! Table tops are covered in movable glass for patrons to leave behind relics of their visits, and mementos of people and places past hang from the ceiling at eye-level on beaded chains. The icing on the not-so-proverbial cake is provided by a trip to the Erik Satie-themed bathroom, which boasts a surprise that is better to be experienced than described."
World’s Smallest Park / Mill Ends Park - the smallest park in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, which first granted it this recognition in 1971. The park was dedicated on St. Patrick's Day, 1948, as "the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland."
Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels - The Portland Underground tunnels, more popularly known as the Shanghai Tunnels, were basements of buildings that connected to other buildings through brick and stone archways that were intersected with tunnels that connected under the streets, linking block to block.
Pedalpalooza - Bike City, USA — aka Portland — isn’t content with the everyday cycling that makes ours the city with the highest percentage of bike commuters in the nation. Nope, bike-loving Portlanders have come up with all sorts of rides and events that fill the calendar with two-wheeled shenanigans. For three weeks every summer, bike geeks organize about 200 events to celebrate all that is cycling during Pedalpalooza.