Though the temperature gets cooler, Portland’s events scene starts heating up every November. Special seasonal offerings include the annual Portland Book Festival in downtown Portland and special shopping events. Read on for some of our favorite November events and things to do in Portland, or check out our full events calendar to see everything on offer.
Know Before You Go
As of June 30, 2021, COVID restrictions have been lifted in Portland and the state of Oregon. While events are now allowed, some events may still be canceled, postponed or held virtually. Please check the event website for the most up-to-date information.
Combining the vibes of an arts show, a live street concert and an open-air bazaar, Portland Saturday Market has been a beloved Rose City tradition since 1974. The largest arts-and-crafts fair in the country is open every Saturday in November.
The Portland Book Festival
Reinvented in 2015 as a one-day celebration, the Portland Book Festival draws more than 100 authors each year. The largest celebration of literature and literacy in the Pacific Northwest includes an extensive book fair, large-scale events, smaller panels, on-stage conversations and readings, all held at and around the Portland Art Museum.
First Thursday, in the Pearl District and downtown, has been going strong since 1986. On the first Thursday of each month, galleries and businesses debut new exhibitions, stay open late and throw a soiree, complete with free wine and snacks and great people-watching. During Northeast Alberta Street’s Last Thursday, the art openings at galleries and open spaces set the scene for a boisterous street fair that attracts independent artists and performers.
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The Portland Farmers Market at PSU boasts 140 farmer and vendor stands, making it a great place to pick up not only harvest-time veggies like leafy greens and squash — but also some of the most iconic edible goods in town. The Woodstock Farmers Market runs on Sundays from June through November, fresh produce, baked goods and sweets, cheese, meat and more, along with artisan-made products like jewelry, ceramics and art.
On the day after Thanksgiving, thousands of people gather in downtown Pioneer Courthouse Square to see the ceremonial lighting of the spectacular 75-foot-tall tree and celebrate the official start of the holiday season. Also starting the day after Thanksgiving is the Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto featuring nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs.
Trade muddy trails for winter walks along the smooth, paved walkways of Portland's parks, then treat yourself to a warm mug of coffee or tea.
Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.
Oregon’s great outdoors offers excellent adventures all year-round. Here are six Portland-area paths perfect for all-weather adventures.
Pittock Mansion Christmas celebrates the wonderful world of animals with this year’s Critters Make Merry exhibit. From reindeer and polar bears to lions and mice and a few in between, volunteer decorators transform the Mansion’s rooms into enchanting animal havens. Tickets for this year’s event are limited due to capacity restrictions. All tickets must be…
Species seen nowhere else in the world, dramatic basalt lava flows nearly a mile deep, and some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls are a few of the sights that await you on this tour. Experience the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge, one of the United States’ most photographed National Scenic Areas. Drive along…
Started in 1986, First Thursday in the Pearl is a district-wide celebration that occurs on the first Thursday of each month. Originally a gathering of art collectors and dealers, the celebration has grown to a monthly event of over ten thousand people that includes art enthusiasts, wine aficionados, and scenesters looking to see and be…
Legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is bringing his brand new ‘Believe’ tour to Portland on Nov 4, 2021. Since 1982, Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 75 million records worldwide.
Two of the most powerful women in rock – Amy Lee and Lzzy Hale – will be taking their bands on the road this fall. Evanescence and Halestorm have announced a co-headlining arena tour, kicking off Nov. 5th in Portland, OR. Both bands will be returning to the stage for the first time since the…
The popular Woodstock Farmers Market features fresh produce, baked goods, fresh juices, sweets, cheese, meat and more from 30+ vendors, along with artisan-made products like jewelry, ceramics and art.
Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns every November with an impressive (and extensive) lineup of local and national authors.
British pop star Harry Styles is bringing his brand new “Love On Tour” to Portland on Nov 8, 2021. Special guest: Jenny Lewis. Jennifer Diane Lewis is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist and keyboardist for the indie rock band Rilo Kiley. Harry Edward Styles is an…
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