The holiday season is just around the corner! Enjoy these last days of fall at one of these fun events around town. We have a round-up of the best seasonal activities taking place around the Greater Portland area, Vancouver, and Spokane. And, be sure to check our calendar for updated event dates and times.
November Events in Oregon & Washington
Gorge Wine Weekend – November 10-12
Wine enthusiasts, winemakers, and chefs unite in the Columbia River Gorge to celebrate a successful harvest season at the Gorge Wine Weekend. Special tastings and events are held all weekend long at wineries throughout the Gorge, including a Friday Night Soiree and Sunday Morning Sparkling Brunch.
Veterans Parade – November 11
Honor our nation’s veterans at the 31st Annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver. Service members from all branches of the military participate in this yearly tradition. This special event is free and open to the community.
Northwest Food & Wine Festival – November 11
The Northwest Food & Wine Festival is back for its 12th year at a new venue – the Oregon Convention Center. The festival is known as the definitive wine festival in Portland and features only the highest quality regional wines, spirits, beers, and food. This showcase is sure to delight the wine and food lovers of the Northwest.
Race to Feed Our Veterans – November 12
Support and pay tribute to veterans and fight hunger in the community of Spokane at the Race to Feed Our Veterans. Spokane Meals on Wheels is celebrating it’s 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk at Riverside Memorial Park. The registration fee of $25 helps feed six veterans in need. The race also serves as a collection for canned food and personal hygiene donations for homeless vets.
Holiday Sip & Shop – November 16
Get into the holiday spirit in Downtown Camas at the Holiday Sip & Shop! Over 10 Downtown locations will feature shopping specials, music, festive cocktails and tastings. A $20 ticket will include 10 “sipping” tickets, a raffle ticket, and access to the double decker bus to get around Downtown Camas.
Wild Arts Festival – November 18-19
The Audubon Society of Portland presents the 37th Annual Wild Arts Festival. This nature-themed art and book sale features hundreds of works of art in a variety of mediums. Last year alone, the sale raised over $180,000 for the Audubon Society of Portland. The festival also features special events and educational activities for children, a silent auction, and a fun happy hour for adults.
Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 24
Welcome the holiday season in Portland’s Living Room during the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Thousands of visitors head to Pioneer Courthouse Square each year to watch the 75-foot Douglas Fir tree light up and participate in the traditional community sing-a-long with Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini.
Handmade NW – November 28-29
Benefiting the OHSU Center for Developmental Health, Handmade NW is a two-day craft bazaar and holiday shopping event featuring local artisans. With different artisans featured on each day of the bazaar, Handmade NW provides a unique holiday shopping experience that benefits a great cause – 10% of all holiday sales will be donated to the CDH.
Turkey Trots in Portland & Vancouver
What’s a Turkey Trot, you may be asking? Some say it’s the perfect way to prepare for that big Thanksgiving meal that will be enjoyed later in the day. Some think it’s a great excuse to get outside with family and friends during holidays. And some love Turkey Trots for the great causes they support. What are you waiting for? Head out to one of the following local Turkey Trots for some seasonal fun and a little exercise!
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