The Expo Center holds various recreational and promotional events, including home and garden shows, antique shows, auto shows and sportsmen shows. Some events scheduled for the month of September 2015 include the Rose City Live Model Horse Show, Portland Fall RV and Van Show, Northwest Quilting Expo and Silver Collector Car Auction. Events such as The Oregon Hemp Convention, Collectors West Gun and Knife Show, and Portland Pet Expo are scheduled for October 2015.
With nearly 100 events and 450,000 attendees, the Expo Center is a prime asset for the community’s economic growth. It also supports many community events, such as The Rose City Rollers, Pro-Start High School Culinary Arts Championships, Legacy Emmanuel Children’s Hospital and Mercy Corps. Some of the successful local community events the Expo Center has supported include The Oregon Symphony’s Defiant Requiem, The Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Banquet and Legacy Emmanuel’s Wishes on Wheels.
The Expo Center plays a major role in community development by providing local businesses a wide exposure to the many tourists visiting the events. The Expo Center uses eco-friendly and recyclable materials during all of its events, and the events are organized using a variety of sustainable methods.