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

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Portland events September 2018

Arab Festival

September 1, 2018
6 miles SE
Enjoy Arabic music, dance, poetry, food, art and crafts at the Arab Festival at Oaks Amusement Park. Free.

Latin festival

September 1, 2018
(12 to 7 p.m.)
6.4 miles SE
Taste of Latinoamérica promises “Latin American cuisine, drinks, live music, salsa dance classes, a photobooth, kids’ activities” and exhibitors at Portland Mercado. Free.

Pearl District art festival

September 1 - 3, 2018
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 1 - 3, 2018
26 miles south
View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 40 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demonstrations at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Free.

Oregon State Fair

September 1 - 3, 2018
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.

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Pirate festival

September 1 - 3, 2018
81 miles south
Tortuga Pirate Festival offers outrageous activities and games for adults in pirate attire at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon for age 21+.

Concerts in the Park

September 1 - 7, 2018
(6:30 p.m.)
Portland parks
Bring a blanket or chairs to hear music ranging from “classical to country, rock & roll to rhythm & blues” at Concerts in the Park. Free.

Movies in the Park

September 1 - 7, 2018
Portland parks
Movies in the Park feature live performances by local musicians, free popcorn, and movies at dusk. Bring coats. Alcohol is OK, but no smoking. Free.

Zoo concerts

September 1 & 7, 2018
3 miles west
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers, and your ticket includes a same-day zoo pass.

Dog-themed bike tour

September 2, 2018
1.5 miles SE
Dress like a dog or bring a stuffed pooch to the Tour de Lab, which is a 15-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.

Eco building competition

September 3, 2018
2 miles NE
Watch 10 teams compete to design and build a project made mostly out of recycled wood at Dropbox Derby, which promises “good eats, local Portland cider, and live music” at Lovett Deconstruction. Free to watch.

Swim across the Columbia

September 3, 2018
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.

Volunteer Expo

September 6, 2018
(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 6 - 16, 2018
Portland locations
Artists from around the world display contemporary performance and visual art at the Time-Based Art Festival, which includes workshops & evening shows.

Thursday afternoon cruise

September 6 - 27, 2018
(Thursdays 3:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Enjoy live music, river views, a cash bar, and bistro food for sale on Tribute Thursday Early Escape Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park at 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

American Indian Day

September 7, 2018
(12 to 7 p.m.)
0 miles
Dancing In the Square Powwow features traditional dance in native regalia, drumming, and vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Grand entry at 3:30 p.m. Free.

Free children’s museum

September 7, 2018
(4 to 8 p.m.)
3.2 miles SW
The First Friday Night of each month everyone gets free admission to the Portland Children’s Museum.

Comics convention

September 7 - 9, 2018
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.

Toy fair

September 7 - 9, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Play Fair promises “hands-on exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives” plus life-sized characters at the Oregon Convention Center.

Beer & barbecue festival

September 7 - 9, 2018
40 miles SW
Oregon Brews and BBQs promises 50 taps serving craft beer, barbecue, and other food, with live music and a kids’ zone in McMinnville.

Folk music festival

September 7 - 9, 2018
154 miles SE
Hear roots music from blues to bluegrass at Sisters Folk Festival on multiple stages in downtown Sisters.

Beer & music festival

September 8, 2018
0 miles
Portland Beer and Music Festival promises unlimited samples of 50 craft beers, wines, and spirits, with food vendors, a DJ stage, and a live music stage indoors at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

AIDS walk

September 8, 2018
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.

Sour Beer Day

September 8, 2018
(12 to 9 p.m.)
1.3 miles NW
“Sample the best sour beers in the world” with food pairings during Sour Beer Day at The Abbey Bar & Bottle Shop.

Belmont Street Fair

September 8, 2018
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.

Wine tasting festival

September 8, 2018
4.5 miles SE
Portland Picnic has 75 wines to taste, beer, food vendors, live music, grape stomping, and family activities in Westmoreland Park. Bring a blanket or low chairs. Free admission. No pets.

Lager tasting

September 8, 2018 (12 to 8 p.m.)
7.6 miles SE
Zoiglhaus Brewing Company pours 30 lagers in its beer garden during Portland Lager Festival, with kids’ activities until 3 p.m., adult comedy 5 to 6:30 p.m., and craft vendors. Free admission, or buy a ticket for 10 tastes.

Beaverton parade

September 8, 2018
(10 a.m.)
9 miles SW
Beaverton Celebration Parade includes marching bands, colorful floats, and cultural organizations starting at SW Wilson Avenue & SW Allen Boulevard and going to Griffith Park. Free.

Tasting event

September 8, 2018
9.2 miles SE
Clackamas County On Tap and Uncorked features beer, wine, cider, and spirits from 30 local wineries, breweries, and distilleries, with food carts and live music at Sara Hite Rose Garden in North Clackamas Park.

Tasting in Milwaukie

September 8, 2018
(11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
9.2 miles SE
Clackamas County On Tap & Uncorked features five music artists, beer, wine, spirits, and food at Sara Hite Rose Garden in Milwaukie. A ticket includes admission and a glass; you pay for most items. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Street fair in Tigard

September 8, 2018
10.5 miles SW
The Street Fair features 150 vendors, food booths, music stages, kids’ activities, a morning family run/walk, and an evening Latin American festival on SW Main Street in Tigard. Free.

Outdoor dance

September 8, 2018
14.6 miles west
Care to Dance? is a family-friendly event with dance lessons, food vendors, a DJ, and a big band in the amphitheater next to Beaverton Central Max Station. Donation.


September 8, 2018
28.2 miles south
The Oregon Fall Half Marathon, quarter marathon, and 10K is located at St. Josef’s Winery in Canby.

Harvest festival

September 8, 2018
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.

Clam chowder festival

September 8, 2018
(12 to 6 p.m.)
88 miles SW
Lincoln City Chowder & Brewfest features chowder tasting, live music, kids’ activities, beer and wine, plus a tribal celebration in Lincoln City.

Festival of Serbia

September 8 - 9, 2018
7.2 miles SE
Enjoy authentic food, wine, beer, dance, music, and kids’ activities at Serbian Fest in Milwaukie. Free.

Renaissance fair

September 8 - 9, 2018
79 miles SW
Watch knights joust on noble steeds (noon & 4 p.m.), 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.

Clackamas River cleanup

September 9, 2018
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.

Sing along

September 9, 2018
(3 to 5 p.m.)
0 miles
Sing along with popular singing groups at Singin’ in the Square at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Food and drink festival

September 13 - 16, 2018
Portland locations
Taste adult beverages, eat exotic dinners, and attend cooking classes at Feast Portland for age 21+.

RV and van show

September 13 - 16, 2018
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. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel

September 13 - 16, 2018
38 miles south
Mount Angel Oktoberfest has beer and wine gardens, live music, singing, dancing, arts and crafts, and a weekend car show in Mount Angel.

Mexican Independence Day

September 15, 2018
1.4 miles NE
Celebrate the independence of Mexico and its neighbors from Spain at El Grito Portland, which includes folkloric and Aztec dancers and live mariachi, salsa, cumbia, and pop music, plus food & craft vendors at Moda Center Commons. Free.

Rose show

September 15, 2018
3 miles NE
The Portland Rose Society’s Fall Rose Show at the Lloyd Center Mall is billed as America’s largest and longest-running rose show. Held in June & September. Free.

International festival

September 15, 2018
11.7 miles SW
Beaverton International Celebration features the food, art, costumes, dance, and music of many countries at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center in Beaverton. Free.

Car show

September 15, 2018
13 miles south
The Cruise to Historic Downtown Oregon City fills Main Street with hundreds of classic cars, hot rods, trucks, and motorcycles from the 1950s to 1970s. Free.

History night

September 15, 2018
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 15, 2018
26 miles west
Pay to create your masterpiece on a sidewalk in downtown Forest Grove, or admire hundreds of others’ works for free at Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

Cider Squeeze

September 15, 2018
29 miles SE
Cider Squeeze features cider pressing, food, live music, blacksmith demonstrations, and tours of Philip Foster Farm from the 1860s in Eagle Creek.

Corvallis beer festival

September 15, 2018
(1 to 7 p.m.)
85 miles south
Septembeerfest offers dozens of beers, ciders, and meads under the trees of Avery Park in Corvallis. Children age 12 and younger are free. No pets.

Mexican Independence Day

September 15 - 16, 2018
23 miles south
Celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1810 at El Grito Oregon, with entertainment, a rodeo, carnival rides, soccer, and a kids’ area at Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby.

Brunch Village

September 16, 2018
0 miles
Part of Feast Portland, Brunch Village features “classic brunch eats and delicious drinks, served up by a big-time collection of chefs and purveyors” outdoors on Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Senior zoo day

September 18, 2018
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.

Film festival

September 18 - 26, 2018
Eugene & Portland
Oregon Independent Film Festival (OIFF) screens roughly 75 independent films from 14 countries and has especially good documentaries.
  • Sept. 18 to 20 - Eugene
  • Sept. 21 to 26 - Portland

Eco fashion show

September 20, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
1.4 miles NE
Shift includes a reception with fusion food and adult drinks, an auction, a runway show, awards, dessert, and information about garments made from recycled materials and found objects at The Leftbank Annex.

Oktoberfest at Oaks Park

September 21 - 23, 2018
6 miles SE
Oktoberfest has live German music, dancing, crafts, contests, food, drinks, a weekend Kinderplatz for kids, and Saturday dachshund races at Oaks Amusement Park.

Free museum day

September 22, 2018
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Comics market

September 22, 2018
3.6 miles east
Browse comic books, toys, cards, buttons, and posters at Frankenstein’s Comic Book Swap at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Held in March, June, and September.

Wine tasting in Powerland Heritage Park

September 22, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
39 miles south
A ticket to Hops & Vines includes tastes from 16 Oregon wineries, breweries, and distilleries plus admission to the historical museums at Powerland Heritage Park near Salem for age 21+.

Hops festival in Hood River

September 22, 2018
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.

Beer tasting in Albany

September 22, 2018
(2 to 7 p.m.)
70 miles south
Walk between 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.

Polish Festival

September 22 - 23, 2018
2.8 miles north
Enjoy Polish food, beer, dance, music, and polka at the Polish Festival at 3900 N. Interstate Avenue. Free.

Sandy River art festival

September 22 - 23, 2018
17.1 miles east
Fall Festival of The Arts has juried art, music, wine, and food at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. The art is displayed both indoors and outdoors. Free.

Natural fiber festival

September 22 - 23, 2018
26 miles south
Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival (OFFF) 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.

Bloody Mary festival

September 23, 2018
2 miles SE
A ticket to The Bloody Mary Festival - Portland includes unlimited tastes of creative Bloody Marys, craft spirits, artisan food samples, and live music at District East for age 21+.

People in the street

September 23, 2018
Located 4 miles NE
Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 8 miles of streets when most cars are banned for Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways. Nearby parks have activities & music. Free.

Bicycle ride in wine country

September 23, 2018
20.9 miles NW of Portland
Ride 25 to 100 miles past Willamette Valley wineries in the all-ages Harvest Century, roundtrip from Hillsboro Civic Center, including a finish-line BBQ. Wine tasting is available during a rest stop at Montinore Estate. A 2.5-mile family ride has no stop and food costs extra.

Female comedians

September 26 - 30, 2018
6 miles north
See nearly 50 funny acts at the All Jane Comedy Festival at Curious Comedy Theater.

Quilt expo

September 27 - 29, 2018
7 miles north
See creative quilts on display, shop for quilts and supplies, and attend seminars at Northwest Quilting Expo at Portland Expo Center.

Swing dancing

September 27 - 30, 2018
15 miles NE
BridgeTown Swing features competitions, lessons, workshops, and social dances at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

Bavarian festival

September 27 - 30, 2018
330 miles east
Oregon’s Alpenfest [sound] celebrates Swiss and Bavarian culture with beer, bratwurst, polka bands, alphorns, Swiss yodeling, accordionists, and a craft fair near Wallowa Lake in NE Oregon.

Creativity conference

September 28, 2018
0.5 miles NW
Attend “keynote presentations by leading creatives who take you inside their creative process, show their work, and talk about their projects, problems, influences and inspirations” at Portland Creative Conference in Gerding Theater at the Armory.

Hops festival at Oaks Park

September 28 - 29, 2018
6 miles SE
Portland Fresh Hops Fest has beer made with fresh hops for adults and root beer for kids (minors only OK on Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m.) at Oaks Amusement Park.

Juggling festival

September 28 - 30, 2018
5 miles SE
Portland Juggling Festival offers shows, workshops, vendors, and a juggling & vaudeville extravaganza Saturday night at Reed College.

Air show

September 28 - 30, 2018
17 miles west
Wear sunscreen for the Oregon International Air Show, featuring airplanes up close and in the air, aerobatics, skydivers, a kids’ zone, a beer garden, and Friday fireworks at Hillsboro Airport.

Beer tasting in Astoria

September 28 - 30, 2018
97 miles NW
Pacific Northwest Brew Cup features northwest beers on tap, wine, cider, live music, food vendors, and kids’ activities. Free admission.

Haunted House in Gresham

September 28 - 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

September 28 - 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.

Oktoberfest downtown

September 29, 2018
(noon to 11 p.m.)
0 miles
Enjoy Munich-style ales, German food, and music at Widmer Oktoberfest at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

WildCat party

September 29, 2018
(5 to 10 p.m.)
1.2 miles east
Mad Catter Big Cat Bash features live music, dinner, drinks, dancing, and a charity auction at The Melody Event Center to support WildCat Ridge Sanctuary.

Camera show

September 29, 2018
9.6 miles NE
Rose City PhotoFair includes vendors of vintage and modern gear at Jackson Armory.

Apple Pressing Party

September 29, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
11.4 miles SE
Watch as donated apples are pressed to make cider supporting charity at the Apple Pressing Party, with a bounce house, ice cream, doughnuts, food sales, and adult beverages at Portland Cider Co. in Clackamas, followed by live music from 3 to 6 p.m.

Holistic expo

September 29 - 30, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Body Mind Spirit Expo has exhibits and presentations about alternative health and psychic power at Oregon Convention Center.

Short-film festival

September 29 - 30, 2018
2.6 miles SE
Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites, at the Clinton Street Theater.

Tiny house festival

September 29 - 30, 2018
112 miles south
See tiny houses & vehicle conversions, meet builders, visit vendors, hear music, buy food & beer, and attend presentations, workshops, and meet ups at TinyFest at Lane Events Center in Eugene. Children age 12 and younger are free. No pets.

Farm festival at OMSI

September 30, 2018
(10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
1.2 miles SE
Shop from farmers, brewers, and local food makers at the Harvest Festival, with kids activities, agricultural demonstrations, entertainment, and a beer garden in the bridge parking lot at OMSI. Free except parking.

Save the cheetahs party

September 30, 2018
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.

Exotic food at Timberline

September 30, 2018
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 for age 21+. No dogs.

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