Portland events calendar for October 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in Portland, Oregon.

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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.

Fashion show

October 1 - 4, 2015

3 miles NW

Portland Fashion Week showcases local designers and retailers in runway shows with after parties at 3333 NW Industrial St. Repeats in April.

Home and garden show

October 1 - 4, 2015

7 miles north

The Portland Fall Home & Garden Show fills the Portland Expo Center with home-improvement vendors, dining-room exhibits, garden displays, and thousands of plants. Repeats Feb.

Halloween trail

October 1 - 30, 2015

26 miles SE

Families love the lighted Halloween Fantasy Trail, with its decorated castle, suspension bridge, tunnel, and maze at Wenzel family farm in Oregon City.

Halloween on a farm

October 1 - 31, 2015

Greater Portland area

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Haunted yard

October 1 - 31, 2015

6 miles SE

Visit Davis Graveyard [sound] in Milwaukie any day, or after dusk to see the lights, or wait for special effects Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Free.

Beer festival

October 2 - 3, 2015

6 miles SE

Portland Fresh Hops Fest features hoppy beer for adults, plus root beer and lemonade for kids at Oaks Amusement Park.

Portland Marathon & Health Expo

October 2 - 4, 2015

Downtown Portland

Friday and Saturday are registration and a free Sports and Fitness Expo at the Hilton Portland. Saturday is the kids run. Sunday is the famous Portland Marathon and half marathon.

Short-film festival

October 2 - 4, 2015

2.6 miles SE

Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites, at the Clinton Street Theater.

Greek festival

October 2 - 4, 2015

2.8 miles east

Portland Greek Festival has Greek food, crafts, music, and dance at NE 32nd Ave. & NE Glisan St. Free.

Weird film festival

October 2 - 4, 2015

4 miles NE

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival screens films containing literary horror and weird tales similar to the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, and offers panel discussions, author readings, gaming, and art at Hollywood Theatre.

Haunted pub crawl

October 2 - 31, 2015

0.5 miles NE

The Haunted Pub Tour in Portland’s historic Old Town District includes beer tastings at two historic pubs and stories about their resident ghosts

Haunted house: 4 Horsemen

October 2 - 31, 2015

18 miles north

Four Horsemen Haunted Attractions promises a live cinema experience, complete with Hollywood-grade set and costume design at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield WA. See schedule.

Haunted house in Hubbard

October 2 - 31, 2015

27 miles south

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

Pumpkin festival

October 2 - 31, 2015

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 Tulip Farm in Woodburn on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Haunted house: 13th Door

October 2 - Nov. 7, 2015

9 miles SW

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

Cheese festival

October 3, 2015

1 mile east

Taste artisan and farmstead cheese made in the Northwest and meet the 30 artisan makers at The Wedge at Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub.

Wine walk

October 3, 2015

10 miles south

A ticket to Wine Walk Lake Oswego gets you 8 tastes of wine, snacks, music, and art in local shops.

Bike and beer fest

October 3 - 4, 2015

3.1 miles SE

Handmade Bike and Beer Festival combines the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show and Biketobeerfest, bringing you bikes, beer, and live music at Hopworks.

Haunted house: Fright Town

October 3 - 31, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Get three scary attractions for one price at Fright Town, under Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter. Closed Mon. & Tues.

Tango festival

October 8 - 12, 2015

1.4 miles NE

Portland Tango Festival offers live music, DJs, dancing, workshops, and a Saturday grand ball at Norse Hall.

Haunted ghost town

October 8 - 31, 2015

9 miles NE

Ghost Town Haunt [sound] has three interactive attractions at Rossi Farms.

Halloween party

October 10, 2015

0.3 miles west

WildCat Haven Halloween Soiree features live music, dinner, drinks, dancing, and a charity auction at the Sentinel Hotel. Costumes are welcome.

Fashion show

October 10, 2015

1 mile north

FashioNXT debuts spring & summer fashion-designer collections at NW Northrup St & NW 9th Ave. (exhibits and cocktails at 6 p.m., runway show at 8 p.m, meet-and-greet market hour at 9:15 p.m, and after party at 10 p.m.).

Pet expo

October 10, 2015

7 miles north

Bring your pet (see rules) to the Portland Pet Expo, which offers vendors, vaccinations, entertainment, and adoptions at Portland Expo Center. Free.

Onion festival

October 10, 2015

18 miles SW

The Great Onion Festival includes onion-eating and rolling contests, entertainment, and food booths at Archer Glen Elementary in Sherwood. Free.

Cider festival

October 11, 2015

0 miles

NW Ciderfest features cider tasting for adults, crafts & games for kids, food carts, a pie-eating contest, and live music at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Cost.

Travel show

October 11, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Here & There Travel Fest has expert speakers and 80 travel exhibitors at the Oregon Convention Center.

Cannabis convention

October 11, 2015

7 miles north

Oregon Hemp Convention has 100 vendors plus presentations on marijuana at Portland Expo Center.

Tattoo expo

October 11, 2015

7 miles north

Portland Tattoo Expo brings 300 of America’s best tattoo artists and vendors to Portland Expo Center.

Gem and mineral show

October 11, 2015

16 miles NW

See rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, and jewelry at Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show at Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro.

Exotic food at Timberline

October 11, 2015

62 miles SE

Watch competing chefs cook elk, pheasant, rabbit, and water buffalo; try samples with wine; and vote for the best at Wild about Game at Timberline Lodge.

Kite festival

October 11, 2015

90 miles SW

Both days of the Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival include a $5 kite-making workshop, kids’ parade, and professional shows at the beach. Repeats June. Free.

Indian storytelling

October 15 - 17, 2015 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)

Portland locations

Spend an evening hearing traditional stories from esteemed native elders at the Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival.

Beer week

October 16 - 25, 2015

Portland locations

Killer Beer Week includes a diverse lineup of craft beer events throughout the Portland metro area.

Pumpkin beer festival

October 17, 2015

1 mile east

Killer Pumpkin Festival offers 40 pumpkin beers and cocktails, pumpkin bowling and smashing, and live street music at Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub.

Pumpkin regatta festival

October 17, 2015

13 miles south

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta is a race across the lake in giant pumpkins, plus a 5K run, pumpkin carving, music, entertainment, kids’ crafts, costume contest, and food & drink vendors in Tualatin. Free.

Artist open house

October 17 - 18, 2015

Portland locations

Portland Open Studios is an annual self-guided tour to visit the studios of 96 artists in the Portland area. See their work, techniques, and spaces.

Hemp festival

October 17 - 18, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Hempstalk has food vendors, live music, speakers, and info booths about hemp products and marijuana decriminalization at Waterfront Park. Schedule.

Arcade game expo

October 17 - 18, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Play 200 arcade games and watch tournaments at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) in the Oregon Convention Center.

Apple Tasting

October 17 - 18, 2015

3.8 miles east

Taste and buy 60 kinds of apples and pears, visit a kids’ tent, see cider making, and hear live music at Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery on Stark St. Free.

Fruit show

October 17 - 18, 2015

26 miles south

Taste hundreds of varieties of apples, pears, kiwi, and grapes plus exotic fruit sorbet at All About Fruit Show. Hear speakers, meet fruit experts, even order custom grafted trees at the fairgrounds in Canby.

Hood River harvest festival

October 17 - 18, 2015

63 miles east

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest has arts & crafts, a food court, cider, wine and beer tasting, produce, music, and a kids’ zone overlooking the Columbia, plus a free Gorge Fruit & Craft Fair on Sat. and Sun.

Coffee crawl

October 21 - 23, 2015

Portland locations

Visit 5 or 6 local coffee shops for drink samples and a short talk on the Caffeine Crawl Portland.

Halloween dollhouse

Oct. 23 - 25 and 30 - 31, 2015

3.8 miles north

See 700 creepy and gory dolls in a Piedmont home at Doll Asylum. Donations of dolls are welcome. Free.

Distillers festival

October 24, 2015 (2 to 11 p.m.)

0.4 miles west

Great American Spirits Festival features tastings from small craft distillers, a mixology contest, and special events at Tiffany Center.

Thriller dance

October 24, 2015 (3 p.m.)

0.5 miles NE

Practice dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in advance, and then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Portland at SW 2nd Ave. & SW Ankeny St.

Barn Dance

October 24, 2015

43 miles south

The Barn Dance features live music, line-dancing lessons, a pig-roast dinner, and cold beer at Oregon Garden in Silverton for ages 21+.

Antique and collectibles show

October 24 - 25, 2015

7 miles north

Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, 1000 vendors sell furniture, glassware, movie memorabilia, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in March and July.

Zombie zip line

October 24 - 25, 2015

32 miles SW

Wear a costume to ZombieFest at Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park in Gaston. Rules for height, weight, age, and shoes.

Downtown race

October 25, 2015

0.1 mile north

Run Like Hell! includes a half marathon, 10K, and 5K, which all begin and end at Pioneer Courthouse Square and include an after-party.

Mushroom festival

October 25, 2015

115 miles south

The Mushroom Festival has mushrooms on display and for sale, experts to answer questions, food, arts and crafts, music, hayrides, and kids’ activities at Mount Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene. No dogs.

Halloween for kids

October 25 - 31, 2015

2.7 miles SW

Eeek Week at Portland Children’s Museum features kids’ crafts. Not So Scary Halloween on Oct. 31 (12 to 3 p.m.) includes a costume parade and trick-or-treating.

Brazilian Halloween Ball

October 29, 2015 (9 p.m.)

1.3 miles SE

Brazilian Halloween Ball has American and Brazilian music (live and DJ), samba dancers, a samba dance class, and costume awards at Analog Cafe & Theater.

The Nitemare B4 Xmas

October 29 - Nov. 1, 2015

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.

Halloween dance party

October 30, 2015 (8 p.m.)

0.5 mile NW

Big music videos, colorful lights, and pounding music await you at the ’80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party in McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+.

Trick or treating

October 31, 2015

Free trick or treating for kids

Zombie Walk

October 31, 2015 (2 to 6 p.m.)

0 miles

Would-be zombies are practicing their Thriller dance moves for the Portland Zombie Walk at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Costume party

October 31, 2015 (9 p.m.)

0.2 miles east

Dress as your favorite deceased celebrity (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Selena, Evel Knievel?) for the Dead Celebs Halloween Bash at Punch Bowl for age 21+. Free.

Halloween pub ride

October 31, 2015

0.2 miles east

Join 45 costumed partiers on the music-filled Hell on Wheels bus ride to 6 bars with no cover charge, 21+.

Racy party

October 31, 2015

0.5 mile NW

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

Bollywood Halloween

October 31, 2015 (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

1.5 miles SE

Bollywood Horror Halloween Costume Dance Party with Anjali & The Kid is a costume dance party with DJ music at The Analog Cafe.

Halloween at McMenamins

October 31, 2015

multiple locations

McMenamins has live music, costume contests, and trick-or-treating indoors for kids at various locations.

Halloween jazz party

October 31, 2015 (9 p.m.)

2 miles NE

The Swingin’ Halloween Bash features the Midnight Serenaders plus Jacob Miller and Bridge City Crooners at The Secret Society, 21+.

Halloween party - Wonder Ballroom

October 31, 2015 (8 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

2.1 miles NE

Underdog Halloween Bash has a costume contest, DJ music, and drink specials at the Wonder Ballroom.

Howloween at the zoo

October 31, 2015

3 miles west

Kids 3 to 11 will enjoy scavenger hunts, goody bags, and activities like watching animals eat pumpkins during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo.

Zombie race

October 31, 2015

15 miles NE

You can choose to be a zombie or a survivor in the Run 2 Survive 5K, which includes a Little Zombie Run at Blue Lake Park in Fairview.

Motorcycle show

October 31 - Nov. 1, 2015

1.5 miles NE

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