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 in November 2015 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.

Holiday gift show

November 6 - 8, 2015

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.

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.

Literary festival

November 7, 2015

0.5 miles SW

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

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 Verboort Catholic Church in Forest Grove.

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.

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

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

November 14 - Dec. 31, 2015

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

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.

Beaujolais wine festival

November 20, 2015

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.
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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.

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.

Thanksgiving dance

November 26, 2015

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 26, 2015

3 miles west

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

Vegetarian trot at Mt. Tabor

November 26, 2015

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 West Linn

November 26, 2015

11 miles south

The Turkey Trot Run/Walk is 3 miles on trails, or 1K for kids, at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn. 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.

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.

Christmas tree lighting

November 27, 2015

Downtown or Lake Oswego

The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square is at 5:30 p.m. Lake Oswego Holiday Tree Lighting also is at 5:30 p.m.

Holiday parade

November 27, 2015

0.5 mile north

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

Winery open house

November 27 - 29, 2015

Oregon and Washington

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 of commercial holiday products at Portland Expo Center.

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.

Christmas in the Garden

November 27 - Dec. 30, 2015

43 miles south

Christmas in the Garden features 300,000 lights, festive music, warm fires, a traditional Christmas market, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton.

Comedy at the zoo

November 2015 (undated)

3 miles

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

Eugene film festival

November 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

1 mile NW

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

Northwest film festival

November 2015 (undated)

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 Ave.

Acrobatics & art

November 2015 (undated)

2 miles north

Project Warehouse is an evening of aerial dance, local art on display, beverages, and live music at A-WOL Dance Collective.

A Taste of France

November 2015 (undated)

9.6 miles south

Enjoy music, tastes of French and Oregon wines, and heavy hors d’oeurves made by a French chef at A Taste of France in Lake Oswego.

Racy movies

November 2015 (undated)

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. Advance tickets are sold out, but there may be tickets at the door.

Poker tournament

November 2015 (undated)

4.8 miles NE

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

Gluten-free expo

November 2015 (undated)

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.

Ugly Sweater Run/Walk

November 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles NE

Wear your ugliest sweater for the Ugly Sweater Run 5K and after-party at Oregon Convention Center.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 2015 (undated)

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.

Thanksgiving sampler

November 2015 (undated)

multiple locations

Try a plateful of holiday foods for a $5 donation to charity during Taste of Thanksgiving at Whole Foods Markets, including Fremont, Hillsboro, Pearl District, and Vancouver, WA.

Cupcakes and crafts sale

November 2015 (undated)

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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November 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.fox@events12.com