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“Killer” Festival Celebrates Pumpkin Beer

Friday, October 16, 2015


Like pumpkins? Love beer? Then you’re in luck. This weekend’s Killer Pumpkin Festival, hosted by PDX Green Dragon and Rogue Ales and Spirit, is dedicated to celebrating the perfect fall combination.

More than 40 pumpkin-flavored beers will be available for thirsty visitors to the Killer Pumpkin Festival, which will begin at 11 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors will also be able to try a sample of pumpkin cocktails and spiced pumpkin sodas.

Still need more pumpkin? Pair your gourd-flavored beverage of choice with a selection of pumpkin food items. Visitors will even get a chance to sample beers poured straight from a pumpkin during the Elysian Pumpkin Roadshow Pumpkin tapping. 

Despite its focus on seasonal beer, the festival has events planned for the whole family. There will be a dog costume contest sponsored by Cycle Dog’s at 3 PM, followed by a kids costume contest at 4 PM. Adults can get in on the fun too, as they’ll have their own costume contest held at 6 PM. 

There is no charge for admittance to the festival, but there is a suggested donation of $5 to benefit Camp Ukandu, a camp for children fighting cancer, dedicated to providing “outrageously fun” camp experiences for patients and their families.


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Pumpkin Beer Festival

The Pumpkin Beer Festival offers 25 pumpkin beers, pumpkin-related games, and live street music.

Guests can pair their brews with a pumpkin menu or try a pumpkin cocktail instead. 

Where? Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub, 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland 

When? 11 AM- 12 PM, October 17.

Suggested donation of $5 at the door to benefit Camp Ukandu

More info here 

Photo Credit: Joel Olives via Compfight cc

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Pumpkin Regatta Festival

The Pumpkin Regatta Festival is a free race across the Tualatin lake in giant pumpkins, plus a 5K run, pumpkin carving, music, entertainment, kids’ crafts, costume contest,  and food and drink vendors.

This year marks the festival's 11th anniversary. The event attracts spectators from all over the Pacific Northwest, United States and Canada, and has been featured on national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, CNN and the Travel Channel, says the city of Tualatin website

Where? The Tualatin Lake of the Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St. 

When? 10 AM- 4 PM, Saturday, October 17.

More info here

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Zombie Walk

Want to see thousands of Portlanders walk and dance down the street dressed like zombies? Well then the Portland Zombie Walk is for you.

Would-be zombies are already practicing their dance moves for the walk, and you can join. 

The Zombie Walk is an annual event that started as a flash mob in 2006 by private organizers. 

Where? Hollywood Vintage Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

When? October 31, 2 PM- 6 PM

More info here 

Photo Credit: Gianluca Ramalho Misiti, Zombie Walk 2012

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Thriller Dance Portland

Dancers, Michael Jackson fans, and Halloween enthusiasts, are gearing up for Thrill the World Portland. Dressed in ghoulish attire, hundreds of Portlanders will ring in the Halloween spirit dancing to "Thriller," in Fremont park.

Interested participants can attend dance practices to prepare for the event. 

More info here

Event: 3:00 PM, Saturday October 24 at Irving City Park, North East Freemont St., Portland 

Dance Practices: 6-8 PM on Friday Evenings: October 9, 16, 23, and 2-4 PM Sunday afternoons: October 11, 18.

Photo Credit: iStock 

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North West Cider Festival

The North West Ciderfest features cider tasting for adults, crafts & games for kids, food carts, a pie-eating contest, and live music.

Ciderfest is a collaboration of the local Muscular Dystrophy Association, and proceeds will help fun MDA's clinics at Shriner’s Hospital and OHSU Medical Center as well as Oregon Neurology Associates and Sacred Heart.

Where? Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland

When? 10 AM-8 PM, October 10 and 11

More info here

Photo Credit: iStock

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Apple Tasting

Taste and buy 60 kinds of apples and pears, visit a kids’ tent, see cider making, and hear live music at Portland's Apple Tasting Festival. 

Enter the scarecrow contest to win a $100 Portland Nursery gift card. All entrants get a free five-pound bag of apples.

Where? Portland Nursery, 5050 South East Stark St., Portland

When? 10 AM-5 PM, October 10-12, and 17-19 

More info here

Photo Credit: iStock

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Haunted Graveyard

There's nothing spookier than a graveyard around the time of Halloween. Visit the Haunted Davis Graveyard in Milwaukie any day or night through the month of October, or wait for special effects Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings for free. The Graveyard will have dancers on Halloween night. 

Where? 8703 South East 43rd Ave. Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

When? October 1-31, Monday-Thursday & Sat-Sun dusk-10 PM, Friday, dusk-11 PM 

More info here

Photo Credit: Davis Graveyard website 

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Halloween Fantasy Trail

The Halloween Fantasy Trail is a fun event for families. The lighted trail includes a decorated castle, suspension bridge, tunnel, and maze at Wenzel family farm. The trail costs $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 or under 

Where? Wenzel family farm in Oregon City

When? Oct 1-Oct 30, 12 PM-5 PM everyday and 7 PM-10 PM every night.

More info here

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Portland Coffee Crawl

Warm up the fall with coffee, coffee, and more coffee. 

The LAB a nation-wide caffine crawl organization is partnering with many local coffee shops and roasters throughout the four quarters of Inner Portland. Portlanders can join the coffee crawl and see what these local baristas have to offer. 

Where? Several Portland Coffee Shops, see a list of participating shops here

When? October 21

More info here

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13th Door Haunted House

Time to get scared. At the 13th Door Haunted House of Oregon guests will detailed sets, animated creatures, theatrical actors, and "horror." 

Where? 3855 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton

When? October 1-31, weekdays 7 PM-10 PM, weekends 7 PM-11 PM, and 7 PM-Midnight on Halloween. 

More info here

Get tickets 

Photo Credit: Paul Bearers, 13th Door website 

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The Squishing of the Squa

Watch some of the world's largest land animals demolish some of the area's biggest pumpkins. Activies will also include a scavenger hunt.

Where? The Oregon Zoo

When? 10:30 AM, Friday October 30

More info here

Photo Credit: Oregon Zoo website

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Howloween at the Zoo

Kids ages 3 to 11 can enjoy scavenger hunts, goody bags, and activities like watching animals eat pumpkins during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo.

Where? The Oregon Zoo

When? 9 AM- 3 PM, Saturday, October 31, 

More info here

Photo Credit: Oregon Zoo website 

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Halloween Dance Party

Are you over 21 and looking to celebrate Halloween out on the town? McMenamins Crystal Ballroom hosts an ’80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party. The party includes big music videos, colorful lights, music, and dancing. 

Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 day of. 

Where? The Crystal Ballroom, 1332 West Burnside St., Portland

When? 8 PM, October 30 

More info here

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All About Fruit Show

The All About Fruit Show features a large fruit contest, more than 500 varieties of heirloom fruit, cider pressing and more.

Where? Clackmas County Fairgrounds in Canby

When? October 17- October 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM

More info here.

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Corn Maze

The  Corn MAiZE is more than a four-acre trail through a cornfield sure to spook you this season.  

Tickets cost $12. 

Where? 16511 North West Gillihan Rd., Portland, (On Sauvie Island at 
The Pumpkin Patch)

When? 10 AM-6 PM October 10- November 1

Get Tickets 

Photo Credit: iStock

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Halloween on a Farm

Have a rustic fall experience by celebrating Halloween on a farm. Halloween on a Farm has many locations in the greater portland area that each include pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Where? See a list of all farms offering Halloween activities here 

When? October 1-31

Photo Credit: ginnerobot via Compfight cc

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Zombie Zip Line

If you like zombies and zip lining, or want to try zip lining as a zombie, than wear a costume to ZombieFest at Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park

Where? 2975 SW Nelson Road Gaston, OR 97119

When? October 24-25

More info here

Photo Credit: iStock 

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Killer Beer Week

Brewpublic celebrates its seven year anniversary with a 10-day party. Killer Beer Week returns with various craft beer events throughout the Portland metro area. 

Brewpublic will release more details including new locations and new events to added to the mix.

Where? Various locations in Portland

When? October 16-25

More info here

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Fright Town

Do you like goblins, ghouls and ghosts? Do you like to be scared? If so, Fright Town is the place for you. Fright Town is one of the biggest haunted events in the North West and, features three haunted houses in one location.

Where? Exhibit Hall beneath the Memorial Coliseum
at the Rose Quarter, Portland

When?  Wednesday-Sunday, October 3-October 31

More info here

Get tickets 

Photo Credit: iStock 

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Trick or Treat Alberta

Trick or Treat Alberta Street is a fun Halloween event for the kids. The first 400 costumed kids to trick or treat at Umpqua Bank will receive a special trick or treat bag thanks to event sponsors.

All the businesses on Alberta street will be handing out treats. 

Where? Alberta St. in North Portland

When? 3:30-6 PM, Friday October 31

More info here 

Photo Credit: iStock 

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Corn Maze in the City

Fabio Farms' Corn Maze in the City is a more than 6.5 acre confusing corn maze located on NE 13th Avenue in Portland. There are also food booths, hay rides, pumpkin and gord painting and more.

Where? 8433 NE 12th Ave. in Portalnd.

When? October 1- November 19

More info here.

Photo Credit: Fabio Farms Website 

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Fall Kite Festival

The 37th Annual Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival is held on the beach, in the center of Lincoln City. It includes kite flying demonstrations by experts, free kids kitemaking, running of the bols, and some of the most colorful “big” kites in the world!

Where? D-River Wayside State Park

When? October 10- 11 10 AM to 4 PM

More info here.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Yachats Village Mushroom

Stop by the Yachats Village Mushroom Festival to experience delectable wild forest mushroom cuisine, culinary markets, cooking demonstrations, wine and beer tasting, and live music. The festival is FREE and open to the public.

Where? Yachats Commons

When? October 16-18

More info here.

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Eek Week

Eek Week at the Portland Children's Museum will feature plenty of great events for families during the week before Halloween, including Spooky Story Time and Trick-or-Treat Bag Decorating.

Where? The Portland Children's Museum. 4015 SW Canyon Road in Portland.

When? October 25- October 31

More info here

Photo Credit: The Portland Children's Museum Facebook Page

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Halloween Jazz Party

Looking for a smooth Halloween? Then check out the jazz stylings of the Midnight Serenaders and Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners at the Secret Society's sixth annual Halloween Jazz Party.

Where? The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St. in Portland

When? Saturday October 31 at 9 p.m.

More info here.

Photo Credit: The Midnight Serenaders' Facebook Page


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