Oregon Events Roundup - Oct. 18, 2019

October isn't just about Halloween, it's also the lead-up to an important cultural holiday for some fellow Oregonians: Dia de Los Muertos. Events are starting up all over the state in celebration.

There are still plenty of spooky Halloween-related events going on all over Oregon, to be sure. But there's plenty more that this state has to offer this month, too!

We've got live music, comedy and theatre, and events are gearing up to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos as well.

No matter where you are in the beautiful state of Oregon this October, Curbside has you covered with our weekly roundups of the coolest art happening near you.

Share with your friends on social media and let them know what's going on in their streets!


Haunted Beer Mansion - $40

Friday, Oct. 18 - 7 pm to 10:30 pm

Jupiter Hotel - 800 E Burnside St.

For the price of a ticket, you get unlimited samples of some of the best beers, ciders and “witches brew of all kinds.” Oh, and it’s all happening inside of an active haunted house, featuring plenty of cool costumes, makeup and decorations for the spooky souls out there.

Portland night market - Free!

Friday, Oct. 18 - 4 pm to 11 pm

Central Eastside Industrial District - 100 SE Alder St.

Featuring the goods and wares of dozens of businesses, this event also showcases music, costumes and culture of all kinds. This is a bi-monthly event open to all ages.

Spirit of Halloweentown - Free!

Saturday, Oct. 19 - 10 am to 9 pm

Courthouse Plaza - 275 Strand St. - St. Helens, OR

Giant scarecrows, creative costumes and merchants of all kinds -- there’s plenty to love about this annual fest. Enjoy the chance to get out of the city and celebrate Halloween in quaint St. Helens!


Whiskers at the Whiskey 2.0 - $15

Saturday, Oct. 19 - 4 pm to 9 pm

The Night Deposit Whiskey Library - 195 Commercial St. NE

This epic beard competition will feature some real talent in hair design, fashion and clip artistry. Come for the drinks, stay for the show!

Gruesome Playground Injuries - $52

Saturday, Oct. 19 - 7 pm

Elsinore Theatre - 170 High St. SE

The story of two people whose lives keep intersecting, this play is an anecdotal and raw experience. Written by Rajiv Joseph, this interesting piece will make a stop at the historic Elsinore Theatre this month.

Salem Drag Queen Lunch - $15

Saturday, Oct. 19 - 12 pm to 3 pm

Shotski’s Woodfire Eats - 1230 State St.

Not only does a ticket get you an all-you-can eat brunch buffet, but the live performances by local drag queens will provide the right energy for the weekend. Shotski’s is listed as permanently closed (due to a lawsuit against the former owner), but the event isn’t listed as cancelled. So. . . check around first if this sounds like something you wanna go to?


Coffin Races - Free!

Saturday, Oct. 19 - Noon to 4 pm

3rd Avenue and Lincoln Street

This is less morbid than it sounds, we promise. It’s a good old-fashioned soapbox derby race down Skinner’s Butte but with coffin-themed contraptions to fit the season! This family-friendly event boasts over 40 teams and 3,000 in attendance.

Strangest Things Haunted Farm - $18

Every Weekend in October - 7:30 pm

Johnson Farms - 89733 Armitage Rd.

This event, as seen in our round-up earlier in the month, is still going on to celebrate all things Halloween! There are multiple mazes, each themed around different horror classics like Killer Clowns From Outer Space and Stephen King's It.

DB Cooper Comedy Festival - $10

All Weekend - 7:30 pm

Luckey’s Club - 933 Olive St.

The title of this inaugural comedy event is an homage to one of the strangest unsolved mysteries in Oregon, about the hijacking of a 737 jet in 1971 between Portland and Seattle and the theft of thousands of dollars. This Pacific Northwest event will feature the best comics that this region has to offer! The event is also happening in Salem at the Capitol Theatre, so check the event page for full details.

Dia de Los Muertos - $3 to $5

Saturday, Oct. 19 - Noon to 4 pm

Maude Kerns Art Center - 1910 E 15th Ave.

This is a good reminder that October is not just about Halloween, it’s also the lead-in for an important cultural holiday for lots of people, including fellow Oregonians. This exhibit can be seen any day that the Kerns Art Center is open, and will feature amazing works that highlight Dia de Los Muertos.



Saturday, Oct. 19 - 6 pm to 8 pm

On Tap - 1424 NE Cushing Dr.

Enjoy some Oregon music if you’re in Bend, since acoustic blues duo Abluestics will light up the stage at On Tap this weekend.

Sisters Festival of Books ($35+)

All Weekend - Times vary

Multiple Venues - Sisters, OR

This festival in downtown Sisters celebrates all the great things about the literary arts. Book expos, live author talks and lots more will have the bookworms out there happy this weekend.

Yelawolf - $38+

Friday, Oct. 18 - 8:30 pm

Midtown Music Hall - 51 NW Greenwood Avenue

The Alabama rapper is doing a stint through the West Coast, including right here in Central Oregon.


Bear Creek Fall Festival - Free!

Saturday, Oct. 19 - 11 am to 3 pm

Bear Creek Park - 1520 Siskiyou Blvd.

This annual fall festival not only features live music and prizes, it’s also a great opportunity to learn about local watershed environments. Scientific AND artistic, that’s two-for-one for the low price of $0.

Lithia Artisans Market - Free!

Sunday, Oct. 20 - 10 am

Main Street - Ashland, OR

This open air market features the work of local artist and creators, along with live music and street performances. Plus, it’s right next to Lithia Park!

Murder Mystery Theatre

Saturday, Oct. 19 - 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Medford First Christian Church - 1900 Crater Lake Ave.

An interactive event that’s one part culinary, two parts live, mystery entertainment!

Oregon Coast

Lipstick Divas Drag Show - $15

Saturday, Oct. 19 - 8 pm to 11 pm

Marci’s Bar - 1343 NW Hwy 101 - Lincoln City, OR

This drag show on the coast rounds out the live theatre events happening this weekend and it's the second burlesque-style event happening in Oregon

Decadent 80's Dance Party - Free! (21+)

Friday, Oct. 18 & Saturday, Oct. 19 - 10 pm to Midnight

Labor Temple Bar - 934 Duane St. - Astoria, OR

Established in 2004, this event allows people to dance their hearts out to New Wave music of the big hair era. Expect lots of headbands and leg warmers!

Haunted Taft Twilight Tours - $20

Saturday, Oct. 19 - 7 pm

Sapphire Center - 4844 Oregon Coast Hwy. - Lincoln City, OR

These historical and spooky tours will teach attendees about the Ghost Schooner of Siletz Bay and many more ghostly haunts.

Fused Glass Workshop - $20

Sunday, Oct. 20 - 11 am to 1 pm

Bandon Discovery Center - 525 11th Street SE - Bandon, OR

Make your own blown glass creations and behold some awesome work by professional local glassblowers.

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