Portland events calendar for November 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, kids activities, free entertainment in Portland, OR.

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November 2016

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Films about human rights

November 1, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Voices in Action screens compelling international films about truth, justice, accountability, and human dignity at the Portland Art Museum.

Racy movies

November 3 - 5 and 11 - 12, 2016

1.6 miles east

Hump! screens five-minute explicit films by amateurs of all persuasions at Revolution Hall, with prizes based on audience votes. Also held in Seattle and Olympia.

Haunted house: 13th Door

November 4 - 5, 2016 (from Sept. 23)

9 miles SW

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

Women’s roller derby

November 4 - 6, 2016

1.5 miles NE

International WFTDA Championships are at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Rose City Rollers won last year!

Ski and snowboard sale

November 4 - 6, 2016

7 miles north

Shop for new and used snow gear at the SkiFever and Snowboard Show at Portland Expo Center.

Literary festival

November 5, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Wordstock brings together independent publishers, booksellers, authors, and food vendors in and near Portland Art Museum. Film to Page features four related films from Nov. 3 to 6.

A taste of France

November 5, 2016 (5 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 5, 2016

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.

Veterans parades

November 5 & 11, 2016

Portland & Vancouver

The Oregon Trail

November 8, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

The Oregon Trail reveals two sides of the classic video game, with pioneering women of 1848 manipulated by a game player in 1997 at Portland Center Stage at the Armory.

RV show

November 10 - 13, 2016

7 miles north

See the latest recreational vehicles and accessories at the Portland Metro Dealers RV Show at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in March.

Northwest film festival

November 10 - 15, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival features works from northwest states, plus an opening-night party and workshops at the Portland Art Museum on Park Avenue.

Holiday gift show

November 11 - 13, 2016

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.

Belgian beer

November 12, 2016

0.3 miles north

Try 20 Belgian-style beers from Oregon breweries during BelgianFest at Bailey’s Taproom.

Beer & music festival

November 12, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6)

0.5 miles NW

Portland Beer and Music Festival promises unlimited samples of 50 craft beers, wines, and spirits, with food vendors, a DJ stage, and a live music stage indoors at the Tiffany Center.

Young filmmakers’ festival

November 12, 2016 (noon)

0.5 miles SW

See short films made by Northwest teenagers at Fresh Film Northwest at the Portland Art Museum. Free.

Food and wine festival

November 12, 2016 (5 p.m., VIP 4)

2 miles NE

Sample 600 wines and a variety of gourmet foods from 50 restaurants at the Northwest Food & Wine Festival at DoubleTree by Hilton.

Comedy at the zoo

November 12, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

3 miles

Comedy Night at the Zoo includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, adult refreshments, a silent and live auction, live music, and a performance by Caitlin Weierhauser in the banquet room at the Oregon Zoo.

Veterans Day race

November 12, 2016

4.2 miles east

Portland National Veterans Day Run is a timed 5K and 1 miler at Mt. Tabor Park.

Seaside wine tasting

November 12, 2016 (3 to 7 p.m.)

78 miles NW

Taste wine in local shops for a fee at Seaside Downtown Fall Wine Walk. Repeats in May.

Mushroom tasting in Lincoln City

November 12, 2016 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

87 miles SW

Buy tastes of mushroom dishes and vote for your favorites at Wild Mushroom Cook-off, which also has a cooking demonstration, a wild mushroom ID booth, live music, wine, beer, food vendors, and wild mushrooms for sale in Lincoln City.

Living green near Eugene

November 12, 2016

113 miles south

Hear speakers, buy healthy food, meet wellness practioners, and shop from green vendors at the Eugene-Springfield Holistic & Green Living Expo in Springfield. Free.

Brass concert

November 13, 2016 (4 to 5:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

Steven Mead & Jamie Hood play at the Brass Spectacular Concert at The Old Church Concert Hall. Donation.

Eugene film festival

November 14 - 20, 2016

112 miles south

See recently made short and feature-length films from all over the world at the Eugene International Film Festival at two theaters in Eugene.

Beaujolais wine festival

November 18, 2016 (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.

Science-fiction convention

November 18 - 20, 2016

0.6 miles SE

Meet sci-fi and fantasy authors and artists, and attend panels, workshops, dances, games, and vendor exhibits at OryCon at Portland Marriott Waterfront.

Olive oil festival

November 18 - 20, 2016

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.

Hood River train ride

November 18 - Dec. 23, 2016

63 miles east

Take a 75-minute train ride along the Columbia River as you drink cocoa with cookies and hear music on the Polar Express, with a visit from Santa and his elves.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 19, 2016

3.7 miles NE

Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food that you donate to a food bank, with prizes. Bring $10, a bag/pack, and a bike lock to Velo Cult.

Wild Arts Festival

November 19 - 20, 2016

2.5 miles NW

Wild Arts Festival features 70 artists and 30 authors who are inspired by nature, plus a silent auction to benefit the Audubon Society at Montgomery Park.

Christmas lights trail

Nov. 19 - Dec. 31, 2016 (4 to 9 p.m.)

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. Free.

Whodunit musical

November 20, 2016 (2 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

The Mystery of Edwin Drood features zany suspects in a small-town murder, where the audience decides who’s guilty at Brunish Theatre.

Turkey trot at the raceway

November 23, 2016 (evening)

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.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 24, 2016

Greater Portland area

Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at OpenTable or The Oregonian.

Thanksgiving dance

November 24, 2016

0.1 mile west

Express gratitude for life at the Thanksgiving Day Dance led by Conduit Dance instructors.

Turkey trot at the zoo

November 24, 2016

3 miles west

Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo is a four-mile family event plus a half-mile Tot Trot. Costume optional.

Vegetarian trot at Mt. Tabor

November 24, 2016

5.5 miles south

Prefer a Thanksgiving run/walk without meat in its name? Tofurky Trot is a 5K at Oaks Park.

Turkey trot in Sherwood

November 24, 2016

17 miles SW

Give n’ Gobble is a 5K run/walk, a 10K run, and a food drive at Sherwood High School.

Christmas tree lighting

November 25, 2016 (5:30 p.m.)

Downtown or Lake Oswego

The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Holiday Tree Lighting in Lake Oswego are held at the same time.

Holiday parade

November 25, 2016 (9 to 10 a.m.)

0.4 miles NW

Macy’s Holiday Parade has marching bands, costumed characters, 25 floats, and Santa Claus. In 2016, it begins at W. Burnside and goes south on NW 9th Ave., east on SW Stark St., south on Broadway, east on SW Alder St. (past Macy’s), north on SW 4th Ave., west on W. Burnside, north on NW Broadway, and west on NW Flanders St. to NW Park Ave. Free.

Winery open house

November 25 - 27, 2016

Oregon and Washington

Christmas trees in Vancouver

November 25 - 27, 2016

9.4 miles north

Walk among decorated trees and model trains at the Festival of Trees at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver (donation). A free Community Tree Lighting with Santa in the park across the street is Friday, Nov. 25.

Holiday concert

November 25 - Dec. 4, 2016

0.6 miles south

Portland’s Singing Christmas Tree holds a 300-voice choir singing holiday songs, and they’re joined by dancers, a cinematic Nativity, and Santa at Keller Auditorium.

Christmas bazaar

November 25 - Dec. 4, 2016

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 Nov. 25, 26, 27; Dec. 2, 3, 4.

Christmas train

November 25 - 26 & Dec. 3 - 18, 2016

6 miles SE

Take a one-hour ride along the Willamette River and meet Santa on the decorated Holiday Express train, which leaves the station at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way.

Drive-through light show

November 25 - Dec. 25, 2016

8 miles north

Billed as the largest holiday light show west of the Mississippi, Winter Wonderland has 250 displays at Portland International Raceway.

Lights at The Grotto

November 25 - Dec. 30, 2016

8 miles NE

Christmas Festival of Lights features 500,000 lights, choirs, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows, and hot chocolate at The Grotto. Closed December 25.


November 25, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

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 Dec. 24 & 25.

Christmas in the Garden

November 25, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

43 miles south

Christmas in the Garden features 500,000 lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, ice skating, snowless tubing, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. See schedule. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Holiday music

November 26 - 27, 2016

0.2 miles SW

The Oregon Symphony and the Pacific Youth Choir play Holiday Pops at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Holiday comedies

November 27 - Dec. 24, 2016

multiple locations

  • Nov. 27 to Dec. 24 - Santaland Diaries is a cult classic comedy for adults about a department store elf at Gerding Theater.
  • Dec. 9 - 17 - Comfort and Joy is a fast-paced comedy about a gay couple with visiting relatives at Twilight Theater Company Discount tickets $11.

Holiday craft show

November 29 - 30, 2016

2 miles south

Check out local holiday crafts at Handmade NW, OHSU Holiday Bazaar at OHSU Center for Health & Healing.

Holiday Ale Festival

November 30 - Dec. 4, 2016

0 miles

Enjoy 50 bold winter ales at Holiday Ale Festival in heated tents with food vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square for age 21+. No smoking or pets.

Christmas play

November 30 - Dec. 30, 2016

3.5 miles NE

Portland Playhouse performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.
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