Portland events calendar for November 2016. 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.

Ski and snowboard sale

November 4 - 6, 2016

7 miles north

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

Literary festival

November 5, 2016

0.5 miles SW

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

A taste of France

November 5, 2016 (uncertain)

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 5, 2016

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.

RV show

November 10 - 13, 2016

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 10 - 18, 2016

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.

Veterans parades

November 11, 2016

Portland & Vancouver

Holiday gift show

November 11 - 13, 2016

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.

Belgian beer

November 12, 2016

0.3 miles north

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

Food and wine festival

November 12, 2016

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.

Veterans Day race

November 12, 2016

4.2 miles east

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

Seaside wine tasting

November 12, 2016

78 miles NW

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

Mushroom tasting in Lincoln City

November 12, 2016 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

87 miles SW

Buy tastes of mushroom dishes and vote for your favorites at Wild Mushroom Cook-off, which also has a cooking demonstration, a wild mushroom ID booth, live music, wine, beer, food vendors, and wild mushrooms for sale in Lincoln City.

Beaujolais wine festival

November 18, 2016

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 18 - 20, 2016

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 19, 2016 (uncertain)

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.

Wild Arts Festival

November 19 - 20, 2016

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 23, 2016

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.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 24, 2016

Greater Portland area

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

Thanksgiving dance

November 24, 2016

0.1 mile west

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

Turkey trot at the zoo

November 24, 2016

3 miles west

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

Turkey trot in Sherwood

November 24, 2016

17 miles SW

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

Christmas tree lighting

November 25, 2016

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 25, 2016

0.5 mile north

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

Winery open house

November 25 - 27, 2016

Oregon and Washington

Christmas trees in Vancouver

November 25 - 27, 2016

9.4 miles north

Walk among decorated trees and model trains at the Festival of Trees at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver (donation). A free Community Tree Lighting with Santa in the park across the street is Friday, Nov. 25.

Christmas bazaar

November 25 - Dec. 4, 2016

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. Open Nov. 25, 26, 27; Dec. 2, 3, 4.

Drive-through light show

November 25 - Dec. 25, 2016

8 miles north

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

Lights at The Grotto

November 25 - Dec. 30, 2016

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 25, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

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

November 25, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

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 26 - 27, 2016

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 26 - 27, 2016

0.5 mile SW

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

Holiday Ale Festival

November 30 - Dec. 4, 2016

0 miles

Enjoy 50 bold winter ales at Holiday Ale Festival in heated tents at Pioneer Courthouse Square for age 21+.

Christmas play

November 30 - Dec. 30, 2016

3.5 miles NE

Portland Playhouse performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.

Motorcycle show

November 2016 (undated)

1.5 miles NE

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

Tasting event

November 2016 (undated)

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.

The Nitemare B4 Xmas

November 2016 (undated)

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.

Quilt & craft show

November 2016 (undated)

7 miles north

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

Gluten-free expo

November 2016 (undated)

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.

Clam chowder festival

November 2016 (undated)

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.

Eugene film festival

November 2016 (undated)

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.


November 2016 (undated)

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.

Vegetarian trot at Mt. Tabor

November 2016 (undated)

5.5 miles south

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

Christmas train

November 2016 (undated)

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.

Christmas lights trail

November 2016 (undated)

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.
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