Portland events calendar for November 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, kids activities, free entertainment in Portland, OR.

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November 2014

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do in November 2014 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Day of the Dead party

November 1, 2014

0.3 miles north

Transylvanian Voodoo Ball promises haunting music, special guests, dance, ritual, a costume contest, art, and an altar to honor the dead at Star Theatre.

Racy party

November 1, 2014 (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

0.5 mile NW

Portland Erotic Ball [sound] offers bands, costume contests, and over-the-top adult entertainment in McMenamins Crystal Ballroom. Costume required.

Haunted house: Fright Town

November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)

1.5 miles NE

Get three scary attractions for one price at Fright Town, under Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter. Theme on Nov. 1 is Dia De Los Muertos.

Comedy at the zoo

November 1, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.)

3 miles

Comedy Night at the Zoo features two comedians, hors d’oeuvres & adult refreshments, and silent and live auctions at Oregon Zoo.

Big garage sale

November 1, 2014

7 miles north

Shop from hundreds of sellers at Portland’s Largest Garage Sale at Portland Expo Center. Early entry costs more. Repeats in April.

Haunted corn maze

November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 10)

13 miles NW

What creatures lurk around each turn in the four-acre Haunted Maize on Sauvie Island? See schedule.

Sausage and sauerkraut dinner

November 1, 2014

23 miles west

Enjoy a traditional locally made Verboort Sausage Dinner and a nearby beer garden, and then stroll through redwoods on the grounds of the Verboort Catholic Church in Forest Grove.

Haunted house in Hubbard

November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)

27 miles south

Milburn’s Haunted Manor has two attractions and covered lines to stay dry in Hubbard. See schedule.

Holistic expo

November 1 - 2, 2014

1.5 miles NE

Body Mind Spirit Expo features 90 exhibitors and 70 presentations about alternative health and psychic power at the Oregon Convention Center.

Haunted house: 13th Door

Nov. 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Sept. 26)

9 miles SW

The 13th Door Haunted House [sound] is at 3855 SW Murray Blvd. in Beaverton. See schedule.

Pumpkin festival

Nov. 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Sept. 27)

35 miles south

See pumpkins shot from a cannon, take a hayride, navigate a corn maze (haunted some evenings), try archery & paintball, and choose a pumpkin during Pumpkin Fest at Wooden Shoe Farm in Woodburn.

The Rocky Horror Show

November 1 - 8, 2014 (begins Oct. 16)

0.4 miles SE

Watch the rowdy, saucy, musical The Rocky Horror Show live on stage (not on screen) at World Trade Center theater. Discount tickets for certain dates.

RV show

November 6 - 9, 2014

7 miles north

See the latest recreational vehicles and accessories at the Portland Metro Dealers RV Show at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in March.

Holiday gift show

November 7 - 9, 2014

1.5 miles NE

Portland Holiday Food & Gift Festival features 300 exhibitors selling art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, toys, Christmas decor, and gourmet foods in the Oregon Convention Center. Discount tickets.

Science-fiction convention

November 7 - 9, 2014

2 miles NE

Meet sci-fi and fantasy authors and artists, and attend panels, workshops, dances, games, and vendor exhibits at OryCon at DoubleTree by Hilton.

Eugene film festival

November 7 - 9, 2014

112 miles south

See recently made short and feature-length films from all over the world at the Eugene International Film Festival at Regal Cinemas in Eugene.

German Film Festival

November 7 - 11, 2014

1 mile NW

See thought-provoking German films at the German Film Festival at Cinema 21.

Northwest film festival

November 7 - 15, 2014

0.5 miles SW

Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival features works from northwest states and British Columbia, with most screenings at the Portland Art Museum on Park Ave.
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Acrobatics & art

November 8, 2014

2 miles north

Enjoy a night of aerial dance, local art on display, beverages, and live music at Project Warehouse at the A-WOL Dance Collective.

A Taste of France

November 8, 2014 (6 to 10 p.m.)

6.3 miles SW

Enjoy music, tastes of French and Oregon wines, and heavy hors d’oeurves made by a French chef at A Taste of France at Portland Golf Club.

Clam chowder festival

November 8 - 9, 2014

88 miles SW

Chowder Cook-Off features chowder tasting, live music, kids’ activities, beer and wine, plus a tribal celebration on Sunday in Lincoln City.

Veterans parades

November 8 and 11, 2014

Portland & Vancouver

Racy movies

November 12 - 16, 2014

1.6 miles NW

Hump! is 5-minute movies by amateurs at Cinema 21, with prizes based on audience votes. Additional showings in Seattle and Olympia.

Poker tournament

November 14, 2014 (7 to 10 p.m.)

4.8 miles NE

Bridge City Guild Charity Poker Tournament offers prizes, with beer for sale at The Village Ballroom.

Ski and snowboard sale

November 14 - 16, 2014

7 miles north

Shop for new and used snow gear at the SkiFever and Snowboard Show at Portland Expo Center.

Belgian beer

November 15, 2014

0.3 miles north

Try 20 Belgian style beers from Oregon breweries during BelgianFest at Bailey’s Taproom.

Food and wine festival

November 15, 2014 (4 to 8 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Sample 600 wines and a variety of gourmet foods from 50 restaurants at the Northwest Food & Wine Festival at DoubleTree by Hilton.

Seaside wine tasting

November 15, 2014 (3 to 7 p.m.)

78 miles NW

Taste wine in local shops for a fee at Seaside Downtown Fall Wine Walk. Repeats in May.

Christmas lights trail

November 15 - Dec. 31, 2014 (4 to 9 p.m.)

13 miles south

Follow colorful lights through the woods to a viewing platform on the Willamette River at Lighting of Maddax Woods, 5785 River Street in West Linn. See the flyer about the opening-day celebration. Free.

Veterans Day race

November 16, 2014

4.2 miles east

Portland National Veterans Day Run is a timed 5K and 1 miler at Mt. Tabor Park. Discount tickets.

Quilt & craft show

November 20 - 22, 2014

7 miles north

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and vendors of fabrics and supplies at Portland Expo Center.

Beaujolais wine festival

November 21, 2014 (6 to 10 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

Enjoy the 2014 vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau from Oregon, Washington, and France at Heathman Hotel.

Diabetes health fair

November 22, 2014

1.5 miles NE

The Diabetes Expo has health screenings, cooking demos, prevention & management advice, and exhibitors at the Oregon Convention Center. Free.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 22, 2014

4 miles NE

Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food that you donate to a food bank, plus a party. Bring $10, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.

Gluten-free expo

November 22, 2014

47 miles south

Sample and buy products from 50 vendors, and hear talks at the The Healthy Living and Gluten Free Expo at Salem Convention Center. Discount tickets for 2.

Wild Arts Festival

November 22 - 23, 2014

2.5 miles NW

Wild Arts Festival features 70 artists and 30 authors who are inspired by nature, plus a silent auction to benefit the Audubon Society at Montgomery Park.

Thanksgiving dance

November 27, 2014

0.1 mile west

Express gratitude for life at the morning Thanksgiving Day Dance led by Conduit Dance instructors.

Turkey Trot at the zoo

November 27, 2014

3 miles west

Turkey Trot at the Zoo is a morning four-mile family event plus a half-mile Tot Trot. Costume optional.

Tofu Trot at Mt. Tabor

November 27, 2014

5 miles east

Prefer a Thanksgiving run/walk without meat in its name? Tofurky Trot PDX is a 5K at Mt. Tabor Park.

Turkey Trot in West Linn

November 27, 2014 (sold out)

11 miles south

The Turkey Trot is three miles on trails, or 1K for kids, at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn. No dogs.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 27, 2014

Greater Portland area

Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at OpenTable or The Oregonian.

Drive-through light show

November 27 - Dec. 28, 2014

8 miles north

Billed as the largest holiday light show west of the Mississippi, Winter Wonderland has 250 displays at Portland International Raceway. Closed Dec. 2 & 9.

Christmas tree lighting

November 28, 2014 (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.)

Downtown or Lake Oswego

Arrive early for a seat at the Tree Lighting Ceremony with songs in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Lake Oswego Holiday Tree Lighting is the same time.

Holiday parade

November 28, 2014 (9 a.m.)

0.5 mile north

Macy’s Holiday Parade has marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa Claus. Free.

Noir film festival

November 28 - 30, 2014

0.5 miles SW

See melodramatic, cynical, and stylish classic films during A Little Noir at the Portland Art Museum.

Winery open house

November 28 - 30, 2014

Oregon and Washington

Christmas bazaar

Nov. 28-30 & Dec. 5-7, 2014

7 miles north

America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar has 400 booths of juried handcrafted items plus 500 of commercial holiday products at Portland Expo Center.

Christmas train

Nov. 28 - Dec. 14, 2014 (Fri., Sat., Sun)

6 miles SE

Take a one-hour ride along the Willamette River and meet Santa on the decorated Holiday Express train, which leaves the station at 7806 SE Oaks Park Way.

Lights at the Grotto

Nov. 28 - Dec. 30, 2014 (closed Dec. 25)

8 miles NE

Christmas Festival of Lights features 500,000 lights, choirs, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows, and hot chocolate at the Grotto. Closed December 25.


November 28, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015

3 miles west

ZooLights uses one million LED lights to transform the Oregon Zoo into a winter wonderland of lighted trees, animal silhouettes, and moving sculptures. Closed Dec. 24 and 25.

Cupcakes and crafts sale

November 30, 2014

0.5 mile SW

Buy handmade goods and cupcakes to support charity at It’s A Cupcake Christmas at Cleaners at Ace Hotel.

Ugly Sweater Run

November 30, 2014 (9 a.m.)

1.5 miles NE

Wear your ugliest sweater for the Ugly Sweater Run 5K and after-party at the Oregon Convention Center.
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November 2014 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.adams@events12.com