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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Oregon’s governor has banned all large events through the end of September 2020. For details on the events listed below, please visit their websites.
Every September, Portland’s calendar overflows with events and things to do. Catch the seasonal migration of thousands of Vaux swifts as they nest for the month at a local elementary school, dig into one of the nation’s largest foodie festivals (where you can taste dishes by culinary stars from around the world) and choose from multiple arts festivals and cultural offerings. Read on for some our favorite September events, or check out our full events calendar to see everything on offer.
Art in the Pearl
More than 100 artists offer up their creations, from painting and photography to jewelry and hand-crafted furniture, for Art in the Pearl over Labor Day Weekend in the North Park Blocks, with food vendors, musicians and family activities rounding out the offerings.
Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival
The annual Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival unites visual artists, musicians and performers from around the world for multiple days of events and experiences around Portland.
Every September, Portland chefs and noted national culinary stars dig into Oregon’s bounty for Feast Portland, a five-day foodie festival.
Rose City Comic Con
Every year fans of all stripes descend on Portland for one of the biggest pop culture events in the city, Rose City Comic Con. Held at the Oregon Convention Center, you can catch panels with your favorite celebrities, get access to artists, writers and creators and witness next-level cosplay – or craft a costume of your own!
El Grito Fiestas Patrias
Hosted by the Mexican consulate in Portland, El Grito is a celebration of Mexican independence at the Moda Center. With mariachi bands, Aztec dancers, traditional food, drink and more, Portland’s fiesta is one of many celebrated at Mexican embassies around the world.
Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival
Portland's Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival, returning Sept. 5–15, 2019, unites visual artists, musicians and performers from around the world every year.
Chapman Swift Watch
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.
Portland Queer Film Festival
Portland Queer Film Festival returns every fall with an annual showcase of narrative and documentary films from around the world.
Grand Prix of Portland
Every fall since 2018, Portland International Raceway has hosted the celebrated open-wheel racing with the Grand Prix of Portland.
Feast Portland Food and Drink Festival
This foodie festival, held every September, has cemented Portland’s reputation as a culinary capital of the world.
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.