October 19, 2018 – Slip on some wellies, throw on a jacket and hang out with the locals. We’ve got you covered with a list of our favorite Portland autumn events happening this season!
Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patches and Corn Maze
Sun-Thur 9am to 6pm, Fri-Sat 9am to 10pm
* Ends October 31, 2018!
Check out The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island which grows over 2 million pounds of pumpkins per year! They have tons of activities like a hay maze, hay rides for the kiddos, an animal farm, and tons of food booths. If you’re feeling really adventurous, head over to Bella Organic Farm for their season-changing corn maze. This year Bella Organic teamed up with Portland Gear and The Portland Diamond Project for a huge, fun corn maze to support Portland’s effort to bring a Major League Baseball team to our amazing city. Click here for more info.
Giant Pumpkin Regatta
October 20, 2018 10am to 4pm
If you want to witness what Portlanders mean when they say “Keep Portland Weird”, look no further! At this annual full-day event, costumed people climb inside giant pumpkins and paddle themselves down the Lake at Tualatin Commons in a series of odd races. If that doesn’t sound like enough fun, then try your hand at pumpkin bowling, pumpkin golf, or even a pumpkin pie eating contest. Nothing kicks off the holiday season more than immersing yourself in all things pumpkin – come and get basic, with an appropriately weird Portland twist. Click here for more info.
Spirit of Halloween Town
Weekends from Sept. 29 – Oct. 28
For some of us, Disney’s Halloweentown was a must-see-movie every October, and maybe still is! But did you know the movie was shot right here in St. Helens, Oregon? To celebrate, the small town about 35 minutes outside Portland schedules fun activities and events, and even decorates the town square exactly like it was in the movie. There’s even special appearances by the the cast, including Kimberly J. Brown, who played Marnie. This event is family friendly and will be sure to satisfy your nostalgia. Click here for details.
Various Locations and Dates
It’s not Halloween until you scare yourself silly at a haunted house! Lucky for you, Portland offers many places to get scared. For perhaps the scariest, check out The Beneath which takes over the huge Memorial Coliseum in the heart of Portland, or The Fear PDX which offers 4 different haunted houses for one admission. For something a little less scary, check out the Hollywood Theater on October 27th which will be playing an all-night horror movie marathon that features four rare 35mm versions of ’70s and ’80s horror flicks.
My People’s Market
Friday, November 9th
This is a diverse marketplace of multicultural vendors focused on creating pathways for entrepreneurs of color to connect with the travel industry and new market opportunities. This free celebration of equity and inclusion includes chances to talk with the vendors and meet local business owners of color. Come to this market and dance to live music, check out some unique art, catch a fun performance, and of course, eat and drink ‘til your heart’s content. Details provided here.
November (Date Not Yet Announced)
As the leaves start to change, so do Portlander’s taste in beer. Every November, Bailey’s Taproom in Downtown Portland celebrates their Annual BelgianFest! This festival offers tons of belgian-style beer including a debut of Bailey’s new Hausbier. If you love darks, strongs, sours, or blondes, this is the beer fest for you. There’s also a mini-fest celebrating the fine art of Kreiks at the not-so-secret bar upstairs from Bailey’s, The Upper Lip. Find more information and a complete list of the beers available.
Lost Plate Private Kitchen Night
Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30PM
Lost Plate leads the best food tours in town, and each month they host a one-night-only pop-up dining event that give you the opportunity to dine in an intimate setting while enjoying a multi-course meal with wine pairings. Each night is unique and offered only once for an authentic, one-of-a-kind experience. Portland chef Max Germano presents each course and curated wine pairings are done by Willamette Valley’s Fullerton Wines. Limited seating, reservations required.
Holiday Ale Fest
November 28 – December 2nd
One of the only brew fests during winter time in Portland, the Holiday Ale Fest transforms Pioneer Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Portland into a 5-day-long beer lovers paradise. Over 50 big, bold ales are showcased during this event and are sure to keep you warm during the coldest temperatures of the season. Sip on some stouts and sours, or enjoy some pales and Belgians, and toast to the holiday season at one of the best beer fests Portland has to offer. More info here.
Visiting Portland during Thanksgiving? Well, you’re in luck! Portland offers some amazing Thanksgiving brunches and buffets to celebrate Turkey Day. Check out the historic Huber’s Cafe, Urban Farmer, Headwaters, or The Heathman Hotel for some of our favs. Or want something a little less traditional? Duck House, our favorite (legit) Chinese food in the city, or unique Peruvian food at Andina are both great options. Or just visit a local popular dive bar for a cold brewski and football. Try My Fathers Place, Prost, or Rum Club.
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