Few cities the size of Portland have a more progressive and active GLBT community. Lesbians and gays in Portland tend to live and play all around the city, not in any particular concentrated neighborhood - it's a very socially and geographically integrated community.
But come June, GLBT folks from all over the city and the surrounding region descend upon downtown Portland's scenic Tom McCall Waterfront Park to celebrate the Portland Gay Pride Festival, also sometimes referred to as Pride Northwest (the name of the organization that organizes it). This is a first-rate Pride event. This year the Portland Gay Pride celebrates its 20th anniversary - festivities take place over the weekend of June 14 through June 15, 2014.
Portland Gay Pride
There are two main events that make up Portland Pride (and quite a few events and parties, including the traditional Stark Street Pride Block Party at Scandals gay bar taking place both Saturday and Sunday or Pride weekend.
The Portland Gay Pride Festival is on Saturday, June 14 (noon until 6 pm), and Sunday, June 15 (noon until 6 pm) at downtown's beautiful the Portland Gay Pride Waterfront Festival grounds, overlooking the Willamette River. Events include a bustling festival with plenty of entertainment and performances by a number of top performers, food and crafts vendors (including Portland's fab winemaker Hip Chicks Do Wine, which produces its own Pride label for three different wines, and the outstanding Bend- and Portland-based Deschutes Brewery), and hobnobbing at grassy, tree-shaded Tom McCall Park, on the east edge of downtown, overlooking the beautiful Willamette River and the oft-photographed bridges that span it. This year's festival is emcee'd by Bruce Vilanche and headlined by DEV, Well Strung, disco icon Maxine Nightingale, pop star Janice Robinson, and talented singer-songwriter (and relatively recent Portland transplant) Jeremiah Clark.
Additionally, on Sunday, June 15, the Portland Gay Pride Parade commences at 11 am, taking nearly the same route it has for the past couple of years (thought starting a few blocks east). The procession begins at Burnside and N.W. Park Ave., runs a few blocks east along the edge of the Pearl District before turning north up N.W. Broadway, then east along N.W. Davis Street through Old Town/Chinatown, and then turning south down along Naito Parkway, leading into Tom McCall Park.
Portland Latino Gay Pride
Also take note that Portland's fast-growing GLBT Latino community hosts the very successful Portland Latino Gay Pride, held the following month, in July - the dates in 2014 are July 25 through July 27.
More on the Portland Gay Scene
Additionally, plenty of gay-popular restaurants, bars and clubs, hotels, and shops will be extra busy during this busy time, and catering heavily to LGBT visitors. Check local gay media, such as PQ Monthly, for details. Also visit the excellent GLBT section of the Travel Portland tourism office website.