General

What tours do you offer?

Erik’s Daily Free Tour

May 2nd- October 4th 2018, 7 days a week at 11am. No reservation necessary. Just show up! The tour meet every day at 700 SW 6th Ave. Your tour guide Erik will be standing in front of the steps of Pioneer Courthouse, on the sidewalk of SW 6th Ave, right across the street from Pioneer Square and the Visitor Information Center. Look for Erik in his neon green shirt! If you’re lost call or text Erik at (503) 703 4282.

Afternoon Food Cart Tour

6 days a week, Mon-Sat at 1:45 pm $45 per person. Tickets required. This tour is offered through Erik’s other tour company, Taste Portland Tours.

Morning Brunch Tour

6 days a week, Tue-Sun at 9am $55 per person. This tour is offered through Erik’s other tour company, Taste Portland Tours.

Who will my tour guide be for Erik’s Daily Free Tour?

Local comedian and YouTube star Erik Kennon will always give ERIK’S FREE TOUR from May 2nd until October 4th, 2018.

The MORNING BRUNCH TOUR and AFTERNOON FOOD CART TOURS are given by Erik, Mike, Travis, Karen.

Where is the free tour meeting point?

From May 2nd until October 4th, 2018, the tour meets every day, 7 days a week, at 11am on the sidewalk of 6th Avenue in front of the steps of Pioneer Courthouse (near the intersection of SW 6th Ave and Yamhill St.)

The MAX light-rail train stop ID is “Pioneer Courthouse Square.” The tour meeting point also happens to be across the street from Pioneer Square and the Visitor Information Center.

There is no reservation necessary for Erik’s FREE TOUR- you can just show up! He’ll be there every single day, wearing a NEON GREEN T-SHIRT, at 11am from May 2nd until October 4th, rain or shine!

Where should I park?

Please don’t park on the street- you may get a ticket if you don’t keep feeding your meter! For Erik’s FREE TOUR, and the MORNING BRUNCH TOUR, we recommend the Smart Park Garage on SW 10th Ave, between Yamhill and Morrison Streets. 730 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205. The price of parking at the Smart Park Garage is $12 maximum on weekdays and only $5 maximum on the weekends.

Do I need a reservation for Erick's free tour?

No reservation necessary, just show up!!

How long is the duration of the tour?

ERIK’S DAILY FREE TOUR is approximately 2 hours long, from 11am until 1pm. The MORNING BRUNCH TOUR is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes long, from 9am until 11:30 am. The AFTERNOON FOOD CART TOUR is approximately 1 hour and 45 min long, from 1:45 pm until 3:30 pm.

How much walking is involved?

ERIK’S FREE TOUR is 1.2 miles long, spaced out over 2 hours. The AFTERNOON FOOD CART TOUR is half a mile long, spaced out over 1 hour and 45 minutes. The MORNING BRUNCH TOUR require only 5 blocks of walking.

Are private tours available?

Yes! With advance notice please send an email to secretsofportlandia@gmail.com for inquiries. Or you can call or text Erik at (503) 703 4282

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Well behaved dogs are allowed on ERIK’S FREE TOUR and the AFTERNOON FOOD CART TOUR, but not on the MORNING BRUNCH TOUR.

Is the tour wheelchair and stroller friendly?

Yes, absolutely. The entire tour is on flat, well-graded streets. There are no stairs on any of our tours.

What happens if it rains?

All tours and events are held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the day’s weather conditions and bring an umbrella if necessary!

Why free?

We believe that learning about Portland’s fascinating history and subculture shouldn’t come with a price tag.

Other Walking Tours of Portland start at $20 and will deny you a Tour if you don’t pay their set fee. They give Walking Tours of Portland for monetary reasons. Its all about money for them. Most of their guides aren’t from Portland.

Our guides, on the contrary, are from Portland. We grew up in this town. We give a FREE TOUR because we are passionate about our city’s history and culture and we want it to be accessible to everyone.

EVERY WEEK locals from Portland who are financially struggling (many of them homeless) come to our Tour, Secrets of Portlandia, and ask “How much does the tour cost?” To which we reply “Its Free, but if people like it they often like to leave a tip at the end.” The locals go on to say, “I want to come along, but I don’t have any money to leave a tip…” To which we always respond, “Don’t worry, this tour is for everyone. Please join us. We’d be really happy to have you come along.”

Come see what a difference it makes when a walking tour is given for free. We take great pride in our work and always deliver a fresh, fun tour. That’s why people love to leave a tip at the end! Because we’ve earned it!

If you are interested in Walking Tours of Portland, Oregon, please join us. For Free. Everyday at 11 AM. No reservation necessary. Just Show Up! And Look For The Tour Guide In The Neon Green Shirt.

Who Can Attend

Are there age restrictions?

Children are welcome on most of the tours, but please bear in mind that some children have a limited attention span and therefore a 2-3 hour tour or event may not be appropriate for them. Parents know their children best and should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing, walking, and market congestion, please consider this when deciding whether the tours and events are appropriate for your child.

If your child is 2 years of age or younger and will not be eating, you will not need to purchase a ticket for him/her. If your child is 3 years of age or older, you will need to purchase a ticket for him/her, regardless if he/she will be eating.

Do the tours have anything to offer a native Portlander?

Definitely! Many of our attendees live right here in Portland. Locals often join us to save time and money learning about the great food finds downtown.

How physically fit do i need to be to enjoy my tour or event?

Our walking tours require a certain level of physical stamina. Both tours travel typical city sidewalks and cross city streets. But there are no hills.

On the Morning Brunch and Munch Tasting Tour be prepared to cover several city blocks. Most tastings are seated.

On the Afternoon Food Cart All-Stars Tasting Tour covers more territory than the Morning Brunch. We are on our feet for approximately 2-3 hours. Tastings are on the go and seating opportunities are extremely limited.

Ticket Related

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. Events typically sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.

Can I get a refund or reschedule my tickets?

Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed on the event. Our events often sell out. No partial credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals. It is your responsibility to show up at the right location, on time. The events commence promptly.

If an event is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?

We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is always a chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please contact us to let us know what date you are interested in.

Are tour guide gratuities included in the price?

Eat Portland does not include gratuities in the cost of the tours. A standard gratuity for a tour guide is 15% to 20% of the tour price.

Do you offer discounted tickets for children and seniors?

Currently we do not offer any discounted tickets for children and seniors.

If i am bringing an infant/very young child, do i need to purchase a ticket for them?

If you are bringing a child that is 2 years of age or younger, and he/she will not be eating during the tour, you do not need to purchase a ticket for him/her. If your child is 3 years of age or older, you will need to purchase a ticket for him/her, regardless if he/she will be participating in the tastings.

Tour Logistics

How much overlap is there across tours?

There is minimal content overlap across the tours. All tastings are unique to each tour. Many guests enjoy attending more than one tour during their stay in Portland.

Do the tours or events start and end at the same place?

The events all end within a few blocks of the starting point. Your guide will be happy to assist with directions at the end of the event.

Is there parking nearby the tour meeting point?

Yes, there are many parking facilities around downtown.

Can I shop on the tours?

We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on schedule and continue with the informative tour and food tastings in a timely manner.

What happens if it rains?

All tours and events are held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the day’s weather conditions and bring an umbrella if necessary.

Are bathrooms available?

Yes, bathrooms are available throughout our tours and events. However, we strongly recommend that you use the facilities before meeting up, so that we can stay on schedule and maximize our tastings! There are bathrooms at the tour start locations, so please arrive even earlier to allow time to use the facilities.

Are tours and events offered only in English?

Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. Please contact us or call if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour.

Are the tours and events accessible by baby stroller and wheelchair?

The Afternoon Food Cart All-Stars Tasting Tour is accessible by baby strollers and wheelchairs.

The Morning Brunch and Munch Tasting Tour can accommodate wheelchairs but not strollers.