From the 2017 Portland Stands with Immigrants and Refugees event held by the City of Portland Parks for New Portlanders program 

From the 2017 Portland Stands with Immigrants and Refugees event held by the City of Portland Parks for New Portlanders program 

Upcoming & Ongoing Local Events

Portland and the surrounding area have a very active social calendar highlighting various aspects of refugee involvement. From protests to fundraisers, cultural celebrations to faith-filled introspection, we plan to keep this calendar below active with local events. If you know of something not listed, please let us know what should be added.

If you are in Salem, contact Salem for Refugee: Anya and Doug Holcomb (, anya@salemforrefugees). They can add you to their email update list for local events and news.

Past Events

Want to relive an event you attended? Or maybe see what's going on locally? We'll list past events here and include the best photos and videos we can drum up. Please send us anything that should be added and we'll do our best to get it posted.

 From New Year in the Park event

From New Year in the Park event


Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) Immigration Legal Services

7931 NE Halsey Street, Suite 302, Portland, OR 97213 | 503-384-2482
862 SE Oak Street, Suite 3A, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 | | 503-384-2482 (ext. 200)

To become a client, attend one of the walk-in clinics. $50 consultation fee. Services include: Applications for U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency (Green Card), Family-based Visas, Asylum Counseling, Temporary Protected Status, Violence Against Women (VAWA), U-Visa, Employment Authorization

  • First Tuesday of every month at Hillsboro United Methodist Church from 9AM to 4PM (168 NE 8th Ave. Hillsboro, OR 97214)
  • Every Tuesday at Hillsboro office from 9:00AM-4:00PM. Consultations are first come, first serve. $50 fee. (862 SE Oak Street, Suite 3A, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123)
  • First Wednesday of every month at Muslim Educational Trust (MET) from 4PM to 8PM (10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223)
  • Second Thursday of every month at Rosewood Community Center from 10AM to 4PM (16126 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233)
  • Third Thursday of every month at Bridgeport Community United Church of Christ from 9AM to 4PM (621 NE 76th Ave., Portland, OR 97213)

Health Careers Northwest

IRCO, 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR | 971-271-6557 or 971-271-6452
Contact to see if you meet the eligibility requirements which helps you build your career in one of seven health careers.
Meets every Wednesday at 3:30PM at IRCO.                                                                      

Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE)

Monthly meeting where refugees considering applying for disability can have an appointment with Cheryl Coon. Contact Tom Kinzie to schedule an appointment.
Meets every third Wednesday of the month.

Swahili Speaking Women's group

East County Health Clinic, 600 NE 8th Street, Gresham, Oregon 97030
Twice monthly meeting that often focuses on Mental Health & Trauma, Effects of Stress, Cooking & Nutrition, Family, Sewing, Parent & Child Wellness, Zumba/Dance, Yoga, Gardening, Budget & Finances, Life Skills, Acculturation. Call Therese Lugano to register at 971-988-9314.
Meets every other Friday through August 3rd from 10AM-1PM

Free Citizenship Class from SOAR Immigration Legal Services

Multnomah County Library- Rockwood, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR
Study English reading, writing, speaking, and U.S. history for the USCIS naturalization exam and interview. Receive free study materials. Learn important skills for your interview. Lessons are self contained and learners are welcome to join at any time. Prepare to become a U.S. citizen. Please bring a pencil and your green card. All are welcome!
Meets every Sunday from March 18th to June 25th from 12:30-3:30PM

ESL classes with Russian speaking teaching assistant from SOAR immigration legal services

Help for adult immigrants and refugees to build the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to gain US citizenship! For more information contact Angie Kelly at or call 503-384-2482.
Meets Every Tuesday from April 24th to June 26th from 3-5PM
(Midland Library in East Portland).  



Monday June 25-Friday June 29

  • Culturally Specific Peer Support Training (for Refugees) at LCSNW Portland, 605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Portland, OR 97214. A Peer Support Specialist works in healthcare to offer emotional support by integrating their own lived experiences. They share knowledge, teach skills, provide practical assistance, and connect people to resources. LCSNW's FRE 40-hour Peer Support training can be applied to the Oregon Health Authority's certification. Questions? Call 503-731-9561 or

Friday June 1st-July 2nd

  • Migration Stories exhibit at Multnomah Arts Center celebrating World Refugee Day. From Friday, June 1st, 6 to 9pm (opening reception) at 7688 Capitol Highway Portland, Oregon 97219 | 503-823-2787

Thursday July 5th-August 30

  • Urban League Youth Summer Art Group. When:1:00 PM -5:00 PM| Where: Urban League of Portland (map). We're excited to open enrollment up for our Summer Youth Art Group! Once a week youth will build their confidence with different forms of art/media. Youth who attend will have a final celebration at Great Wolf Lodge. Sign up today!
    Youth between the ages of 13-17 are invited to sign up for 9 weeks media day camps! Each week is designed for Black and Brown youth to get involved and build confidence with different forms of art and their community. Each workshop is FREE, lunch  and bus tickets will be provided weekly. Group starts July 5th-Spots are very limited.To sign up Contact Dreya Williams phone#971-207-3489| email at

Wednesday June 20th

  • Gallery of Muslim Expression Art Exhibit and World Market Hosted by Tim Cowley. When: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM| Where:  Murray's Coffee Bar, 6115 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton, Oregon 97008.  In celebration of World Refugee Day, I am teaming up with Murray's Coffee Bar in Beaverton to show 13 of my favorite images from the Muslim world. They will be available for purchase in stunning metal print format and global citizens/new Portlanders will be selling their own handmade goods. My photos will be on display starting Saturday, June 2nd and will run through the month.
    Artist statement at

Saturday June 23rd

  • PDX World Refugee Day Celebration. When: 11:00am to 3:00pm, Where: IRCO, 10301 NE Glisan St, Portland, Oregon 97220. Join us in celebrating World Refugee Day 2018 at IRCO! It will be a family friendly event with kids activities, food, marketplace vendors, live performances and a lot of fun! It will be held on the outdoor pavilion and also in IRCO’s community center. We’d love to see you there! Source::
  • Good in the Hood. When: 11:00 AM 10:00 PM | Where: King School Park, NE 6th Ave & NE Humboldt St Portland OR 97211 USA. The Urban League is excited to participate in the 26th annual Good in the Hood Festival and parade. Good in the Hood is one of the largest multicultural festivals in the Pacific Northwest and seeks to connect people with resources and experiences that strengthen unity in the community. The parade starts at 11am Saturday, June 23rd at Dawson Park and goes to King School Park. The GITH festival will have activities all weekend at King School Park: Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm
  • SACOO (Somali American Council of Oregon) new office grand opening. When: 5PM to 7:30PM | Where: 1511 SE 122nd Ave, Portland OR 97233

Sunday June 24th

  • Community Potluck Dinner. When: 5:30 PM 7:00 PM| Where: The Rosewood Initiative Portland, Oregon 97233 (map)|Once a month, join Butterfly Boxes, Refugee & Immigrant Hospitality Organization - RIHO, Portland Refugee Support Group and Catholic Charities of Oregon's office of refugee resettlement as we welcome recently resettled refugees with a potluck dinner. These evenings are a chance for our community to come together to try new foods, share a few stories, and make new connections. Please plan on bringing a dish to share (no pork products, please), any serving utensils your dish needs, and disposable containers if you wish to send leftovers home with our guests. Please visit our website for more information and to sign up to come. We hope to see you soon!

Monday June 25th through Friday June 29th

  • Culturally Specific Peer Support Training (for Refugees). See Above (before May 1st) for more details.

Tuesday June 26th

  • Race and Place Conversation. When: 6:30 PM | Where: SE Uplift 3534 Southeast Main Street Portland, OR, 97210 United States (map). Oregonians envision a future that includes communities built on values of diversity,  equity, and inclusion.  At the same time, we live in a society that marginalizes and excludes people of color.  How does Oregon ’s history of racism influence our present and how can understanding historic and current impacts of racism in Oregon contribute to our sense of place and vision of the future?  How can diversity and inclusion create thriving communities?  This is the focus of ͞Race  and  Place: Racism and Resilience in Oregon’s Past and Future,͟ a free conversation with  Anita Yap and Traci Price.  For questions/concerns or to request accommodations please contact Muz Afzal at or call (503) 232-0010 ext 319. Source:

Thursday June 28th

  • Slavic 30 Year Anniversary Celebration hosted by LCSNW Portland & Vancouver. When: 9.00 Am -4.00PM| Where:  Ukranian Bible Church, Fairview, Oregon 97024| The Lutheran Social service of the city of Portland invites everyone to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of assistance to refugees and immigrants from the former Soviet Union and other eastern European countries when they resettle in the North-Western states. In the Program: History of the relocation of the slavs to the North-West Coast of the United States of America, meetings with representatives of the city administration, stories from pastors of slavic churches, training workshops on various topics, exhibition of works of local artists, musical numbers. For more information call Katie at 503-731-9572. Please register on the website for free participation:

Saturday June 29th & Sunday June 30th

  • The 2018 Portland World Cup Soccer Tournament for New Portlander & young adult ages (14-17& 18-21). Where: Delta Park. More details to follow.

Sunday July 1st

  • Muslim Women's Grief Support Group. Bilal Masjid (Beaverton, Oregon). When: 2pm-3:30pm, Where: 4115 SW 160th Ave, Beaverton, OR

Thursday July 5th

  • Urban League Youth Summer Art Group. See Above (before June 1st) for more details.

Monday July 30th

  • Asian Health and Service Center is moving, Opening on July 30th. Services are unavailable July 25th-27th. We are 7 WEEKS away from moving! Please feel free to call us or visit our website for more information at #7WEEKSLEFT

Wednesday August 1st- Friday August 3rd

  • Camp Silah-2018 Summer Camp. Silah in Arabic means connection, which is the theme of this year's camp. It is hoped by the end of the camp that each participant will have a better connection with Allah, themselves, and nature. This camp will be for both boys and girls aged 8-18. Activities include canoeing, art, fun games, sports, bonfire stories and so much more! Hosted by Daughters of Eve, Sons of Adam and PRSG.

Saturday August 11 2018

  • Pan African Festival 2018. When: 12:00 PM 8:30 PM| Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square 701 SW 6th Ave Portland OR 97205 USA (map)

    The Urban League of Portland is proud to support this year’s Pan African Festival. The festival celebrates the presence, resilience, strength, and influence of Pan Africans in Oregon.Join us for a day of live music, dance, food and entertainment, health education, education and career awareness, financial literacy, and other relevant opportunities to get involved in the community. Admission is FREE. Contact: Nafisa Fai (503) 752-2102.
    More info