Portland events October 2019. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events October 2019

Fashion show

October 2 - 5, 2019
2 miles north
FashioNXT debuts spring & summer fashion-designer collections at 2204 N. Randolph Avenue (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.).

Female comedians

October 2 - 6, 2019
6 miles north
See nearly 50 funny acts at the All Jane Comedy Festival at Curious Comedy Theater.

Eco fashion show

October 3, 2019 (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.

Dance films

October 3 - 6, 2019
2.6 miles SE
Portland Dance Film Fest includes an opening night party, films about dance, a class about how to film dance, and a panel discussion at Clinton Street Theater and other venues.

Home show

October 3 - 6, 2019
7 miles north
The Portland Fall Home & Garden Show fills the Portland Expo Center with home-improvement vendors, do-it-yourself workshops, a vintage marketplace, an artisan gallery, and orchids. Repeats in February.

International festival in East Portland

October 4 - 5, 2019
5.9 miles east
East Portland Arts & Literary Festival offers live performances, interactive creative activities, a family-friendly lineup, and a book & craft fair. Donation $5.

Greek festival

October 4 - 6, 2019
2.8 miles east
Portland Greek Festival has Greek food, crafts, music, and dance at NE 32nd Ave. & NE Glisan St. Free.

Weird film festival

October 4 - 6, 2019
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.

German Film Festival

October 4 - 8, 2019
1 mile NW
See thought-provoking German films with English subtitles at the German Film Festival at Cinema 21.

Cheese festival

October 5, 2019
1.4 miles east
Taste artisan and farmstead cheese made in the Northwest and meet the 30 artisan makers at The Wedge at 100 SE Alder Street.

Cider tasting

October 5, 2019 (12 to 9 p.m.)
1.9 miles NE
Try ciders made with hops so they taste a bit like beer at the Hopped Cider Festival, with food trucks available at Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider for age 21+. Pay $25 at the door for seven tastes, additional $2 each.

Regional food festival

October 5, 2019
9 miles north
Cascadia Food Festival invites you to “taste the region and explore food connections of Cascadia” at three events in Vancouver, WA.
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Food & Cider Festival with craft booths and live music. Free except cider garden.
  • 12 to 5 p.m. - Slow Food Summit for food producers and chefs, with salmon & wine tasting.
  • 5 to 10 p.m. - Cascadian Luau of Hawaiian small plates, drinks, and entertainment for age 21+.

Wine walk

October 5, 2019 (2 to 5 p.m.)
10 miles south
A ticket to Lake Oswego Wine Walk gets you 8 tastes of wine, snacks, music, and art in local shops.

Bigfoot festival

October 5, 2019
53 miles east
Bigfoot Bash at Logtoberfest features country music, local craft beer, and Sasquatch stories in the heart of Sasquatch country at Wind Mountain Ranch in Home Valley, WA.

Vegetarian festival

October 5 - 6, 2019
1.5 miles NE
Portland VegFest offers exhibitors, free samples, a restaurant area, speakers, cooking demonstrations, and kids’ activities at the Oregon Convention Center.

Dollhouse & miniature show

October 5 - 6, 2019
13.9 miles SE
Portland Miniature Show has workshops, exhibits, and vendors at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas.

Kite festival

October 5 - 6, 2019
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.

Used book sale

October 5 - 7, 2019
2.7 miles NE
Browse thousands of books and movies at Fall Used Book Sale at the DoubleTree near Lloyd Center. Repeats in April. Free.

Exotic food at Timberline

October 6, 2019
45 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 the Resort at the Mountain for age 21+. No dogs.

Tango festival

October 10 - 14, 2019
1.4 miles NE
Portland Tango Festival offers live music, DJs, dancing, classes, and a Sunday dinner, mostly at Norse Hall.

Public events at P.S.U.

October 10 - 20, 2019
0.5 miles south
Portland State of Mind is a “a celebration of knowledge and culture” with 50 speakers, open houses, concerts, and sports events at Portland State University. Mostly free.

Tattoo expo

October 11 - 13, 2019
7 miles north
Portland Tattoo Expo brings tattoo artists and vendors from around the world to Portland Expo Center. You must be age 18 to get a tattoo, but henna is for all ages. Free admission for children age 12 and younger.

Hood River harvest festival

October 11 - 13, 2019
63 miles east
Hood River Valley Harvest Fest has arts & crafts, a food court, cider, wine and beer tasting, produce, music, and a kids’ area overlooking the Columbia. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Apple tasting

October 11 - 13 and 18 - 20, 2019
3.8 miles east
Taste and buy 60 kinds of apples and pears, see scarecrows, watch cider making, hear live music, and visit a kids’ tent at the Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery on Stark Street. Free.

Hip car show

October 12, 2019
7.1 miles north
Hot Import Nights brings customized vehicles, DJ music, entertainment zones, vendors, and professional models to Portland Expo Center.

Art show

October 12 - 13, 2019
17.3 miles SW
Art in the Burbs features original works from 70 juried artists, food trucks, live music, and a student art gallery at Tualatin High School. Donation.

Artist open house

October 12 - 13 and 19 - 20, 2019
Portland locations
Visit the studios of 115 Portland artists on the self-guided Portland Open Studios tour to see their work, techniques, and spaces. Pick up a printed map or view it online.

How to build green

October 18, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
0.9 miles NW
Green Building Slam consists of 10 interesting lectures by builders of 10 innovative projects lasting 10 minutes each, and then a networking reception at Ecotrust. Your ticket includes appetizers and a drink.

Pumpkins & beer

October 18, 2019 (5 to 11 p.m.)
15.3 miles SW
A ticket to Pumpkins and Pints includes 8 tickets for craft beer tasting, pumpkin carving, and a pumpkin & tomato weigh-off at 7 p.m. at Stickmen Brewing Company in Tualatin. Free if younger than age 21.

Arcade game expo

October 18 - 20, 2019
1.5 miles NE
Play 200 arcade games and watch tournaments at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) in the Oregon Convention Center.

Free food fair

October 19, 2019
1.3 miles SE
Shop for food and beverages from 100 “craft food makers” at Gobble Up, organized by Urban Craft Uprising at Redd East. Free.

Pumpkin regatta festival

October 19, 2019
13 miles south
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta includes a 5K run, a costume contest, a race across Tualatin Lake of the Commons in giant pumpkins, pumpkin carving, music, entertainment, kids’ crafts, and food & drink vendors in Tualatin. Free.

Barn Dance

October 19, 2019
43 miles south
The Barn Dance has live music, line-dancing lessons, a pig-roast dinner, and beer at Oregon Garden in Silverton for age 21+.

Salmon weekend

October 19 - 20, 2019 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
24 miles east
Watch salmon swim up the Sandy River to spawn and die where they were born during Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Regional Park in Gresham. Talk to guides, visit the campfire, and have hot drinks while they last. No pets. Free except parking.

Fruit show

October 19 - 20, 2019
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, and even order custom grafted trees at the fairgrounds in Canby.

Halloween trail

October 21 - 30, 2019
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, open 7 to 10 p.m. (Also noon to 5 p.m. on Sat. & Sun.) Cash.

Halloween virtual reality

October 21 - 31, 2019 (closed Tuesdays)
0.3 miles east
Uncharted Realities offers three Halloween options, including a terrifying experience for adults, a zombie showdown, and a kid-friendly experience downtown.

Free haunted yard

October 21 - 31, 2019
6 miles SE
See Davis Graveyard in Milwaukie any day, or after dusk to see the lights, or wait for special effects on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings plus Oct. 31. View it from the street since the fence is closed. Open house day is Oct. 13 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Free.

Haunted house - Coliseum

October 22 - 31, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
1.5 miles NE
Underhill Haunted House has three scary experiences at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, plus a Kids Monster Fest (Oct. 25, 26, 27, 31). Closed Oct. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 28.

Haunted pub crawl

October 22 - Dec. 31, 2019
0.5 miles NE
The 2.5 hour Haunted Pub Tour in Portland’s Old Town includes visiting two historic pubs, tasting six beers, hearing stories about the city’s lawless past, and exploring the Shanghai Tunnels. You walk about one mile. Closed Mondays and some Wednesdays.

Halloween acrobats

October 24 - 26, 2019
0.5 miles south
Fright Night features goblins swinging on aerial silks, dancing black light skeletons, a ghost spinning on the trapeze, and fairy royalty twirling on aerial straps in Lincoln Hall at Portland State University.

West Side Story

October 24 - 27, 2019
0.3 miles SW
Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, and set in 1950s New York City, West Side Story is a musical about true love, with soaring music by Leonard Bernstein and catchy lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, including “America” and “Maria” at Winningstad Theatre.

Discount tickets

Haunted house in Tigard

October 24 - Nov. 2, 2019
11.3 miles south
Fearlandia includes two attractions for age 14+, and a “not as scary” day for younger children (Oct. 20, 12 to 4 p.m.). See schedule.

Halloween dance party

October 25, 2019 (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+.

Halloween cruise

October 25, 2019 (7:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
6 miles north
Rock the Mansion is a costume dance party with DJ music, a cash bar, and food for sale at The Victorian Belle Mansion for age 21+.

Comedy improv

October 25 - 26, 2019
1.2 miles NW
ComedySportz is “a fun, fast-paced comedy show that’s great for the whole family” and incorporates audience suggestions.

Discount tickets

Haunted library

October 25 - 26, 2019
27.9 miles E
“Creatures of the Night presents a walk-through haunted attraction with fantastic monsters, live actors, and compelling storytelling” called Sandy Library Haunt at 17255 Smith Avenue. Open 7 to 10 p.m. Family friendly the first hour. Buy tickets online.

Haunted house in Milwaukie

October 25 - 27, 2019
7.5 miles SE
Fear Asylum “has a charming, hand-crafted appeal that showcases volunteer spooks” at the Elks Lodge in Milwaukie. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Discount tickets

Halloween at McMenamins

October 25 - 31, 2019
multiple locations
McMenamins has live music, dancing, and costume contests at various locations. (Note that the Olympic Club & Anderson School are located in Washington.)

Haunted House in Gresham

October 25 - 31, 2019
15.7 miles east
House of Shadows promises a “disturbing” haunt with optional grabbing by performers at 2925 NW Division Street in Gresham. Kids age 13 to 17 require a parent. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Oct. 31.

Discount tickets

Haunted attraction in Ridgefield

October 25 - 31, 2019
18 miles north
Clark County Scaregrounds has three haunted houses, carnival rides, midway games, food vendors, and an area for younger kids at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, WA. For a “not so scary” haunted house, request a special glow stick. See schedule.

Haunted house in Hubbard

October 25 - 31, 2019
27 miles south
Milburn’s Haunted Manor has a haunted house, a dark scare, a lit pumpkin patch, and a roof to keep you dry waiting in line, in Hubbard. PG-13. See schedule.

Bollywood Halloween

October 26, 2019
multiple locations
Dance the night away at these Halloween costume parties with DJs playing music from India for age 21+.

Run for beer

October 26, 2019
location varies each month
The untimed 5K Fun Run is on sidewalks and park trails, followed by a free beer and live entertainment.

Adult Halloween party

October 26, 2019
0.5 mile NW
Portland Erotic Ball offers bands, costume contests, and over-the-top adult entertainment in McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+. Costume required.

Halloween cruise

October 26, 2019 (11 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Halloween Boo Cruise [sound] features live music, three bars, bistro food for sale, and a costume contest aboard the Portland Spirit, departing from the dock at Salmon Street Springs, 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

Pumpkin beer festival

October 26, 2019
1.4 miles east
Killer Pumpkin Festival offers 40 pumpkin beers and cocktails, pumpkin bowling and smashing, a costume contest, and live street music at Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery.

Halloween skating party

October 26, 2019 (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
2.2 miles NE
Halloween on the Ice features a DJ playing spooky music, a photo booth, costume prizes, games, and candy at Lloyd Center Ice Rink. Costumes without masks are welcome.

Thriller dance

October 26, 2019 (3 p.m.)
3.2 miles NE
Practice dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in advance, and then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Portland at Irving Park. Free to watch, $5 to dance.

Downtown race

October 26, 2019
15.6 miles east
Run Like Hell! includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K, kids’ run, and an after-party. Costumes are welcome. Take the shuttle bus at McMenamin’s Edgefield to and from the race location. No pets.

Howloween at the zoo

October 26 - 27, 2019
3 miles west
Kids ages 2 to 12 will enjoy scavenger hunts, treats, and prizes during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Antique and collectibles show

October 26 - 27, 2019
7 miles north
Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, this event has 1000 vendors selling furniture, movie memorabilia, glassware, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in March & July.

Trick or treating

October 26 & 31, 2019
Free trick or treating for kids

Mushroom festival

October 27, 2019
115 miles south
The Mushroom Festival has mushrooms on display and for sale, experts to answer questions, food, arts and crafts, music, hayrides, nature walks, and kids’ activities at Mount Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene. No dogs.

Adult party at OMSI

October 30, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
1.2 miles SE
OMSI After Dark: Spirits is a Halloween party with presentations, entertainment, and activities for age 21+. Optional spirits tasting. Costumes without weapons or face paint are welcome.

1990s Halloween party

October 31, 2019 (10 p.m.)
0.5 miles NW
Pay $8 at the door to dance to music videos at the ‘90s Dance Flashback in Lola’s Room at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+.

Candy-free Halloween

October 31, 2019 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
2.7 miles SW
Children wear costumes to Boo-seum!, which has trick-or-treating for fun activities and prizes (but no candy), spooky stories, art making, and a costume dance party at Portland Children’s Museum.

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