Portland events calendar for November 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, kids activities, free entertainment in Portland, OR.

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

Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Motorcycle show

November 1, 2015 (begins Oct. 31)

1.5 miles NE

International Motorcycle Show features sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, advice, live entertainment, and family activities at Oregon Convention Center.

The Nitemare B4 Xmas

November 1, 2015 (3 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

The Nitemare B4 Xmas is a live re-imagining of the Tim Burton holiday film, with sing alongs and an orchestra at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Haunted house: 13th Door

Nov. 1, 6, 7, 2015 (also Oct.)

9 miles SW

The 13th Door Haunted House [sound] is at 3855 SW Murray Blvd. in Beaverton. Nov. 6 and 7 are flashlight nights.

Daredevil stunts

November 4, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

1.4 miles NE

Watch mind-blowing stunts, freestyle motocross, and BMX routines with a crazy circus theme at Nitro Circus Live at Moda Center.

Tasting event

November 5, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

1.5 miles NE

Taste smoked foods, including meat or vegetables, spices, sauces, desserts, chocolate, nuts, and drinks at Smoke THIS, Not THAT at Leftbank Annex.

Holiday gift show

November 6 - 8, 2015

1.5 miles NE

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

Ski and snowboard sale

November 6 - 8, 2015

7 miles north

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

Racy movies

November 6 - 7 and 13 - 14, 2015

1.6 miles east

Hump! [sound] is 5-minute movies by amateurs of all persuasions at Revolution Hall, with prizes based on audience votes. Additional showings in Seattle and Olympia.

Literary festival

November 7, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Wordstock brings together independent publishers, booksellers, authors, and food vendors at Portland Art Museum.

A taste of France

November 7, 2015 (6 to 10 p.m.)

9.6 miles south

Enjoy music, tastes of French wine, and heavy hors d’oeuvres made by a French chef at Wines of France in Lake Oswego.

Sausage and sauerkraut dinner

November 7, 2015

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 Visitation Catholic Church in Forest Grove.

Holistic expo

November 7 - 8, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Body Mind Spirit Expo has exhibits and presentations about alternative health and psychic power at the Oregon Convention Center.

Veterans parades

November 7 & 11, 2015

Portland & Vancouver

RV show

November 12 - 15, 2015

7 miles north

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

Northwest film festival

November 12 - 17, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival features works from northwest states, plus an opening-night party and workshops at the Portland Art Museum on Park Avenue.

Odd romantic musical

November 12 - 29, 2015

2 miles NW

Three Marines deploying for Vietnam bet who can get the ugliest date in Dogfight, a rousing song and dance adventure about unexpected love, loss, and brotherhood at CoHo Theater.

Horror convention

November 13 - 15, 2015

1.5 miles NE

The Living Dead Horror Convention has films, books, celebrity guests, live bands, horror burlesque, parties, and panel discussions at Oregon Convention Center.

Eugene film festival

November 13 - 15, 2015

112 miles south

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

Belgian beer

November 14, 2015

0.3 miles north

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

Food and wine festival

November 14, 2015 (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 14, 2015

78 miles NW

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

Vegetarian festival

November 14 - 15, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Portland VegFest offers free samples, films, cooking demonstrations, 100 exhibitors, speakers, and tasty food at the Oregon Convention Center.

Clam chowder festival

November 14 - 15, 2015

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.

Christmas lights trail

Nov. 14 - Dec. 31, 2015 (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. Free.

Veterans Day race

November 15, 2015 (8:11 a.m.)

4.2 miles east

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

Quilt & craft show

November 19 - 21, 2015

7 miles north

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

Band rally

November 20, 2015 (12 to 1 p.m.)

0 miles

The USC college band plays and the USC Song Girls dance at the USC Band Pep Rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Beaujolais wine festival

November 20, 2015 (6 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

A ticket to Beaujolais Nouveau includes tastes of the latest vintage from Oregon, Washington, and France, plus a gourmet buffet at the Heathman Hotel.

Science-fiction convention

November 20 - 22, 2015

0.6 miles SE

Meet sci-fi and fantasy authors and artists, and attend panels, workshops, dances, games, and vendor exhibits at OryCon at Portland Marriott Waterfront.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 21, 2015

4 miles NE

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

Gluten-free expo

November 21, 2015

47 miles south

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

Wild Arts Festival

November 21 - 22, 2015

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.

Turkey trot at the raceway

November 25, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

7.5 miles north

The Turkey Trot Run/Walk is a 5k run/walk and kids’ trot with an after party at Portland International Raceway. No dogs.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2015

Greater Portland area

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

Thanksgiving dance

November 26, 2015 (10 a.m. to noon)

0.1 mile west

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

Turkey trot at the zoo

November 26, 2015 (8 a.m.)

3 miles west

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

Vegetarian trot at Mt. Tabor

November 26, 2015 (9 a.m. to noon)

5.5 miles south

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

Turkey trot in Sherwood

November 26, 2015 (9 a.m.)

17 miles SW

Give n’ Gobble is a 5K run/walk, a 10K run, and a food drive at Sherwood High School.

Drive-through light show

November 26 - Dec. 27, 2015

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. 1 & 7.

Christmas tree lighting

November 27, 2015 (5:30 p.m.)

Downtown or Lake Oswego

The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Holiday Tree Lighting in Lake Oswego are held at the same time.

Holiday parade

November 27, 2015 (9 to 10 a.m.)

0.5 mile north

Macy’s Holiday Parade [sound] has marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa Claus in the North Park Blocks. Route. Free.

Winery open house

November 27 - 29, 2015

Oregon and Washington


November 27 - 29, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Portland Ballet dances the Firebird with music by Stravinsky, plus a humorous piece set to Mozart, at Thanksgiving Weekend at Portland State University.

Christmas trees in Vancouver

November 27 - 29, 2015

9.4 miles north

Walk among decorated trees and model trains at the Festival of Trees at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver (donation). Nov. 7 includes a tree lighting with Santa in the park across the street.

Christmas bazaar

November 27 - 29 and Dec. 4 - 6, 2015

7 miles north

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

Christmas train

November 27 - Dec. 20, 2015

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 7805 SE Oaks Park Way.

Lights at The Grotto

November 27 - Dec. 30, 2015

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 27, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

3 miles west

ZooLights uses 1.5 million LED lights to transform the Oregon Zoo into a winter wonderland of lighted trees, animal silhouettes, and moving sculptures. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Christmas in the Garden

Nov. 27, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 (schedule)

43 miles south

Christmas in the Garden features 400,000 lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, ice skating, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Holiday music

November 28 - 29, 2015

0.2 miles SW

The Oregon Symphony and the Pacific Youth Choir play Holiday Pops at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Cupcakes and crafts sale

November 28 - 29, 2015

0.5 mile SW

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