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Discover Portland's Kenton Neighborhood

Walkable to Restaurants, Shops, and More

North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood is beautiful and historic with a creative flair. Filled with unique restaurants, bars, and cafes, this walkable neighborhood has its own quaint downtown area. Bordered by the Arbor Lodge, St. Johns, and Piedmont neighborhoods, Kenton is well-connected to greater Portland thanks to the Max light rail, bike lanes, and close access to major roadways.


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Kenton Neighborhood Real Estate

Homes in the Kenton Neighborhood range from charming Victorian cottages to Craftsman to East Portland styles that have plenty of historic character. And don’t forget about the new urban-style lofts for those who want something a little more modern. This neighborhood gives you the best of urban living, cultural diversity, and small-town community.


It’s no surprise that home prices have gone sky-high over the past several years. This neighborhood is in demand and the real estate prices show it! Apartments and rental homes are pricier in this area when compared to other parts of Portland.


Date Night: Eat & Drink

Kenton might be small but there’s plenty to eat (and drink!). Grab a quick bite, a craft beer, or a delicious meal at a friendly pub.

This walkable neighborhood has a lot in a small area! Residents value the quaint downtown on North Denver Avenue with its restaurants, shops, and renovated public library.


Neighborhood Events

The lively Kenton Farmers Market offers fantastic local, fresh food, vendors, and live music, all with the neighborhood’s fun, creative flair.

Since 2019, the Kenton Street Fair (Check Back for 2024’s Date!) has celebrated the neighborhood with music stages, food and drink options, and many unique business vendors.

Summer Free For All: Kenton was approved for the Summer Free for All event! The concert, food, and activities will be happening on Saturday, August 5th at 6 pm in Kenton Park. Iron Prophecy will be the featured band. The Kenton Neighborhood Association (KNA) is fundraising to host this event and they need your help! If you live in the Kenton neighborhood, keep your eye out for an email in the next month with donation instructions to KNA’s GoFundMe for this and future community events. They are also looking for volunteers to help with the day of coordination.

Vanport Mosaic Festival: Attend this free series of in-person, virtual, and self-paced memory activism opportunities around the former City of Vanport and the 3,676 Japanese Americans detained in 1942 at the Pacific International Livestock Exposition Center, now known as the Portland Expo Center. 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the flood that destroyed Vanport, now a part of the Kenton neighborhood. It was once Oregon’s second-largest city, and the largest WWII federal housing project in the United States.  The Vanport Mosaic Festival commemorates Oregon’s Katrina-like disaster with exhibits, art performances, documentary screenings, oral history recordings, tours of the historic Vanport area, and community engagement activities. These events will occur May 18th – May 29th; learn more here.

Kenton Garage Sale: Mark your calendars! The Kenton Neighborhood Community Garage & Yard Sale is returning Sunday, July 16th. To get your sale on the map go here and fill out the form by June 25th.


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Shopping & Businesses

Find antiques, salvaged treasures, gifts, and more!

Parks & Green Spaces

Kenton Park is a renovated park with great accessibility features. Almost 12 acres, it includes a playground, splash pad, paved paths, sports fields, and restrooms.

  • Trenton Park – Basketball court, picnic tables and playground
  • Heron Lakes Golf Club – 340 acres of pristine grounds. This is one of the only 36-hole courses in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s been around for over 60 years.
  • Arbor Lodge Park – Dog off-leash area, horseshoe pit, paved paths, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, and lighted tennis courts.
  • Farragut Park – Basketball courts, soccer field, paved paths, and playground


Things to Do & See in Kenton

Kenton is close to the action! There’s plenty to see and do, whether events at the Portland International Raceway and the Expo Center, historic tours, or parks. Don’t forget to check out the famous Paul Bunyan statue!

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History of the Neighborhood

Kenton, originally a farming community, was a company town developed by the Swift Meat Packing Company in the early 1900s. The area grew quickly thanks to the presence of numerous rail lines and the shipping made possible by the Columbia River. Major manufacturing companies, such as the Portland Union Stockyards, began operating out of the area and Kenton soon became the primary livestock market in the region.

As the area grew, small houses were built for workers and larger houses for executives went up around Denver Ave. Streetcars transported the workers to the packing plants. A large hotel opened on Denver and later, a beautiful theater. Factories continued opening during the first part of the 20th century and shipyards were widespread during World War II.

During the 1950s, Kenton fell on hard times. North Interstate Avenue, which runs through the neighborhood, had been Portland’s primary north-south road. But when I-5 was built, it diverted traffic and commerce away from Kenton.

After years of decline, the North Portland Urban Renewal plan, which included the MAX light rail, revitalized the area. Today, Kenton provides ample opportunities for business in a strong and creative community. It’s not hard to see why Kenton is one of Portland’s up-and-coming neighborhoods!