November event highlights
Here’s a selection of November events in Portland. For more, search the events calendar.
Portland Book Festival
After nine years, Portland’s premiere literary festival experienced a renaissance. Now a one-day event, Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) is the largest celebration of literature and literacy in the Pacific Northwest. It includes an extensive book fair, large-scale events, smaller panels, on-stage conversations and readings, all held at the Portland Art Museum.
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Holiday tree lighting
On the day after Thanksgiving, thousands of people gather in downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square to see the ceremonial lighting of the spectacular 75-foot-tall tree and celebrate the official start of the holiday season.
Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival presents features, documentaries and short films by independent Northwest film and video makers. The offerings are chosen from more than 400 entries by a prominent member of the independent film community. Past judges have included local luminaries Gus Van Sant, Matt Groening and Todd Haynes. Founded in 1973, the festival attracts more than 6,000 attendees annually.
Wine Country Thanksgiving
During Wine Country Thanksgiving, more than 160 wineries and tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley open their doors for special tastings and holiday festivities over Thanksgiving weekend (Friday-Sunday), offering an opportunity to visit some of the region’s small, family-owned wineries that aren’t usually open to the public. Meet winemakers, enjoy specialty food pairings and live music, all while savoring the region’s acclaimed wines.
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Holiday light displays
Some of Portland’s bright spots include ZooLights, a display of more than a million lights at the Oregon Zoo, and the Christmas Ship Parade, featuring brilliantly decorated boats on the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Many start the day after Thanksgiving, so you can enjoy the holiday cheer in November, too.