Portland events, festivals, things to do – October 2018

October 2018
best events in Portland

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 beer tastings at two historic pubs and stories about their resident ghosts. Closed Mondays and Wednesdays.

Fashion show

October 3 - 6, 2018

1 mile north

FashioNXT debuts spring & summer fashion-designer collections at NW Northrup St & NW 9th Ave. (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.

Portland Marathon & Health Expo

October 5 - 7, 2018

Downtown Portland

Friday and Saturday are registration and a free Sports and Fitness Expo at the Hilton Portland. Saturday is the kids’ run. Sunday is the famous Portland Marathon and half marathon.

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.

Haunted house in Milwaukie

October 5 - 28, 2018 (begins Sept. 28)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gem and mineral show

October 12 - 14, 2018

16 miles NW

See rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, and jewelry at Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show at Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro.

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.

Apple tasting

October 12 - 14 and 19 - 21, 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.

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+.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Barn Dance

October 21, 2018

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+.

Halloween dance party

October 26, 2018

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.

Racy 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.

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.

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.

Artist open house

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Charity party

October 2018 (undated)

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+.

Short-film festival

October 2018 (undated)

2.6 miles SE

Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites, at the Clinton Street Theater.

Used book sale

October 2018 (undated)

2.7 miles NE

Browse thousands of books and movies at Fall Used Book Sale at the DoubleTree near Lloyd Center. Free.

Save the cheetahs party

October 2018 (undated)

2.9 miles west

Charity fundraiser Big Cat, Big Party includes dinner, a talk about saving wild cheetahs, auctions (silent & live), and a visit by a cheetah and dog that grew up together, at World Forestry Center in Washington Park.

Tiny House Tour

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Female comedians

October 2018 (undated)

6 miles north

See nearly 50 funny acts at the All Jane Comedy Festival at Curious Comedy Theater.

Hip car show

October 2018 (undated)

7.1 miles north

Hot Import Nights brings exotic cars, nightclub acts, DJ music, and foreign models to Portland Expo Center.

Wine walk

October 2018 (undated)

10 miles south

A ticket to Wine Walk Lake Oswego gets you 8 tastes of wine, snacks, music, and art in local shops.

Onion festival

October 2018 (undated)

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 (undated)

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.

Exotic food at Timberline

October 2018 (undated)

45 miles SE

Watch competing chefs cook elk, pheasant, rabbit, and water buffalo; try samples with wine; and vote for the best at Wild about Game at the Resort at the Mountain.

Obstacle challenge

October 2018 (undated)

52 miles south

Oregon Army National Guard challenges you to get past 3.5 miles of obstacles in a two-person team at Storm the Castle Obstacle Challenge in Salem for age 16+. Free.

Haunted house: Fright Town

October 2018 (undated)

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 (undated)

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 (undated)

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 (undated)

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 (undated)

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.

Haunted house in Hubbard

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Bollywood Halloween

October 2018 (undated)

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 (undated)

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 (undated)

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 (undated)

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 (undated)

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 (undated)

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 (undated)

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 (undated)

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.

Howloween at the zoo

October 2018 (undated)

3 miles west

Kids 2 to 12 will enjoy scavenger hunts, treats, and prizes during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo.

Halloween circus

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Halloween ball

October 2018 (undated)

12 miles SE

The Pacific Northwest Witches Ball promises an upscale evening of music, dance performances, a costume contest, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and vendors at Monarch Hotel and Conference Center in Clackamas for age 18+. Elegant costume required.

Halloween orienteering

October 2018 (undated)

24 miles SW

Beginners and advanced orienteers are invited to Vampire Orienteering, where you navigate to locate “check points” while avoiding vampires at a tree farm south of Sherwood. Families and costumes welcome.

Halloween trail

October 2018 (undated)

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.)