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.

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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.

Beer festival

October 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.

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.

Oktoberfest at McMenamins

October 3, 2015

Portland & Corvallis

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

Portland Marathon & Health Expo

October 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 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 4, 2015

2.8 miles east

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

Fashion show

October 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. Tickets.

Bike and beer fest

October 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.

Weird film festival

October 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.

Home and garden show

October 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.

Fashion show

October 9 - 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.).

Multimedia dance spectacle

October 9 - 10, 2015

8 miles SW

Momix dancers bring beauty, innovation, and humor to their exploration of earth, air, fire, and water in Alchemia at Newmark Theatre.

Discount tickets $13.

Classic American play

October 9 - 11, 2015

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 $35.

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.

Tango festival

October 9 - 12, 2015

1.4 miles NE

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

Gothic ghost thriller

October 9 - 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.

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 trail

October 9 - 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 9 - 31, 2015

Greater Portland area

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Haunted pub crawl

October 9 - 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: Fright Town

October 9 - 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.

Haunted yard

October 9 - 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.

Haunted house: 4 Horsemen

October 9 - 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 9 - 31, 2015

27 miles south

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

Pumpkin festival

Oct. 9 - 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.

Haunted house: 13th Door

October 9 - Nov. 7, 2015

9 miles SW

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

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.

Cannabis convention

October 10 - 11, 2015

7 miles north

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

Italian ballet

October 10 - 17, 2015

0.6 miles south

Oregon Ballet Theatre performs two works with connections to Italy in Amore Italiano at Keller Auditorium.

Discount tickets $30.

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.

Modern romantic comedy

October 10 - Nov. 22, 2015

0.6 miles NW

Sex with Strangers is a "smart and riveting" story about a couple whose private lives become public domain at Gerding Theater at the Armory for ages 16+. Discount tickets $18 to $28.

Exotic food at Timberline

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

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.

Grande dame of American dance

October 14, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

Twyla Tharp – 50th Anniversary Tour celebrates the golden anniversary of the famous choreographer with breathtaking dance and music at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Discount tickets $13.

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.

Discount tickets for two: $20.

Modern Israeli dance

October 15 - 17, 2015 (8 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Eight agile dancers of Israeli dance company L-E-V writhe and pulsate as they perform two sensual works in Lincoln Recital Hall at Portland State University. Discount tickets $14.

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.

Beer week

October 16 - 25, 2015

Portland locations

Killer Beer Week includes a diverse lineup of craft beer events throughout the Portland metro area. [Their website will be updated soon.]

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.


October 17, 2015 (8 p.m.)

1.4 miles NE

Your ticket to see Madonna live at Moda Center includes a digital download of her latest album, Rebel Heart. Discount tickets $90.

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.

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.

Las Vegas show

October 17 - Nov. 28, 2015

1.5 miles east

The Tony Starlight variety act is the closest thing in town to a Las Vegas show, featuring music, comedy, and optional dinner. Discount tickets $15 to $35.

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.

Zombie zip line

October 23 - 24, 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.

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.

Thriller dance

October 24, 2015 (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.

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.

Scary stories

October 24, 2015 (8 p.m.)

3.5 miles north

Hear strange, eerie, and genuinely frightening stories read by storytelling professionals of Portland Story Theater at Spellbound in Alberta Abbey for age 21+. Discount tickets $11.

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.

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 $49.

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 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) includes a costume parade and trick-or-treating.

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 Hall. Discount tickets $16.

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

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.

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+.

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.

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.

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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