Portland events September 2019. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events September 2019

Movies in the Park

September 1, 2019
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.

Dog-themed bike tour

September 1, 2019
1.5 miles SE
Dress like a dog or bring a stuffed pooch to the Tour de Lab, which is a 19-mile or 42-mile urban bike ride that begins at Lucky Labrador on SE Hawthorne and ends there with an after party.

Rabbit festival

September 1, 2019
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
6 miles south
Meet adoptable rabbits, pet the rabbits, learn about rabbit care, and buy toys and supplies at Oregon Bunny Palooza at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion. You are welcome to bring your bunny in a carrier.

Slavic Festival

September 1, 2019
7.3 miles NE
Portland Slavic Festival features art, music, dance, food, soccer, children’s activities, and vendors of Russia, the Ukraine, Serbia, and Armenia at Gateway Discovery Park. Free.

Pearl District art festival

September 1 - 2, 2019
0.5 mile north
Art in The Pearl features 130 booths of fine art, a singer/songwriter stage, food vendors, and hands-on art activities along NW Park Avenue (from Davis to Flanders). Free.

Dahlia Festival

September 1 - 2, 2019
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 on Sat., Sun., and Mon. at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Free.

Oregon State Fair

September 1 - 2, 2019
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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Eco building competition

September 2, 2019
0.9 miles SE
Watch 20 teams compete to design and build a project made mostly out of recycled wood at Dropbox Derby, which promises “food, drink, and live music” plus family activities and a flea market on Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade (from Salmon to Madison). Free.

Swim across the Columbia

September 2, 2019 at 6:30 a.m.
43 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 at Cascade Locks.

Volunteer Expo

September 5, 2019
(11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
0 miles
Connect with local non-profit organizations that need volunteers at Volunteer Expo in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The areas served include arts, culture, humanities, the environment, animal welfare, health, and human services. Free.

Edgy arts festival

September 5 - 15, 2019
Portland locations
Artists from around the world display contemporary performance and visual art at the Time-Based Art Festival, which includes workshops & evening shows.

Tacos, tequila, and beer

September 6 - 7, 2019
9 miles north
Tacos, Tequila & Cervezas promises food vendors, tequila, mixed drinks, beer, exhibitors, and live entertainment on stage in Vancouver, WA (en español).

Beer & barbecue festival

September 6 - 8, 2019
40 miles SW
Oregon Brews and BBQs promises 40 taps serving craft beer, with barbecue, other foods, live music, and a kids’ zone in McMinnville. Children age 11 and younger are free.

Folk music festival

September 6 - 8, 2019
154 miles SE
Hear roots music from blues to bluegrass at Sisters Folk Festival on multiple stages in downtown Sisters.

AIDS walk

September 7, 2019
1.1 miles north
The 2.4-mile AIDS Walk Portland includes music, entertainment, a kids’ corner, and an after party for adults, with the start and finish at Fields Neighborhood Park.

Latin festival

September 7, 2019
(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.

Beaverton parade

September 7, 2019
9 miles SW
Beaverton Celebration Parade includes marching bands, colorful floats, and community groups, beginning at Griffith Park, going west on 5th Street and then south on Menlo Drive. Free.

Tasting event

September 7, 2019
(1 to 9 p.m.)
9.2 miles SE
Clackamas County On Tap and Uncorked features beer, wine, cider, and spirits from 18 local wineries, breweries, and distilleries, with food carts and live music at Sara Hite Rose Garden in North Clackamas Park. Children younger than age 12 are free. No pets.

Street fair in Tigard

September 7, 2019
10.5 miles SW
The Street Fair features 170 vendors, a food court, a beer garden, a music stage, kids’ activities, and a Latin American festival on SW Main Street in Tigard. See schedule. Free.

Outdoor dance

September 7, 2019
(4 to 8 p.m.)
14.6 miles west
Care to Dance? is a family-friendly event with dance lessons, food vendors, DJ music (swing, salsa, tango), followed by a band playing swing music in the amphitheater next to Beaverton Central Max Station. Donation.


September 7, 2019
28.2 miles south
The Oregon Fall Half Marathon, quarter marathon, and 5K is located at St. Josef’s Winery in Canby.

Harvest festival

September 7, 2019
36 miles SW
Carlton Crush has a grape-stomping competition, kids’ watermelon-eating contest, car show, artists’ market, entertainment, live music, festival food, wine, beer, and cider in Carlton. Free entry.

Maker fair

September 7 - 8, 2019
1.2 miles SE
Tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, and garage tinkerers of all ages share their passion projects at Portland Mini Maker Faire at Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI).

Zoo concerts

September 7 & 21, 2019
3 miles west
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers. Your ticket includes a same-day zoo pass.


September 7 - 29, 2019
multiple locations
Celebrate the German tradition of Oktoberfest with music, singing, dancing, beer, food, and revelry.

Clackamas River cleanup

September 8, 2019
multiple locations
Register online to join a flotilla of volunteers who assemble at five parks (from Estacada to Oregon City) 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 12 - 15, 2019
Portland locations
Taste adult beverages, eat exotic dinners, and attend cooking classes at Feast Portland for age 21+. Night Market is a street food party Friday evening at Zidell Yards. The Big Feast is a tasting event on Saturday & Sunday at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

RV and van show

September 12 - 15, 2019
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 12 - 15, 2019
38 miles south
Mount Angel Oktoberfest has beer and wine gardens, live music, singing, dancing, arts and crafts, and a car show (Sat. & Sun.) in Mount Angel.

Comics convention

September 13 - 15, 2019
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 13 - 15, 2019
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.

International week in Beaverton

September 13 - 22, 2019
10 miles NW
Drink tea, eat exotic foods, watch dancers, make crafts, and hear stories and music during Welcoming Week, a “series of events designed to bring together immigrants, refugees, and U.S. born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.” Free.

Belmont Street Fair

September 14, 2019
(10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
2.5 miles east
Belmont Street Fair is a family-friendly event with live music, art, entertainment, shopping, kids’ activities, food vendors, and a beer garden on SE Belmont Street from 33rd to 39th. Free.

International festival

September 14, 2019
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.

Family pirate festival

September 14, 2019
(12 to 4 p.m.)
12.8 miles NE
Pirate costumes are welcome at Aquifer Adventure, which has a treasure hunt, 15-minute canoe rides, face painting, and hands-on science activities about groundwater in North Gresham at 16650 NE Airport Way. Free.

Car show

September 14, 2019
(10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
13 miles south
The Historic Oregon City Cruise fills Main Street with hundreds of classic cars, hot rods, trucks, and motorcycles from the 1950s to 1970s. Free.

History night

September 14, 2019
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 1922 town, with actors in costume and a barbershop quartet in West Linn. Buy tickets early since they may sell out.

Mexican Independence Day

September 14 - 15, 2019
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 14 - 15, 2019
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.

Festival of Serbia

September 14 - 15, 2019
7.2 miles SE
Enjoy authentic food, wine, beer, dance, music, and kids’ activities at Serbian Fest in Milwaukie. Free.

Miniature air show

September 14 - 15, 2019
27.2 miles west
Watch drones, aerobatic planes, helicopters, warbirds, and even jets perform at the Radio-Controlled (RC) Air Show, with a kids’ candy drop in Forest Grove.

Renaissance fair

September 14 - 15, 2019
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. Costumes welcome. No pets.

Brunch Village

September 15, 2019
(11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
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 17, 2019
(9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
3 miles west
If you’re at least 65 years old, you and a guest get free admission and free train rides during Senior Safari at the Oregon Zoo.

Film festival

September 18 - 25, 2019
Eugene & Portland
Oregon Independent Film Festival (OIFF) screens 80 independent films from 8 countries and has especially good documentaries, in Eugene and Portland.

Beer tasting in Albany

September 20, 2019
(4 to 8 p.m.)
70 miles south
Walk between two dozen businesses pouring locally made beer, cider, or spirits during Craft Brew Smackdown for age 21+. A $20 ticket includes 10 tastes, and 5 more tastes cost $5.

Oktoberfest at Oaks Park

September 20 - 22, 2019
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.

Air show

September 20 - 22, 2019
36 miles SW
Wear sunscreen for the Oregon International Air Show, featuring airplanes up close and in the air, aerobatics, a kids’ zone, a beer garden, and Friday fireworks at McMinnville Municipal Airport.

Free museum day

September 21, 2019
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Lanterns on the river

September 21, 2019
(7 to 9 p.m.)
5 miles south
A ticket River Lantern Lighting includes a biodegradable lantern to float on the Willamette River, a free beer or cider, and snacks at Sellwood Riverfront Park, with food trucks available. No pets. A couple or family can buy one lantern and decorate it together. Free to watch.

Evening run

September 21, 2019
5.2 miles south
Sunset on the Springwater is a family-friendly 5K, 10K and half marathon that begin and end at Sellwood Riverfront Park, including a post-race barbecue with food, live music, games, and a beverage garden.

Sidewalk chalk art

September 21, 2019
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 21, 2019
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.

Wine tasting in Powerland Heritage Park

September 21, 2019
(11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
39 miles south
A ticket to Hops & Vines includes tastes from Oregon wineries, breweries, and distilleries plus admission to the historical machinery museums at Powerland Heritage Park near Salem for age 21+.

Hops festival in Hood River

September 21, 2019
(12 to 8 p.m.)
62 miles east
Enjoy beer from 40 breweries, local cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, and live music at Hood River Hops Fest in Hood River. Kids OK until 5 p.m.

Corvallis beer festival

September 21, 2019
(12 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.

Distillery tasting

September 21 - 22, 2019
(11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles NE
Meet the makers of locally crafted spirits and buy cocktails or bottles at Summer Spirits Fest in Ankeny Plaza (2 SW Naito Parkway) for age 21+. Free admission.

Polish Festival

September 21 - 22, 2019
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 21 - 22, 2019
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.

People in the street

September 22, 2019
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Located 4 miles NE
Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 7.6 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 22, 2019
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. The free family ride is 2.5 miles.

Gourmet dinner

September 26, 2019
0.1 miles south
Taste America: Portland Pop-Up Dinner includes cocktails and a tasting reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7:15 p.m. made by outstanding chefs at Headwaters Restaurant.

Quilt expo

September 26 - 28, 2019
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 26 - 29, 2019
15 miles NE
BridgeTown Swing features competitions, lessons, workshops, and social dances at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

Bavarian festival

September 26 - 29, 2019
336 miles east
Oregon’s Alpenfest celebrates Swiss and Bavarian culture with beer, bratwurst, polka bands, alphorns, Swiss yodeling, accordionists, and a craft fair in tents at Wallowa Lake.

American Indian Day

September 27, 2019
(12 to 7 p.m.)
0 miles
Dancing In the Square Pow Wow features traditional dance in native regalia, drumming, and vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Grand entry at 3 p.m. Free.

Creativity conference

September 27, 2019
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.

Burlesque festival

September 27 - 28, 2019
4.7 miles NE
Oregon Burlesque Festival is a “celebration of theatrical performances that combine satire, comedy, dance, drag, and adult entertainment” at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Hops festival at Oaks Park

September 27 - 28, 2019
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 27 - 29, 2019
5 miles SE
Portland Juggling Festival offers shows, workshops, vendors, and a juggling & vaudeville extravaganza Saturday night at Reed College.

Beer tasting in Astoria

September 27 - 29, 2019
97 miles NW
Pacific Northwest Brew Cup features northwest beers on tap, wine, cider, live music, food vendors, and kids’ activities. Free admission.

Native arts festival

September 28, 2019
(11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
9.4 miles NE
Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival is a “community-building celebration featuring performances by native musicians, a wide variety of native artists, jewelers, foods, dancers, unique handcrafted items, and fun” at Parkrose High School for all ages. Free.

Doll and teddy bear show

September 28, 2019
9.9 miles NE
Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Holiday Inn Portland Airport. Repeats in Jan.

Recycle backyard fruit

September 28, 2019
11.4 miles SE
Donate your edible apples, pears, plums, or berries (from July 29 to Sept. 28), or help press them to support Hunger Free Oregon at the Sept. 28 Portland Cider Pressing Party, which has a petting zoo, a bouncy house, an old apple mill and press, ice-cream stuffed doughnuts, and cider slushies in Clackamas.

Cat convention

September 28 - 29, 2019
1.5 miles NE
Pop Cats celebrates cats and pop culture with artwork, adoptable cats, speakers, workshops, and vendors at Oregon Convention Center. Children age 3 and younger are free.

Short-film festival

September 28 - 29, 2019
2.6 miles SE
Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites, at the Clinton Street Theater.

Natural fiber festival

September 28 - 29, 2019
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 Clackamas County Event Center in Canby.

Bloody Mary Festival

September 29, 2019
1.3 miles east
A ticket to The Bloody Mary Festival - Portland includes unlimited tastes of creative bloody marys, craft spirits, artisan food samples, and live music at Redd East for age 21+.

Save the cheetahs party

September 29, 2019
(5:30 p.m.)
2.9 miles west
Charity fundraiser Big Cat, Big Party includes a dinner buffet, a talk about saving wild cheetahs, an auction, a scavenger hunt, and a visit by a cheetah at World Forestry Center in Washington Park.

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