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

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Portland events November 2018

Haunted attraction

November 1 - 3, 2018
(begins Oct. 5)
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
(begins Oct. 31)
0.3 miles SW
Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival features works from northwest states plus workshops at the Portland Art Museum on Park Avenue. Opening night on Oct. 31 includes a Halloween seance party.

Haunted house: 13th Door

November 2 - 3, 2018
(starts Sept. 28)
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.

Haunted House in Gresham

November 2 - 3, 2018
(begins Sept. 28)
15.7 miles east
House of Shadows promises a “disturbing” haunt with performers who will grab you but not grope you in Gresham. Children 13 to 18 must be with a parent.

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.

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.

Racy movies

November 8 - 17, 2018
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 & Olympia.

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
Wordstock 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.]

Ticket deal $49

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.

Ticket deal $36 (Tuesday)

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.

Ticket deal $15 to $32

Beaujolais wine festival

November 16, 2018
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.

Olive oil festival

November 16 - 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.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 17, 2018
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, a camera, and a bike lock to Velo Cult.

Wild Arts Festival

November 17 - 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.

Christmas at Pittock Mansion

November 19 - Dec. 31, 2018
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.

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.

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

Holiday concert

November 23 - Dec. 2, 2018
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 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. 23, 2018
0.2 miles SW
A Christmas Carol: The Musical breathes new life into the classic story about Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Christmas ghosts at Brunish Theatre.

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.

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.


November 23 - Dec. 31, 2018
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.

Christmas in the Garden

November 23 - Dec. 31, 2018
43 miles south
Christmas in the Garden offers 600,000 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 Dec. 24 & 25.

Christmas party for kids

November 24, 2018
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.

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 improv

November 27 - Dec. 23, 2018
0.6 miles NW
A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens is a zany sendup of the classic holiday play, based on audience suggestions and full of adult humor at Portland Center Stage at The Armory.

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
1.6 miles SW
Tour five decorated homes (three within walking distance) on the $30 Ainsworth Holiday Home Tour in the southwest hills. Add $20 for a 7 p.m. after-party.

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.

Belgian beer

November 2018
0.3 miles north
Try 20 Belgian-style beers from Oregon breweries during BelgianFest at Bailey’s Taproom.

A taste of France

November 2018
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 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.

Beatles circus spectacular

November 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.

Christmas train

November 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.

Christmas lights trail

November 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.