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

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Portland events October 2018

Halloween trail

October 1 - 30, 2018
26 miles SE
Families love the lighted Halloween Fantasy Trail, with its decorated castle, suspension bridge, tunnel, and maze at Wenzel family farm in Oregon City, open 7 to 10 p.m. (Also open noon to 5 p.m. on Fri., Sat., Sun.)

Haunted yard

October 1 - 31, 2018
6 miles SE
See Davis Graveyard in Milwaukie any day, or after dusk to see the lights, or wait for special effects on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings plus Oct. 31. View it from the street since the fence is closed. Free.

Haunted pub crawl

October 2 - 30, 2018
0.5 miles NE
The Haunted Pub Tour in Portland’s historic Old Town District includes tasting beer at two historic pubs, hearing stories about their resident ghosts, and exploring the Shanghai Tunnels. Closed Mon. & Wed.

Fashion show

October 3 - 6, 2018
2 miles north
FashioNXT debuts spring & summer fashion-designer collections at 2204 N. Randolph Avenue (exhibits and cocktails at 6 p.m., runway show at 8 p.m, meet-and-greet market hour at 9:15 p.m., and after party at 10 p.m.).

Home show

October 4 - 7, 2018
7 miles north
The Portland Fall Home Show fills the Portland Expo Center with home-improvement vendors, do-it-yourself workshops, a vintage marketplace, an artisan gallery, and orchids. Repeats in February.

Greek festival

October 5 - 7, 2018
2.8 miles east
Portland Greek Festival has Greek food, crafts, music, and dance at NE 32nd Ave. & NE Glisan St. Free.

Weird film festival

October 5 - 7, 2018
4 miles NE
H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival screens films containing literary horror and weird tales similar to the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, and offers panel discussions, author readings, gaming, and art at Hollywood Theatre.

Tattoo expo

October 5 - 7, 2018
7 miles north
Portland Tattoo Expo brings tattoo artists and vendors from around the world to Portland Expo Center. You must be age 18 to get a tattoo, but henna is all ages.

German Film Festival

October 5 - 9, 2018
1 mile NW
See thought-provoking German films with English subtitles at the German Film Festival at Cinema 21.

Apple tasting

October 5 - 7 and 12 - 14, 2018
3.8 miles east
Taste and buy 60 kinds of apples and pears, see scarecrows, watch cider making, hear live music, and visit a kids’ tent at the Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery on Stark St. Free.

Haunted house in Milwaukie

October 5 - 28, 2018
7.5 miles SE
Fear Asylum “has a charming, hand-crafted appeal that showcases volunteer spooks” at the Elks Lodge in Milwaukie. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Haunted house in Hubbard

October 5 - 31, 2018
27 miles south
Milburn’s Haunted Manor has a haunted house, a dark scare, a lit pumpkin patch, and covered lines to keep you dry in Hubbard. See schedule.

Cheese festival

October 6, 2018
1.4 miles east
Taste artisan and farmstead cheese made in the Northwest and meet the 30 artisan makers at The Wedge at 100 SE Alder Street.

Wine walk

October 6, 2018
(2 to 5 p.m.)
10 miles south
A ticket to Wine Walk Lake Oswego gets you 8 tastes of wine, snacks, music, and art in local shops.

Bigfoot festival

October 6, 2018
53 miles east
Bigfoot Bash at Logtoberfest features country music, local craft beer, and Sasquatch stories in the heart of Sasquatch country at Wind Mountain Ranch in Home Valley, WA.

Dollhouse & miniature show

October 6 - 7, 2018
13.9 miles SE
Portland Miniature Show has workshops, exhibits, and vendors at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas.

Kite festival

October 6 - 7, 2018
90 miles SW
Both days of the Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival include a free kids’ kite-making workshop, a kids’ parade, and professional shows at the beach. Repeats in June. Free.

Tour historic homes

October 7, 2018
8.5 miles south
The Lake Oswego Historic Home Tour features four historic homes within walking distance, starting at Oswego Heritage House.

Australian cirque show

October 11 - 13, 2018
0.2 miles south
Circa is a 10-member cirque troupe that combines amazing acrobatics, the grace and athleticism of ballet, and story-based theatrics at Newmark Theatre.

Ticket deal $15 to $32

Tango festival

October 11 - 15, 2018
1.4 miles NE
Portland Tango Festival offers live music, DJs, dancing, classes, and a Sunday dinner, mostly at Norse Hall.

Public events at P.S.U.

October 11 - 20, 2018
0.5 miles south
Portland State of Mind is a “a celebration of knowledge and culture” with 50 speakers, films, musical performances, and even a haunted house at Portland State University. Mostly free. Schedule.

How to build green

October 12, 2018
(6:30 to 10 p.m.)
0.9 miles NW
Green Building Slam consists of 10 interesting lectures by builders of 10 innovative projects lasting 10 minutes each, and then a networking reception at Ecotrust.

Gem and mineral show

October 12 - 14, 2018
26 miles south
See rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, and jewelry at Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby.

Hood River harvest festival

October 12 - 14, 2018
63 miles east
Hood River Valley Harvest Fest has arts & crafts, a food court, cider, wine and beer tasting, produce, music, and a kids’ area overlooking the Columbia.

Beer week

October 12 - 21, 2018
Portland locations
Killer Beer Week includes a diverse lineup of craft beer events throughout the Portland metro area.

Unique beer festival

October 13, 2018
1.9 miles SE
A ticket to Cider and Beer Pro/Am gets you samples of specialty beer made by professional brewers and home brewers at District East for age 21+.

Hip car show

October 13, 2018
7.1 miles north
Hot Import Nights brings exotic cars, nightclub acts, DJ music, and foreign models to Portland Expo Center.

Ideas conference

October 13, 2018
7.7 miles NW
Hear 13 fascinating speakers talk about a variety of subjects at TEDxMtHood in the theater at President Theodore Roosevelt High School. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Wine & jazz festival

October 13, 2018
(2 to 6 p.m.)
48 miles south
Meet local winemakers, sample wine, and hear jazz as you stroll the gardens during Deepwood Wine & Jazz Fest at Deepwood Museum & Gardens in Salem.

Artist open house

October 13 - 14 and 20 - 21, 2018
Portland locations
Visit the studios of 100 Portland artists on the self-guided Portland Open Studios tour to see their work, techniques, and spaces. They offers apps for Android and iPhone.

South African singers

October 17, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
0.2 miles SW
Soweto Gospel Choir blends traditional, tribal, and modern African gospel music with Western spiritual sounds in a program celebrating Nelson Mandela at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Ticket deal $25

Motown musical

October 18 - 28, 2018
0.2 miles SW
Dreamgirls is the rags-to-riches tale of a fictional 1960s Motown girl group based on real acts like The Supremes and The Shirelles, and featuring their great music, at Brunish Theatre.

Ticket deal $20 to $24

Arcade game expo

October 19 - 21, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Play 200 arcade games and watch tournaments at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) in the Oregon Convention Center.

Halloween circus

October 19 - 20 & 26 - 28, 2018
4.7 miles NE
Fright Night features goblins swinging on aerial silks, dancing black light skeletons, a ghost spinning on the trapeze, and fairy royalty twirling on aerial straps at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Pumpkin regatta festival

October 20, 2018
13 miles south
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta is a race across the lake in giant pumpkins, plus a 5K run, pumpkin carving, music, entertainment, kids’ crafts, costume contest, and food & drink vendors in Tualatin. Free.

Barn Dance

October 20, 2018
(6 to 11 p.m.)
43 miles south
The Barn Dance has live music, line-dancing lessons, a pig-roast dinner, and cold beer at Oregon Garden in Silverton for ages 21+.

Vegetarian festival

October 20 - 21, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Portland VegFest offers free samples, 100 exhibitors, speakers, cooking demonstrations, films, and kids’ activities at the Oregon Convention Center.

Holistic expo

October 20 - 21, 2018
16 miles west
Body Mind Spirit Expo has exhibits and presentations about alternative health and psychic power at Washington County Fair Complex.

Fruit show

October 20 - 21, 2018
26 miles south
Taste hundreds of varieties of apples, pears, kiwi, and grapes plus exotic fruit sorbet at All About Fruit Show. Hear speakers, meet fruit experts, and even order custom grafted trees at the fairgrounds in Canby.

Howloween at the zoo

October 20 - 28, 2018
3 miles west
Kids 2 to 12 will enjoy scavenger hunts, treats, and prizes during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Downtown race

October 21, 2018
0.1 mile north
Run Like Hell! includes a half marathon, 10K, and 5K, which all begin and end at Pioneer Courthouse Square and include an after-party.

Halloween dance party

October 26, 2018
(8 p.m.)
0.5 mile NW
Big music videos, colorful lights, and pounding music await you at the ’80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party in McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+.

Anime convention

October 26 - 28, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Kumoricon offers cosplay, gaming, dancing, panels, DJs, and a karaoke contest at the Oregon Convention Center.

Antique and collectibles show

October 26 - 28, 2018
(Friday costs more)
7 miles north
Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, this event has 1000 vendors selling furniture, movie memorabilia, glassware, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in March & July.

Adult Halloween party

October 27, 2018
0.5 mile NW
Portland Erotic Ball offers bands, costume contests, and over-the-top adult entertainment in McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+. Costume required.

Charity party

October 27, 2018
1.7 miles NE
A ticket to Autumnfest for Autism gets you beer, food, live music, and a silent auction in Lagunitas Community Room for age 21+.

Thriller dance

October 27, 2018
3.2 miles NE
Practice dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in advance, and then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Portland at Irving Park. Free to watch, $5 to dance.

Used book sale

October 27 - 29, 2018
2.7 miles NE
Browse thousands of books and movies at Fall Used Book Sale at the DoubleTree near Lloyd Center. Repeats in May. Free.

Mushroom festival

October 28, 2018
115 miles south
The Mushroom Festival has mushrooms on display and for sale, experts to answer questions, food, arts and crafts, music, hayrides, and kids’ activities at Mount Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene. No dogs.

1990s Halloween party

October 31, 2018
0.5 miles NW
Dance to music videos at the ‘90s Costume Dance Party in Lola’s Room at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom.

Northwest film festival

October 31 - Nov. 5, 2018
0.3 miles SW
Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival features works from northwest states plus workshops at the Portland Art Museum on Park Avenue.

Tiny House Tour

October 2018
3.3 miles NE
Visit six tiny houses and ask the owners questions at the Tiny House Tour at Tiny Digs Hotel for $10 cash.

Onion festival

October 2018
18 miles SW
The Great Onion Festival includes onion-eating and rolling contests, entertainment, and food booths at Archer Glen Elementary in Sherwood. Free.

Salmon weekend

October 2018
24 miles east
Watch salmon swim up the Sandy River to spawn and die where they were born during Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Regional Park in Gresham. Talk to guides, visit the campfire, and have hot drinks while they last. No pets. Free except parking.

Haunted house: Fright Town

October 2018
1.5 miles NE
Get three scary attractions for one price at Fright Town, under Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter.

Haunted house: 13th Door

October 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.

Haunted trails

October 2018
12 miles south
The scary West Linn Haunted Trail (7 to 11 p.m.) is for age 8+. The less scary Enchanted Trail (7 to 9 p.m.) is for younger children. Get tickets in advance or onsite at Mary S. Young Park.

Haunted House in Gresham

October 2018
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.

Haunted attraction

October 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.

Bollywood Halloween

October 2018
multiple locations
Dance the night away at these Halloween costume parties with DJs playing music from India for age 21+.

Cartoon costume party

October 2018
0.2 miles east
Dress as your favorite movie character (Carrie? Freddy Krueger?) for the Horror Movie Halloween Party, which includes a costume contest and has drink specials at Punch Bowl for age 21+. Free.

Halloween pub ride

October 2018
0.2 miles east
Join 45 costumed partiers on a Hell on Wheels bus ride by Shanghai Portland, with music and party lights to five bars with no cover charge for age 21+.

Halloween cruise

October 2018
0.4 miles east
Rock the Boat is a costume dance party with DJ music, a cash bar, food for sale, and views along the Willamette River, departing from Salmon Street Springs Fountain for age 21+.

Pumpkin beer festival

October 2018
1 mile east
Killer Pumpkin Festival offers 40 pumpkin beers and cocktails, pumpkin bowling and smashing, and live street music at Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub.

Brazilian masquerade ball

October 2018
1.3 miles SE
Brazilian Halloween Ball has Brazilian carnival music (live and DJ), a dance class, and a costume contest at Analog Cafe & Theater for age 21+.

Halloween jazz party

October 2018
2 miles NE
The Midnight Serenaders Halloween Bash features the Midnight Serenaders plus the Libertine Belles at The Secret Society for age 21+.

Halloween for kids

October 2018
2.7 miles SW
Not-So-Scary Halloween features trick-or-treat bag decorating, a pumpkin smash, spooky stories, glow-in-the-dark painting, a costume dance party, and trick-or-treating at Portland Children’s Museum.