14th Annual Widmer Oktoberfest – Sept. 29 (noon to 11 pm)

PDX Pils brewed especially for Portland.
PDX Pils brewed especially for Portland.

It’s true: this festival is not actually in October, but don’t let that stop you from attending. Widmer Brothers, one of Portland’s pioneer craft brewers, is the sponsor.

  • Enjoy Munich-style ales, German food, and music at Widmer Oktoberfest at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Getting there:

Walk to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Hood River Hops Fest – Sept. 22

Hood River Hops Fest Logo
Hood River Hops Fest Logo

Hood River Hops Fest

Presented by Jacobs and awarded silver medal for best beer festival from the Willamette Week, Oregon Beer Awards, the Hood River Hops Fest is an annual celebration of beer’s bitter friend, freshly harvested hops.

Hood River County is surrounded by world-renowned hop growing regions, and since 2003 brewers have gathered each September in downtown Hood River to share their fresh-hop beer creations. The family-friendly event features more than 50 breweries with more than 60 fresh-hop beers, plus a variety of food vendors, live music, and an awesome collectible mug.


  • 21+ Entry Only Ticket: $10
  • 21+ Beer Garden Ticket: $15 presale; $20 day-of. Includes entry, commemorative glass mug, and five 3.5 oz. taste tokens
  • Under 21: Free admission. Note: The venue is open to people 21 or older only from 5 pm until closing at 8 pm

Getting there:

Columbia Gorge Express ($5 roundtrip to Hood River & return)

25th Annual Polish Festival – Sept 22-23, 2018

Kids and adult alike will dress in traditional costumes during the Polish festival.
Kids and adult alike will dress in traditional costumes during the Polish festival.

Polka at the Polish Festival

The Portland Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults, and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts, … It is for everyone.

For two days, there will be non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer.

The event is held on 3900 N Failing Street between the two historic buildings of the Polish Library incorporated in 1911 and St. Stanislaus Church built in 1907, both located on N. Interstate Avenue in Portland Oregon. Click here for more festival details.

Festival Hours

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018 11am – 10pm
Sunday, Sept 23, 2018 noon – 6pm


Getting there:

TriMet Transit Planner (address: 3900 N. Interstate Ave.)

Free Admission to Three Museums – Sept. 22, 2018

Portland Art Museum Warhol Exhibit
Portland Art Museum Andy Warhol Exhibit

The actual name of the event is Museum Day Live.

You can get a free ticket that allows two people to visit the following:

Getting there: 

From Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society are an easy half-mile walk. Take the Max Train Blue Line to Beaverton or Hillsborough and exit at the Washington Park station for the World Forestry Center.


Oregon Zoo Offers Free Admission for Seniors – Sept. 18

Oregon Zoo Sign
Oregon Zoo Entrance

If you’re 65 years old, you and a guest get free admission and a train ride plus a lunch special during Senior Safari at the Oregon Zoo on Sept. 18.

Getting there:

Ride the Max Train Blue Line to Hillsboro or Beaverton or the Max Train Red Line to City City & Beaverton. A bus option: walk to SW Salmon Street and SW 18th Avenue and catch the #63 to Washington/Park Arlington Heights and exit at the zoo.

Oregon Independent Film Festival (OIFF) – Sept. 18-26, 2018

The 7th Annual Oregon Independent Film Festival returns to showcase the best in independent cinema to our magnificent state of Oregon.

From the film festival website: “Dedicated to discovering the greatest new filmmakers, the Oregon Independent Film Festival searches the globe to find the most innovative and engaging movies of the year, to screen the best new work, alongside Hollywood premieres, together in the legendary cinema houses of the pacific northwest, as part of our mission to promote the majestic state of Oregon as a global film tourism destination.”

  • (OIFF)screens about 75 independent films from 14 countries with emphasis on documentaries.

Getting there:

Use the TriMet Transit Planner, or:

#20 Bus – takes you to the Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E. Burnside Street (about 15 minutes).

Nearby eats: The Goose – Southwestern food

#77 Bus – takes you to Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Avenue (about 15 minutes)

Nearby eats: Muu – Muu’s – comfort food


Mexican Independence Day – Sept. 15 (11 am to 11 pm)

Mexican Independence Day celebration

Celebrate the independence of Mexico and its neighbors from Spain at El Grito y Fiestas Patrias, including:

  • folkloric and Aztec dancers
  • live mariachi
  • salsa
  • cumbia
  • pop music
  • food & craft vendors

At the Moda Center Commons. Free.

Getting there:

TriMet Transit Planner, or (two options):

  • At SW Alder & SW 6th, catch #8 bus to  Jackson (Park/NE 15th to Dekum) – 10-minute ride and then walk across the street to Moda Center Commons.
  • At Pioneer Square, board the Max Blue Line to Gresham and exit at the Rose Quarter – 11 minutes


PBOT (Portland Bureau of Transportation) Sponsors Scooter Safety Fair

Lime e-Scooter
Lime e-Scooter lined up on a Portland Street
Skip eScooters waiting for riders.
Skip eScooters charges and ready for riders.
A Bird Scooter near REI ready to ride
A Bird Scooter near REI ready to ride

PBOT plans an information fair this Thursday, Sept. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., to promote scooter safety.

Scooter company representatives, including those from Bird, Lime, and Skip, will participate.

Location: SW Oak between SW Broadway and SW Park

Helmets will be provided.