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.

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 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 July 1st to September 30th 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.
(Midland Library in East Portland).  

Reduced Fares for Low Income

Get help with your transportation costs. Introducing TriMet’s reduced fare for low-income riders. You may be able to ride TriMet for less. Riders with qualifying incomes are eligible for half price fares.
Who qualifies: To be eligible for our reduced fare for low-income riders, you need to be 18 or older, a resident of Oregon and have an annual income less than double the federal poverty level. Follow the following link to apply. It will issue you a personlaized Hop card that lets you ride buses, MAX, WES, Portland Street Car and C-TRAN for 50% off a single ride or day pass, or 72% off a month pass. Link:


    Wednesday 1 - Friday August 17

    • SAT Prep & College Prep: Open to ALL High School Students (Grades 9-12). When: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Where: Oregon Islamic Academy Muslim Educational Trust 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road Tigard, OR 97223. Office #: (503) 579-6621| We are pleased to continue to offer Summertime SAT-Prep and Algebra 1 Enrichment classes here at the Muslim Educational Trust. The SAT-Prep Session is especially critical for incoming juniors and seniors in 2018-2019; freshman and sophomore students are also welcome to attend and get a head start. Click HERE for the Registration Form

      The cost is $350 per Student ($50 discount for MET Students) that includes Cracking the SAT Premium Edition with 8 Practice Tests, 2019 Edition by the Princeton Review Algebra 1 Review Open to ALL Middle & High School students who COMPLETED Algebra 1 Daily weekday classes Monday, Aug 6 - Friday, Aug 17, 2018 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm $250 per Student. ($50 discount for MET Students) Limited Scholarships are available Reply to this email to sign up today! for more query, contact -Oregon Islamic Academy Muslim Educational Trust, (503) 579-6621.

    Saturday August 18- Saturday 25

    • 2018 Jade International Night Market. Hosted by Jade District Night Market| When: 5.00 PM| Where: PCC SE Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland OR 97216| Join us for the 2018 Jade International Night Market, hosted by Portland Community College Southeast Campus! Portland’s multicultural communities come out in full force each August to celebrate one of East Portland’s biggest events. Last year the night market drew nearly 25,000 people to support small businesses, community organizations, and cultural groups. Come and enjoy authentic international cuisine, cultural performances, and celebrate the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and in East Portland. Check out our website for more information:
      Want to be a vendor at this year's Jade International Night Market? Sign up here: . Volunteers make the Night Market a success every year! Interested in volunteering? Fill out the volunteer registration form here:

    Saturday August 11

    • 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 

    Wednesday August 15

    • Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters – Concerts in the Park. When: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM| Where: Ventura City Park, Portland, Oregon 97216| Bring your family and friends to a special performance Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters—early Stones, psychedelic country—at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, August 15 at Ventura Park.
      Bring blankets or low-back chairs to sit on. Pack a picnic or try some of the tasty dishes from our onsite vendors. Individuals may enter and exit the site and enjoy events from a paved pathway.

    Saturday August 18

    • Moana (2016) PG – Tonga Day 2018 – Summer Free For All. When: 1:00 PM 6:30 PM| Where: NE Halsey Street and 106th Avenue (map)| Bring your family and friends to a day of celebration at Gateway Discovery Park—Tonga Day 2018 on Saturday, August 18. The event starts at 1:00 PM with family-friendly activities and cultural performances. Stay for pre-movie entertainment, Tongan 101—Tongan/Pacific Island music and dance—at 6:30 PM. A special screening of Moana (2016) PG begins after dusk. Bring blankets or low-back chairs to sit on. Pack a picnic or try some of the tasty dishes from our onsite vendors. Google Maps directions to this event can be found here: 22, 23, 77 and Green MAX line. For more information or to see schedule updates, please visit

    • Polynesian Festival at Uwajimaya Beaverton. When: Aug 18 - Aug 19 at 11 AM| Where: Hosted by Uwajimaya Beaverton. Join us for two fun filled days of live performances, hula, Hawaiian style food, shave ice, eating contests and much more!
      Featuring a special guest from Hawaii, the “Godfather of Hawaiian Reggae” BRUDDAH WALTAH performing on Sunday, August 19. Source::

    Sunday August 19

    • Community Potluck Dinner. When: 5:30 PM 7:00 PM| Where: The Rosewood Initiative 16126 Southeast Stark Street Portland, OR, 97233 United States (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!

    • Gallery of Muslim Expression Artist Reception. Hosted by Tim Cowley. When: 1 PM-3 PM| Where: Intent Coffee Roasting 3030 NE Hogan Dr suite C, Gresham, Oregon 97030|

    Monday August 20

    • WALK with Refugees and Immigrants. When: 11:00 AM 2:00 PM| Where: East Portland Neighborhood Office 1017 NE 117th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97220 USA (map)| Portland Parks for New Portlanders is partnering with Sunday Parkways to organize "Walk with Refugees & Immigrants" on Sunday, August 20th. The community, city and elected leaders will gather at East Portland Neighborhood Office and participate in a mile walk towards Knott Park alongside the refugee & immigrant community to show our support. In partnership with refugee and immigrant organizations, this event plans to recognize the unique experiences of new Portlanders of all ages by honoring seniors and providing school supplies for children. Come hear refugees & Immigrants share their stories, diverse music, food, and other activities to enjoy. We urge all our neighbors, local businesses, board members, neighborhood associations & non-profits to join us on this walk for a more compassionate, generous, and welcoming Portland!

    Wednesday August 22

    • Portland's 18th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair| When: 11:00 AM 3:00 PM| Where: Portland Expo Center 2060 North Marine Drive Portland, OR, 97217 United States (map)| The 18th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is the largest and best diversity and inclusion recruiting event in the United States! This event is free and open to the public 18 years of age and older. Multicultural/Bilingual, People with Disabilities, Women, LGBT, Veterans and Mature candidates are encouraged to attend.
      2,000+ Candidates ~ Entry to Professional Level
      Over 60+MAJOR Employers Recruiting
      Additional information available at
      Avoid the line! Come on your lunch hour! -- Email your Resume to with the subject: PORTLAND and receive a confirmation code that allows you to skip the line!
      This is a professional-level event. Business attire and résumés are required for admission.
      Please share with your Network & Friends!
      Follow us on Twitter – @citycareerfair
      Like us on Facebook –

    • Celebrate the Work of Obo And Susan Addy! When: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM| Where: 237 Northeast Broadway Street Portland, OR, 97232 United States (map)| Mission Accomplished! Many hands indeed have participated in making the Obo Addy Legacy Project a success in our community! Please join us as we celebrate and honor the 32 years of music education, introducing people to the positive music and culture of Ghana and the dedicated work of Obo and Susan Addy! Take home a piece of the Obo Addy Legacy Project, there will be Raffles, CD’s, drums, artwork, and small goods for sale throughout the event! Thank you to all for your support throughout the years, we hope to see you on August 22nd! Source::

    • No on Measure 105 - Day of Action. When: 5:30 PM - 8 PM| Where: Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Rd, Portland, Oregon 97206| (mensaje en español enseguida)
      Join us for our Day of Action where we come together with partners to commit to voting NO on Measure 105, an extremely racist ballot measure that will attack our community. We will have speakers, provide trainings, volunteering opportunities, and much more. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP for Childcare. For more information about Measure 105:

    Saturday August 25

    • 3rd Annual Brazilian Day Festival in Portland! When: 11 AM-5 PM| Where: Carioca Bowls 827 Northeast Alberta Street Portland, OR, 97211 United States (map)| Join us for our 3rd Annual Brazilian Day Festival in Portland! Celebrating the Brazilian culture, we are bringing the community together, sharing music, food, art, dance and much more!
      Family Festival, Kids invited, Fun required. Free for all! Family Friendly.

    • Fernhill Park Splashpad Grand Opening. When: 11:00 AM 2:00 PM| Where: Fernhill Park NE 37th And NE Ainsworth Portland, Oregon 97211 (map)| Fernhill Park Splashpad Grand Opening / August 25, 2018 11:00-2pm. You are invited to the Grand Opening Celebration of the new splashpad in Fernhill Park. This grand opening event includes a formal dedication, free cupcakes, and splashpad fun for the whole family.
      A new splash pad, restroom renovation, water service lines, pathways, benches, irrigation improvements, and other park amenities will be added to Fernhill Park, thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond and System Development Charges. Fernhill Park is located at NE 37th Avenue and NE Ainsworth Street. Bring the family, meet your neighbors, and help us celebrate this incredible urban park. We hope to see you there!
      Questions? Please contact Portland Parks & Recreation Community Engagement Coordinator, Ken Rumbaugh at

    Sunday August 26

    Monday August 27

    • Eid Celebration at Oaks Park. Hosted by Muslim Family Getaway| When: 4 PM- 10 PM| Where: The Oaks Amusement Park 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, Oregon 97202| We invite you to come Celebrate Eid al Adha with us at Oaks Park on August 27th! Last eid, over 4000 people attended our celebration. Vendors will be selling a variety of different halal foods, both American and traditional. See flyer for ticket prices. We hope to see you there!


    Saturday, September 8

    • Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice in PDX. When: 12 PM - 4 PM| Where: Harrison Park, 2225 SE 87th Ave, Portland, OR 97216| Oregon Just Transition Alliance invites you to join us on September 8th and Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in Oregon. In Oregon, front line communities have endorsed an inter sectional climate justice platform: we oppose construction of fossil fuel infrastructure, we oppose hateful policies like Measure 105, and we support front line leaders developing solutions that change the rules and draw down wealth and power, like the Portland Clean Energy Fund. Across the country, and around the world, our communities will Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice and we will Rise for Climate Action--aimed at communicating to global and local leaders that a strong US climate movement exists and that the time has come to hold our leaders accountable. For more information please contact us at Source::