Portland events calendar for October 2016. 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.

Cheese festival

October 1, 2016

1 mile east

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

Comic Book Swap

October 1, 2016 (noon, 11 a.m. for a fee)

3.6 miles east

Browse comic books, toys, cards, buttons, and posters at Frankenstein’s Comicbook Swap at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Repeats in March.

Beer festival

October 1, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

6 miles SE

Portland Fresh Hops Fest has beer made with fresh hops for adults and root beer for kids (only Saturday before 5 p.m.) at Oaks Amusement Park.

Wine walk

October 1, 2016 (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.

Halloween ball

October 1, 2016 (8 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

12 miles SE

The Pacific Northwest Witches Ball promises an upscale evening of music, dance performances, a costume contest, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and vendors at Monarch Hotel and Conference Center in Clackamas for age 18+. Elegant costume required.

Greek festival

October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

2.8 miles east

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

Juggling festival

October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

5 miles SE

Portland Juggling Festival offers shows, workshops, vendors, and a juggling & vaudeville extravaganza Saturday night at Reed College.

Gluten-free expo

October 1 - 2, 2016

7 miles north

Sample and buy products from vendors at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest at Portland Expo Center.

Kite festival

October 1 - 2, 2016

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.

Racy stories

October 1 - 8, 2016 (begins Sept. 28)

5.3 miles north

A Sex & Culture Theater Festival aims “to unite humanity through conversations about sexuality” with real people sharing their unforgettable stories at The Headwaters Theatre. (Sept. 28 at The Star Theater.)

Halloween trail

October 1 - 30, 2016 (every day)

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. Open every day.

Pumpkin festival

October 1 - 30, 2016 (starts Sept. 30)

35 miles south

See pumpkins shot from a cannon, take a hayride, navigate a corn maze, try archery & paintball, and choose a pumpkin during Pumpkin Fest at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Halloween on a farm

October 1 - 31, 2016

Greater Portland area

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Haunted pub crawl

October 1 - 31, 2016

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: Fright Town

October 1 - 31, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Get three scary attractions for one price at Fright Town, under Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays except Oct. 31.

Haunted yard

October 1 - 31, 2016

6 miles SE

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

Haunted house: 13th Door

Oct. 1 - Nov. 5, 2016 (starts Sept. 23)

9 miles SW

The 13th Door Haunted House is at 3855 SW Murray Blvd. in Beaverton. See schedule. Nov. 4 and 5, 2016 are flashlight nights.

Short-film festival

October 2, 2016

2.6 miles SE

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

People in the street

October 2, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Located 4.5 miles south

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 8 miles of streets when most cars are banned for Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways, with activities and music nearby. Free.

Exotic food at Timberline

October 2, 2016

45 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 the Resort at the Mountain.

Fashion show

October 5 - 8, 2016

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.).

Films about human rights

October 5 - Nov. 1, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Voices in Action screens compelling international films about truth, justice, accountability, and human dignity at the Portland Art Museum.

Home and garden show

October 6 - 9, 2016

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.

Bike and beer fest

October 7 - 8, 2016

1.6 miles north

Handmade Bike and Beer Festival features 20 builders of bike frame and parts, six local craft brewers, two food vendors, and live music at The North Warehouse.

Indian storytelling

October 7 - 9, 2016

Portland locations

Hear traditional stories from esteemed native elders at the Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival.

Portland Marathon & Health Expo

October 7 - 9, 2016

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.

Weird film festival

October 7 - 9, 2016

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.

Tattoo expo

October 7 - 9, 2016

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 7 - 9, 2016

16 miles NW

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

Art in the country

October 7 - 9, 2016

20 miles SE

Follow a map to visit 11 working studios of 28 artists during Open Studios of Beavercreek. Free.

Apple Tasting

October 7 - 9 and 14 - 16, 2016

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.

Haunted attraction

October 7 - 31, 2016

18 miles north

Clark County Scaregrounds promises four haunted houses, a carnival with rides, midway games, and a monster theater at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield WA. (Closed Mon. to Wed. except Oct. 31.)

Haunted house in Hubbard

October 7 - 31, 2016

27 miles south

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

Oktoberfest at Widmer

October 8, 2016 (12 to 9 p.m.)

0 miles

Enjoy Munich-style ales, German food, and music at Widmer Oktoberfest at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Halloween party

October 8, 2016 (4:30 to 11 p.m.)

0.3 miles west

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

Onion festival

October 8, 2016

18 miles SW

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

Bigfoot festival

October 8, 2016

50 miles NE

Bigfoot Bash at Logtoberfest features country music, local craft beer, and Sasquatch stories in the heart of Sasquatch country at Carson Hot Springs Resort in Carson, WA.

Artist open house

October 8-9 and 15-16, 2016

Portland locations

Visit the studios of 96 Portland artists on the self-guided Portland Open Studios tour to see their work, techniques, and spaces.

Tango festival

October 13 - 17, 2016

1.4 miles NE

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

Cider festival

October 14 - 15, 2016

7.1 miles north

City of Cider Festival (formerly NW Ciderfest) features cider tasting for adults, crafts & games for kids, food carts, a pie-eating contest, and live music at Portland Expo Center.

Help a park

October 14 - 15, 2016

multiple locations

Volunteer to help beautify one of 50 Portland parks at Parke Diem. Projects are available for age 5 up. Free.

Hood River harvest festival

October 13 - 15, 2016

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.

Beer week

October 14 - 23, 2016

Portland locations

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

Unique beer festival

October 15, 2016 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

1.8 miles north

A ticket to Beer Pro/Am gets you samples of specialty beer made by professional brewers and amateur home brewers at The North Warehouse if you are age 21+.

Travel show

October 15 - 16, 2016

1.5 miles NE

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

Pet expo

October 15 - 16, 2016

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.

Fruit show

October 15 - 16, 2016

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, and even order custom grafted trees at the fairgrounds in Canby.

Beer & wine expo

October 21 - 22, 2016

7.1 miles north

The inaugural Great NW Beer & Wine Fest will have vendors from Oregon breweries, wineries, cider makers, distilleries, and restaurants, plus live music at Portland Expo Center.

Arcade game expo

October 21 - 23, 2016

1.5 miles NE

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

Films of Scandinavia

October 21 - 29, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Watch dramas, comedies, and thrillers from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland at New Scandinavian Cinema at Portland Art Museum.

Scary dollhouse

October 21 - 23 and 28 - 31, 2016

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 22, 2016 (2 to 10 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

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

Barn Dance

October 22, 2016

43 miles south

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

Vegetarian festival

October 22 - 23, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Portland VegFest offers free samples, films, cooking demonstrations, 100 exhibitors, speakers, and tasty food at the Oregon Convention Center.

Salmon weekend

October 22 - 23, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

24 miles east

Watch salmon swim up the Sandy River to spawn and die where they were born during Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Regional Park in Gresham. Talk to guides, visit the campfire, and have hot drinks while they last. No pets. Free except parking.

Downtown race

October 23, 2016

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.

The Nitemare B4 Xmas

October 27 - 30, 2016

4.7 miles NE

The Nitemare B4 Xmas re-imagines the Tim Burton holiday film, with sing alongs, an orchestra, and a costume contest at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Halloween for kids

October 27 - 31, 2016

2.7 miles SW

Eek Week is five days of fun activities for kids at Portland Children’s Museum. See the schedule.

Halloween cruise

October 28, 2016 (board 10:30 p.m.)

0.4 miles east

Rock the Boat is a costume dance party with DJ music, a cash bar, food for sale, and two hours of cruising the Willamette River, departing from Salmon Street Springs Fountain for age 21+.

Halloween dance party

October 28, 2016 (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+.

Haunted park

October 28 - 29, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

12 miles south

Get tickets in advance for the scary West Linn Haunted Trail for age 8+ or the less scary Enchanted Trail for younger children, outdoors at Mary S. Young Park.

Anime convention

October 28 - 30, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Kumoricon offers cosplay, gaming, dancing, panels, DJs, and karaoke at Oregon Convention Center.

Bollywood Halloween

October 29, 2016

multiple locations

Dance the night away at these Halloween costume parties with DJs playing music from India for age 21+.

Thriller dance

October 29, 2016 (3 p.m.)

Location uncertain

Practice dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in advance, and then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Portland.

Cartoon costume party

October 29, 2016

0.2 miles east

Dress as your favorite cartoon character for the free Cartoon Halloween Bash at Punch Bowl for age 21+.

Halloween pub ride

October 29, 2016 (7 p.m.)

0.2 miles east

Join 45 costumed partiers on a Hell on Wheels bus ride with music and party lights to six bars with no cover charge for age 21+. Costume required.

Racy party

October 29, 2016 (doors 8 p.m.)

0.5 mile NW

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

Pumpkin beer festival

October 29, 2016

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.

Halloween jazz party

October 29, 2016

2 miles NE

The Midnight Serenaders Halloween Bash features the Midnight Serenaders plus Bridgetown Sextet and the Starella Sisters at The Secret Society for age 21+.

Halloween party - Wonder Ballroom

October 29, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2.1 miles NE

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

Howloween at the zoo

October 29, 2016 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

3 miles west

Kids 2 to 12 will enjoy scavenger hunts, goody bags, and activities like watching animals eat pumpkins during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo.

Early trick or treating

October 29, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)

6.1 miles south

Kids in Halloween costumes can visit local businesses on SE Main Street and SE 21st Avenue for candy during Downtown Milwaukie Trick or Treat Event. Free.

Zombie race

October 29, 2016

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.

Halloween orienteering

October 29, 2016

24 miles SW

Beginners and advanced orienteers are invited to Vampire Orienteering, where you navigate to locate “check points” while avoiding vampires at a tree farm south of Sherwood. Families and costumes welcome.

Antique and collectibles show

October 29 - 30, 2016

7 miles north

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

Halloween at McMenamins

October 29 & 31, 2016

multiple locations

McMenamins has live music, dancing, and costume contests at various locations.

Mushroom festival

October 30, 2016

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.

Trick or treating

October 31, 2016

Free trick or treating for kids

Zombie Walk

October 31, 2016 (3 to 6 p.m.)

0 miles

Would-be zombies are practicing their Thriller dance moves for the Portland Zombie Walk at Pioneer Courthouse Square. You must sign into Facebook before you can open the official web page.

1990s Halloween party

October 31, 2016 (9 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Dance to music videos at the ‘90s Costume Dance Party in Lola’s Room at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom.

Brazilian Halloween ball

October 31, 2016 (8 p.m.)

1.3 miles SE

Brazilian Halloween Masquerade Ball has American and Brazilian music (live and DJ), Brazilian martial arts, and costume awards at Analog Cafe & Theater for age 21+.
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