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.

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Northwest film festival

November 1 - 5, 2017

0.3 miles SW

Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival features works from northwest states plus 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 & Olympia.

Haunted house: 13th Door

November 3 - 4, 2017

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 3 - 5, 2017

7 miles north

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

Young filmmakers’ festival

November 4, 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.

Free classical concert

November 4, 2017 (4 to 6 p.m.)

3.1 miles NE

Portland Community Wind Band performs a selection of music by Julie Giroux at Central Lutheran Church.

A taste of France

November 4, 2017 (6 to 10 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 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.

Mexican charity dinner

November 5, 2017 (5 to 8 p.m.)

0.3 miles NW

A $50 ticket to Alto Bajo Fundraiser for Mexico Earthquake Relief gets you “a fun-filled evening with live entertainment from local band Matizes and Luna Azul Trio, delicious modern Mexican food, and beverage” plus a silent auction at Alto Bajo.

Music concert

November 5, 2017 (8 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

Parachute (She is Love & Kiss Me Slowly) promises “an acoustic evening of indelibly melodic sound and story” at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Film about racial injustice

November 8, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

The Central Park Five is a scathing film about a media circus, police misconduct, and failure of our justice system when five Black and Latino teenagers are wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a rape in Central Park, with discussion at Portland Art Museum. Donation.

Contemporary dance

November 9, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles west

Prepare to be challenged, inspired, and moved when Polaris Dance Theatre delivers dynamic and mesmerizing performances that mix contemporary dance and social commentary.

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.

Wine weekend

November 10 - 12, 2017

63 miles east

Gorge Wine Weekend has dining, tasting, touring, and talking events in Hood River and beyond.

Belgian beer

November 11, 2017 (noon to midnight)

0.3 miles north

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

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 (5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)

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.]

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 (3 to 7 p.m.)

78 miles NW

Taste wine in local shops for a fee at Seaside Downtown Fall Wine Walk for age 21+. Repeats in May.

Indie art night

November 15, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.3 miles north

Savor features the work of 60 artists, photographers, jewelry makers, performance artists, hair & makeup artists, and a DJ at Roseland Theater for age 21+.

Beaujolais wine festival

November 17, 2017 (6 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.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 18, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

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 19, 2017

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.

Science-fiction convention

November 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 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.

Hood River train ride

November 19 - Dec. 28, 2017

63 miles east

Take a 75-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.

Movies before censorship

November 19 - Dec. 30, 2017

0.3 miles SW

See films that honestly addressed social issues and moral codes before Draconian censorship was enforced beginning in July 1934 in the series Pre-Code Cinema: Classics and Rarities at the Portland Art Museum.

Christmas lights trail

Nov. 19 - Dec. 31, 2017 (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. Look for 45 animal sculptures listed on page 2 of the flyer. Free.

Christmas trees in Vancouver

November 20 - Dec. 16, 2017

9.2 miles north

Walk among decorated trees and model trains at the Festival of Trees at Divine Consign in Vancouver for a donation. Closed Sundays. A free Community Tree Lighting with Santa is three blocks away in Esther Short Park on Nov. 24.

Turkey trot at the raceway

November 22, 2017 (7 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 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 (10 a.m. to noon)

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 23, 2017 (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 23, 2017 (8:30 a.m.)

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 (9 a.m.)

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.

Discount tickets $15 to $75.

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.

Christmas train

November 24 - 25 & Dec. 2 - 17, 2017

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 24 - Dec. 26, 2017

8 miles north

Billed as the largest light show in the Northwest, Winter Wonderland has 250 colorful displays at Portland International Raceway. Closed Nov. 27.

Lights at The Grotto

November 24 - Dec. 30, 2017

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 24 - Dec. 31, 2017

43 miles south

Christmas in the Garden features 600,000 lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, ice skating, snowless tubing, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. See schedule. Closed Nov. 27, 28; Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 24, 25.


November 24, 2017 - Jan. 7, 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. Closed Dec. 24-25, and Jan. 1-4.

Holiday music

November 25 - 26, 2017

0.2 miles SW

The Oregon Symphony and the Pacific Youth Choir perform “favorite carols and beloved holiday tunes” 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, a free 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 a heated tent with food vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square for age 21+. No smoking or pets.

Home tour

November 30, 2017 (morning & evening)

1.6 miles SW

Tour five decorated homes in the southwest hills on Ainsworth Holiday Home Tour with an optional VIP after-party. Three homes are within walking distance.

Beatles circus spectacular

November 30 - Dec. 9, 2017

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.
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