National Geographic Live

Dynamic Events. Fascinating People. Captivating Stories.

Behind every great National Geographic story there is a great storyteller: the writers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, explorers, and adventurers who bring the world home. Through National Geographic Live, a rich public program of speakers, concerts, and films, these storytellers are presented on stages worldwide.

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and National Geographic Live joined forces to bring the inaugural three-part speaker series to the Newmark Theatre in 2016, and are now pleased to announce the return of the Nat Geo Live Portland speaker series for five presentations in 2016/17.

With the 2016/17 series, you can explore the surface of Mars, find out what it is like to be a Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist, hear about a photographer's journey to track elusive big cats, gain insight into a harrowing journey to the summit of Southeast Asia’s highest point, and learn about a profound shift in our understanding of human evolution.

As audiences around the world have discovered, National Geographic Live events are lavishly illustrated, firsthand presentations by dynamic individuals who travel the world to get the powerful stories and images you’ve seen on the National Geographic Channel and in National Geographic magazine. Check the events below to find out more about our exciting second season, and join the adventure!

Series Subscriptions & Tickets

Series subscriptions (starting at $125.00 plus a one-time order fee)- are no longer available- and single lecture tickets ($20-$55 plus fees; price varies for each lecture) are on sale now.
Purchase a season subscription to the entire series and save on ticket fees with a one-time order fee of $12 in person at the Portland'5 Box Office, or $18.50 for online/phone orders - no longer available.
Single tickets are available online, at the Portland'5 Box Office (1111 SW Broadway Ave., M-SA 10am-5pm) & TicketsWest outlets, or by phone: 800-273-1530.

About National Geographic Live:
National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations whose mission is to inspire, illuminate, and teach. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in 32 cities around the world, including New York, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration on stage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. In 2014, National Geographic Live events were attended by over 150,000 people. For more information, visit