Portland events November 2018. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events November 2018

Haunted attraction

November 1 - 3, 2018
18 miles north
Clark County Scaregrounds has three haunted houses, carnival rides, midway games, and food vendors at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, WA. See schedule.

Northwest film festival

November 1 - 5, 2018
0.3 miles SW
Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival features works from northwest states plus workshops at the Portland Art Museum on Park Avenue.

Ski racer party

November 2, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)
0.5 miles north
A $125 ticket to Ski Ball includes savory appetizers, a buffet, two drink tickets, and a chance to meet alpine skiing legends Phil and Steve Mahre, who “talk about the power of strong family support throughout their highly decorated ski racing careers” at Urban Studio.

Haunted House in Gresham

November 2, 2018
15.7 miles east
House of Shadows [sound] promises a “disturbing” haunt with performers who will grab but not grope you in Gresham. Children age 13 to 17 require a parent.

Haunted house: 13th Door

November 2 - 3, 2018
9 miles SW
Billed as Portland’s oldest Halloween attraction, the 13th Door Haunted House features “animated creatures and theatrical actors” at 3855 SW Murray Boulevard in Beaverton. See schedule.

Ski and snowboard sale

November 2 - 4, 2018
7 miles north
Shop for new and used snow gear at the SkiFever and Snowboard Show at Portland Expo Center.

Young filmmakers’ festival

November 3, 2018
0.3 miles SW
See short films made by Northwest teenagers at Fresh Film Northwest at the Portland Art Museum. Free.

The Nitemare B4 Xmas

November 3, 2018 (8 p.m.)
4.7 miles NE
Hear The Saloon Ensemble perform the score of The Nitemare B4 Xmas live onstage with a 10-piece band, and join sing alongs, a costume contest, and a screaming contest at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Youth art show

November 3, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
7.2 miles south
See a showcase of performances and artwork created by 16 to 25 year olds earlier in the day at Art-A-Thon With Impact in Smith Hall at Lewis and Clark College.

A taste of France

November 3, 2018 (6 p.m.)
9.6 miles south
Enjoy music, tastes of French wine, and heavy hors d’oeuvres made by a French chef at Wines of France in Lake Oswego.

Sausage and sauerkraut dinner

November 3, 2018
23 miles west
Enjoy a traditional locally made Verboort Sausage Dinner and a nearby beer garden, and then stroll through redwoods on the grounds of the Visitation Catholic Church in Forest Grove.

Gluten-free expo

November 3 - 4, 2018
7 miles north
Sample and buy products from vendors at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest at Portland Expo Center.

RV show

November 8 - 11, 2018
7 miles north
See the latest recreational vehicles and accessories at the Portland Metro Dealers RV Show at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in March.

Literature in bars

November 9, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
multiple locations
Lit Crawl Portland features local authors reading their works in dozens of bars, cafes, bookstores, art galleries, and performance spaces downtown. Free.

Holiday gift show

November 9 - 11, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Holiday Food & Gift Festival features 300 exhibitors selling art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, toys, Christmas decor, and gourmet foods in the Oregon Convention Center.

Science-fiction convention

November 9 - 11, 2018
7.1 miles north
Meet sci-fi and fantasy authors and artists, and attend panels, workshops, dances, games, and vendor exhibits at OryCon at Red Lion Hotel (Jantzen Beach).

Wine weekend

November 9 - 11, 2018
63 miles east
Gorge Wine Weekend has dining, tasting, touring, and talking events in Hood River and beyond.

Literary festival

November 10, 2018
0.3 miles SW
Portland Book Festival brings together independent publishers, booksellers, authors, and food vendors in and near Portland Art Museum.

Food and wine festival

November 10, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Sample 600 wines and a variety of gourmet foods from 50 restaurants at the Northwest Food & Wine Festival at the Oregon Convention Center. [They say a larger venue this year will prevent overcrowding.]

Seaside wine tasting

November 10, 2018
78 miles NW
Taste wine in local shops with a ticket to Seaside Downtown Fall Wine Walk for age 21+. Repeats in May.

Cool hip-hop Shakespeare

November 11, 2018 (2 p.m.)
0.5 miles west
An imaginative reworking of Shakespeare’s tragedy of jealousy and revenge, Othello: The Remix morphs Shakespeare’s play into an irreverent hip hop saga The New York Times calls “fun and fresh ... clever, witty, and fast” at Artists Repertory Theatre.

Celtic concert

Novmeber 11, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
17.5 miles SW
The Founding is a “progressive Celtic band” pushing the boundaries of Irish and Scottish music traditions at Sherwood Center for the Arts.

Hip Nutcracker

November 13 - 14, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
0.6 miles south
The Hip-Hop Nutcracker gives Tchaikovsky’s score a modern twist with 12 hip-hop dancers (including “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow), an on-stage DJ, an electric violinist, and a digital background with an urban vibe, at Keller Auditorium.

Tango dance show

November 14, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
0.2 miles SW
Watch the 16-member ensemble of tango artists known as Tangueros del Sur when they demonstrate “intricate footwork, partnering, sensuality, and drama of the classic tango” at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Racy movies

November 15 - 17, 2018
1.6 miles east
Hump! screens five-minute explicit films by amateurs of all persuasions at Revolution Hall for age 21+. Also visits Seattle.

Beaujolais wine festival

November 16, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)
0.2 miles south
A ticket to Beaujolais Nouveau includes tastes of the latest vintage from Oregon, Washington, and France, plus a gourmet buffet at the Heathman Hotel.

Underground art show

November 16, 2018 (8 p.m.)
3.2 miles east
The Portland Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 60 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, live body painting, and a bar at Hawthorne Theatre for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Steampunk films

November 17, 2018 (6 to 11 p.m.)
0.7 miles south
Steampunk Film Festival brings you “the very best in neo-victorian retrofuturist cinema” at the 5th Avenue Cinema.

Travel fair

November 17, 2018
1.7 miles NW
“Learn about all the tools you need to turn your travel dreams into a reality” at the Worldly Travel Festival, which has a schedule of workshops to help you “leave with an itinerary, and the confidence to take that trip you have always wanted” at Lucky Labrador Beer Hall on NW Quimby Street. Free.

Wild Arts Festival

November 18, 2018
2.5 miles NW
Wild Arts Festival features 70 artists and 30 authors inspired by nature, plus a silent auction to benefit the Audubon Society at Montgomery Park. Saturday happy hour 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday kids area 12 to 3 p.m.

Model train open house

November 18, 2018 (12 to 4 p.m.)
11.2 miles west
Watch nine trains of different gauges operating, try your hand at the throttle, and shop for new and used trains at the Portland Chapter TCA Open House & Train Meet in the basement of Aloha Mall in Beaverton. Flyer (PDF). Free.

Olive oil festival

November 18, 2018
31.3 miles SW
Taste unfiltered extra virgin olive oil with appetizers and wine, and watch the olive mill in action during Olio Nuovo Festival at Oregon Olive Mill in Dayton. Free.

Animated puppet movies

November 18 - 25, 2018
0.3 miles SW
Watch films created by a Czech puppet-maker who “conveyed the drama and psychology of his characters through his figures’ body language, expressive lighting, and camera movement” at The Puppet Master: The Films of Jiří Trnka in Portland Art Museum.

Hood River train ride

November 18 - Dec. 27, 2018
63 miles east
Take a 70-minute train ride along the Columbia River as you drink cocoa with cookies and hear music on the The Train to Christmas Town [formerly Polar Express], with a visit from Santa and his elves.

Christmas lights trail

November 18 - Dec. 31, 2018
13 miles south
Follow colorful lights through the woods to a viewing platform on the Willamette River at Lighting of Maddax Woods, 5785 River Street in West Linn. Look for 45 animal sculptures listed on page 2 of the flyer. Free.

Christmas at Pittock Mansion

Nov. 19 - Dec. 31, 2018 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
2.9 miles east
Walk through Pittock Mansion during A Very Portland Christmas, when it’s decorated for the holidays by professional designers and volunteers, and musicians play holiday music in the music room. Closed Nov. 22 and Dec. 25.

Turkey trot at the raceway

November 21, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)
7.5 miles north
The Turkey Trot Run/Walk is a 5K run/walk and kids’ trot with an after party at Portland International Raceway the evening before Thanksgiving.

Ticket deal $32


November 21, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019
3 miles west
ZooLights uses 1.5 million LED lights to transform the Oregon Zoo into a winter wonderland of lighted trees, animal silhouettes, and moving sculptures. Closed Nov. 22, 27, 28, and Dec. 24, 25.

Turkey run

November 22, 2018
multiple locations
This year the Turkeython 5K is being held in three different locations: Downtown, Hillsboro, and Tigard.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 22, 2018
Greater Portland area
Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at OpenTable or The Oregonian.

Thanksgiving dance

November 22, 2018
2.1 miles south
Express gratitude for life at the Thanksgiving Day Dance led by two dance instructors at RenSchool.

Turkey trot at the zoo

November 22, 2018 (8 a.m.)
3 miles west
Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo is a four-mile family event plus a one-third mile kid run. Costume optional.

Vegetarian trot at Oaks Park

November 22, 2018 (9 a.m.)
5.5 miles south
Prefer a Thanksgiving run/walk without meat in its name? Portland Tofurky Trot is a 5K at Oaks Park.

Turkey trot in Sherwood

November 22, 2018
17 miles SW
Give n’ Gobble is a 5K run/walk, a 10K run, and a food drive at Sherwood High School.

Christmas bazaar

November 23 - Dec. 2, 2018
7 miles north
America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar has 400 booths of juried handcrafted items plus 500 booths of commercial holiday products at Portland Expo Center. Open only Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Christmas musical

November 23 - Dec. 9, 2018
5.8 miles south
Scrooge: The Musical is a community theater show with lots of dancing and singing at Sellwood Playhouse.

Christmas train

November 23 - 24 & Dec. 1 - 16, 2018
6 miles SE
Take a one-hour ride along the Willamette River and meet Santa on the decorated Holiday Express train going roundtrip from 7805 SE Oaks Park Way.

Drive-through light show

November 23 - Dec. 26, 2018
8 miles north
Billed as the largest light show in the Northwest, Winter Wonderland has 250 colorful displays at Portland International Raceway. No studded tires or tire chains. Closed Nov. 26. Special events are held Nov. 27 (bikes); Dec. 4 (dog walk), 6 (walk).

Lights at The Grotto

November 23 - Dec. 30, 2018
8 miles NE
Christmas Festival of Lights features a walk among lights, choirs, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows, and hot chocolate at The Grotto. Closed December 25.

Christmas in the Garden

November 23 - Dec. 31, 2018
43 miles south
Christmas in the Garden offers 1 million lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. A “fun pass” adds ice skating and snowless tubing. Buy tickets online to avoid sell outs. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays except Dec. 17, 18, 31.

Vegas-like dinner show

November 24, 2018 (8 p.m.)
1.5 miles east
Tony Starlight variety act is the closest thing in town to a Las Vegas show, featuring comedy, music, and dinner.

Ticket deal $38

Christmas party for kids

November 24, 2018 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
16.4 miles south
Children age 12 and younger receive a gift from Santa, meet real reindeer, work in Santa’s workshop, hear stories & music, and eat cookies at the Shriners’ Children’s Christmas Party in Wilsonville. Free.

Disney pops concert

November 24 - 25, 2018
0.2 miles SW
The Oregon Symphony performs music from movie scores (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King) at Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies in Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Christmas play + concert

November 24 - Dec. 30, 2018
0.5 miles NW
Watch as Truman Capote’s rural Alabama boyhood comes to life in the play A Christmas Memory, and then listen to a collection of beloved tunes and tales that celebrate winter, love, family, solitude, renewal, and warmth in Gerding Theater at the Armory.

Ticket deal $21

Holiday craft show

November 27 - 28, 2018
2 miles south
Handmade NW is a free holiday bazaar featuring local craft makers at OHSU Center for Health & Healing.

Holiday Ale Festival

November 28 - Dec. 2, 2018
0 miles
Enjoy 50 bold winter ales at Holiday Ale Festival in a heated tent with food vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square for age 21+. No smoking or pets.

Home tour

November 29, 2018 (morning or evening)
1.6 miles SW
Tour 4 decorated homes in zip code 97201 on the $35 Ainsworth Holiday Home Tour in the southwest hills.

Beatles circus spectacular

November 29 - Dec. 8, 2018
4.7 miles NE
Jugglers, aerialists, and acrobats of The Portland Circus Allstars perform onstage as The Nowhere Band plays a classic Beatles album at the White Album Xmas show, with a full bar in Alberta Rose Theatre.

Passionate political play

November 29 - Dec. 16, 2018
0.5 miles west
Set in the era of George W. Bush, In the Wake is “a funny, passionate, and ultimately searing play that illuminates assumptions that lie at the heart of the American character” featuring a talkative woman who reacts to issues of the day and her quirky friends at Artists Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $19

Christmas trees in Portland

November 30 - Dec. 1, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Wander among dozens of decorated trees, visit Santa, make crafts, and watch entertainment at the Festival of Trees at Oregon Convention Center.

Christmas musical in Washougal

November 30 - Dec. 9, 2018
26 miles NE
Scrooge: The Musical features a young cast telling the timeless story of a miser who transforms his life after being visited by ghosts at the Washburn Performing Arts Center in Washougal, WA.

Ticket deal $9

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