Portland events calendar for September 2017. 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 events, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon with this calendar of events.

Miles are from Pioneer Courthouse Square.

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Bite of Oregon

September 1 - 4, 2017

1.3 miles NE

Taste the best of Oregon food, beer, wine, and spirits at the Bite of Oregon, which includes entertainment and a cooking competition at the Rose Quarter in 2017. Friday is least crowded.

Oregon State Fair

September 1 - 4, 2017

49 miles south

See farm animals and craft displays, eat fair food, drink local beer and wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

Special days and promotions.

Pirate festival

September 1 - 4, 2017

81 miles south

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

Concerts in the Park

September 1 - 8, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)

Portland parks

Bring a blanket or chairs to hear a variety of Concerts in the Park. Free.

Movies in the Park

September 1 - 8, 2017

Portland parks

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

Zoo concerts

September 1 - 9, 2017 (from June)

3 miles west

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers, and your ticket includes a same-day zoo pass.

Sustainable design festival

September 2, 2017

0.8 miles NW

Shop for sustainably made apparel, accessories, home goods, and art at Urban Air Market, with local musicians on NW 13th Avenue (from Glisan to Johnson). Free.

Arab Festival

September 2, 2017

6 miles SE

Enjoy Arabic music, dance, poetry, food, art and crafts at the Arab Festival at Oaks Amusement Park. Free.

Festival of beer, wine, cider, and pickles

September 2, 2017

9.3 miles NE

Oregon Fermentation Festival has fermented foods, food trucks, a beverage garden, workshops, and family-friendly entertainment at Rossi Farms.

Pearl District art festival

September 2 - 4, 2017

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

September 2 - 4, 2017

26 miles south

View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 30 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demonstrations at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Free.

Dog-themed bike tour

September 3, 2017

1.5 miles SE

Dress like a dog or bring a stuffed pooch to the Tour de Lab, which is a 15-mile 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 4, 2017 (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.

Concerts on Main Street

September 6, 2017 (Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.)

0.2 mile SW

Hear local musicians play jazz, country, salsa, and R&B at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.

Volunteer Expo

September 7, 2017 (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.

Edgy arts festival

September 7 - 17, 2017

Portland locations

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

Comics convention

September 8 - 10, 2017

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.

Folk music festival

September 8 - 10, 2017

154 miles SE

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

AIDS walk

September 9, 2017

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.

Belmont Street Fair

September 9, 2017

2.5 miles east

Belmont Street Fair is a family-friendly event with live music, art, entertainment, shopping, kids’ activities, food vendors, and beer gardens on SE Belmont Street from 33rd to 39th. Free.

Get painted as you run

September 9, 2017

8 miles north

Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch as you run the 5K Color Run at Portland International Raceway.

Beaverton Celebration Day

September 9, 2017

9 miles SW

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

Street fair in Tigard

September 9, 2017

10.5 miles SW

The Street Fair features 130 vendors, food booths, music stages, kids’ activities, a morning family run/walk, and an evening Latin American festival on Main Street in Tigard. Free.

Outdoor dance

September 9, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m.)

14.6 miles west

Care to Dance? is a family-friendly event with dance lessons, food vendors, a DJ, and a big band outside Orenco Station in Hillsboro. Donation.


September 9, 2017

28.2 miles south

The Oregon Fall Half Marathon, quarter marathon, and 10K is located at St. Josef’s Winery in Canby.

Harvest festival

September 9, 2017

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.

Festival of Serbia

September 9 - 10, 2017

7.2 miles SE

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

Renaissance fair

September 9 - 10, 2017

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.

Clackamas River cleanup

September 10, 2017 (registration closed)

multiple locations

Register online to join a flotilla of volunteers who assemble at five parks and raft, kayak, canoe, inner tube, scuba, or walk down the Clackamas to remove trash at Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas.

Wine tasting festival

September 10, 2017

4.5 miles SE

Portland Picnic has 75 wines to taste, beer, food vendors, live music, grape stomping, and family activities in Westmoreland Park. Bring a blanket or low chairs. Free admission. No pets.

Small-town celebration

September 10, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

24 miles SE

Get the Dirt on the Grange [formerly The Celebration in Boring] offers live music, goats, games, and food booths in the city of Boring. Free.

Food and drink festival

September 14 - 17, 2017

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.

RV and van show

September 14 - 17, 2017

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 in Portland Expo Center.

Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel

September 14 - 17, 2017

38 miles south

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

Junk market

September 15 - 16, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Antiquers, junkers, and flea market lovers can browse from 50 vendors at Junk Bonanza in the Oregon Convention Center. Children age 0 to 12 are free.


September 15 - 17, 2017

1.2 miles NW

Oktoberfest includes a keg tapping, a mustache contest, beer & wine tasting, a pet costume contest, and eating contests at The Abbey Bar & Bottle Shop.

Home show

September 15 - 17, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Meet vendors “for everything home related” at the inaugural Northwest Home Living Show at the Oregon Convention Center.

Tiny house event

September 15 - 17, 2017

18.2 miles north

Tour unique housing options (tiny houses on wheels, school bus conversions, vans), meet the builders, hear presentations, and visit the food trucks and bar at Tiny House Living Festival at Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, WA. Children age 12 and younger are free.

WildCat party

September 16, 2017 (5 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.

Mexican Independence Day

September 16, 2017

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 Commons. Free.

Flower show

September 16, 2017 (noon to 9 p.m.)

3 miles NE

The Portland Rose Society’s Fall Rose Show at the Lloyd Center Mall is billed as America’s largest and longest-running rose show. Held in June & September.

Brazilian festival

September 16, 2017

5 miles NE

Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day at the family-friendly Brazilian Day Festival in Portland with food vendors, live music, dancing, and art at Carioca Bowls.

International festival

September 16, 2017 (1 to 6 p.m.)

9.8 miles west

Beaverton International Celebration features the food, art, costumes, dance, and music of many countries at Tualatin Hills Athletic Center in Beaverton. Free.

Car show

September 16, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

13 miles south

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

History night

September 16, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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.

Sidewalk chalk art

September 16, 2017

26 miles west

Pay to create your masterpiece on a sidewalk in downtown Forest Grove, or admire hundreds of others’ works for free at Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

Cider Squeeze

September 16, 2017

29 miles SE

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

Corvallis beer festival

September 16, 2017 (1 to 9 p.m.)

85 miles south

Septembeerfest offers dozens of beers, ciders, and meads under the trees of Avery Park in Corvallis. Children age 12 and younger are free. No pets.

Polish Festival

September 16 - 17, 2017

2.8 miles north

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

Brunch Village

September 17, 2017

0 miles

Part of Feast Portland, Brunch Village celebrates everyone’s favorite meal with international flavors outdoors on Pioneer Courthouse Square.

High-flying acrobatic show

September 17, 2017 (7 p.m.)

3 miles SE

The Love & Gravity show by Acrobatic Conundrum portrays romance and relationships in juggling acts and aerial acrobatics 20 feet in the air at Echo Theater.

Senior zoo day

September 19, 2017

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.

Eco fashion show

September 21, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

1.4 miles NE

Shift includes a reception with fusion food and adult drinks, an auction, a runway show, awards, dessert, and information about garments made from recycled materials and found objects at The Leftbank Annex.

Swing dancing

September 21 - 24, 2017

15 miles NE

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

American Indian Day

September 22. 2017 (noon to 7 p.m.)

0 miles

Watch traditional dance in native regalia, hear drums, and shop vendors at Dancing In the Square Powwow at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Pub night for the animals

September 22, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

2.2 miles NE

Support animals by eating pizza, drinking beer or wine, and playing trivia at Pop-Up Pub at Lagunitas Community Room (237 NE Broadway St.) for age 21+.

Architecture talk & tour

September 22 - 23, 2017

multiple locations

The Mid-Century Modern Tour includes a Friday lecture about “The Work and Legacy of William Fletcher, Northwest Modernist,” a Saturday tour of restored private homes, and an after-party, all for age 12+.

Oktoberfest at Oaks Park

September 22 - 24, 2017

6 miles SE

Oktoberfest has live German music, dancing, crafts, contests, food, drinks, a weekend Kinderplatz for kids, and Saturday dachshund races at Oaks Amusement Park.

Air show

September 22 - 24, 2017

17 miles west

Wear sunscreen for the Oregon International Air Show, featuring airplanes up close and in the air, aerobatics, skydivers, a kids’ zone, a beer garden, and Friday fireworks at Hillsboro Airport.

Beer tasting in Astoria

September 22 - 24, 2017

97 miles NW

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup features northwest beers on tap, wine, cider, live music, food vendors, and kids’ activities. Free admission.

Free museum day

September 23, 2017


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 16 Oregon museums on Museum Day Live.

Meet romance authors

September 23, 2017

11 miles NE

Passion in Portland is a book-signing and book-promotion event with 40 romance-novel authors at Embassy Suites near the airport.

Beer tasting in Albany

September 23, 2017 (2 to 7 p.m.)

70 miles south

Walk between two dozen businesses pouring locally made beer, cider, or spirits during Craft Brew Smackdown, followed by an after party. A $20 ticket includes 10 tastes, 5 more for $5.

Neighborhood Oktoberfests

September 23 - 24, 2017

multiple locations

Celebrate the German tradition of Oktoberfest with music, singing, dancing, beer, food and revelry.

Sandy River art festival

September 23 - 24, 2017

17.1 miles east

Fall Festival of The Arts has juried art, music, wine, and food at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. The art is displayed both indoors and outdoors. Free.

Natural fiber festival

September 23 - 24, 2017

26 miles south

Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival (OFFF) 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 24, 2017

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.

Film festival

September 27, 2017

Eugene (Sept. 19-21) & Portland (22-27)

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


September 27, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

9.2 miles south

Cabaret takes you back in time to the decadent Kit Kat Klub of prewar Germany as colorful singers serenade you at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego.

Discount tickets $20.

Thursday afternoon cruise

September 28, 2017 (Thursday 3 p.m.)

0.4 miles east

Enjoy live music, views, a cash bar, and bistro food for sale on a Tribute Thursday Early Escape Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing just south of the Broadway Bridge for age 21+.

Discount tickets $19.

Quilt expo

September 28 - 30, 2017

7 miles north

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

Bavarian festival

September 28 - Oct. 1, 2017

330 miles east

Oregon’s Alpenfest celebrates Swiss and Bavarian culture with beer, bratwurst, polka bands, alphorns, Swiss yodeling, accordionists, and a craft fair near Wallowa Lake in NE Oregon.

Rare version: Phantom of the Opera

September 28 - Oct. 15, 2017

0.2 miles south

Phantom is an adaptation with “characters more richly developed than in any other version” of the timeless story about a masked man and an opera singer set in 1890s Paris, at Brunish Theatre.

Discount tickets $20 to $24.

Hops festival at Oaks Park

September 29 - 30, 2017

6 miles SE

Portland Fresh Hops Fest has beer made with fresh hops for adults and root beer for kids (minors only OK on Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m.) at Oaks Amusement Park.

Juggling festival

September 29 - Oct. 1, 2017

5 miles SE

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

Comic opera

September 29 - Oct. 1, 2017

5.2 miles SW

With beautiful music and words by Gilbert & Sullivan, The Gondoliers is about two Venetian gondoliers in “a hilarious parody of the class distinctions that existed in England in the late 1800s”, performed by The Light Opera of Portland at Alpenrose Opera House.

Discount tickets $9.

After-college comedy

September 29 - Oct. 1, 2017

17.6 miles SE

Unemployed and overwhelmed, a recent college graduate moves in with her family in Tigers Be Still, a comedy about arrested development at Clackamas Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets $15 (youth $8).

Haunted house: 13th Door

September 29 - Nov. 4, 2017

9 miles SW

The 13th Door Haunted House features “animated creatures and theatrical actors” at 3855 SW Murray Boulevard in Beaverton. See schedule.

Oktoberfest downtown

September 30, 2017 (2 to 10 p.m.)

0 miles

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

Vegas dinner show

September 30, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1.5 miles east

Tony Starlight Showroom is the closest thing in town to a Las Vegas variety show, including dinner at 6:45 p.m. as well as music and comedy at 8 p.m.

Discount tickets with dinner $38.

Australian barbecue

September 30, 2017 (6 to 10 p.m.)

1.6 miles east

A ticket to Aussie Chef meets American Barbecue gets you buffet-style BBQ coooked over an outdoor firepit, side dishes, two craft beers, and art vendors at ADX.

Short-film festival

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

2.6 miles SE

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

Kite festival

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

90 miles SW

Both days of the Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival include a free kids’ kite-making workshop, a kids’ parade, and professional shows at the beach. Repeats in June. Free.

Dance cruise

September 30 - Nov. 18, 2017 (Saturdays 11 p.m.)

0.5 miles east

Enjoy two hours of views, a cash bar, and dance hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s on the Flashback Dance Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park for age 21+.

Discount tickets $14.

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