9 Can’t-Miss November Events
Whether you’re extending a business trip, traveling to Portland, visiting family over Thanksgiving weekend, or are a local, look at our list of 9 can’t-miss November events.
1. Pick a Pretty Poinsettia
Start decorating for the holidays with the Evening of Lights at Al’s Garden Center (November 2, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; free admission). The evening showcases Al’s Garden’s Poinsettia collection and designer-decorated Christmas trees, as twinkle lights cast a warm glow over the cheery plants. Live music, carolers and food, wine, beer and holiday treats for purchase round out the festivities.
2. Eat like the Dutch
For 83 years, the Verboort Sausage Dinner has offered up a smorgasbord of food, crafts and sudsy beer (November 4, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; $8-$17). This Tualatin Valley tradition features handmade sausages, sauerkraut and applesauce, plus a bazaar and country store, bingo and beer garden.
3. Befriend a Newt
Learn about the life cycles of the forest’s inhabitants at Newt Day (November 4, from noon to 4 p.m.; $3 per person). This annual homage to the rough-skinned amphibian returns, and will inspire exploration of nature. Walk the grounds in search of newts on a self-guided adventure on five miles of trail. Kids will delight in fun facts about newts, woolly bear caterpillars and more.
4. Enjoy an Evening of Movie Themes
The Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra performs some of the most beloved music from film scores during its performance of The Music of John Williams (November 10, 7:30 p.m.). Enjoy selections from “Star Wars,” “ET: The Extraterrestrial,” “Schindler’s List,” “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Superman Returns.”
5. Get a Jump on Holiday Shopping
If you pride yourself on your gift-giving prowess, get excited for Every Husband’s Nightmare Bazaar (November 13-18; varying times and admission). The bazaar features a huge variety of handcrafted items, including antiques, apparel, foods, garden art, jewelry, home decor and more. Despite the name, fellas are welcome, too.
6. Thanksgiving Wine Weekend
Kick off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving Wine Weekend in the northern Willamette Valley (November 24-26; varying times and tasting fees) and sip Pinot from more than 30 wineries close to Portland, including some that are not often open to the public. Give thanks to Oregon wine this Thanksgiving with a weekend of special tastings, pairings and festivities.
7. Knitting Dreams
The Thanksgiving tradition of the Open Alpaca Barn is marked by its vast array of alpaca goodies: fleece, yarn and other necessities for your holiday knitting (November 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free event).
8. Welcome the Holiday Season with Song
Broadway Rose Theatre Company unveils its holiday show, Your Holiday Hit Parade (November 22-December 23; $20-$46), a collection of holiday hits of yesteryear. In an old forgotten hotel, ghosts of Christmas music past materialize to perform anew the classics of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s – and pick up a song or two from the current day courtesy of a pair of spirited tourists.
9. Unleash Your Cratfy Side
The Tillamook Forest Center’s wildly popular Holiday Wreath Making event returns (November 24-26, 11:30 a.m.; $7-$17). Bring the beauty of the forest home this winter using a variety of natural materials to create your own holiday wreath. Younger children will also be able to make a cone craft and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class. Registration is required and closes Sunday, November 19th.
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