November came quick! Pretty soon the days will consist of stuffing tummies and shopping for gifts. Until then, there are plenty of fun activities for the family to enjoy without all of the holiday hassles. Get a preview of spirited season to come with an evening of lights a holiday kickoff celebration and a snow gear sale. Read on for all of the fantastic details.

photo: Fiona Shields via flickr


Enjoy the Evening of Lights
Join the festivities as Al’s Garden & Home welcomes in the Christmas Season with our annual Evening of Lights.They’ll showcase their Grown By Al’s Poinsettia collection, designer-decorated Christmas trees, and the latest Holiday decor. Their warm greenhouse is the perfect place to enjoy live Holiday music, delicious food and drink, and other Christmas treats!! Fri. Event Details.

NW Portland

Try the Italian Language Mommy and Me Playgroup
Join a free weekly Italian language playgroup for ages one through four years old. It’s never too early to share a second language and culture with a child! Enjoy stories, activities, and free play. Fri. Event Details.

Hands-On Harp Demonstration

The circa 1900 concert harp in the Music Room is a favorite of Pittock Mansion visitors. But what kinds of harps are there, what do they sound like, how do you play them?

Discover the harp in a hands-on music experience with local harpist Misty Williams. Visitors will learn about different types of harps, listen to harp techniques, and pluck the strings of a harp themselves! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Attend the Rose City Neighborhood Preschool Annual Basement Sale
Rose City Neighborhood Preschool is having their Annual Rummage Sale located downstairs in the basement hall of Rose City Park Methodist Church, They will be selling $1 raffle tickets for a chance to win lots of different prizes.

There will be children’s clothing, toys, electronics, home goods, books/cd’s/dvd’s, collectibles and much. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Check Out the Pet Travel Meet-Up and Adoption Event
It’s the final stop on the Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip with a meet up and adopt event with the Oregon Humane Society at Furever pets in Portland, Oregon! Meet the wonderful adoptable animals from Oregon Humane, and get tips and insights for traveling with your pets from founders of and full-time travelers, Amy and Rod Burkert.

They’ll be doing live product demos, answering your most vexing pet travel questions, holding a raffle for some fantastic pet travel gear, and providing goodie bags to the first 50 pet lovers who stop by! Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend the Micah and Me Music Show at Beantstalk Montavilla
Join the fun every month on the first Friday for a toddler dance party with Micah and Me at Beanstalk Montavilla location. It’s a jumping good time with these talented musical dynamic duo dads! Fri. Event Details.

N Portland

Gear Up at the Ski and Snowboard Sale
Get ready to gear up your little snow bunnies for less. Shop for new and used snow gear at the SkiFever and Snowboard Show at Portland Expo Center. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.


$5 After 5 at Portland Art Museum
No art lover is too young for the Portland Art Museum. This is what you can expect from this affordable night of fun:

  • Beer and pizza in the pop-up pub.
  • Unique tours and games—like slow looking and Game of Thrones tours.
  • Twitter and Instagram happenings like photo booths and Twitter takeovers.
  • Art Guides—friendly folks ready to answer questions and help you make the most of your visit.
  • Occasional special events like 3-hour exhibitions.

Fri. Event Details.


Newt Day is Back
THPRD’s celebration of the rough-skinned amphibian returns on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Visitors will learn about the amazing adaptations of newts and other forest inhabitants through interactive activities and education stations programmed by THPRD’s Natural Resources experts.

This family-friendly event is designed to inspire exploration of nature during the season when it is tempting to stay inside. Visitors are encouraged to walk the grounds rain or shine, as newts enjoy seasonally wet weather.

For more information, visit or call the Tualatin Hills Nature Center at 503-629-6350. Sat. Event Details.


Check Out the 2017 Vancouver Holiday Kickoff!
Enjoy an early bird preview of the holiday fun that’s soon to come. Stop by Divine Consign, 904 Main Street, in downtown Vancouver to preview the beautiful holiday trees. Raffle tickets for the trees will be available! The raffle will benefit local non-profit organizations. Sat. Event Details.