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October 2014

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do in October 2014 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.

Portland Fashion Week

October 1 - 2, 2014

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.

Halloween trail

October 1 - 30, 2014

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, 2014

Greater Portland area

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Haunted yard

October 1 - 31, 2014

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.

Pumpkin festival

Oct. 1 - 31, 2014 (Sept. 27 - Nov. 2)

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.

Home and garden show

October 2 - 5, 2014

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.

Beer festival

October 3 - 4, 2014

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 3 - 5, 2014

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.

Haunted house: Fright Town

October 3 - Nov. 1, 2014

1.5 miles NE

Get three scary attractions for one price at Fright Town, under Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter. See schedule.

Haunted house in Hubbard

October 3 - Nov. 1, 2014

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. 3 - Nov. 2, 2014 (begins Sept. 26)

9 miles SW

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

Cheese festival

October 4, 2014

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.

Glow-in-the-dark event

October 4, 2014

8 miles north

Electric Run Portland is a 5K run/walk that includes glowing LED accessories and a wonderland of light and sound at Portland International Raceway.

Kite festival

October 4 - 5, 2014

90 miles SW

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

Inspirational author

October 5, 2014

0.3 miles south

Hear Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof speak about making the world a better place at Visiting Sage at First Congregational United Church. Cost.

Fashion and lifestyle show

October 8 - 11, 2014

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 9 - 13, 2014

1.4 miles NE

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

Tattoo expo

October 10 - 12, 2014

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 10 - 12, 2014

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 10-12 and 17-19, 2014

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.
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Film & music festival

October 10 - 22, 2014

Downtown Portland locations

Reel Music is a festival of films with a music theme at Portland Art Museum and Mission Theater.

Haunted Ghost Town

Oct. 10 - 31, 2014 (dates below)

9 miles NE

The Haunted Ghost Town at Rossi Farms has an Old West theme. Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 31.

Haunted corn maze

Oct. 10 - Nov. 1, 2014 (7 to 10 p.m.)

13 miles NW

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

Cider festival

October 11, 2014

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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.

Pet expo

October 11, 2014

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 11, 2014

18 miles SW

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

Scary movie festival

October 11 - 12, 2014

2.6 miles SE

See 30 independent horror movies about spirits, vampires, voodoo, and zombies at Zompire: The Undead Film Festival at Clinton Street Theater.

Artist open house

October 11 - 12 and 18 - 19, 2014

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.

Discount zoo day

October 14, 2014

3 miles west

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

Famous authors

October 16, 2014 - April 23, 2015 (sold out)

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.

Coffee crawl

October 16 - 17, 2014

Portland locations

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

The Rocky Horror Show

October 16 - Nov. 8, 2014

0.4 miles SE

Watch the rowdy, saucy, musical The Rocky Horror Show live on stage (not on screen) at World Trade Center theater.

Hood River harvest festival

October 17 - 19, 2014

63 miles east

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

Killer Beer Week

October 17 - 26, 2014

Portland locations

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

Pumpkin beer festival

Oct. 18, 2014

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 18, 2014

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.

Get painted as you run

October 18, 2014

16 miles west

Wear a white shirt and get bombarded by color as you run in the Color Vibe 5K in Hillsboro.

Arcade game expo

October 18 - 19, 2014

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 18 - 19, 2014

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.

Zombie zip line

October 18-19 and 25-26, 2014

32 miles SW

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

Distillers festival

October 24 - 25, 2014

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.

Beard contest

October 25, 2014

0.6 miles south

Check out champion facial hair at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Keller Auditorium.

Halloween party

October 25, 2014

1.6 miles NW

Big Cat Monster Bash features DJ music, devilish drinks & brews, a costume contest, and auctions to benefit WildCat Haven at the Castaway.

Zombie Walk

October 25, 2014

2.4 miles NE

Would-be zombies are practicing their Thriller dance moves for the Portland Zombie Walk, which begins at Hollywood Vintage this year.

Thriller dance

October 25, 2014

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 25, 2014

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 25 - 26, 2014

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 race

October 26, 2014

0.1 mile north

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

Howloween at the zoo

October 26, 2014

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.

Mushroom festival

October 26, 2014

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 26 - 31, 2014 (schedule)

2.7 miles SW

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

Halloween pub crawl

October 30 - Nov. 2, 2014

0.5 miles NE

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

Halloween dance party

October 31, 2014 (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+.

Halloween jazz party

October 31, 2014 (9 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Halloween Bash Vintage Hot Jazz & Costume Soiree features the Midnight Serenaders plus swing music and a dance troupe at The Secret Society for 21+.

Halloween Happenings

October 31, 2014

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.

Trick or treating

October 31, 2014

Free trick or treating for kids

Halloween dollhouse

Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2014 (5 to 9 p.m.)

3.8 miles north

See 700 creepy and gory dolls in a Piedmont home at Doll Asylum. Free. Doll donations welcome.
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October 2014 calendar of events in Portland, OR: Halloween haunted houses, parties, festivals, best things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.baker@events12.com