Portland in the Fall: Fashion, and Music, and Beer, Oh My!

By Megan Nelson

September Events

Portland Fashion Week

If you enjoy music and fashion, this is a week of events for you! Portland Fashion Week, the only comprehensively sustainable fashion week, features seasoned pros and up-and-coming designers. All events take place at Pioneer Courthouse Square, a great meeting point for a day (or week) of fashion fun. Fashion Week runs from September 29 – October 2. Come see what the fuss is all about, offering fashion for all aesthetics.

Time-Based Art Festival

Art in the Pearl

Portland VegFest

October Events 

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest

Set at the Hood River Riverfront, this festival celebrates the end of the fruit growing season and everything that can be made from it. About an hour outside of Portland, this festival is great for all ages, with a variety of shopping, arts and crafts, and tasting. The Harvest Fest runs during the weekend of October 17 – 19.

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

In conjunction with a 5K Run/Walk, people looking for a good time dress up like superheros and row pumpkins across Tualatin Lake of the Commons. This is a popular event that can be a day of fun for the whole family. The regatta takes place on October 18. Knowing Portland as being “weird,” rowing a pumpkin across a lake fits right in!

Great American Distillers Festival

Portland is known for craft beer, but it also boasts some great local distilleries. There are tastings from local distillers, but also from distillers that have come from all over the nation to share their creations. This is yet another way to see what the city has to offer, while mingling with friends, new and old. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event and takes place at the Leftbank Annex on October 24 – 25.

Corn Maize on Sauvie Island

Portland Open Studios

Portland Queer Film Festival

November Events

Northwest Filmmakers Festival

A festival celebrating documentaries and short-film makers from the northwest area, offering one stop on the “best of Northwest” film tour. This event gives young and emerging artists a platform to show off their talents. A week long event, the film festival runs from November 7 – 15.

Wine Country Thanksgiving

The Willamette Valley is known for having great wines, and the weekend after Thanksgiving is a great time to sample your way around Portland.  This is an opportunity to check-out family-owned wineries that aren’t normally open to the public. This event takes place November 28-30, so grab a glass a taste some local wine!


Christmas Ship Parade

Whether you are new to Portland or have been here for years, get out and enjoy the city. There is plenty of fun for everyone and definitely an event to meet the likes and desires of people from all backgrounds. Enjoy Portland, it’s a great place to live!Portland landmark


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