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

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Portland events October 2018

Risqué show

October 1 - 14, 2018
multiple locations
The Sex & Culture Theater Festival promises a variety of “sex-positive performances from across the spectrum of sexual identity” for age 21+.
  • Oct. 1 - Alberta Rose Theater
  • Oct. 3 to 14 - Coho Theater

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.

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.

Hood River tasting

October 6, 2018 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
63 miles east
Drive an hour up the Columbia River to family-friendly Kriekfest for “30 sour cherry beers plus cherry ciders, wine, and mead” from two dozen producers in a park.

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.

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.

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. Your ticket includes appetizers and a drink.

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. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Celebration downtown

October 13, 2018 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
0 miles
Party @ The Square is a new event with a free dance class at 10 a.m., live art & music starting 11 a.m., and afternoon food and activities that require tokens.

Hip car show

October 13, 2018 (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.

Ideas conference

October 13, 2018
7.7 miles NW
Hear 12 fascinating speakers talk about a variety of subjects at TEDxMtHood in the theater at President Theodore Roosevelt High School. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Art show

October 13 - 14, 2018
17.3 miles SW
Art in the Burbs features original works from 85 juried artists, food trucks, live music, and a student art gallery at Tualatin High School. Donation.

Salmon weekend

October 13 - 14, 2018 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
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.

Home brew festival

October 14, 2018 (1 p.m., VIP noon)
1.4 miles NE
A ticket to Beer + Cider Pro/Am gets you samples of specialty beer made by professional brewers and home brewers at Leftbank Annex for age 21+.

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.

Apple tasting

October 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 Street. Free.

Public events at P.S.U.

October 19 - 25, 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 (Oct. 20) at Portland State University. Mostly free.

Scary movies

October 19 - 27, 2018 (9:30 p.m.)
0.3 miles SW
Get in the mood for Halloween by watching late-night genre films during Genrified! Cult & Other Curiosities on Fridays & Saturdays at the Portland Art Museum. The zombie movie on Oct. 26 has a costume contest.

Motown musical

October 19 - 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

Halloween acrobats

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.

Haunted house in Milwaukie

October 19 - 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.

Halloween trail

October 19 - 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 pub crawl

October 19 - 31, 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 Mondays.

Haunted yard

October 19 - 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 house in Tigard

October 19 - 31, 2018 (7 to 11 p.m.)
11.3 miles south
Fearlandia includes two attractions, plus “not as scary” tours on Oct. 21 (12 to 4 p.m.). See schedule.

Haunted house in Hubbard

October 19 - 31, 2018
27 miles south
Milburn’s Haunted Manor has a haunted house, a dark scare, a lit pumpkin patch, and a roof to keep you dry waiting in line, in Hubbard. See schedule.

Haunted House in Gresham

October 19 - Nov. 2, 2018
15.7 miles east
House of Shadows [sound] promises a “disturbing” haunt with performers who will grab but not grope you in Gresham. Children age 13 to 17 require a parent.

Haunted house: 13th Door

October 19 - Nov. 3, 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 attraction

October 19 - Nov. 3, 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. See schedule.

Halloween show

October 19 - 20, 2018
0.5 miles west
A Spine Tingling Soiree is a family-friendly evening of jazz dance celebrating spooky Halloween characters at Polaris Dance Theatre.

Scavenger hunt

October 20, 2018
0.5 miles north
The Russian company Running City is offering its scavenger hunt Big City Adventure in Portland for the first time. Teams with up to four members begin at MarkovCo Gallery and then run, walk, or cycle to city locations where they complete tasks to win prizes.

Pumpkin regatta festival

October 20, 2018 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
13 miles south
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta includes a 5K run (9 a.m.), pumpkin weighing (10 a.m.), a costume contest (11 a.m.), a race across Tualatin Lake of the Commons in giant pumpkins (2 p.m.), pumpkin carving, music, entertainment, kids’ crafts, 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 beer at Oregon Garden in Silverton for age 21+.

Artist open house

October 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. Locations map.

Vegetarian festival

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

Dance films

October 20 - 21, 2018
2.6 miles SE
Portland Dance Film Fest includes an opening night party, films about dance, a class about how to film dance, and a panel discussion at Clinton Street Theater and other venues.

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 (weekends)
3 miles west
Kids ages 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.

Run for beer

October 20 - Nov. 3, 2018
multiple locations each month
The untimed 5K Fun Run is on sidewalks and park trails, followed by a free beer and live entertainment.
  • Oct. 13 in Washougal, WA
  • Oct. 20 & 27 in Portland

Downtown race

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

Chicago cancer concert

October 21, 2018 (7 p.m.)
1.8 miles east
Hear 17 hits by the band Chicago (Saturday in the Park; You’re My Inspiration) performed by two of its band members plus “a world-class band and powerful horn section” at The Music of Chicago in Revolution Hall to support cancer research.

Halloween at McMenamins

October 21 - 31, 2018
multiple locations
McMenamins has live music, dancing, and costume contests at various locations. (Note that the Olympic Club & Anderson School are located in Washington.)

Halloween cruise

October 26, 2018 (board 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 views along the Willamette River, departing from Salmon Street Springs Fountain for age 21+.

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+.

French classical music

October 26 - 27, 2018
0.3 miles west
Telemann in Paris features Portland Baroque Orchestra playing both new and old music for the flute, cello, harpsichord and gamba at First Baptist Church.

Ticket deal $16 to $31

Anime convention

October 26 - 28, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Kumoricon offers cosplay, games, dances, guests, panels, and artists at 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.

Bollywood Halloween

October 27, 2018
multiple locations
Dance the night away at these Halloween costume parties with DJs playing music from India for age 21+.

Costume party

October 27, 2018 (9 p.m.)
0.2 miles east
The theme for 2018 is Wes Anderson Halloween Party, with a DJ, costume contest, and Halloween punch at Punch Bowl for age 21+. Free.

Adult Halloween party

October 27, 2018 (doors open 8 p.m.)
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.

Halloween cruise

October 27, 2018 (11 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
0.5 miles east
Halloween Boo Cruise [sound] features live music, three bars, bistro food for sale, and a costume contest aboard the Portland Spirit, departing from the dock at Salmon Street Springs, 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

Pumpkin beer festival

October 27, 2018
1.4 miles east
Killer Pumpkin Festival offers 40 pumpkin beers and cocktails, pumpkin bowling and smashing, a costume contest, and live street music at Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery.

Brazilian masquerade ball

October 27, 2018 (9 p.m.)
1.6 miles NW
Brazilian Halloween Ball has Brazilian carnival music (live and DJ), a dance class, and a costume contest at Santa Fe Taqueria for age 21+.

Halloween jazz party

October 27, 2018 (9 p.m. to midnight)
2 miles NE
The Midnight Serenaders Halloween Bash features the Midnight Serenaders performing with Smut City Jellyroll Society at The Secret Society for age 21+.

Thriller dance

October 27, 2018 (3 p.m.)
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.

Halloween for kids

October 28, 2018 (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 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, nature walks, and kids’ activities at Mount Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene. No dogs.

Gory Halloween videos

October 29, 2018 (7 to 9 p.m.)
3.9 miles NE
Collide-O-Scope Halloween features “oddball video, movies, music, mash-ups, and gruesome sights” with prize drawings at Hollywood Theatre.

1990s Halloween party

October 31, 2018 (9 p.m.)
0.5 miles NW
Pay $8 at the door to dance to music videos at the ‘90s Costume Dance Party in Lola’s Room at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+.

Dead celebrities dinner show

October 31, 2018 (8 p.m.)
1.5 miles east
Dead Legends Halloween Party features celebrity impersonators and the music of “dearly departeds” like Liberace, Elvis, Sinatra, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Dean Martin, Eartha Kitt, Bobby Darin, and Johnny Cash at Tony Starlight Showroom.

Ticket deal $38 including dinner

Candy-Free Halloween

October 31, 2018 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
2.7 miles SW
Children wear costumes to Candy-Free Halloween, which has trick-or-treating for fun activities and prizes (but no candy), spooky stories, art making, and a costume dance party at Portland Children’s Museum.