Portland is very much a “business casual” city. With craft breweries and food trucks all over the city, you won’t have much trouble finding a happy hour location for your team to hang out at after a long day at work. But finding a place that truly stands out still takes some planning. This list of awesome team outing ideas in Portland will help you discover the area’s most exciting spots and activities. Whether you’re a local team or simply visiting for a convention, these ideas will have you covered. As an added bonus: we’ve included some indoor options to enjoy during the rainy season.
1. Build your own event with DIY Bar
DIY Bar is a “craft and sip” event where you can work on arts and crafts projects while drinking cider, beer, and wine. The team at DIY Bar can bring the supplies to you, or you can visit their studio in Northeast Portland. The projects available are pretty varied, ranging from small items like luggage tags and coasters to wallets, flasks, bottle openers, and more. Sessions typically run for three hours, and you can bring your own food. The studio fits up to 49 people.
2. Book an incredible Peerspace
Peerspace is a great option if you’re looking for a customized outing for your team. Choose a unique venue in Portland to host one of the activities on this list (such as the DIY Bar), or come up with something novel. Fun locations on Peerspace include a waterfront event space, a modern photo studio, and a vineyard estate. Since you’ll be renting from a local host, you can ask for personal recommendations or even call the Concierge service to create a custom catering and equipment package. This is excellent for out-of-town teams looking for an all-in-one work and activity space in Portland!
3. Enjoy a night out at Helium Comedy Club
Portland has a thriving comedy scene, and one of its most popular venues is Helium Comedy Club on Hawthorne. Take your team here for a corporate outing that includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment for groups between 10 to 275 people. Helium also offers team-building workshops, comedy classes, and more — if you want something a little more participant-driven. You can host the workshop at the comedy club, or have them come to your office or Peerspace.
4. Hike the 4T Trail
One of Portland’s best attributes is how easy it is to spend time in nature. The 4T Trail, which starts and ends downtown, is a great way to see the city that doesn’t require a whole day of walking. Start your hike by taking the train to the Oregon Zoo, where you can visit the Rose Garden or one of the other Washington Park attractions. Then, walk about two-and-a-half miles to the OHSU campus and take the aerial tram down the hill. Catch the trolley back to where you started. This is one of the most scenic team outing ideas in Portland for groups new to the city!
5. Have a “reunion” at the Kennedy School
The McMenamin Brothers are known for turning historical buildings into bars and brewpubs, and the Kennedy School is one of their best venues. This former high school has “classrooms” that have been converted into meeting rooms, banquet halls, and hotel rooms. There’s also a movie theater, a soaking pool, a restaurant, and four bars. Whether you rent out a space for a meeting or retreat, or just visit for happy hour, there’s plenty to do here for teams of all sizes!
6. Watch cheesy movies at the Hollywood Theatre
Portland’s Hollywood Theatre is an art-house cinema with plenty of noteworthy movies to see. But what makes this theatre really special is its offbeat programming, such as “Hecklevision,” a regular movie series in which the audience makes fun of the movies being shown. Think ’80s and ’90s classics like Mortal Kombat and Con Air. Each screening has a guest commentator; in addition, you can text your jokes and jeers during the movie, and they may appear on screen!
7. Explore the ziplines at Tree to Tree Adventure Park
Take your team out into the hills to the Tree to Tree Adventure Park just west of Hillsboro. This park has zip lines and an aerial obstacle course to get your adrenaline pumping. The guides at Tree to Tree also offer team-building workshops on site or off. Their “Leadership and the Brain” training is all about how exercise impacts the physiology of the brain. This is one of the most exciting team outing ideas in Portland for teams that have been sitting at the desk for too long!
8. Take a brewery tour with Brewvana
There are too many breweries in Portland to pick just one. Fortunately, with a Brewvana tour, you don’t have to settle for a single spot. The Brewvana beer bus will take your team to some of the city’s best bars and brewpubs. Choose from tours that visit cideries, distilleries, coffee roasters, donut shops, and more — or create a custom tour. You can also sign up for a team-building and on-site tasting experience at Deschutes Brewery that runs for about an hour.
9. Attend a roller derby with Rose City Rollers
If you’ve never been to a roller derby, take your team down to Oaks Park to see the Rose City Rollers. This women’s roller derby league has four adult teams and several junior teams. Catch a home game and have a fun night out while also supporting an inclusive sports community.
10. Throw a boat party with Portland Electric Boat Company
Rent an electric boat and have a night out on the Willamette River. You don’t need any boating experience to navigate the river with a rental from Portland Electric Boat Company. Bring your own food and drink, and watch the sunset while cruising around downtown Portland. This is a great team outing to enjoy a long Pacific Northwest summer night!
Portland’s location makes it easy to find an exciting activity for your team. With rivers, forests, and mountains all within a day’s drive, you can enjoy long summer days outdoors, as well as stick to nearby bars and breweries on rainy winter evenings. If you’re looking for team outing ideas in Portland, browse Peerspace to find the perfect venue for your workshop or party.