Oregon Convention Center
Whether you’re considering a vegan lifestyle or are forced to deal with someone who is on a regular basis, Portland VegFest is a great chance to dabble in the wild and wonderful world of artificial meat products masquerading as all of your favorite carnivorous indulgences. Be sure to try an Impossible Burger, at the very least, because vegan burgers that look “bloody” are a thing now.
Cost: $10 for a single-day pass; $17 for the whole weekend
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery
When was the last time you drank a beer made by Rogue? If you’re drawing a blank, now’s a better time than any to check out their somewhat-newly-remodeled brewpub in Buckman and enjoy a pumpkin beer or two out on the patio. It’s an impressive deviation from what you’ll find in the cooler of your local Plaid Pantry, and the fact that they have ungodly sums of money to brew no less than five types of pumpkin beer for the season means you’re almost guaranteed to be surprised in the process.
Cost: Admission is free, but there’s a suggested $5 donation at the door and you’ll probably want to buy a beer or two
Portland Art Museum
Formerly known as Wordstock, the beloved one-day literature festival arrives just in time for the part of the year when most Portlanders disappear for months with a pile of books and gallons of coffee and tea. Consider this the last good reason to leave your house and socialize aside from trips to New Seasons, with appearances from Tom Hanks and Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson counting among the many highlights of this year’s fest.
Cost: Prices vary per event -- see website for details
NOV 8-10; 15-17
Part DIY porn party, part sexual norm-smashing hootenanny, the annual Hump Festival is pretty much every single thing conservatives hate about Portland all rolled into one. It’s actually much more tame than it sounds, but Dan Savage spearheads the whole thing, so don’t expect to feel comfortable or content 100% of the time. Trust us -- it’s much more fun that way.
Cost: $20 for early bird admission; $25 for general admission
NOV 28-DEC 2
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Sick and tired of getting made fun of for drinking malt-y, syrup-y beers when everyone else is chewing on triple barrel-aged IPAs? Then the Holiday Ale Festival is the beer fest for you! Featuring over 50 brewers offering a plethora of holiday ales spanning the entire craft beer spectrum under a massive enclosure aside the iconic giant Christmas tree, this event will make you feel loved and accepted.
Cost: $40 for a commemorative glass and 12 beer tickets