October event highlights
Here’s a selection of October events in Portland. For more, see our Editors’ picks, below, or search the events calendar.
Portland Trail Blazers Basketball
Winners of the 1977 NBA Championship, the Portland Trail Blazers play at the Moda Center; Blazers faithful take in games from October to April at the nearby Spirit of ’77 and other Blazers sports bars.
The Corn Maize on Sauvie Island
Just 25 minutes north of downtown Portland, The Pumpkin Patch celebrates the harvest and Halloween with two giant corn mazes: one “haunted,” and one sporting a different locally themed design each year.
Portland likes its scares as much as any other city, and has the haunted houses to prove it. Some of the biggest annual options include Fright Town at Memorial Coliseum, and the 13th Door and Fear Asylum in nearby towns Beaverton and Milwaukie, respectively.
The Spirit of Halloweentown
Thirty miles (40 km) north of Portland, the town of St. Helens celebrates The Spirit of Halloweentown all month long with giant scarecrows, a haunted house and 10 nights of spooky ghost tours.
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Portland Open Studios
The artist’s life is a lonely existence, save for Portland Open Studios: two weekends in October when visitors are invited into the studios to watch, learn and — the creators hope — buy. Through the purchase of the Open Studios Tour Guide, guests (two per guide) can get up close with sculptors, painters, printers and more and explore Portland’s participating art spaces.
Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
The counterpoint to April’s Hood River Valley Blossom Festival, this is your chance to catch the tail end of the fruit-growing process at the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest. The fruit is picked and it’s time to party with music, food, wine and a quilt raffle. One hour and fifteen minutes from downtown Portland.
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
Watch giant pumpkins race across the lake at Tualatin Commons, 25 minutes southwest of Portland, as boaters navigate these over-sized gourds toward the finish line of the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. This free, wacky and entertaining event is the only one of its kind on the West Coast.
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Portland Film Festival
Portland has its fair share of film festivals, but Portland Film Festival is one not to miss. The weeklong celebration of film that MovieMaker magazine called “one of the coolest film festivals in the world” is jam-packed with networking, workshops, guest speakers, film premieres, financing talks, director Q&As and more.