FALL of 2019

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

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.

Haystack Holidays
November 8 - 28

Beginning in November, Cannon Beach plays host to Haystack Holidays, a series of holiday events designed to put the fun back into the holiday season. Some Haystack Holidays highlights include Mimosa Madness, Cannon Beach’s refreshing alternative to the craziness of Black Friday, a long time local tradition; wreathmaking classes; the downtown Lamp Lighting Ceremony; Pictures with Santa; and a special holiday concert. Cannon Beach offers the perfect holiday shopping season getaway with the picturesque village lit up festively and shops and galleries offering unique gift opportunities.  The festivities are from Nov. 8 - 28 at a variety of venues.  More online at cannonbeach.org

Jurassic Quest
November 15 - 17
(Southwest Washington)

Jurassic Quest is America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among dinosaurs of all kinds.  Jurassic Quest is the only dinosaur event that has true to life size dinosaurs.  From the very small, to the gigantic, sky-scraping dinosaurs that can only be seen at our events, Jurassic Quest has over 80 true-to-life size dinosaurs in each of its two touring shows.  It will be held from Nov. 15 - 17 at Clark County Event Center: 17402 NE. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield.  Go to jurassicquest.com.

Musica Lanterna:
Svetlana Smolina: Solo Piano
Saturday, November 16
(Southwest Washington)

Experience a Saturday night concert event with classical music, visual art, café/bar with selections of local brew and after concert talk with artists in an intimate space of Tandem Hall: 808 Main St., Suite B in Downtown Vancouver, WA!  Join Russian born concert pianist from New York, Svetlana Smolina in a solo piano performance on November 16. The program will include solo piano works by Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Balakirev.  More information about Svetlana at www.svetlanasmolina.com.  The show will feature renowned Portland based photographer Peter Schutte and his works in a pop-up exhibition of nature photography and portraits of world-famous classical musicians. More information about Peter at www.schuttephoto.com.  Our special guest of the show is a young artist, pianist Hanson Berrett from Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Times are 6:15 p.m., doors/bar open and 7 p.m., the concert begins.  You are invited to join an after concert OPEN TALK/Q&A with artists following the performance!  For more information on the artists and TICKETS purchases visit www.musicalanterna.com

Worldly Travel Festival
Saturday, November 16

You can enjoy a Passport Game, an info fair, booths, educational talks, guidebook exchange, travel vision boards, craft a luggage tag, live music, storytelling, finding cheap flights, exotic fruit tasting and passport photos and applications.  The festivities are on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 2 - 10 p.m. at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall: 1945 NW. Quimby St. in Portland.  Visit www.worldlytravelfestival.com.

Lighting of Maddax Woods
November 16 - December 29

Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the Woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.  You can search for creatures of the Woods; view new Maddax's Boat History; and see Dorothy Maddax's Garden.  This is a FREE event that's daily from Nov. 16 - Dec. 29 at 5785 River St. in West Linn (from Hwy. 43, down Burns St. to River St.).  More online at westlinnoregon.gov.  

The Ultimate Celebration of Snow Sports
November 22 - 23

Snowvana returns bigger than ever for two days of celebration to kick off the 2019-20 ski and snowboard season. This year’s event features a new and better venue and better dates - closer to ski season. Mark your calendar now for the biggest pre-season party in the Northwest! Snowvana will blow you away with high profile film premiers, live music, cheap lift tickets, and deeply discounted gear all in one convenient location. At Snowvana, attendees can also purchase or pick up their season pass from all of the Mt. Hood resorts as well as Mt. Bachelor.  It will be held from Nov. 22 - 23 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Visit timberlinelodge.com.

Clark County Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 28
(Southwest Washington)

Since 2002, families in Clark County have met for an early am run before gathering around their Thanksgiving table.  As popularity and numbers grew, these families realized that their traditional morning Turkey Trot could become a meaningful way to serve the hungry in their communities, especially on a day like Thanksgiving.  So they organized the run and decided to donate 100% of the race proceeds to Clark County Food Bank, Now, T-shirt purchases and Polar Plunge registration fees generate enough funding to provide tens of thousands of meals for people in the community!  The Clark County Turkey Trot is on Thursday, Nov. 28, starting at races at Salmon Creek & Klineline Pond: 1112 NE. 117th St. in Vancouver.  Visit turkey-trot.org.  

Thanksgiving at Timberline Lodge
Thursday, November 28

Make your Thanksgiving reservations at Timberline Lodge.  Guests will be seated in the award winning Cascade Dining Room and Main Lobby Headhouse.  Their menu includes Sherrywood Smoked Duck Breast, Spiced Cream of Apple Soup, Cascade Natural Beef Prime Rib, Elk Sausage with Oregon Pinot Noir & Huckleberries, Wild Mushroom & Barley Empanada and more.  It will be held on Thursday, Nov. 28, from 1 - 7 p.m. at 27500 E. Timberline Rd. in Government Camp.  Go online to www.timberlinelodge.com

Wine Country Thanksgiving
November 29 - December 1

In Mt. Hood Territory, the wineries have their own yearly tradition of extending their tasting room hours during the Thanksgiving weekend.  So, after recuperating from the best meal of the year, grab your relatives and friends and head to one (or many) of the wineries all across Mt. Hood Territory.  Some have amazing views, most have heat lamps to keep you warm and cozy, and all have incredible wines to tantalize any taste bud.  With the wineries extended tasting room hours you’ll have extra time to discover a new favorite wine or winery and maybe even get some early gifts for the December holidays.  For a listing of participating wineries, go to www.mthoodterritory.com.  

46th Annual Seaside Artisan Fair
November 29 - 30

Kick off your holiday shopping at the beach!  Seaside Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 46th year of the Seaside Artisan Fair.  This year we have a cornucopia of more than 70 talented makers to offer. Our artisans feature fine art, crafted beverages, and artisan gifts including jewelry, ceramics, stocking stuffers, holiday treats, and more. Santa visits daily and Home Depot Craft center will be present Saturday for a fun makers opportunity for children.  Join us November 29th and 30th at the newly renovated Seaside Civic and Convention Center: 415 First Ave. in Seaside. See you there!  More online at www.seasidechamber.com.

The Village Green Christmas Market
November 29 - December 31

Experience the magic of Christmas at The Village Green Christmas Market in Cottage Grove, OR. from November 29th to December 31st.  Just twenty minutes south of Eugene there is a winter wonderland full of half a million lights, live entertainment, yummy food and beverages, an artisan market, and Santa's workshop!  There will even be live reindeer on December 6th through the 8th.  With all that and more, The Village Green Christmas Market has everything you need to complete your Christmas adventure.  To learn more, visit www.villagegreenchristmas.com.  

Oregon State Capitol:
Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 3

Come and join us for this year's Grand Tree Lighting at the Oregon State Capitol. This event is free and open to the public.  We start the night at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 with a half hour choir performance from Sprague High School's jazz group Framework, followed by the tree lighting program at 5:30 p.m.  Close to 6 p.m., the tree is lit, followed by FREE refreshments in the Galleria and FREE photos with Santa (courtesy of Best Buy).  Holidays at the Capitol is made possible by our presenting sponsor, the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, and numerous other in-kind sponsors.  More online on Facebook.