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Things to do in Portland – October 2017


Haunted yard October 2 – 31, 2017

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.

Haunted pub crawl October 3 – 31, 2017

The Haunted Pub Tour in Portland’s historic Old Tow District includes beer tastings at two historic pubs and stories about their resident ghosts

Authentic version: Phantom of the Opera October 5 – 15, 2017

Phantom is an adaptation with “characters more richly developed than in any other version” of the timeless story about a masked man and an opera singer set in 1890s Paris, at Brunish Theatre.

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

Hear the famous quintet American Brass Quintet at Winningstad Theatre.

Portland Marathon & Health Expo October 6 – 8, 2017

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

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

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.

Halloween cabaret October 6 – 15, 2017

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

Haunted house: 13th Door October 6 – Nov. 4, 2017

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.)

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

Cheese festival October 7, 2017

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.)

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

Ideas conference October 7, 2017

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

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

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.)

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.)

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

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.

Fashion show October 11 – 14, 2017

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.).

Ballet October 12 – 14, 2017

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

Home and garden show October 12 – 15, 2017

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.

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

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 for age 21+.

Tattoo expo October 13 – 15, 2017

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

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

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

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.

Haunted attraction October 13 – 31, 2017

Clark County Scaregrounds has three haunted houses, a carnival with rides, and midway games at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, WA. Dates in 2017: Oct. 13-15, 19-22, 26-31.

Onion festival October 14, 2017

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

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

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

Dance cruise October 14 & 21, 2017 (11 p.m.)

Enjoy two hours of views, a cash bar, and dance hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s on the Flashback Dance Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park for age 21+.

Artist open house October 14 – 15 and 21 – 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

All-American musical October 20 – Nov. 12, 2017

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.

Pumpkin beer festival October 21, 2017

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.)

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

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

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

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

Holistic expo October 21 – 22, 2017

Body Mind Spirit Expo [sound on some PCs] has exhibits and presentations about alternative health and psychic power at Washington County Fair Complex.

Salmon weekend October 21 – 22, 2017

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

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

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

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 (9 p.m.)

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

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

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

Antique and collectibles show October 27 – 29, 2017 (Friday costs more)

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

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

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.)

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

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

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.)

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.)

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

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

Safe trick or treating for kids

  1. Oct. 31 – Alberta Street – 3:30 to 6 p.m.

  2. Oct. 31 – Cedar Hills Crossing – 5:30 to 7 p.m.

  3. Oct. 31 – Multnomah Village – 3 to 5 p.m.

  4. Oct. 31 – Oregon City – 4 to 6 p.m.

  5. Oct. 31 – Tigard (Main Street) – 4 to 6 p.m.

  6. Oct. 31 – Vancouver Mall – 5 to 7 p.m.

  7. Gresham (Main Ave.) – 4 to 6 p.m.

  8. Mississippi Avenue – 3 to 7 p.m.

1990s Halloween party October 31, 2017

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



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