October events

This month, Portland offers harvest festivals, hoops, arts events and haunted houses.

Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers – Game FourTrail Blazers fans celebrate a win at the Moda Center.
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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.
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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.
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Haunted houses

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.

Jack-o'-lanterns illuminate the lawn of Plaza Park in St. Helens.

Jack-o’-lanterns illuminate St. Helens during the Spirit of Halloweentown celebration.

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.

Portland Queer Film Festival

The annual Portland Queer Film Festival showcases feature, documentary and short films offering a glimpse into the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and communities in different parts of the world. The festival attracts thousands of filmgoers during its 10-day run at Northwest Portland’s Cinema 21.
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Portlandathon (formerly “Portland Marathon”) was founded in 1972 and is consistently ranked as a top national race. Named “Most Walker-Friendly Marathon” by Runner’s World magazine, it attracts tens of thousands of spectators and draws participants from around the world. In true Portland fashion, the route tons of live entertainment; in that past, that’s meant rock, jazz and country bands, street performers, a mandolin orchestra, a jug band, two 18-piece big bands, aerobic dancers, high school cheerleading squads and more.

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.

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