Pioneer Courthouse Square

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Located in the heart of downtown Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square is affectionately known as the City’s ‘Living Room’. With more than 26,000 people passing by the Square each day, and thousands more visiting the Square directly, it is the single most visited site in Oregon’s most visited city. The Square is one of Portland’s leading outdoor venues, hosting over 300 events each year that range from large-scale concerts, political rallies and cultural festivals.

The Square is filled with historic and artistic elements including a “Weather Machine” that consists of three weather symbols, each representing an element of Portland’s typical climate. Each day at noon a musical fanfare initiates a two-minute sequence that involves the appearance of the three weather symbols.