With Thanksgiving two weeks away, food and toy festivals are in full swing in Portland.
PORTLAND, Oregon – Foodie events are non-stop this month and the weather forecast calls for a blessed weekend with no rain. So make room, because this week you have three food festivals to choose from, Disney On Ice, a film festival, a Veterans Day parade, a tea party, and even a Japanese anime showcase.
Portland Veterans Day Parade
Where: MLK Boulevard (between Northeast Beech and Summer Street)
What’s going on: Come pay your respects to veterans at Portland’s only Veterans Day Parade, held in northeast Portland. The parade has existed since 1974 and has been organized by local organizations and residents. Parade organizers pride themselves on having an inclusive, non-partisan and family-friendly event.
QDoc Film Festival
Where: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Portland
What’s going on: If you’re feeling supportive and giving this month (it’s November after all), why not support the only festival in the US dedicated specifically to queer documentaries – QDoc. The festival has been around since 2007 and brings the highest caliber of films – and their directors – to share with Portlanders. The event will kick off with the premiere of “For The Love of Friends”, a film about activist Brent Nicholson and his fight against AIDS.
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Portland
What’s going on: Get your cosplay outfits ready Kumoricon returns to Portland this weekend. Every November for the past 20 years, Kumoricon (kumori is the Japanese word for “cloudy”) showcases Japanese anime and culture. Known for embodying everything it means to live in the Pacific Northwest, the event spans generations, bringing core anime fans together in one room – rain or shine.
disney on ice
Where: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 North Winning Way, Portland
What’s going on: Mickey, Moana, Forky, Elsa and more are skating in Portland this weekend for Disney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures. If you wanted to go to a Disneyland Resort, there is no need to do so now because the magic comes to you. “Adult Disney”, Gather your friends and family and get ready to discover a whole new world with all your favorite Disney characters.
Engulf Portland 2022
Where: Alder Block, 100 Alder Street Southeast, Portland
What’s going on: Gob, gob! If you’re looking to up your charcuterie board game or just love free food samples, Gobble Up is where you want to be this Saturday. Shoppers can expect to find innovative local treats, from artisanal sauces and chutneys to local ciders and spirits. There will also be unique cookware and ceramics from local vendors to help kick off your holiday shopping season.
Holiday Food and Gift Festival
Where: Westside Commons, 801 34th Avenue NE, Hillsboro
What’s going on: The 33rd Annual Food and Giveaway Festival returns this weekend to the Washington County Fairgrounds. Another “holiday” themed event to kick off your holiday shopping. The festival will feature art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood crafts, music, toys and more. There will also be a large selection of gourmet foods for you to sample and purchase.
Portland Cheese & Meat Artisan Food & Beverage
Where: The Left Bank Annex, 101 North Weidler Street, Portland
What’s going on: Charcuterie board artists this one’s for you. Bank of America presents this artisanal food and drink festival that features international and local dishes while pairing them with wine and beer. This is the only known festival specifically dedicated to artisanal cuisine in the Pacific Northwest. Grab your boards – literally – and go support your local artisans.
Chrysanthemum Tour with Horticulturist Lan Su
Where: Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 Northwest Everett Street, Portland
What’s going on: If you are a tea lover, this tour is for you. Come join this tour on how chrysanthemums are grown and groomed by one of Lan Su’s gardeners. Enjoy tea while learning about the traditional art of growing chrysanthemums. November is also chrysanthemum season and Lan Su will be hosting events throughout the month, so keep an eye out.