Fall in Portland

The arrival of autumn fills Portland’s calendar with cultural, wine and holiday events.

The city’s arts offerings come into full swing every fall, with a seemingly endless array of things to do, see and experience. Autumn is the prime time to explore Portland’s independent theater, big musical productions, opera, ballet and symphony scene. In addition to celebrations of the spookiest season spookiest (which brings Halloween events, haunted houses and festive corn mazes), Portland starts gearing up for the holidays. The city’s lack of sales tax means built-in savings when you shop (we recommend finding some made-in-Portland souvenirs to commemorate your trip to The Rose City). Fall heralds the return of Portland’s NBA Team, the Trail Blazers, along with locally beloved annual events like Portland Open Studios, the Queer Film Festival and Portland Book Festival (just to name a few). Read on for our picks of the top things to do, see and experience during a fall visit to Portland.

Fall Weather

In September and October, days tend to be mild and partly sunny as the weather begin to cool. Rain showers becomes more common and the leaves start changing color (making hikes and outdoor strolls more beautiful than ever). Temperatures — and rain — both begin falling in earnest starting in November.

What to Pack

For a trip to Portland in the fall, we recommend packing several layers and a rain-proof jacket. Old-school Portlanders tend to shun umbrellas, but they can come in handy to shield glasses and faces from heavier showers. To avoid getting stuck in the mud or drenched in a puddle, a pair of rain boots is also worth bringing on your trip to Portland.

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Favorite Fall Events

The arrival of autumn in Portland brings plenty of things to do and see in and around Portland.

Events By Month

Each month in Portland brings its own unique array of things to do, see and experience.

September Events

As summer winds down, Portland ups the ante with performance art, live music and dining events throughout September.

October Events

October events in Portland include a giant pumpkin race, "can't miss" film festival, corn mazes, haunted houses and other autumn and Halloween-themed events.

November Events

Get cozy with downtown's holiday tree lighting, Willamette Valley wine or a good Northwest-made movie.

Halloween Events in and Around Portland

From corn mazes to dance performances, half-marathons to haunted houses, Portland provides the perfect Halloween plans for any scare-seeking witch or warlock.

Dive into Fall

Explore the many colors and flavors the autumn season brings to Portland.

Fall Hikes Near Portland

These fall hikes near Portland prove that autumn is an ideal time to explore Oregon wilderness, admire seasonal flora and fauna, and visit nearby farms.

Portland’s Best Spots for Fall Color

Autumnal beauty abounds in Portland, and there are plenty of prime places to revel in leaf-crunching relaxation.

6 Only-In-Portland Fall Drinks

Stay cozy with creative autumnal beverages like spicy drinking chocolate, gingerbread chai and S’mores Stout from Portland restaurants, bars and cafés.

Thanksgiving and Holiday Events

Celebrate the season with these annual holiday festivities in and around Portland.

Upcoming Fall Events

Enjoy these festive autumnal events in and near Portland.

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Portland Saturday Market
Ongoing

Portland Saturday Market

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.

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Portland Night Market
Ongoing

Portland Night Market

Central Eastside Industrial District

The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages.

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Dahlia Festival
Aug. 29–Sept. 7, 2020

Dahlia Festival

Swan Island Dahlias

Portland’s annual Dahlia Festival is a must-see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias and over 15,000 cut dahlia blooms on display in the three indoor display rooms. This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States. The annual…

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Chapman Swift Watch
Sept. 1–30, 2020

Chapman Swift Watch

Chapman Elementary School

Every September, spectators gather to see the world’s largest roost of Vaux’s swifts swarm and spiral into the chimney of a Northwest Portland school.

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Grand Prix of Portland
Sept. 4–6, 2020

Grand Prix of Portland

Portland International Raceway

Every fall since 2018, Portland International Raceway has hosted the celebrated open-wheel racing with the Grand Prix of Portland.

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Cambia Portland Classic
Sept. 10–13, 2020

Cambia Portland Classic

Columbia Edgewater Country Club Varies. Kids 17 & under enter free with purchase of adult admission.

The Portland Classic is the longest-running stop on the LPGA tour, and 2020 marks its 49th year. Watch world-class women golfers who are “keeping Portland diverse, legendary, strong and powerful.”

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Portland Rose Festival
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Rose City Comic Con
Sept. 11–13, 2020

Rose City Comic Con

Oregon Convention Center Ticket costs to be announced

Portland’s premier pop-culture event, Rose City Comic Con is produced locally with a focus on creating a fun and friendly event for everyone. While its primary focus is that of comics, comic creators and the creative process, Rose City Comic Con also provides its attendees with access to gaming, sci-fi, cosplay, anime, fantasy and everything…

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Portland Dragon Boat Festival
Sept. 12–13, 2020

Portland Dragon Boat Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

Enjoy Portland’s annual Dragon Boat Festival, featuring dragon boat racing along with food vendors, a beer garden and more. The event features as many as 96 dragon boat teams from all over the world who race in Taiwan-style dragon boats.

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Northwest Quilting Expo
Sept. 24–26, 2020

Northwest Quilting Expo

Portland Expo Center

Portland’s original sewing and quilting festival returns every fall, providing attendees with creative inspiration and all the tools and classes to expand your quilting skills. There are hundreds of juried quilts to see, and thousands of dollars in award prizes.

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Cre8con: Portland Creative Conference
Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Cre8con: Portland Creative Conference

Gerding Theater at The Armory $127 6-10 group rate, $135 3-5 group rate, $149 Early bird individual ticket rate purchase before June 15

Cre8con, the Portland Creative Conference, is an exploration and celebration of the creative process across all creative industries. Featured will be presentations from leading creatives who take you inside their creative process and talk about their projects, problems, influences and inspirations.

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H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival
Oct. 2–4, 2020

H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival

Hollywood Theatre $25-$85

Join the Hollywood Theatre for its annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, the world’s most beloved horror actor. Enjoy Lovecraftian and independent films, panel discussions, author readings, art, guest filmmakers and handmade wares.

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Portland Greek Festival
Oct. 2–4, 2020

Portland Greek Festival

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Free

The Portland Greek Festival is celebrated as the largest Greek Festival on the west coast with more than 15,000 people attending. This cultural experience features Greek food, music, dance and shopping! The Agora – the Greek marketplace features imported merchandise, clothing, jewelry, icons, flokati rugs and cookbooks. Among the fabulous food, exclusive cooking demonstrations, and…

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The Wedge
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020

The Wedge

Alder Block $20 advance/$25 at the door

The Wedge is a Farmers Market-style festival celebrating cheese and everything that goes with it. Sample and purchase local, artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider. This is a family-friendly event that’s open to all cheese lovers.

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Portland Oddities & Curiosities Expo
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020

Portland Oddities & Curiosities Expo

Oregon Convention Center $10 general admission, $20 VIP, $100 for taxidermy class

For lovers of the strange and unusual, enjoy Portland’s Oddities and Curiosities Expo. This annual event features local and national vendors with items such as: TaxidermyWet and dry preserved specimensAntiquesJewelry made from bones, skulls and insectsOriginal artworkSkulls and bonesCuriosities, and all around creepy, strange and bizarre itemsThere will be sideshow performances and live human suspension…

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West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

Lake of the Commons Free

This annual race series consists of paddlers piloting a gaggle of gigantic gourds through a water course.

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VegFest
Oct. 24–25, 2020

VegFest

Oregon Convention Center $7-$12

This annual 2-day festival celebrates all things related to plant-based living, with free food samples, health and nutrition speakers, chef demonstrations and more.

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Veterans Day Parade
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

Veterans Day Parade

Northeast 40th Avenue & Northeast Tillamook, Portland, Oregon Free

Honor Veterans Day with Portland’s annual Veterans Day Parade. The Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Northeast 40th and Northeast Sandy Boulevard and travels down Sandy, ending at Sandy & 48th in front of Ross Hollywood Chapel, which is the site of the Veterans Memorial Flag pole. At the conclusion of the parade, there is…

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OryCon
Nov. 13–15, 2020

OryCon

Red Lion Hotel – Jantzen Beach Varies

OryCon is Oregon’s premier, fan-run, annual science fiction/fantasy convention held in Portland since 1979. OryCon is a 100% volunteer-based production of Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI), which is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation.

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