OCTOBER 2019 EVENTS
Calendar Listing for Oregon and Southwest Washington
(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...MORE

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!...MORE  

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!...MORE 

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...MORE 

All Jane Comedy Festival
October 2 - 6

The All Jane Comedy Festival is a celebration and showcase of the funniest, smartest and most original women working in comedy today.  Our mission is to inspire, encourage, discover and promote the best and most unique women in comedy.  This highly curated festival aims to showcase a broad range of styles and perspectives among women in comedy while guaranteeing that every show – and every performer – delivers top notch comedy.  The festival takes place in early fall each year in Portland and has plans to tour the Best of the Fest around the country and globe...MORE

Shift: An Experiment in Fashion Design
Thursday, October 3

Please join the Regional Arts & Culture Council, along with some of the regions most innovative design thinkers for our third annual celebration of equitable education, creativity in the classroom, and avant-garde fashion benefiting The Right Brain Initiative.  During the show, designers and design teams will debut runway garments made from found and nontraditional materials.  Each piece will display inventive form, style and a creative juxtaposition—shifting the materials from their original form into wearable couture.  In the end, a panel of local celebrity judges will award several prizes and one designer, or design team, will be named Best in Show!  Come for the fashion, stay for the reception-style fusion fare, tasty adult libations, and exciting performances!...MORE 

Portland Fall Home & Garden Show
October 3 - 6

The Portland Fall Home & Garden show returns to the Portland Expo Center filled with great home products and ideas. Talk with experts, shop for the newest products and find your inspiration for your next home project.  Show features include:

 - How-To Seminars & Demonstrations on the stage

 - Artisan & Holiday Marketplace

 - Kids Zone sponsored by Portland Parent Magazine

 - Plant & Nursery Marketplace

 - Container Garden Competition

 - Oregon Tree Display...MORE

Art Along the Rogue
October 4 - 6

Art Along the Rogue has become the premier street painting and music festival in the Northwest.  There are other street painting festivals and other music festivals, but Art Along the Rogue combines the two events into a festival of creative visual and performance art that is unique in the world.  Art Along the Rogue is sponsor-supported and free to the public.  Dozens of local and regional businesses sponsor the festival with both cash and services.  Grants Pass loves the arts – and it really shows!...MORE  

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
October 4 - 6

The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon promotes the works of H.P. Lovecraft, literary horror, and weird tales through cinematic adaptations by professional and independent filmmakers, as well special event, book signings and author readings, panel discussions, musical performances, and much more.  Their guest of honor is Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price.  She'll be giving an inside look of growing up in the shadow of the world's most beloved horror actor, and they'll be featuring some of his more Lovecraftian films!  Another special guest is Roger Corman, who directed "The Haunted Palace" (1963 starring Vincent Price), one of the first Lovecraft film adaptations ever!  Plus, Richard Stanley will be back to premiere his new feature adaptation of "The Color Out of Space" for everyone attending. This will be a year to remember!...MORE 

Portland Greek Festival
October 4 - 6

Please join us for the 68th annual Portland Greek Festival!!! Come experience the joy of living Greek! Three days of authentic Greek cuisine, music, dance, family and much more!  Admission is FREE...MORE 

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...MORE  

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...MORE

BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, October 5
(Southwest Washington)

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a hidden gem located just 20 minutes north of the Portland-metro area, and hosts hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife.  The Refuge is also the home of the annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival - the annual celebration of the fall migration of the Sandhill Crane.  Thousands flock to Ridgefield every year to celebrate.  Bring the family to enjoy a Sandhill Crane tour, bird language workshops, kayaking and big canoe trips on Lake River, naturalist-led hike, Chinookan clture activities, a Birder's Marketplace, bluegrass music, traditional salmon bake and more...MORE  

Independence Downtown Ghost Walk
Saturday, October 5

 Learn about the Ghosts of Independence.  You can choose your own route to collect stories of spirits trapped in the walls of the historic buildings.  Some buildings date back to the late 1800s and have seen a lot of life pass through, but some of those spirits never left.  This is a FREE event that's suitable for all ages...MORE

Lake Oswego Wine Walk
Saturday, October 5

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, art and food at 30 local businesses.  Check in at the Lake Oswego Chamber office, 459 Third Street, any time after 12 p.m.  Parking available on-street and the surrounding area.  You will receive your complimentary wine glass and "yoke"...MORE  

Oregon's Bounty:
A Celebration of the Agricultural Harvest
Saturday, October 5

You are invited to attend Oregon's Bounty on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol: 900 Court St. NE in Salem. This FREE, family-friendly event will showcase the variety of crops harvested in Oregon and shared with the world. Families are encouraged to learn about the significance of agriculture through sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. This is a fun learning event for kids and adults with lots of hands-on activities and displays...MORE

12th Annual Baker City Open Studios Tour
October 5 - 6

The 12th Annual Baker City Open Studios is happening Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th.  Visit this active arts community in the heart of beautiful eastern Oregon and tour the studios, meet the diverse group of local artists, and see their vibrant creations...MORE

Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival
October 5 - 6

Held on the beach at the D River State Recreation Site, the annual Fall Kite Festival is a longstanding family vacation tradition.  Experience two days of kite-flying activities and let your heart soar.  You'll see performances by featured fliers and a Kite Flier Memorial.  Acitivities include a Running of the Bols (that is a race in the sand while strapped to a parachute kite), FREE Kids Kite Making Worksho, and more...MORE

Portland Miniature Show
October 5 - 6

All are invited to the annual Portland Miniature Show.  The event will feature the following things:

* Dealers with more artisan merchandise than you could ever imagine!

* Exhibits galore competing for prizes!

* Holodeck 3D Studios can make a mini of yourself for your dollhouse!

* "Mini Acres", a neighborhood of dollhouses for sale by owners.  

Do you have one or more dollhouses you want to sell?  Sign a "listing agreement", pay $20 listing fee and bring it to the show.  Provide a photo and your listing price and it will be displayed on the show's website in advance of the show.  Is your project still in the box? Fine! Only partially assembled?  No problem.  Cream-puff of a property?  Love it!  Furnished or unfurnished.  Doesn't matter.  Click here for Listing Agreement...MORE

Portland VegFest
October 5 - 6

VegFest celebrates and promotes sustainable, compassionate and healthy food choices and lifestyles.  This low-cost, fun and food-filled event welcomes everyone!  They'll offer hundreds of free foods to sample.  The event inclues notable speakers, experts and authors to discuss topics in health and nutrition, including legendary ultra runner Scott Jurek. The Fitness stage will feature classes and exhibitors. You can watch film screening and there will be lots of activities for children and teens...MORE 

Fall Used Book Sale
October 5 - 7

Choose from thousands of donated books and materials that are gently used from a variety of categories.  Also for purchase are audiovisual materials, sheet music, comics, pamphlets and maps...MORE 

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...MORE

Portland Fermentation Festival
Thursday, October 10

Sample fermented foods and beverages, get tips and recipes from professional and amateur makers.  Special guest talk and Q&A by David Zilber from the Noma Fermentation Lab.  Cider, food and music will be available on the rooftop...MORE 

Southern Oregon Pride & Parade
October 11 - 12

This year marks the 50th year anniversary of Southern Oregon Pride.  Their theme is "Honor the History, Forge the Future."  Grand Marshal is Ms. Nataki Garrett, the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Festival...MORE  

Clay Fest 2019
October 11 - 13

Eugene Oregon’s Pottery Guild, Local Clay welcomes you to the 21st annual Clay Fest show and sale.  Clay Fest is one of the nation’s finest all hand-made ceramic art shows. It is well-known for its diverse displays of fine handmade pottery and unique ceramic art for everyday enjoyment. This exceptional three-day event showcases more than 55 Local Clay members. Clay Fest offers visitors the opportunity to meet the ceramic artists, view, appreciate and purchase their latest work. Visitors will find beautifully crafted work including sculptures, wall art, jewelry, tiles, and functional pottery for the home, garden, and work.  Clay Fest also has a supervised Kids Clay area where kids can have fun making clay creations, using a variety of hand-building techniques, with the guidance of Clay Fest’s professional potters.  There will be pottery demonstrations for the whole family. Potters share their clay experiences on hand-building clay creations, throwing assorted pottery on a potter's wheel and sharing glazing techniques.  Always, admission is FREE for this fun, family-friendly event...MORE 

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
October 11 - 13

Celebrate Fall at Hood River Valley Harvest Fest, the Columbia River Gorge’s Biggest Harvest Celebration.  More than 120 farmers, artisan food producers, wineries, cideries, breweries and artists will gather along the Columbia River from October 11 - 13 to celebrate the region’s bounty.  Fun live events include a giant pumpkin carving exhibition, and local music on the main stage.  Youngsters will love the kids’ activity area, which includes a rock wall, bouncy houses, face painting and other activities. Friday is Senior Day!...MORE 

Hot Import Nights 
Saturday, October 12

Hot Import Nights returns to the Pacific Northwest with the Ultimate Import Car Attraction, Automotive Lifestyle Event, Models and DJ Competition...MORE

Oregon Distillers Festival
Saturday, October 12

Edgefield hosts the 8th annual Oregon Distillers Festival, featuring more than 100 handcrafted spirits from distillers such as Bull Run Distillery, Vivacity Fine Spirits and Aria Portland Dry Gin. Also enjoy select fall cocktails, appetizers from our Black Rabbit Chef Chris Rattaro and a silent auction...MORE

Art in the Burbs
October 12 - 13

At Art in the Burbs, it's an art show and sale that features a cross section of high-quality hand-made goods from over 70 juried artists and many student artists.  Enjoy local food vendors and student musicians while shopping...MORE

Cranberrian Fair
October 12 - 13
(Coastal Washington)

This is a celebration of local harvest, including all things cranberry.  Foods, crafters, local artists, and more showcase the area’s rich heritage.  As part of Cranberrian Fair activities, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco will host a variety of local artists offering handmade items.  Demonstrations include, the Peninsula Rug Hookers, the Peninsula Quilt Guild, Blacksmith Gary Lewis and other artists.  You can take a self-guided tour of cranberry harvesting or ride the Cranberry Trolley.  Fair entrance includes full admission to the Museum’s exhibitions and the 1889 narrow gauge passenger car NAHCOTTA...MORE 

FiberMania  - Celebrating Natural Fibers
October 12 - 13

West Coast fibers arts enthusiasts, artisans and vendors will showcase their artwork and wearables made from animal and plant fibers at the  10th Annual FiberMania, Saturday,  October 12th and Sunday,  October 13th at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Olsrud Building: 1 Peninger Rd. in Central Point,  Oregon.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is FREE.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn to spin, weave, knit, felt or any other fiber arts skill, this is your chance!   Or just purchase that gorgeous hand knitted scarf for your best friend.  There will be demonstrations and a Fiber Arts Gathering Circle where you can watch artists at work...MORE 

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...MORE 

Polk County Coin Show
Sunday, October 13

All are invited to attend the Polk County Coin Show at the Polk County Fairgrounds.  Sponsored by the Polk County Coin Club, this is a FREE event.  They offer 30 tables of coin dealers from around the Northwest; half-hourly raffle prizes; and FREE giveaway bags for Juniors under 18 years old...MORE

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...MORE

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...MORE 

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...MORE 

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...MORE 

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...MORE 

Oregon Garden: 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...MORE 

Swaptoberfest
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...MORE 

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...MORE

Eastern Oregon Film Festival
October 24 - 26

The Eastern Oregon Film Festival is dedicated to creating a cinematic experience in Eastern Oregon that promotes discovery, entertainment, and education via artistic exhibition and viewership...MORE

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!...MORE

Mid-Valley Brewfest
October 25 - 26

It's a celebration to be filled with beer, wine, spirits, live music, food trucks and yard games...MORE 

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...MORE

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...MORE

Cedar Creek Grist Mill: Apple Cider Pressing
Saturday, October 26
(Southwest Washington)

Step back in history while 10,000 pounds of apples are pressed into the best drink on planet Earth at Cedar Creek Grist Mill.  They'll put your kiddos to work on hand cranked presses.  Play an instrument?  Join the Bluegrass Jam on the back deck...MORE

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!...MORE 

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...MORE

Philomath Open Studios Tour
October 26 - 27

Local artists in Philomath are busy preparing to open their studios again, for FREE, self-guided tours.  In addition, several shows will be available in local wine tasting rooms.  You can see 38 artists discuss their processes and show work that may never have been on public display.  A full spectrum of artistic mediums will be shown, including collage, painting, fiber art, jewelry, photography, ceramics, wood, sculpture, and many more.  This is a unique opportunity to visit with artists in their studios, see work in process, and discuss where we find ideas and inspiration...MORE

Textile Connections Symposium
October 26 - 27

Textile Connections brings together artists, designers, writers and all those who work with textiles for conversations and inspiration...MORE 

Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival
Sunday, October 27

A fun festival featuring several hundred species of local fungi, collected throughout Western Oregon.  This annual event is the largest mushroom display on the West Coast and includes a huge plant sale, guided nature walks, culinary demonstrations, the Fantastical Scarecrow Contest, children's activities, hayrides, craft vendors, food, fresh-pressed cider, live music and more.  The Mushroom Festival is Mount Pisgah Arboretum's biggest fundraising event of the year, with proceeds going toward native habitat stewardship and environmental education.  Parking is FREE on festival day!...MORE

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...MORE