Portland events calendar for October 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities and Halloween haunted houses in Portland, Oregon.

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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 (begins Sept. 30)

1.5 miles NE

Portland Fashion Week showcases local designers and retailers in juried runway shows with live music at the Oregon Convention Center and satellite locations. 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 [scroll down] features hoppy beer for adults and root beer & 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. Sunday is the famous Portland Marathon, which includes a half marathon and walk.

Haunted corn maze

October 3 - 31, 2014

13 miles NW

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

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.

Cheese festival

October 4, 2014

1 mile east

Taste and buy artisan and farmstead cheese made in the Northwest, and meet the 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 (4 p.m.)

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.
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Fashion and lifestyle show

October 8 - 11, 2014

Portland locations

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

Haunted Ghost Town

Oct. 10 - 31, 2014 (dates below)

9 miles NE

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

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.

Artist open house

October 11 - 12 & 18 - 19, 2014

Portland locations

Portland Open Studios is an annual self-guided tour to visit the studios of 100 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

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.

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 tastings, local produce (pears, apples, pumpkins, berries), prepared foods (pies, jams, smoked salmon), music all day, and a kids’ zone overlooking the Columbia, plus a free Gorge Fruit & Craft Fair on Sat. and Sun.

Pumpkin beer festival

October 18 - 19, 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.

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.

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 Street.

Thriller dance

October 25, 2014 (3 p.m.)

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.

Howloween at the zoo

October 25 - 26, 2014

3 miles west

Kids 3 to 12 will enjoy scavenger hunts, goody bag, and activities like watching animals eat pumpkins during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo.

Antique and collectibles show

October 25 - 26, 2014

7 miles north

Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, 1300 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.

Halloween dance party

October 31, 2014

0.5 mile NW

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

Film & music festival

October 2014 (undated)

Downtown Portland locations

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

Halloween party

October 2014 (undated)

1 mile east

Boogie Nights is a blast with music from the 1980s to today (live and DJ), a huge dance floor, costume contest, and multiple bars at the Melody Ballroom.

Zombie Walk

October 2014 (undated)

Portland location

Would-be zombies are practicing their Thriller dance moves for Portland Zombie Walk, which begins with food carts at OMSI overflow parking lot at 3 p.m. and ends with a party at The Analog at 7 p.m.

Haunted house: 13th Door

October 2014 (undated)

9 miles SW

The 13th Door Haunted House [sound] is at 3825 SW Murray Blvd. in Beaverton. See schedule.
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