This is a growing resource page about Portland, the conference venue, how to get there, and what to do when you arrive.

The Portland Local Committee has pooled their considerable knowledge of the city and the region to develop a Local Guide full of restaurant suggestions, info about the closest grocery stores and pharmacies, ideas for daytrips to the Oregon coast, and recommendations for local museums and other venues within walking distance of the hotel.

 View of Portland from the top floor of the Portland Hilton Downtown hotel.

Stay in the AFS Block at the Hilton Portland Downtown

This November, the in-person portion of the 2023 AFS annual meeting will be hosted November 1-4 at the Hilton Portland Downtown, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97204.

If you intend to stay at the conference hotel, please reserve a room in the AFS block by using the reservation link that we provide, rather than a third-party hotel reservation system.

This helps both you and AFS. If you have any trouble with your reservation, we will have more leverage to help you if you reserve within our block. Also, placing your reservation this way satisfies our contract with the hotel, helping us to avoid potentially costly fees if our block is not filled.

AFS guest rate: $189

The cutoff for reserving your room in the AFS block is Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

Look at a map of the Hilton Downtown Portland to get oriented.

Graphic of several neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon with the Willamette River and Columbia Rivers running through them.

The 2023 Local Committee has pooled their extensive local knowledge in their Local Guide to Portland, Oregon.

You’ll find a round-up of museums and galleries in Portland that are sure to interest folklorists, plus other local points of interest, in addition to essential information about local transportation, groceries, and pharmacies.

Illustration by Subin Yang for Travel Portland.