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Portland Fall Event Guide

Published Aug 7, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Make the most of the fall season by going to these awesome, family-friendly events.

School's back in session and you're straight back into your regular, daily routine. But just because the sun stops shinning doesn't mean that the fun has to end! Try to keep things fun and interesting for your kids by participating in these events from September to November. There's lots happening in Portland this fall to keep the family entertained! From the Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways to the Wedge Cheese Festival, there's something for everyone in this family-friendly fall guide. 


Annual Slavic Heritage Festival

Make your way over to Gateway Discovery Park to experience the diverse Eastern European Culture at the Annual Slavic Heritage Festival. There will be lots for every member of the family to enjoy including a classic Soviet car show, traditional songs snd dances, cooking classes, and much more. 

When: September 1, 9am-9pm

Where: Gateway Discovery Park

El Grito Fiestas Patrias

Come and celebrate the independence of Mexico and other Latin American countries from Spain with lots of salsa, mariachi, folkloric and Aztec dancers, and traditional food and beverages at the Rose Quarter Commons. Admission is free.

When: September 14 & 15, 11am-11pm

Where: Rose Quarter Commons

Photo Credit: El Grito Portland

Building Bridges Family Music Festival

This year is the first annual Building Bridges Family Music Festival at the Portland Children's Museum. The purpose of the festival is to build peace and friendship within the community through music and play. Over two full days there will be dozens of award-winning musicians, dancing, and interactive activities. 

When: September 21 & 22, 9am-5pm

Where: Portland Children's Museum

Strut Your Kidney 5K, 10K and Family Fun Run

Help raise awareness for children with chronic kidney disease by participating in the third annual Strut Your Kidney run. All proceeds will go to Northwest Kidney Kids, the only organization in the Northwest that is supporting children with kidney disease and their families. 

When: September 22

Where: Sellwood Riverfront Park

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways

This is the last Sunday Parkways of the year. Meet your neighbors and be active by biking, running, rolling, or walking on this 8-mile loop in Northeast Portland that will be closed off to cars. There will be tons of activities to participate in and live music in the parks along the loop. Bring your friends and family and get active!

When: September 22, 11am-4pm

Where: Northeast Portland (around Alberta Park)

Photo Credit: Portland Sunday Parkways


Boost is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate parents about the benefits of childhood vaccinations. Come join them at Boostapalooza for an event geared towards kids. There's face painting, balloon animals, children's musicians, and a magical juggling performance on the agenda. 

When: September 29, 10am-1pm

Where: Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom



Come and celebrate the fall season at OrenKoFest, Hillsboro's premiere harvest festival. You'll find local food vendors, fresh farm produce, kid's autumn crafts, live music, and more.

When: October 5, 12pm-7pm

Where: 943 NE Orenco Station Loop, Hillsboro

67th Annual Portland Greek Festival

Experience a taste of Greek culture with folk dancing, cooking demonstrations, authentic Greek food, and a children's corner. This event has quickly become an iconic event in the Portland Metropolitan area, attracting 15,000 guests annually. 

When: October 5-7

Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Photo Credit: Portland Greek Festival

The Wedge Cheese Festival

Calling all cheese lovers! This is your chance to celebrate cheese and everything that goes with it. Sample cheeses and specialty foods from over 75 vendors. You can buy tickets in advance or at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. 

When: October 5

Where: Alder Block

Apple Tasting at the Portland Nursery

Nothing says fall like apple tasting! Celebrate the changing colors of the leaves and the start of the fall season with Portland Nursery. There will be as many as 60 different varieties of apples to taste as well as a fresh-pressed cider demonstration and tasting. This is a free event!

When: October 11-13 & October 18-20

Where: Portland Nursery

Portland Thorns Vs. Washington Spirit

Support your Portland Thorns FC as they take on the Washington Spirit at Providence Park. Bring your cheering A game!

When: October 12, 7:30pm

Where: Providence Park

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

On October 19, head on over to the Lake of the Commons to watch costumed characters paddling pumpkins in a series of wacky races. This nationally acclaimed event also has pie eating contests, a kids' costumer contest, pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, clown shows, and lots more!

When: October 19, 10am

Where: Lake of the Tualatin Commons

Photo Credit: City of Tualatin Oregon

Disney on Ice: Mickey's Search Party

Mickey's Search Party is an all-out magical celebration on ice. Help Mickey and his friends search for Tinker Bell as they try to navigate Captain Hook's treasure map. You'll meet characters from a number of Disney's most beloved worlds such as Elsa, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Moana, and more! 

When: October 25-27

Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter


Portland Book Festival

The Portland Book Festival, previously Wordstock, is returning for another day of author presentations, pop-readings, and writing workshops at the Portland Art Museum and other nearby locations. There will also be vendors and local food trucks. This event is open to readers of all ages. 

When: November 9

Where: Portland Art Museum

Cirque Musica

Cirque Musica is presenting its Holiday Wishes production in Portland on November 24. Get ready to be awed by acrobats, aerialists, and a full symphony orchestra. This is a spectacular event that will amaze the whole family and bring you to the edge of your seat.

When: November 24

Where: Moda Center

Photo Credit: Cirque Musica

Hood to Coast Race Series Turkey Trot

Kick off Thanksgiving weekend with the Turkey Trot Relay! The run takes you on a holiday-themed route that winds through the lights of the Sunshine Division Winter Wonderland. There's also a 5K and Kid's Trot. Bring the whole family out!

When: November 27

Where: Portland International Raceway

ORRC Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Road Runners Club is inviting runners of all abilities to this multi-general family event. The 4-mile, untimed run takes participants between the International Rose Test Garden and the Oregon Zoo and finishes inside the zoo. There will also be a Diaper Dash and a Tot Trot for younger participants. And stick around after the run because you might win one of 150 pumpkin pies. 

When: November 28

Where: Oregon Zoo

Photo Credit: Oregon Runners Club

If you're looking for more family-friendly events in Portland, we've got you covered. Visit ChatterBlock's Events directory for your complete guide to kid-friendly happenings in the city. 

Sarah Lindquist
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