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

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Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

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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
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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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Portland Night Market

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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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