New colors, new selection of local events. | Photo by @chiapdx
Ready for sweater weather, Portland? From pumpkin patches and corn mazes to apple picking and German beer celebrations, fall is when Rose City thrives.
Get ready to come alive — or play dead at a fall-tastic haunted house like Underhill Haunted House — with this guide featuring 31 fall events happening now through November.
Portland Book Festival | Saturday, Nov. 4 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Locations vary | $5-$100 | When the weather’s nasty, nothing is better than curling up with a good book — or getting to meet the author of some of your favorites.
Orchards, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes
Bella Organic Farm | Saturday, Sept. 2-Tuesday, Oct. 31 | Times vary | 16205 NW Gillihan Rd. | Free, $10-$50 for corn maze | It’s always worth a fall trip out to Sauvie Island, whether you’re picking a pumpkin or a bottle of blackberry wine.
Frog Pond Farm | Monday, Sept. 18-Friday, Oct. 29. | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 2995 SW Advance Rd., Wilsonville | $12 | Visit 60+ farm animals, play games, and snap special photos while hunting for a gourd.
Spirit of Halloweentown | Saturday, Sept. 16-Tuesday, Oct. 31 | Times vary | 471 Plymouth St., St. Helens | Free+ | Visit the place where “Halloweentown” and “Twilight” were filmed, where the magic of the season comes to life each year with decorations, haunted history, and special ticketed attractions.
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta | Sunday, Oct. 22 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Lake of the Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin | Free | Watch costumed cruisers paddle their gourd around an aquatic course.
Davis Graveyard | Sunday, Oct. 1-Tuesday, Oct. 31 | Times vary | 8703 SE 43rd Ave., Milwaukie | Free | View this animatronic attraction from the street — the passion project of Jeff and Chris Davis, a married couple who loves Halloween, since 1996.
Outside The Frame Film Festival | Tuesday, Oct. 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Linfield University, 900 SE Baker St., McMinnville | Free | Participants will present a spectrum of heartwarming, challenging, informative, and playful short films.
The Zombies | Tuesday, Oct. 3 | 8 p.m. | Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland | $59.50 | These Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are back with their long-awaited new album, “Different Game.”
Wednesday, Oct. 4
Forest Park Ivy Removal | Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Holman Lane Trailhead, Portland | Free | Volunteer and enjoy nature while helping keep Forest Park healthy and beautiful — dress for the weather.
Cultural Performance: Koto Harp | Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 1:15-2:15 p.m. | Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave., Portland | $15.95-$21.95 | Hear one of Japan’s most prominent historical instruments, performed by Mitsuki Dazai.
Special Event: Emo Philips | Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., Portland | $27 | Catch the comedian known as “the best joke writer in America.”
Thursday, Oct. 5
Bookmark | Thursday, Oct. 5 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland | $500+ | Join the annual fundraising gala to celebrate the words and stories that inspire, connect, and transform communities.
The Super Kids Re-Sale will bring clothes, shoes, books, and toys to the old Gresham K-Mart through Sunday, Oct. 8. Parents can buy secondhand goods from over 700 consignors at a low price, or offload lightly used goods. (KOIN)
The Northeast Portland home of Native jazz musician and composer Jim Pepper has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also the headquarters of the Jim Pepper Native Arts Council, which supports Indigenous musical education. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
New research conducted at Oregon State University suggests that photo-sharing apps like Instagram aren’t driving overcrowding in state parks. The research, which combed 18 years of data across 50 parks, indicated that viral photos of less-popular parks — like Silver Falls — correlated with ~4% growth. (OPB)
Tom McCall Bowl Beach is looking shipshape after volunteers removed riprap rock from the riverbank. Volunteers in partnership with the Human Access Project removed tons of the angular, erosion-resistant stones, improving river access and shallow water habitats. (KOIN)
Portland ranked No. 2 on WalletHub’s list of best foodie cities in the US, second only to Orlando. Portland won out in restaurants per capita, accessibility of highly rated restaurants, and wineries per capita. (WalletHub)
Hey there. I’m Dayten Rose, your Kansas City-based National Content Editor, here helping out for a couple days while Ben is on vacation. I look forward to learning more about Portland — and hopefully just in time for a PNW autumn.