Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

March 12-15, 2008 • Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland Attractions

Things to See and Do in Portland

While in Portland to attend SIGCSE, you might want to experience a local sporting event, a museum, or a show. Downtown Portland is quite compact and easily walkable. A streetcar ride will take you from one side of downtown (near Portland State University) to the other (near the Pearl District and train station).

Professional Sporting Events

Portland Trailblazers (NBA) (Schedule for 2008 Season TBA)
Portland Timbers (Minor League Soccer) (Schedule for 2008 Season TBA)
Portland Winterhawks (Minor League Hockey) (Schedule for 2008 Season TBA)


Broadway Series - Twelve Angry Men - March 11 - 16, 2008
Oregon Symphony - Tchaikovsky's Fourth - March 8 - 10, 2008
Oregon Symphony - Women in Blues - March 15 - 17, 2008
Oregon Ballet Theater (Schedule for 2008 Season TBA)
Portland Opera (Schedule for 2008 Season TBA)


Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)  - Exhibits,  IMAX theater, planetarium, submarine tours
Oregon Zoo - Exhibits, train rides (seasonally), convenient via MAX line
Portland Chinese Garden - Outdoor garden, convenient location downtown
Portland Japanese Garden - Outdoor garden, located in Washington Park (service via Trimet bus)
Portland Art Museum - Art exhibits, convenient location downtown
Portland Children's Museum - Convenient via MAX line (located next to the zoo)
Portland Parks and Recreation - Portland is home to many parks and hiking within the city
Portland Aerial Tram - Ride Portland's newest form of public transportation and view the surrounding area
Portland Saturday Market - Visit with and by from local artisans (Saturdays and Sundays), under the Burnside Bridge downtown
Sternwheeler Ride - Seasonal boat rides along the Willamette River, service from the Waterfront downtown


Oregon does not have sales tax, so many visitors take advantage of the local shopping districts. Here are a few places to shop:

For Free

If You Have a Car