November 2012 Events
Thanksgiving is the obvious upcoming November event, but there's a whole lot more to look forward to this month -- from various coffee and food festivals to art openings to world-class music events. There's a great deal for which to be thankful here in Portland!
First Thursdays Art Openings in the Pearl District
Enjoy art gallery openings throughout the Pearl District on the first Thursday of every month.
Chagall for Children
Portland Children's Museum
The new exhibit at the Portland Children's Museum pairs 14 of Marc Chagall's paintings with audio recordings describing the work as well as interactive elements for children age 3-10.
11/1 - 11/7
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rasmussen Farms, Hood River
Halloween may be over, but harvest season is still in full swing. Get out of town for a family-friendly trip full of pumpkins, corn mazes, fresh cider and fall flowers. Sunset magazine calls Rasmussen's setup a "must see, " and admission is free!
11/1 - 1/1
RACE: Are We So Different?
The OMSI exhibit on RACE challenges preconceived notions about difference between races of people. Entry to the exhibit is included with general admission.
11/1 - 1/6
The Body Beautiful
The Portland Art Museum
The British Museum's famed exhibit of Greek and Roman sculptures travels to Portland, offering us a rare glimpse at these storied figures.
11/1 - 1/6/
Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body
Grossology offers a unique, interactive look inside some of the inner workings of the human body -- including Gas Attack pinball and examinations of kidneys, digestion and even vomitting. Not your typical exhibit, Grossology takes an unabashed look at bodily functions.
11/2 - 11/4
The Portland SkiFever and Snowboard Show
The 33rd annual event features the latest and greatest new snow-sports tech as well as booths manned by the regional resorts.
The 78th Annual Verboort Sausage & Kraut Dinner
4285 NW Visitation Rd., Forest Grove
This all-you-can-eat festival has a long history, as well as tons of homemade suarkraut, sausage, applesauce and pie!
11/3 - 11/4
2012 Portland Coffee Fair
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
World Forestry Center
Coffee is the world's most popular beverage -- except, perhaps water -- and Portland is among the most famous coffee towns. The Portland Coffee Fair brings an abundance of roasters, varieties and brewing methods under one roof. Learn how to make the perfect cup, and hobnob with some of the finest roasters in the region.
Cat Power Concert
Indigo Girls Concert
Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
What better backing back for the indie folk-rock duo than the Oregon Symphony?
11/9 - 11/17
Northwest Filmmakers' Festival
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland
Check out the top films coming out of the region.
Northwest Food and Wine Festival
4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center, 1000 Northeast Multnomah Street
This year's festival features a pate competition, hors d'oueuvres from fine local restaurants and some of the best beers and wines in the region.
Portland Japanese Garden Free Admission Day
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free days are popular at the beautiful, 5.5 acre destination, so get there early and enjoy!
Izakaya - The NW Celebration of Japanese Pub Culture
Jupiter Hotel, 800 E Burnside St., Portland
Food is at the heart of this Japanese celebration -- particularly shochu, sake and beer -- but top Japanese DJs and artists will be featured as well.
Oregon Turkeython 2012
11665 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton
Beaverton plays host to Oregon's biggest Thanksgiving family runs -- 5K, 10K and kids races are available to keep everyone entertained and burn off some of the day's feast. Rumor has it that Santa will be in the house.
West Coast Bank/ORRC Turkey Trot at the Zoo
Participants can run or walk the four-mile course, while kids can take part in the half-mile Tot Trot.
11/23 - 11/25
Thanksgiving in Wine Country
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Have visiting relatives, or perhaps just need to get out of the house? Well, perhaps wine tasting is more your speed than Black Friday. Thanksgiving in Wine Country is a huge event, with more than 160 wineries in the Willamette Valley open for business throughout the holiday season.
11/23 - 11/25
Black Friday Alternative: Little Boxes PDX 2012
Keep the post-Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza local. Little Boxes PDX makes it easy, with discounts, contests and over 150 participating local businesses encouraging you to forgo the big box stores.
Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by SmartPark
Portlanders will assemble at Pioneer Square to light the 75-foot tree and count down the days to Christmas.
Portland National College Fair
Portland Convention Center Exhibit Hall C
11/28 - 12/2
Holiday Ale Festival
More than 40 breweries are on tap at the 17th annual Holiday Ale Festival, with fresh winter seasonals and some of the heartier brews taking center stage.