Portland events calendar for October 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in Portland, Oregon.

Best events for 12 months

Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon with this calendar of events.

Miles are from Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Short-film festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

2.6 miles SE

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

Juggling festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 29)

5 miles SE

Portland Juggling Festival offers shows, workshops, vendors, and a juggling & vaudeville extravaganza Saturday night at Reed College.

Kite festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

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.

Bavarian festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 28)

330 miles east

Oregon’s Alpenfest celebrates Swiss and Bavarian culture with beer, bratwurst, polka bands, alphorns, Swiss yodeling, accordionists, and a craft fair near Wallowa Lake in NE Oregon.

Halloween trail

October 1 - 30, 2017

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 every day.

Halloween on a farm

October 1 - 31, 2017

Greater Portland area

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Haunted pub crawl

October 1 - 31, 2017

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.

Haunted yard

October 1 - 31, 2017

6 miles SE

See Davis Graveyard in Milwaukie any day, or after dusk to see the lights, or wait for special effects Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Free.

Hawaiian music

October 3, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

Makana is a Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, and activist performing a wide range of music with a vocalist at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Discount tickets $17.

Contemporary ballet

October 5 - 7, 2017

8 miles SW

Complexions Contemporary Ballet of New York “combines technical precision, power, and passion, in a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop” [Dance Magazine] at Newmark Theatre.

Discount tickets $13 to $30.

Brass band

October 6, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Hear the famous quintet American Brass Quintet at Winningstad Theatre.

Discount tickets $17.

Classic Greek comedy

October 6, 2017

4.7 miles NE

The women of Athens withhold affection from their men in order to end a war in Lysistrata, performed by Rose City Shakespeare Company with burlesque, aerial dance, and giant props at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Discount tickets $14.

Portland Marathon & Health Expo

October 6 - 8, 2017

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 6 - 8, 2017

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 6 - 8, 2017

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.

German Film Festival

October 6 - 10, 2017

1 mile NW

See thought-provoking German films with English subtitles at the German Film Festival at Cinema 21.

Halloween cabaret

October 6 - 15, 2017

5.9 miles north

Villains & Vixens is musical cabaret with new songs by your favorite villains from TV, movies, musicals, literature, and legends at The Headwaters Theater.

Discount tickets $7.50.

Haunted house in Hubbard

October 6 - 31, 2017

27 miles south

Milburn’s Haunted Manor has two attractions and covered lines to stay dry in Hubbard. Schedule in 2017: Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-31.

Haunted house: 13th Door

Oct. 6 - Nov. 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.

Arts of India

October 7, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Dance of the Hummingbirds is a creative collaboration combining traditional Indian dancers, a live orchestra, paintings, and poetry at Winningstad Theatre.

Discount tickets $11 to $13.

Cheese festival

October 7, 2017

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.

Hip car show

October 7, 2017 (5 to 11 p.m.)

7.1 miles north

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

Discount tickets $13.

Ideas conference

October 7, 2017

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.

Halloween ball

October 7, 2017

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.

Obstacle race

October 7, 2017

24.8 miles NW

Overcome mud, fire, ropes, and barricades to complete the 3.12 mile Warrior Dash for a medal and T-shirt at Hornings Hideout in North Plains.

Bigfoot festival

October 7, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

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.

Hops festival in Hood River

October 7, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

62 miles east

Enjoy beer from 50 breweries, local cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, and live music at Hood River Hops Fest in Hood River. Kids OK until 5 p.m. No dogs.

Haunted house: Fright Town

October 7 - 31, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Get three scary attractions for one price at Fright Town, under Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter. Closed Mon. and Tues. except Oct. 30 & 31.

Camera show

October 8, 2017

9.6 miles NE

Rose City PhotoFair includes vendors of vintage and modern gear at Jackson Armory.

Exotic food at Timberline

October 8, 2017

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.

Fashion show

October 11 - 14, 2017

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.).


October 12 - 14, 2017

0.6 miles south

Oregon Ballet Theatre performs the world premiere of Rhapsody in Blue plus the audience favorite Never Stop Falling (in Love) at Keller Auditorium.

Discount tickets $32 to $102.

Modern dance

October 12 - 14, 2017

8 miles SW

Paul Taylor Dance Company demonstrates its masterful blending of lyricism and athletic power in three works at Newmark Theatre.

Discount tickets $13 to $30.

Home and garden show

October 12 - 15, 2017

7 miles north

The Portland Fall Home Show fills the Portland Expo Center with home-improvement vendors, dining-room exhibits, garden displays, and thousands of plants. Repeats in February.

Tango festival

October 12 - 16, 2017

1.4 miles NE

Portland Tango Festival offers live music, DJs, dancing, workshops, and a Saturday grand ball at Norse Hall.

Unique beer festival

October 14, 2017 (noon to 6 p.m.)

1.9 miles SE

A ticket to Cider and Beer Pro/Am gets you samples of specialty beer made by professional brewers and amateur home brewers at District East, 2305 SE 9th Avenue, if you are age 21+.

Tattoo expo

October 13 - 15, 2017

7 miles north

Portland Tattoo Expo brings 300 of America’s best tattoo artists and vendors to Portland Expo Center.

Gem and mineral show

October 13 - 15, 2017

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 13 - 15, 2017

63 miles east

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest has arts & crafts, a food court, cider, wine and beer tasting, produce, music, and a kids’ zone overlooking the Columbia.

Apple Tasting

October 13 - 15 and 20 - 22, 2017

3.8 miles east

Taste and buy 60 kinds of apples and pears, visit a kids’ tent, see cider making, and hear live music at Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery on Stark St. Free.

Onion festival

October 14, 2017

18 miles SW

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

Obstacle challenge

October 14, 2017

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.

Vegetarian festival

October 14 - 15, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Portland VegFest offers free samples, films, cooking demonstrations, 100 exhibitors, speakers, and tasty food at the Oregon Convention Center.

Artist open house

October 14 - 15 and 21 - 22, 2017

Portland locations

Visit the studios of 96 Portland artists on the self-guided Portland Open Studios tour to see their work, techniques, and spaces.

Fruit show

October 20 - 21, 2017

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.

Arcade game expo

October 20 - 22, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Play 200 arcade games and watch tournaments at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) in the Oregon Convention Center.

Beer week

October 20 - 29, 2017

Portland locations

Killer Beer Week includes a diverse lineup of craft beer events throughout the Portland metro area.

Films of Scandinavia

October 20 - 30, 2017 (uncertain)

0.3 miles SW

Watch dramas, comedies, and thrillers from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland at New Scandinavian Cinema at Portland Art Museum.

All-American musical

October 20 - Nov. 12, 2017

1.8 miles east

All Hands on Deck is a patriotic 1940s show featuring “classic commercials, tight harmonies, impromptu skits, and 42 of the greatest American songs ever written” at Mister Theater.

Discount tickets $12 (youth $6).

Pumpkin beer festival

October 21, 2017

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.

Wine walk

October 21, 2017 (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.

Pumpkin regatta festival

October 21, 2017

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 21, 2017

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+.

Gluten-free expo

October 21 - 22, 2017

7 miles north

Sample and buy products from vendors at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest at Portland Expo Center.

Discount tickets 2 for $15.

Salmon weekend

October 21 - 22, 2017

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.

Downtown race

October 22, 2017

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 at McMenamins

October 22 - 31, 2017

multiple locations

McMenamins has live music, dancing, and costume contests at various locations.

Bollywood Halloween

October 27, 2017

multiple locations

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

Halloween cruise

October 27, 2017 (10:30 p.m.)

0.4 miles east

Rock the Boat is a costume dance party with DJ music, a cash bar, food for sale, and two hours of cruising the Willamette River, departing from Salmon Street Springs Fountain for age 21+.

Halloween dance party

October 27, 2017 (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+.

Haunted park

October 27 - 28, 2017

12 miles south

Get tickets in advance for the scary West Linn Haunted Trail for age 8+ (7 to 10 p.m.) or the less scary Enchanted Trail for younger children (7 to 9 p.m.), outdoors at Mary S. Young Park.

Anime convention

October 27 - 29, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Kumoricon offers cosplay, gaming, dancing, panels, DJs, and karaoke at Oregon Convention Center.

Antique and collectibles show

October 27 - 29, 2017 (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.

Thriller dance

October 28, 2017

Location uncertain

Practice dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in advance, and then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Portland.

Halloween pub ride

October 28, 2017

0.2 miles east

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

Racy party

October 28, 2017

0.5 mile NW

Portland Erotic Ball offers bands, costume contests, and over-the-top adult entertainment in McMenamins Crystal Ballroom. Costume required.

Halloween jazz party

October 28, 2017 (9 p.m.)

2 miles NE

The Midnight Serenaders Halloween Bash features the Midnight Serenaders plus the Libertine Belles at The Secret Society for age 21+.

Halloween party - Wonder Ballroom

October 28, 2017

2.1 miles NE

Underdog’s Halloween Bash has a costume contest, DJ music, and drink specials at the Wonder Ballroom.

Halloween orienteering

October 28, 2017 (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

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.

Howloween at the zoo

October 28 - 29, 2017 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

3 miles west

Kids 2 to 12 will enjoy scavenger hunts, goody bags, and activities like watching animals eat pumpkins during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo.

Halloween for kids

October 29, 2017 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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.

Mushroom festival

October 29, 2017

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.

Trick or treating

October 31, 2017

Free trick or treating for kids

1990s Halloween party

October 31, 2017

0.5 miles NW

Dance to music videos at the ‘90s Costume Dance Party in Lola’s Room at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom.

Brazilian Halloween ball

October 2017 (undated)

1.3 miles SE

Brazilian Halloween Masquerade Ball has American and Brazilian music (live and DJ), Brazilian martial arts, and costume awards at Analog Cafe & Theater for age 21+.
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