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.

Portland Fashion Week

October 1 - 4, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Portland Fashion Week showcases local designers and retailers in juried runway shows with live music in tents at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Repeats in April.

Smart & witty thriller

October 1 - 4, 2015 (also Sept.)

4.6 miles SE

Equivocation mixes humor and political intrigue about a writer resembling Shakespeare, with 20 roles played by 6 actors, at Post5 Theatre. Discount tickets $10.

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.

Classic American play

October 1 - 11, 2015 (begins Sept. 12)

0.5 miles NW

Pulitzer Prize winning Our Town has minimal scenery, a narrator, and a boy & girl who experience life’s joy and sorrow, at Gerding Theater. Discount tickets $21.

Gothic ghost thriller

October 1 - 18, 2015

0.5 miles east

Based on the novel by Henry James, The Turn of the Screw is part ghost story and part psychological thriller at Morrison Stage. Discount tickets $18.

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.

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.

Halloween on a farm

October 1 - 31, 2015

Greater Portland area

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Pumpkin festival

Oct. 1 - 31, 2015 (begins Sept. 25)

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.

Blind beer tasting

October 2, 2015 (6 to 11 p.m.)

0.3 miles north

Do a “blind taste test” of local craft beers and vote for your favorite at Cheers to Education, which includes appetizers and a charity auction at Epicodus.

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 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.

Haunted house: 13th Door

Oct. 2 - Nov. 7, 2015 (starts Sept. 25)

9 miles SW

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

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 (3 to 6 p.m.)

10 miles south

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

Oktoberfest at McMenamins

October 3, 2015 (begins Sept. 19)

Portland & Corvallis

Enjoy beer, food, singing to live music, and entertainment during Oktoberfest at McMenamins. Free for all ages.

Show-business comedy

October 3 - 4, 2015 (begins Sept. 8)

0.5 miles west

The Understudy is a biting backstage comedy that exposes personal drama behind the theater curtain at Artists Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $24.

Bike and beer fest

October 3 - 4, 2015

3.1 miles SE

Oregon Handmade Bike and Beer Festival combines Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show and Biketobeerfest, to bring 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.

Famous authors

October 5 - April 28, 2015

0.2 mile SW

Get a subscription to hear five lectures (roughly one per month) by authors at Portland Arts & Lectures in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Fashion and lifestyle show

October 7 - 10, 2015

0.9 miles north

FashioNXT debuts spring & summer fashion-designer collections on the runway and cutting-edge lifestyle products in a plaza, followed by downtown after party.

Tango festival

October 8 - 12, 2015

1.4 miles NE

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

Tattoo expo

October 9 - 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 9 - 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.

Apple Tasting

October 9 - 11 and 16 - 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.

Halloween party

October 10, 2015 (4:30 to 11 p.m.)

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.

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 10 - 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 10 - 11, 2015

1.5 miles NE

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

Kite festival

October 10 - 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.

Artist open house

October 10-11 and 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.

Haunted Ghost Town

October 10 - 31, 2015 (some days)

9 miles NE

The Haunted Ghost Town at Rossi Farms has an Old West theme.

Haunted corn maze

Oct. 10 - Nov. 1, 2015

13 miles NW

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

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.

Discount zoo day

October 13, 2015

3 miles west

Admission to the Oregon Zoo is only $4 on the Second Tuesday of every month, including today.

Hood River harvest festival

October 16 - 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.

Killer 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 25 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, food and drink vendors in Tualatin. Free.

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.

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.

Coffee crawl

October 22 - 23, 2015

Portland locations

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

Distillers festival

October 23 - 24, 2015

1.4 miles north

Great American Distillers Festival features tastings from 40 craft distillers, a mixology contest, and special events at 101 N. Weidler St.

Thriller dance

October 24, 2015

3 miles NE

Practice dancing Michael Jackson's “Thriller” in advance, then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Portland at Irving City Park.

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+.

Howloween at the zoo

October 24 - 25, 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.

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.

Halloween dollhouse

October 24 - Nov. 1, 2015

3.8 miles north

See 700 creepy and gory dolls in a Piedmont home at Doll Asylum. Open Oct. 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov. 1. Donations of dolls are welcome. Free.

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.

Video-game concert

October 25, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles south

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses features music (by an orchestra and choir) plus images (on a giant video screen) from Nintendo’s beloved Zelda video game series in Keller Auditorium. Discount tickets $25 to $59.

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.

Dancing with the Stars

October 28, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

Shaping Sound performs electrifying dance that made it famous on TV’s Dancing With the Stars at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hal. Discount tickets $16.

Halloween dance party

October 30, 2015

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+.

Halloween pub crawl

October 30 - 31, 2015

0.5 miles NE

Wear a costume on Haunted Pub Crawl and get beer samples at bars in the historic Old Town District.

Motorcycle show

October 30 - 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.

Trick or treating

October 31, 2015

Free trick or treating for kids

Racy party

October 31, 2015

0.5 mile NW

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

Halloween Happenings

October 31, 2015

5 miles NE

Halloween Happenings features trick-or-treating indoors, a radio theater show, beer tasting, a live band, and scary movies at Kennedy School.

Halloween for kids

October 2015 (undated)

2.7 miles SW

Eeek Week at Portland Children’s Museum starts with Monster Mash and ends with Not So Scary Halloween.

Zombie Walk

October 2015 (undated)

2.4 miles NE

Would-be zombies are practicing their Thriller dance moves for the Portland Zombie Walk, which began at Hollywood Vintage in 2014.

Zombie zip line

October 2015 (undated)

32 miles SW

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