Calendar of Events for Oregon & SW Washington
(Event Listings are Updated Regularly)

Halloween Fantasy Trail
October 1 - 30

Great for all Ages!  Take a Halloween walk through a lighted, wooded, "Fantasy Trail", decorated with spooky sights and sounds.  Walk through a 40 foot castle with Halloween scenes.  Also, walk through a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge and more.  Pumpkins and refreshments are available.  The Halloween Fantasy Trail is from Oct. 1 - 30 at 19754 South Ridge Rd. in Oregon City.  More online at fantasytrail.com.

Dine the Couve
October 1 - 31
(Southwest Washington)

During the entire month of October, take part in three for $23 by participating restaurants in Vancouver.  That means it can be the traditional three-course meal of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, or eateries can take a more unique approach by mixing in craft drink pairings, a variety of small plates, and other options.  Feeling ambitious (and hungry)?  There are enough participating restaurants to try a new menu every day of the month!  It will be held from Oct. 1 - 31 at participating restaurants around Vancouver.  More details online at visitvancouverusa.com.

History and Mystery:
A Paranormal Tour of Dallas Oregon
October 1 - November 1

You are invited to partner with a local paranormal investigation teams for the hunt of your life! You will begin at the historic Polk County Courthouse and visit plagued locations around Downtown Dallas Oregon. Because of the nature of paranormal activity, no two tours will be alike!  Tours take place from 6 - 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening, from Oct. 1 - Nov. 1, at the Polk County Courthouse: 850 S. Main St. in Dallas.  Go to www.exploredallasoregon.org.

Wild Mushroom Celebration
October 1 - November 15
(Coastal Washington)

The annual celebration is a culinary and cultural event honoring the Pacific Northwest’s delectable, edible wild mushrooms. The six-week celebration features expert-led hikes through an Oregon state park, chef-inspired menus at some of the Long Beach Peninsula’s finest restaurants and lodging specials at acclaimed inns and vacation rentals.  It will be held from Oct. 1 - Nov. 15 at various locations in Long Beach.  Visit wildmushroomcelebration.com.

Clark County ScareGrounds
October 4 - 31
(Southwest Washington)

This is the Pacific Northwest's #1 Halloween event.  It's scary good fun.  You can experience three haunted houses, carnival rides, midway vendors, all ages attractions and more.  The Clark County ScareGrounds is from Oct. 4 - 31 at the Clark County Event Center: 17402 NE. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield.  Visit scaregroundspdx.com.

The Nightmare Factory
October 4 - November 2

Get spooked all October long at the Pacific Northwest's longest-running haunted attraction.  For scares and thrills, be sure to go through their haunted house.  The Nightmare Factory is from Oct. 4 - Nov. 2 at the Oregon School for the Deaf: 999 Locust St. NE in Salem.  Go online to nightmarefactorysalem.com.

Harvest Festival at Fir Point Farms
October 5 - 27

Every weekend in October is harvest time. Fall at the farm is all about having a great time with family!!  Pick your own pumpkins in our Pumpkin Patch while getting your own corn stalks or hay bales for decorating.  Celebrate Autumn with us and our many fun activities.  Activities run every weekend starting Saturday October 5th thru October 27th.  FREE admission and parking.  The Harvest Festival is from Oct. 5 - 27.  Go to firpointfarms.com.

Portland Open Studios
October 12 - 13 & 19 - 20

This is a self-guided tour.  More than 115 artists will be participating around the Portland metro area.  Some locations will have multiple artists at the site.  The tour is an experience unlike any gallery or museum. Looking at finished artwork (especially online or in a museum/gallery) it’s easy to think that art is magic.  Remarkable art can seem to have appeared finished and never looked any other way than it does and as though no person made it.  Portland Open Studios seeks to pull back the curtain, showing you the person, exposing the process.  The Portland Open Studios is from Oct. 12 - 13 and 19 - 20 within the Portland metro area.  Go to portlandopenstudios.com.

Sustainable Building Week
October 14 - 19

Attend an event-filled week from a cross section of Portland’s design professional organizations.  The best and brightest building professional organizations will come together to educate, connect and foster opportunities for future collaboration to Keep Portland Green.  Whether its combating climate change, protecting our natural resources or investigating the increasing number of dangerous chemicals in our indoor spaces, the multitude of issues that need to be addressed require more attention by all of us.  It will be held from Oct. 14 - 19 at various locations within the Portland metro area.  Visit sustainablebuildingweek.com

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
October 18 - 19

Each year people come from all over to watch the spectacle of costumed characters paddling 1,000 pound pumpkins across the Lake of the Commons in a series of wacky races in Tualatin.  This FREE family event also includes pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin crafts, entertainment, 5k run, food, and much more!  Admission to the festival is FREE as are most of the activities.  Food and souvenirs will be available for purchase.  Pumpkins & Pints is on Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 - 11 p.m., at Stickmen Brewing Company: 19475 SW. 118th Ave. and on Saturday, Oct. 19 , from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Tualatin Lake of the Commons: 8325 SW. Nyberg St.  More online at tualatinoregon.gov

Portland Retro Gaming Expo 
October 18 - 20

The Portland Retro Gaming Expo will exhibit the latest and advanced products and services including gaming goodness, 160 arcade and pinball machines 70 retro video game consoles, video games classic gaming systems and other goodies.  It will be held from Oct. 18 - 20 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Go to retrogamingexpo.com.

Yachats Village Mushroom Festival
October 18 - 20

Calling all fun-guys and fun-gals!  Join along for a weekend of cultivated exotic and wild forest mushrooms dishes, culinary markets, demonstrations, and an extraordinary opportunity to learn about mushrooms.  The Yachats Village Mushroom Festival is from Oct. 18 - 20 at various locations in Yachats.  More online at yachats.org.

All About Fruit Show
Saturday, October 19

This is the Home Orchard Society’s famous annual fall tasting event.  The All About Fruit Show is for fruit enthusiasts of all ages!  See and taste hundreds of varieties of heirloom fruit from the Pacific Northwest including apples, pears, plums, grapes, kiwis, quince, and more.  They'll have Apple Detectives will work on identifying your unknown varities, a large fruit contest, speakers, cider pressing demos and tasting, along with vendors. If you love fruit or want to grow your own fruit trees, this is the place to be.  It will be held from Oct. 19 - 20 at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds: 694 NE. 4th Ave. in Canby.  Go online to homeorchardsociety.org.

Barn Dance
Saturday, October 19

You’ll want to pull on your boots and dress up for this old fashioned barn dance at the scenic and beautiful Oregon Garden!  Rockin’ Robyn’s DJ and Dance will be providing DJ services and line dancing lessons for this memorable event, so if you don’t know how to dance, it’s not a problem!  You can also enjoy dance competitions and a BBQ Dinner Buffet.  The goal is to have fun and make memories with that special someone in your life, or with friends and family members over 21.  The Barn Dance & BBQ is on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 879 W. Main St. in Silverton.  Go to oregongarden.org

Musica Lanterna, A New Classic Concert Series Project:
Solo Piano:
Anton Zotov and Dimitri Zhgenti
Saturday, October 19
(Southwest Washington)

Musica Lanterna, a new Classical Concert Series Project launches its first opening season this Fall in a contemporary space of Tandem Hall, located at 808 Main St. Suite B in Downtown Vancouver, WA.  On October 19, you are invited to join Dr. ANTON ZOTOV and DIMITRI ZHGENTI each playing solo piano selections by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Liszt and Valentin Silvestrov. Enjoy the pop-up exhibition of abstract photography by Dr. Zotov.  Experience a Saturday night cultural event with classical music, local art, after concert talk with artists and Bar/cafe with selections of beers, wines, cocktails and more!  Listen.  Immerse.  Discover.  For more information about artists and ticket purchases,  please visit www.musicalanterna.com.

Saturday, October 19

Held annually, Swaptoberfest is both a Ham Radio Swap Meet with Raffle Prizes offered.  They will have over 100 tables where you can find items that can be added to your hamshack.  You never know what you'll find, but get there early because the best bargains go quickly.  They'll also have semians in the Arts and Crafts building.  It is on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center: 520 S. Paciic Hwy. W in Rickreall.  Go online to swaptoberfest.net.

Whiskers at the Whiskey
Saturday, October 19

Whiskers at the Whiskey is a Halloween-themed Beard Competition, held at the Night Deposit Whiskey Library.  They'll be bringing back a few familiar faces from 2017.  Must be 21 and over to attend.  Spectators get in for FREE, but competitors must register.  It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5 - 9 p.m. at The Night Deposit: 195 Commercial St. NE in Salem.  Visit their Facebook page.

The FarmHouse Show
October 24 - 26

Twice a year, The FarmHouse Show presents fabulous treasures!  If you like retro, vintage, antiques, repurposed, rusty junk, handmade, etc., you must attend!  The FarmHouse Show is from Oct. 24 - 26 at the Oregon Christian Convention Center: 5605 Jubilee Dr. SE in Turner.  More online at farmhouseshow.com.

Mid-Valley Brewfest
October 25 - 26

It's a celebration to be filled with beer, wine, spirits, live music, food trucks and yard games.  The Mid-Valley Brewfest is from Oct. 25 - 26 at the Two Rivers Market in downtown Albany.  Visit midvalleybrewfest.com.

ilani Wine & Food Fest
October 25 - 27
(Southwest Washington)

Sip and sample your way through endless vintages and signature dishes, incredible showcases and tastings at the ilani Wine & Food Fest, October 25th – 27th. The weekend will be nonstop with three days of ilani Wine & Food Fest's featured event, the Grand Tasting and can't miss exclusive events including the Celebrity Chef Dine Around, Elite Cru Tasting and the Sunday Chef & Champagne Brunch.​ To purchase tickets and to learn more about ilani Wine & Food Fest, please visit www.ilaniwineandfoodfest.com.

Model Railroad Show
October 25 - 27

The Willamette Cascade Model Railroad will be holding their annual Model Railroad Show in the Cottage Grove Armory, from October 25 - 27.  Admission is FREE and it is great fun for the entire family.  The adress is 628 East Washington Ave. in Cottage Grove.  Go online to business.cgchamber.com.

Oregon City Ghost Tours
Saturday, October 26

Join along for a special 3 hr. Ghost Tour of Oregon City on The Vintage Tour Bus!  Rocky will be your guide as you pass by some of the most Haunted Places in Oregon City.  Everyone will get out of the bus at a few locations for some spooky stories and a couple short walks to stretch, so dress and prepare for the weather.  Guests should expect a few Halloween suprises along the way as well!  Upon the completion of the tour on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m., guests 21 and over can end the evening by joining the Halloween Pub Crawl in Downtown Oregon City.  Visit nwghosttours.com.

Gem & Rock Show
October 26 - 27

Join along for the 55th annual gem and mineral show in Canby.  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, a fluorescent show, bargain rock sale and of course various dealer booths.  The Gem & Rock Show is from Oct. 26 - 27 at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds: 694 NE. 4th Ave.  Visit clackmettegem.org.

Triskelee Farm Fall Fest
Sunday, October 27

Bring the family to the farm for fun fall activities!  Admission and parking are FREE.  You can enjoy farm tours, pony rides, hayrides, pumpkin painting, holiday craft vendors, homemade snacks, an drinks.  It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Triskelee Farm: 29700 SW. Mountain Rd. in West Linn.  Times are from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  For details, go to triskeleefarm.com.

Simrit Live in Concert
Tuesday, October 29

"Imagine that the Aurora Borealis could sing: that's Simrit's voice.
Timeless, Strong, and Ethereal as a whale's song..."
– LA Yoga

Over the last several years Simrit and her band have created waves with packed theaters and concert halls, chart-topping albums, and raving fans that have powered a palpable musical movement.

Known for her Ethereal Wave and Neo-Psychedelic World Beat Music, Simrit's unique sound and artistic contributions have led, inspired and pushed the boundaries of traditional music into new places, throwing off old conventions. Her music and artistry, which has attracted fans such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's, is known for its depth, haunting beauty, edge, and psychedelic atmosphere. She mixes distilled philosophical statements with ethereal and hooky arrangements, turns 16th-century Gurmukhi poetry into hypnotically grooving songs, develops anthemic melodies and feels, and creates epic soundscapes threaded with mantras. Simply, she brings the depth of the sacred and ancient to the modern.

It won't take very long after the music begins for you to realize that this isn't your average concert. From the transcendent sounds, the hypnotic groove, world-class musicians, and Simrit's mesmerizing VOICE...Get ready for lift-off!  Simrit Live in Concert is on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the First Congregational UCC: 1126 SW. Park Ave. in Portland.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  For tickets, go to tickets.brightstarevents.com.

NW'S LARGEST Garage Sale & Vintage Sale
Saturday, November 2
(Southwest Washington)

Over 800 Indoor Booths at the Clark County Event Center & Fairgrounds: 17402 NE Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield, WA. 98642, just 15 Minutes North of Portland, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.  General admission: Adults - $6; Military with ID - $5. 7 a.m. Early Birds - $20; Kids under 12 FREE at all times.  Antiques to New & Everything in Between Don't Miss the Deals!  Booths: $55 & Up.  Visit www.nwgsales.com or call (360) 907-5919.

22nd Annual Harvest & Holidays Arts & Crafts Festival
November 2 - 3

Start your holiday shopping in Yachats, Gem of the Oregon Coast, at this premier, juried craft event. Now even bigger with seven rooms and the hallways of the Yachats Commons, a refurbished, vintage elementary school, filled to bursting with over 70 of the best artisans from the Pacific Northwest offering a variety of unique, interesting, fun and functional gift ideas. Find an amazing selection of jewelry; agate lamps, shell art and fountains; Holiday ornaments & decor; original art coloring books, color your own calendars & Joy Sphere Treasure Balls; wood crafts including turned, Intarsia, small furniture, mosaics, cutting boards, boxes, bird houses, scroll saw puzzles & toys; hand made pens; fine art; peek-a-boo pillows; stuffed dinosaurs; metal art; gourmet foods; soap & body products; candles; photography; Victorianna/country crafts; gourmet dog treats; mixed media art; window jewels; authors and books; fabric art including aprons, accessories and quilts; fiber art including ingenious felted clothing and hats, crocheted/knitted hats, scarves, hand loomed rugs; upcycled products and so much more. Fun attractions at the Festival include craft demonstrations, free tastings of the gourmet food, massage and a wonderful holiday ambiance. This event offers a great opportunity to purchase truly unique and wonderful gifts for the holiday season directly from the artisans. Admission to this Family Friendly event is FREE with FREE parking as well. Yachats is located in the middle of the beautiful Central Oregon Coast midway between Newport & Florence, OR. Yachats Commons is at 441 Highway 101 N at W. 4th St., Yachats 97498.  For more information, call (541) 547-4738.

Portland Christian Science Lecture Series: 
Never Alone: How Spiritual Ideas Work in Us
Thursday, November 7

Hosted by the Portland Christian Science Lecture Series, Melanie Wahlberg of Lake Forest, California will be giving a talk entitled "Never Alone: How Spiritual Ideas Work in Us" about the exploration of God as Spirit, Love, and Mind, rather than as a man-like figure making arbitrary decisions.  She explains how this divine Mind is an active presence of good in our lives.  Learn how God’s thoughts remind us of our spiritual identity, guide us to express more love, and show us our divine intelligence.  Wahlberg's lecture is on Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:15 p.m., at the PSU Native American Student and Community Center: 710 SW. Jackson St. in Portland.  For more information, visit pdxcslectureseries.com.

Oregon State Capitol: A Tribute to Veterans
Friday, November 8

You are invited to A Tribute to Veterans, Friday, November 8 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Oregon State Capitol, located at 900 Court St. NE in Salem.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  You'll see the Color Guard, a choral performance, uniform display, refreshments, exhibit and receive a FREE stick flag while supplies last.  For more, go to their Facebook page.

Columbia Pacific Fiber Festival
November 8 - 10
(Coastal Washington)

The City of Long Beach is excited to host the first ever event dedicated solely to fiber arts and supplies!  They'll have fiber artists, mini workshops and suppliers to the Columbia Pacific Fiber Festival, from Nov. 8 - 10, at the Chautauqua Lodge: 304 14th St. NW in Long Beach.  More online at columbiapacificfiberfestival.weebly.com.

Join Us for Gorge Wine Weekend
November 8 - 10

The Gorge Wine region is a powerful place. It's a place of extremes—in climate, scenery, and style of wine—where the astounding beauty of the landscape is inextricable from its allure as a world-class wine region.  Over this 3-day celebration, multiple events are offered throughout the region to celebrate the completion of this year's harvest and gather in celebration of this rare place.  Join us for an event, or spend the whole weekend immersing yourself in this rare place.  Reserve tickets at gorgewine.com for the Friday Night Soirée, Sunday Morning 4-course Sparkling Brunch, or a weekend pass!  TICKETS ON SALE NOW at GORGEWINE.COM.

33rd Annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver
Saturday, November 9
(Southwest Washington)

Join The Historic Trust and The Lough Legacy for the 33rd Annual Veterans Parade.  Celebrate the service and sacrifice area veterans have made for our freedom in partnership with the City of Vancouver.  Parade begins at 11 a.m., November 9th at Fort Vancouver and ends in downtown Vancouver.  Please join the Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) for an Open House at Hudson Bay High School after the parade (1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd).  FREE hot dogs, chips, and exciting exhibits!  FREE parking in high school lot.  More online at www.thehistorictrust.org.