The Rotary Clubs of Salem and South Salem present the Rotary Triathlon/River Run that is on Sunday, October 1, featuring Wallace Marine Park, Riverfront Park and Minto-Brown Island Park. In addition to Olympic/Sprint distance triathlons, the Rotary River Run features 5K and 10K distances. Participants swim the Willamette River, bike rural River Road South, and run across the newly constructed Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge. There will be food, drink, and health/wellness booths for participants, family, friends, and the public. To register or get more info: Rotarytriathlonofsalem.org.
Throughout the month of October, The Pumpkin Patch hosts a variety of family-friendly events: The Corn Maize to get lost in; 1929 Big Red Animal Barn, Pumpkin Picking Hayrides, Giant Hay Pyramid, Giant Hay Maze, a produce market, Ride the Cow Train and more. It will be held from Oct. 1 - 31 at 16511 NW. Gillihan Rd. in Portland. Go to www.thepumpkinpatch.com.
Celebrate fabulous fall fungi on the Long Beach Peninsula and the surrounding area with the annual Wild Mushroom Celebration‘s series of events. Chefs, innkeepers and foragers take pride in featuring and celebrating this naturaltreasure through the fall harvest season! It will be held until Nov. 15 at various locations. To learn more, visit wildmushroomcelebration.com.
Enjoy the Blues, Brews & Cruise event on October 6th from 6 - 9 p.m., immediately following the 26th Annual Sea Cruise Car Show’s Show ‘n’ Shine in Crescent City, California. See the fabulous cars cruise through downtown, enjoy food and quaff local craft beers from two local breweries – Port O’Pints Brewing Company and SeaQuake Brewing. Dance and listen to DJ music until Brad Wilson and the Rollin’ Thunder Band wow you with their great combinations of live Blues and Rock music starting at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy the festivities. Contact by phone: (707) 464-3174. For more information, go to www.delnorte.org/event/blues-brews-cruise.
Explore the beauty of nature and the wonders of our eco-region at SW Washington’s Birdfest & Bluegrass. Most people don’t even know about the amazing gem hidden right in their own backyard - the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)! Just 20 minutes north of Portland, Ridgefield NWR hosts hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife, and is the home of the celebration of the fall migration of the Sandhill Crane. It will be held from Oct. 6 - 8. Saturday and Sunday are packed with activities for all ages, all over town! From bird walks and bird language workshops to Sandhill Crane tours and a variety of hikes including: photo, geology, ethnobotany, and an evening hike, there is plenty to do and see! Kayaking and Big Canoe river trips can be reserved in advance. Check out the web site and the schedule of events at ridgefieldfriends.org.
Not just a film festival featuring the films by H.P. Lovecraft, it is also a convention-style event with panel discussions, readings, art, games, and more! It's also one of the largest and longest-running Lovecraftian events in the cosmos that has been held in Portland for more than 20 years. The festival is from Oct. 6 - 8 at the Hollywood Theatre: 4122 NE. Sandy Blvd. Visit hplfilmfestival.com.
The Peninsula Arts Association Fall Art Show will be held October 6 through 8 in Long Beach, WA. at the old train depot on Pacific and NW Third Street (across from Dennis Company). There is also an artist boutique on the same dates next door at the PAA office with gift items by your local artists for sale. Admission is FREE. Hours of the show and boutique are: Friday October 6th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, October 7th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, October 8th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On Sunday there is an Artist Reception at 3 p.m. - meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments, find out who won the raffle prizes for donated art. Please join us to see new original works by member of Peninsula Arts Association. To learn more, visit www.beachartist.org.
Bring the whole family to attend the Portland Greek Festival. They'll have a special performance by Cappella Romana, cooking demonstrations, imported crafts and gifts, fine gold and silver jewelry, deli foods, Children's Corner, tours and more. It will be held from Oct. 6 - 8 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, located at the corner of NE. 32nd and Glisan in Portland. To learn more, go to portlandgreekfestival.com.
The Portland Marathon is rated as one of the premier marathons in the U.S. and one of the top 10 road race events in the U.S, and one of the top 40 races of all types and distances. Runner’s World called the Portland Marathon “The best people’s marathon in the West” and for the past ten years has ranked it as one of the top marathons in the country. Runners are treated to broad panoramas of the entire city the waterfront, a 3-mile bluff on the east side of Portland, and a dramatic view and crossing of the St. Johns Bridge, one of the most beautiful suspension bridges in the world. They'll also have a Sports & Fitness Expo, from Oct. 6 - 7 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower: 921 SW. 6th Ave. in Portland for all participants to pick up their essential event items. The marathon is on Sunday, Oct. 8. You can register by going to portlandmarathon.org.
Bring your own clean apples and containers to participate in the free apple pressing, a popular feature. Also on tap at the family-friendly, FREE event: live music, tours of the Land Bridge, arts and crafts for kids, tree care workshops, food vendors, and a hard cider tent for adults. The Urban Forestry Commission will give away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree. Celebrate Vancouver's annual Old Apple Tree Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Old Apple Tree Park, located at 112 SE. Columbia Way in Vancouver. Go to www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.
The Wedge is a Farmers Market-style festival celebrating cheese and everything that goes with it. Sample and purchase local, artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider. Bring a cooler and stock up! It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Alder Block: 100 Se. Alder St. in Portland. Their website is thewedgeportland.com.
It's a whole city block of screams and shock! Visit their three haunted houses in one location. You can also visit their terrifying world called "Fear the Dark," experience their epic live burial simulator called "Buried Alive," and view "The Ghost Gallery." It will be held from Oct. 7 - 31 beneath the Veterans Memorial Coliseum: 1 N. Center Ct. St. in Portland. Go online to www.frighttown.com.
The 2nd Annual Rose City PhotoFair is Sunday, October 8th at the Jackson Armory: 6255 NE. Cornfot Rd. in Portland. PhotoFair has been conducting camera show / swaps since 1975 and we are delighted to bring another show to Portland. Dozens of dealers with scores of tables filled with all things photographic. Vintage, Collectible and Modern Digital at great deals. KEH will be on hand to buy your unwanted gear. Visit out website at www.photofair.com for more information on all our shows in California and Oregon.
Veg Week is six days of Portland's greatest vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants providing signature vegan entrees... at HALF-PRICE! Portland's already one of the best cities to live in (and eat in!) for those who enjoy the ethical, physical, and environmental benefits of a healthy diet—and, for one week, it's about to get EVEN BETTER. That goes for vegetarians and vegans, sure—but also for everybody who wants to check out some of the best and most inventive dishes Portland restaurants have to offer! It will be held from Oct. 9 - 14. To learn more, visit www.portlandvegweek.com.
FashioNXT week premiers collections in a production that TIME Magazine lists #1 in the US outside NY FW. Designers from all over the world, as far as from Dubai, are arriving to Portland, a cutting edge city to experience what’s next. Highly anticipated runway show competition of top emerging designers on Oct 11. A high profile judging panel selected these designers, who receive mentorship on business and media, a runway show and business relationships. Two-time Project Runway winner Seth Aaron will launch the world’s first ready to wear designer’s collection of 3D printed shoes with Feetz, in his runway show at FashioNXT on Oct 13. Attendees can order the shoes right at the venue. It will be held from Oct. 11 - 14 2204 N. Randolph Ave. in Portland. To learn more, go to fashionxt.com.
The Portland Fall Home Show returns to the Portland Expo Center filled to the brim with great home products and ideas. If you are searching for experts, remodeling pros or even that gardening or landscaping guru this is the fall show for you. Looking for what’s innovative and new for the home? Do you need to shop and compare home products and services? Then you need to visit the show! The Portland Fall Home Show has the largest selection of home product and service vendors all at one place – stop hunting around on the internet, come meet experts who can answer your questions. Plus visit the all-new Vintage Marketplace! It will be held from Oct. 12 - 15 at the Portland Expo Center, Hall E: 2070 N. Marine Dr. in Portland. Visit www.otshows.com.
The Portland Tango Festival is the longest running US festival dedicated to the authentic social dance and culture of Argentina. They offer amazing teachers, performers and world class DJs that will make your participation a great pleasure and an opportunity to deepen your Tango experience. The festival is from Oct. 12 - 16 and held at several venues in Portland. To learn more and register online, go to www.portlandtangofest.com.
This old-fashioned fall festival brings together more than 120 vendors offering local produce and food products, plus arts and crafts, wine, cider and beer tastings. Held along the scenic Hood River waterfront, this is the Columbia River Gorge’s biggest celebration of the region’s incredible fall bounty. The festival is from Oct. 13 - 15 at the Hood River Event Site, north of Exit 63, off Interstate 84. To learn more, visit hoodriver.org.
About the time the leaves begin to change color, it's time to celebrate the abundance of apples and pears. Portland Nursery is well-supplied with a large variety of apples and pears to taste and purchase by the pound, as many as 60 different varieties in all! Tasting lines, as well as our fresh-pressed cider demonstration and tasting, will be open during all six days of this FREE event. It will be held from Oct. 13 - 15 and 20 - 22 at 5050 SE. Stark in Portland. Event hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit portlandnursery.com.
It's a fabulous day full of family fun. The festival features vendors, onion contests, including onion rolling, onion eating, stinkiest breath and Best Dang Onion Dish. There will also be entertainment and lots of activities for the kids. The FREE event is on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Archer Glen Elementary School: 16155 SW. Sunset Blvd. in Sherwood. Go online to business.sherwoodchamber.org.
Portland Open Studios provides an inspirational and educational platform for the public to experience creativity in the environment of the artist’s space. It’s not every day you get to talk to an artist about their work and their process, especially in the place where they are the most creative. We think that experience is pretty cool, and after 19 years we have quite a few loyal fans. Join them October 14, 15, 21 & 22, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. FREE admission using our mobile app or purchase a printed guide for $15. For more, visit portlandopenstudios.com/take-the-tour.
This event showcases products like the show that opened the doors to out of state artists looking to tattoo in the state of Oregon, over three-hundred amazing tattooers, Best of Day Tattoo, Best Traditional Large, Burlesque Dancers, Burlesque Dancers, Best Small Asian and many more etc. in the Lifestyle & Fashion industry. It will be held from Oct. 13 - 15 at the Courtyard Marriott PDX North Harbour: 1231 North Anchor Way in Portland. Go to www.portlandtattooexpo.com.
This is Oregon's premier plant-based food and lifestyle event! Celebrate plant-based living, with free food samples, health and nutrition speakers, chef demonstrations, Fitness Stage workouts, restaurants, films, and activities for kids and teens. There's something for everyone! Portland VegFest is held from Oct. 14 - 15 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland. Time are from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visit nwveg.org.
The annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo is dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for classic video and arcade games. They'll have exhibitors, speakers and panels, video gaming tournaments and a live collectibles auction. Their event is from Oct. 20 - 22 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland. Go to retrogamingexpo.com.
For craft beer lovers, the event offers great beer, great people, lots and fun. Their motto has always been and remains "Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness." Killer Beer Week is being held at various locations throughout the Portland metro area, from Oct. 20 - 29. For a schedule, visit their Facebook page for more information.
Get your book scoot on to take line dance lessons. You can also dine on pig roast with beer. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Oregon Garden: 879 W. Main St. in Silverton, from 6 - 11 p.m. in the Grand Hall. Go to www.oregongarden.org.
If you’ve never been to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta odds are you’ve never seen anyone sit inside a giant pumpkin let alone race one across a lake dressed as a superhero or the tooth fairy. Over the years, the award-winning West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta has become Oregon's best October event. Spectators come from not only the Pacific Northwest but also from all over the United States and Canada. They'll also have vendoor, great food, an art and photo gallery and 5K Regatta Run. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Tualatin Lake of the Commons: 8325 SW. Nyberg St. in Tualatin. Go to www.tualatinoregon.gov.
Taste wine, hear music, and see art at various participating businesses. The annual Wine Walk Lake Oswego will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 2 - 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.lowinewalk.com.
The Body Mind Spirit Expo Portland will exhibit the latest and advanced products and services for healthy living and your well being. They will also have new thought presentations and the nation's finest selection s of psychics and mediums. This year's theme is called "Shine Your Truth" to ste to the next level of your own glorious being. Their annual event is from Oct. 21 - 22 at the Washington County Fair Complex: 873 NE. 34th Ave. in Hillsboro. Their website is www.bmse.net.
Come to the Home Orchard Society All About Fruit Show! This event is the only one of its kind in the area with hundreds of varieties of heirloom fruit to taste; apples, pears, quince, grapes, kiwis, and more! Fun for the whole family - cider pressing demonstrations, seminars by local experts and door prizes! It will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 - 22, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds: 694 NE. 4th Ave. in Canby. Admission: $7 per person or $12 per family. Home Orchard Society promotes the science of growing fruit at home to all skill levels. For more, visit www.homeorchardsociety.org/events.
The Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest is the largest expo of it’s kind in the Portland area. Whether you’re thinking about going gluten free or you’re a gluten free pro looking for new products and ideas, the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest has something for everyone. With close to 65 exhibitors, you’re sure to find tons of tasty food to sample that will satisfy any appetite. PLUS, your admission also gets you into any of the seminars and cooking demonstrations going on all day! It will be held from Oct. 21 - 22 at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland. Go online to www.glutenfreefoodallergyfest.com.
Nothing says "Pacific Northwest" like the annual return from the ocean of salmon, fighting upstream to spawn and die in the rivers of their birth. In October, witness this ancient, iconic phenomenon at Oxbow Regional Park along the Sandy River, one of the nation's designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. Naturalists are on hand to help you spot the salmon and explore other aspects of the park's 1,000-acres of old growth forest, hiking and equestrian trails and river beaches. In collaboration with the Native American community, Salmon Homecoming will include cultural activities; walks honoring the cultural significance of salmon; education and indigenous science programming. All Salmon Homecoming events are FREE; registration is not required. $5 per vehicle fee. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 - 22 at Oxbow Regional Park's Sandy River. For details, go to www.oregonzoo.org.
Participate in a Halloween-themed race where you can dress in full costume for a run through Portland's urban parks and along its waterfront areas along the Willamette River, starting at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, between Burnside and Morrison bridges. Runners and walkers are welcome and encouraged to participate in any of the event’s three race distances, but walkers who sign up for the 13.1-mile race will need to be able to finish the course within 3 1/2 hours or less. It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22. For more, visit www.halfmarathons.net.
Kumoricon is a jam-packed extravaganza of everything that it means to be a fan of anime and Japanese popular culture. Gaining its namesake (kumori) from the Japanese word "cloudy", Kumoricon embodies the best parts of fandom and what it is to live in the Pacific Northwest. It's the largest anime convention in Oregon. Kumoricon is from Oct. 27 - 29 at the Oregon Convetion Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland. Go to www.kumoricon.org.
It's Portland's biggest, sexiest adult Halloween party. It's 3-levels of non-stop entertainment with aerial perforances, live DJ sets, Soul Vaccination Band, fetish demonstration, $5,000 cash and prize costume contest. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, starting at 8 p.m. at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom: 1332 W. Burnside in Portland. For details, go to www.portlanderoticball.com.
Participate in Portland's largest, awesome-ist Thriller dance that is a synchronized dance event. Invite your friends - there's no limit on the number of people who can participate. Folks of all ages and all abilities are welcome to dance along. Practice sessions are being help at various times and locations in Portland. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28. Location to be announced. For updates, go to thrillportland.wordpress.com.
Orienteering is the competitive sport of navigation. Using a detailed map (and occasionally a compass on advanced courses), participants try to find the quickest route through a series of marked checkpoints. Hosted by the Columbia River Orienteering Club, you are on a mission to collect as many points as possible (in Score-O style), while vampires are out to steal your points back from you! The catch is that you won't know who's a vampire until it's TOO LATE...Come dressed for the occasion in your Halloween costumes; there will be a special prize for the Best Dressed. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Magness Tree Farm: 31195 SW. Ladd Hill Rd. in Sherwood. Their website is www.croc.org.
Since the first show in 1981, it has become the biggest antique and collectible show in the country. Over a thousand booths are featured. It attracts thousands of visitors not just from other states but from other countries as well like Japan, Canada and Germany. It will be held from Oct. 28 - 29 at the Portland Expo Center: 2070 N. Marine Dr. in Portland. Visit christinepalmer.net.
Clackamette Mineral Gem's 53rd annual Gem and Rock Show is all about fantastic rocks, beautiful minerals. This a FREE event for all ages. While there will definitely be enthusiastic rock hounds of all ages and from all walks of life, there will be lots of good fun to be had by everyone. There will be activities for kids, demonstrations for adults, silent actions, bargain rock sale and of course various dealer booths. It will be held from Oct. 28 - 29 at the Clackamas County Event Center: 694 NE. 4th Ave. in Canby. Go to www.clackamettegem.org.
The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. In keeping with the zoo's mission, Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun. Scavenger hunts and activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the world, and their habitats and adaptations. Kids can collect treats & prizes at the different stations. Because our everyday actions impact wildlife, the zoo only provides deforestation-free candy. Activities are best suited for children 2 - 12, but all are welcome. It will be held from Oct. 28 - 29 at 4001 SW. Canyon Rd. in Portland. This event is FREE with zoo admission. Go online to www.oregonzoo.org.
The Mushroom Festival returns for another fun-filled day of family-friendly activities! They'll have a huge mushroom exhibit with over 300 local species, live music, hay rides, guided nature walks, a Kids' Booth with face painting and nature crafts, culinary demonstrations, and the Fantastical Scarecrow Contest. It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum: 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. in Eugene. Their website is www.mountpisgaharboretum.com.