Portland events calendar for November 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, kids activities, free entertainment in Portland, OR.

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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.

Northwest film festival

November 1 - 5, 2017

0.3 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.

Racy movies

November 2 - 11, 2017

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 visits Seattle.

Haunted house: 13th Door

November 3 - 4, 2017 (begins Sept. 22)

9 miles SW

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 3 - 5, 2017

7 miles north

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

Sausage and sauerkraut dinner

November 4, 2017

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.

Christmas trees in Vancouver

November 4 - Dec. 16, 2017

9.2 miles north

Walk among decorated trees and model trains at the Festival of Trees at Divine Consign in Vancouver (donation). Also see the free Community Tree Lighting with Santa in the park across the street (Nov. 24).

Sexy poetry

November 7, 2017 (8:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles north

Inspired by 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of poets in an immersive and lush, speakeasy-style environment with a bar and live music at Star Theater for age 21+.

Discount tickets $20 (VIP $38).

RV show

November 9 - 12, 2017

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 10, 2017 (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. [For another literary event, see Wordstock on Nov. 11.]

Holiday gift show

November 10 - 12, 2017

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.

Veterans parades

November 11, 2017

Portland & Vancouver

Literary festival

November 11, 2017

0.3 miles SW

Wordstock brings together independent publishers, booksellers, authors, and food vendors in and near Portland Art Museum. [For another literary event, see Lit Crawl on Nov. 10.]

Food and wine festival

November 11, 2017

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.

Comic Book Swap

November 11, 2017

3.6 miles east

Browse comic books, toys, cards, buttons, and posters at Frankenstein’s Comicbook Swap at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Repeats in March.

Seaside wine tasting

November 11, 2017

78 miles NW

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

Young filmmakers’ festival

November 14, 2017 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

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

Beaujolais wine festival

November 17, 2017

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 17 - 19, 2017

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).

Olive oil festival

November 17 - 19, 2017

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.

Belgian beer

November 18, 2017

0.3 miles north

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

Wild Arts Festival

November 18 - 19, 2017

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

November 18 - Dec. 31, 2017

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.

Turkey trot at the raceway

November 22, 2017

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 23, 2017

Greater Portland area

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

Thanksgiving dance

November 23, 2017

0.1 mile west

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

Turkey trot at the zoo

November 23, 2017 (8 a.m.)

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 23, 2017

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 23, 2017

17 miles SW

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

Basketball tournament

November 23 - 26, 2017

1.4 miles NE

Phil Knight Invitational (PK80) is a two-tournament men’s college basketball event honoring the 80th birthday of Phil Knight, who founded Nike and champions college basketball, at Moda Center and the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Christmas tree lighting

November 24, 2017

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.

Winery open house

November 24 - 26, 2017

Oregon and Washington

Holiday concert

November 24 - Dec. 3, 2017

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 24 - 26 and Dec. 1 - 3, 2017

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.

Drive-through light show

November 24 - Dec. 26, 2017

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 24 - Dec. 30, 2017

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 24 - Dec. 31, 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 24 - Dec. 31, 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 25 - 26, 2017

0.2 miles SW

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

Holiday craft show

November 28 - 29, 2017

2 miles south

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

Holiday Ale Festival

November 29 - Dec. 3, 2017

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, 2017

3.5 miles NE

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

Brass concert

November 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

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

Comedy at the zoo

November 2017 (undated)

3 miles west

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 2017 (undated)

4.2 miles east

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

A taste of France

November 2017 (undated)

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.

Hood River train ride

November 2017 (undated)

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.

Eugene film festival

November 2017 (undated)

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.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 2017 (undated)

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.

Holiday parade

November 2017 (undated)

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.

Christmas train

November 2017 (undated)

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.
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