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PRGE moves to August 14-16 in 2020

Thank you for your amazing support of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo in 2019. More than 10,000 of you came to the Oregon Conventon Center to experience the Expo.

Please mark your calendars for PRGE 2020 on August 14-16, 2020!

Why is PRGE moving to August?

PRGE hosts over 10,000 attendees and the only venue that can accomodate our kind of show with that many attendees is the Oregon Convention Center (OCC). Since we started using OCC for PRGE, the Portland has become much more popular as a destination for national conventions. There is also a brand new Hyatt Hotel opening next to OCC early next year, which only makes the venue more appealing to other events.

It is definitely our preference not to move the dates of the Expo. Unfortunately, the Oregon Convention Center has notified us that our usual weekend at the end of October has been filled by a large convention which will occupy most of the venue. We were given several options for PRGE 2020, but the August dates were the best of our available choices.

We realize that this change may negatively impact some of our attendees and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. It is our hope that many of our fans will find an August date to be even better than October since their children will still be on summer break.

Thanks for your support and we sincerely hope you will stick with us through this transition. If you have any questions, please submit them to

Frequently Asked Questions

Why don't you move to the Portland Expo Center?
The Expo Center is not a good venue for our event for several reasons:
  • Farther from the city center
  • Nearby hotels and restaurants are limited
  • Limited public transportation access to venue
  • Space is more geared up for outdoor events and vehicle shows
  • Limited meeting room space

How is the Oregon Convention Center able to require you to change dates after your event has been on the same weekend for 8 years?

OCC and their parent organization, Metro, favor events that draw attendees from outside Portland. As stated on their web site, it is the mission of OCC is to drive tourist dollars into Portland. We are told that an attendee from outside Portland spends ten times what a local resident spends when attending an event at OCC. Unfortunately our local, home-grown event is unable to complete on the same footing as large, national conferences because we do not draw as many attendees from outside Portland.

We will continue to work with OCC to try and keep local events on their roster in the future and we aspire to move our dates as little as possible.

Best Volunteers in the Business!

At PRGE you will notice people with these awesome logos on the back of their shirts (right).

Who are these people? They are the 1-Ups: our awesome army of volunteers.

Feeling lost, confused, need directions to nearest castle or maybe want to show someone your latest score from a vendor? Find one of them, scattered throughout the show hall, and they will help you right away.

The show's staff would sincerely like to thank them with the utmost gratitude and sincerity. Plain and simple, the show would not work without them.


Learn about volunteering at PRGE »

Apply to be a PRGE 1-Up volunteer »

History of PRGE Flyers, Badges & T-Shirts

PRGE 2009 T-shirt
T-Shirt from PRGE 2009

Over the past decade we have create a wide variety of marketing materials, shirts, badges and show programs for each of our events.

Visit our new PRGE museum page and look back at some of these materials we produced and learn about the history of the Northwest's largest retro gaming convention. See the evolution of the Expo as we moved to larger venues each year and enjoyed ever increasing attendance.

Portland Retro Gaming Expo Flyer, Badge and T-Shirt Archive

PRGE Countdown Clock:
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2020 Show Hours:
Friday, August 14
Arcade: 12:00 Noon to 10:00 PM
Saturday, August 15
Exhibitor Hall: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Arcade: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 16
Exhibitor Hall: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Arcade: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Detailed show schedule »


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