November Events in Portland
by Ute Mitchell, Executive Assistant
November has arrived… and with it, the rain. True Portlanders rejoice at the thought of thick sweaters, coffee or tea, cuddling up with a good book by the fireplace, and planning a great Thanksgiving dinner. Also, Portland has plenty to offer its citizens in November. Indoor and outdoor events invite you to explore, and we have a list of some of these events just for you.
Every month, the Portland Art Museum offers free admission, and with the forecast showing nothing but rain for the rest of the week, the art museum may be just the place to get inspired. The exhibitions currently on display are Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art and Modern American Realism.
November 3 and 4
The Portland Japanese Garden will showcase the works of Portland ikebana artists for one whole weekend. If floral arrangements are your thing, you won’t want to miss this exhibition. Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arrangements has been around since the 7th century. Traditionally they were placed at altars as floral offerings. Later, people placed them in alcoves of homes. Admission is included in your park admission.
Book lovers unite! The annual Portland Book Festival is coming to town featuring over 100 authors like H. W. Brands, Abbi Jacobson, Marissa Meyer, Lauren Groff, and Tom Hanks. While early bird orders are over, you can still come to the event. Be there early, because they’ll let people in only until capacity is reached. They start at 9 AM!
November 10 - 15
Once again, the Filmmakers’ Festival will showcase some of the best film talent of the Northwest. Put on by the Northwest Film Center the idea behind this festival is to highlight and to support the amazing filmmakers of the region. Choose from over 15 movies at three different venues around Portland. Dinner and a movie anyone?
Black Friday! Get your holiday shopping done during the day (or as some of us prefer, hang out on the couch all day long stroking that food baby belly), then head on out to Pioneer Square for the 34th Annual Tree Lighting Festival. At 75 feet tall and decorated with over 14,000 lights, this tree is quite the spectacular sight. And you get to experience the very first lighting with thousands of your closest Portland friends!
November 23 - 25
Thirty six years ago, less than a dozen Willamette Valley wineries started the Wine Country Thanksgiving event. Today, over 130 wineries participate in this special event. If you’re a wine lover (or you want to be) then this is your time to head out to the valley and treat yourself to special tastings, food pairings, live music, cellar tours, and special holiday discounts.
November 27 - December 23
“Your amusement is practically guaranteed.” -Oregon ArtsWatch
With reviews like this you just know this will be a blast. A group of talented improv actors take on parodies of A Christmas Carol and lots of other holiday traditions. Even if you’ve seen it before and you loved it, come back for more this year, because the jokes change every year. Minimum age is 14, but do be prepared for adult language. Bah humbug!