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.
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.
The Corn Maize on Sauvie Island
The Corn Maize, located on Sauvie Island north of Portland, offers visitors five acres of physical and mental challenges in a corn field.
Fresh Hops in Portland
The autumn hops harvest marks an extra-special season for local brewers, who celebrate with fresh hop ales and festivals.
Portland Queer Film Festival
Portland Queer Film Festival returns every fall with an annual showcase of narrative and documentary films from around the world.
Portland Open Studios
For two weekends every October, Portland Open Studios invites visitors to explore the houses and offices of artists across the city.
All Jane Comedy Festival
Portland's five-day comedy festival showcases nearly 50 female comedians each October.
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta
This annual race series consists of paddlers piloting a gaggle of gigantic gourds through a water course.
My People's Market
My People’s Market showcases local entrepreneurs and makers of color, connecting them with industry professionals and consumers.
The Portland Book Festival
Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns every November with an impressive (and extensive) lineup of local and national authors.
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.
Autumnal beauty abounds in Portland, and there are plenty of prime places to revel in leaf-crunching relaxation.
Stay cozy with creative autumnal beverages like spicy drinking chocolate, gingerbread chai and S’mores Stout from Portland restaurants, bars and cafés.
Wine Country Thanksgiving
During Oregon’s premier tasting and cellar-stocking event, more than 150 wineries open their doors to the public, offering samples of favori
Holiday Shopping Events
Do your holiday shopping for locally made gifts at hip parties, makers' fairs, sprawling sales and garden grounds filled with handcrafted items.
Portland Holiday Events
Like an Advent calendar loaded with sugary treats, the days leading up to Christmas in Portland hold an abundance of sweet memories.
Holiday Light Displays in Portland
Portland is full of bright ways to embrace the shorter days of winter; here are some of the stars in the city’s constellation of holiday light displays.
Downtown Holiday Events
Downtown Portland becomes a winter wonderland with unique shopping, events, food and fun.
Holiday Events at Pioneer Courthouse Square
Portland’s living room bustles with free, festive activities every holiday season.
As summer winds down, Portland ups the ante with performance art, live music and dining events throughout September.
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.
Get cozy with downtown's holiday tree lighting, Willamette Valley wine or a good Northwest-made movie.