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

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September 2017
September 2017

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

Distance is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Bite of Oregon

September 1 - 4, 2017

1.3 miles NE

Taste the best of Oregon food, beer, and wine at the Bite of Oregon, which includes entertainment and a cooking competition at the Rose Quarter in 2017. Friday is least crowded.

Oregon State Fair

September 1 - 4, 2017 (begins Aug. 25)

49 miles south

See farm animals and craft displays, eat fair food, drink local beer and wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

Pirate festival

September 1 - 4, 2017

81 miles south

Tortuga Pirate Festival offers outrageous activities and games for adults in pirate attire at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon.

Concerts in the Park

September 1 - 8, 2017 (begins July 5)

Portland parks

Bring a blanket or chairs to hear a variety of Concerts in the Park. Free.

Movies in the Park

September 1 - 8, 2017 (begins July 6)

Portland parks

Movies in the Park begin with entertainment at 6:30 followed by movies at dusk. Bring coats. Free.

Zoo concerts

September 1 - 9, 2017 (from June)

3 miles west

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers and include a same-day zoo pass.

Festival of beer, wine, cider, and pickles

September 2, 2017

9.3 miles NE

Oregon Fermentation Festival has fermented foods, food trucks, a beverage garden, workshops, and family-friendly entertainment at Rossi Farms.

Pearl District art festival

September 2 - 4, 2017

0.5 mile north

Art in The Pearl features 100 booths of fine art as well as music, food, and hands-on art activities along NW 8th Ave in North Park Blocks. Free.

Dahlia Festival

September 2 - 4, 2017 (begins Aug. 26)

26 miles south

View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 40 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demos at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. See schedule. Free.

Dog-themed bike tour

September 3, 2017

1.5 miles SE

Dress like a dog or bring a stuffed pooch to the Tour de Lab, which is a 19-mile or 40-mile urban bike ride that begins at Lucky Labrador on SE Hawthorne and ends there with a costume contest, beer, and hot dogs.

Swim across the Columbia

September 4, 2017 (5:30 a.m.)

63 miles east

Join 500 hearty souls who jump from a paddleboat and swim 1.1 miles across the Columbia River, or cheer them on from the finish line, at the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim in Hood River.

Concerts on Main Street

September 6, 2017 (Wednesdays from July 5)

0.2 mile SW

Hear local musicians play funky soul to old-school country Wednesdays at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.

Volunteer Expo

September 7, 2017 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

0 miles

Connect with local non-profit organizations that need volunteers, and hear live music at Volunteer Expo in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Edgy arts festival

September 7 - 17, 2017

Portland locations

Artists from around the world display contemporary performance and visual art at the Time-Based Art Festival, which includes workshops & evening shows.

Comics convention

September 8 - 10, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Fans of comic books, games, sci-fi, and pop culture can meet artists, celebrities, and publishers at Rose City Comic Con in the Oregon Convention Center.

Folk music festival

September 8 - 10, 2017

154 miles SE

Hear roots music from blues to bluegrass at Sisters Folk Festival on 10 stages in downtown Sisters.

After-college comedy

September 8 - Oct. 1, 2017

17.6 miles SE

Unemployed and overwhelmed, a recent college graduate moves in with her family in Tigers Be Still, a comedy about arrested development at Clackamas Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets $15 (youth $8) at Goldstar.

AIDS walk

September 9, 2017

1.1 miles north

The 2.4-mile AIDS Walk Portland includes music, entertainment, a kids’ corner, and a beer garden, with the start and finish at Fields Neighborhood Park.

Neighborhood beer festival

September 9, 2017 (3 p.m. to closing)

1.7 miles east

All ages Buckman Kerns Beer Fest features breweries from both neighborhoods, food specials, games, a dunk tank, and live music at 1800 E. Burnside. Free.

Belmont Street Fair

September 9, 2017

2.5 miles east

Belmont Street Fair is a family-friendly event with live music, art, entertainment, shopping, kids’ activities, food vendors, and beer gardens on SE Belmont Street from 33rd to 39th. Free.

Get painted as you run

September 9, 2017

8 miles north

Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch as you run the 5K Color Run at Portland International Raceway.

Beaverton Celebration Day

September 9, 2017

9 miles SW

Beaverton Celebration Day includes a family 5K at 9 a.m. and a parade at 10 a.m., which goes from Allen Blvd. & Watson Ave. to Griffith Park. City Park has activities across from the library.

Street fair in Tigard

September 9, 2017

10.5 miles SW

The Street Fair features 130 vendors, food booths, music stages, kids’ activities, a morning family run/walk, and an evening Latin American festival on Main Street in Tigard.

Outdoor dance

September 9, 2017

14.6 miles west

Care to Dance? is a family-friendly event with dance lessons, food vendors, a DJ, and a big band outside Orenco Station in Hillsboro.


September 9, 2017

28.2 miles south

The Oregon Fall Half Marathon and 10K is located at St. Josef’s Winery in Canby.

Harvest festival

September 9, 2017

36 miles SW

Carlton Crush has a grape-stomping competition, barrel-rolling race, kids’ watermelon-eating contest, artists’ market, entertainment, live music, festival food, wine, beer, and cider in Carlton. Free entry.

Festival of Serbia

September 9 - 10, 2017 (uncertain)

7.2 miles SE

Enjoy authentic food, wine, dance, music, and kids’ activities at the Serbian Festival in Milwaukie. Free.

Renaissance fair

September 9 - 10, 2017

79 miles SW

Watch knights joust on noble steeds, mingle with costumed minstrels and troubadours, shop 125 artisan and food-purveyor stalls, and see children delight in games and adventures at Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire in Kings Valley.

Discount tickets 2 for $14 at Groupon.

Clackamas River cleanup

September 10, 2017

multiple locations

Register online to join a flotilla of volunteers who assemble at five parks and raft, kayak, canoe, inner tube, scuba, or walk down the Clackamas to remove trash at Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas.

Food and drink festival

September 14 - 17, 2017

Portland locations

Taste Oregon’s bounty of wine, beer, cheese, and fine cooking; hear culinary stars speak on stage; and take cooking classes at Feast Portland.

RV and van show

September 14 - 17, 2017

7 miles north

Meet RV dealers and makers, and see new models of 5th wheels, campers, travel trailers, park models, conversion vans, and Class-A motor homes, at Portland Fall RV & Van Show in Portland Expo Center.

Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel

September 14 - 17, 2017

38 miles south

Mount Angel Oktoberfest has beer and wine gardens, live music, singing, dancing, arts and crafts, and a car show in Mount Angel.

Marathon & beer festival

September 15 - 17, 2017

9 miles north

Vancouver USA Marathon has a health and fitness expo Friday & Saturday; a 5K and kids’ run Saturday; a marathon & half marathon Sunday, and an Oktoberfest all three days in Esther Short Park.

Mexican Independence Day

September 16, 2017

1.4 miles NE

Celebrate the independence of Mexico and its neighbors from Spain at El Grito y Fiestas Patrias, which includes folkloric and Aztec dancers and live mariachi, salsa, cumbia, and pop music, plus food & craft vendors at Moda Center Commons. Free.

International festival

September 16, 2017 (1 to 6 p.m.)

10 miles west

Beaverton International Celebration features the food, art, costumes, dance, and music of many countries at 15707 SW Walker Road in Beaverton. Free.

Car show

September 16, 2017

13 miles south

The Cruise to Historic Downtown Oregon City fills Main Street with 600 classic cars, hot rods, trucks, and motorcycles from the 1950s to 1970s. Free.

History night

September 16, 2017

20 miles south

Bring a flashlight for the evening Willamette Living History Tour, which features a one-hour walk and carriage ride in a recreated 1913 town, with actors in costume and a barbershop quartet in West Linn.

Sidewalk chalk art

September 16, 2017

26 miles west

Create your masterpiece on a sidewalk in downtown Forest Grove, or admire hundreds of others’ works at Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

Cider Squeeze

September 16, 2017

29 miles SE

Cider Squeeze features cider pressing, food, music, blacksmith demonstrations, and tours of Philip Foster Farm from the 1860s in Eagle Creek.

Corvallis beer festival

September 16, 2017 (1 to 9 p.m.)

85 miles south

Septembeerfest offers dozens of beers, ciders, and meads under the trees of Avery Park in Corvallis.

Polish Festival

September 16 - 17, 2017

4.7 miles NE

Enjoy Polish food, beer, dance, music, and polka at the Polish Festival at 3900 N. Failing Street. Free.

Film festival

September 16 - 30, 2017

Eugene (Sept. 20-22) & Portland (23-28)

Oregon Independent Film Festival (OIFF) screens roughly 75 independent films from 14 countries and is particularly known for its documentary programming.

Flamenco guitar

September 17, 2017 (8 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra play nouveau flamenco, blending in jazz rhythms and pop music structures, at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Discount tickets $24 at Goldstar.

Senior zoo day

September 19, 2017

3 miles west

If you’re 65 years old, you and a guest get free admission and a train ride plus a lunch special during Senior Safari at the Oregon Zoo.

Swing dancing

September 21 - 24, 2017

15 miles NE

BridgeTown Swing features competitions, lessons, workshops, and social dances at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

American Indian day

September 22. 2017

0 miles

Watch traditional dance in native regalia, hear drums, and shop vendors at American Indian Day Celebration at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Oktoberfest at Oaks Park

September 22 - 24, 2017

6 miles SE

Oktoberfest features live German music, dancing, art, contests, food, drinks, Kinderplatz for kids, and Saturday dachshund races at Oaks Amusement Park.

Air show

September 22 - 24, 2017

17 miles west

Wear sunscreen at the Oregon International Air Show, featuring airplanes up close and in the air, aerobatics, skydivers, a kids’ zone, beer garden, fireworks Fri., jet shows Sat. & Sun., and 5K Sun. at Hillsboro Airport.

Beer tasting in Astoria

September 22 - 24, 2017

97 miles NW

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup features northwest beers on tap, live music, food vendors, and kids’ activities. Free entry.

Free museum day

September 23, 2017


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 19 Oregon museums on Museum Day Live.

Meet romance authors

September 23, 2017

9.8 miles NE

Passion in Portland is a book-signing and book-promotion event with 60 romance-novel authors at Embassy Suites on 82nd Avenue NE.

Hops festival

September 23, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

62 miles east

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

Beer tasting in Albany

September 23, 2017 (2 to 7 p.m.)

70 miles south

Walk or take the free trolley to visit two dozen businesses pouring locally made beer, cider, or spirits during Craft Brew Smackdown, followed by an after party. A $20 ticket includes 10 tastes, 5 more for $5.

Natural fiber festival

September 23 - 24, 2017

26 miles south

Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival is about natural fibers from beginning to end, from animal or plant fiber to finished product. Find rabbits, goats, classes, kids’ activities, and food at the fairgrounds in Canby.

People in the street

September 24, 2017

Located 4.5 miles south

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 8 miles of streets when most cars are banned for Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways, with activities and music nearby. Free.

Quilting expo

September 28 - 30, 2017

7 miles north

See creative quilts on display, shop for quilts and supplies, and attend seminars at Northwest Quilting Expo at Portland Expo Center.

Bavarian festival

September 28 - Oct. 1, 2017

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.

Beer festival

September 29 - 30, 2017

6 miles SE

Portland Fresh Hops Fest has beer made with fresh hops for adults and root beer for kids (only Saturday before 5 p.m.) at Oaks Amusement Park.

Juggling festival

September 29 - Oct. 1, 2017

5 miles SE

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

Kite festival

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

90 miles SW

Both days of the Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival include a $5 kite-making workshop, kids’ parade, and professional shows at the beach. Repeats in June. Free.

Vegan week and prom

September 2017 (undated)

Greater Portland area

Try Vegan Week includes free workshops, speakers, dine-outs, and mentoring. It ends in a vegan prom night of dancing, raffles, food, and costumes.

Hemp festival

September 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Hempstalk has food vendors, live music, speakers, and info booths about hemp products and marijuana decriminalization at Waterfront Park.

Movies under the bridge

September 2017 (undated)

1.6 miles south

Bring a car, blanket, or chair for films at Drive-In at Zidell Yards under Ross Island Bridge. Food vendors.

Racy stories

September 2017 (undated)

5.3 miles north

A Sex & Culture Theater Festival aims “to unite humanity through conversations about sexuality” with real people sharing their unforgettable stories at The Headwaters Theatre and The Star Theater.

9-11 memorial

September 2017 (undated)

6.5 miles SE

Recognize our heroes on the anniversary of that fateful day in 2001 at Commemoration and Honoring of First Responders and Veterans at Milwaukie City Hall. Free.

Small-town celebration

September 2017 (undated)

24 miles SE

The Celebration in Boring offers live music, pony and wagon rides, a classic-car show, games, firefighter waterball, and food booths. Free.

Arab Festival

September 2017 (undated)

6 miles SE

Enjoy Arabic music, dance, poetry, food, art and crafts at the Arab Festival at South Grove in Oaks Park. Free.
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