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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September 2015

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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Concerts on Main Street

September 2, 2015

0.2 mile SW

Hear local musicians play funky soul to old-school country Wednesdays. at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.

Short-film winners

September 2, 2015

4 miles NE

The 48 Hour Film Project gives teams 2 days to make short films. See the best at Hollywood Theatre.

Idiosyncratic films

September 4 - 6, 2015

0.5 miles SW

See 7 movies by director Paul Thomas Anderson and 14 more that influenced him at The Art of Reinvention at Portland Art Museum.

Discount tickets $4.

Fairy festival

September 4 - 6, 2015

25 miles NW

Faerieworlds 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 Horning’s Hideout in North Plains.

Anime convention

September 4 - 7, 2015

8.7 miles north

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

Oregon State Fair

Sept. 4 - 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.

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.

Movies in the Park

September 4 - 11, 2015 (begins July 8)

Portland parks

Movies in the Park begin with entertainment at 6:30 followed by movies at dusk. Bring coats. Free.

Bad-girl comedy

September 4 - 26, 2015

1.8 miles NE

Looped recollects the scandals and affairs of movie star and original celebrity bad girl Tallulah Bankhead at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza. Discount tickets $13.

Smart & witty thriller

September 4 - Oct. 4, 2015

4.6 miles SE

Equivocation mixes humor and political intrigue about a writer resembling Shakespeare, with 20 roles played by 6 actors, at Post5 Theatre. Discount tickets $10.

Doll and teddy bear show

September 5, 2015

7.5 miles north

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Red Lion Hotel on the River. Repeats in Feb.

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.

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 (sold out)

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.

Show-business comedy

September 8 - Oct. 4, 2015

0.5 miles west

The Understudy is a biting backstage comedy that exposes personal drama behind the theater curtain at Artists Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $13.

Chinese show

September 9, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China entertain with astonishing acts, striking sets, and dramatic music at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Volunteer Expo

September 10, 2015 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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.

Police & fire fighter tribute

September 10, 2015 (5:30 p.m.)

7.7 miles east

The First Responder’s Tribute features entertainment, drone demonstrations, a flag ceremony, gun salute, food & business vendors at NE Halsey & 111th. Free.

Comedian Kevin Hart

September 11, 2015 (7 p.m.)

1.4 miles NE

If you saw Kevin Hart emcee the Justin Bieber roast or host SNL, you know how funny his foul-mouthed humor will be at Moda Center Discount tickets $50.

9-11 memorial

September 11, 2015 (5:30 to 7 p.m.)

6.5 miles SE

Recognize our heroes on the 14th anniversary of that fateful day at Commemoration and Honoring of First Responders and Veterans at Milwaukie City Hall. Free.

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.

Discount tickets for two: $10.

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.

Bluegrass festival

September 11 - 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.

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.

Rock musical: Rent

September 11 - 27, 2015

0.3 miles SW

Theatremania calls Rent a “passionate, exuberant, uplifting, and joyous” story of young New York artists living in the shadow of AIDS at Brunish Theatre. Discount tickets $13.

Cole Porter musical

September 11 - Oct. 18, 2015

9.2 miles south

Anything Goes is a boy-meets-girl dance musical with madcap hijinks onboard a ship, performed live at Lakewood Center for the Arts. Discount tickets $20.

Free travel day

September 12, 2015 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Portland and suburbs

All rides on MAX, TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar, and the Aerial Tram are free today for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Orange Line.

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.

Meet romance authors

September 12, 2015

1.7 miles NE

Passion in Portland is a book signing and optional dinner with 60 romance-novel authors at the Crowne Plaza Downtown.

Oktoberfest at Widmer

September 12, 2015 (3 to 11 p.m.)

2 miles north

Enjoy Munich-style ales, German food, and music at Widmer Oktoberfest at Widmer Brothers Brewing for age 21+.

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.

Beaverton Celebration Day

September 12, 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.

Farm festival

September 12, 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.

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.

Half-marathon

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.

Corvallis beer festival

September 12, 2015 (1 to 9 p.m.)

85 miles south

Septembeerfest offers dozens of beers, ciders, and meads under the trees of Avery Park in Corvallis.

Festival of Serbia

September 12 - 13, 2015

7.2 miles SE

Enjoy authentic food, wine, dance, music, and kids’ activities at the Serbian Festival in Milwaukie. Free.

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.

Classic play

September 12 - Oct. 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 $21.

Pints to Pasta 10K

September 13, 2015 (7 to 11 a.m.)

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.

Small-town celebration

September 13, 2015 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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.

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.

Mexican Independence Day

September 15, 2015

1.4 miles NE

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 Moda Center. 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.

Circus

September 17 - 20, 2015

1.4 miles NE

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Built to Amaze features acrobats, animals, and super-human stunts at the Moda Center.

RV and van show

September 17 - 20, 2015

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 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.

Car show

September 19, 2015

13 miles south

Cruise to Historic Downtown Oregon City fills Main Street with 400 classic cars, hot rods, trucks, and motorcycles from the 1950s to 1970s. Free.

History night

September 19, 2015

20 miles south

Bring a flashlight for the evening Willamette Living History Tour, which features a one-hour walk and carriage ride in a recreated 1913 town, with actors in costume and a barbershop quartet in West Linn.

Yoga on the farm

September 19, 2015 (4 to 9 p.m.)

23 miles SE

Farm to Yoga includes a tour of Wheeler Tree Farm, adult & kids’ yoga classes, meditation, dinner of local food, live music, and dancing in Oregon City.

Sidewalk chalk art

September 19, 2015

26 miles west

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

Bigfoot festival

September 19, 2015

52 miles east

Bigfoot Bash & Bounty is a small-town carnival, beer garden, evening band, and speakers in the heart of Sasquatch country at Home Valley Park, WA.

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.

Oktoberfest at McMenamins

September 19 - Oct. 3, 2015

Portland & Corvallis

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

Film festival

September 22 - 28, 2015

Eugene & Portland

Oregon Independent Film Festival (OIFF) screens roughly 75 independent films from 14 countries and is particularly known for its documentary programming. Portland dates are Sept. 25 to 28.

The Who

September 24, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

1.4 miles NE

The Who plays an epic set of what Pete Townshend calls “all the hits, picks, mixes, and misses” of the band’s career at Moda Center. Discount tickets $40.

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.

Swing dancing

September 24 - 27, 2015

15 miles NE

BridgeTown Swing features competitions, lessons, workshops, and social dances at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

Bavarian festival

September 24 - 27, 2015

330 miles east

Alpenfest celebrates Swiss and Bavarian culture with polka music, dancing, yodeling, a craft show, bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer near Wallowa Lake in NE Oregon.

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.

Juggling festival

September 25 - 27, 2015

5 miles SE

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

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.

German Film Festival

September 25 - 29, 2015

1 mile NW

See thought-provoking German films with English subtitles at the German Film Festival at Cinema 21.

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 Tulip Farm in Woodburn.

Haunted house: 13th Door

September 25 - Nov. 7, 2015

9 miles SW

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

Free museum day

September 26, 2015

Statewide

Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 20 Oregon museums on Museum Day Live.

Vegan festival

September 26, 2015

1.6 miles south

Vegan Beer and Food Festival features more than 50 breweries plus food vendors, a vegan marketplace, and live music at Zidell Yards for age 21+.

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.

Gluten-free expo

September 26 - 27, 2015

10 miles NE

Sample and buy products from vendors at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest at Holiday Inn Portland Airport.

Discount tickets for two: $15.

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.
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