Plan your next visit to Portland for the fall or into the winter and experience a wide range of excellent things to do and places to see – the event and festival lineup will also yield memorable adventures. From downtown Portland to the charming city of Salem, you’ll find this region to be as welcoming as ever during the fall and winter.
The rock ‘n’ roll continues on November 2nd when Five Finger Death Punch comes to the Moda Center at 6 p.m. – they’ll be joined by Shinedown and special guests Sixx A.M. If you lean more towards the ha-ha’s than the guitar solo’s, be sure to see Amy Schumer live on stage at the Moda Center on December 1st starting at 8 p.m. The drive in to the Moda Center from nearby suburbs like Tigard and Forest Grove is short.
Don’t pass on this year’s H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Held at the iconic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival takes place from October 7th to 9th, will feature Guest of Honor Charles M. Stross, and a wide range of eclectic films.
You’ll want to visit Montgomery Park in late November for the annual Wild Arts Festival, one of Portland’s premier art events. Presented by the Audubon Society of Portland, the Wild Arts Festival takes place on November 19th and 20th, and is its 36th year.
In Salem, the fall and winter, sports fans are squarely focused on the Willamette University Bearcats football team. The Bearcats play their first home game on September 10th against the College of Idaho, and play 3 other home games this fall culminating with a matchup against George Fox University on November 12th. Make the drive in from nearby Woodburn and visit McCulloch Stadium, home field for the Bearcats.
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The wildlife and zoos of Oregon aren't limited to the rural areas -- in fact, you can talk to the animals right in Greater Portland. Only five minutes from downtown, the Oregon Zoo plays host to more than 2,200 animals, including penguins, zebras, giraffes, Asian elephants and Visayan Warty Pigs. The Zoo also has a mission to support the survival of 21 endangered and threatened species by way of its successful breeding programs. Visit today!
Wine lovers in Greater Portland have both traditional wineries to visit and an urban wine scene to explore. If your travels take you to Gaston, sample the vintages of Plum Hill Vineyards and Elk Cove. A trip to Cornelius will be rewarded with an award-winning Pinot Noir from A Blooming Hill Vineyard. Meanwhile, there are already 10 urban wineries that are combining the fruit of Willamette Valley with the convenience of downtown Portland.
Test your swing on the greens of Greater Portland. Eastmoreland Golf Course is Oregon's second oldest course, and The Portland Golf Club offers a classical championship-level course. Wildwood Golf Course features a short layout over 18 holes, while the Sunset Grove Golf Club provides a 9-hole course in Forest Grove, designed by Ellis Vandehey. Summerfield Golf Course offers a 9-hole executive course with two sets of tees, ideal for golfers of different skill levels.
Greater Portland makes it easy to indulge in retail therapy. A trip to St. Helens reveals two antique shops that will make you smile: 2Cs Antiques and Grace's Rivertown Antiques. From there, do some serious book shopping at Powell's City of Books, which runs an entire city block. Washington Square in Tigard is the place to go for designer fashion, meanwhile, fresh berries, cheese, crafts, and organic produce is abundant at the Portland Farmers Market.