PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR OCT. 21-23, 2016
SAT-SUN – Portland VegFest offers free samples, films, cooking demonstrations, 100 exhibitors, speakers, and tasty food at the Oregon Convention Center.
THE MAGICAL MUSIC OF DISNEY
Through October 30th – More concert than traditional musical, The Magical Music of Disney brings together over 60 Disney hits from Snow White, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and more—all in 90 minutes.
SAT-SUN – Nothing says “Pacific Northwest” like the annual return from the ocean of salmon, fighting upstream to spawn and die in the rivers of their birth. In October, witness this ancient, iconic phenomenon at Oxbow Regional Park along the Sandy River, one of the nation’s designated Wild and Scenic rivers. During the annual Salmon Homecoming, naturalists are on hand to help you see the salmon and explore other aspects of the park’s 1,000 acres of old-growth forest, hiking trails, equestrian trails, and river beaches. Take the chill off around the campfire. Hot drinks provided.
RETRO GAMING EXPO
FRI-SUN – Listen to panels, visit the game making workshop, view tournaments and a film screening, play games, listen to live music and more!!
GREAT NW BEER AND WINE FEST
SAT – Visit vendors from local breweries, restaurants & more while enjoying live music at the Portland Expo Center.
GREAT AMERICAN SPIRITS FESTIVAL
SAT – This festival is a gathering of distillers from across the country to share their products, passion and expertise in handcrafting spirits. There will be tastings, seminars, a mixology contest for bartenders and more!
SUN – Filled with world-class magic, fantastic story-telling, audience participation and incredible live music by Celine Dion’s concert cellist, this intimate performance weaves original, thought-provoking illusions, wit, humor, and dazzling live music together with an entertaining theatrical twist.
KILLER BEER WEEK
Through SUN – Celebrating eight strong years of bringing craft beer news and events to the craft beer drinkers of the Pacific Northwest.
Through Oct 30th – Find a pumpkin patch near you!
FRI through October 30th – See pumpkins shot from a cannon, take a hayride, navigate a corn maze, try archery & paintball, and choose a pumpkin during Pumpkin Fest at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
13TH DOOR HAUNTED HOUSE
Through November 5th – Portland’s best haunted attraction, highly detailed sets help you become part of the horror as you journey among animated creatures and theatrical actors.
BENDING THE BARD: CINEMATIC TWISTS ON SHAKESPEARE
Through October 30th – Seventeen “unconventional” cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. Freed from restrictions of a certain time, location, or even language, the filmmakers in this series have created works that both reflect and transcend their immediate cultural origins.
Through November 5th – 3 Haunted Houses in one location! New Grimthorne Manor: overrun by angry spirits, vampires, werewolves and maniacs. The Witch House: a burnt-out skeleton of a building where a demonic cult has holed up to practice their witchcraft in the dark, secret halls. Museum of Horrors: the cacophonous cornucopia of creepies, crawlies, werechickens, evil clowns and so much more.
HAUNTED PUB TOUR
Through October 31st – A spine-tingling excursion. Hear first-hand accounts of recent paranormal encounters while sampling 7 award-winning local beers. The route includes stops at two historic pubs for beer tastings as well the old Merchant Hotel, known as Portland’s most haunted building.
RADICAL 80’S CRUISE
Through SAT – Break out the hammer pants and leg warmers! Time warp to the most radical decade and dance to the best of the 80’s with DJ MC.
CAT IN THE HAT
Through SUN – Enter a world of magic and mischief as Conrad, Sally, and their very grumpy goldfish follow the Cat in the Hat on an adventure through the imagination of Dr. Seuss!
PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET
SAT-SUN through December – The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them in Old Town.
URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH – Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.
ALL MONTH – Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.
VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS
FAMILY NATURE FEST
SAT – A low-cost event to get local families outside without having to leave town, because being outside is good for our health and for our sense of community. The event also teaches families about the nature in our own backyards, and the why’s and how’s of how they can help protect it for future generations.
SAT – A chance to meet the makers of artisan beverages! This is a free event open to anyone. No signups, just show up at one of our locations, get your map, and choose your route.
CLARK COUNTY SCAREGROUNDS
Through October 31st – The Northwest’s premier all-ages Halloween event located on the 170-acre Clark County Event Center. 4 haunted houses, carnival, games & much more!
HAUNTED WALKING TOUR
FRI & SAT through October 29th – Experience a spooky slant on history on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour on a dark night.
DINE THE COUV
Through October 30th – Foodies and beer drinkers unite! For the entire month of October, original Vancouver USA eateries, breweries and tasting rooms will serve up some special items.
FARMER’S MARKET – DOWNTOWN
SAT-SUN (through October 30) – Vancouver’s Farmer’s Market. Over 250 vendors with fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and much more at 6th & Ester in downtown Vancouver.
OPEN SATURDAYS AT PEARSON AIRBASE
EVERY SAT – Free educational experience, Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages.
NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
· Keeping Up with the Joneses
· Ouija: Origin of Evil
· Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
· Boo: A Madea Halloween
· Fear, Inc
· Good Kids
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