October Guide to Family-Friendly Events in Portland

It is officially fall. Pumpkin spice lattes have been in full swing for a month and it’s time for us to tote our little darlings through the mud for pumpkins. There are lots of great family events and experiences to enjoy this October, many of them including eating and taste-testing the fall bounty around us. Sounds good to me! I hope you can get out and enjoy one of these events, and let us know if you do!


Kite Festival (October 1-2)

The Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival is held on the beach, in the center of Lincoln City, at the D-River Wayside from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend festival will include kite flying demonstrations by experts, free kids kitemaking, running of the bols, and some of the most colorful “big” kites in the world!

Visit a Pumpkin Patch (October 1-30)

There are many awesome spots to visit to pick a pumpkin, pet a goat, take a hay ride, or even eat a pumpkin doughnut, which is my personal favorite activity while at the pumpkin patch. One of our favorite places has been Fir Point Farms (best doughnuts and many free kids activities) and The Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie Island. For more favorite pumpkin patches, check out this post.

Portland Marathon and 32nd Annual Sports and Fitness Expo (October 7-9)

Free to the public, the Expo focuses on innovative fitness clothing, shoes, training aids, sports medicine, fitness programs, health screening checks, demonstrations, and other run and walk-related products and services. Runner’s World called the Portland Marathon “the best people’s marathon in the West” and for the past ten years has ranked it as one of the top marathons in the country. There is even a kids race! Check out the events schedule for more info.

29th Annual Apple Tasting Event (October 7-9)apple tasting

This is a favorite for our family! You can try up to 60 kinds of apples, drink apple cider or wine, eat apple strudel, and there are fun activities for the kids to do as well. Head out to the Portland Nursery to join in on the delicious fun.

Free Day at the Zoo (October 8)

Head to the zoo for Community free day. Free admission, and lots of zoo fun!

The Magical Music of Disney (October 8-30)

More concert than traditional musical, The Magical Music of Disney brings together over 60 Disney hits from Snow White, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and more, all in a zippy 90 minutes. *Best for ages 6 and up.

Portland City of Cider Festival (October 14-15)

City of Cider Festival (formerly NW Ciderfest) features cider tasting for adults, crafts & games for kids, food carts, a pie-eating contest, and live music at the Portland Expo Center.

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest (October 14-16)

Hood River Valley Harvest Festival celebrates the bounty of the county and surrounding region. This area has been a premier fruit and vegetable producing region since the start of the 20th century. Today, the Harvest Festival has grown to a family-friendly, weekend-long celebration with hundreds of art, craft, food, and wine vendors. There are games, contests, pumpkin carvings and, of course, an entertainment and education tent featuring local brews and wine.

Portland Pet Expo (October 15-16)

Vaccinate your beloved family pet at discounted rates or enter them into the pet costume contest. Or maybe it’s time to give in to your kids plea for a pet and adopt one. You can do all those things and more at the Portland Pet Expo.pumpkin patch

13th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta (October 15)

Join in the spectacle at the Giant Pumpkin Regatta as people dressed like superheroes paddle across the lake in a giant pumpkin. There is also a 5K walk or run, costume contest, and pumpkin carving.

Halloween Events

Halloween Fantasy Trail (October 1-30)

Take a Halloween walk through a lighted, wooded “Fantasy Trail” decorated with spooky sights and sounds. Walk through a 40 foot castle with Halloween scenes. They also have a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge, and more. Pumpkins and refreshments are available and it’s good for all ages. Check the Wenzel Farm website for prices, times of operation and even a video to see what the experience is like.

Eek Week at the Children’s Museum (October 28-31)

Join in on five days of Halloween fun at the Portland Children’s Museum. Photo shoots, pumpkin carving demonstrations, trick-or-treat bag decorating, spooky story times, pumpkin smashing, glow-in-the-dark face painting, candy-free trick-or-treating, and more!

Howloween at the Zoo (October 29-31)

The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo all weekend. Best suited for ages 3-11.

Trick or Treating (October 29-31)

Here is a list of some free spots for your kids to go trick or treating. Or, check out this updated post of trick-or-treating alternatives from last year!

Did we miss any of your favorite October family events? Leave them in the comments!

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