Are you dreading going back-to-school and mourning the end of the sunny, warm weather? Or are you celebrating the return of the pumpkin spice latte and long walks through through beautiful fall foliage? No matter where you “fall” on the spectrum, there are some fun events happening in Oregon and Washington this September! Take a look at some of our favorite happenings around the Greater Portland area, Vancouver, and Spokane. And, be sure to check our calendar for updated event dates and times.
September Events in Oregon & Washington
Pig Out in the Park – August 30-September 4
Eat up and pig out this Labor Day Weekend at the 38th Annual Pig Out in the Park! Held at Riverfront Park in Spokane, this public market features 44 food booths and 85 free concerts. Don’t miss Spokane’s favorite six-day food and music festival. Admission (and fun) is free for all ages.
Bite of Oregon – September 1-4
This year’s Bite of Oregon moves across the river to the Rose Quarter, which is conveniently just steps away from the Rose Quarter Transit Center. The theme of this year’s festival is “Savor the Seven Regions” and features the best cuisine that the state has to offer. Day passes are just $5 and part of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Oregon.
Time-Based Art Festival (TBA:17) – September 7-17
The Time-Based Art Festival, or TBA:17, has become a beloved tradition in the Portland art community. Experience contemporary art projects and performances happening throughout the city that bring artists and audiences together at this annual festival. The TBA:17 schedule includes live performance, music, screenings, workshops, talks, and visual art installations. See a full schedule here.
Spokane County Interstate Fair – September 8-17
The Spokane County Interstate Fair has been a fun annual tradition in Spokane since the 1800s. The PRCA Rodeo, Demolition Derby, Truck and Tractor Pulls, and performances by musical artists, rides, food, and much more are all part of this year’s fun.
Beaverton Celebration Parade – September 9
With more than 100 festive entries, the 60th Annual Beaverton Celebration Parade truly celebrates the civic and cultural organizations of Beaverton, Oregon. This year’s theme is “Be Green in ’17” and includes a family fun run prior to the parade at Griffith Park.
Carlton Crush Harvest Festival – September 9
The Carlton Crush Harvest Festival is a full-day celebration of Carlton and the bountiful harvest it provides it’s community. The celebration most famously features a Team Grape Stomp Competition and Kids’ Grape Stomp Competition. The festival supports the Yamhill-Carlton Storehouse Food Bank, which provides food to families in need.
Feast Portland – September 14-17
Feast Portland is Portland’s premier food and drink festival. It showcases the creativity and energy of chefs from all over the country and world with events like hands-on classes, collaborative dinners, and more. Feast Portland has teamed up with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and has worked to donate over $300,000 to help end hunger since it’s inception. There are over 40 events that Portland foodies can attend. See a full schedule here.
Mount Angel Oktoberfest – September 14-17
The Mount Angel Oktoberfest celebrates the harvest in true Bavarian style. This Oregon festival attracts more than 350,000 people a year and features plenty of cultural music, food, traditional biergarten and weingarten, and much more.
El Grito Fiestas Patrias – September 16
Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th and the Hispanic communities of the Portland area will be celebrating at El Grito Fiestas Patrias at the Rose Quarter. This celebratory festival features folkloric and Aztec dancers, live mariachi, salsa, traditional food and beverage, community booths, and more.
Willamette Living History Tour – September 16
Experience life as it was in the early 1900s at the Willamette Living History Tour. This one hour “lamp-lit” tour takes visitors back to the early days of the Town of Willamette, now known as West Linn. Costumed guides are led through the streets of Willamette and into historical homes to encounter scenes of everyday life and meet many of the town leaders who helped shape Willamette’s future.
Septembeerfest – September 16
Septembeerfest in Corvallis is put on each year by the Heart of the Valley Homebrewers. The 10th annual festival is a family-friendly event with over 80 beers, ciders, and meads for adults to try. The festival offers free shuttles and donates proceeds to local organizations like the Linn Benton Food Share.
Oregon International Airshow – September 22-24
The Oregon International Airshow is back for its 30th year at the Hillsboro International Airport. Don’t miss the Friday Night Fireworks show and headlining performers this year include the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle.