FALL 2018

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

Dine the Couve
October 1 - 31
(Southwest Washington)

During the entire month of October, restaurants from across the city of Vancouver will offer special 3 for $23 menus that showcase what they do best.  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)?  This year, 31 restaurants are participating—that's one menu to try each day of the month!...More 

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

Celebrate fabulous fall fungi on the Long Beach Peninsula with the annual Wild Mushroom Celebration‘s series of events honoring the Pacific Northwest's delectable, edible wild mushrooms.  Chefs, innkeepers and foragers take pride in featuring and celebrating this natural treasure through the fall harvest season!...More

Clark County ScareGround's
Haunted House Scream Park
October 5 - November 4
(Southwest Washington)

The Clark County ScareGround's is the Northwest's premier all-ages Halloween event located on the 170-acre Clark County Event Center campus in Ridgefield, WA.  Featuring four Haunted Houses, the Scream Parlor, Midway & Exhibits, photo ops, and ghouls galore!  The ScareGround's is the #1 destination for a scary-good time this October...More 

2018 Tillamook County Quilt Show
October 12 - 13

Hosted by the Tillamook County Quilt Guild, this year's theme is called "Memories by the Sea."  The event features the guild's first quilt made for 1976.  You can help make an American Hero Quilt; visitor prizes every half hour, raffle quilt tickets,  and quilts for sale.   It will be held from Oct. 12 - 13 at City Hall in Bay City that is along North Hwy. 101.  Times are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Admission is $5 each, Children 12 and under are FREE.  It's family fun for all.  Call (503) 440-1829. 

Dance Like a Mother
Saturday, October 13

This October 13, The Mother PAC will host our unique and popular fifth annual Dance Like a Mother fundraiser at Holocene in Portland where 200+ local moms, community and elected leaders will gather to dance the night away -  raising critical funds to support candidates running for office this November.  This is a dance party featuring DJ Mixed Messages spinning feminist dance music, many special guest dancers, local women elected leaders, amazing raffle prizes from local businesses and fun resistance-themed cocktails...More

Hot Import Nights
Saturday, October 13

Experience the ultimate import attraction.  Hot Import Nights the nation's largest and most unique indoor/outdoor car, music, and pop-culture festivals.  The events are attended by thousands of automotive and entertainment enthusiasts each year...More

Cranberrian Fair
October 13 - 14
(Southwest Washington)

A celebration of local harvest including all things cranberry kicks off the Fall season on the Long Beach Peninsula.  Foods, crafters, local artists, and more will showcase the area’s rich heritage during this popular fair.  Collectible Cranberrian Fair buttons are $5 each and cover admission to all events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. The Cranberry Museum is FREE, hosting a variety of local artists offering handmade items such as pottery, jewelry, paintings, cranberry vine baskets, baked goods, and more.  The Cranberry Trolley will run during the fair and self-guided tours of cranberry harvesting will be underway at the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation...More

Portland Feis
October 13 - 14

Hosted by Murry Irish Dance, they offer an authentic Irish cultural experience for dancers and musicians of all ages. Our goal is to bring Irish traditions to a new generation, keeping this vibrant culture alive and thriving in the Pacific Northwest.  The Portland Feis features dance and costume competitions...More

Chef's Nite Out
Sunday, October 14

Come join us to sip and sample over 60 different foods and beverages from vendors around the Willamette Valley. All proceeds go to the Marion Polk Food share to help fight hunger...More   

SIMRIT Live In Portland 2018
Tuesday, October 16
(Non-Annual)

Multiple #1 Albums - iTunes World Music Charts

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

Some artists can bring true commitment to age-old meditations, urging everyone from pop stars to theater audiences to fall in love with the words of South Asian sages. Some artists have a presence that both engages and soothes, an ear that can hear the resonances that bridge continents and souls. 

Vocalist and songwriter Simrit, born in Athens, Greece, adopted and raised in the American South, is one of these artists.

Simrit's unique sound and artistic contributions have led, inspired and pushed the boundaries of world and chant 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 it's 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's performance is on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., at the Portland Art Museum: 1219 SW. Park Ave. in Portland.  For tickets, go to tickets.brightstarevents.com.

Columbia River Gorge Quilt Show
October 19 - 20

Come see traditional and contemporary work by quiltmakers living in the Columbia River Gorge.  Special exhibitions by Beyond the Block: Art Quilters of the Gorge and nationally recognized fiber artist Pat Pauly known for her improvisational technique and bold use of color.  Enjoy on-going demonstrations; shop at vendor booths and the popular Quilter's Market, a treasure trove of new and gently used items at bargain prices...More

81st Annual Klamath Basin Potato Festival
October 19 - 20

The 81st Annual Klamath Basin Potato Festival is October 19 - 20 in Merrill, Oregon.  The 'Spud Bowl' is at Lost River High School Friday night.  On Saturday, the Parade begins at 11 a.m., featuring our Potato Festival Queen and Court, high school bands and many others.  Afterward there is a FREE BBQ with BBQ beef and locally grown baked potatoes, exhibits and vendors, arts and crafts, as well as a beer garden featuring several craft brews and live music. This historical community festival is a great experience for all ages...More  

Snowvana
October 19 - 20

Snowvana returns bigger than ever for two days of celebration to kick off the 2018-19 ski and snowboard season. This year’s festival will feature many exciting new activities and celebrity athlete appearances.  They'll also have films, music, lots of gear for purchase and a party.  Mark your calendar now for the biggest pre-season party in the Northwest!...More 

Portland Retro Gaming Expo
October 19 - 21

Fun for all ages, this event is for creating awareness of, and appreciation for, classic video and arcade games. The Portland Retro Gaming Expo will have speakers and panels, video gaming tournaments, exhibitors, live collectibles auction, huge FREE play arcade, cosplay contest, and more...More 

Hillsboro Air Fair
Saturday, October 20

Hosted by the Port of Portland, come out and explore one of Oregon’s busiest airports: take a tour of the airfield, try your hand at flying into Hillsboro Airport on a simulator, see aircraft up close, and more!  Hillsboro Airport Air Fair has something for everyone!..More 

Surfsand Resort Dog Show on the Beach
Saturday, October 20

Hosted by Surfsand Resort, bring your favorite Fido to strut their stuff!  It's a fun day on the beach with your pooch!  Join along for prizes in over 20 canine categories and a hot dog roast!  It will be held, rain or shine, at 148 W. Gower in Cannon Beach.  Time are from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m...More 

Bead Bazaar
October 20 - 21

The Portland Bead Society are so excited to bring you the annual fundraiser!  Each year at the Montgomery Park Banquet room, they hold a gathering of artists and vendors who bring unique beads and bead related items you can see and purchase.  You'll see an array of spectacular vendors who bring special items for your shopping pleasure, including lamp work beads, polymer clay pieces, pressed glass, seed beads, components, findings, and completed pieces...they have it all.  This year they will have a 'make and take' item to encourage bead work, and the fabulous Elephant’s Deli will be available!...More 

Fall Antiques & Vintage Sale:
Medford Armory Benefitting DOGS for better LIVES
October 20 - 21

The Fall Medford Armory Antiques & Vintage Sale Benefiting DOGS for better LIVES takes place indoors Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 21, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  $6.00 admission with FREE return and FREE parking.  Fabulous selection of antiques and collectibles, dealers from five states. Antique evaluation and identification $3.00 per item.  The Medford Armory is located at 1701 South Pacific Highway, Medford, Oregon, Exit #27 off I-5 North.  Info: Call 530-241-4063 and go online to tbcashows.info.


Gorge Fruit & Craft Fair
October 20 - 21

The Gorge Fruit & Craft Fair is a fun way to celebrate the region's harvest season.  You can enjoy the best from the Columbia River Gorge: great food, local wine, arts and crafts, flower show, and more...More

Portland VegFest
October 20 - 21

Portland VegFest is a 2-day event celebrating plant-based living, with free food samples, health and nutrition speakers, chef demonstrations, bookstore, restaurants, films, and activities for kids and teens.   Inclusive to everyone!...More 

America's Largest Antiques and Collectible Show
October 26 - 28

Attending an Antique & Collectible Show can be an emotional and fun-filled journey into the past.  Pricing for many of the treasures you find at the show are modest and there is nothing like coming home and unwrapping your newly found discoveries.  For many, it's a second chance at owning an item that you may have thought you'd never see again in your lifetime.  Some items you'll find at the show include pop collectibles, vintage clothing, glassware, silverware, antique radios, movie memorabilia, collectible toys, porcelain dolls, Star Wars collectibles, and much more!  This show also includes a show within a show - The 45 table Portland Custom Knife Show.  Want to have an item appraised? Accredited appraisers will be at the show during all public hours, providing verbal market evaluations for $7 per object with all proceeds to the Portland Police Sunshine Division...More

Kumoricon
October 26 - 28

Altonimbus Entertainment is proud to continue an annual tradition of bringing fans together for 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.  They will have cosplay, games, dances, special guests, panels and artists...More  

Michael Harner's "The Way of the Shaman":
The Shamanic Journey, Power and Healing
October 27 - 28
(Non-Annual)

During this experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal and near-universal basic methods of the shaman to enter nonordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is placed on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream.  Taught by Beth Beurkens, M.A., the workshop is from Oct. 27 - 28.  To register for this workshop, go to www.shamanicuniverse.com.

Portland National College Fair 
October 28 - 29

Start your college search for FREE at a NACAC National College Fair.  Admission representatives from schools across the country are all gathered in one place.  Their goal: To encourage you to learn more about their institutions, and help you sort through the qualities you’re looking for in a college...More 

Portland Christian Science Lecture Series:
Breaking News: Freedom is Ours Now
Thursday, November 1

The common thread through the experiences Patricia Woodard shares in her talk, is the way a clearer view of the reality of our God-given wholeness releases us from burdens in our lives and causes us to soar.  Hosted by the Portland Christian Lecture Series, the talk is entitled "Breaking News: Freedom is Ours Now."  It will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Native American Student & Community Center: 710 SW. Jackson St. in Portland.  Lecture starts at 7:15 p.m.  To learn more, visit www.pdxcslectureseries.com.

21st Annual Harvest & Holidays Arts & Crafts Festival 
November 3 - 4

Start your holiday shopping in Yachats, Gem of the Oregon Coast, at this premier, juried craft event. Six rooms and the hallways of the Yachats Commons, a refurbished, vintage elementary school, will be filled to bursting with 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; leather craft; 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; beaded dragons 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...More  

Gorge Wine Weekend
November 9 - 11

Celebrate the completion of harvest of this year's vintage in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Multiple events spanning the 3-day weekend, Nov 9 - 11,  include the kickoff event Friday Night Soirée, where everyone is a VIP all weekend long — and the Sunday Morning Sparkling Brunch: a four course meal expertly paired with sparkling wines from around the region...More


ONGOING EVENTS:

Podcast Series: Holistic Nature of Us
Every Tuesday

My intent is to take us, you and I, into a better understanding of the concepts behind our holistic nature and how that ties directly to the holistic nature of the world around us.  It's time for practical action and profound inner change so our natural world is valued once again.  Released every Tuesday: Go to: www.judithdreyer.com for more details.