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 in fall, with offerings including independent theater, big musical productions, opera, ballet and the symphony. The city gets festive for the holidays, and the lack of sales tax means built-in savings when you shop. This is also the time for Trail Blazers NBA basketball, celebrations of craft spirits and winter ales — and, yes, a bit of rain.

Fall Weather

In September and October, days tend to be mild and partly sunny as the weather starts to cool, rain becomes more common and the leaves turn. Temperatures — and rain — both begin falling in earnest starting in November.

What to Pack

Pack layers and a rain jacket. Old-school Portlanders tend to shun umbrellas, but they can come in handy to shield glasses and hair.

Events Calendar

From festivals to concerts, there’s always something to do in Portland. Visit our events calendar (which can be searched by date and event type) to explore even more things to do in Portland.

Favorite Fall Events

Dive into Fall

Explore the colors and flavors of autumn in 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 & Holiday Events

Events By Month

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.