Portland events calendar for September 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 in September 2015 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.

Oregon State Fair

Sept. 1 - 7, 2015 (begins Aug. 28)

49 miles south

See farm animals and craft displays, try fair food and fine wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

Fairy festival

September 4 - 6, 2015

117 miles south

Faerieworlds International Faerie Festival is billed as the world’s largest faerie festival and features costumed faeries, music, entertainment, a food court, and 150 vendors of art, literature, and crafts at Mount Pisgah in Eugene.

Anime convention

September 4 - 7, 2015

8.7 miles north

Kumoricon offers cosplay, gaming, dancing, panels, DJs, and karaoke Labor Day weekend in Vancouver.

Pirate festival

September 4 - 7, 2015

81 miles south

Tortuga Pirate Festival offers outrageous activities and games for adults in pirate attire at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon.

Beaverton Celebration Day

September 5, 2015

9 miles SW

Beaverton Celebration Day includes a 5K at 9 a.m. and a parade at 10 a.m., which begins with pets and goes from Allen Blvd. & Wilson Ave. to Griffith Park. City Park has activities across from the library.

Doll and teddy bear show

September 5, 2015

10 miles north

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Kliever Memorial Armory on Labor Day weekend. Repeats in Feb.

Farm festival

September 5, 2015 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

12 miles south

Festival at the Farm offers a craft fair, farm stands, barbecue, live music, kids’ activities, and corn & hay mazes at Fiala Farms in West Linn. Free entry.

Pearl District art festival

September 5 - 7, 2015

0.5 mile north

Art in The Pearl features 100 booths of fine art as well as music, food, and hands-on art activities along NW 8th Ave in North Park Blocks. Free.

Dahlia Festival

Sept. 5 - 7, 2015 (begins Aug. 29)

26 miles south

View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 40 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demos at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. See schedule. Free.

Haunted corn maze

September 5 - Oct. 31, 2015

13 miles NW

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

Dog-themed bike tour

September 6, 2015

1.5 miles SE

Dress like a dog or bring a stuffed pooch to the Tour de Lab, which is a 19-or-40-mile urban bike ride that begins at Lucky Labrador on SE Hawthorne and ends there with a costume contest, beer, and hot dogs.

Swim across the Columbia

September 7, 2015

63 miles east

Join 500 hearty souls who jump from a paddleboat and swim 1.1 miles across the Columbia River, or cheer them on from the finish line, at the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim in Hood River.

Volunteer Expo

September 10, 2015

0 miles

Connect with local non-profit organizations that need volunteers, and hear live music at Volunteer Expo in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Modern art festival

September 10 - 20, 2015

Portland locations

Artists from around the world display contemporary performance and visual art at the Time-Based Art Festival, which includes workshops & evening shows.

International food

September 11 - 13, 2015

13 miles north

The Vancouver Sausage Fest is reborn with food from varied cultures as the Vancouver International Food Festival, keeping the carnival rides, beer garden, and location at 6500 Highland Drive in Vancouver.

Horse show

September 11 - 13, 2015

19 miles SW

Watch the finest horses and riders compete at Oregon Dressage Society Championship Show at DevonWood Equestrian Centre in Sherwood. Pay in cash or food.

Oktoberfest in Sandy

September 11 - 13, 2015

29 miles SE

Enjoy a variety of music, craft booths, children’s activities, a Saturday car show, sauerkraut, sausages, beer, and wine at Sandy Oktoberfest at St. Michael’s Church.

Folk music festival

September 11 - 13, 2015

154 miles SE

Hear roots music from blues to bluegrass at Sisters Folk Festival on 10 stages in downtown Sisters.

AIDS walk

September 12, 2015

1.1 miles north

The 2.4-mile AIDS Walk Portland includes music, entertainment, a kids’ corner, and a beer garden, with the start and finish at Fields Neighborhood Park.
September 2015

Belmont Street Fair

September 12, 2015

2.5 miles east

Belmont Street Fair is a family friendly event with live music, art, entertainment, shopping, kids’ activities, and food vendors on SE Belmont Street at 34th.

Obstacle race

September 12, 2015

25 miles NW

Overcome mud, fire, ropes, and barricades to complete the 3.3 mile Warrior Dash for a medal and T-shirt at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains.


September 12, 2015

26 miles west

The Oregon Marathon is delayed until 2016, but you can run the Oregon Fall Half Marathon and 5K in Forest Grove.

Harvest festival

September 12, 2015

36 miles SW

Carlton Crush has a grape-stomping competition, barrel-rolling race, kids’ watermelon-eating contest, artists’ market, entertainment, live music, festival food, wine, beer, and cider in Carlton. Free entry.

Bluegrass festival

September 12 - 13, 2015

51 miles SE

Oregon Bluegrass Association’s Picker’s Retreat offers music in the mountains and optional camping at Zigzag Mountain Farm in Rhododendron.

Renaissance fair

September 12 - 13, 2015

79 miles SW

Watch knights joust on noble steeds, mingle with costumed minstrels and troubadours, shop 125 artisan and food-purveyor stalls, and see children delight in games and adventures at Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire in Kings Valley.

Pints to Pasta 10K

September 13, 2015

2 miles south

Pints to Pasta 10K is a run/walk that begins with a shuttle ride north and ends at the Old Spaghetti Factory with pasta, salad, bread, beer, and music.

Clackamas River cleanup

September 13, 2015

26 miles SE

Register online to join a flotilla of volunteers who raft, kayak, innertube, canoe, or scuba down 15 miles of the Clackamas from Barton Park to remove trash at Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas.

Film festival

September 14 - 30, 2015

Portland and Eugene

Oregon Independent Film Festival (OIFF) screens roughly 75 independent films from 14 countries and is particularly know for its documentary programming.

Mexican Independence Day

September 15, 2015

0 miles

Celebrate the independence of Mexico and its neighbors from Spain at El Grito y Fiestas Patrias, which includes folkloric and Aztec dancers and live mariachi, salsa, cumbia, and pop music, plus food & craft vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Senior zoo day

September 15, 2015

3 miles west

If you’re 65 years old, you and a guest get free admission and a train ride plus a lunch special during Senior Safari at the Oregon Zoo.

Food and drink festival

September 17 - 20, 2015

Portland locations

Taste Oregon’s bounty of wine, beer, cheese, and fine cooking; hear culinary stars speak on stage; and take cooking classes at Feast Portland.

Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel

September 17 - 20, 2015

38 miles south

Mount Angel Oktoberfest has beer and wine gardens, live music, singing, dancing, arts and crafts, and a car show in Mount Angel.

Children’s consignment sale

September 18 - 20, 2015

7 miles north

Bring a bag to fill with clothing, toys, and gear at the Just Between Friends consignment sale at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in April. Free entry.

Comics convention

September 19 - 20, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Fans of comic books, games, sci-fi, and pop culture can meet artists, celebrities, and publishers at Rose City Comic Con in the Oregon Convention Center.

Polish Festival

September 19 - 20, 2015

4.2 miles NE

Enjoy Polish food, beer, dance, music, and polka at the Polish Festival at 3900 N Interstate Ave. Free.

Quilting expo

September 24 - 26, 2015

7 miles north

See creative quilts on display, shop for quilts and supplies, and attend seminars at Northwest Quilting Expo at Portland Expo Center.

American Indian day

September 25, 2015

0 miles

Watch traditional dance in native regalia, hear drums, and shop vendors at American Indian Day Celebration at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Oktoberfest at Oaks Park

September 25 - 27, 2015

6 miles SE

Oktoberfest features live German music, dancing, art, contests, food, drinks, Kinderplatz for kids, and Saturday dachshund races at Oaks Amusement Park.

Pumpkin festival

September 25 - Oct. 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 Farm in Woodburn.

Free museum day

September 26, 2015


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 12 Oregon museums on Museum Day Live.

Cider Squeeze

September 26, 2015

29 miles SE

Cider Squeeze features cider pressing, food, music, blacksmith demonstrations, and tours of Philip Foster Farm from the 1860s in Eagle Creek.

Hops festival

September 26, 2015

62 miles east

Enjoy beer from microbreweries, local cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, and live music at Hops Fest in Hood River. Kids OK until 5 p.m. No dogs.

Natural fiber festival

September 26 - 27, 2015

26 miles south

Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival is about natural fibers from beginning to end, from animal or plant fiber to finished product. Find rabbits, goats, classes, kids’ activities, and food at the fairgrounds in Canby.

People in the street

September 27, 2015

Located 1.5 miles south

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 7 miles of streets when most cars are banned for Tilikum Crossing / Sellwood Portland Sunday Parkways, with activities and music nearby. Free.

Short-film festival

September 2015 (undated)

2.6 miles SE

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

Juggling festival

September 2015 (undated)

5 miles SE

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

Hemp festival

September 2015 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Hempstalk has food vendors, live music, speakers, and info booths about hemp products and marijuana decriminalization at Waterfront Park. Free.

Small-town celebration

September 2015 (undated)

24 miles SE

The Celebration in Boring offers live music, pony and wagon rides, a classic-car show, games, firefighter waterball, and food booths. Free.

Sidewalk chalk art

September 2015 (undated)

26 miles west

Create your masterpiece on a sidewalk in downtown Forest Grove, or admire hundreds of others’ works at Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

RV and van show

September 2015 (undated)

7 miles north

Meet RV dealers and makers, and see new models of 5th wheels, campers, travel trailers, park models, conversion vans, and Class-A motor homes, at Portland Fall RV & Van Show, Portland Expo Center.

Oktoberfest at Widmer

September 2015 (undated)

2 miles north

Enjoy Munich-style ales, and German food & music at Widmer Oktoberfest at Widmer Brothers Brewing.

Forest race

September 2015 (undated)

33 miles west

Hagg Hybrid Races are a marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay partially on roads and partially on trails at beautiful Hagg Lake near Forest Grove.

Blind beer tasting

September 2015 (undated)

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.

Oktoberfest at McMenamins

September 2015 (undated)

25 miles west or 15 miles east

Enjoy beer, food, singing to live music, and face painting at Oktoberfest at Grand Lodge Saturday or Oktoberfest at Edgefield Sunday. All ages. No cover.
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September 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.fox@events12.com